The Forgotten Gospel (part 1)

INTRODUCTION Do you know God’s strategic plan? I believe it has a title and structure according to scripture. The title is the ‘Gospel of the Kingdom’ expressed by Jesus (Matthew 24:14), the disciples (Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:25) and Paul (Acts 20:25). Furthermore, Jesus mentioned the Kingdom over 120 times and the Kingdom of God over… Continue reading The Forgotten Gospel (part 1)

The second coming of Christ (part 10): Israel 2

I love what Jesus loves! I believe Jesus loves Israel. He always has and always will. God has not given up on Israel and all His promises to Israel still stand (Romans 11). However, there is another reason I love Israel. I believe the church has a debt of gratitude towards her. God has shown… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 10): Israel 2

The second coming of Christ (part 8): Warnings

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE SAINTS BEFORE JESUS RETURNS? We can find an answer to this question by examining Israel’s journey and fall from God’s grace (Numbers 25:1) as well as in threats faced by the church in Revelation 7 and 9. In both cases there are two outstanding challenges faced: Sexual immorality… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 8): Warnings

The second coming of Christ (part 4): The righteous Kingdom established

You and I are heirs to a kingdom. The New Testament reveals that a tremendous inheritance has been made available to us through the death of Jesus on the cross. Ultimately God Himself becomes our inheritance as we become partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:2-4). This is beyond my understanding, and yet I… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 4): The righteous Kingdom established

The second coming of Christ (part 3): Jesus as Bridegroom, King and Judge

I have always been taught to start with the end goal in mind. This gives me direction in life and enables me to make plans to reach that goal. What end does God have in His mind? On one level, how can anyone possibly answer this question? Yet, God is so full of love and… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 3): Jesus as Bridegroom, King and Judge

The second coming of Christ (part 2): An invitation

  I have spoken to many people about Jesus’ second coming. Most, if not all, do not engage in this vital truth of scripture. ‘We don’t know the day or the hour’ is a common reply. ‘It’s not the main game’ is another or ‘it will take care of itself’. In my experience it is… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 2): An invitation

The second coming of Christ (part 1): The Gospel of the Kingdom

              I believed for many years that the gospel was the Gospel of Salvation. Jesus lived, died on the cross and was resurrected. All I had to do was repent and believe to be saved. My goal was heaven because the alternate was too much to contemplate. All the endless distractions of the world led… Continue reading The second coming of Christ (part 1): The Gospel of the Kingdom

Carrying the Father’s Heart: Loving what Jesus loves (part 4)

How, then, should we respond? God loves us with the same burning passion shared in the Godhead. One expression of His love is to prepare us for the things to come. Luke 21: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day… Continue reading Carrying the Father’s Heart: Loving what Jesus loves (part 4)

Carrying the Father’s heart: Loving what Jesus loves (part 1)

Once I was asked if I eagerly and joyfully anticipated the return of Christ. What shocked me was that I knew the answer immediately and it was NO! The shock caused me to ponder my response for some time. Paul said a number of times in the New Testament that ‘I do not want you… Continue reading Carrying the Father’s heart: Loving what Jesus loves (part 1)