Category Archives: last days

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
Romans 1:18‭-‬32 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/rom.1.18-32.NASB

Looking for the blessed hope

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
Titus 2:11‭-‬14 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/tit.2.11-14.NASB

“These are the ones who cause divisions”

“But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
Jude 1:17‭-‬21 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/jud.1.17-21.NASB

Don’t Miss the Target

This week I was given the opportunity by my employer to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina for work.

My flight back home was delayed for a while so I took a stroll around the airport in Charlotte.

I walked by one of the quick-service food vendors and noticed that the young man at the cash register was reading a very used looking Bible. As I got closer I noticed that he was reading in the book of Ezekiel in chapter 44.

He had a slight confused look on his face. So I took the opportunity to ask him what he was reading. Of course he said “I’m reading a Bible”. Which I knew but I wanted to start a conversation. I said, “I see you’re reading in Ezekiel”. Then I started by talking about Ezekiel chapter 38 and the apocalyptic nature of the few chapters in that range.

I spoke to him about signs and prophecy about the end times, specifically about the future destruction of Damascus that is foretold (Isaiah). I spoke to him about how Damascus is the only ancient continuously inhabited city that has never been destroyed.

After we concluded our discussion I walked away and immediately started thinking that I had not shared the Gospel. Possibly subconsciously I assumed he must be a believerbecause he had a Bible. Either way, I didn’t get the cue to (insert Gospel here) in our conversation.

Later, as I was sitting in the waiting area at gate E14A, I thought to myself that I had just missed my Philip moment. I missed the important part of why I was put in that situation. I sit here now hoping that what we discussed helped this young man in the way God intended and that I didn’t truly miss the entire target. Maybe just my willingness to speak to him about the Bible makes a difference.

“Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty”

“And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty;

Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!

“Who will not fear, O Lord,

and glorify Your name?

For You alone are holy;

For all the nations will come and worship before you,

for your righteous acts

have been revealed .””

Revelation 15:2‭-‬4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/rev.15.2-4.NASB