Check It Out

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Acts 17:11Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see what Paul said was true. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Paul was as trustworthy as they come, but the Bereans still made sure that what he was saying was scriptural. The Word is the ultimate authority, not our pastors, Sunday school teachers or mentors.

My Advice – Make sure when you receive a message that you check it out for yourself. Many things will sound true but nevertheless be wrong. Do this even if the source is otherwise trustworthy (yes even when it is from me). People are fallible; the Word of God is not.

A.D. – After Death

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Destination of Departed Souls – And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. (Revelation 20:1-3)

A variety of terms were used in the foregoing discussion which speaks of the afterlife and the destination of departed souls. Many terms are used interchangeably, yet they are not necessarily referring to the same thing. Following is a discussion of the main terms. Continue reading “A.D. – After Death”

In God’s Sight

Acts 4:19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is not what the world views as right or even what we view as right that is the determinant. It is what God views as right. Unfortunately, many times we are using the wrong standard to determine what is right.

My Advice – There will be times as an employee, as a citizen and as a friend that you will have to make this judgment for yourself. Who do you follow? Who do you obey? When there is a conflict, obey God. He will empower you to do so.

Taking Note

Acts 4:13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – One need not attend seminary, or be extraordinarily gifted as theologians. One need only spend quality time (Bible reading, prayer, church, small groups) with Jesus and He will make the difference.

My Advice – There is no better recognition for people of the world to look at us and be able to realize that we have been with Jesus. Seek this kind of recognition in life. Make it possible by making time to spend with Him.

You Will Be My Witnesses

Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We will be witnesses one way or the other – either good or bad.

My Advice – Make up your mind to be a positive witness by walking the walk and talking the talk. You need both.

Who Would You Become?

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2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)

“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster

My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly.  It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.

My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.

 

Armageddon

ARMAGEDDONAnd I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. (Revelation 19:17-20:3)

The Location – Armageddon is both the name and the location of the final cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil (Revelation 16:16). The word Armageddon is a transliteration into Greek of an unknown Hebrew word. There is no known place that is called Armageddon. One suggestion is that it refers to Continue reading “Armageddon”