Have God, Will Travel [Podcast]

Book of 3 John

The shortest book in the Bible carries an essential reminder.

Be hospitable and support to God’s traveling ministers, as Gaius did. On the other hand, don’t be a person who refuses to get along with others because you crave all the attention. Using these two examples, the Apostle John urges us not to “imitate what is evil, but what is good.”

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Something Old, Something New [Podcast]

Book of 2 John

We never outgrow the basics. Anyone who abandons the essential truths in light of new revelation “has gone too far.”

While the Bible repeatedly tells believers to grow beyond the basics, it never says to abandon them. By all means, grow! But stay grounded in truth.

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A Light for Your Path [Podcast]

2 Peter 1

Rather than groping in the darkness of life, we need to cling to what gives us light. God’s great and precious promises contain all we need for life and godliness. We should repeatedly read them, for they are our source of truth.

We need the reminder to hold fast to the Bible, as we would to a lamp in a dark room.

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The End . . . and the Beginning

The end of one year also marks the beginning of another. And the change occurred in one literal second.

A similar transition will occur at the end of time.

The Bible begins with God placing the tree of life alongside the tree of the forbidden fruit (Revelation 22:1-5). Thus, the created earth became the arena in which man could fulfill his purpose to rule under God for His glory.

But man blew it.

The fall of man into sin cursed not only mankind but also all creation. The Old Testament ends not far from its beginning, clutching a hope of redemption from the original curse: 

Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives. . . . Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse (Mal. 4:5-6, NLT). 

The coming of Christ revealed the dignity of humanity. How? God took on human flesh. While on Earth, Jesus fulfilled man’s original purpose of demonstrating God’s glory by living an obedient life—obedient even to death on a cross. Through His atoning sacrifice, Jesus removed the curse, providing all mankind with the opportunity to “eat the fruit from the tree of life” (Rev. 22:14, NLT).

From the first chapter of the Bible to the last, God used the physical earth as the stage for man’s spiritual life. The new heaven and earth will reproduce the same intention as the originals in that they will provide a platform for man to rule under God.

By God’s grace, Adam literally gets to rule again. 

Until that great transition—which will occur in the span of a moment—let us glorify God this year as if it was the last year before His coming.

It may be, in fact.

Adapted from Wayne Stiles, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible (Ventura, CA: Regal, 2006), page 146.