to die is gain

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The apostle Paul told the Philippians that, to him, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”1 It is quite clear to the reader that if Paul keeps on living, he will keep on serving Christ. Thus, “to live is Christ” must have been a reference to his intention to do just that. But […]

Our Hope | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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(Adapted from a sermon first preached in  Hamilton, New Zealand. Feb 2014) Introduction When Thessalonians was written The Apostle Paul was intensely connected to this Church at Thessalonica for it was Paul who had established it (around 49-50 AD) about 2 years before he wrote this letter. We read all about the beginning of this church  […]

consumed

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“…gather for the great supper of God…” (Rev. 19:17). Tomorrow will be a day of complete devastation for the unsaved. The fury of God’s wrath will destroy and consume all his enemies. Fire will be the means of that destruction. God’s word gives us so much insight into our future. But there is a temptation […]

discovered | “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).

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  “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).  Tomorrow will be a day of discovery. We will discover what we are really made for. Our future work and identity as priests and kings will clarify our present experiences. An ancient Philosopher wrote that “God has made everything fit beautifully […]

invaded

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“…the dwelling place of God is with man…” (Rev. 21:3). Tomorrow will be a day of homecoming for God. The Christian hope is not about going somewhere to be with God. It is about God’s plan to invade humanity with his glory forever.     If you ask many Christians what their purpose in life […]

altered

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“No longer will there be anything accursed…” (Rev. 22:3). Tomorrow will change all reality. This age we are living in today is limited. Christ will return, bringing change with him. Christ will redeem us from the ultimate curse – death itself. Christ promises new life. We should live up to that promise by living backwards. […]

Is the Resurrection Necessary?

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According to the New Testament, it’s the resurrection or nothing. There is no other way to have any existence after death. This means, among other things, that there is no conscious soul able to survive without a body. Every Christian who takes a stance on the mind-body issue is going to have to live with […]

Purging the Kingdom: Jesus’ Interpretation of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13

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By James D. Gallé (Final Revisions 10 March 2014) Prior to entering our discussion about the parable of the wheat and the tares, I believe a word needs to be said regarding the phrase that occurs toward the end of Jesus’ explanation of the parable to his disciples:”In that place there will be weeping and […]

coaching for the mission in Jewish Galilee | the harvest is plentiful

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The prophet Isaiah had predicted that the northern territories, once the possession of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali, would have a special place in God’s messianic plan. This land of Galilee, so surrounded by Gentiles and Samaritans that it was called “Galilee of the nations” would be the first to see the Messiah.1 In their […]

Did Paul Have an Out of Body Experience?

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Did Paul talk about leaving his body and going to the third heaven? Although I’m familiar with the view that the Apostle Paul is relating an “out-of-body experience” at the outset of 2 Corinthians 12, I’m pretty sure that he is not. That’s partly because I don’t think that Scripture teaches that we are immaterial […]