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Left Behind - For a Reason 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Left Behind - For a Reason

The authors of the best-selling Left Behind series believe that no theological message is as crucial as this: Christ is coming again and we must be ready. But Jesus already left us behind once. The question is: Why?

No one heard the trumpet sound. But in the twinkling of an eye, life changed irretrievably and stunningly across the entire expanse of the planet Earth.

Over the Atlantic Ocean in a Boeing 747 en route from O'Hare to Heathrow, Captain Rayford Steele opened the cockpit door for a wee-hours stroll down the aisle to check on his passengers and flirt with his senior flight attendant. But he almost crashed into that flight attendant, the lovely Hattie Durham, on her way in to deliver to him a staggering news flash:

"People are missing."

"What do you m-?"

"A whole bunch of people, just gone! I've been everywhere. I'm telling you, dozens of people are missing. Their shoes, their socks, their clothes, everything was left behind. These people are gone!"

An elderly woman in first class, looking more than bleary-eyed, held her husband's sweater and pants in her arms. "What in the world?" she said. "Harold?" Harold was gone. Evaporated into thin air. Or something.

Thus opens the dramatic Christian...

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