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Revelation 20:11-15 — Two books

I love reading books. It became a lot more convenient to read when I got my Kindle Fire. Now, I can carry around any number of books, including a number of different Bibles without putting a strain on my back. … Continue reading

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Revelation 16 — Though judgment falls

We saw in chapter 14 the warning of eternal judgment that would fall on all those who rejected God, and instead took the mark of the beast. And like I said earlier, there are those who really get upset at … Continue reading

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Revelation 10 –Sweet words, sour words

Yesterday, I asked the question: how does heaven see judgment? And the answer was, “not with joy, but with solemnity.” When the 7th seal was about to be opened, all of heaven, usually a place of joyful celebration, fell silent. Today’s … Continue reading

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Revelation 8-9 — The gravity of judgment

How does heaven see injustice? And how does heaven see judgment when it comes? I think we find both answers here. Normally, heaven rings with the worship of the cherubim, seraphim, the elders, and all the saints. But when the … Continue reading

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Revelation 6 — The beginning of the end

I am now officially in deep waters. For that matter, so is everyone else who starts trying to comment on these passages. The number of interpretations for these passages are legion. All I can I say is that many of … Continue reading

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Revelation 2:1-7 — If the church has not love…

We now come to the first admonition to the church in Ephesus. Jesus actually has a lot to praise them for. They were working hard for him. In the face of hardships, they persevered and didn’t grow weary. (2a) More, they … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:10-20 — In order that we might be prepared

I was intending to dive straight into chapter 2 today, but I felt there was something that I needed to say before we started. By far, the parts of Revelation that are preached most often in churches are chapters 2 … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:9-20 — The one to whom we must give account

Judgment day. It is coming for all of us. And it comes first and foremost for us who believe. This is something that we see from this passage to the end of chapter 3. In his vision, John hears a … Continue reading

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II Peter 3:1-15 — The patience of God

We talked a couple days ago about the complaint people have that God seems to be doing nothing about all the evil and injustice in this world. And we saw that justice will come, and that it is certain. It is … Continue reading

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II Peter 2:3-9 — A destruction that is not sleeping

Sometimes we wonder why God allows so much evil in the world. We wonder why God doesn’t do something now about the people who are doing evil. And in addressing the false teachers and their fate, Peter gives us an answer … Continue reading

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II Peter 1:2-15 — If we truly know him and love him

I’ve been reading Luke 19:11-27 in preparation for a message I’ll be giving in a few weeks at church. And as I read this passage in II Peter, it caused me to reflect on that passage in Luke. In Luke 19, … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:18-22 — The hope that we have

When people mock us for our faith, it can be disheartening. And when we are persecuted for our faith, it can be easy to ask why. “Why does God allow this? Why does he let us suffer? And how long will we … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:13-4:6 — Living for Christ that others may live

Throughout this letter, Peter has been encouraging his readers to follow the example of Christ in suffering. To not be afraid of people, but to instead set apart Christ as Lord in their lives. One thing that struck me as … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:15-29 — If we turn our backs on God

There are two sides to every coin. And we see that in this passage. On one hand, there is the inheritance that God offers to us if we will become his children and heirs. On the other hand, there’s judgment … Continue reading

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Hebrews 11:7 — A faith that prepares for judgment

Judgment day. It’s not a subject that people like to talk about. Particularly non-Christians. Oh, they don’t mind the thought of criminals and other “evil” people being judged by God. But somehow, when they think of “evil” people, they never … Continue reading

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Hebrews 10:26-31 — If we choose to reject Christ

What will you do with Christ? When all is said and done, that is the ultimate question that everyone has to answer. For those who decide to put their trust in him, they find life, both here in this world … Continue reading

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Hebrews 4:11-5:10 — Why we can dare to draw near

How would you like to have your whole life exposed for all to see? Nothing hidden. Your life an open book for the world to see? Now think of standing before God on judgment day with that book open before … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 5:1-11 — Being ready for Jesus…whenever he comes for you

A lot of people wonder when Jesus will come back. The Thessalonians wondered about it back in Paul’s day. People wonder about it today. But Paul essentially reiterates what Jesus said: “We don’t know when Jesus will come back. So … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 13:1-4 — When Jesus returns

In Paul’s warning to the Corinthians in this passage, I see a warning to us as well. Paul told them, I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:11-15 — Compelled

What do you live for?  And why? For Paul, the answer was very clear.  The thing he always kept in mind was that a day of judgment was coming, not only for himself but for others (10).  And so he … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:1-10 — Though we may groan

In this passage, Paul continues his thought on why he had hope in the midst of trial. He says, Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 16:13-14 — Being men

I know this tends to get lost in some of the newer translations, but it seems to me that while Paul is talking to all Christians in this letter (I Corinthians 1:2), he does specifically address the men in this … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 3:5-23 — With what we are building up the church

It’s interesting pulling this whole passage together.  Usually when I have read it in the past, I’ve taken different parts of it and looked at them individually, but I’ve never really read it as a whole. What is Paul talking … Continue reading

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Romans 3:9-20 — But I’m not that bad

One thing that many people can’t seem to understand is how God could reject a person just because they don’t believe in Christ. “After all, there are a lot of good people in this world who don’t believe in Jesus. … Continue reading

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Romans 1:18-32 — The problem of sin

As Christians, we often talk about salvation.  But what are we being saved from?  What have we done that is so bad that we require salvation? We find the answer in this passage, one of the darkest in all of … Continue reading

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Acts 24 — The whole counsel of God

Paul once told the Ephesians, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  (Acts 20:26-27 — ESV) What … Continue reading

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Acts 21:17-36 — Misunderstood

It’s interesting to me that while Paul was trying to clear up a misunderstanding between the Jewish Christians and himself, he caused another misunderstanding in the process. Apparently, the Jews, both Christian and non-Christian, were under the impression that Paul … Continue reading

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Acts 19:11-17 — Second-hand relationship?

Jesus told his disciples before he went to the cross that they would do greater things than he did.  You see some of that in this passage where handkerchiefs and aprons that Paul had touched were taken to the sick … Continue reading

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Acts 17:29-34 — A second Christmas

Well, Christmas has come and gone here in Japan.  I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. As I read this passage though, it strikes me that there is still a Christmas we are yet waiting for. … Continue reading

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Matthew 25:31-46 — How we treat others

Jesus finishes his dialogue on the end times with this last story.  And it talks about the final judgment following the tribulation.  At that time, God will judge the nations, separating the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from … Continue reading

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Matthew 23:25-28 — Cleaning out the inside

Jesus continues his scathing of the Pharisees and teachers of the law by saying, Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed … Continue reading

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John 12:44-50 — When we see and hear Jesus

So many people say, “I believe in God,” but refuse to put their faith in Jesus. But if you truly believe in God, that is exactly what you cannot do.  Jesus says here, Whoever believes in me does not believe … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19 — What would bring us peace

Lots going on in these passages, and as you look at all four gospels, you really get an idea of the frenzy going on due to Jesus’ entrance in Jerusalem.  People are shouting, Hosanna to the Son of David!”  “Blessed is … Continue reading

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Luke 19:11-27 — While we are waiting

It says that Jesus told this next parable because, He was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.  (11) In other words, there was an idea that he wanted to dispel … Continue reading

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Luke 17:20-37 — A sudden but certain judgment

After addressing the Pharisees on God’s kingdom, Jesus turns to his disciples with a word of warning. He told them that there would be times of trouble when they would long for his coming, and because of that, it would … Continue reading

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Luke 13:1-9 — Taking a hard look at ourselves

I suppose it’s only natural that after Jesus talked about the need for being reconciled to God before the coming judgment, that someone would bring up an incident that had just happened.  Apparently, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate had just … Continue reading

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Luke 12:54-59 — Reconciling ourselves with God

It’s been interesting going through the gospels and looking at the teachings of Jesus, because as I’ve mentioned before, Jesus often repeats what he says, but in different contexts. In the Sermon on the Mount, he admonished the people to … Continue reading

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John 7:10; Luke 9:51-56 — A time for judgment, a time for mercy

I mentioned in the last blog that there will be people that hate us because of the truth that we represent. I also said it’s important how consider how we say it, and the spirit with which we talk to … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:47-50 — A coming judgment

It has been said that Jesus spoke more on hell than he did about heaven.  And here we see one of his teachings on the coming judgment. As I’ve mentioned before, it can get frustrating to see all the evil … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 — Why evil?

The problem of evil is one that many people in this world struggle with.  They wonder how a good God could allow evil in this world. In this parable, we see at least part of the reason. I think the … Continue reading

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Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 6:36-38 — When we judge others

It is so easy to judge others for their shortcomings.  To rail on them for their character or their deeds.  It’s especially easy to do so when they’ve hurt us. I think it’s very interesting that in the Lucan account, … Continue reading

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John 5:19-30 — The one who judges…and gives life

Here we catch a glimpse of the relationship between the Father and the Son.  One thing we cannot say, as some cults do, is that the Father is the Son.  They are clearly distinct from each other, though they are … Continue reading

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Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1 — Telling it like it is

Just a few notes.  First, as I’m on vacation and am staying at my in-laws’ house, my ability to get on the internet is a tad restricted, so I may or may not be able to blog every day this … Continue reading

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Psalm 149 — A time to sing, a time to fight

I must admit that upon first reading, this psalm can be a bit disturbing, particularly from verses 6 on. It is a psalm that first calls on God’s people to praise him.  To rejoice in him because he is our … Continue reading

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Psalm 98 — Rejoicing in our salvation

This psalm is anonymous, so it could’ve been written in any number of contexts.  It could’ve been written following the Israelites deliverance from Egypt, or perhaps it was written by David after his reign was firmly established, or it could’ve … Continue reading

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Psalm 94 — The God who judges, the God who disciplines

Judgment and discipline.  I think a lot of times we get confused about which God is doing in our lives, particularly when bad things happen to us.  It’s easy to think, “God must be judging and punishing me for what … Continue reading

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Psalm 19 — How God reveals himself

This is another one of my favorite psalms and it powerfully shows how God reveals himself to us. First, David shows us how God reveals himself through creation.   He sang, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:17-3:7 — Where’s the justice?

Many times people ask, “If God is good, why is this world so bad?  If he’s so just, where’s the justice?” It’s not a new question.  People were asking it in Malachi’s day.  God told them, You have wearied the … Continue reading

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Zechariah 11 — When we reject the Savior

God loves word pictures.  Jesus showed this through his parables.  You see this throughout the prophets.  And in this chapter, we see yet another example of this. It starts with a picture of the devastation of Israel represented by the … Continue reading

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Zechariah 9:1-8 — The God who watches over all

This passage starts with the people’s eyes upon the Lord, looking to see what he would do.  And here we see how God would bring Alexander the Great to bring judgment upon Syria, Tyre and Sidon, and the Philistia. The … Continue reading

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Zechariah 6 — He who will come again

One of my favorite Easter songs is “Rise Again,” by Dallas Holm.  In the last verse of the song, it says, Go ahead Say I’m dead and gone. But you will see that you were wrong. Go ahead, Try to … Continue reading

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Daniel 5 — Numbered and weighed

We now come to the end of the Babylonian empire in this chapter as Daniel had prophesied in chapters 2, 7, and 8. Belshazzar, the co-regent of Nabonidus, was reigning in Babylon at the time, and was holding a party … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 34 — Temporary repentance

And so we continue jumping through Jeremiah to somewhat keep our chronological order.  It’s a bit unclear when these events happened, but it appears to be before Jeremiah was put in prison (where he was in chapters 32-33). Jeremiah first … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 20 — God of judgment and mercy

I’ve mentioned this before, but going through the prophets can be somewhat wearying at times, the reason being that much of their messages seem to be the same, namely messages of judgment. The same can be said here.  Here the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 18:25-29 — A warped sense of justice

“God’s not fair.” It is a little ironic that people sometimes say this.  Why?  Basically because God’s way of thinking is perfect and holy, and ours has been corrupted by sin. Yet we dare, with our corrupted judgment, to disagree … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 7 — The end

When I was a kid, there was a Japanese superhero show I used to always watch called Kikaida.  If you think he looks cheesy, you should’ve seen the monsters and special effects.  (I’m sure you can find this on youtube … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 50-51 — Run

In this passage God turns from pronouncing judgment on the conquered nations to pronouncing judgment on their conqueror Babylon.  Here, God tells them that their reign will come to a crashing end by nations from the North, that is, the … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 5 — Deceiving ourselves

Jeremiah continues to rip the people here in this passage.  It starts with an allusion to Sodom and Gomorrah.  As you may recall, Abraham asked if God would spare them if he found just ten righteous people in the city, … Continue reading

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Nahum — A certain judgment

I sometimes wonder when I’m ever going to finish II Kings and II Chronicles.  I seriously have just a handful of chapters to finish with these two books, but these prophets keep getting in the way.  🙂  I suppose the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 63:1-6 — God of Salvation; God of Judgment

The gospel has, from the beginning, been a double-edged sword.  Salvation for those who will receive Jesus, and judgment for those who reject him.  You see both in this passage. First you see the judgment of Christ on the nations, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 34-35 — Judgment and redemption

Judgment and redemption.  These two ideas are seen throughout scripture and they are very evident here in these two chapters. First, God metes out judgment against the nations in chapter 34, as all those who come against his people Israel … Continue reading

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Isaiah 24 — The reason for judgment

One theme that we often see in science fiction movies, is the devastation of the earth where everything is laid waste.  Terminator and Matrix come to mind. And that’s the kind of picture I get as I read this passage … Continue reading

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Isaiah 18 — Though God seems silent

Sometimes as we look at all the evil that is around us, we wonder where God is?  Why doesn’t he do something?  Is he doing anything at all?  Does he even care? And indeed, that seems to be the case … Continue reading

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Isaiah 13 — The day of judgment

This chapter starts a series of judgments that God proclaims against the different nations.  And in this chapter, Isaiah starts with Babylon.  But as Isaiah talks about Babylon, we also see in it the judgment that is yet to come. … Continue reading

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Amos 7-9 — When there’s no turning back

I suppose the tough thing about going through these prophets is that for many of them, especially during this time in the books of Kings and Chronicles, they seem to be beating the same drum, namely that of judgment. I … Continue reading

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Joel 1 — How we respond to tragedy in this world

Why is there evil in this world?  Why is there so much tragedy?  That is one of the haunting questions that people have asked throughout the ages.  And as we take a look at the book of Joel, that’s what … Continue reading

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