Tag: envy

  • A Fresh Look at Jesus’ Second Coming from Second Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians are two key texts about Jesus’ second coming. Last post, we looked at what Paul, Silas and Timothy wrote to the Thessalonians in the first letter regarding Jesus’ second coming. It is widely believed that 1 Thess. 4-5 describes what will transpire in the future on the last day of…

  • Did You Miss This from First Thessalonians? (Rethinking what Paul wrote about Jesus’ second coming)

    Someone asks: “What about First Thessalonians? How can what you’ve written in this series possibly harmonize with what 1 Thessalonians says about Jesus’ second coming?” Years ago, when I first heard that there were people who believed Jesus’ second coming had already occurred, I immediately dismissed the possibility as foolishness. “There’s no way,” I said, emphatically. “What…

  • The Two Salvations of the New Testament (Recognizing the second salvation and why it matters today)

    Did you know that there are not one, but two salvations discussed in the New Testament Scriptures? Yep, that’s right. I’m going to show you. And seeing this should raise important questions for us, which I’ll explain. … Welcome to the 32nd post in my series of rethinking Christian eschatology. Because these posts build upon…

  • The Great Conflict for the First Century Christians (And how it relates to the Bible’s big picture)

    Who were the biggest persecutors of Christians during the first century? I imagine most people would say it was the Romans. After all, it is widely known that the Roman Empire often persecuted Christians prior to Constantine. But that would be incorrect. The primary persecutors of Christians during the first century were Jews. In this…

  • November 10 – The Final Week, Sunday and Monday

    Reading John 12:12-13 Matt. 21:1-7; Mark 11:1-7; Luke 19:29-35; John 12:14-16 Mark 11:8-10; Luke 19:36-44 Matt. 21:10-11; John 12:17-19 Mark 11:11-18; Luke 19:47-48 Matt. 21:14-16 John 12:20-36 Mark 11:19 Devotional As the Passover Feast of 30 A.D. approaches, Jesus finishes His journey to Jerusalem, knowing that He is marching towards His death. When the crowd…

  • November 8 – Jesus Raises Lazarus

    Reading John 11:1-54 Devotional Jesus had three friends who were brothers and sisters, Mary, Martha and Lazarus who apparently lived in the town of Bethany, which is about 2 miles from Jerusalem. (Note: This is likely the same Mary and Martha referred to in Luke 10:38-42 where Martha wanted Mary to help her prepare the…

  • June 7 – Elijah Taken Up

    Reading 2 Kings 2:1-25; 4:1-17, 38-44, 18-37; 8:1-2; 6:1-7 Devotional Elijah was a great man. In today’s reading he receives his reward for a life of devotion to GOD. Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind led by chariots and horses of fire. Apparently GOD had revealed Elijah’s coming departure because Elisha as well as the other prophets…