'Elijah' Tagged Posts

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TRANSFIGURATION TRUTHS – A REVIEW

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several lessons in…

“O THOU WHO CHANGEST NOT”

“I the Lord do not change,” says God on the pages of the prophet Malachi.   Many want God to change.  In fact, they demand that God change. The old saying goes:  When the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry.  We see it on the pages of the Gospels. When Jesus spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the hottest anger from those who listened. Many in the modern church think…

WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS “40” STUFF?

Did you ever notice how the number “40” shows up in the Bible history lessons we learned when we were young? 40 days and 40 nights of rain ushered in the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the law.  He spent an additional 40 days and 40 nights praying for the rebellious children of Israel after they had thrown God over for a golden calf. Israel wandered for 40 years…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several…

“AS HE WAS PRAYING…”

Transfiguration Sunday is an annual reminder of that moment on the mountain before our Savior set His face toward Jerusalem and the cross.  It is a fitting reminder, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, of the glorious and heavenly goal toward which the Savior’s suffering and death led – to the glory of Easter morning.  At the end of the hard path lies heaven itself. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event.  “He was transfigured,” is the way Mathew…

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?

On July 16th 1741 Jonathan Edwards preached what some have called the most famous sermon in American history:  Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.  Moans and cries rose from his New England congregation as he graphically depicted the horrors of eternal damnation. By way of contrast in our century, the late “possibility thinking” preacher, Robert Schuller, once bragged that he hadn’t preached on hell in 40 years. The usual polls indicate that the majority of Americans believe in…

“GLORY!”

In Genesis 15, Abraham sees a vision of a smoking fire pot and a blazing torch moving between the sacrificial animal pieces – a vision of “the glory of the Lord.”    This combination of fire and smoke appears in various forms throughout the Old Testament – in the burning bush, in the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, in the thunder, fire and smoke on Mt. Sinai when God gives the Ten Commandments,  in the bright cloud…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” There are several lessons in…

“OOH….AAH”

To only two people did Jesus ever say:  “Great is thy faith.”  One of them was a Gentile solider who beseeched Jesus on behalf of his sick servant.  The other was a Canaanite woman who chased after Jesus, begging only for the crumbs from the Master’s table Why should a foreign soldier, who had no Jewish roots, believe in a Messiah who was rejected by His own countrymen who should have recognized their Savior?  Why should a Gentile woman understand…

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP?

Famous speeches often become famous because they borrow the language of the Bible or echo the words of prophets, apostles or Christ Himself.   Abraham Lincoln borrowed the words of Christ when giving his famous “House Divided” speech in the days before the Civil War.  Julia Ward Howe borrowed Scriptural imagery when she began “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the words:  “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…”   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in…

ENCOUNTERING CHRIST

There is an old saying that when the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry. When Jesus Christ spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the hottest anger from those who listened. Many in the modern church these days think they can change this.  They are embarrassed by what Paul called “the offense of the cross.” The spirit of the so-called “Church Growth Movement” has infected people across denominational lines – in…