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  • Featured Image … so that no one can buy or sell

    Just a thought experiment here…

    For those of you who care, the end times position I hold to is called “amillennialism”. If that term is unfamiliar to you, let me help … are you familiar with the Left Behind book series?  If so, it is NOT that.  Not really close.  Except that both views hold to the future return of Jesus.

    Given that, my view of the end times is really quite different than most of contemporary Christianity, as is my understanding of the “mark of the beast.”  Almost every discussion of the end times involves the topic of “the mark of the beast” and what it could be.  Many (most?) people think it is a physical mark, many (most?) people think it is something like a chip, etc.

    I’m not one of those people.

    Here are two of the five “mark of the beast” passages: Continue reading  Post ID 390



  • Featured Image Eternity in the echo chamber

    In the wake of the horrific Orlando murders, I am reminded of conversations about death throughout the years that my friends and I have had with various people – many of whom claim no particular allegiance to Christ or Christianity, and some of whom are avowed atheists.  These conversations are good and necessary – we should all be aware that our life is a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow.  Even atheists believe that they could die tomorrow, we all could.

    Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.

    In these conversations that we have had, we have noticed a few things common in all of them:

    1. Almost everyone believes that there is something after death
    2. Almost everyone believes that they will be in a better place after we die
    3. Almost everyone believes that Omar Mateen is not in a better place

    And almost everyone believes that Omar Mateen is not in a better place for this reason – that he deserves to be punished for what he did. Continue reading  Post ID 327



  • Featured Image Jesus is Sacrifice…

    Simple entry tonight on this, as one friend called it, “the best worst day in history”.

    Please think on who you believe Jesus to be and compare that to who the bible says He was and is and forever will be.

    Matthew 1:21–23 (ESV) (21) She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (22) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: (23) “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

    1 Peter 2:21–25 (ESV) (21) For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (22) He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (23) When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (25) For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

    If you don’t believe that we are all sinners in need of a savior, if you don’t believe that Jesus is God in the flesh who died to save His people from their sin, then you may as well believe that unicorns will come and sweep you away to a land full of Skittles, because that’s all the hope you have.

    Read this carefully, because it tells us who we are…and it ain’t pretty.  But it also shows us our savior!  Here is Jesus…born to die…born to save His people.

    Isaiah 53:1-12 (ESV) (1) Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? (2) For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. (3) He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. (8) By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? (9) And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (10) Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. (11) Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. (12) Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

    As you remember the darkest night in history, also remember Him.  Remember the pain He suffered.  Remember the reason He suffered.  And if you belong to Him through faith, rejoice that the wrath of God meant for you was laid upon Him instead.

    John 14:6 (ESV) (6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    I’ll say it because it needs to be said – faith in Jesus is the only way you’ll avoid hell.

    There’s no alternate.  He’s it.  Do you believe?



  • Remaking Jesus?

    People love to remake Jesus.  We say “the evidence isn’t sufficient” or “the scriptures are wrong” or “who are we to say what Jesus was like” or “I just don’t think Jesus would ever <do, say, think, teach, etc.> that!”

    In the book “Who is Jesus“, (a free epub download by the way) R.C. Sproul makes this statement when addressing our desire to remake Jesus into what we want Him to be (liberalism) instead of who He truly is (orthodoxy):

    The problem is simple.  It lies not with the “shoddy” reporting of the New Testament authors or the “sloppy” documents of history we call the Gospels.  It was Emil Brunner, the Swiss theologian, who blew the whistle on nineteenth-century liberalism.  Brunner’s verdict was as simple as it was inflammatory.  The problem, he said, is unbelief.

    Is your portrait of Jesus the one we find in the Scriptures or are you rekindling this nineteenth-century liberalism with unbelief?  Are you cutting and pasting a Jesus together who is more to your liking?  How do you decide what to believe about Jesus?  What do you keep?  Throw away?

    If you don’t believe the biblical portrait of Jesus, it’s pretty simple – you don’t believe in Jesus in any meaningful sense of the name. Continue reading  Post ID 58