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Jesus: Returns in Power and Glory (Mark 13:24-26)

God’s Word makes it very clear that Jesus is going to return some day. He will appear suddenly in blazing divine glory in the sky for all the world to see. It will be overwhelming. For the unbeliever, it will be sheer terror. For the believer, it will be one of the greatest days on earth. For the believer, the Bible describes it as a “wonderful day” (Titus 2:12-13). It is a day that believers “eagerly look forward to” (2 Tim. 4:8). Believers throughout the centuries have been “looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven” (1 Thess. 1:10). Continue reading

Praying for Others: Amazing Future (Ephesians 1:18)

There are people in your life God has called you to pray for. You are their prayer warrior. You cannot be everyone’s prayer warrior, but God has placed them in your life and is calling you to pray for them. They need you to pray for them. They need you to intercede on their behalf. God is calling you to pray over them. The devil hopes you don’t. Part of their victory in life is your prayer life. You will have one or two people you will sense the need to pray for daily. You will have some you will need to pray for weekly and others you will pray for as God lays them on your heart. There is no doubt, there are people in your life who desperately need you as their prayer warrior. Continue reading

Jesus: Be on Guard! (Mark 13:14, Part 3)

Without a doubt, the return of Jesus is one of the Bible’s most intriguing and provocative subjects. For the believer, it’s something to get excited about and look forward to (Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 5:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:17). For the nonbeliever, it’s something that you hope is not true and can be terrifying (2 Thess. 1:9-10; Matt. 25:31-46; 1 John 2:17).

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Jesus: Be on Guard (Mark 13:9-13, Part 2)

Bible prophecy is not designed to satisfy our curiosity about tomorrow, next week, or next year. Bible prophecy is not designed to fill our heads with information so we can get together and debate the details of God’s plan. Gaining information has its place in the study of prophecy. It’s important that we understand as fully as we can what God is saying to us. But at the heart of God’s purpose for prophecy is changing our hearts and affecting the way we live our lives. Continue reading

Jesus: Be on Guard! (Mark 13:1-8, Part 1)

Mark 13:1-8 (see also Matthew 24:1-7; Luke 21:5-11)

The most confident and excited people on the planet should be followers of Jesus. The Bible tells us how everything is going to end. We are told that Jesus Christ will return, God wins and we win. Everything will be made right. Today, we are going to begin looking at what Jesus says about the Tribulation, end times, and His return. More specifically, we are going to learn how Jesus expects His followers to respond and react to what is happening and what will happen as His return draws closer. Continue reading

Jesus: He Observes (Mark 12:41-44)

Today, we will look at an event in the life of Jesus that seems strange because it appears to say one thing, when it reality says something different. This is one of those events that the details of the event and the details of the context are crucial to understanding what God’s Word is saying to us.

When I read this event from Mark 12 you are going to think it is about one thing, but in reality it is about something completely different. After I read it, I’m going to ask you what you think it’s about. So pay close attention. Are you ready? Here we go. Continue reading

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