2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV) 

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. 
Is Christ coming back soon?

Boyce: Hello friends! We are Conversations With The Redeemed, coming to you in our new voice on! We welcome all of you today and pray God’s blessing over you as you join our conversation.


 Della: I pray that the love of God dwell deeply in your hearts, homes and lives today, for your peace, prosperity and provision as we come together to share God’s love with you through His words and the thoughts of our hearts. Amen.

We hope what God has pressed into our hearts today blesses you and helps to grow your faith in God as it did ours.

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We would like to start out by saying, “God loves you. And God’s love is not just some fuzzy little feeling He has inside Him up in heaven. God’s love is action. God is pouring out His spirit on the earth all the time. In this, His love, are so many elements, essentials for life, for the abundant life.

Acts 17:28 (KJV) 
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 

John 3:16 (KJV) 
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God’s love is continual, perpetual—meaning non-stop. If God removed His love from this earth darkness would immediately pervade this world. It would block out the sun and stars and the cold, empty evil darkness of the spirit world would take over and freeze us all into permanent death—separation from God. A spiritual freeze is far worse than a physical freeze. That is how important God’s love is for this world. 

Isaiah 60:2 (KJV) 
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 
Gross darkness was on the earth, gross spiritual darkness on the people, when Jesus came. The world lay in paganism, worshiping idols instead of God. Israel’s spiritual leaders had turned into lovers of self, walking outside the boundaries of God’s law and His love.

Matthew 23:13 (KJV) But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 

You see, evil people don’t just want to shut up the Kingdom of Heaven for themselves but for everyone else too. (Shut-up means to stop talking, stop making words for in the word of God is everything we need to live and live well, whole and blessed. If we tell someone to shut up we want them to stop talking! Close up your mouth)
BUT GOD… God has never stopped talking, pouring His word out over this world!

If God had withdrawn His word, which is His love, Jesus, His living word, would not have come, the world would not have stood; mankind would have been no more. The gross darkness would have enveloped us all and we would have become part of that gross darkness forever. We would have been frozen out of the kingdom of heaven (not necessarily cold). Not good. Not good at all.

But the good news is: God did not withdraw His love from the earth. He actually bumped it up a level by sending His son, Jesus to the earth. Jesus was the embodiment of God’s love for ALL the earth; mankind, the animals—who did not have to endure sacrifice for sin anymore—and every tree and blade of grass; because Jesus’ reason for coming was to wipe out all of death, the grave and hell forever. Everything will live and live eternally—no death to anything anymore. It, the gross darkness—death, hell and the grave—will all be in the lake of fire. All life will live as the waters of life flows from the throne of God into all His creations.

Romans 5:20-21 (KJV) 
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 
How important is God’s love? It is the difference between eternal life—living in the light—and eternal death—living in the gross darkness forever.

We must choose: God’s love, which is accepting Jesus; or choosing by rejecting God’s love, which is rejecting Jesus.

Jesus is God’s living word: all aspects of God’s love are in His word. If you reject God’s word, you reject his love, you reject Jesus, which was the passion of God’ love sent to us. In passion is fire and in fire is light and warmth for those of us on the earth that was freezing (dying) for a little bit of God’ love. The only thing that can remove the gross darkness from us here on earth is God’s love: Jesus, His living word.

Gross darkness was on the earth and the people when Jesus came to Israel, God’s people two thousand years ago. 

Is it time for Christ to return? Is it time for him to be the light of the whole world and remove the gross darkness for good?

Look at the world around you today as you think about the answer to these questions. 
Let us know what you think about Christ’s return.

Boyce: I’m Boyce!

Della: And I’m Della! 

And we are so thankful today to be able to share the real love of God today with you! If any of you feel as if you are living in any kind of gross darkness today remember this: God is always pouring out His spirit on the world. Open up your heart to Him today and receive His love. Where can you receive it? Prayer. Bible. Church. Pray to Him, read your Bible for your self and receive His love from His written word. Go to church and fellowship with His body and learn how to receive God’s passionate love for you. Accept His living word Jesus. It’s all free really. Jesus paid the price.

Always remember: God loves you and so do we!

Your friends in Christ Jesus,
Boyce and Della Strickland

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