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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…

Rev. 4 | Walk Through The Door And Worship!

“Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.’” Revelation 4:1 There are few chapters in the Bible that stimulate the imagination of the eternally focused Christian as the 4th chapter of the book of Revelation. John walks us through his vision as he is transported…

3 John | Love And Truth

The Apostle John sends a short letter (3 John) to a Christian named Gaius. Not much more is known. We don’t know when the letter was written, who Gaius was, or where he lived. John doesn’t give us much detail. In fact, he intentionally leaves out much detail stating in verse 13 that he had much to write, but he is not going to put it to paper, but rather speak face to face. So what was the purpose of…

I John 4 | The Way of Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 In Luke chapter 10, the parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus responds “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The lawyer replied, and he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all…

I John | My Dear Children

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the righteous one.” 1 John 2:1 I believe this verse from our daily readings really sums up the main purpose of every epistle. They all encourage us towards holiness and at the same time, remind us that our salvation is through faith in Christ alone. In this verse, John…

John 12 | The Desperate Need of Awful Mankind For An Awesome God

“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:25-26 A dear friend, mentor and pastor for over 30 years frequently asks me: “Do I hate my life?”  Depending on my mood, I answer in a variety of ways. On a…

John 10 | The Good Shepherd

I don’t believe there is any description of Jesus Christ that is more beautiful than that of the Good Shepherd. Of course, the idea of our Savior being a shepherd is not new. The twenty-third Psalm is probably the best-known passage in all of Scripture. In it, David describes our Lord and Savior caring for and providing for him as a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11 is one of the most beautiful Old Testament passages describing our Savior as a shepherd caring…