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“In my Father’s house are many mansions… I am going there to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. you know the way to the place where I am going.”
“Christ, the Source of Life” by Nathan Greene, ©, All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission
Human minds designed, created, and launched a rocket that rendezvoused with an asteroid and changed its trajectory in cosmic space. The spectacular event would not have surprised Daniel, the devout prophet serving God during the rule of the Babylonian Empire.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4
In an era of electric cars, computers and mobile phones, just another venture into cosmic darkness drew from the public, a momentary “ho hum.” To the shame of a world swamped in cities boasting steel and concrete structures, reaching for the sky, homeless and hungry “street people” huddle under in dark shadows, in weather-exposed, crude shelters.
Nearby, more fortunate citizens live high above ground in million-dollar condos, accessible by elevators and elegant, guarded, ground-level entries. These extravagant, high-in-the-sky “homes,” where birds and trees are rarely seen, come with a price: taxes, utilities, traffic-clogged streets, and mind-bending levels of stress.
In an environment, missing much of nature’s abundance, choked with sirens and smog, it can be hard to hear the voice of God or find His “peace that passes all understanding.”
And a world infected with mobster-style leaders who treat the military as cannon fodder and civilians as bit platers destroyed with impunity in an unsatiated quest for more power and more land, in a sense, all seven billion humans are homeless. All exist under the threat of nuclear oblivion at the whim of an agent of Satan, posing as a world leader.
Christ explained, “My kingdom is not of the world.” Stuart A, a folk tune, composed by Stuart Hamblen, a born-again Christian describes God’s everlasting kingdom, open to the personal choice of all seven billion homeless inhabitants of Planet Earth: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.”
Warren LeRoi Johns
K9 Police Officer Seara Burton
Seara Burton, a Richmond, Indiana, 28-year-old Police Officer, about to be married, carried “a face that would default to a smile.” Much loved by the Police Department, and the community, whatever her faith, she lived the life of a Mathew 25 Christian.
Fronting with that incandescent smile, Officer Burton made a point to walk and talk with “street people”, doing all within her power to bring comfort and hope to the homeless and the hungry. The lady love and served all citizens of Richmond.
Then for no reason, to the shock and horror of all Richmond citizens, a bullet fired by an evil villain, murdered the beloved K9 Peace Officer. The entire, grief-stricken community, mourned her loss.
A few days later, an unknown, poorly-dressed stranger, appeared at the front desk of Police HQ. He delivered a white envelope to the duty clerk. When opened, eight, crumpled one-dollar bills fell to the desk.
The stranger explained he had taken a collection from his fellow street people as a memorial of love to the memory of Officer Burton. These unselfish strangers owned virtually nothing, but in generous response to the love shown them, they gave what they had from their hearts—eight crumpled bills.
These dear, unselfish humans, responded to God’s love delivered to them daily by a young woman who exemplified the instructions of Jesus. Whatever Officer Burton’s personal faith, she lived the life of a Mathew 25 Christian.
“Men of Galilee…why stand you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The Desire of Ages, Chapter 70, Ellen G. White, Author, Ari Myers, Narrator
The Gold Standard
Matthew 25 Christianity
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people, one from another, as a shepherd separated the sheep from the goats.
“He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance prepared for you since the creation of the world.’
“‘For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, And you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him; ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger, and invited you in, or needed clothes, and clothed you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brethren of mine, you did for me.’ “