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Friday, December 02, 2011
A Two Part Message Mini-Series on The Second Coming of Christ

One of the most dynamic and thrilling tenets of Christianity is that Jesus Christ will come to earth again. Jesus talked a lot about His second coming. In what is called The Little Apocalypse, Matthew 23-25, Jesus told three stories, or parables, to teach humankind about his coming again. Jesus clearly taught that no one knows when that time will be (not even Jesus knew, only God the Father…24:36), but there are a few things people can do until that times comes. Our two part message mini-series that begins today is on the essential things we ought to be doing while we wait with great expectation for His Coming again.
This morning we ‘ll look at “How’s Your Oil Supply?” and hear God’s word emphasize the importance of always being spiritually ready for Jesus’s Second Coming. Next Sunday, we’ll look at “The Ultimate Use It or Lose It,” and hear Jesus’ instructions on how we should use our time, gifts, graces, and talents while we wait with hopeful expectation for the Second Coming of Jesus.
In today’s story, ten virgins fell asleep while they were waiting for the bridegroom. Five of them were equipped with extra oil and five had no reserve at all. For these, the bridegroom came at the worst time imaginable. They had no oil and while they were gone to buy more, the bridegroom arrived. They missed the bridegroom and they missed the wedding banquet because they ran out of oil.
You and I might call this phenomenon Murphy’s Law: if something can go wrong, it will. I ran across these lesser known Murphy’s Laws:

*The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.
*Flashlight: A metal tube used to store dead batteries.
*The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
*Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
*Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
*Those who live by the sword, get shot by those who don't.

Let’s hear Jesus’ word today. He wants us to avoid Murphy’s Law, especially when it comes to keeping ourselves spiritually ready while we wait with eager expectation for His Second Coming.

Two Important Reminders:

The Deadline for Getting Your Christmas Presents for Orphanage Emmanuel to the Church is Next Sunday! The container in Tennessee ships on Wednesday, November 16, so have your presents at the church no later than next Sunday!
The Deadline for Getting Your Advent Devotional to the Church Office is Monday, November 14. Step into the hearts and homes of your church family every single day in Advent with a personal, devotional word from the Lord!

Your Pastor and Friend, Mark
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