Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Opus 2022-132: Zoom: Don’t Forget the Difference

I am part of a group of old men who meet on Zoom twice a week.  We are from several states though most live in California.  We have a wide range of education and experience.  The discussion this week was not optimistic.  I would venture a guess that you don’t need to ask, “Why?”

I found myself wondering if we are moving into the end times.  I am not a big proponent of prophecy and signs.  I believe that the end will come.  Jesus will return.  There will be a rapture and a New Jerusalem.  My general attitude is that there are more important things to focus on.  We should live such a way that we are ready to go but plan in such a way that it isn’t now.  If you look back through history the hysteria about the end is very common.

I am not sure if we are in the end times.  I am not saying we aren’t.  There is some strong evidence in the existence of the nation of Israel.  I am convinced that we are definitely heading for a time of persecution.  Perversion and selfishness are rampant.  The people with power are into themselves instead of serving the country.  The church as the church is almost non-existent.  The preachers and church leaders are into feeling good and fitting in rather than declaring truth.  I expect to see the day when churches are shut down and believers arrested for believing and speaking about what the Bible says.

At the same time I felt a sense of excitement.  We may face persecution.  Let me reword that, we WILL face persecution.  I do not look forward to it but I believe it will be a time when we will find out what we really believe.  Always remember that we persecution comes repeatedly while the end only comes once.

Don’t confuse the two.

homo unius libri

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