YOUR DAILY DEVOTION FOR OCTOBER 23

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (KJV) (13) But I would not haveyou to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which areasleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

CROSS COVER - BLOGPaul is referring to believers who have died. We are not to sorrow for each other the same way the world does. We have hope they do not have, for they have no hope at all. We arelooking for the first resurrection, and eternal life. At death, the soul and spirit of the child of God goes back to God instantly, while the body returns to dust. At the rapture, Godwill replace the physical body with a glorified body. He will then unite that glorified body with the soul and spirit, thus making the believer whole.

(Read 1 Thessalonians 3:13)

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About Rev. Allen Smith

Rev. Allen Smith was born in the little town of Neoga, IL in 1951. He was saved at the early age of 12 years, and started preaching when he was just 15. He has been preaching and teaching now for 46 years. He has been a pastor for over 30 years of that time. Rev. Smith has been a featured speaker at camp-meetings and conventions down through the years. In addition, he spent 3 years as president of International Bible College and Seminary in DeSoto, Missouri, where he authored 9 different syllabi for the Seminary. Rev. Smith presently holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Education, a Doctor of Divinity Degree, and a Doctor of Theology Degree and has published several articles, in nationwide religious publications. From October of 1993 until July of 2010, Rev. Smith published a nation-wide Southern Gospel news magazine called SGN Scoops Digital. He is currently the founder and President of Lighthouse International Ministries which is a missionary outreach ministry. Rev. Smith’s first Kindle Edition book titled "Why?: Answering Questions About The Crucifixion" is currently available on Amazon.com. His newest Kindle Edition book, a daily devotional, titled "One Day At A Time" is also available on Amazon.com. Rev. Smith has not slowed down. He is currently writing his third Kindle Edition book, “The Sacrifice: The Only Way To God”.
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