Tag: Living with the End in Mind

Maranatha!

At the end of service today someone asked about other resources that present a similar understanding of the world to come that I have been preaching in this series of lessons. N.T. Wright has written a splendid book entitled, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (Some may be […]

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Hell Yes, Hell No

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. His message was one of condemnation and wrath and it tore him up to have to preach it. He wept as he contemplated the certain end for his people since they were unwilling to repent and change their ways. I felt like weeping at the end of today’s […]

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Judgment Day

I was frankly surprised at how many scriptures there are that mention the last judgment. The sermon this morning did not give the opportunity to explore the many teachings of Jesus on this topic such as the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31ff), the Parable of the Net (Matthew 13:46-48), or the […]

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The Brand New You

During his communion reflection Gary Robbins made mention of a book he is reading that examines how 15-30 year olds in the United States view the church. If you are interesting in learning more about this subject the book is entitled, UnChristian. To read my review of the book see the “Byron’s Brief Book Reviews” […]

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The Eighth Day of Creation

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is not only the beginning of The End; it is, more importantly, the beginning of a whole New World! What God created to be “very good” was destroyed by sin. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross took sin’s power away. Now that sin has been defeated, what is […]

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I’m A Soul Man

I have found sacred cow tipping to be a dangerous, yet necessary function for preaching on the End Times. I have made many assumptions regarding what is taught in Scripture in regard to the end of all things, only to be astounded that, upon serious investigation, I could find no scriptural basis for my beliefs. […]

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The Appearing

Here is a look at the Sacagawea dollar coin that I held up for the children to see this morning. We sometimes think, “if only I could actually see an undeniable, biblical type of miracle, I could easily believe.” The evidence clearly shows that many saw just those miracles but still didn’t believe. In the […]

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Don’t Be Afraid

I hope that the revelation of Barney, the cute purple dinosaur, as the anti-Christ was not too disturbing for young children. Of course, many adults have long suspected the Great Purple One was exerting an unusual influence on their young. On a more serious note, this sermon gave me no small amount of struggle. Normally […]

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The Revealing

Every Sunday morning at 8:15 I meet with a group to pray. We are especially mindful of all the events that will be happening that particular day. I have developed a routine of praying over the passage that I will be preaching that morning. This morning as I was reading the text aloud in the […]

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The Arrival

After the sermon today someone asked me when the doctrine of the rapture began. The person who developed the teachings that today are called The Rapture was John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), a British preacher and founder of the Plymouth Brethren. While Christians have always taught that Jesus would return to earth, Darby taught that Jesus […]

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