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The Mature Christian Hopes for the Rapture

By Steve Swartz
3 weeks ago
Certainly, one of the most debated points of Christian theology is the idea of the rapture of the church—the catching away of God’s people at some future time in miraculous fashion. Great men and women of God have disagreed on this issue. Regardless of where you come down on the rapture issue, you s...

The Mature Christian Anticipates the Resurrection, Part 2

By Steve Swartz
1 month ago
In the city of Corinth in the Apostle Paul’s day, some in the church were proclaiming, “There is NO resurrection of the dead.” But Paul had an answer to this claim. Paul, in essence, replied: If there is no resurrection from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised! And if Christ has not been...

The Mature Christian Anticipates the Resurrection, Part 1

By Steve Swartz
1 month ago
Paul tells us that we will receive resurrection power through becoming like Him in His death, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil 3:10). We will therefore have the power to live and the power to hope. Paul says...

Citizens of Heaven Standing Firm

By Steve Swartz
2 months ago
As Christians we live in a world that is more and more godless and where heinous sins have become the norm for our society. Materialism, post-modernism, and self-centered philosophies have invaded every walk of life and continue to invade the church with startling regularity. However, we are called...

Living in Light of Heaven

By Steve Swartz
2 months ago
In Philippians 3, Paul shows a very clear contrast between the believer, who should be heavenly-minded, and the unbeliever who is by nature earthly-minded. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold tr...

How to Understand Christian Death

By Steve Swartz
2 months ago
For the unbeliever, death is the gateway to eternal torment and paying the rightful penalty for a life of rejecting Christ. It also has the connotation of rest in the phrase “slept with their fathers,” as in Old Testament ancestors. But the Christian connotation adds an element of understanding that...

Where We Must Start: The Danger of Man-Made Evidence of Heaven

By Steve Swartz
3 months ago
As human beings, we crave information about what we can expect after death. We want to know: Is there a heaven? Will I be there? Will I see loved ones? Will I continue to exist? What will happen to me? One of the biggest ways Christians and non-Christians alike are deceived is in the area of extra-b...

Seven Practical Ways to Eagerly Wait for His Appearing

By Steve Swartz
3 months ago
Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn about waiting on the Lord that we can learn comes from a group of people that we can most relate to, Christians in the church of Jesus Christ still struggling on this earth. In the context of Hebrews 9, Christ is compared to the high priest who would enter the Most Holy Place to make atonement for the sins of his people.

Be Relaxed in God’s Timing

By Steve Swartz
3 months ago
“Timing is everything,” is a common phrase that is true in many areas of life. When we pray, our sense of timing generally defaults to, “the sooner the better.” The issue with waiting on the Lord is basically that my sense of timing and God’s perfect timing are different. They are at odds with each other. In Psalm 62, David teaches us to be relaxed in God’s timing. In verse 8, David speaks to his people and gives two general principles to follow during a time of waiting on the Lord.

Lessons from the Martyrs: Seven Examples on How to Wait on the Lord

By Steve Swartz
3 months ago
Revelation 6:9-11 reveals the opening of the fifth seal found in the great scroll that only the Lamb of God can open. This seal revealed tribulation saints that had been, “slain for the word of God and the witness they had borne.” They were crying out for retribution and for the justice of God to prevail. They set a perfect example for us on how to perfectly wait upon the Lord. They have now seen Christ face to face, which means their sanctification has been completed. Waiting isn’t passive, docile, or lifeless for them, it is an intensive and focused activity. Here are seven examples given by the martyrs in heaven on how to wait on the Lord.

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