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A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

112015 Ray McDonaldA tragic accident occurred in our community on Sunday evening. Whenever an accident near our home happens – I first contact my wife and daughters and then I contact my brother to contact his daughters. The accident was near a friend’s home and we got pictures and video of the many flashing lights. We knew it was bad. When the news came out that a young couple had lost their lives in the accident – it hit home with many in the community. Others were injured as well – but this young couple lost their lives. It is a stretch of road I drive almost every day.

The young couple’s church family shares their story here on Facebook. The young couple – Dan & Kayla – had been married for only 6 months – they were 21 and 20. It is a tragic accident for sure. Yet – in the midst of the tragic lost of life is the sure promise of eternal life that this young couple is now experiencing. They knew Jesus and trusted Him for their lives and their eternity. I have been reading comments on the church’s post and they were truly and amazing young couple.

I spent a good deal of time hugging my wife and reminding her that we should never part upset with each other and should always kiss each other and say we love each other when we go out the door. I spent some time holding one of my granddaughters and thinking about this life and the life to come.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Hebrews 12:18–29 – 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”  21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”  22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

No matter what happens in this life – we have a promised kingdom – we call it heaven – if we place our hope and trust in Jesus. Never give up on a spouse – a child – a parent – a loved one. Keep praying for them and keep showing them the love of Christ. Keep praying that they would come to Jesus and receive this gift and promise as well.

By the way – I just heard there was another accident just now as I am writing this devotional thought. It happened in the same spot. I’m praying for those involved.  Remember – we given a Kingdom that cannot be shaken!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

(Edit – there were two more deaths in last night’s accident – that makes four lives lost in two days in head on collisions.  Continue to pray for the salvation of others – because our lives can be called on at any moment.)

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February 16, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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