None to Welcome Him
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Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,  “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.  He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to [...]

Disappointment to Discovery!
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1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and while he thought he was finding a short cut to India what he found was a whole “new world.” Now granted, the millions of people already living there already knew about it, and there is evidence of visitors well before Columbus. Still that does not change the point of this story. The fact is that while Columbus’ calculations were off, and his trip a “disappointment” as far as finding a new way to [...]

13: God’s Mission Completed – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Promised Revival: God's Mission Completed September 25, 2013]

1. Up, Up, and Away. Billions of dollars have been spent over the years to explore space. The stated purposes vary from wanting to find other inhabitable worlds due to solve an over-populated earth to discovering new energy sources. Both Christians and non-Christians believe there is more to the universe than instruments or travel can discover. Some, however, are a bit skeptical. It [...]

11: Visions of Hope – Thought Starters
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” ‘ “In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,” declares the Lord Almighty.’ ” Zechariah 3:10 NIV

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[Thought questions for Visions of Hope June 12, 2013]

1. We have this hope. How do you think Zechariah would feel to hear us lustily singing the Adventist hymn, “We Have This Hope”? Wouldn’t it be easier for all concerned if Jesus would come now? Why doesn’t He? [...]

Sunday: Events Inaugurating the Millennium
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If the millennium marks the beginning of God’s ‘utopia’ for His people, it is only natural for us to try to know when it will begin and what it will be like.

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The millennium, as a concept, appears in Revelation 20, where it is mentioned six times between verses 2-7. In order to know the time of the millennium, the place of Revelation 20 in the overall flow of the book of Revelation needs to [...]

12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 19, 2012]

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1. Pivot point: The cross. How were people saved before the cross? Or were they? Is the cross symbolic? If so, what does it symbolize? What does it mean? What is the reality behind the symbol? When in human history did God begin offering the promise of redemption? If Satan was defeated at the cross, why does he keep tempting us?

2. Heavenly sanctuary. [...]

Finally Home
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You know that feeling you get when you’ve been away from home and you walk into your house for the first time in however long – that feeling that says, “Aaah, finally home”? I imagine that’s the feeling we’ll have when we first step into Heaven – only so so much better.

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Lots of songs are written about it. The first three that come to my mind are “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe, the [...]

Comfortable Lies — Uneasy Truths
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Which would you rather hear? Be honest now. Wouldn’t you rather hear that your new haircut makes you look 10 years younger rather than that it makes your ears look really, really huge? Think back to when you were dating – when you first introduced someone you’d met to your friends, you wanted to hear how perfect you were for each other.

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You see a used car that you’re interested in buying. You know, of [...]

12: The Antichrist – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Antichrist September, 19, 2012]

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1. Are we there yet? Living two thousand  years ago with the recent memory of a Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected, what earthly reason did our Thessalonian brothers and sisters have for assuming Jesus would come that soon? What about us today? Why are we so sure that Jesus is coming within just a few more years? Are the wars and horrible displays of nature convincing us that [...]

Held and Protected
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As I sit here, comfortable, in my climate-controlled home, my glass of clean, drinkable water beside me, I cannot, in any way, describe myself as persecuted. I believe I could describe myself as “bothered” sometimes, but not persecuted.

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I don’t believe I can think of anyone I know that could be described as being persecuted right now.

Persecuted is defined as, “to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass [...]