Preparing for the Harvest Introductory
[Segment #1: Dennis Priebe discusses the Mission of the Church.]
Segment #2: Larry Kirkpatrick presents a Synopsis of Last Generation Theology
A rodent on a rat wheel spins and spins in his cage. He doesn't go anywhere. But he rides over and over again.
God has assigned humans a higher mission than rats and His plan is not for us to spin a wheel. There is a purpose at the finish of the age. "In the beginning, God," and at the close, "Even so, come Lord Jesus." We are at the "Even so, come Lord Jesus" part.Read more...
Hello. Your World is About to be Destroyed
Christians bring good news. We preach the gospel. God has shown us a better way and we live it. We strive to keep growing spiritually, all while recognizing none of us have quite arrived.
Our lives are busy. Few of us may feel our experience offers any serious model of Christian order. But my guess is that while we see ourselves as quite inadequate, most of our lives are like islands of peace compared to those of unbelievers. We think we're just barely making things work, but imagine what it would be to live in the home of the unbeliever!
Still, as Christians we are experience a remarkable kind of peace. Being a Christian has advantages for living even though we don't become followers of Jesus for the loaves and fishes.
Through the Bible, God has come to His people to tell us about things we could not know any other way. The person in the world, knowing almost nothing of God, may feel the world will basically last forever. But what do we believe? God destroyed this world once with a flood of water and He is going to destroy it a final time with a flood of fire. We believe the Bible and so we believe this warning that the world is going to be destroyed.
Think of it. Part of our message is that destruction, an absolute and final destruction, is coming.
Is this good news? Someone could put it in kind of a bare-metal way, that the Christian message is, "Hello. Your world is going to be destroyed." First off, since most people know nothing about the Christian experience, nothing about what our loving Father God has told us is coming, such a message might be received as pretty bad news. But it may be that Heaven will open a way for you to share how what looks like bad news to them is actually good news.Read more...
America in Bible Prophecy, part 2
4. What does it mean for the second beast to exercise all the authority of the first?
The first beast blasphemed God and persecuted His people. The second beast does the same, and he does it in the presence of the first beast. That is, the first beast's deadly wound is healed; the first beast exists again. But the second beast is, in this time period, his agent. These two beasts are working in tandem. Both are given space to exercise the coercive intent that is at the core of what they are. That is why we spent some serious time in the previous presentation looking not so much at the future but the history of the second beast. We have had this vision very positive picture of America and what it stands for that was imprinted on us from kindergarten on up. But while America was remarkable in its beginnings and fitly represented as lamblike, if you were here last week you will understand that today things are very different. Today, already several different versions of America have come and gone. By my count, we are in America 8.0 right now. The trend is toward the dragon.
But when we left off we were just coming to one of the most interesting parts: the lamb/dragon beast causing fire to come down out of heaven. Let's work on that question right now.Read more...
Received and Delivered
Today is my last time leading our Sabbath worship with you as your pastor. Transition is upon us all.
The word heaven has sent us today is simple. Receive and deliver. After Paul had received what the Lord gave to Him to give to His church, Paul turned round and did exactly that--he gave it to the church. You and I are Christians. We are Christians of the last days. The name we go by is Seventh-day Adventist. We do not use that designation at random; we have a purpose. The name highlights neglected truths.Read more...
Jesus at the Door
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says,
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me."
Likely, all of us recognize these words. The 20th verse of Revelation three is part of Jesus' appeal to His end-time church. Now, our focus today is not particularly on that or the other six messages to the churches. But we will look at Jesus appeal here.Read more...
Because of the Suffering of Death
Christianity is about Jesus. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is sent on a mission by Jesus. The book of Hebrews tells much of Him and the mission He has assigned to those who believe. Our study today centers on Hebrews 2:5-9 NASB:
For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. But one has testified somewhere, saying,
"WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET."
For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
To begin to grasp how far Jesus descends to save us, we want to understand origins better. Today then, a review of verses 5-8 and the divine design for humans. Then, a concluding look at verse nine and its description of the work of Jesus.Read more...
Three Kinds of Grace
Let's share today on two topics. One, I know a great deal about; and one, I know very little about. I know quite a bit about meanness. I know only a little bit about grace. In other words, I am, I think, quite a great deal like you all. You all know great deal about meanness, and, you all know just a little bit about grace. I don't know actually what is in your heart in any definite way, and would not dare to suggest I do. But my working starting point today is that you are all quite educated in how to be mean, and likewise that most of you are but poorly tutored on how to exercise grace.Read more...