Some people wonder if and when the universe will end

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The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of how life as we know it now will end. God has not chosen to give us details of His plans, but He left us enough detail to whet our appetite. After His Son came into the world and died to pay the sin debt for us all, Christ left us His kingdom agenda: We are to proclaim the Good News that He forgives sins and grants eternal life to all who accept Him. Jesus told us to teach believers to obey all He taught about love and justice for all people. The Bible teaches that when Jesus Christ returns, He will transform the physical bodies of all who have accepted Him. He will give them spiritual bodies that will last forever. The book of Revelation ends with a sobering invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this, say ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life” (22:17). Some things in the book of Revelation are hard to understand, but this invitation at the end is quite clear. Christ offers to accept and forgive the sins of anyone who repents and accepts Him as their Savior and Lord. To them, He will give the water of life that will satisfy forever.

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Some people wonder if and when the universe will end

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The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of how life as we know it now will end. God has not chosen to give us details of His plans, but He left us enough detail to whet our appetite. After His Son came into the world and died to pay the sin debt for us all, Christ left us His kingdom agenda: We are to proclaim the Good News that He forgives sins and grants eternal life to all who accept Him. Jesus told us to teach believers to obey all He taught about love and justice for all people. The Bible teaches that when Jesus Christ returns, He will transform the physical bodies of all who have accepted Him. He will give them spiritual bodies that will last forever. The book of Revelation ends with a sobering invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this, say ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life” (22:17). Some things in the book of Revelation are hard to understand, but this invitation at the end is quite clear. Christ offers to accept and forgive the sins of anyone who repents and accepts Him as their Savior and Lord. To them, He will give the water of life that will satisfy forever.

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It’s difficult to describe what humans have never seen

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In describing the New Jerusalem where God’s people will one day live, John, in the book of Revelation, uses multiples of twelve—12 gates, 12 stones, 12 angels, 12 foundations, and 12 pearls. Many Bible scholars believe these multiples of 12 may be a way of describing the perfect environment God is planning for His people. New Jerusalem will have perfect peace, perfect safety, perfect protection, and perfect enjoyment. God will spare nothing to give occupants the very best He wishes to bestow. It is a place of ultimate joy and fulfillment in a home that lasts forever. To some, such a hope seems so farfetched they quickly dismiss it as fantasy, unattainable, but for those who have come to faith in God know He never makes idle promises or engages in small talk. So they look forward to that day. And in anticipation of its coming, they sharpen their focus, put a spring in their step, and encourage themselves to persevere for the cause of Christ. They refuse to give in to distractions even when progress seems slow. In tough times, God’s Spirit whispers that He is not finished with them yet. No one should be deceived. For those who belong to Christ, a new day is coming, even though we do not know when.

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It’s difficult to describe what humans have never seen

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In describing the New Jerusalem where God’s people will one day live, John, in the book of Revelation, uses multiples of twelve—12 gates, 12 stones, 12 angels, 12 foundations, and 12 pearls. Many Bible scholars believe these multiples of 12 may be a way of describing the perfect environment God is planning for His people. New Jerusalem will have perfect peace, perfect safety, perfect protection, and perfect enjoyment. God will spare nothing to give occupants the very best He wishes to bestow. It is a place of ultimate joy and fulfillment in a home that lasts forever. To some, such a hope seems so farfetched they quickly dismiss it as fantasy, unattainable, but for those who have come to faith in God know He never makes idle promises or engages in small talk. So they look forward to that day. And in anticipation of its coming, they sharpen their focus, put a spring in their step, and encourage themselves to persevere for the cause of Christ. They refuse to give in to distractions even when progress seems slow. In tough times, God’s Spirit whispers that He is not finished with them yet. No one should be deceived. For those who belong to Christ, a new day is coming, even though we do not know when.

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The first skyscraper was built nearly 5,000 years ago

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5,000 years ago, Imhotep, an African genius, built the world’s first stone skyscraper—the Step Pyramid. He was also the father of medicine, chief architect, astronomer, mathematician, scribe, and prime minister to the king. Since his day, many creative people made amazing contributions to the world, yet they all die. And despite all the seeming progress we make, we still fall short in loving God and each other as He desires. It is why God’s people look forward to the day when He will recreate the world. We read in Revelation chapter 21, “The one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega- the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.’” Today God invites all people to come to Him and enjoy all His amazing blessings. Those who ignore His invitation can only anticipate a torturous future, yet all who accept Him will enjoy all the satisfying benefits He offers.

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The first skyscraper was built nearly 5,000 years ago

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5,000 years ago, Imhotep, an African genius, built the world’s first stone skyscraper—the Step Pyramid. He was also the father of medicine, chief architect, astronomer, mathematician, scribe, and prime minister to the king. Since his day, many creative people made amazing contributions to the world, yet they all die. And despite all the seeming progress we make, we still fall short in loving God and each other as He desires. It is why God’s people look forward to the day when He will recreate the world. We read in Revelation chapter 21, “The one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega- the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.’” Today God invites all people to come to Him and enjoy all His amazing blessings. Those who ignore His invitation can only anticipate a torturous future, yet all who accept Him will enjoy all the satisfying benefits He offers.

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Some say a frog will boil alive if its water is gradually heated

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An old myth has it that a frog will jump out of a boiling pot of water and live, but if it is placed in cool water and the heat is slowly increased, it will boil alive. Even though some experts now challenge that myth, it still serves to remind us of this fact: if we gradually adjust to a negative environment, we can be overcome with disastrous outcome. We can become so used to earthly situations that give us sorrow, pain, tears, and death that we conclude that is all life has to offer. Yet the Bible is clear that for believers in Jesus Christ, a new environment is coming. It will happen when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. We read this in Revelation chapter 21: “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the certain hope of a better tomorrow can motivate God’s people to tolerate discomforts today—as we live and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. We serve Him faithfully today because we know a better tomorrow is coming.

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Some say a frog will boil alive if its water is gradually heated

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An old myth has it that a frog will jump out of a boiling pot of water and live, but if it is placed in cool water and the heat is slowly increased, it will boil alive. Even though some experts now challenge that myth, it still serves to remind us of this fact: if we gradually adjust to a negative environment, we can be overcome with disastrous outcome. We can become so used to earthly situations that give us sorrow, pain, tears, and death that we conclude that is all life has to offer. Yet the Bible is clear that for believers in Jesus Christ, a new environment is coming. It will happen when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. We read this in Revelation chapter 21: “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the certain hope of a better tomorrow can motivate God’s people to tolerate discomforts today—as we live and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. We serve Him faithfully today because we know a better tomorrow is coming.

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In a marathon race, one key to winning is perseverance

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Marathon runners know they have to dig deep to win a race. But research shows that to succeed in any profession, the main ingredient is not talent, but the exceptional commitment to the goal. In other words, the passion to keep going despite difficulties is more important to success than having just great talent. Perseverance is vital in a literal foot race or in the race to remain faithful in our Christian walk or in our service for the Lord. In the parable of the sower and seed, Jesus alerts us that if we are not careful, distractions, worldly cares, trials, and troubles will cause us to stumble and fall short of our eternal goal. Again in Revelation chapter 3, Christ encourages His followers in the church at Philadelphia to persevere despite distractions and difficulties. He said, “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” Jesus promised His followers who persevered under stress that enormous blessings and rewards were waiting for them. The benefits of persevering for our Lord are enormous. For that reason alone, we should stand firm for Christ, His kingdom, and church.

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In a marathon race, one key to winning is perseverance

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Marathon runners know they have to dig deep to win a race. But research shows that to succeed in any profession, the main ingredient is not talent, but the exceptional commitment to the goal. In other words, the passion to keep going despite difficulties is more important to success than having just great talent. Perseverance is vital in a literal foot race or in the race to remain faithful in our Christian walk or in our service for the Lord. In the parable of the sower and seed, Jesus alerts us that if we are not careful, distractions, worldly cares, trials, and troubles will cause us to stumble and fall short of our eternal goal. Again in Revelation chapter 3, Christ encourages His followers in the church at Philadelphia to persevere despite distractions and difficulties. He said, “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” Jesus promised His followers who persevered under stress that enormous blessings and rewards were waiting for them. The benefits of persevering for our Lord are enormous. For that reason alone, we should stand firm for Christ, His kingdom, and church.

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