Tag Archive: Revelation

Aug 18

We usually underestimate people and overvalue things. Great Cities Fall but People Live Forever.

We usually underestimate people and overvalue things. As C. S. Lewis powerfully observed in his sermon, The Weight of Glory, There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it …

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Jan 29

Good wins no ultimate victories except out of the grave of apparent defeat

A good sermon It has been said that you don’t know if a sermon is a good sermon when it is finished. Rather, you know if it’s a good sermon in the days, weeks, and months that follow as the people who heard it and the one who preached it live out the sermon in …

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Oct 07

Two ways we might be baptized as a Christian that we usually don’t think about

James and John’s Request Jesus prepared the disciples for their future by teaching them about his suffering and death.  After one of these times James and John asked him if they could sit at his side in the eternal kingdom. (Mark 10:32-34; Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33) Jesus’ question Jesus responded with a question.  He asked …

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Jul 04

The 120 in the Upper Room at Pentecost… hard to believe

Hard to believe Just before he ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from God. There were 120 people waiting. That number is hard to believe…for two reasons. How small it was Jesus was the sinless God-man. He fed thousands, healed many, and raised people from the …

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Apr 28

What is the Bible all about?

Bookends Occasionally authors give us bookends to let us know what a book is about. Bookends are passages at the beginning and end of a book that state and restate the central theme of the book and give meaning to what lies between. I have written about the bookends of Matthew’s gospel. Does the Bible …

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Apr 15

Why did God judge the Canaanites?

Wringing out belief from rebellious humanity When I was in seminary, one of the professors gave an illustration about God’s judgements on the earth. He said that sometimes God was trying to wring every bit of belief from rebellious humanity. God is patient. God told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in another land …

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Mar 11

God used a Pagan Prophet to Bless his People.

Who was Balaam? The blessing of the Jews by the pagan sorcerer Balaam in Numbers, chapters 22-24, is a perplexing series of events. Balaam is also known from a text outside the Bible. An inscription has been discovered near the junction of the Jordan and Jabbok rivers in the language of the Ammonites, descendants of …

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