February 07, 2019
“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:10-13)
I was overwhelmed this morning with these five words in Matthew 25: "and the door was shut." It reminded me of God shutting the door on Noah's ark (which is a picture of our salvation) and no one could enter. Their opportunity forever ended. A horrifying prospect.
It will be that way for millions. They will be casually going on with their lives, ignoring God, and then the end will come and they will not be ready.
It is our job to warn those who do not know Christ of this soon-coming end. To proclaim from the housetops that this day is coming and that there is a way to come to know God and be known by God through Jesus Christ.
If we lived with this reality, it would change our witness and urgency and prayer. I wonder who we could tell today?
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March 02, 2021
Jealousy is always viewed in humans as a horribly destructive trait. Daniel Webster described it in his original 1828 dictionary as “the apprehension of superiority.” For instance, a person is jealous when they fear that someone has taken something that they want or may think they deserve for themselves; a position, an affection, an opportunity.
But is jealousy always wrong? Is it possible to be jealous for the right things? Is there a holy jealousy?
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