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He has this in hand

I hope this week’s words are not taken out of context in the way that I am trying to make an observation. Perhaps many of you have heard thoughts expressed during sermons that seemed to stick with you and even made you think even deeper into the subject matter as it was spoken to you.

This occurred Sunday morning at church when the acts of ISIS killing people who confessed to be Christians was brought out. Most of us have read and heard about the senseless brutal killings of men and women, young and old alike because they will not deny Christ. While we think this is only happening in the Middle East, in time, we could experience this in our own homeland.

In fact, it was mentioned that many people who inhabit this planet would be happy when there are no Christians at all left in the world.

While it might not seem amusing to some, the first thought that popped into my mind on hearing that some people and religions will not be happy until all Christians leave this world, was that Jesus Christ himself is going to take care of this one day. So in other words, some folks might want to be careful what they wish for.

Now please do not think that I find anything at all amusing about Christians being killed for their faith. I am referring to not only ISIS, but also others who mock Christianity and the beliefs we hold strongly to and by those of us who profess Jesus as Lord and King. So many in today’s world want nothing to do with the hope of salvation offered and want to stop any spread of the gospel in our nation and in our world.

In reading and studying the Bible and just watching world events, one wonders many times if we are not living in the day’s prophesied in both Daniel and the Book of Revelation. So to those who want Christians to go away, give Him time and listen, Gabriel will sound the call, and those who are saved by His grace will no longer inhabit this earth. But I for one do not want to stay back and see what happens to those who are left behind.

But the most comforting thought is no matter what happens, remember these words from the song we sang as children, “He’s got the whole world in His Hands,” and no matter what happens, our faith and hope is in Him, and He will take care of His children. His mercy and grace will endure forever, even until the end of time.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

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