Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
""Metzger's (theology, Multnomah Univ.; "Consuming Jesus") latest fills a critical gap on many bookshelves. Himself an evangelical Christian and noted scholar, Metzger explores how the faithful and conservative Christian can engage in open and respectful dialog with those of other faiths without losing sight of the obligation to witness. His work includes brief comments from leaders in other faith traditions. VERDICT: Anything that can promote courtesy, across faiths or other lines, is welcome; Metzger's book should be required reading for evangelical pastors and preachers." -- "Library JournalWe live in a multifaith society: an ever-growing, diverse cultural climate, where no religion is viewed as having a monopoly on truth. It is important then that Christ-followers not only share the Word of God but also listen and learn how to interact meaningfully with those of diverse perspectives as we engage in life's most important conversations."Connecting Christ "encourages believers to be not only better communicators and witnesses but also listeners to people of other worldviews and traditions--skills that are crucial in defending against today's negative connotations and ineffective approaches associated with Christian evangelism.""With extensive commentary from leaders of various walks of faith and life - from Judaism to Islam and Buddhism to atheism - theologian and author Dr. Paul Louis Metzger offers a spiritual compass to help navigate the intimidating yet critical dialogue of conveying our faith in Christ. Filled with practical guidance and insight into controversial topics, such as hell, facism, and homosexuality, "Connecting Christ "reveals there is a way of evangelizing that is neither disengaging monologue nor silent, lifestyle ministry, but is, instead, an approach for evangelism and dialogue to go hand-in-hand.""We must remove ourselves as the stumbling block to salvation for others and embrace a way to proclaim the uncommon, compassionate God revealed in Jesus Christ--the Savior this world is dying to know. " "