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Restoring the Church of God

Restoration Church/Body of Christ End Times

Source: NBC News

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Contributed By: Marcelle Smith | Date Posted: 2024-05-28

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16 ; Colossians 3:14

Author: Marcelle Smith / Illustration Exchange
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On April 15, 2019, thousands of horrified Parsians and tourists looked on, many with tears in their eyes as Notre Dame was on fire. Many of us remember watching the fire as well, seeing flames shoot into the air and rapidly spread over the Gothic building’s roof, known as “The Forest” because of its long planks of 800-year-old wood.

The next day, the French President vowed to rebuild the edifice within five years. While many thought a complete restoration would take decades, five years later, the historic renovation is nearly 90% complete. 2,000 oak trees were sourced from forests around Europe for the rebuild. Some of them are up to 400 years old. They were left to dry for 12 to 19 months before the carpenters used them. The estimated cost was $760 million. As of April 15, 2024, 340,000 donors from more than 150 countries have donated around $895 million. 

Ahead of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, work by this team of carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics, and others continues at the cathedral. While most of the modern building methods are being employed, there are tools that were re-created on site to match those used a thousand years ago by the original builderss.

APPLICATION

We live in perilous times, when even the very fabric of the church is being burned to the ground by divisiveness, wokeness, radicalism, religious persecution, and the like. 

If we, as a people are so inspired by God to rebuild and invest in a physical church edifice, how much more should we be inspired to invest in rebuilding His true church, the Body of Christ.

Our foundation is immovable, for it is Christ Himself! (1 Corinthians 3:11). We, as believers, are the very composition of that great, spiritual structure: "From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love" (Ephesians 4:16, ESV).

And let us look to Scripture to resurrect (pun intended) the very tools which were used from the beginning of the Church's construction, putting on love "which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:14, ESV). 

1 Corinthians 3:

9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

 

 

Blind To The Raging Fires

Complacency Revival End Times

Source: “French diners sip wine as fires break out in protest against Macron” By Ronny Reyes, published NY POST, March 26, 2023, retrieved 3/26/23

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-03-27

Scripture: Romans 13:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The NY POST reports:

Diners at a French cafe could be seen casually enjoying a glass of wine next to a flaming pyre of garbage amid riots against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform.

The viral video, posted on TikTok, shows the outdoor seating area at the Place de la Victoire, in Bordeaux, where rioters set fire to the roads on Thursday, the most violent day of the protests. … Throughout the video, the fire could be seen flaring up at times and sending embers flying up high, but the diners remained unfazed.

 

What a picture of our world today. Our culture and society are burning down around us in every corner of the globe. Political unrest. Cultural unrest. Religious unrest. Economic unrest. You name it.

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APPLICATION

With so much chaos raging, we run the very real risk of becoming desensitized to it -- desensitized to the needs and the questions and the concerns of those caught up in the rage. We can become so desensitized to it that we hardly respond to it anymore. 

As the church, and as individual members of it, let us guard our hearts and ask the Lord to open our eyes and remove our blinders to the chaos raging all around us — the needs and the emptiness and turmoil raging all around us.

Times of great chaos can be times of great revival.

We are called to “understand the present time” knowing this, “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11, NIV).

Let’s not squander the richness of this moment.

The Bible Message In 217 Words

God's Patience End Times Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-10-05

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:4

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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God said, “I created everything from nothing, order from disorder, life from lifelessness.”  His children said, “No, the universe created itself and life came about by random chance.” God said, “I made mankind to be male and female.” His children said, “No, we’ll decide how many genders there are and which one we want to be.”  God said, “I knew you in the womb, you have been fearfully and wonderfully made.”  His children said, “No, the unborn are just fetal tissue with no right to live until WE grant it.”  God said, “the marriage bond is to be between a man and a woman.”  His children said, “No, we will have sexual relations whenever and with whomever we please.” God said, “Despite your rebellion, I love you with an everlasting love, so I sent my only Son to die for the sins of the whole world.  Whoever believes in Him will gain eternal life!”  His children said, “No, we reject the bigotry of such a narrow point of view.”  God said, “One day I will return to redeem my Creation from corruption.” His children said, “No, we will save the planet ourselves.”  And while God patiently waited for mankind to come to their senses and repent, His children mockingly asked, “Where is the promise of His coming?”

APPLICATION

"Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, 'Where is this "coming" he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation' ... The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:3-4, 9, NIV).  

Every Item Restored

Restoration Redemption End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-07-03

Scripture: Isaiah 65:17 ; Revelation 21:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Signs of the Times

Sexual Promiscuity End Times Wrath

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-02-12

Scripture: Romans 1:24

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The Doomsday Clock

Watching for Jesus End Times Prophecy

Contributed By: Matthew Kruse | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11

Author: Matthew Kruse
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They Call It Sologamy

Marriage End Times Self-absorbed

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:2

Author: Rod Crowell
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The Feast of Trumpets

Prophecy Second Coming End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:8 ; 1 Corinthians 15:52

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Better To Avoid Alien Contact

God's Judgment End Times Prophecy

Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2015-06-08

Scripture: Isaiah 29:6

Author: Lawrence Dake / Illustration Exchange
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A Place for Your Stuff

End Times Worldview Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Scripture: Revelation 14:15 ; Matthew 13:39

Author: George Carlin / Illustration Exchange
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