In troubling times we look for signs, explanations, and certainty that brings order to disorder. The Bible, filled with the stories of God, his commands, and miraculous works throughout time and history is the resource we often consult. Did God predict this specific event? Is there something we can do to save ourselves from imminent doom from an angry God? Or maybe there is a secret code or revelation that somehow we missed? Apocalyptic texts like Daniel in the Old Testament rightfully grab hold of our curiosity and imagination in disruptive days like these. However, as we read these texts, perhaps the answers we’re looking for have been hiding in plain sight and are not so secretive after all.Continue reading “Biblical Prophecy and Current Events”
With the lights dimmed and the table set for a quiet Christmas Eve dinner in-between watching our favorite holiday movies, we set our eyes on the true meaning of Christmas. Above the fun, laughter, entertainment, and gifts is a promise as old as the universe, fulfilled in the birth of a perfect, knowable, and eternal King who is for everyone, everywhere.Continue reading “The Promise of Christmas”
Just the other day my son snapped a new toy of his in half. It was a small motorcycle that he was enjoying “zooming” along every piece of furniture that he could find. He apparently became curious to discover how the plastic parts came together, and well, because he’s only two and half years old, *snap*. There’s no denying that we live in a world where things break. Nothing is meant to last. My attempt to fix the toy with superglue was only a temporary solution until my son decided to test the strength of the glue.
Even our very lives are immortal and fragile, subject to the crushing weight of struggle, pain, suffering and sin. There isn’t enough superglue, surgeries, treatment plans, diets or counseling sessions in this world that can truly and fully restore our lives from our fallen condition. Only in the power of the gospel can true redemption be found. The following is Part 1 of a sermon looking at the life of King Hezekiah and learning the lesson that God does restore broken lives.