Who Wrote the Book of Love?

When you hear the name “God”, what image comes to your mind? Our brain is hard-wired to think in terms of pictures. Each one of us has tens of thousands of mental images stored in our brains that instantly come to mind when we hear words or phrases. Someone says “dog” and one thousand people will instantly call to mind one thousand different mental images of what “dog” means to them. [Read more…]

Turn! Turn! Turn!

One of my favorite old music groups is The Byrds. I love the sweet sound of that Rickenbacker electric 12-string and the gorgeous harmonies. My favorite Byrds song is “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season.) The lyrics for the song, with the exception of two lines, were written by King Solomon who ruled Israel from 970 to 931 BC. These lyrics were put to music in 1959 by folk musician Pete Seeger, who added the lines, “turn, turn, turn” and, “I swear it’s not too late.” These extra lyrics have taken on an apocalyptic significance in our 21st century world, and specifically in America. [Read more…]

The Absolute Necessity of the Book of Revelation

Recently I was speaking with a young friend of mine concerning the state of his local church. He told me that he was frustrated with the lukewarm spiritual atmosphere of the church, including the youth group. “Why is it,” he asked me, “that we never hear any teaching from the book of Revelation?” It was no surprise to me that neglect of this amazing and powerful prophecy was linked with a dull and ineffective church. [Read more…]

Outside the Camp

One of the most compelling emotions we feel as humans is the desire to belong, to be included. For some of us, the exclusion from popular cliques in school remains as painful childhood memories. We sometimes spend a lot of money for memberships to various groups so that we can be a part of the club. Nobody truly wants to be an outsider, despite the claims and lifestyle of some. [Read more…]

Does the Blood of Jesus Make Us Worthy?

Every so often I come across an idea that is held by most professing Christians, myself included, that turns out not to be supported by scripture. I am not referring to silly sayings such as, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, or, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’m talking about theological positions that have been repeated for so long that they have become a part of our mindset. One such idea is the belief that we are made worthy by the blood of Jesus. Recently I felt prompted to investigate this claim, and what I found was both humbling and illuminating. [Read more…]

Knowing the Day and Hour of Jesus’ Return

I can hear the howls of protest already! There is probably no topic that brings more disagreement than the end times- the end of this present age and the return of Jesus Christ. And yet, if there is one concept that most people are in agreement with, it is the statement that no man knows the day or the hour of His return. Jesus did in fact teach His disciples this reality and I am not in any way attempting to cast doubt on it. [Read more…]

Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?

A couple of years ago, a pastor with whom I am familiar stopped by to see me. During the conversation, he enthusiastically told me about a new book he was reading. The core premise of the book (which shall go unnamed in order to avoid giving it publicity) is that the church is losing twenty-to-thirty year olds in huge numbers because the church has lost its social relevancy. The book uses a lot of polling data to make its point, and one of the strongest negative responses from this age demographic is related to the church and politics. According to the poll results cited, these young adults are very turned off by any Christian involvement in the political arena. (I would dryly observe that judging by the type of questions asked in the polls, it appears what these young people actually oppose is conservative politics. Who woulda thought?) [Read more…]

The Marriage Feast At Cana: Bearing His Reproach

There is a curious exchange between Jesus and His mother Mary during the wedding feast at Cana in John 2. As with many of the stories in the Gospel written by John, there is more going on than what may first appear. Let us dig into this account of the wedding and unpack what the Spirit is saying to us. “It is the glory of Kings to search out a matter.” (Prov. 25:2)

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. [Read more…]

As In The Days Of Noah

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave his most famous and detailed teaching about events and conditions at the end of the age. (Notice that the Bible does not speak of the “end of the world” as unbelievers do, but rather about the end of this age.) Luke’s account of this end time message includes many of the same details and adds a few points not mentioned by Matthew. In this article I want to focus on one particular statement that Jesus made in both Gospels comparing the “Days of the Son of Man” with the days of Noah.  Luke includes a comparison with the judgment that took place at the time of Lot.

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Ten Virgins

In the middle of His most important teaching on events at the end of the age, Jesus gave us the parable of the Ten Virgins. The elements of this parable-lesson, and the frightful warning it includes, should rock the sleeping Western Church. Jesus loves us with burning passion and His desire is to see all of His people enter into the Wedding Feast at the beginning of His Millennial rule. Let us carefully consider this parable which He gave us to that end.

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