from the pastor’s desk
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. Revelation 21:3
During the month of November in our worship services we will hear some puzzling passages in the Bible. We will hear from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, and from Revelation and Mark, chapter 13 in the New Testament. These passages are what we call Apocalyptic Literature. This is “literature distinguished principally by its ascetic and mysterious allusions to the signs preceding the events to occur in the last days of world history. It usually is written in times of extreme persecution and suffering. Since apocalyptic literature was prevalent before and during the life of Jesus, it is thought to be extremely important as one of the keys to understanding the language and Messianic symbols of the New Testament writers, not to mention Jesus himself.” from A Handbook of Theological Terms, Van A. Harvey,1992.
One of the important things to listen for as we read this ancient literature is the faithfulness of Almighty God. We hear the promises together that no matter what happens in our lives and in the culture around us, God holds on to us and never lets us go. Christians are a people of hope, and we are called to share the promises of forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God as we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone we meet.
God’s peace be with you!
Pastor David Byerly