The Stone Temple Prophets (Ezra 6:13-22)

If I never hear the phrase, “Eye of the tiger,” again, it will be too soon. Or the song. I concede that it is iconic. And, like every true Italian-American, I love the Rocky franchise. I try to avoid using those kind of popular expressions. Just sayin’.Did you know that both Newt Gingrich and Mit

Prophecy Update #560 – I Love Me

We focus on Bible prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Approximately 25% of the Bible is prophetic, with somewhere around 500 prophecies regarding the Last Days that are yet to be fulfilled. We ought to be able to identify trends in the world that are to be expected in light of those propheci

What A Difference A Dream Makes (Daniel 7:15-28)

Yesterday was Lincoln’s birthday, right? I learned something new about our 16th President this week: His law partner, friend and bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon wrote that, only a few days before his assassination, Lincoln told a small circle of friends that, in a dream, he had what can be described as a

Persian Pen Letter (Ezra 5:6-6:12)

Our family loves to communicate using film and television quotes. For instance, if something isn’t going as planned, one of us invariably says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”There is some research to suggest that quoting from movies, or from music or literature, can help you to connect with oth

Prophecy Update #559 – Nobody Puts Baby In A Test Tube

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Approximately 25% of the Bible is prophetic, with somewhere around 500 prophecies regarding the Last Days that are yet to be fulfilled. We ought to be able to identify trends in the world that are to be expected in light of those prophecies. Je

Court Is In Heaven (Daniel 7:8-14)

The number 1 television show in syndication is? Judge Judy. In fact, Judge Judy has been top of the list by a wide margin for 5 years straight. In 2018, second place went to Dr. Phil, and coming in at number 3 was Hot Bench, another daytime courtroom show, created by Judge Judy herself. Judge Judy,

Weapons Of Mass Discouragement (Ezra 4:1-5:5)

What would you say is the devil’s most effective weapon?The story is told about an old demon who was planning to retire. He put up for auction all the weapons which he had accumulated over the years. They ranged from envy to laziness to gossip to lust.Off to one side lay a harmless looking instrum

Prophecy Update #558 – A.I., A.I., Oh!

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Approximately 25% of the Bible is prophetic, with somewhere around 500 prophecies regarding the Last Days that are yet to be fulfilled. We ought to be able to identify trends in the world that are to be expected in light of those prophecies. Th

Temple Tantrum (Ezra 3:1-13)

You can perform an unclaimed property search on the California State Controller’s website.I searched on Wednesday, and was surprised to find a result. I have an accounts receivable credit of $7.99 reported by Microsoft Corporation.I decided not to claim it; I’ll save it right there for the next rec

Prophecy Update #557 – Cashing Out

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Approximately 25% of the Bible is prophetic, with somewhere around 500 prophecies regarding the Last Days that are yet to be fulfilled. We ought to be able to identify trends in the world that are to be expected in light of those prophecies. Fo

When Jews Come Marching Home Again…Hurrah! Hurrah! (Ezra 2:1-70)

Building contractors have notoriously bad reputations. I think it’s a case of a few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch. Nevertheless, too many of us have a horror story to tell. You should probably watch The Money Pit before hiring a contractor. I haven’t seen it in a while, but it’s rated PG, s

Prophecy Update #556 – Amazon Sees All

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. The New Testament tells you and I repeatedly that we are living in the last days before the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only are we told that, but there is evidence to back it up. There are signs that we’re living in the last days:The explosio

Beasts Of Those Nations (Daniel 7:1-8)

If you have a Bible, please join me at Daniel chapter 7. We always encourage you to follow along with us here at Calvary. But if you’re not in the habit, I would especially urge you to have the text open on your lap so that you can see these passages for yourself. I believe it will be immensely help

Something In The Way He Moves (Ezra 1:1-11)

Here are the Top Three New Year’s resolutions for 2019:71% of Americans surveyed resolved to diet or eat healthier. 65% resolved to exercise more. 54% want to lose weight.I’m good with those; “Let’s make America healthy again.” Whether you made a resolution or two, if you are in Christ you probably

Prophecy Update #555 – Your Smartphone And The Antichrist

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. The New Testament tells you and I repeatedly that we are living in the last days before the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only are we told that, but there is evidence to back it up. There are signs that we’re living in the last days:The explosio

Just Lion Around (Daniel 6:18-28)

We are back in Daniel this evening. We pick up in Daniel 6, verse 18. Last time we were in the text, Daniel had been thrown into the lion’s den. We left him in there for the last few weeks. In reality, he was in the den for maybe 12 hours.But this is the most well-known and memorable story in Daniel

The Light-Weight Champions Of The World (2 Corinthians 4:7-18)

A bride and groom planning their wedding chose as their Bible verse First John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear.” They decided to have it written in its entirety on their wedding cake.Everything went well… Until the reception, when they walked in to find the cake deco

Prophecy Update #554 – Not Ready For Prime Time Gene Editing

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. 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 his second letter discussing

C’mon, People Now, Pray For Your Brother (Colossians 4:2-18)

Many of you have participated in Team Building activities. An employer takes employees out of the workplace, often on a retreat, to help them break down personal barriers, eliminate distractions, and have some fun.I’m most familiar with a trust-building activity called The Trust Fall. One member o

Prophecy Update #553 – Dissing Dystopia

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. 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 his second letter discussing

Crazy Rich Pharisees (Luke 16:19-31)

Ask someone what is their favorite Christmas movie, and most will answer with one of the classics:Its a Wonderful Life Miracle on 34th Street A Christmas Story Home Alone White Christmas Elf The Santa ClauseInevitably someone will say, Die Hard. After all, it was Christmas when John McClain saved N

Your Submission, Should You Decide to Accept It (Colossians 3:17-4:1)

“Cosplay” is short for costume play. It is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear self-made costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. If you’re familiar with the Comic-con conventions, you’ve seen cosplayers in their natural element. Then there’s

Prophecy Update #552 – If You Build It…

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. 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). He was referring to the Lord’s return for us, indicating our anticipation of i

Above The Law (Daniel 6:1-17)

We’re all familiar with the old movie trope where the villain comes looking for the good guys and the good guys try to turn out their lights so as not to be seen. It never works in those scenes, but it especially wouldn’t work for the good guys to keep the lights on. Or, knowing that the killer was