Blessed… The Gathering of the Chosen

“Now immediately after the suffering of that time the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. The stars will fall from the sky and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then the sign of the Human One will appear in the sky. At that time all the tribes of the earth will be full of sadness, and they will see the Human One coming in the heavenly clouds with power and great splendor. He will send his angels with the sound of a great trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from the four corners of the earth, from one end of the sky to the other (Matthew 24:29-31, Common English Bible).

When I was in the Navy I stood many night time watches up on the ship’s signal bridge. Because we were far from any other light sources, on a clear night you could see stars by the thousands. I never attempted to count their numbers. I remember being on the bridge during a meteor shower and talking about how different the sky would look if all the stars became like these “shooting stars” and they all fell from the sky. I wasn’t familiar with Matthew 24 in those days. I didn’t realize it was a sign of the end times. Neither did my Navy buddies. The discussion never turned theological.

I am far from the best around when it comes to knowing apocalyptic literature even today. I am far from a fan and most of us don’t generally deal with things we don’t enjoy unless something makes us. That something for me right now is this blog. Sure, it is self-imposed. I could probably skip this and few, if any, would say anything. The thing is, I said I would work my way through Matthew. I will honor what I said. So, here goes.

I am not sure if this is something Jesus intended for us to read literally. There are places Jesus does not intend us to read literally. Dr. Ted Campbell, a professor at Perkins School of Theology, SMU reminds us that Jesus came to set the prisoners free but few if any of us will be heading to a prison with the idea of tearing down the walls and literally setting the prisoners free. Jesus didn’t intend us to read this literally.

I do believe we will see Jesus in all his power and splendor. It may be that we see him hear on earth. It also may be that we see Jesus in the Kingdom that is to come.  And, I believe Jesus will gather the chosen, the ones who answer the call to follow. If we have those things, is anything more really necessary?

And, I believe Jesus will gather the chosen, the ones who answer the call to follow. We know the promise God has for us in Christ Jesus. What a great promise for we who believe.

If we and we believe that Jesus will return, and if we know the promise God has for we who believe, is anything more really necessary?

I really do believe we get too caught up in the end times.  Know what God has planned for you. Live for God’s promises. If we can do that, everything will come out just fine.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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