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When Will the End Be? Matthew 24.36-44

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Question:When will the end be?
Jesus is coming to restore all things.There will be no more dying and no more fear.Jesus gives the disciples the hope of His return.He wants them to have assurance.
“When are you doing to all these things?” the disciples wonder.We do this with other things in our lives as well.For example, when someone gets engaged we ask, “When’s the date?”When someone is about to graduate we want to know the graduation date.We want to have the details.This is a natural curiosity.We have the same questions the disciples had.
Answer: We do not know when Jesus will return. There’s the answer!It’s an important answer.This is the most important future event of our lives, when Jesus answers the disciples in verse 36:
36“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 
Jesus says clearly that no one knows.Sometimes it makes national news when someone has created a complicated mathematical formula or has…
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Several of our members at First Baptist Church are involved in prison & jail ministry; Rich Palumbo is one of those.  Some of our members are trained to visit regularly and check out a prisoner to bring to a church service.  Most Sundays we have prisoners worshiping among us.  It's a joy for us to share the Gospel with them and care for them. Here's a few experiences Rich Palumbo had recently in our local jail and another while on vacation with his wife.  
If we look and pray for opportunities for God to use us we will find them:
Questions Answered in Jail
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God has called us to be unleashed for the Gospel.We ask questions like, “What is going on in the world?”We wonder about current events. Jesus prepared his disciples about what’s coming next.God tells us to be set free to share the Gospel.There are 2 struggles: 1)Excitement about the future – I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about flying cars! 2)Other things remind us of the brokenness of our world.
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Seven Warnings Matthew 23.36

Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees and he gives seven warnings.The way they are living is destructive.Jesus has a clear purpose: Jesus wants them to find life.His purpose is redemption.Jesus is calling out their inconsistencies.We live in a world full of inconsistences.
For example, Nancy and I once watched baby sea turtles crawl out across the beach and into the ocean.It was wonderful!These turtles have federal protection.Yet, we live in a nation where human life isn’t protected.
Jesus brings us to a place where He points out what really matters.This is what the church should be about, but there are places where the church is inconsistent too.
Point people to Jesus.
13…For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
Jesus says you’re not going in and you’re not following God and you’re even keeping people from following God.God calls us away from the wide broad path of the world.Jesus is saying…