The Forevermore Oil in the Lampstand Vision of Zechariah 4

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts” (Zech 4:6). The encouragement given to Zerubbabel on that night long ago in 519 BC holds true for us today as well. Although we are not […]

THE GENTILE HORNS OF A JEWISH DILEMMA (ZECHARIAH 1:18-21)

The discipline of God upon the nation of Israel does not invalidate the promises God made to them. In fact, the discipline and judgments prescribed for Israel are in keeping with the promises of God in His relationship to Israel. The judgments do not negate the promises to bless Israel but establish the need that Israel […]

5nov2017_SundaySemonPreview

TITLE: THE MYSTERY IN THE MYRTLE GROVE TEXT: Zechariah 1:7-17 THEME: Zechariah received the first of eight visions detailing the future of Israel under the rule of God, particularly the restoration of Jerusalem and the temple on the temple mount, and the eventual messianic rule of the messianic king over Israel and the nations.   […]

We Build Temples too!

WE BUILD TEMPLES TOO! 29oct2017_WeBuildTemplesToo PowerPointPresent The LORD will eventually establish a physical temple in Jerusalem in accord with His plan for Israel and the world, maybe soon (Haggai 1-2). That is an issue between Israel and the LORD. The Church, on the other hand, does a different kind of temple building in the world today […]

23oct2017 Sunday-Sermon Monday-Sequel

If I had a SUNDAY SERMON do-over…. TITLE: FOUR TWO-MINUTE SERMONS IN 520 BC THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. TEXT: Haggai 1-2 THEME: The work on the temple-rebuild project needed to resume and the temple in Jerusalem completed. It is important because one day the temple in Jerusalem will become the center of worship for the […]

15oct2017_ Haggai 1:1-15_LivingLesson

HIS PURPOSES OUR PRIORITY The Lord is pleased with His people and glorified in their lives when the plans and purposes of God become the priority of God’s people, not-with-standing the pressing needs of food, drink, clothing, housing, employment, and/or recreation. Like the Jews of the Babylonian return, we become disheartened and discouraged in our […]

22oct2017 Sunday Sermon Preview

TITLE: THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS MESSIANIC TEXT: Haggai 2:1-9 THEME: The messianic program of God for Israel and the world (nations) is centered in the temple in Jerusalem. The temple rebuild project, no matter how meager the structure, furthered the messianic purposes of God. This required the diligence and perseverance of Zerubbabel, Joshua, and […]