Category: Discipleship


Don’t stop believing

For those unaware, earlier this week, apocalyptic news sites began reporting of a claim by numerologist David Meade that the end of the world was going to be ushered in tomorrow (23 April) by the appearance of a mysterious Planet X (see related banner here). In case you might assume this is part of a comic-book superhero movie plotline, think again. A quick Google search will confirm that this is not fake news; but it could well be a fake speculation again, being that this is actually the sixth time Meade is claiming this since 2003.

Mark 13 aptly records Jesus’ teachings about the signs of the end times, and that no one except God the Father knows the day or hour when Christ will come again, ushering the end of the age (v. 32). Jesus reminds His disciples to watch out, to be on guard, and to stand firm.

I am preaching a sermon series at our youth ministry entitled “D is for Disciple,” focusing on growing in spiritual discontent or hunger for God and the things of God, nurturing our minds in spiritual discernment, and challenging our commitment to spiritual disciplines. In this day and age, with pervasive false teachings through pseudo-church groups or cults, floods of fake news on the Internet, and all forms of humanistic, post-modern and twisted philosophies and worldviews, our young people truly need discernment and wisdom from the Lord through His Word and Spirit.

Romans 12:2 reminds us not to follow or be conformed to the world’s pattern, but to be transformed by renewing our minds, testing and approving God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Let us focus on the author and perfector of our faith, Jesus Christ, who is the only Way, Truth and Life. Whether the world ends tomorrow or not, we can have the full assurance that our lives are in God’s hands, God is sovereign, and we are to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:1-7 NASB
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  1. Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. (Lk. 23.34)
  2. Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. (Lk. 23.43)
  3. Woman, behold, your son! Behold, your mother! (Jn. 19.26-27)
  4. My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me? (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34)
  5. I am thirsty. (Jn. 19:28)
  6. It is finished! (Jn 19:30)
  7. Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit. (Lk. 23:46)

Psalm 63 NASB
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2 Timothy 1:6‭-‬14 NASB
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