Deception on Earth.

21At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time (Mark 13:21-23).

How can we recognize deception when we encounter it?

Scripture is very clear that a person will come onto the world scene in the days, months or years ahead that will set himself up as the Messiah or Christ.  He will be a master of deception; our passage in Mark tells us.  He will be a charismatic leader that will solve complex problems on the world scene.  I personally think he will solve the Arab Israeli conflict, because we are told that he will set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God and demand to be worshiped (2 Thessalonians 2:4).  Of course, this means Continue reading

What On Earth Are You Building?

As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these tremendous buildings! Look at the massive stones in the walls!” Jesus replied, “These magnificent buildings will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another” (Mark 13:1-2).

Herod’s Temple was one of the Wonders of the World in its day.  In the time of Christ it had been in the building for 46 years (John 2:20) and as Christ was talking, the building had still not been completed.  The Jewish people were very proud of Herod’s Temple; it was one of the ways that Herod was trying to win his way into the Jewish people’s heart, even though he lived an ungodly life.  I have lived in Jerusalem for more than a year and a half of my life and many times have walked up on the Temple Mount and reflected on the fact that every stone was literally thrown down just as Christ prophesied.  It was totally destroyed in 70A.D. by the Roman General Titus.  Josephus the historian speaks of more than a million Jews were killed while the Romans set fire to the Temple.  The gold of the Temple melted into the cracks between the bricks so every brick was separated, looting the gold and throwing the large magnificent stones from the Temple Mount. Continue reading

God at Work Through Rejection

10Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone (Mark 12:10).

Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to go through experiences like betrayal and rejection? When God planned out how He would woo his bride to Himself, way back before the foundation of the world, don’t you think He could have planned not to have Judas betray Him?  Was it so necessary to have His Son experience the cold shoulder of the Jews when they shouted at Pilate, “we have no king but Caesar?” Why would God allow His Son to be rejected of men?

Isaiah the prophet wrote about Christ more that 600 years previous to His coming saying, Continue reading

What Limits Has Man Put On You?

2The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They asked, “Where did he get all his wisdom and the power to perform such miracles? 3He’s just the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him (Mark 6:2-3 NLT).

Have you ever felt that someone has put a limit on you as to what they think you can do? You, as well as I, have heard things like “he’ll never amount to much” or words such as “she has always been like that and always will be.”

We must be careful with our words.  Words have great power to create and build up, but also have power to destroy.  I always remember how hurt I was at the tender age of 11 to be referred to as the ugliest kid in a school of over a thousand kids.  It took me a long time to break out of that self-image of being ugly.  What words have you had spoken over you that still limit you today?  The people in the Jewish house of worship were offended at Jesus because he was just a carpenter.  He hasn’t got the right stock, he’s never been to Bible school or seminary, he’s just a carpenter, he’s only good for woodwork, and he has no place in ministry!  People can place limits on us with their words.  We should no longer look at those that have given their lives to Christ in the same way as we once did.  There is awesome potential that has been given to you, by the Spirit of God, if you are a Christian.  Let the lid that has held you down be taken off! Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthian Church told them toregard no one from a worldly point of view” (2 Corinthians 5:16).  What did he mean? I believe he is talking about taking off the limits that we place on one another. Trust that God is well able to make you into the person He has called you to be and trust God that He is able to do that for others too!

Prayer: Lord, I may not be everything you want me to be yet, but please help me to break free from every box that has limited me in my growth to be like Christ.  Let the lid be taken off.

Keith Thomas

A True Fisherman’s Tale of Listening to My Father’s Voice?

But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me” (Mark 5:36).

There are times in one’s life when we must simply trust our Father. This can be difficult when we are going through a trying situation. Sometimes it means ignoring everything but His words in the midst of a storm.

I remember a time when I was working as a commercial fisherman with my father on his  fishing boat. We were on a long journey south to our home port of Harwich, Essex, England. It was past midnight and it was his turn to sleep. Before he lay down on the day bed, there in the wheelhouse alongside of me, he wanted to give me some instructions for our passing three miles off of the coast of Lowestoft, Suffolk.  He instructed me to avoid the two sandbanks that ran parallel with the coast. He wanted me to go close to the shore, evade the sandbanks, and escape the tide that would be turning against us when we got there.

As he fell asleep we were following two another fishing boats that were two miles ahead of us.  I could just see their stern lights ahead.  Dad had been asleep about an hour when I came up to the Scroby Sands, the Outer and Inner banks, that ran parallel and opposite the coast of Lowestoft. I reasoned to myself that, instead of following my father’s commands, I could see the stern lights of the other boats, I could just follow their lights as they were in between the channel running through the sandbank. If I followed them surely we would be okay. Continue reading