Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 2)

Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 2)

2 Timothy 3 | Don’t Give Up!

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of …    (2 Tim. 3.14). Chapter 3 is part of a larger section (2.14-3.9) that deals with the false teaching faced by Timothy and the church he pastored. Paul instructed Timothy (and us) to “mark” (3.1) the terrible times in which he lives. He should not expect for things to be easy. The evidence for this, he tells Timothy, is to simply look around and take…

Revelation 21 | Heaven on Earth

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away … And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Rev. 21.1-2). Sometimes, when we attempt to describe something that is indescribably good, we just end up saying, “It’s heaven on earth”. John, in the last two chapters of the book of Revelation does his best to describe something that is indescribably good.…

Revelation 19 | The One Invitation You Should Not Ignore

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Rev. 19:9 On occasion, I will receive an invitation in the mail to come to a banquet meal at a pricey restaurant here in Knoxville. The invitation is motivated by an attempt to sell you something or promote involvement in a cause. I usually don’t go. It’s not the food that keeps me away. It’s the fact that I don’t really want to sit through what they’re…

Revelation 8 | When Facing Disaster

If you have been reading along faithfully, you will quickly notice the challenges in understanding the book of Revelation. For the reading on Revelation 1, we noted four common interpretative approaches to the book’s message: historicist, preterist, idealist, and futurist. The book’s complicated structure, varied symbolism, and extensive use of the Old Testament make any reader wonder how one can possibly make sense of what we find here, much less see any practical application to daily life. End-time movies or…

Revelation 1 | The Winning Team

What if you had known the winner of the Super Bowl before the game was played? If I were a betting man (which I’m not), I could have made a good deal of money with that knowledge. It would pay me to know who wins beforehand. In the book of Revelation we are told who is going to win before the contest is over. Knowing that Jesus is the sovereign victor over every evil should likewise guide me in how…

John 19 | The Death of Christ

John now shows us the great sign to which his gospel has been pointing – the cross of Christ.  He has carefully selected seven statements and seven signs to answer the question, “Who is Jesus and how can I be certain that his claims are true?” These statements each begin with the declaration “I am”: “I am the bread of life” (6:35, 41, 48-51) “I am the light of the world” (8:12, 9:5) “I am the door of the sheep”…

John 15 | The Simple Secret of Discipleship

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15.4 Through the metaphor of a vineyard, Jesus paints a vivid picture here of the intended relationship between believers and Christ. He had already anticipated the hope for this relationship in 14.23 when he said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,…

John 9 | Jesus and the Man Born Blind

In John 9, we have the account of Jesus healing a man who had been born blind. This is the only miracle in the gospels where the sufferer is spoken of as being disabled from birth. The chapter falls out nicely into three parts. First, is the account of the healing itself (9:1-7), then there is the interrogation of the blind man by his neighbors and the Pharisees (9:8-34) and at the end, Jesus reenters the story to teach us…

Matt. 27 | Born To Die

You may have heard or sung it this week – the familiar Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The third verse of the song concludes with three crucial lines that hint at the central theme from our Scripture reading today – Born that man no more may die:  Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.  While in this season, we celebrate the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus entered human history as a…

Matt. 6 | Believe Me, You Have Nothing To Worry About

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6.34 In Matthew 6.25-34, Jesus teaches us that it never pays to worry. Instead, we must learn to trust God to meet our every need. It’s true that we all have things in life that can distress us and cause us to be anxious so that we often dwell on our difficulties and troubles. Jesus’ word on…