3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 
5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 
7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 
16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 
17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 
18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.
19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 
20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 
21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 
23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 
25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 
27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earthwill mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 
31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that itis near, right at the door. 
34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father. 
37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 
38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 
43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 
44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 
46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 
47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 
50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 
51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Sin By Any Other Name is Still Sin

Very wonderful words, May God bless you.

Faith and Footsteps


Have you heard of that childhood mantra?  I hear it quite often from my 3rd graders, and I try to explain to them its inherent fallibility.  I had a student a while back find a dollar that another child had accidentally dropped.  I was watching him out of the corner of my eye and saw him pick it up and discreetly slip it into his pocket.  Little did he know, I already knew who the dollar belonged to, and this was an opportunity for a lesson too good to pass up, so I quickly made my way across the room to confront him.

“Hey, where’d you get that dollar?,” I asked.  He was pretty excited to come into a little extra spending money, so he replied, “I found it on the floor!”  After I told him the dollar didn’t belong to him, his immediate response was, “Finders-keepers!”  Now, I’ve used…

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Jesu is coming soon.

 While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence*+ and of the conclusion of the system of things?”*+ In answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads you,+  for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.+  You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.+ “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,+ and there will be food shortages+ and earthquakes in one place after another.+  All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress. “Then people will hand you over to tribulation+ and will kill you,+ and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name.+ 10  Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11  Many false prophets will arise and mislead many;+ 12  and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13  But the one who has endured* to the end will be saved.+ 14  And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations,+ and then the end will come.15  “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place+ (let the reader use discernment), 16  then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains.+ 17  Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house, 18  and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment. 19  Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! 20  Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21  for then there will be great tribulation+ such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.+22  In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.+23  “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’+or, ‘There!’ do not believe it.+ 24  For false Christs and false prophets+ will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead,+ if possible, even the chosen ones. 25  Look! I have forewarned you. 26  Therefore, if people say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.+ 27  For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the presence* of the Son of man will be.+ 28  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.+29  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,+ and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.+ 30  Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief,+ and they will see the Son of man+ coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.+ 31  And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.+32  “Now learn this illustration from the fig tree: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near.+ 33  Likewise also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near at the doors.+ 34  Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen. 35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.+36  “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows,+ neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.+ 37  For just as the days of Noah were,+ so the presence* of the Son of man will be.+ 38  For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,+ 39  and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away,+ so the presence of the Son of man will be. 40  Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. 41  Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned.+ 42  Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.+43  “But know one thing: If the householder had known in what watch* the thief was coming,+ he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into.+ 44  On this account, you too prove yourselves ready,+ because the Son of man is coming at an hour that you do not think to be it.45  “Who really is the faithful and discreet* slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?+ 46  Happy is that slave if his master on coming finds him doing so!+ 47  Truly I say to you, he will appoint him over all his belongings.48  “But if ever that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying,’+ 49  and he starts to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with the confirmed drunkards, 50  the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and in an hour that he does not know,+ 51  and he will punish him with the greatest severity and will assign him his place with the hypocrites. There is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be.