We continued our series on the book of Daniel this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by turning to Daniel’s famous prayer in chapter 9. Daniel’s prayer takes place in the first year of Cyrus’ reign, around 539 BC, and references Jeremiah 25:10-11 in recognizing that the time of the exile is reaching its conclusion. Daniel has been in exile for more than 60 years, but his imagination has not been closed in by the suffering of exile. Instead his prayer takes flight through an imagination set fire by the revelations of God.
After a weekend off due to sickness (thank you, Pastor Jim Caler, for covering for me last weekend!), I continued our series on the book of Daniel this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by turning to chapter 8, the second of Daniel’s apocalyptic visions.
Daniel 8 continues the apocalyptic visions of the second half of the book. As with my message on Daniel 7, “Faith in God Amidst the Beasts,” this message, “Faith Looking Forward,” engages our imagination through God’s inspired symbols and images of what is really going on in the midst of human history. Daniel has this vision during the third year of the reign of Belshazzar, the last of the Babylonian kings represented in Daniel, and thus it takes place chronologically before Daniel 5 and 6. We are introduced to figures that stand against God which both reflect the antichrist spirit and the future Antichrist figure that is to come.
- There is a lot of talk about God and spirituality in the world today. What do you think it means to be ‘spiritual’?
- This week, we are bringing together two sections of 1 John, 2:18-27 and 4:1-6. Both of these sections talk about truth and falsehood, and the importance of discernment. Take time to read these two sections. What words or phrases do you see repeat throughout these sections?Read More »
I continued our series, “Love Letters,” on 1, 2, & 3 John this weekend at Eastbrook Church, with a message on 1 John 2:18-27 and 4:1-6 entitled “Conflicting Spirits.” This was an interesting message to prepare for as it dealt with issues ranging from the Antichrist to heresy, and a number of things in between.
You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included my outline for the message below: