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Posts by Guest Contributor (Page 3)

I Peter 4 | For The Love of Suffering

Is joyful suffering even possible? After 25 years, Jesus took my love and my best friend home with him. Now, mowing the lawn is back on my chore list. I was doing the first seasonal mow. Naturally, I thought about Kevin. At that moment, painful memories became a deluge through the corridors of my soul. Sorrow gripped my heart. I questioned God’s fairness. The afternoon sun dipped beyond the trees. Then, over the noise of the mower and my selfish…

Mark 16 | The Grave Could Not Hold Him

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 It has only been a couple weeks since Christians all around the world celebrated the most climatic event ever, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No other event has ever changed and shaped history as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. No wonder…

Mark 13 | God’s Commands for The Last Days

“…When will these things be…?” Christ’s disciples asked when Jesus spoke of the impending destruction of the temple (Mark 13: 1-4). The disciples knew something bad of epic proportions was coming if the temple of God would end in obliteration. The disciples’ concerns mounted as they sought to know the timing of this cataclysmic event. Maybe the disciples were content with the response Jesus gave. However, I found His explanation left my head spinning with new questions. Jesus talks about…

Mark 11 | Unbelief Is A No-Win!

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a man who was an adamant atheist. Somehow it had come up that I was a Christian. He ranted about how people who believe in that “Jesus nonsense” are complete fools, and you have to have completely lost your mind to trust in such a silly fairy tale. In the course of the conversation, I told him about what my life had been like before I became a follower of Christ and…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…

2 Tim. 2 | What Believers Need To Remember

Paul’s teachings to the early church congregations are immortal, bearing the truth of Jesus Christ through the ages until His return. Knowing the obstacles and struggles young Timothy would face, Paul gives his greatest fatherly encouragement and appeal in 2 Timothy 2. Before his discourse about being a worker approved by God, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of remembering what he has learned. 2 Tim. 2: 8-10 say, “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was…

Isaiah 65 | A Promise Preserved, A Salvation Secured

“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.” Isaiah 65:1 In the motion picture industry, many times screenwriters will start a movie by showing the current event that prepares the viewer to go back in time to see how we arrived at the…

The End of Sin

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who…

Rev. 13 | Warfare, Worship, Wisdom And The World

In 2009, I decided to study the book of Revelation, which became a year and a half adventure. This study also included examining the schools of interpretations on how to approach reading this Apocalyptic letter given by way of prophetic vision to the imprisoned Apostle and delivered to the seven churches of Asia Minor. The Revelation is a difficult letter to study because of its prophetic nature and the symbolism used. I avoided reading it for my first 23 years…

Rev. 12 | The Complete Work of Christ

Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” As we read through Revelation, we are given some amazing word pictures of the plan of God. Revelation 12 cannot be read without our imaginations conjuring up…