Sermon Archives

April 26, 2015

Not the Same Old Formula

Not the Same Old Formula

You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). That’s what God said to Moses and the people of Israel. As far as formulas go, it’s terrific. For thousands of years, it has worked well in a variety of forms in most of the world’s religions. Jews believe that “you shall love your neighbor as […]

April 19, 2015

God’s Final Forecast

God's Final Forecast

This morning we conclude our amazing journey through the book of Daniel. The book started with a young teenager taken captive into Babylon, and it ends with an old man, retired from government service, who receives a staggering vision of the end of time. Daniel received an awesome vision of the glorified Jesus. This prophecy […]

April 12, 2015

When History & Prophecy Meet

When History & Prophecy Meet

Daniel 11 is an amazing chapter of Scripture. It contains a detailed preview of world history broken into two parts. Verses 1-35 contain over 100 specific predictions that have already been fulfilled; they were prophecy to Daniel, but are historical fact to us. They describe wars and political intrigues in the Greek empire following the […]

April 5, 2015

The Colossal Easter Cover Up

The Colossal Easter Cover Up

Easter has the greatest and most powerful message in the world. The Resurrection of Jesus changed lives and the entire course of history. As we might expect, therefore, efforts to discredit the reality of the Resurrection, to cover it up, surfaced immediately after the first Easter. According to Matthew’s Gospel, the chief priests, the guards, […]

April 3, 2015

Once is (Not) Enough

Once is (Not) Enough

Here we are on Good Friday, revisiting one of the most gruesome execution scenes in history and literature. And every year, we revisit this story again. Year after year we return to this scene of horrific injustice, the slaughter of an innocent. Clearly, once is not enough for us. The pain and brutality of crucifixion […]

March 29, 2015

Face Like Flint

Face Like Flint

A poker face. A “face like flint.” That’s how Isaiah describes his own mysterious character who appears in the second of his famous Servant Songs. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. … […]

March 22, 2015

Three Touch Gospel

Three Touch Gospel

As the end of Israel’s captivity nears, Daniel receives one final vision. The vision, which begins in chapter 10 and concludes in chapter 12, reveals that great hardship still awaits God’s people. There will be generations of war and suffering before God’s kingdom comes and God’s people have peace.  Things should be getting better, but […]

March 15, 2015

A Peek Into God’s Calendar

A Peek Into God's Calendar

The Greek language has two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos time is clock time, chronological time, time that we can measure and understand. Kairos time is God’s time: it stands outside the time-space continuum of human existence and it cannot be measured or understood by us.  Daniel’s vision in chapter 9 includes elements […]

March 8, 2015

Antiochus the Madman

Antiochus the Madman

The second half of the book of Daniel (Ch. 7-12) details four visions given to the prophet by God.  In this second vision, Daniel sees a ram with two horns. The ram is attacked and defeated by a shaggy goat with one large horn. The goat’s horn breaks, only to be replaced by four other […]

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