Despising the Lamb

The following article appeared in our local paper last weekend. It is adapted from my booklet, Despising the Lamb: Contempt for Christ in First Samuel. *** Hophni and Phineas were priests in Old Testament times (1 Sam. 1:3). The Bible says Hophni and Phineas were wicked men (1 Sam. 2:12). Why? When someone brought a…

Whose House?

Years back, the Lord opened the book of Haggai to me in new ways.  (See the booklet “Haggai: Feast” for more about that).  Verse 1:4 is probably the heart of the book: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” The temple was…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 2)

“Christ of St. John of the Cross” by Salvador Dali This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** How Do We Identify the Followers of Christ? Jesus’ words in Luke 9 have already given us the basic answer as to how we might identify…

Visions of Glory

When Ezekiel first sees the glory of the Lord, it is not associated with any temple.  This is unique, for the other two visions of God’s glory involve temples: the earthly temple, the temple judged for Israel’s sins, and the new temple, wherein all things are restored and brought to fullness.  But in chapter one,…