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When Jesus Comes….AGAIN

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After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.

Revelation 7:9 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/rev.7.9.NLT

There is a day coming, the timing of it is unknown, when Jesus returns to the earth and begins the full restoration and redemption of the world, and everyone on it. It will be an amazing time. I do not know if it will happen in my lifetime, but I know it will happen.

When this time comes, amazing things will happen. One of those things that I care deeply about is found in this verse from Revelation: A vast crowd…from every nation, tribe, people and language…standing before Jesus…

I wonder how many nations and tribes come through

Warm Beach Camp every year? It is quite diverse and seems to be growing. There are real challenges of trying to bring all of this together into one united effort. It is a beautiful challenge. The ultimate expression is being together before God.

In this verse of Revelation is a great picture of what Jesus will do when he returns to earth. He will bring all those who follow Him together. We will be united. We will treasure being together before Jesus.

The rest of Revelation chapter 7 speaks of healing those who have gone through much suffering and difficulties. What an amazing time this will be.

Encouragement: Between now and the return of Jesus, we are to prepare the way. Be accepting of people who are different than we are. Give forgiveness. Receive forgiveness. Ease someone’s hurt and pain as you are able to. Unite people and do the best you can to work with each other out of mutual love and respect.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for coming. We celebrate You this Christmas. Thank You for coming again to restore and redeem this world through Your very presence. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit as we live in between Your two comings. Help us prepare the way for You as we love people in this world today. In Your name Jesus, we pray. Amen.

-Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

Beautiful Music

On any given Thursday afternoon during the summer, if you drive into Camp towards the big tent you can hear the music and elation flowing from Special Friends campers, volunteers, and staff. The band is playing, drums are hit, tambourines and maracas are shaken, air guitars are strummed, and campers and staff alike are dancing and singing with joy. The moment the music begins to play, the dynamic changes, everyone seems to understand the common language of music, and the ...

The Gardener, the Vine, and the Branch

Photo by www.zanda. photography on Unsplash He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. John 15:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.15.2.NLT  Jesus tells us that, in vineyard terms, that He is the vine, our lives are the branches coming off of the vine, and God the Father is the gardener taking care of keeping the vine and the branches healthy and producing. When it comes ...

Planning and Purpose

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash You can make many plans, but the Lord ’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.21.NLT  Planning is an important part of life. It encourages engagement with others, reflection on what is, what needs to be, and how to get there. By nature, planning is a process and continuous. Our planning is different than God’s purpose. Planning describes how we envision getting from point A to point B in our lives. God’s purpose is ...