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Haggai part 4: Hope for the Future

Introduction to Haggai 2:20-23 We’ve reached the end of Haggai’s short book.  This is the fourth and final sermon, or word from God, that Haggai received and recorded for posterity.  Last week we looked at his “bad news and good … Continue reading

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Haggai part 3: Blessings Despite Sin

The story of Haggai 2:10-19 The date was December 18th, about sixteen years after Jerusalem began to be resettled with Jewish people returning from exile.  The Altar and Temple foundation had been built, but then construction was abandoned for sixteen … Continue reading

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Haggai part 2e: Rapture, Removal, Restoration

Rapture: The Great Escape The Rapture is a teaching invented in the 1830’s by John Darby, possibly with precursors among Puritan writers in the previous century.  The Rapture is the belief that at some point during the great tribulation and persecution of God’s … Continue reading

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Haggai part 2d: Covenant Promises

Another topic that I left unexplored in my recent sermon from Haggai is that of God’s covenant promises.  Haggai 2:4-5 says: Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. … Continue reading

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Haggai part 2c: What is a Temple?

In my latest sermon on Haggai 2:1-9, I spoke about different Temples throughout history.  Here I’d like to focus on what a Temple actually is, and how they have been identified through biblical history.  To repeat what I said previously: … Continue reading

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Haggai part 2b: Law & Gospel

Although Haggai’s second sermon can be treated as a stand-alone passage of Scripture, it is also strongly linked to Haggai’s first sermon. As I wrote previously, Haggai 1 is about “afflicting the comfortable” and Haggai 2:1-9 is about “comforting the … Continue reading

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Haggai part 2a: God’s Promise for The Solid Foundation

a homily on Haggai 2:1-9 for Grace Anglican Church upon 26 June 2016  Introduction: Something There is a common saying that good Christian preaching does two things: it comforts the afflicted, and it afflicts the comfortable.  Last time, in Haggai … Continue reading

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Haggai part 1: Consider Your Ways

a sermon on Haggai 1 for Grace Anglican Church on 19 June 2016 Introduction to the Book of the Prophet Haggai Haggai is one of the last prophets in Judah.  He ministered alongside Zechariah, and Malachi soon followed.  These three … Continue reading

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O come, O come…

Advent ends with a sequence of days that are marked with special devotions. If you’re a liturgy enthusiast you probably know about this: the “O Antiphons”. In English tradition they start on December 16th and in Continental tradition they start … Continue reading

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The Bible is a book of Preaching

This is part ten of sixteen in a series, “The Bible Is…“ The last part of the Hebrew Old Testament consists of nearly twenty books collecting the works of various Prophets from the ancient kingdom of Israel.  Due to their … Continue reading

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