What We Have Here Is The Firstborn To Communicate (Colossians 1:15-23)

It’s common for churches to incorporate their city in their name. We do it – we are “Calvary Chapel of Hanford” (which we shorten to “Calvary Hanford”). In some cases, however, it would be better to not reference your city:Half Way Baptist Church (Half Way, Missouri). Boring United Methodist Church

Prophecy Update #547 – Tarshish And The Temple

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).After discussing the last

Take a Walk on the Worthy Side (Colossians 1:9-14)

It takes more than make-up to be a Walker.“Walkers” are the zombies on the hit series, The Walking Dead.They’re never called zombies. They have been called Biters, Creepers, Dead Ones, Floaters, Geeks, Lamebrains, Lurkers, Monsters, Roamers, Rotters, and Skin Eaters. Mostly they’re called Walkers.

Prophecy Update #546 – A Chip Off The Old Beast

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem

Heigh Hope! Heigh Hope! It’s Home to Heaven We Go! (Colossians 1:3-8)

Let’s start with the word counter-intuitive. Something is counter-intuitive if it goes against what you believe would be logical, or if it goes against common sense. For example: A placebo is a substance or treatment with no therapeutic value. Often in testing medications, one group gets the meds,

Salvation Is An In-In Situation (Colossians 1:1-2)

In the movie, The Lion King, Simba, heir to the throne of his father King Mufasa, flees from the Pridelands when his father is murdered by Scar, Mufasa’s brother and Simba’s uncle.Deep in the safety of the jungle Simba joins up with two characters, Timon and Pumba, whose philosophy of life is Hakuna

Prophecy Update #545 – Three-Peat

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem

What’s God’s Big Idea? (Daniel 3:13-30)

Here’s a question for everyone: What’s your idea of a great vacation? Some people want to sit on a beach and do nothing, others want to stay busy with lots of activities. Some want to see famous cities like Rome or Paris, others imagine remote wilderness high on a mountain somewhere. I know somethin

Phenomenal Cosmic Power…Itty-Bitty Living Space (Exodus 40:1-38)

If you ever find a lamp with a Genie in it, better pass on your three wishes. It never works out the way you want. I’m sure you read about the blonde, the brunette, and the redhead who were marooned on an island when their cruise ship was struck by a rogue wave. One day, the three of them were walk

Prophecy Update #544 – UnDead Sea

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem

Do Or Die (Daniel 3:1-12)

It’s the time of year when hurricanes are in the news. In some cases, there seems to be a long buildup before the storm hits. Last month with Florence on the way, 1.7 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in the Carolinas and Virginia. Then this week it seemed like Hurricane Michael ca

Worship While You Work (Exodus 35-39)

In 1986, Tom Bodett ad-libbed the line, “We’ll leave the light on for you,” while in the recording studio for the first time and the Motel 6 slogan was both an instant and lasting success. The phrase captures a sense of true hospitality for the weary road warrior. Says Bodett, “I think ‘We’ll leav

Prophecy Update #543 – Arch Enemy

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem

Dream On (Daniel 2:24-49)

When the sun rises on a certain day in Daniel chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar was living out his Babylonian dream. He was the supreme ruler of much of the world, had vast stores of treasure and power. It seemed like things we’re going to get better and better. But, one night, he started thinking about the

The Shining (Exodus 34:1-35)

America’s favorite dad, Homer Simpson, is the safety officer for the Springfield nuclear plant owned by Mr. Burns. It affords the writers lots of comic material. In one episode, Homer is standing behind an X-ray machine, and his insides are glowing green. The doctor tells Marge, “What you are see

Prophecy Update #542 – Brain Upload

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem

I’ll See Back (Exodus 33:1-23)

Who would be your pick for the greatest romance in history – real or fictional?I did a Google search for the greatest romance in history. Most of the lists had the usuals: Romeo & Juliet; Antony & Cleopatra; Napoleon & Josephine; Lancelot & Guinevere; Paris & Helen of Troy.I think some of the best

Prophecy Update #541 – Feeling Chipper

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. Christians who are critical, even sarcastic, about emphasizing prophecy argue that it’s study has only negative effects on your walk with the Lord.Not according to the apostle Peter. He spent a great deal of time in

Ultimatum For A Dream (Daniel 2:1-13)

In the last few years the political world has seen a shift away from relying on so-called policy “experts.” This has been a theme in both the Trump campaign and administration and notably in the Brexit. In 2016, then High Chancellor Michael Gove, a leader in the charge to leave the European Union, s

Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Moses? (Exodus 32:1-35)

It’s the universal complaint of all haters of Disneyland: They don’t like the long waits. How long are the waits? Believe it or not, Disneyland has unashamedly posted the ten longest wait times of the last decade: #10 The Matterhorn Bobsleds – 150 minutes June 19, 2017. Don’t be surprised; it’s

Prophecy Update #540 – Go Big Red

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. Christians who are critical, even sarcastic, about emphasizing prophecy argue that it’s study has only negative effects on your walk with the Lord.Not according to the apostle Peter. He spent a great deal of time in

Less Is More (Daniel 1:8-21)

The phrase “less is more” is first attributed to a 1855 poem by Robert Browning about the Italian painter Andrea del Sarto. Contemporary with Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, Del Sarto was known by some as “the unerring” because of the perfect correctness with which he painted.We see a great port

How The Rest Was Won (Exodus 31:1-18)

How much rest does your body really need?Type that question into Google and you’ll descend into a rabbit hole of research and advice about how many hours you should sleep; or about how many days you should wait between workouts.What about mental rest? Experts are now saying that “it’s important to

Prophecy Update #539 – Ancestry dot Nephilim

We like to spend a few minutes each Sunday talking about trends and Bible prophecy. Christians who are critical, even sarcastic, about emphasizing prophecy argue that it’s study has only negative effects on your walk with the Lord.Not according to the apostle Peter. He spent a great deal of time in