April 26, 2018

You may have heard the excellent podcast conversation between Brad Jersak, Michael Hardin and a few others, about this question of “Who Killed Ananaias and Sapphira” a few years ago. It’s really fascinating stuff. Essentially, after a meandering discussion, they arrive at the idea that the death of these two people was an analog to the fall of Adam and Eve in the beginning of Genesis: -There is the creation of a beautiful new reality [compare the idyllic reality of… Read more

April 24, 2018

In the New Testament scriptures, the Apostle Paul speaks out against a trend that he sees as being “unnatural” and an “abomination” and warns that Christians need to be on their guard against this dangerous practice. What is it? [It’s not what you think]. See, in Paul’s day being a man meant keeping your hair short and your beard long. Why? Because women had long hair and smooth faces. So, to Paul – and many others in his day –… Read more

April 23, 2018

What is Paul really talking about in the first chapter of Romans? Let’s start with Romans 1:18 to try to understand what Paul is really talking about here. I think it helps to actually start “from the top”, as it were. In verse 18, Paul starts to talk about a group of people and this is how he identifies them: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the… Read more

April 20, 2018

In Exodus 29:33, God gives instructions to the priests regarding how the sacrifices are to be performed, and by whom. In this section, God wraps it up by saying: “They [the Priests] are to eat these offerings by which atonement was made for their ordination and consecration. But no one else may eat them, because they are sacred.” Very simply, only the Old Covenant priests were allowed to perform the sacrifices. These offerings were specifically for atonement and they also were… Read more

April 19, 2018

Quite often, we comfort ourselves during difficult seasons of our life, with the assurance that God is in control. What we mean by that is, although we are powerless to change our situation, God is somehow at work behind the scenes to make sure everything works out ok in the end. So, we may have lost our job, or discovered someone we love has cancer, or miscarried our third child, or declared bankruptcy, or something else disturbing, and it’s all… Read more

April 18, 2018

A friend asked me a question the other day about whether or not our spiritual experiences should be considered “real” if we know that those experiences were induced by low blow sugar or sleep paralysis, for example. It’s a great question. In fact, as I was watching the Netflix mini-series “Wild Wild Country”, I had a very similar conversation with my wife about the spiritual experiences induced by the meditative techniques of the Rajneesh cult. The cult leader, Bhagwan, had new… Read more

April 17, 2018

  Now is a holy moment. In fact, now is the holiest moment of all. Because now is the exact point in time where you and God are both together in the same place. God is here, now. You are here now. Now is the only time you can ever meet with God. Perhaps this is why the scriptures tell us that “Now is the time of God’s favor” and “Now is the day of salvation.” [2 Cor. 6:2] Yet,… Read more

April 14, 2018

Learning to discern the voice of God is challenging, and we don’t always get it right. Sometimes we get it very, very wrong, in fact. In those moments it can be difficult to maintain our trust in Him because we can assume that He misled us, especially when we had our hopes in whatever we felt like He promised us.  ** The most challenging time for our family was when Wendy had a dream that she was pregnant with twins…. Read more

April 11, 2018

Yes, Jesus could turn stones into bread and make sure no one was ever hungry again. But then we’d still live in a world where people had too much food and no reason to share with those who had nothing. Jesus could heal every disease and remove sickness from the world. But we would still live in a world where people cared more about themselves than about the needs of others. Jesus could step in and prevent every car accident… Read more

April 9, 2018

An essential element of the Messianic promise is this: Nothing will ever be the same again. God makes this clear in Isaiah 65:17 when He says: “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” What follows is a long list of contrasts between the way things are, and the way things will be after the Messiah comes. If there was death, there will be life. If there was… Read more

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