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In the World

DEAD, FINALLY “I am a person who loves death. . . . I would like to be killed by the bullet.” This was the boast of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and numerous others. His perverted wish was granted when his life recently ended with bullets to the head and chest. In 2001, then-President Bush vowed America would bring bin Laden to justice, “dead or alive.” Early in the current administration, President Obama made the killing or capture of bin Laden a top priority. The president announced on Sunday evening that that mission had been accomplished. ALIVE, FOREVER The braggadocio of this century’s most infamous mass murderer stands in marked contrast to Revelation’s picture of the God who loves life and lives forever. Flashes of lightning and thunder surround his throne, yet in front of God’s throne is a sea as calm and smooth as glass. Both power and tranquility are symbolized by this description. The living creatures and elders who surround God’s throne praise h…

This Week with the Word

Perpetual praise
Sam E. Stone

The Uniform Lesson for May 8

Chapters 1-3 of the book of Revelation introduce Christ, reigning in Heaven, yet caring for his church on earth. The next two chapters focus attention on God ruling in power from his throne. The apostle John describes the perpetual praise from those who have been redeemed by the Lamb. The Lord protects and provides for all who have put their trust in him.

On the Throne/Revelation 4:1-3
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. After receiving a letter for each of the seven churches, the apostle John was next given a glimpse of Almighty God on his heavenly throne. The voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." The powerful voice spoke first when the visions began (Revelation 1:10). Now, once again, John recognizes that mighty voice calling him closer. Like Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:20), John quic…

The Sunday School Lesson

This week’s treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson (for May 8 ) is written by Tom May who serves with Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana. ____________ Perpetual Praise (Revelation 4)By Thomas May Revelation 4 provides another of many transitions in the final book of the Bible. John is given a glimpse of the end of time. Picture someone looking at a two-sided coin. On one side, John sees images of God with his people, protecting and encouraging regardless of the apparent circumstances of life; and on the other side are inscriptions of the judgment that will come on those who are not his people. Much like the different camera angles we see while watching a big game on television, Revelation provides a variety of vantage points upon which to view and understand God. Whether it is the image of one like the Son of Man walking among the lampstands (Revelation 1:12-20) or the image of the living Christ providing a personal message to the seven churches (Reve…

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011 | EASTER THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Old Testament Lamentations 3:18–26 Psalm Psalm 67 New Testament 1 Peter 2:11–20 Gospel John Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

 Old Testament   Lamentations 3:18–26  Psalm Psalm 67:1-7 New Testament 1 Peter 2:11–20 Gospel John 16:16–23a