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Read along with Mark 13:24-37.
In this podcast:
1. Anthem of the day: "Zion, At Thy Shining Gates" (K. Lee Scott)
Big-hearted, generous, loving, utterly frustrated George Bailey, from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, loves the good people of Bedford Falls so much that he gives up all of his big dreams of exploring the world and building skyscrapers in order run his father’s Building and Loan so that OTHERS can follow their dreams.
George helps. And he helps and he helps and he helps. Eventually, his compassion, which has burned so brightly, flames out and he reacts badly when his Uncle Billy loses a large deposit of money. And George becomes numb; numb to the people he has helped, numb to his family, numb to his life.
Into the darkness of the places of where our hearts have become numb, Jesus speaks a powerful word about urgency in Mark 13. And his words pierce right through our numbness.
32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.”