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Births Births Births Honor Students Honor Students Honor Students Honor Students The Word of God, the Bible, should be used to test all sources; honestly seeking to know what to reject, what to accept as truth. We would do well to compare the time we spend with the scriptures and the time spent with our smart phones, the Internet, social networks and all the ways information, both bad and good, is spread. Do we know the scriptures better than all the gossip so prevalent in our day? Jesus spoke of the last days being a time of great difficulty and severe hardship unequaled from the begin - ning of the world. I quote from Matt. 24:22-25: “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.– See I have told you ahead of time.” Matt. 25:31-36: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shep - herd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’” Matt. 25:41: “ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” Arizona Christian University reports that almost half of US millen - nials “don’t know, believe or care if God exists.” A report produced by the university’s Cultural Research Center concluded that the generation of Americans currently aged between 18- 36 are threatening to reshape the nation’s religious parameters beyond recognition, with 43% either atheists or apathetic toward the existence of God. George Barna, an evangelical Christian and founder of the Cultural Research Centre, said that the millen - nial generation is attempting to reshape American society to fit their preferences. They seem committed to living without God, without the Bible, and without Christian churches as foun - dations in either their personal life or within American society. Barna continued, “It is hard to imagine a louder, clearer, and more direct challenge to the Christian faith in the United States.” Millennials and generation X, those aged between 37-55, were also found to be more interested in horoscopes and the principle of Karma, more likely to accept the theory of evo - lution, and more likely to believe that God is not involved in peoples’ lives. I find this alarming, yet I must real - ize that Jesus taught his disciples that such conditions would come. In Matthew 24:4-6, Matthew records Jesus saying, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. “You will hear of wars and rumors of war, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” Matt 24:10-14: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other. Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. “Because of the increase of wick - edness, the love of most will grow cold, but those who stand firm to the end will be saved. “The gospel of the Kingdom of A C HAPEL M EDITATION by Charles Gautsche The author welcomes your questions or comments. E-mail Charles Gautsche at: buckeye@archboldbuckeye. com with “A Chapel Meditation” in the subject line, or send your questions or comments to: A Chapel Meditation, c/o Archbold Buckeye, 207 N. Defiance St., Archbold, OH 43502. Clancy’s Cabinets Frey Construction Dr. Christian A. King, Optometrist Terry Henricks Ford Grisier Funeral Home F&W Auto Supply Terry Henricks Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Archbold Buckeye Raymond James Financial Services, Ed Roth CFP® D&G Welding Short Funeral Home “A Chapel Meditation” is brought to you by these community-minded sponsors: Scripture quotations are in bold italics and are from the NIV translation of the Bible. Charles Gautsche is native to the Archbold area; was ordained in 1960 and served the Central Mennonite Church, also conference and denomi - national offices until 1994. He has retired as Chaplain of the Fairlawn Retirement Community, having served there for 21 years. Charles Gautsche God will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Jesus made it very clear that no one– not even Jesus– only God the Father knows when the end will be; we need to be careful not to teach as though we knew. However, Jesus gave us the signs of how things will be; but we are not told the extent or degree of what will be. We are given the signs so that we can be aware of what to expect and practice a faith that is strong enough that we are not deceived by false prophets and teachers that attempt to destroy our faith. Consider how much has developed in my lifetime of 90 years that is now threatening the church of today. Social media networks offer their services to false prophets and satanic influences as political leaders, cult leaders, and everyone are free to pro - mote their thinking and ideas. Deception spreads rapidly as thou - sands hear and accept false infor - mation, conspiracy theories and out - right lying, then repeat it and teach it as truth. This has succeeded in making inroads in churches that pastors find difficult to refute. QAnon is perhaps the most deceiving of these false prophets. One pastor commented that he has one hour each week to teach God’s word and scriptural truth to his peo - ple, but they have 167 hours on their own to listen to other deceiving sources.

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