Eyes on Eternity

Yesterday I learned that another Christian was recently beheaded for his faith in Jesus Christ, the gruesome details of which were recorded on video and distributed to the world via the Internet.  Christianity is controversial and costly in a world who has rejected God. Since the very genesis of the church in Acts 2, believers have faced and endured persecution. But, no matter how hard he tries, satan cannot conquer the church.  In fact, the church grows in strength and number in the midst of persecution. Jesus said: “I will build my… Read More

Pentecost Ain’t Just for Pentecostals! 

The outpouring of God’s Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is a watershed moment in history.  Just as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought an end to (fulfillment of) the Law, the upper room outpouring of the Holy Spirit marked the beginning of the Church, and a new dispensation in history – the “Last Days.” The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Spirit-filled church! As the Founder and Builder of the Church, Jesus declared: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,… Read More

How Matthew Saw Jesus

Matthew wrote his account of the gospel of Jesus Christ to convince his fellow Jews that Jesus was their long-awaited Messiah.  A former tax collector, Matthew now logged and recorded genealogies, prophecies, and experiences that provided compelling evidence of who Jesus was.  The first chapter of his book opens with a genealogy beginning with Abraham, the father of the faith, continuing to King David, and ultimately culminating with Jesus by way of his earthly father, Joseph. Not only is this lineage impressive, it fulfills Messianic requirements.  Matthew then gives details regarding the… Read More

The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” (1 Samuel 3:10 ESV) At a time when the prophetic word of The Lord was rare, God chose to speak to a boy – a young man named Samuel, whose parents had dedicated him to The Lord, bringing him to live and serve among the priests. Samuel had never heard or sensed the voice of God before, so when he heard this Voice he assumed it to be the priest Eli…. Read More

Jesus is Coming Again

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:17, 20 NLT) The book of Revelation was never intended to be viewed as a mystical book of hidden codes only interpreted through complex charts and secret decoder rings. As is the case in most books of the New Testament,… Read More