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  • How Can You Preach From Daniel 12 On Mother's Day?

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on May 9, 2012

    Daniel 12, full of prophecy and end times terror, is a great passage for parents because it clearly lays out what we should be doing in the lives of our kids. We are wired to protect them from danger, but do we miss the biggest one?

    Passage: Daniel 12:1-13 Intro: Vaccinations have become quite a controversy in our day. 1. when I was a kid, no one questioned the requirement for MMR, Polio, etc. 2. but today, some evidence connects vaccinations with Autism. And that’s enough for some to refuse. 3. parents are more

  • The Antichrist Revealed

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on May 9, 2012
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    Here is a great picture of what the Antichrist will be like. Antiochus Epiphanes came first and gave us a look, but now here is this guy himself, clearly revealed to us by our gracious God.

    Passage: Daniel 11:21-35 Intro: In 1996, we had a presidential election in the U.S. President Bill Clinton vs. Sen. Bob Dole 1. President Clinton had survived impeachment proceedings over his affair with White House aide Monica Lewinsky, lying to cover it up. 2. vulnerable, yet Bob Dole more

  • God’s Amazing Prophetic Power

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on May 9, 2012

    There are few passages of Scripture that open the door on God’s incredible prophetic power than Daniel 11. Don’t close your eyes to this amazing passage.

    Passage: Daniel 11:2-20 Intro: No wonder Daniel was sick for three weeks when he saw this vision! 1. here he was, eager to see his nation of Israel restored to God’s favor. 2. instead, this vision presents them as a battleground between two warring empires, then the victims of terrible more

  • The Invisible Spiritual World

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on May 9, 2012
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    We live in a physical world, but there is a spiritual world all around us that we do not see. But here is a fascinating look into that world.

    Passage: Daniel 10:1-11:1 Intro: When I was in high school, a movie called “The Exorcist” was released. PP Movie Poster of “The Exorcist” 1. story of a young girl possessed, a priest who comes to exorcise demon. 2. took the nation by storm, everybody talking more

  • God's Time

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012

    We love to talk about time! We wish God would tell us the "when." But in this fascinating passage, He gives us hints and landmarks to watch for without give us a date and time. And so we serve Him while we wait for His time.

    Passage: Daniel 9:20-27 Intro: Time is a very mysterious thing to us 1. we are stuck in it, moment by moment, but dream of being outside it, to move back and forth in it. PP “The Time Machine” PP “Back to the Future” 2. hard for us to conceive of more

  • A Plea For Grace

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012
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    This is such a beautiful model of prayer. No deal-making, no claim to being deserving; just a man interceding for a sinful people and seeking God's abundant grace.

    Passage: Daniel 9:1-19 Intro: So here in the middle of death and destruction, of huge kingdoms rising and falling, there is this tender prayer. 1. frankly, I was disappointed when I saw this passage coming up. 2. into the prophecy, the end times 3. and yet here is this prayer, an incredibly more

  • A Frightening Vision Of A Present Day Kingdom

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012
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    Here is a highly controversial passage, yet for the bible-believer, it is really quite clear. There will be a kingdom and a fierce and powerful king, but he will choose the wrong opponent and be destroyed.

    Passage: Daniel 8:1-27 Intro: When we run across a highly technical and controversial passage like this… 1. we can’t figure out the “so what?” 2. that quickly goes to “who cares” 3. God has a purpose, so don’t miss it while we dive into this more

  • Kingdoms!

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012

    Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. And there is a huge one that is coming, and may already be here! Should we be afraid? Not if we are part of God's kingdom

    Passage: Daniel 7:15-28 Intro: When we look at passages like this one, we don’t see the grace of God, but terror and death and destruction. 1. the dream itself caused Daniel to be troubled. 2. and for the 2500+ years since this dream and interpretation was made known, we have remained more

  • God Is In Charge

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012
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    Here is a fabulous dream that made Daniel a little ill. And it is overwhelming, unless God is in control.

    Passage: Daniel 7:1-14 Intro: We’ve come to the controversial part of Daniel. 1. liberal scholars are very confused, because they begin with the assumption that God does not prophesy events in the future 2. therefore, this dream recorded here is not predictive, and the same scholars more

  • How God Works

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 28, 2012
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    Here is a very famous story, but we have to get passed the "wow!" response. It is a model of how God works, and how He uses His servants to accomplish His purposes.

    Passage: Daniel 6:1-28 Intro: There are not a lot of songs written about people of the Bible other than Jesus. 1. can’t think of one about Paul, or Peter, or John. 2. but I grew up singing one about Daniel. “Standing on a purpose firm, heeding God’s command. Honor them the more

  • Another Way To Respond To God

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 8, 2012

    Nebuchadnezzar showed us one way to respond to God; of increasing enlightenment and ultimate submission and joy. And then here in another story with very different responses and ultimate judgment.

    Passage: Daniel 5:1-31 Intro: God has preserved for us in Daniel the fascinating record of powerful people who lived and died over 2500 years ago. 1.. we have looked at Nebuchadnezzar, and watched as God revealed, Nebuchadnezzar listened, until God convinced him that God was true and every more

  • God's Big Plan

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 6, 2012

    God has a huge plan for the world, and He makes it very clear. Nebuchadnezzars terrifying dream is interpreted by Daniel for Nebuchadnezzar as well as the rest of us to see. God's gracious revelation is all around us!

    Passage: Daniel 2:24-49 Intro: Up to this point, we have seen God working thru Daniel and his friends in the life of Nebuchadnezzar. 1. king of Babylon, hugely powerful 2. and last week we saw how God had given him a dream that upset him. 3. how that dream had been used to reveal the liars in more

  • The Greatest Testimony Every Given

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 6, 2012
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    This great king, the greatest and most powerful of all time, gives the most amazing testimony ever given. In it we see the incredible grace of God at work in the life of the most undeserving of people.

    Passage: Daniel 4:1-37 Intro: When I was a kid growing up in the church, “testimonies” were a regular part of the activities. 1. it was a story of how God had worked or was working in a person’s life, and it had three parts. 2. first part involved what a person’s life more

  • God In Trials

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 6, 2012
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    These three young men stood up for God, and so were used in amazing ways to impact the greatest king who ever lived. They refused to do what was convenient and safe and rather entrusted themselves to God in the face of death.

    Passage: Daniel 3:1-30 Intro: Have you ever been frustrated by your inability to bring someone to faith in Christ? 1. you share your faith, you live a transformed life, you love and serve 2. sometimes even nag and cajole!! 3. but they continue walking in the darkness, and we wonder more

  • God At Work

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 6, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    God is always at work. He is never idle. The question is whether we are going to come alongside HIm and engage in what He is doing, or stand in the way or idly by.,

    Passage: Daniel 2:1-21 Intro: God is the most active being in the universe. 1. there is never a moment when He is not engaged in meaningful activity 2. He never sleeps, He is never bored, He is always at work accomplishing His purposes. 3. even when He rested on the 7th day of creation He more