The Key to Prophecy
People became familiar with Daniel’s book from Daniel and the lion’s den, as well as the famous seventy weeks prophecy. Yet Daniel’s book contains more than Sunday School flannel-board stories and the key to all prophecy as Paul reminds us whatsoever things were written in earlier times were written for our learning.
During trials of life, why not use the textbook Daniel provides during the exam and avail yourself of the lessons Daniel provides. After all, when your number’s up, read the handwriting on the wall so you won’t be thrown to the lions.
The Troubled Church
As you examine the often messed-up church remember problems in the church aren’t new — they began early in church history. John the apostle in Revelation noted the state of the early church in chapters 2 and 3. Instead of learning from the past and correcting its errors, churches often invent new methods of division, ruin its witness, and generally present a poor image of Christ. If you’ve wondered why and how the church focuses on everything but ministry, then Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds you you’re not alone — the church experienced divisions and lost focus in the first century; Paul’s words remain as valuable today for the modern church as they did for the Corinthians.
Stay in the Game, but You Still Don’t Get a Pony
A terrible disease infects Christians from believing life is easy and God grants everyone a Lexus, ice cream, and a pony. When life gets tough people hide pain and frustration created by the paradox of what they think the Christian life should be—versus the reality they experience—by transforming into Tony the Tiger, where everything is grrrrreat!
When tough times come, you’ll look down in your toolbox and discover either many tools to fight with, or a mocking echo from the empty box, because at 3 AM you’ve got what you’ve got.
… and it’s 2:59 AM.