1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
These words have potential to bring fear but, not with Christ in the mix! We will be with Him and it says forever. That’s the best encouragement ever.


When our children were really young, my Mom had come to visit! Lloyd and I were going to get a rare opportunity to run to the store with out the kids!! We were in the car and it was early evening but it was still light out!! When there was a bright light in the sky in front of us!! Lloyd pulled the car over and we didn’t know what to do!! Was the raptor happening and if it was we needed to be with our babies!! I remember feeling very anxious!! Was this it?? I don’t think that I… Read more »