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A Great Time at Cedar Valley Bible Church’s “Second Coming Conference”

Linda and I had a great time with the believers at Cedar Valley Bible Church’s “Second Coming Conference.” I spoke on the topic of the practical implications of prophecy from I Thessalonians 4, I John 3, and 2 Peter 3. I will post those audio sermons on my blog when they are available.

I shared a little about my recent trip to Ethiopia and how the children there clapped for me. Not to be outdone, several young people showed they could also clap for visiting preachers!

May the Lord encourage each of us to long for His coming, but to live daily, wanting to become more like Him!

 

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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What Difference Does the Future Make? The Practical Application of Prophecy (Part 6- Final)

Our post this morning summarizes some of what I have learned and will teach on at Cedar Valley Bible Church’s “Second Coming Conference” (November 16-17) in Iowa. We have thought through three prophetic texts: I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Peter 3:1-18, and I John 3:1-10.

From I Thessalonians 4:13-18 we have seen how the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus ought to encourage our hearts! Prophetic material in the Bible is given, not simply to inform us about the future, but to form us in the present. The practical present application in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 is found in verse 18 which read, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

In our second text, 2 Peter 3:1-18, we have seen the theme of final judgment. In the light of God’s certain judgment in the future, Peter gives several specific present challenges to the believer. The believer is told, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (vv. 11-12). Peter also commands the Jesus-follower with these words: “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (v. 14). Lastly, Peter warns his readers (since they have been forewarned) to “be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position” (v. 17). They are then challenged to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!” (v. 18).

In our third text, I John 3:1-10 the biblical writer lays out several practical implications for the HERE and NOW as he teaches about our ultimate glorification. In contemplating the truth that we will see the Lord Jesus and will be made like Him, John states plainly: “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (v. 3). He then gives several specific challenges about turning away from SIN.



Linda and I just held a church service aboard the river cruise ship! Thanks for praying for us!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2019 in prophecy

 

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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (10:1-8)

The prophet Samuel prophesies three events that will happen to Saul when he leaves Samuel. After anointing Saul and kissing him, Samuel says that the Lord has anointed him as ruler over His inheritance (v. 1). Samuel then says Saul will have three encounters: (1) one will be that he will meet two men who turn over the lost donkeys to him, even using the words that Saul’s father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about Saul! (v. 2)

(2) The second encounter will involve three men going to worship at Bethel. Samuel specifies what they will be carrying! Saul is to accept two loaves of bread from them (v. 4).

(3) The third encounter will happen close to a Philistine outpost! There he will meet a procession of prophets coming from the high place and prophesying. Samuel says, “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”

Samuel then promises to meet Saul in Gilgal and to wait seven days for him to arrive and to give him further instructions (v. 8).

Please notice:  Samuel is a real prophet!  He is given information by God that can only be explained as supernatural revelation!  He knows the number of the men in each of the two first encounters.  He knows the words the first men will use about Saul’s father worrying about him.  He knows exactly what each man will be carrying in the second encounter.  He knows what the procession of the prophets will be doing in the third encounter and how it will impact Saul himself.  Such knowledge can only be God-given.  Perhaps Saul needed these concrete evidences of Samuel’s prophetic gift.

What a great statement Samuel gives after prophesying the third encounter: “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”  Oh, that each of us would changed into different people because of the presence of the Spirit of the Lord!   And that each of us would have the freedom to do whatever our hands find to do because God is with us!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in I Samuel 10

 

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