Why The Games And Restaurants have stopped…

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man , They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ( Luke 17:26-30)

To my family and friends, As you know, things are getting very strange and no doubt unsettling. Our country has become unrecognizable in the last two weeks, as everything has been shutting down; Sports , Restaurants , and a host of other pleasant diversions have been stripped away from all of us, leaving us isolated in our homes, unable to work or interact or be distracted by the pleasures we have known all of our lives. For the most part many cannot even go to church!

I just want to say, that humanly speaking there are many factors involved, most of which I have no real idea. But Spiritually, God is in this.

I believe God has taken March Madness, the NBA, and a host of other things away from us for the time being, in order to get our attention. We can’t enjoy those things this year, or even go out for a nice meal at a restaurant for the time being. He is even shaking things up, getting people out of their local churches.

It has been so easy to forget God, especially in a modern, fast paced, entertainment society such as ours. Normally at this time many of us will be filling out charts for the NCAA basketball tournament, and watching fast paced college games. I love all of that too, and have no problem with any of it.

But if you have no real connection with God, and if this is the closing chapter of the World, that would become a real problem. this is why He has allowed a microscopic beast to afflict virtually the whole world, and a panicky media and Governments to bring to a grinding halt a good deal of our way of life, work, pleasures and distractions. to get our attention.

Jesus is coming , just as He said He would. But He wants to give you a chance to get right with Him, to repent and to receive the beautiful gift of forgiveness of Sins. As in the opening scripture, we live in a day of foodies, luxury houses, fine dining, sports madness, and a host of other distractions. But you need to make your peace with God, while there is time, everything is coming to a head.

Noah and his family escaped the judgment, because they were able to hear God. it could be that so many are so engrossed in Sports, entertainment, and Bread and circuses, they never even think about God.

It is God who has allowed this, and is calling for your full attention. Have you ever repented of your sins? Have you asked God to save you? Do you believe that Jesus came to die for your sins?

The Bible says that it is in the simplicity of crying out to God, that men are saved…”Whosoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be Saved”. I pray that you will think deeply about what I am saying, and gather the family around a Bible, and red one of the four gospels, and allow God to speak to your heart.

I also want to invite you to join our church ( Believers in grace Fellowship, on Facebook) which live streams on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm for communion, worship, prayer and Bible teaching.

I need to say these things ’cause I love you so
And I’m sorry you get angry when I say that you just don’t know
But there’s a heaven waiting for you and me
I know it seems every time we talk I’m only trying to just make you seeAnd it’s only that I care
I really only want just to see you therePlease try and overlook my human side
I know I’m such a bad example, and you know I’m so full of pride
But Jesus isn’t like that, now; he’s perfect all the way
I guess that’s why we need him, ’cause by ourselves there’s just no wayAnd it’s only that I care
I really, really only just want to see you ther
e ( Keith Green, Song To My Parents)

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3 Responses to Why The Games And Restaurants have stopped…

  1. mauianneme says:

    Thank you, Pastor Randles. We find your blog posts and TV teachings to be very enlightening. During this quarantine, we have lots more time to watch your TV sermons and read Scripture. We are grateful that this particular trial has brought us closer to God. Thank you! AnneSent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  2. Bob Ackerman says:

    Sin has brought this upon us. I remember much worse times in my 73 years on earth. Nothing could be worse than the Vietnam war. So much suffering. So many deaths. All the poor Moms that never get to see their sons again. That so called war was a result of sin. These trials and tribulation are a direct result of more and more people distancing themselves from our Most Loving God. We are breaking His heart. How would you dads out their like it if the only reason your sons and daughters came or talked to you is when they needed something. My wife and I have visited many churches in and around our town. I will tell you with all honesty, they lack and in some cases reject the Power to effectively lead people to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is not present. They want Him to show up. Little do they realize one brings Him with them , or do they even have Him? I am so sad of the condition of this world. So many wasted lives uninterested in our most Glorious LORD and Savior. My heart is broken for them. I can barely sing a beautiful Hymn anymore i begin to weep and can’t go on. Its happening now.. I love you all and am eager to be in perfect peace with my Creator and all his children . Thanks Bill for all you do. Our lives have been so very blessed by you hearing from God through His Spirit. and passing His Words on to us.

  3. billrandles says:

    Onesimus I was not aware of any blocked postings of yours or of Marleen, thanks for the heads up

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