• INTERPRETING TEXTS ON THE END TIMES

    by Shawn Merithew on January 31, 2012

    As we begin to work our way through the 24th chapter of Matthew on Sunday morning, we are going to be wading into the study of eschatology.  Our eschatology is our theology of the end times.  As I noted on Sunday morning, when Jesus delivers His Olivet Discourse, He is speaking of two different events:  the “near” event of the destruction of Jerusalem which came just 40 years later in 70 A.D., and the “far” event of His second coming and the final judgment, which at this time is still a future occurrence for us.

    Rightly interpreting apocryphal texts, like those we have in Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, and here in Matthew 24, is often very challenging.  These texts are recorded visions which employ an incredible amount of metaphor and symbolism to reveal truths about God’s judgment of the wicked and His preservation of the righteous.  Though we might prefer more clarity, we must remember that Scripture is absolutely (more…)

  • PROTECTING AND PROVIDING FOR LIFE

    by Shawn Merithew on January 24, 2012

    In January of every year, evangelical Christians and other social conservatives observe a Day for the Sanctity of Human Life.  It is a day set aside to remember that there is an ongoing holocaust in America.  Though abortion rates have dropped slightly in the past decade, there are still millions of babies aborted every year.  Unfortunately, because this practice has been protected by law for well over three decades, it has become an accepted reality, even among those who oppose it.

    I want to remind us that though abortion is a grievous reality, it should never be accepted by those who claim the name of Christ.  How would we react if our government set up centers for human beings that functioned like (more…)

  • REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

    by Shawn Merithew on January 16, 2012

    Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 4 years before I was born.  I only became acquainted with him through the history I was taught in school.  Even then, it was difficult to picture the world in which he lived.  I attended public school in Florida with numerous Hispanic and African American children, and never gave a second thought to our racial differences.  Two of my good friends were (more…)

  • GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES?

    by Shawn Merithew on January 10, 2012

    This saying came to mind this week as I was reading Genesis in our daily Bible.  The story of Abraham is both inspiring and thought provoking.  He was a man that manifested faith in God from the moment he was first called out of Ur, yet he was also a man who struggled to walk by that faith at many points in his personal history.  Each time I read Abraham’s story, I see reflections of my own frailties.  Each time I read Abraham’s story, I am also moved by the grace and faithfulness of God.

    According to Barna research, a majority of self-identified Christians believe (more…)

  • WHAT ARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012?

    by Shawn Merithew on January 3, 2012

    I believe I have shared with you before where the idea of New Year’s Resolutions came from.  “New Years” as a holiday has its origins with the paganism of Rome.  Julius Caesar established January 1 as the start of the new year in 46 B.C.  The first month of the year was (more…)

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