thought for the day

September 26, 2008 - Leave a Response


Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. (Mark Twain)

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seductive, destructive

September 25, 2008 - One Response

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 17

OBSERVATION/APPLICATION:
Why does Jesus use a female prostitute to symbolize the epitome of evil? Not because God has it out against women, but because she illustrates perfectly the seductive, destructive power of sin. We can also think of the beautiful Sirens in Greek mythology that lured sailors to their rocky shores, and then killed them. And we recall the wisdom of Proverbs 5,7 warning about the “Immoral Woman”. This vision shows how alluring temptation and immorality is. Those who surrender to immorality can describe how appealing the temptation was UNTIL they gave in to it. And then they experience the hangover, the crash. Read the rest of this entry »

thought for the day

September 25, 2008 - Leave a Response


When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” (Soren Kierkegaard)

don’t blame God

September 24, 2008 - One Response

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16

OBSERVATION/APPLICATION:
What happens when I put my hand in the fire? I get burned, obviously. Doing something stupid has consequences, we all know that. Do we also realize that all of our moral failures have consequences? Every little way that we fail to reach perfection (as we were created to be) has ripple effects that hurt so many people. Our lifestyle choices result in environmental, social, economic and personal consequences. The Bible is right, we reap what we sow [Galatians 6:7-8]. Read the rest of this entry »

thought for the day

September 24, 2008 - Leave a Response


When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it’s time to turn out the lights.
(George Burns)

resist or repent, that is the question

September 23, 2008 - One Response

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 15

OBSERVATION/APPLICATION:
In this life, it is hard for Jesus-followers to resist temptation or persecution, to stay true to our commitment to Jesus. So many pressures, so many distractions, so many doubts, so many fears. But the constant reminder in the Bible is to stand firm, to persevere. The intent of these visions is to bolster the weakening faith of persecuted believers at that time (and of all times). And this vision paints a picture of ONE DAY when they will stand at the finish line, victorious over the beast. Read the rest of this entry »

thought for the day

September 23, 2008 - Leave a Response


Each day is a gift. Unwrap it carefully, enjoying the moment in eager anticipation of what the Giver is giving you. (Author Unknown)

facing God’s wrath alone?

September 22, 2008 - One Response

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 14

OBSERVATION/APPLICATION:
God has every right to be angry. Imagine all the horrible things that people have done, that He has withheld judgment for. How long would I keep my anger in if someone kept cheating, stealing, slandering and abusing me and those that I loved? Would I just be nice forever and ever? Would I say, ‘that’s OK, I just love you anyway?’ Is this what we think God does? Read the rest of this entry »

thought for the day

September 22, 2008 - Leave a Response


“The Lord is my Shepherd” is written on many more tombstones than lives. (Dallas Willard)

why does the devil seem so strong?

September 21, 2008 - One Response

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 13

OBSERVATION:
In his vision, John now sees a horrible beast, which seems to symbolize a powerful empire (Rome?) with a fatal wound that appears healed. That beast has a beast that serves it (the Caesar?), and subjugates all nations, refusing to help those who do not worship him (or Rome), those who do not willingly take the mark of loyalty? This is just one possible application, it could apply to empires and rulers throughout the ages, that ought to be defeated, under the rule of Christ (the mortal wound) but seem to be healed, doing just fine. They have power, they perform amazing signs, they experience great victories, while the followers of Jesus are persecuted, exiled, martyred. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Read the rest of this entry »