Tuesday, June 7, 2011


… can stir the imagination like no other natural phenomenon; their configurations are as endless and as diverse as snowflakes. Their evolving shapes and colors paint pictures and tell stories that are short lived as puffs of wind end one tale and begin another.

A child enjoys fluffy bunnies and teddy bears. Visionaries dream of ships and islands. Trained eyes look for clues of the day’s forecast while others simply marvel at their beauty. We wonder at the majestic mountain tops of thunderheads as they build into hovering giants, then collapse, changing lives forever.

There's one thing about clouds that never changes. They draw our eyes upward and, for brief moments, our attention turns to the Source of the created diversion. Clouds are His stage awaiting the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

J. R. Church (Nov. 17, 1938 – Mar. 22, 2011) of Prophecy in the News (www.prophecyinthenews.com) spent a lifetime studying and teaching eschatology - we were privileged to have him as one of the teachers in our church. His work continues through his co-host and colleague, Gary Stearman. If you’re looking for the exact date of Jesus’ return, don’t bother visiting this web page. J. R. was not a date setter. He simply closed every broadcast and every lecture with the admonition to “Keep looking up!”

"Then they will see The Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven." (Mark 13:26,27 NASB, lower case mine)


Rita Garcia said...

Yes, indeed, "keep looking up." You have inspired my day! Blessings!

Laury said...

It is fun to look up but it makes me dizzy to look up and walk at the same time:) so I guess the point is to stop and look up like we need to stop and smell the roses, yes? :)

Patty Wysong said...

Oh yes!! To keep looking up! That's the key right there!! =]

Thanks for the reminder, Nancy!!

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

I like looking up but sometimes I fall. :)

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

I still look for shapes in the clouds. :) But yes, looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing!

Sparrow said...

I'm blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest where we get clouds most days. So pretty!

NancyK@A Softer Voice said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies. Love being a part of a great team of encouragers.

Niki Turner said...

Mmm. He's coming in the clouds, if not today, maybe tomorrow. I like that, "keep looking up"! Every day is a day closer to His return!

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