How do you speak the truth when it will clearly hurt? God’s prophets have no option, but that doesn’t mean they are unfeeling. Only those who love dare to speak words of judgment, for judgment is the shadow side of love. Daniel explains the dream, holding nothing back.Read More
Read Reflect It all went wrong when they had too much to drink. When self-control goes, watch out for what follows. They couldn’t help showing off, not just in a display of wealth but in a challenge to the God who had so humbled Nebuchadnezzar. “Do your worst,” Belshazzar seemed to say. God rose to […]Read More judgment, warning, doom
Was it news of Daniel’s prophecy of Belshazzar’s fall that precipitated his return to public life? The new king saw in him an ally, but though he offered the best service he could, as events showed, he was not in anyone’s pocket. It says much for his integrity that they couldn’t find anything to accuse him of …Read More faith, integrity, consistency
The book of Daniel divides into two halves. The stories about Daniel and his friends take up the first six chapters. The second half of the book is far less familiar and, for many, unexplored territory.
Four prophecies are laid out here – prophecies that came to him and were not simply explained by him.Read More prophecy, Son of Man, beasts, Ancient of Days
It is not good for us to be alone. We were created to be in community. Friendship is one of the great gifts God has given us to live a happy and fulfilling life. Spending time with someone whose company you enjoy is a great pleasure, and those who are lonely are often in a place dangerous to their own well-being.Read More friendship, encouragement, influence