November 2019  
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Will You Get Home in Time?”


      “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.     

(2 Cor. 6:1-2)


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This week, I’d like to ask the question, “Will you get home in time?”  Some years ago, a story was circulated of a man who was at work when news came of a severe winter storm that was approaching. The superintendent dismissed all employees early so that they could get home before the storm struck. But one man made light of the warning and used his time for an extra drink at the bar on his way home. While he was yet two or three miles from home, the storm broke in all its fury, with gale winds creating blizzard conditions.


The snow was blowing fiercely and produced deep drifts with amazing speed. His car stalled and knowing he had to be near his house, he got out and tried to walk the rest of the way. But he became blinded by the snow, had no sense of direction, and in the confusion, he walked away from his house and into a field. He was found the next day, frozen to death, and with his body nearly covered by the snow. If he had NOT stopped along the way, he would have arrived home BEFORE the storm. He waited too long to go home, preferring the pleasures of a sensual appetite rather than the safety and companionship of home.


There are, today, people who are gambling dangerously, WAITING TOO LONG TO GO HOME! The text states ”… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2b). Unfortunately, many people are not heeding the warning from our Heavenly Father that there is a gathering storm of judgment for sin on the horizon.  The Hebrew writer declares, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). In the gospel of John, Jesus said, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).  His initial coming into the world for our salvation and deliverance from sin.  However, in Acts 17:31 we are reminded that God “…hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained…” God sent His Son as the beacon light of His love to guide us so that we need not get lost or confused.


Still, many wait, delaying their departure from sin to turn themselves toward home and safety. Soon and very soon, it will be too late. Hearts will become hardened, worldly interests will grow stronger, and our spirits will die unconcerned about spiritual things. How sad to know that there are some who will almost make it home, but will be lost nonetheless because they waited until it was too late!


University, remember our Mission and Vision: “A New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland. We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.”  May we rekindle our passion for lost souls, because “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2b). Until next week, remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!


Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD




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