Contributed on Jul 20, 2009
An introductory sermon for the Book of Revelation that explains my approach to the study of the book.
When I first sensed that God was leading me to preach through the Book of Revelation several months ago, I had a great sense of excitement that was certainly tempered with a great deal of trepidation. Although I have taught and preached on the Book of Revelation in the past, I am convinced that ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2009
An introduction to Joel’s description of the "Day of the Lord".
This morning we’ll begin in earnest our study of the Book of Revelation – God’s final word to His people. As we saw last week, there is really not anything new in the Book of Revelation, but rather John paints for us a number of pictures to help us gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2009
Joel’s vision of a near-term army invasion pictures the judgment and restoration that God brings to His people.
This morning, we’re going to continue our examination of the Book of Joel as we look at most of Chapter 2. But before we do that, we need to take just a moment to put this chapter in its proper context by reviewing what we discovered last week about the overall structure of the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2009
Joel’s Day of the Lord prophecy reminds us that we are called by God to make disciples while we wait for that day to come to its ultimate consummation.
This morning, we’ll wrap up our brief look at the book of Joel. Please open up your Bibles and turn to that book. Once again, before we take a look at the passage we’ll be examining in more detail today, let’s take a moment to review the overall structure of the book. Review [Use chart as a ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2009
Amos uses a masterful literary technique to remind Israel that their responsibility before God is much greater than the surrounding nations because of what God has given them.
A couple of weeks ago the Wall Street Journal carried an article titled “Hollywood Destroys the World” in which the authors describe how Hollywood producers are increasingly consumed with making “end of the world” movies. What’s interesting about most of these movies is that rather than most ...read more
Contributed on Aug 24, 2009
Amos has three visions which demonstrate that there will come a point when God gets fed up and He will not relent from His judgment.
With all the problems in our economy these days, we’ve seen a lot of companies file bankruptcy and go out of business and other companies merging with their competitors in order to stay in business. The latest rumor is that FexEx and UPS are considering a merger with the new company to be called ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2009
Amos shows that the "Day of the Lord" will be a great reversal for those who expect to be immune to God’s judgment.
Let me ask you a question: How many of you here this morning would like to win the lottery? Sounds good doesn’t it? Just go into the Circle K, buy a ticket, watch the drawing on TV and see all your numbers drawn and then all your problems are gone. Couldn’t get much better, right? That’s what ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2009
Amos’ fifth vision encourages us to be prepared for the "Day of the Lord" by being saturated with God’s Word
Be Prepared. That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts. "Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, "Why, for any old thing." said Baden-Powell. Perhaps Amos would have adopted the same motto – be prepared. But not just be prepared for any old thing, as we’ll ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2009
Obadiah’s "Day of the Lord" prophecy illustrates that true security is found in Jesus alone.
I hope that all of you enjoyed the last three weeks as much as I did. The prophetic implications of the three fall Jewish Feasts really fit in well with our study of the Old Testament prophets as we prepare for our study of the Book of Revelation. This morning we’ll return to our journey through ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
Isaiah encourages the people of Judah to walk in the light as preparation for the reign of Jesus.
This morning we’ll continue our study of the “Day of the Lord” in the Old Testament prophets as we begin a series of messages from the prophet Isaiah. Since Isaiah deals with the Messiah, both His first and second coming, more completely than any of the other prophets, we’ll be looking at a number ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2009
Throughout history,God has preserved a remnant for the purpose of perpetuating His kingdom.
This morning, as we continue our journey through the Old Testament prophets, we’re going to deal with a concept that has come up previously, but today we’ll have a chance to examine it in more detail. We’ll do that as we continue to look at two different passages in the Book of Isaiah. So you’ll ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2009
Isaiah’s prophecy reveals that God will accomplish His will - with or without us.
Take your Bibles and open them to Isaiah Chapter 13 as we continue our journey through the Old Testament prophecies regarding the “Day of the Lord”. In his first 12 chapters, Isaiah deals primarily with God’s judgment against Israel and Judah for their unfaithfulness to Him. But now in Chapter 13, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2009
The "Day of the Lord" will result in the chaos of this world system being turned into peace.
Several months ago as we began to identify the Old Testament passages related to the “Day of the Lord”, I realized that we certainly wouldn’t have time to examine all of those passages in any kind of detail, at least not if we ever wanted to actually get to the Book of Revelation. And I know what ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2009
Isaiah’s prophecy about the "Day of the Lord" is a call to action - not just some fascinating information.
[Show movie trailer for 2012] By now most of you are probably aware of the movie “2012” which was released this last Friday. Like other end of the world movies such as “Independence Day’, “Armageddon”, and “The Day After Tomorrow” which preceded it, this movie is intended to entertain us, but it ...read more
Contributed on Nov 23, 2009
In Isaiah 65 and 66, Isaiah presents the contrast between man’s fickleness and God’s faithfulness.
So far, we’ve spent five weeks in the Book of Isaiah, focusing on how Isaiah describes the “Day of the Lord”. As I’ve pointed out during that time, much of what Isaiah writes deals with various aspects of the “Day of the Lord”, so all we’ve really been able to do is to look at a few brief snapshots ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2009
Isaiah’s description of the "Day of the Lord" reveals God’s Faithfulness to His people.
Although I am going to return to the book of Isaiah over the next few weeks for some other purposes, we’re going to wrap up our look at the “Day of the Lord” in Isaiah this morning in chapters 65 and 66. This is the continuation of the message that I began last week, so I’ll begin by briefly ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2010
Habakkuk’s psalm helps us to know how to respond to God even when things don’t make sense.
This morning we’re going to return to our journey through the Old Testament prophets in preparation for our study of the Book of Revelation. So go ahead and turn in your Bibles to the Book of Habakkuk. If you’re not familiar with that small book, you can find it by going to the first book in the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2010
The events of the interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets teach us about proper worship and guide us as witnesses for Jesus.
Last night the University of Arizona played Oregon State in football. There were maybe around 200 people or so who participated in that event – coaches, players, officials, managers, trainers, etc. But together they represented less than ½ 0f 1% of the 56,000 fans in the stadium and a far smaller ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
The Great White Throne judgment points out the importance of inwardly embracing Jesus.
Although the number of people identifying themselves as “Christians” here in the United States has dropped significantly over the past two decades, most surveys show that somewhere around three quarters of Americans still claim to be Christians. But when some more probing questions are asked about ...read more