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I’m so excited about…

October 24, 2008 Leave a comment
I’m so excited about the new message series at Church. Our pastor is preaching this Sunday on the book of Haggai. listen

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Haggai 2:1-9

October 24, 2008 Leave a comment

At the beginning of chapter 2, Haggai reminds the leaders that the temple looks cruddy compared to its former glory.

However, God reassures the leaders–through Haggai–that the temple repaired will look even better than the original.

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Haggai 1

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ll take a brief foray into the OT book of Haggai for the next couple of days.

Haggai makes the people aware that they have sinned by neglecting the temple at the expense of their own possessions.

A consequence is that no matter how hard the people work, they struggle to make ends meet.

When do I struggle to succeed, no matter how hard I try?

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Jesus’ Return

October 22, 2008 Leave a comment

At the end of chapter 13, Jesus explains the uncertainty of the time of his return in a different way.

Keep alert. You never know the exact time of Christ’s return.

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Fig Tree

October 21, 2008 Leave a comment

In verses 24-33, Jesus gives us parameters for his return:

  1. heavenly signs
  2. stars falling
  3. the Son of Man coming in the clouds
  4. gather the elect
  5. parable of the fig tree
  6. humanity will not pass away before Jesus returns
  7. no one knows the precise time except God the Father

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Telling the Future

October 20, 2008 Leave a comment

In the first 23 verses, we learn a great deal about how to determine when Jesus will return.

There are a few elements that we’ve already experienced, but many things that haven’t.

Until claiming that Jesus is returning, check out these verses for a checklist of prerequisite warning signs:

  1. false Christs
  2. wars and rumors of wars
  3. political turmoil
  4. earthquakes
  5. famines (this is just the beginning)
  6. Christians sent to court
  7. Christians flogged in synagogues
  8. Christians stand before political leaders
  9. gospel must be preached to every nation (this is a tough standard to meet)
  10. Holy Spirit will give Christians the words to testify, without preparation
  11. families will be divided and betray one another, even to death
  12. be hated because of following Christ
  13. Abomination of Desolation
    • don’t return home
    • don’t return to your field
    • woe to pregnant and nursing mothers
    • pray it won’t be winter
    • worst time in the history of humanity
    • even the elect wouldn’t survive if God didn’t “shorten” this awful time
    • don’t believe rumors of Christ’s return
    • false Christs will appear
    • false prophets will appear
  14. relax, because Jesus has already given us his game plan and historical outline

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Outline of Mark 13

October 19, 2008 Leave a comment

The Very End of Time

  • Look at the amazing Temple!
  • Someday, this Temple will be utterly destroyed
  • Peter, James, John and Andrew ask for insider information about the end of the world
  • Jesus gives insider information about the end of the world, including signs that it’s coming
  • The signs are like leaves on a fig tree in spring

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