Embracing New Creation

As people, we are so stubborn. I could share story after story of people in my life whom I would consider to be stubborn (and, indeed, we probably probably all thought of someone), but here I really want to focus on our relationship with our Lord. We believe, for instance, that God wants to do... Continue Reading →


Rewards and Sacrifice

When I was little, it was such a sacrifice for me to clean my room. I was so busy all of the time. I had school. I had to play video games. I had to practice machine pitch in the evenings. My mom made me go to church. I had to eat dinner. There was... Continue Reading →

Christian Luxury? (considering the resurrection)

Resurrection Sunday. Today we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the grave and His victory over death. Because of Christ’s victory, we can all have victory in Him. This is the message that we hear ever year at this time and every year at this time we read of Christ’s resurrection. The message is so clear and... Continue Reading →


God’s People and Perseverance

Often times, we speak of perseverance in terms of the runner. The runner will go the distance and finish the race well by the work of denying his own exhaustion. The perseverance of the Christian is similar, correct? ______________________________ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKXoqmC7Zfg _____________________________ Here, I would like to pose a simple question. If we compare Christian perseverance... Continue Reading →


God’s Witnesses

As we continue through the book of Revelation, I want to caution us again about trying to put together a timeline of events. This was not John’s purpose for writing and if we try to do this today, we will be more confused than enlightened. Though John’s Revelation seems to follow a basic path of... Continue Reading →


Pride, Worship and Morality

As we continue through Revelation together, we ding ourselves in the part of the story where Christ is breaking the seals, preparing to declare judgment upon the world. He is the only one who is worthy because He is the only one who suffered the death penalty on our behalf. The seven trumpets are described... Continue Reading →


When Will God Set Things Right?

After John addressed the seven churches in Asia specifically, he describes a great scene around God's throne. He describes the glorious worship of God by all of creation. In the context of this worship, a book is presented before the assembly and no one is found worthy to open its seals. In a courtroom setting... Continue Reading →


Gaining Works, Losing Christ

When I was little, I remember starting to build a club house on our property with my dad. This club house was going to be the best club house anyone had ever seen because my dad built houses for a living and he was the best at what he did. We had some extra 2x4's... Continue Reading →


The Book of Revelation

This week, we get to begin the book of Revelation. Before we get into the book of Revelation I need to make a couple of preliminary statements that will carry us through the next two months. First, the purpose of Johns letter (the book of Revelation) was to implore believers to stay faithful to God... Continue Reading →


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