Is it possible to know if Jesus is coming soon? – Ezekiel 38 & 39, Part 1

A woman and her daughter stopped by the church office this week, looking for information about the Hispanic Church that rents from us.  After I gave her the info, she began walking out the office door, then she stopped, turned and said to me, “Jesus is coming soon!” I always feel awkward when people sayContinue reading “Is it possible to know if Jesus is coming soon? – Ezekiel 38 & 39, Part 1”

The lies we tell our kids – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 4

We live in an era of conspiracy theories. A comedian said that he hears people say that not a single conspiracy theory is true, and that we can trust the government.  But, he said, the government is like a parent to the people, and how many of you parents tell your kids the truth allContinue reading “The lies we tell our kids – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 4”

How an ancient case of identity theft can help us get ready for Jesus’ return – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 3

We hear about identity theft frequently, and more than likely, you’ve experienced it yourself. A couple years ago, a person created a fake Gmail account, impersonated me, and emailed my staff, asking them to send gift cards to help a needy person. Thankfully, my staff questioned the veracity of this, alerted me, and we contactedContinue reading “How an ancient case of identity theft can help us get ready for Jesus’ return – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 3”

What is “The Rapture”? (and why I think that is the wrong question) – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 2

Do you believe in the rapture? Maybe you’re reading this and wondering, “What is the rapture?” In our Advent 2021 study of 2 Thessalonians, we’ve learned that Paul is teaching the Thessalonian Christians about the second advent of Jesus.  He describes it in 2 Thessalonians 2, verse 1 as a day in the future whenContinue reading “What is “The Rapture”? (and why I think that is the wrong question) – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 2″

Christians, Conspiracy Theories and the end of the world – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Preview

Join me in a little True or False quiz:  The earth is flat. The moon landing was fake. Bigfoot is real. The Lochness Monster is real. The Abominable Snowman is real. Jet plan entrails are soaking us with chemicals. Know what they all have in common?  People believe them.  Do you believe any of theseContinue reading “Christians, Conspiracy Theories and the end of the world – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Preview”

How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5

Football season is upon us, and the idea of being ready at all times, got me thinking of Charlie Brown, the Peanuts cartoon character.    Charlie Brown’s friend, Lucy, kneels down and sets up the football for Charlie Brown, saying, “I promise you I will let you kick it this time…” But we know Lucy. SheContinue reading “How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5”

When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4

In the previous post, we talked about how frustrating it can feel waiting on God. Maybe you know the feeling. You want to be faithful to God, but you are waiting and waiting, and it doesn’t seem like God is keeping his promises. God has been telling the people in Ezekiel’s day that destruction isContinue reading “When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4”

Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3

Does it seem like God is not keeping his promises? Maybe you wonder, for example, if Jesus is going to return, like he said he would. Or maybe you wonder when Jesus is going to return. Why is he taking so long? There are many teachings or promises in the Bible that we can wonderContinue reading “Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3”

Do you get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview

Did you watch the scenes from Afghanistan this past week?  Awful, right?  People hanging on US Air Force jets as the jets took flight, and the people fell to the ground.  How about the destruction in Haiti because of the earthquake?  More than 2000 dead.  How is it that Haiti has one horrible disaster afterContinue reading “Do you get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview”

Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2

Have you ever experienced the frustration of loving someone who isn’t loving you back? It is a common human relational reality. Spouses that are scorned or betrayed. Kids neglecting their parents, and parents neglecting their kids. Friends that don’t care when you are struggling. Have you ever considered that God might feel like that? InContinue reading “Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2”