Daniel

Daniel

The Future Soon Here

The Book of Daniel chapter 9 offers not only offers amazing insights into prayer and objective spiritual self-assessment, but is testimony to God’s faithfulness in answering the call of His children. The focus in this message is Daniel 9:20-27.  This is the place where Daniel’s efforts at seeking (and what I like to call) “spiritual work” are…

The Real “You”

When you think of “you” what comes to mind?  The little voice inside? The compilations of aches, pains and life challenges your body endures? The headaches of formal studies, finding a suitable spouse, or of raising kids?  In one sense, it seems a silly question, but those walking the Jesus path need be aware the Bible offers very specific detail and important…

Calling Out to God

This week we come to the climax of the most comprehensive passage on prayer in the Bible. And though todays text (Daniel 9:15-19) is extremely important – it must be taken in context. If you bear with me then, I will offer a snapshot of what Daniel experienced to get to these verses. This review is a bit lengthy, but applying Chapter 9 as a whole will be a game…

Why Calamity?

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is so loving and so caring, why do I see all this crud going on around me, or piling up in my own life?  Sometimes the burden of day to day living feels a crushing weight.  I deal with so many crumby circumstances that I am getting tired.  I ask God for help, but I don’t feel His help at all. It makes me wonder,…

What does the Bible do for me?

THE BIBLE READS YOU The key to remember about reading the Bible is that the Bible reads you. The Bible is totally unique among the spiritual texts underpinning the World’s vast gallery of faith systems. And although it is not difficult to find great richness and elegance in other readings; the Bible message of Jesus stands out in it’s singularity. The Words of…

The Power of Shame

It seems all weird to suppose shame can draw one closer to God – or that the study of shame has a place along the Jesus Path. Shame is so personal and can be so overwhelming at times…  This topic is so important, so to begin with let’s slow down and get our terms straight. You might come up with more, but in grinding through this material I came up with…

What is Your View of God?

When I look at Daniel through the lens of Chapter 9, I get yellow caution-lights flashing in my skull. This is because (sorry for the simplicity) I am not Daniel. And this means the actions Daniel takes, the words and conclusions he draws are framed within his viewpoint of who God is. You can see the immediate difficulty. Unless I am Bible-Grounded in my personal view of…

No Longer Trapped

This week we study the famous account of Daniel in the Lion’s den. To me it can be hard to read something so familiar – I find myself cruising through it; impatient for Daniel to be hauled out of the den. But this week the Good God led me to consider traps, and the implications of being trapped.  In one sense of the word, a trap is something a person stumbles into…

You Matter

Today we address the Bible account which made popular the phrase “the hand-writing on the wall.” One important point I emphasize (with emphasis) is the importance of discerning context when reading passages from the Bible. So to that end I stopped to consider what Daniel was undergoing before he was called into the banquet-hall to deal with the “hand-writing on the wall”.…

Get Right with God

Thank you for stopping by Restart! Today we will uncover an important characteristic of those who wish to follow Jesus; specifically the habit of routine self-assessment. We join Daniel in this vital activity. After a concentrated season of intentional (and frankly courageous) use of his spiritual warfare toolbox (prayer, supplication, fasting, sackcloth, and ashes)…
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