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He’s coming back; do we know Him?

One More Reason to Care About the Poor

Last night I got to drop in on the FSM class Q&A that goes along with the Saturday night EGS. Normally I am unavailable at that time, but this week I was actually able to go. Because I’m a teaching assistant for the Friday night class, I get to drop in on the Saturday session whenever I’m available. It’s a great time of learning; the students write down questions about the book of Revelation and the End Times to be answered by the class facilitators (who I will come to in a minute).

Anyway, I was in the class, and one student submitted a question that went something like this: “What about the poor and totally oppressed people in the earth who haven’t heard about Jesus? Will they be spared the judgments, or will they perish?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Eschatology, Eternity, Theology

 

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Obama is not the Antichrist, just a barometer.

It seems I have again slipped into a bit of political commentary. I have an intense dislike for politics. I am more convinced than ever that the only way this country will be fixed is its citizens doing a lot of prayer and God responding by sending revival. We do need to do our part to vote godly people into office, and yes, there is a definite place for Christian activism, but ultimately this battle will be won in prayer closets and solemn assemblies, not at the voting booth. 

Anyway, my opinions being what they are, I have been keeping up with the presidential race pretty minimally, learning only enough to tell me how to vote and how to pray. But I saw an article the other day that caught my attention.

“An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?” (TIME Magazine)

Basically, the article is not very delicately suggesting that one of John McCain’s ads is trying to link Barack Obama to the Antichrist. I don’t have a TV, so I haven’t seen this ad myself. I’m (obviously) not on the advertising panel for McCain’s campaign, so I don’t know what they were thinking when they put the thing together. But the TIME article suggests that there may be a link between the ad in question and several Christian emails and web articles claiming that Obama could be the Antichrist. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2008 in Eschatology, Intercession, My Two Cents

 

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How to Respond to Terrifying Beauty

The other day, I was watching a few web clips of a team of storm chasers. This crew was made of mostly young people, all very excited about their job — part science, part road trip, mostly adrenaline rush. In this one particular clip, they were driving towards an enormous storm that all sensible people were fleeing from, and they were whooping and hollering like it was a football game. At one point, they stopped the van and stood outside, watching the swirling, green wall cloud that was all but ready to drop a twister. It was massive, brooding, and vicious, almost seeming to dare the young meteorologists, “Go on, make my day”. An awed silence fell over the group. One of the storm chasers began marveling over how beautiful it was — the colors, the rotation, and the lightning punctuating it all — and from my vantage point in the safety of my room, it was easy to see what he was talking about. You could tell that this was why he got into the job. He absolutely loved staring at big, raging thunderstorms.

In a subsequent clip, though, it was a different story.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Daniel 3 – God is Able to Deliver

I love this chapter. You’ll probably hear me say that a lot in reference to the book of Daniel, but I can’t help it. This is a great book. Daniel 3 is one of those stories that we need to reclaim from our mental flannel-graphs and take seriously again. This is amazing.

To begin with, I have to notice the irony of this setup. In chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar has a dream about a gigantic statue with a head of gold that gets ground into powder by a supernatural boulder. The dream terrifies him so badly that he can’t sleep. So what’s his response? “Hmm, I think I’ll go build a gigantic gold statue.” Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant man, but this is definitely one of the stupider moves of his political career. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Daniel 2(b) – God, the Revealer of Secrets

Our Word of Life study got bumped back another week, so in the meantime, I thought I’d put in another post on Daniel. We looked a little bit last time at the circumstances and setup of the dream, and in the rest of the chapter, we find out more about the dream itself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2008 in Bible, Daniel, Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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A Long Overdue Post on a Really Cool Book

So I was just talking with someone on the onething forums about the book of Daniel, when I realized that I have not written a single blog post about this amazing book. Those of you who know me will recognize how remarkable that is. I am a bit of a Daniel junkie. I love reading the book, even though I’ve studied it through several times. I jump at the chance to talk about it and I always walk away hyper from discussions about it. I want to be like Daniel when I grow up. If there was a book of Daniel fan club, I’d sign up for it. Maybe I should start one.

Anyway, all that to say it’s high time the book of Daniel made its debut on this blog.

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Posted by on November 30, 2007 in Bible, Daniel, Eschatology, Theology

 

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Random Thoughts About the 4th

  • It’s ironic that we celebrate our freedom by making the entire neighborhood sound like it’s under attack.
  • South Kansas City-ians are way into fireworks. It’s insane. I thought it couldn’t get any more intense than the Okies I used to live around. It can. It does. It did last night.
  • It was cool to see the sky lit up with fireworks — sparkling, glittering explosions with thunderous reports. However, I couldn’t help but think that this was all going to look really, really lame when the sky gets lit up by an entirely different Light to the sound of a trumpet…
  • No matter how fancy our technology gets — iPods, Wii, HDTV — no matter how advanced and civilized we consider ourselves to be, we all still like toodling outside at night to watch things explode. Just a quick reality check.
  • I thought about our nation’s independence differently today than I have ever done in the past. As I was watching fireworks blow up in the sky, I thought of Daniel 2:20-22… “[God] removes kings and raises up kings.” Our nation’s existence is not primarily due to the colonial rebellion, but the sovereignty of God. Selah.