Message: “Thy Kingdom Come” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” The first half of Daniel is historical narrative, while the back half is apocalyptic prophecy. This might be sort of like switching the channel from a historical documentary to a sci-fi thriller! While the last 6 chapters of Daniel are difficult to interpret in places, there are clear themes that are easily applied in a hopeful & encouraging way for God’s people. In this chapter, we open into a wild scene that parallels Nebuchanezzar’s dream in chapter 2. Four wild beasts representing Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. We get a curious image of a small horn representing evil personified–the Antichrist. In the midst of this horrifying vision, we get a reminder that the Ancient of Days is still in control of history, and that the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will one day defeat all the world’s kings and kingdoms to establish his eternal kingdom once and for all. In the final analysis, our life may be marked with suffering, but our destination is secure. In the end, we win because Jesus wins!

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Message: “The God of Man & Lions” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” The 6th chapter of Daniel contains one of the most well-known stories in the entire Bible. This chapter also happens to be chock-full of practical applications to our modern day life. Things like persisting in prayer when crisis strikes, or the value of working hard at our jobs, or letting our faith be personal but not private. All of those applications are great, but the big-idea of the chapter is this: Christian, learn to walk faithfully with the God who rescues, even when the cost is great. Most Christians in Daniel’s day and in our day alike, tend to either assimilate into culture or isolate from culture. Neither is helpful. We must be in culture, working for the good of our cities, while living out the ethics of another kingdom. Salt and light. Different but delightful. Strange but powerful. In all of this, we remember that Jesus is the greater Daniel, who was also thrown into a den of death to face the lions of sin, death and hell. Who also walked out of that tomb to give us the ability to live an abundant life on earth that simply extends into eternity. What a Savior!

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Message: “The Writing Is On The Wall” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” Chapter 5 gives us yet another window into the dangers of the subtle pride & arrogance that lurks in every human heart. This text teaches us that when God speaks, we should listen. Although God may not write a message for you on a wall, He’s written you a book called the Bible. This chapter also teaches us that God’s justice & judgment are very real. This should compel us to number our days, and live wisely & winsomely in light of the coming judgment day of Christ. The good news of the gospel is that those who are in Christ will be vindicated on the day of judgment because King Jesus has already paid the penalty for their sin & rebellion against God. Jesus is the true & better King and there is no meaningful life outside of Him!

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Message: “The God Who Humbles” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” Daniel 4 gives us the final glimpse we ever get of king Nebuchadnezzar, and the legendary king goes out with a bang! This chapter is essentially Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony. We see the poison of pride, the God who loves us enough to humble us, and the life transformation that’s available to those who look to God. We also see the importance of being a courageous witness (like Daniel) in our own Babylon. Ultimately, the story of this earthly king points us to a heavenly King who willingly humbled himself to lift His people out of sin, death & hell so that we could shine as lights in the darkness of this world.

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Message: “Faith in the Furnace” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” Daniel 3 contains one of the most well known stories in the entire Bible. It’s also a story rooted in deep truths that are stunningly applicable for Christians living in secular places like Asheville in ‘22. We need to be reminded that the world will pressure believers to fold on their godly convictions. Which means that the people of Jesus desperately need Biblical convictions with deep enough roots to produce courage. Daniel 3 also reminds us that God may not always deliver us from the flames, but He will always walk with us through the flames. He is sovereign, good, and merciful!

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Message: “The God of Dreams & Kingdoms” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” As we jump back into chapter 2, the suspense has been building. No Babylonian wise-men can interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. As such, they’re all slated to be executed. But Daniel and his 3 teenage friends have prayed to the one true God and He has heard their prayers and miraculously given Daniel insight into the dream of a tyrant. As Daniel reveals the meaning of the dream to the most powerful man on earth, we get some crucial take-home truths as modern day followers of Jesus. Firstly, unlike the Babylonian gods, our God is the sovereign One. He knows all things and can do all things. Secondly, we see that faithfulness to God is always rewarded, either in this life or the one to come. Lastly, we can’t miss that this was written to encourage God’s people in exile. You may feel like you’re losing in life right now, but if you’re in Christ, the story ends with you winning with King Jesus. That reality ought to be a life-giving wind in our sails as we journey through life!

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Message: “A Tale Of Two Cities” from Chris Dillon

A message from the series “Daniel.” Daniel is an exciting book that has it all: adventure, suspense, thrill, dreams, visions, heroes and villains. And yet, through all the excitement, the central theme of God’s sovereignty in all circumstances shines through in such a hopeful and encouraging way. Chapter 1 teaches us to embrace where God has us, regardless of circumstance. We learn to live convictionally and biblically in the face of cultures that despise people who do so. And, we learn the importance of seeking God’s favor by following His ways. Most importantly, this book will teach us that Daniel is a foreshadowing of the greater Daniel. The one who would come, suffer unjustly, and give His life as a ransom to rescue all who are enslaved to sin, guilt and shame.

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