>Raptured?

Posted: May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Saturday, May 21 was quite the interesting day at Ice Cream and Answers.  We got a lot of questions about the advertised “rapture” of the church by Harold Camping and his Family Radio.  The community does not know much about the rapture and most people thought it meant the world was coming to an end. We explained and gave people hope and I used it as an opportunity to share the Gospel in a few instances.  Even believers who attended church somewhat regularly were confused.  I had to tell one such person that the rapture of the church was a good thing.  She didn’t understand and then we went into the usual explanations that she was a good person and should do alright. I explained the good news that she doesn’t have to hope that she is good enough, but that Jesus died on the cross to pay for all her instances of not being good enough and that when we believe in Jesus we are considered to be in Him and therefore “good enough” (or rather, righteous).
Aly, a student at nearby Iowa Western Community College, is a member of Sojourn Church and works with me at Ice Cream and Answers, told of her interesting evening.  She works at restaurant where she is the only believer.  Everyone is aware of her faith and began to bombard her with questions and comments about the coming “rapture.”  She was able to answer many questions and by the end of the evening shared the Gospel with three different people. 
So, even though the world had a great time with Camping’s ridiculous prediction, God was still able to use the situation for His Glory.  We try to walk by faith, and that means listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and when He prompts, we try to do what He is telling us.  Yesterday was a great example to us.  God gave us opportunities, told us what to say, and then blessed our obedience.  
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