What was it like to hang out with Jesus and actually touch Him? Mary and Joseph held the babe. Brothers and sisters grew up with Him. Disciples walked at His side for some three years. What was it like? I can only imagine. Then He was gone. Back to the Father. Wow! Imagine the deafening praise of heaven when Christ retuned and took the throne? That’s when the Holy Spirit picked up His assignment—to come inside of you and me and reveal the new abode of the Lord Jesus— “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Now God’s plan is [...]
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LET'S CONTINUE We have just completed a full course on the Book of Revelation—God’s Recipe for Revival. Revival brings readiness. We want to observe some of the incredible signs that Jesus said would take place before His return. No one has the answers to mysteries yet to be revealed (such as the identity of the future anti-Christ, the identity of all the nations who will one day invade Israel, the parts Europe and China may play in the final days, etc.). Let’s look carefully at Jesus' warnings and prophecies that He tied to His return, and some of the events [...]
LET'S CONTINUE By the time we end this series of twelve lessons—eight containing God’s revelation recipe for revival and now a four lesson course on Christ’s Return— you will know the signs of the times and the behavior God expects of us in these critical days. Then those who love and obey Him will reign with Christ forever in the “…new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). In our last study, we viewed three signals that the Scriptures indicate will precede Christ’s Second Coming to the earth. These signposts were: THE REBIRTH OF the nation [...]
OUR BOOKS OF FACTS Many times unbelievers and skeptics have said, “You Christians are so simple-minded and foolish. You take everything by faith. We only believe in facts”. However, they are really the ones who are foolish and ignorant of the facts. The Bible is a book of facts. The book of Genesis and the order of creation are facts. Sin and its terrible results are facts that can be seen. Archaeological finds prove again and again the historical trustworthiness of the Bible. Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection are facts that stand the test of time. And prophetic promises and [...]
LET'S CONCLUDE As I write this lesson, America is enjoying momentary prosperity. Meanwhile, many of the world’s economies are in shambles. Many financial experts of all political persuasions say that if the present USA and world course of uncontrolled debt continues, there will be global calamity. And the fear of nuclear and environmental destruction is spreading worldwide, as poverty, wars and disease grow like a terrible cancer. “Peace and prosperity!” is what the masses cry for. And if Satan himself can deliver “peace and prosperity”, the world’s leaders will one day (soon?) choose him. Christ warned us in advance what [...]
I have written a number of books that God has used to challenge and change many lives over many years. Now I have written another volume—my final book (I think!) with you in mind. For me, the wrinkles deepen and years grow wings. However, there is one great advantage to growing older while staying in a hot first-love relationship with Jesus. One gains experience—lots of it—in feeling the hopes, hurts, fears and tears of those whom my Norma and I have met and ministered to for almost 60 years. I have written many stories in rhyme—poems—as I faced the battles [...]
"IN THE BEGINNING" “For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as to beam forth the Light for illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God (as it is manifested in the Person and is revealed) in the face of Jesus Christ the Messiah.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 Amplified Bible As I pen these words, the USA has just had the first cross-country solar eclipse in 99 years (August 21, 2017). Millions who saw 100% of this heavenly wonder stood in awe even as they were plunged into darkness. Of [...]
JUST TO TELL YOU “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 Like the song says, “There is no God like Jehovah”. And there is no Savior like Jesus Christ. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are love in its eternal essence. That’s why the only thing heavier than the weight of our sin is the warmth of His love. God did not send His Son to earth to remind us of our sin. That awareness never left me, thanks to a God-given conscience [...]
THE LITTLE STRANGER “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 I love the Christmas season. Ok, I know all about the crass commercialism and the debt many incur as they go overboard in gift giving. But I love what Christmas still means to millions of lovers of Jesus. The birth of the babe who shook the world—and now rules the universe as the Son of God. No one could invent such a story. Truth [...]
HE MADE JUST ONE LIKE YOU “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “What’s your name?”, I often ask those to whom I witness for Christ. Then I tell him or her their name is included in the Bible’s golden verse—John 3:16—and let each read the verse but replace the word “whosoever” with their name. I have never had one accuse me of misusing the scripture. Instead, many a face has lit up with “I never saw it that way—God [...]