Hail Caesar!

Looking at Romans 13, which is really a continuation of Romans chapter 12 with a very unfortunate chapter break thrown in. Very unfortunate because it leaves Romans 13 on an island by itself, with no context, when clearly the context for chapter 13 is chapter 12, which we looked at the other day, Paul distilling […]

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Prince of Peace

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the […]

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Reading Out Loud

I’m doing something a little different today.  I’m going to try to make a point about reading words on a page versus having a spoken conversation.   I’ve begun reading a book by Eugene Peterson (he of “The Message” Bible translation) called “Reversed Thunder – The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination“, and many […]

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Written in the Dust

600 years BC, before Christ, Jeremiah was a preacher and prophet in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  Jeremiah was specifically prophesying, through his prophetic poetry, to the backslidden people of Judah.  It is from this poetry that we get these two prophetic verses – ““For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned […]

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The End of the World

As always, a new day has begun!!  Let’s see if I can wrap up my points on the Olivet discourse today… And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear […]

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The End Will Not be at Once

I’m continuing what I started last week, really following the story of Jesus in the road to Jerusalem, coming into the city in that triumphal entry, then clearing out the temple and generally disrupting things for the “principal men”.  Now we are coming to the whole point of why I’m so interested in following this […]

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They Could Have Been Saved

I’m continuing what I started yesterday, looking at Jesus on the road to Jerusalem with the full knowledge of what the outcome would be.   Beginning today with his entry into Jerusalem, that triumphant entry where the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty […]

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Protest and Parable

Back in Jerusalem, after the triumphal entry.  Jesus has cried his tears over Jerusalem and gone into the city.   He’s received the hosannas and been warned by the Pharisees.   Upon entering the city, Jesus goes into the temple.   “And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around […]

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By His Breath

Going back to the evening of the first Easter.   The hope that the kingdom of God would come into the world through the person of Jesus of Nazareth had come to a horrible, tragic, scandalous end.   For his disciples, one of their own had caused this, had sold out their master for money. […]

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Cause and Effect

From the scroll of Isaiah, a vision of the end times. Isaiah gives us a vision not of death and destruction, doom and gloom. He gives us a vision of peace, a vision of joy, a vision of hope. For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not […]

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