The first six seals have been opened revealing the beginning of God's judgment on the earth, but before the seventh seal is opened there is a pause. John sees an angel holding the seal of God and proclaiming that it is time for God's servants to be marked with His seal. Those that have acknowledged … Continue reading God’s Seal and a Comforting Promise
The second church that Jesus addressed in Revelation was the church in Smyrna. The Christians in Smyrna were surrounded by people that were antagonistic to the gospel and they faced constant persecution. Jesus knew the struggles they faced. He acknowledged that they suffered afflictions and lived in poverty. He understood that they were constantly slandered. … Continue reading Faithful to the end
When the prophet Isaiah came on the scene with a message from God, the Israelites had really blown it. They had rebelled against God despite all that He had done for them. No matter how much trouble they had gotten themselves into because of their rebellion, they stubbornly continued in it. (Read Isaiah 1:1-20) They … Continue reading The only payment God will accept
Bookshelves, podcasts, social media feeds and sadly even many church pulpits are all about motivating people to live their best lives now. The main message? Seek personal success and happiness above all else. And in the Christian arena, it is packaged up as the very thing God wants for you. But is that true? Is … Continue reading Don’t be a “goat”!
There are generally three different responses people will have when they hear the gospel message. The best response, of course, is when they realize their need for a Savior and immediately repent and turn to Jesus for salvation. Another common but tragic response is when they down-right refuse the truth of the gospel and decide … Continue reading Don’t be like Felix!
There is no shortage of self-help books on how to be prosperous and successful. Clearly it is something people long for. It’s also something that can lead to endless searching when you're not even sure what it will look like when you get there. The search for success is a lot more about the process … Continue reading Success God’s Way
Life is not fair. Too often it seems that dishonest, prideful people get all the breaks. They scoff at God, yet he doesn't immediately strike them down with lightning from heaven. It can be hard sometimes not to envy them when we see their prosperity. I love how the Psalmist so perfectly conveys this struggle … Continue reading Life may not be fair – but I’ve got Jesus!