Headlines are Unrelenting: Final Victory

Revelation 21:3-4
What is it that we are to take away from these verses, not only in the immediate context of Revelation but from the larger context of our study of Headlines? These events in Revelation are future-tense, they have not yet arrived and been executed but yet God says to John as he stands in observation of them all, ‘Write…’ Father wants us to know what the end will be before it arrives. So what are we to understand here? What are we to apply as we go out to face a world where death and Hades are still on the loose and exercising their power and influence?

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Headlines are Unrelenting: Courage & Truth

Revelation 21:3-4
These verses are the point where Father can say “It is done” (Revelation 21:6) and is where He has been heading for all of time and from even before the moment when He said “Let there be light”. It is where He is going right now and the driver behind what He is doing in the world today. It would appear that His whole point and purpose is to be able to introduce this new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-2) with death and Hades having been eliminated, thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14). He is driving to establish a new world, one where there will no longer be any mourning or crying or pain because He has dealt with death and Hades completely and with a total finality. Everything behind the bad news of this world had been brought to an end.

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Headlines are Paralyzing: Perfection

Nehemiah 6:2-3,9; Hebrews 10:32-39
It is thought that there is a form of perfectionism that exhibits itself in procrastination and disorganization. The perfectionist gets so paralyzed with fear of not achieving their goals that they completely give up getting anything done. Ironically, their very perfectionist ways leads to complete failure, just the opposite of what they desire.

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Headlines are Paralyzing: The Light

Nehemiah 6:2-3,9; Hebrews 10:32-39
Bad news is paralyzing. It causes in us the fear of moving forward, remaining just as we are. Sometimes a traumatic event will send us to a familiar “safe place” or serve as the cause of a craving for old familiar “comfort foods”. An injury may cause an athlete to reevaluate his or her goals for achievement in an area of expertise. Sometimes a real or even perceived threat can stop us dead in our tracks.

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Headlines are Paralyzing: In the Middle

Nehemiah 6:2-3,9; Hebrews 10:32-39
It is one thing to observe bad news from a distance; it is quite another to live it. Our casual attitude and glib pronouncements on what ‘really needs to be done’ undergo a radical change as we face the immediate reality of bad news. No longer are we facing the terror from the safety of our living rooms but that monster has invaded our personal space and stares at us threateningly in a most personal and immediate way. What ‘really needs to be done’ takes on a whole new and most visceral meaning. In both of our texts for this week, the people involved are dead in the middle of bad news and facing the crisis of what needs to be done.

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Headlines are Perplexing: Values

Proverbs 3:5-6
Do you buy gifts advising “Some assembly required”? Do you read the instructions first or do you just start putting things together in ways and sequences that make sense to you? When operating things, whether it’s a car, power tool, appliance, what happens to the warranty when you obviously operate outside the manufacturer’s instructions? When you start a new job do you expect to keep it?

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