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Sound the Trumpets

2/22/2015 Sound the Trumpets: Revelation: 9Becoming Overcomers Series Chaper 09 poster web

I have never been stung by a scorpion but I know those who have during our time in West Africa. They are scary looking creatures and can inflict much pain. In Revelation 9 , the judgments that come down at the blasts of the fifth and sixth trumpets by the angels are devastating and remind us of the plagues of Egypt. Demonic forces unleashed from the Abyss by the ‘Destroyer’ attack the unsealed, unbelieving world. Whether we take a literal, futurist interpretation that this will occur during a designated ‘Great Tribulation’ at the end of the age or a figurative interpretation of demonic forces throughout the Church Age, the application for us is clear. God’s judgments will come upon those who turn away from his divine rescue mission in Christ. They will increase in intensity and evil consequences will come upon the earth.

What must we do?

  1. Avoid a stubborn and rebellious heart. Rev. 9:20-21  
  2. Make sure we are among those who are sealed       Rev. 9:4
  3. Be fully aware of demonic influences in today’s worldEph. 6:10-12
  4. Submit to God and resist the devil and his lies.James 4:7



The Sealed and the Great Multitude

2/1/2015 The Sealed and the Great Multitude: Revelation: 7

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When you break the seal of an envelope or tear into it, you anticipate information pertinent to your life; otherwise, you throw it in the circular file as junk mail. When God unveils to us His plan for humanity and eternity, we ought to listen and pay attention. It will make a difference in our perspective each day. 

Is Life Sacred?

1/18/2015 Is Life Sacred?Psalm 139:13-16


SOHL web logoDo you ever feel that you have no value in this life? Do people and society put you down? Are you simply a random act of creation like the animals and the fish of the sea? The Creator of the universe says no. Jesus, the Messiah says no. We are the ‘crown’ of His creative work.

The Seventh Seal

2/8/2015 The Seventh Seal: Revelation: 8

becoming overcomers series chaper 08 poster webReflections on Revelation Eight


The stage has been set. John has given us an opportunity to catch our breath and glances into the future of futures and carries us once again to the throne room. We have heard of the torrential downpour of judgment of six seals from Chapter six. 

Who Can Stand?

1/25/2015 Who Can Stand?: Revelation: 6


Logo Revelation Sereies Poster webThe end of the world. What a terrifying and confusing thought… when will it happen? How will it take place? What will happen to us? These are questions we all consider at some point, and they are questions the Bible addresses. Scripture does answer every question in detail, but it gives us enough answers for us to 1. Live with hope despite whatever evils we may encounter today, and 2. Warn others so that they might be spared God’s wrath.

Begin... Again II - True Value

1/11/2015 Begin... Again II - True Value: Matthew 6:25-26



Giving is not so much a money issue as it is a heart issue. Jesus made it clear that all we have to do is look where our treasure is… and then we will know where our heart is. The Macedonians understood just how ‘generous’ God had been toward us through the ‘giving of himself’ for us in the gospel that they, out of their extreme poverty overflowed with a wealth of generosity. They actually pleaded with the apostles to have the privilege to give! Wow! (2 Cor. 8:4,9 )  

One of the ways we train ourselves in godliness in regard to stewardship is to first of all recognize that we are secure in our Heavenly Father’s care. Anxiety, seemingly in our face at every turn, can be alleviated when we realize that God will provide for our needs (not our wants) because of how highly He values us (Matt. 6:26 ). This will bring great freedom and great generosity in our planned giving to God’s kingdom work. 

It is quite interesting to note that if believers in Christ’s Church gave the tithe (10%) across the board as a minimum, 165 billion dollarswould be available to bless the world and invest in the making of disciples worldwide. Sadly, Christians today are only giving overall 2.5 percent of their income to the Lord’s work whereas in the Great Depression, the Church gave 3.3%. 

So what can we do?

  1. Ask God for grace to believe that He values us and therefore will take care of our needs.
  2. Sit down at the beginning of this year and pray to the Lord about our giving. Write down the figure of 10% of your income. Pray some more and ask the Lord if this is what He wants you to give. (See 2 Cor. 9:6,7 --- I Cor. 16:1,2)
  3. Teach our children the importance of the tithe from Holy Scripture (See Malachi 3:10 , Luke 18:12 , Heb. 7:5 )
  4. Let the Lord be ‘Lord of our money’ as He should be Lord of our lives. 


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