March 22, 2018

The Unexpectedness of the First Christmas

The virgin birth of Christ in Bethlehem had been prophesied hundreds of years before it actually happened. But it happened in a way that was completely unexpected. Mary was just an ordinary girl. Joseph, just a simple carpenter. The manger in Bethlehem was surrounded by itchy hay and the sounds and smells of working animals. Not to mention the shepherds, who were the outcasts of society, were the last people who would be invited to worship a king. Think back to that time... It had been four long centuries since anyone had heard God's voice. Four hundred long years of pure unbroken silence. No divine messengers. No prophets. No visions or dreams. Just four hundred long years of [...Read More]

God Is Still Watching (#TTB13)

It’s hard to watch the news sometimes. So many reports of violent shootings, rapes, and murders; of men and women committing wicked acts against innocent loved ones; corruption in even the highest levels of our government; lies and greediness and just plain old sin. The past few months especially have been inundated with violence and rampant wickedness. We live in a world overrun with godlessness. And it’s only getting worse... But you know what? It’s nothing new. It’s not due to recent political developments or world crises. This godless, lawless world has been around for thousands of years – and so has wickedness. Ever since Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Truly, there [...Read More]

Weekly Bible Reading & TTB12 Wk5

Well we finished Genesis last week and jumped right into Isaiah this week. I don't know about you, but I'm sure thankful for my study Bible... even with the study notes it's still sometimes hard to follow the specifics of who is being judged for what and when it's taking place. But I love that, reading through Mark, we find some of those prophesies referenced (as we do in the other gospels as well). I love how the whole Bible fits together perfectly. How it quotes itself, showing not just the prophecy but also the fulfillment of that prophecy, and even the repercussions of that fulfillment. I think the biggest thing I've gleaned from this past week's reading is that our God is faithful and [...Read More]

The Day of the Lord

Judgment is coming upon the world. It may be in our lifetime, it may not. But it will come. God will destroy every nation on earth, every living thing; for He is righteous and the whole world abides in sin. He is holy and every creature on earth is utterly wicked. He is just, and we in our sinfulness have violated His law. And so we must pay the price; we must serve out our sentence. We must die, for we have rejected our Creator. We must be cast out of His presence, for we have rebelled against His demands. Take a few minutes to consider God's depiction of coming judgment, as prophesied by Zephaniah around 630 BC: "I will utterly sweep away everything     from the face of the earth, declares [...Read More]

Righteousness Wins

"Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, 'Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.' Another angel, a second, followed, saying, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.' And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, 'If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the [...Read More]