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Jesus Is the Hope of the World

The Apostasy is Happening

I think this post communicates the heart of so many who are struggling with the condition of the church.

The Last Hiker

Tonight I listened to a teaching by Jacob Prasch that has  everything to do with what has been on my heart lately about the trash going on in the churches. I wanted to share it, because I know many of you are grieved about the same things that I am. This teaching will be a HUGE encouragement to you that we are not wrong; we are seeing things accurately, and scripturally.

The falling away is here. It has already begun. I had always pictured it as a  group of marginal Christians almost backsliding into the anti-Christ religious system. I thought it would be a good size group, but in my imagination it would be like 1/4 or 1/3 of the church. I pictured it being those who were not seriously committed, that the pull of the world would be too strong for them.

What I am seeing however, is that it…

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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