Everyone Who Calls

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In the book of Acts in the New Testament, Peter is speaking to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost when he says these words, quoting the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days,’ God says,

‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

Your young men will see visions,

and your old men will dream dreams.

In those days I will pour out my Spirit

even on my servants—men and women alike—

and they will prophesy.

And I will cause wonders in the heavens above

and signs on the earth below—

blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

The sun will become dark,

and the moon will turn blood red

before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord

will be saved.’

—Acts 2:17-21

These descriptions sound frightening, don’t they?

A darkened sun?

A moon that’s red like blood?

Fire?

Clouds of smoke?

The last verse in this quote is paramount to all people—

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

We can rest in knowing that whatever happens in this world, this truth will remain.

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One Will Be Taken

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From across the lake, I could see two birds who were almost identical.

The bird on the left wanted to look one way, while the bird on the right wanted to look another.

They were completely opposite.

What each one could see directly ahead of them was totally different, yet they actually stood so close together that their feathers looked like they were touching.

We can be so much like another person—a friend, a spouse, a parent—but there can be one huge difference of the utmost importance.

No matter how alike you may be to someone else, if one of you is not a believer in Jesus Christ, no other characteristics are significant.

You both may be very generous people.

You both may be kind.

You both may have lived honest, upstanding lives, caring for your families and being good citizens.

But if Jesus should return during your lifetime, one of you will be left, if you do not know Him.

Jesus said,

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.  For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,  and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.  Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

—Matthew 24:36-42

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