It’s that excellent time of the year again when the miraculous birth of Jesus and all its amazing encounters are given world-wide press. The angels that appeared to Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, and the shepherds are remembered this time of year. I worship God in awe each Christmas season when rehearsing the fact that every one of these key biblical figures were from the priestly lineage…[continue reading...]
Before Jesus Christ’s return to the earth, the Bible predicts a resurrection and a rapture. Why? And what are they? This is a perplexing question the Bible answers fully.
The Second Coming of Christ has thrilled and given great hope to the church since the angels told the disciples who watched the resurrected Jesus ascend, snatched heavenward (harpizo), raptured, that He would return “in just the same way [they] watched Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:6-12). The disciples had just spent a month and a half with the resurrected Christ, then watched him ascend into heaven.
The most beneficial, healing attribute of the Christian life is our capacity to forgive others who have sinned against us. When our spouse gets overbearing; our boss gets unfriendly; our friends get selfish; our children get obstinate; we can lash back – or we can forgive, because we have the promise of God’s love, acceptance, and forgiveness that He has commanded us to share with the world.
When the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the stormy Galilee waters none could comprehend the site. After fearfully crying out their fears of seeing a ghost, Jesus called out. “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water,” Peter cried back. And Jesus said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and WALKED ON THE WATER and came toward Jesus.” Jesus empowered Peter to miraculously WALK ON WATER when he set his eyes on Jesus and believed His word…
Only Bible prophecy carries the weight of God’s spiritual foretelling of people, places, and things. You won’t find the revelation in any other “religious” book than the Bible. God’s Old Testament prophets had much to say about the “Day of the Lord,” and recorded several revealing glimpses of the Millennial and Eternal ages. But they had really very little to say about our Gentile age of the church. In fact, except for Jeremiah, they seemed to look right through it. And his “new heart” revelation was inconclusive until the advent of the church…
Isn’t it interesting how Jesus says in Matthew 6:8 that our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask Him, but that we are to ask anyway. …Jesus invites us to receive God’s promises from Him through asking, seeking, and knocking.
I like Peter’s writings better than any New Testament contributor because he’s so much like me before the Holy Spirit’s change. Babbling Peter said whatever he wanted, whenever he felt it, just like so many Christians and nonChristians do every day. …Following his conversion, it was Peter who preached on Pentecost, causing great revival (Acts 2). It was Peter who healed in Jesus’ name the lame man while passing by for afternoon prayer in the temple, causing great revival…
Eschatology and the Kingdom of God Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Bible speaks of a coming thousand year period when Satan and his evil influence will be banished from the earth. The Book of Revelation teaches this predicted millennium of peace will begin
Bible prophecy. Can the ordinary every day pew warming Christian understand these passages of Scripture that make up one third of the Bible’s text? “No,” so many prophetic “experts” seem to say. Their allegorical commentaries that have flooded Christian airwaves and bookstores over the years read and sound like parroted last-days Rapture squak. “Go away, don’t
My first impression of hermeneutics in a Ph.D.’s structured college class wasn’t very good. I’d just finished two years of Charismatic institute studies before relocating with my wife Alisa to L.A. for Bible College, and the purely mental regiment of it all just cut across the grain. My historic and contextual understanding of the Old
What Would You Do if 2014 Were Your Last Full Year on Earth? How would you fare if your judgment seat was scheduled for some time this year? What would you have to offer God for reward on behalf of your Christian life on earth? Tough question for those who haven’t given their life totally
Look “people of earth, look upon this! Look at your destiny! Here are your church age events!” Have you read Parables, Anointings, Visions and Dreams? If you haven’t…tsk, tsk, tsk… please do now so you will be fully equipped to read this article. If John’s revelation of Israel in Revelation 12 presents the best working picture
Some teach the “great city” the Babylonian harlot represents will be a physical metropolis such as Amsterdam or New York to receive the judgments and plagues described in John’s prophetic text. But a studied hermeneutic of her vision reveals there is more to the harlot’s coming than a central locale. In fact, if you look closely, you will realize that she is not a central place, and that she is already here.2014 Prophetic Year in Review
For those of us watching possible fulfillment of prophecy in 2013 and 2014, eyes on Russia and Iran were particularly fascinating. Ezekiel 38 speaks of a “Gog” led last-days Israel invasion that will include Persia, the modern nation of Iran, and most of the current middle east. I cite two possibilities of who the Eschaton’s
There is a miraculous power revealed in the lives of two peculiar figures in the Book of Revelation, “the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth” (11:4). …Fire spews out of their mouths to devour God’s last-days enemies as they preach God’s Word with miracles following. They are not without scriptural peer, having in common the prophetic traits of Moses, Elijah, and Philip..
I’m still not sure how I got the nod to chair our little church’s pulpit committee last summer. When I asked what led to my choice, I was simply told, “It’s God’s will.”
I’d been at our little two hundred member congregation three years and served on the board a month. I really liked Pastor Giff, but he finally got fed up with us after serving at Menlo Park Spirit Filled Praise and Worship Fellowship for five years. I suppose all the sniping, griping, and pastor’s wife bashing can get to you after a while. He said he was heading to the mission field. Bosnia, I think. I guess we were pretty bad.