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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

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

Jesus: Loving God and Loving Others (Mark 12:28-34, part 2)

What you are going to see today is that you only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. God does not separate your love for Him and others. That is a packaged deal. To evaluate how much you love God evaluate how much you love people. If you say you love people but don’t love God then you don’t really love people. If you say you love God but don’t love people then you don’t really love God. Continue reading

Jesus: Loving God and Loving Others (Mark 12:28-34, Part 1)

If you will pursue what Jesus talks about today, it will radically change your life. This one thing gives you influence, purpose, meaning, and depth. Regardless of who you are or what you have this one thing, when pursued, changes everything. It changes you. It changes your relationships, and it changes how you make all your decisions. If I could tell you to do only one thing, this is it. It is to love God supremely and love others greatly. As you will see, those two things are actually one thing. Continue reading

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