God is So Good

“Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” – Isaiah 44:8 There was a belief in ancient pagan religions that there were many gods; in fact, practically every nationality believed this. There was a god of trees, a god of sky, a god of sun, a god of mountains, and so on, regardless of their individual names. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of gods at times — in essence, they were vast, insane, cruel, and at odds with one another. Humans, according to this tradition, were like puppets who had to appease a slew of power-hungry divine creatures; they were caught up in a weird cosmic conflict. When Yahweh revealed Himself to Abraham as the One True God, the Jewish

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History’s Cornerstone

“For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’” – 1 Peter 2:6 Today I have some excellent news for you: things may be becoming darker, but you’re becoming brighter. Even if the days are becoming colder, you’re getting warmer, because I think God works His greatest miracles in our lives when we’re at our lowest. Because of One Man, who changed the path of history from the moment of His birth, redemption is attainable. Everything changed in year zero, as you can see. The two epochs of human history, BC and AD, center around one thing: Christmas. Although BC stands for “Before Christ,” we can refer to it as “Before Christmas” for our purposes because it essentially implies the same thing. Year one corresponds to the birth of Jesus,

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You Are History

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” – Isaiah 61:4 We learned yesterday that Queen Mary I, who has been designated “Bloody Mary,” reigned in terror and was determined to “cleanse” her country of the protestant faith that was propagated by her father, Henry VIII. However, in order to continue her conquest, she needed an heir. After a series of miscarriages and stillbirths, she was certain she had become pregnant, but what was actually growing in her stomach was a tumor. Before long, she passed away and her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I, ascended to the throne. Interestingly, the new monarch was about as different from her predecessor as night and day. She re-established protestantantism in the nation and was tolerant of other faith practices, avoiding the systematic religious persecution propagated by her ancestors.

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Dry Bones Come Back to Life

“Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” – Ezekiel 37:4-6 If you know anything about me, you know that I “geek out” over history. Thus, a while back, I listened to a guy named Donovan Webster on a podcast he hosts called “Hardcore History.” In this particular episode, he talked about taking a bunch of trains and buses to get to a remote farmer’s field in the southern part of Russia. It just so happens that

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Time and Immortality

“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’” – 1 Corinthians 15:53,54 I love history. As I’m studying Scripture, I put myself in the shoes of Biblical characters and examine their reactions from the standpoint of culture, and I glean more application for my life now. When I immerse myself in first-century Jewish society, I see a clearer picture of Jesus, and I gain a deeper understanding of my fellow man. In addition, as I learn about the chronology of world civilizations, I enlarge my knowledge of the arc of time and begin to see patterns in the unfolding of events on this planet. In fact, the more I examine what’s happened before, the

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