Posts Categorized: Heaven

Matthew 22:1-14 – Parable of the Wedding Feast

As was usually the case, when Jesus spoke to the crowds, the religious rulers were right there, listening, critically examining, and scheming how to use His Words against Him.  The Pharisees and chief priests may not have understood all that Jesus implied in His parables, but they did get the point that He was often…

Matthew 19:28 – Ruling & Judging

A time is coming when Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem.  The nations of the earth will no longer go their own way to follow any god but Him; the peoples throughout the world will bow down and worship the King of kings.  Jesus will rule and reign, and He will bring peace. …

Matthew 13:12 – Abundance or Not

Jesus began a period of His ministry in which He spoke only in parables.  His most famous of these is the Parable of the Sower.  Most of us are familiar with this teaching, as we’ve likely heard it preached on many times.  There is one verse that is probably less known in this account.  In…

Genesis 6:1-5 – Sons of God

Genesis 6:1-5 is one of the most fascinating and troubling passages in the entire Bible.  Some people want to make what is conveyed here an entirely human scenario, but that completely misses what’s really going on and the larger Biblical narrative. The text tells us that the sons of God (bene Elohim – Hebrew) took…

Genesis 1:6-7 – Waters & Firmament

The Word of God is so much deeper than we imagine upon a casual reading.  There are often profound meanings that are easy to miss without further study.  For instance, in the reading of Genesis 1-2, the verses of Genesis 1:6-7 caught my eye. Variously in different Bible translations, God says, “Let there be [an…

Pastor Dana: Vision Sept. 14, 2020

This is a little different from what Pastor Dana has shared previously in that this is a vision rather than a dream.  The message is one that seems to speak directly to the church – the Bride of Christ.  It’s a word that is extremely important for those of us believing that we are part…

Prophecy Message: Things Past – Things to Come

In the Sunday morning service of New Beginnings Church on 8-2-20, I had the great privilege and awesome responsibility of bringing the message.  It is one of Bible prophecy that provides an overview of these issues: What’s God’s Plan What’s His Purpose? Where Do We Go from Here? I pray you’ll receive these words in…

Jesus Glorified – How Does That Work?

In church on a recent Sunday our pastor gave us a good reminder.  He emphasized the dual nature of Jesus: fully God and fully man—what is called the hypostatic union—which is completely incomprehensible to us.  We can understand half of one and half of the other, but 100% of both?  Does that make sense in…

God’s Grief

Have you ever encountered the question, “Why is the Bible filled with stories of rebellion and all-around bad behavior?”  Sure you have.  The standard answer is: “That’s what makes it real; one of the reasons why we know it’s true.”  This is a good response, but does it go deep enough?  I don’t think so….

How We Limit God! — Part 2

Our typical Christian thinking tends to cause erroneous ideas regarding many aspects of the Bible.  One example of this that has popped into view for me recently is with the New Heavens and New Earth that we see in Revelation 21-22. What has been the way we’ve inevitably thought about “heaven?”  When we die we…