Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 11, 12:1-21
     Job 29
     Luke 14
     I Corinthians 15
''Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." (I Corinthians 15:51)
            This is a great verse to be a sign in a church nursery. Babies don't all sleep, but they will all need to be changed. This verse means far more than that to the child of God. Someday, at the coming of the Lord Jesus in the Rapture, we will all be given a new and heavenly body. I don't know about you, but after looking in the mirror this morning I am beginning to need one very much.
            My friend, there will be a resurrection and you will receive a new body. If that is not true, we have a problem with preaching, a barrier to belief, a silence to our sharing, and despair to our dying. Hallelujah, there is a resurrection. Read this chapter several times through to rejoice over your destiny.
            The hope of the Christian is expressed by the epitaph Ben Franklin wrote for himself. Engraved on his tombstone in the cemetery of Christ Church in Philadelphia are these words:
''The body of Franklin; Printer. Like the cover of an old book its contents worn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding lies here food for worms, but the work will not be lost for it will appear once more in a new and more eloquent edition revised and corrected by the Author.''
            As you read this chapter you will discover Paul's amazing illustrations of the new body:
                        The world of botany reveals continuity.
                        The world of zoology reveals adaptability.
                        The world of astronomy reveals individuality.
            Indeed, these illustrations of our future heavenly body are a glorious exercise. He lets us know how different this new body is from the one we now use. It will be a body like His. (I John 3:1-3, Philippians 3:20-21)
            Michael Ferriday was a great chemist. A woman brought a gold cup to be tested.  The chemist accidentally dropped it in the acid and it dissolved. He put an agent in the acid and the gold powder settled. He washed it and carried it to a goldsmith; it was dried, melted and molded into a beautiful gold cup. It was the same gold cup, but altogether new.
Our God, the great chemist of heaven will fashion us like Jesus. At the shout and the trumpet we will have a new body with no limitations. Hallelujah, this old house will be made new again; immortal, incorruptible, and eternal. We will join Him in the land of no more; where there is no more death, no more pain, no more tears and no more sorrow.
            It is really hard to think of anything that was good that came from the war in Vietnam. It is good to know, however, that a growing, witnessing church is emerging from years of persecution. A large scale and sustained turning to God is taking place both in registered and unregistered churches. This is an answer to prayer, and we rejoice. As usual, the training of leadership in the church is the most important thing.
            Vietnam remains one of the worst persecutors of Christians of any nations in the world. Pray for hundreds of Christians in prison for their faith, and for the churches that are under direct persecution.
''Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death."
George Whitfield