Four Pieces of Advice from the Lives of Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-12 paints a compelling portrayal of bravery and determination, unpacking for all the story of magi who make their way toward Bethlehem from some distant land in the east. Contrary to conventional thinking, and the accompanying legends and carols, the magi likely many long months or perhaps even a year or so after Jesus’ birth, and were most likely […]

Three Truths as I Stare at My Ballot

My mail-in ballot for the 2016 election is resting on the desk in front of me. It has been sitting there for about four days while I have fretted and prayed and prayed and fretted over what to do. Today I find my eyes misty, with grief over our national drama pushing the tears forward. If I may be very […]

Clinton, Trump, and Things Disciples Must Do

The prophecy about and then descent into King Nebuchadnezzar’s mental chaos, as recorded in Daniel 4, provides timely insight into how disciples of Jesus Christ might approach the turbulent and uncomfortable election season in which we currently find ourselves. Consider the following: Daniel 4 reveals a king consumed with a profound measure of pride. “Is this not great Babylon, which I have […]

Daniel: Hope in Uncertain Times

April 10 we at New Hope Church will be stepping into a new sermon series entitled, “Daniel: Hope in Uncertain Times.” There will be much emphasis, particularly in the later chapters, regarding God’s unfolding plan for the ages—prophetic passages that will help us to more fully appreciate God’s sovereign control of time and space and the way His redemptive plan […]

Daniel 12: The Final Chapter

Daniel 12 is a fitting capstone to the epic prophetic survey of the Book of Daniel. It at once reminds the reader of the terrible season of distress that is coming upon the earth, points to the triumphant deliverance to be wrought with the return of Christ in glory, highlights the power and reality of the resurrection of the saints, […]

Daniel 11 and the Antichrist’s Rule

Daniel 11 presents a sweeping view of the historical realities that dominated the ancient near east in the years between Daniel’s death right up to the years just before the birth of the Messiah. The precision with which Daniel addresses the historical events is amazing, and generally affirmed by historians both secular and theological as incredibly accurate. No small wonder […]