Vol: 19 Issue: 23 - Monday, January 23, 2017
They That Wait Upon The Lord. . .
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31
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From Here to Eternity
January 23, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
The Christian world is currently divided into two groups. There are those who suffer under the boot of physical persecution, and those who do not. Those currently experiencing persecution include Christians from the Middle and Far East, Africa, various Latin American countries, and those who live in western nations, but predominantly non-Christian communities.
Please, Just Give Me Christ
January 20, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Please, just give me Christ! When I left the Christ-less New Age, I tried to attend my local Catholic Church. I wanted to know more about the Lord. Yet every service seemed just another excuse for a social justice commentary. The popular term in those days was "reconciliation."
The Road from Damascus
January 19, 2017 - Israel - Middle East
There are not many ancient cities still standing, though there are remnants of several. When it comes to the oldest cities remaining that have been continuously populated since birth, 7 of the top 10 remain in biblical territories. Damascus remains against all odds.
January 18, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
One verse that has stumped me since pretty much the first week I belonged to Jesus is I John 3:2. "We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” I’ve been working on what that methodology would look like for 40 years. Finally, (Eureka!) I figured something out. It’s not as much procedural as it is personal.
The Little Horn
January 16, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
Imagine if you will, that World War II did not end in an Allied Victory with tickertape parades and sailors kissing nurses. What if the Third Reich had pulled us into a stalemate by not invading the Soviet Union, but focusing their entire energy and inventories into Western Europe first?
The Coming Prophetic Kingdom
January 13, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Those who know me know how much I love books. When we moved into our current house there was a study with plenty of book shelf space. That space has been quickly filling up. It doesn't help attending a church which has a bookstore. Once a week I'm also drawn to our local Half Price book Shop, which has an excellent Christian section.
And Then We Were Christians
January 12, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
It was tough being a Hebrew in the days of slavery under African rule in Egypt.
January 11, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
The Book of Ezekiel, though considered one of the most difficult (and therefore least-read) books in the Old Testament) is really an amazing book, providing (albeit sometimes in fairly confusing imagery) a pretty straightforward timeline of Biblical prophecy starting with the nation’s being taken to Babylon in chains and ending with its future restoration. You might wanna read it now. Because Israel’s already busy fulfilling Ezekiel’s visions.
The Great and Terrible God of Love
January 09, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Over the years I’ve spoken to many non-Christians about God. For the most part, people believe there is something or someone out there, but aren’t entirely sure who or what. Aside from the general understanding of a supernatural-being out there in the yonder, those who do believe in a ‘God’, seem to have serious mischaracterizations about Him. Some simply attribute God as the “big Man in the sky”. Some think He is mean and over controlling tyrant. Still many think He set everything in motion and then just walked away. Some think He is only love and nothing more. Still others deny He exists as a person at all but rather is an impersonal ‘force’.
Ashamed of Dispensational Bible Prophecy
January 06, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Are you ashamed of dispensational Bible prophecy? Or are you one of those proud prophecy kooks who love Israel? I like to think I'm the latter. Unfortunately there's pressure on Christians to keep their interest in Bible prophecy and Israel to themselves.
January 05, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
You are reading a series of 66 books and manage to stay interested until the last book of the series. You begin to read the Prologue; and in the very first paragraph of the last book, the author writes this:
A Today Without a Yesterday
January 04, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
The Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived about 400 years before Christ, wrote a book entitled, Physics which popularized his theory that the universe was eternal. (Aristotle preferred to believe that the universe was eternal because that avoided the need for a God that had created it.) He also popularized the idea that the universe was static, meaning unchanging, as well.
2017: The Year in Review
January 02, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
After a volatile and ‘seemingly unpredictable’ election year, the newly forming Trump administration likewise promises to be one that is largely driven around the personality of Donald Trump. His campaign of Make America Great Again (MAGA) has pumped new vigor into a sagging economy, and has spurred both trepidation and curiosity of almost every nation around the world. President Elect Trump is unlike anything, anyone has ever seen in that office, and has been closely scrutinized for operating largely off script and predictably-unpredictable.
Merry Christmas from Muhammad and Devotees
December 30, 2016 - Israel - Middle East
The Prophet Muhammad's legacy of terror has reached out from the past and wished many western Christians another merry Christmas. It's an upward trend.
United States Betrays Israel: Why?
December 29, 2016 - Israel - Middle East
One reason: It had to happen. This may seem like a simplistic answer to a complicated question, but not really. It is similar to the question asked for the last 2,000 years as to why the Jews “killed” Jesus. If they had not, Jesus would not have been the Messiah. It was written that a messiah would be revealed to the Jewish people, but he would be rejected and killed by those he came to save.
Happy New Year?
December 28, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
I hope one and all had a blessed remembrance of our Lord’s birth and found exactly what they wanted under their respective trees. But does anybody else get the feeling, from our daily headlines, that those of us waiting for the Lord’s return and according to a boat load of verses in the New Testament, we all should be, right? It seems to indicate that we may have another reason for celebration coming? One spelled R-A-P-T-U-R-E ?
The Cradle, the Cross and the Crown
December 26, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
During the Christmas Season, it is fitting for Christian households and churches to focus on the first coming of Jesus Christ. In times past, and perhaps not so much anymore, one could see the manger scenes in town squares and in front of churches of all denominations. Christmas cards bearing the Star or the three Wisemen are passed amongst believers during this season. Preachers preach predominantly from Matthew 1-2, churches hold cantatas and the sounds of “peace on earth, good will toward men” fill the ears of believers round the world. Bethlehem, Israel becomes the focus of world stage once again, as Christian’s flock to the Church of the Nativity,which is currently held hostage by the Palestinian movement.
A Covenant Keeping God
December 23, 2016 - In Defense of the Faith
We worship a covenant keeping God. Our salvation depends upon that fact. If God doesn't keep His word, we can't depend upon promises such as John 3:16.
The First Noel
December 22, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
Somewhere amid the European Christmas tradition we inherited as Americans and the stuff we invented ourselves (flying reindeer? Snow, holly, and mistletoe? The Grinch? Wenceslas and Wassail? Santa Claus?) we have lost any appreciation for the utter Jewishness of the events we celebrate. That it was Jewish prophecies being fulfilled. A long-awaited Jewish King being born. I like my corn -pone brand of Christmas, but so much more awaits us when we put the birth of Christ into the proper context. Starting with Malachi.
One Fat and Sassy Church
December 21, 2016 - Globalism - Ecumenism
Believers see the UN’s Agenda 2030 as a blueprint for one-world government ratified September 25, 2015 as a harbinger of the seven-year period called the Tribulation. Doubters point to the persistence of deep divisions in world views, most significantly with respect to religion. No argument there. But when the church is gone only delusion will remain.
The Wise Men
December 19, 2016 - Witnessing Tools
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2
God, Sovereignty and Revelation's Seals
December 16, 2016 - In Defense of the Faith
Some time ago a scholarly friend wrote a series on getting the rapture right on his blog. While I didn't agree with everything, I liked that he wasn't dogmatic. He came to his pretribulational conclusion in logical and humble fashion.
O Christmas Tree
December 15, 2016 - Commentary on the News
In case you missed it, last week an Indiana town removed the Cross from the top of the town Christmas tree.
December 14, 2016 - Terror - Islam
I have been trying to follow the Battle for Aleppo, I really have. But the sound-bite news coverage that both TV and online have reverted to (even on Fox News you hear way more about Brad and Angie then you do Al-Bashir) makes it hard, and the multiple factions involved only add to my confusion. One thing I know, Aleppo is a complete an unadulterated tragedy.
Itís the End of the World, Now What?
December 12, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
Hal Lindsey’s been saying now for the better part of 50 years, that Christ’s return is imminent, but I fear that for many, apocalypse fatigue is setting in. The "Left Behind" series sparked a huge renewed interest into the idea of the Rapture and for what follows, but even that excitement seems to have faded. With all the geo-political, economic, and technological changes happening every day, modern man’s attention span is steadily decreasing.
Dragon Deception and God's Warriors
December 09, 2016 - Globalism - Ecumenism
I often speak about my New Age past. By now I suppose a lot people are cringing..."Here he goes again." Please bear with me. One reason I do this is because I'm eternally thankful for God's faith and patient love in delivering me from that lifestyle.