Psalm 96 and Jesus

I don’t often share my journal entries from my times in the word, but I am compelled to today. Here are my thoughts/notes on Psalm 96. This Psalm is a celebration and proclamation of how great God is.  He is worthy to be sang to and worshiped and praised and adored.  The Israelites–and we–are told to sing three times in the first 2 verses and we are told to declare his glory and works among the nations and peoples.  Why do we sing and declare? For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods (v. 4).  All other gods are idols but the … Continue reading Psalm 96 and Jesus

John Shore: You Can’t Know If Hell is Real

John Shore has been writing a little bit about hell lately. He has written a response (reaction?) to a promo video by Francis Chan about his new book Erasing Hell.  Hmmm, a quick, public response to a promo-video about a book about hell. Sound familiar? (Funny how people criticize others for doing the same thing, but when the ball is in their court…)

In another article on his personal blog, Shore writes about if hell is real. In typical liberal fashion, he avoids the answer and claims the Bible does as well:

Asking whether or not hell is real is like asking your teammates in a football huddle during a game whether or not they think it’s possible, from your guys’ current position on the field, to sink a three-point basket.

Wrong question.

Wrong game.

Missing the point.

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Do you hope in the resurrection?

One of my favorite moments in the Gospels is from John 11 when Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. Martha had just told Jesus that if he would have been around, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. Jesus says to Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” and she replies, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” And Martha was right. She just lost her brother, and her only hope was that she would see him again in the new age–the resurrection, when Lazarus will rise from the dead and get a remodeled … Continue reading Do you hope in the resurrection?

Three Questions about God’s Wrath

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18). Three important questions need to be answered: 1. Who is it revealed against? Paul writes that God reveals his wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.  He is revealing his wrath against those who are not believers—those who do not believe the gospel.  In 2 Thessalonians 1:5-9, Paul says that “God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict [Christians], and to grant relief to you [Christians] who are afflicted as well as … Continue reading Three Questions about God’s Wrath

Learning How to Hate the Little Sins

I find it very easy to look over little sins in my life.  Sins like “white lies”, speeding through “long” yellow lights, talking about someone behind their back to share a “prayer request”, and the moments of self-pity if I don’t get my way. Maybe you think that the “little sins” are all those thoughts and feelings you have inside that are never manifested in actions or words. The sad truth is that the little and internal sins grieve God just like the “marquee” sins of theft, pornography, adultery, murder, bitterness, hatred, rape, child abuse, and on and on. The … Continue reading Learning How to Hate the Little Sins