When we hear a certain person is coming to visit, immediately, unconsciously we experience and emotional reaction depending on our relationship to them. What do you experience at the thought of God’s return? The final words God leaves us with concern the second coming of Jesus Christ. And, these are the words we are to cherish until that time. Can you say them with confidence?
We all carry in ideal world within our breast. And, from time to time we get a taste of it
Puritan Pastor, Richard Baxter, concluded that we ought to mediate on heaven for thirty minutes everyday. Some people would say that’s not only impractical, but harmful. Isn’t that the problem with Christians–withdrawing from the world and its problems to contemplate a translucent world with gold streets? But, this sort of withdrawal is alien to the Bible.
The dread of death and judgment isn’t something only the ancient world struggled with, we do as well. It lies behind our obsession with staying young, staying busy, staying up on the
The Bible is often viewed as an ancient religious text, history of Israel and the Church, moral guide, etc., but perhaps
Do you ever dream of a day when evil, oppression and abuse will be done away with? Do you realize that justice and judgment are necessary for that to happen? Is God’s judgment vindictive like the gods of mythology, or is it the result of a burning heart for justice? Through the songs of heaven and earth we find that answer as well as strength to sing of a day to come.
To understand a story it’s necessary to know who the main characters are and how they relate to the plot. The same is true for the story of history. In Revelation 12 Christ, Satan, and the People of God serve as the main characters. And, the plot is what God has done to silence our accuser.
The witness of the Church is the mystery of grace revealed through Jesus. And, because the witness is about grace it is opposed
How can God permit evil and suffering? How can he use it as judgment? Why does he do it? These are questions that continue to surface age after age. Revelation 8-9 addresses these important questions and depicts God’s judgment upon a world which ignores and opposes him, but with the aim of driving them to his breast.
The Bible has a realistic view of evil and suffering: it is inevitable and God alone can sustain us through it. If we are na