Psalm 150: 1: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse.” What’s the mighty expanse and how do I get there to praise the Lord? First you have to die, for the mighty expanse is heaven itself, created by God just after He created the light (Genesis 1: 6-8). Here the psalmist shows praise going on simultaneously in heaven and on earth, which is the core message of All Saint’s Day. Praise Him all (and wherever) you can!
Luke 11: 44: “Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.” How’s this for a Halloween scripture? Jesus tells the Pharisees, who spend more time on their outward appearance than Lon Chaney getting into his Frankenstein getup, that they are not even recognizable as men of God. Instead, they resemble the grave they seek so zealously to avoid. Spine-chilling-–in a very real sense!
Luke 11: 31b, 32b: “Something greater than Solomon is here … Something greater than Jonah is here.” Solomon was the wisest person of his day (2 Chronicles 1: 11, 12), and the richest to boot. Jonah was the epitome of evangelism, with an impressive one hundred percent conversion rate (Jonah 2: 5). But if we put our trust in philosophy (love of wisdom), money, or religious fervor alone as that which will change the world, we will be disappointed. Without the “something grea
Revelation 11: 10: “And their dead bodies will lie in the street … And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.” Sometimes God’s Word is comforting; sometimes it is tormenting, like the MDR verses highlighted this week. These two witnesses of God bothered humanity so much that a party was thrown in celebration when they succumbed. The bad ne
We continue to follow Jesus in His journey to Jerusalem. He was leading His disciples and a great multitude as He set His face resolutely to go to Jerusalem. Jerusalem represents the Son of God coming not to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. We follow Him because this is what we desire in our hearts – to be like Him- to be a servant; to be a giver; and to be a giver of life. And in order to do this, we need vision. It is ironic that in the pas