What about 666?

Who IS the Beast and what’s the deal with 666? Ever since I was a teenager (many moons ago), many Christians have espoused the view that “the mark of the beast” will be implemented through an implanted microchip, as the prophecy Revelation warns. But is that true? Here’s where this idea comes from. Revelation 13:16–18 And…

Greater Works Than Jesus?

Have you ever heard another person quote the following passage and wonder what it means? Let’s take a look, consider the context, and appreciate what Jesus intends. John 14:12–14 “Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these,…

The CROSS Always Outweighs Our CIRCUMSTANCES

Many live as if their circumstances communicate God’s favor or disfavor with them, a spiritual version of “He loves me. He loves me not.” If this were the case, there would have been many times that the first followers of Jesus would have wondered why Jesus didn’t love them anymore. Instead, Jesus warned them of…

Which Son Are You?

Reading from Matthew 21 today. Take a moment and read what Jesus says. Notice which folks represent which “sons” and then consider this question: Which son am I more like, the son who at one point said, “Nope. Not going to obey you, Father”, but later changed his mind and did obey OR the son…

Becoming Bereans?

Reading from Acts 20 today (20:26-31). Oh that spiritual leaders in our day would be able to echo Paul’s words (v26); rather than teaching what people want to hear, we would teach what people need to hear, especially in light of Paul’s warning of false teachers who “distort the truth”. Christians would do well to…

Should Christians Try to Persuade Others?

After reading Acts 19:8-10 (above), how do you think Paul would respond to those who imply that it isn’t the job of a Christian to persuasively and consistently reason with others to follow Jesus? Paul was a man of knowledge, wisdom, and character. KNOWLEDGE: Paul knew what he was talking about, studied and prepared to…

Is God Present in Hell?

Is God Present in Hell? The answer is yes….and no. Since God is omnipresent He can never be absent. It’s not like people in hell are partying since God isn’t there. In reality, His powerful punishment is everlasting. At the same time, God’s mercy & forgiveness are absent (i.e. not available nor offered).

Keep it ‘Old School’

Old School – a phrase that points back to a time past when some things just seemed to be better. Some old school cars continue to be appreciated because of their beauty, dependability, & capability. Old school rock music is often appreciated due to guitar solos (remember those…where have they gone?) & vocal harmony (without layered, studio…

Will You Bow Now?

During this Christmas season we often recall the visit of the Magi & the gifts they presented. But do you remember the previous meetings with King Herod & the Jewish scholars? Matthew 2:1–6 (NET) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying,…