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A word of encouragement

By Elizabeth Prata

Fellow Christians, as the Church Age draws to a close, the anger, mocking and scoffing grows. On internet chat boards, forums, blogs, and e-mails, the unsaved do rail and rebel in unloving and unforgiving manner. In real life, they mock and sneer, scorning our beliefs. Oppression, ridicule and persecution grows. Even witnessing to family members can be heart-breaking, as the most polite response is usually simply a deafening silence and at worst, rifts grow.

All this can bring a Christian down. It can cause one to despair and stumble, as we wonder if the tears that Jesus wipes from our face will be falling in grief because our loved ones are absent in glory.

Remember, Jesus knows this would be the circumstance in the end of days. He inspired Jude to write these words, as comforting to the church then as to us now:

A call to persevere

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, in Jude 1:18-23, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.

These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:18-23

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 1:17-25)

Witness in love, pray for the lost, and persevere dear Brother and Sister. For He is able to keep us from falling, He is the most Worthy One to whom we shall be presented in due time and in great joy. Until then, “to others show mercy.”


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

3 thoughts on “A word of encouragement

  1. Hi I might have mentioned but my family likes Magnolia and Mrs Gaines I don’t have read your posts about Mrs. Gaines I saw your tweet about Mrs. Gaines and others women who prophesy hate God I agree i don’t think I could say that since my family isn’t really saved. They Watch the Magnolia channel and have the magazine one or the reads the magazine never the Scriptures I don’t like Magnolia


    1. Hi Reformedguy,

      Joanna Gaines might be a good designer and an effective TV presenter, but in terms of Christianity (which she says she is) Mrs Gaines is a hypocrite. She claims to have a primary focus on her husband and kids but in my essays, I show that is not true. Her testimony was widely distributed by Baylor a few years ago and in it, and in subsequent interviews, she claimed God audibly spoke and promised her success and her heart’s desire (TV fame) IF she would stay home with the first two kids for a few years. God doesn’t bargain, and he doesn’t speak now, and he certainly doesn’t speak to discontent women in gardens individually promising success. In fact, in the Bible when he promises something individually it’s trials, or tribulation, or martyrdom. (Jeremiah, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, John etc).

      Thanks for the comment!


      1. You’re welcome. I agree about Johnna she’s a hypocrite. Before I was Reformed I think I saw her testimony video for a deceiver her testimony sounded credible but she never once talked about repentance, dying to self and taking up your cross and following Jesus or even the Gospel. Please pray for me my allergies are making me cough on and off and my face hurts etc. She doesn’t even know Hebrews 1:1-2

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