What Happened in Heaven on the Day Jesus Died?

On school mornings I would often pack lunches for my kids. Gabby liked fruit, Kaleb liked goldfish crackers. Occasionally I would write notes to them, so when they opened their lunch bags they would see a handwritten message from me, reminding them that I love them.  Imagine your Heavenly Father, with pen in hand, writing down His love for you, His plans for your life, and His commitment to bring it to pass. Well, in a sense, that’s exactly what He did.  In Revelation 5, the Apostle John was taken “back in… Read More

A Call to Endurance and a Promise of Eternity

To appreciate the true value of the book of Revelation, here are some keys: As with any portion of Scripture, seek to understand the context of Scripture before making conclusions and applications of its meaning.  The book of Revelation is exactly what it’s first words declare: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” In other words, more than attempting to solve every detail of prophecy, look for how Jesus is revealed.  The book of Revelation is a letter. It is personal as well as prophetic as the Apostle John writes words of encouragement to believers… Read More

How I Approach the Last Book

Likely one of the youngest of Jesus’ disciples, John managed to outlive them all. He had mourned the loss of his friends, particularly because each of his fellow comrades had been martyred for his faith.  John, too, had been persecuted and suffered; yet his life had somehow been spared.  With leathered skin and a weathered soul, John’s mind and spirit remained vivacious and sensitive to the voice of God.  Banished to a remote island (Patmos) as a prisoner, John spent his time praying for and writing to the several churches under his… Read More

Tolerance and Truth

Truth is polarizing. It can be rejected or accepted, but it will not be affected one way or another- it will still be truth.  Many people, over the course of thousands of years, were moved by God to write letters, historical accounts, prayers, songs, poetry, or prophetic messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the compilation of which we refer to as the Holy Bible, God’s word.  Two examples are Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, whose unenviable job was to confront Israel’s sin and rebellion; and John, the New… Read More

Jesus’ Last Words Reflected His Greatest Values

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭25-27‬ ESV) John’s Gospel is unique from the other three. The Gospels of Matthew,… Read More