If you have read the previous articles, then the identity of the Woman is quite clear by now – she is any generation of God’s people that is pregnant with a ‘Man Child’. When such a generation faces tribulation which the scriptures call ‘birth pangs’ – Mark 13:8 – then it is time to bring forth the Man Child. But only a generation who knows the worth and significance of the Man Child will be willing to endure such tribulation.
The Sun Sets On One Age and Rises On Another
This post continues the flow of thoughts shared in The Untold Story Of Christmas. Today I want us to take a much deeper look at the woman that was clothed in the sun, moon and stars and the significance of the Man Child. (See Revelation 12)
When ‘finding nothing’ becomes everything.
Two old ladies were walking around a somewhat overcrowded English country church yard and came upon a tombstone. The inscription said: “Here lies John Smith, a politician and an honest man.” “Good heavens!” said one lady to the other. “Isn’t it awful that they had to put two people in the same grave?!”
In that lady’s perspective, that was a “whitewashed tomb… full of dead men’s bones” (Matthew 23:27). Although she was mistaken, it is important to note that her perception, wrong as it may have been, would be the reality we’d all face if Jesus had not risen from the dead; we would have a crowded tomb instead of an empty one.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
When you think of the brave, and the courageous or the perfect adventure, what comes to mind? The American Navy Seals, the Spartan warriors or is it the ninjas and samurais of the Asian countries? No doubt these guys are brave and partake in an adventure of a life time, but in my opinion, the Christian missionary is the bravest and his quest the greatest of all.
Why? Continue reading
I need to apologize for posting this a day later than I usually do. There were many factors militating against my putting it up on Friday (yesterday). But thank God those factors have been overcome today.
In my last post, REDEMPTION – A Second Chance, I told you about the experience of heaven in Joshua Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbye. My prayer for you still holds true even today; that you find faith in the Lord Jesus today for a second chance.
“What was meant to be our instrument of damnation became our salvation.”
~Man Of Steel~
Brad Lauwers was in the locker room, showering after a gruelling football workout, when he first noticed the lump. He bent down and fingered his ankle gently, cupping his hand around the swelling. He felt no pain or stiffness. “Perhaps it’s just some fluid,” he thought. “It will disappear in a few days.”
But the swelling didn’t disappear, and a month later Brad lay in a hospital bed awaiting amputation of his left leg. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor that was sending runners out in several directions in Brad’s foot. The next day a surgeon removed Brad’s leg just inches below the knee.
Recently I was given a second chance at life, and a fear that I had long borne was swallowed up in the sea of God’s mercy, never to resurface again. Although that’s not what I plan to write about today, maybe another day I would, but today, what I really desire is to share with you the power and beauty of a second chance.
What does a second chance look like? And more importantly, what do you do with it?
Fortunately for us, there are always second chances to pursue our dreams, rebuild relationships and correct past blunders… Sometimes we believe this but most times we do not believe this for ourselves. In our thinking we say, “Maybe for that guy but not for me. I’ve gone too far to make a “U” turn”.
But honestly it’s never too late. I’m sure you can relate with this quite well. Like when an apology is long overdue that you now feel is too late, or you’ve borrowed something for far too long, returning it is no longer an option. You’ve lived and had children together with your boy/girl friend that marriage now looks unnecessary. Too old to return to school to get that degree you’ve always wanted. Whatever the case, there are always opportunities for a second chance.
Now here is what a second chance looks like. Continue reading