The Fourth Trumpet

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FOURTH TRUMPETThe fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (Revelation 8:12-18)

Third of Sun, Moon and Stars Turn Dark – At the sound of the fourth trumpet the light of the sky was reduced by 1/3rd. Again, the best interpretation may be a literal one,(1) as it is not too big of a leap to see how the judgments of the first three trumpets could Continue reading “The Fourth Trumpet”

Anger for A Moment, Favor for A Lifetime

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Psalms 30:5For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Anger and weeping seem to go on forever, when we are in the midst of them. But when we look back from the vantage point of heaven, we will see just how brief they were and we will not remember the pain or the sorrow.

My Advice – You are favored by God because you are saved. Accept correction from Him when it comes. It lasts only for the moment but His favor carries into eternity. Look past your tears to the joy that will undoubtedly come.

The Third Trumpet

THIRD TRUMPETThe third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. (Revelation 8:10-11)

Blazing Star – Though many have attempted to interpret the third trumpet’s “great star” symbolically, it may be best to consider it Continue reading “The Third Trumpet”

Quiet Waters

Psalms 23:2,3He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – When we are at our wits end we do not always want to take time to rest. It is then that He takes hold of us and makes us rest. We scurry around frantically and He takes our hands to lead us. And suddenly we are rested and on the right path – rested.

My Advice – When rest comes unexpectedly in the midst of stress, and guidance in the midst of not knowing where to turn, consider it the hand of God.

Special Edition – Mentors

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2 Timothy 2:2 – [T]he things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – I’ve had a handful of mentors in my walk with Christ. First off were my mom and dad who Continue reading “Special Edition – Mentors”

The Missing Link

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Matthew 5:17-20 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (KJV)

‘Jot’ is a transliteration of Continue reading “The Missing Link”

Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

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Introduction

How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?

  • Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
  • Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.

What do people say?

Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”