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Oct 23, 2016

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APOCALYPTIC WISDOM IN NON-APOCALYPTIC TIMES

Doug Hatlem, preaching

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One of the greatest lessons to learn when crisis is a distant memory, when the vats are full and the storehouses overflowing, is that our strength and hope and reliance are to remain in God. Great financial abundance makes it very easy to begin to trust in our own wisdom and the wisdom of those who are situated like we are in the world. Our God is a jealous God and the prophet Joel, in chapter 2, reminds us of where to keep the focus if we are to continue to grow and branch in times of plenty:

25 I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that
I, the Lord, am your God
and there is no other.

 

Revelation 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

(NRSV)