are We Safe In God's House?
According to statistics, places of worship are the safest places in the world. Yet, we all are very aware of church buildings that have been devastated by weather, blown up by bombs and attacked by gunmen. This past Sunday, a gunman attacked a Baptist church in Texas, killing and injuring most of the worshipers. This came just weeks after another gunman entered a church of Christ in Tennessee, killing one and injuring several others. While our hearts go out to these victims and their families, all of this has caused some to mock our faith in God and to ridicule the power of prayer.
But, a church building is not God’s house! God’s house is within you (Luke 17:21). It is not of this world (John 18:36). We are safe in God’s house, because He is there (Ephesians 2:19-22). It is true, that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:3).
“We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1). “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” (Revelation 21:3-5).
11/9/2017 08:30:57 am
Excellent article Robert! Keep up the good work brother!
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Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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Fort Worth, TX 76135