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Kenny Rodgers

Kenny Rodgers

Hi, my name is Kenny Rodgers, and my wife, Anne, and I have a 3-year-old son named Caleb. By the time you read this, God willing, we will have a 6-month-old as well!

I've never played the trumpet, but I dabbled in piano and the saxophone when I was younger, although I never became much of a musician. My wife, on the other hand, is a gifted piano and clarinet player and even performed in the Baylor band. So far, I'm not sure whom our son takes after, but he sure can play loudly!

October 31, 2014

GET ME OUT OF HERE!

Revelation 9:1-12
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Revelation 9:1-12

9:1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. [1] He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.

In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, their hair like women's hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth; they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails. 11 They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon. [2]

12 The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 9:1 Greek the abyss; also verses 2, 11
[2] 9:11 Abaddon means destruction; Apollyon means destroyer

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  1. BC


    Oct 31, 2014 16:40

    Good job, Kenny, with the ultimate Halloween passage! I mean these locust horse demons would win any Halloween costume contest. But the thing that strikes me in these verses is not the horrible nature of the judgment—your focus on verse 6 was perfect—but rather the sovereignty of God that is at work. These creatures are given the power of scorpions (9:3), but they are limited in how they can use that power:
 1) they can't harm the grass, any green plant, or any tree (9:4)
; 2) they can't harm any who have the seal of God on their foreheads (9:4); 3) they are allowed to torment those without the seal of God for 5 months only (9:5)
; 4) they are not allowed to kill their victims (9:5); and 5) people will long for death, but it will flee from them. (9:6) Our God is sovereign over Halloween and the future judgments. That is not a big surprise. But this same sovereign God desires to have a relationship with you and me. He cares for us. That is grace of the highest order. May we be bold to tell others.

  2. HopeH


    Oct 31, 2014 09:46

    The key verse stood out to me as well. It sadden my heart to think of people simply wanting to die and escape the pain. I hit that low in my own life back in 2008 graciously God spared my life and I came to know Him several months later. This motivation for me to pray for my friends who do not know Christ.

  3. Lindsey Eickman


    Oct 31, 2014 09:12

    Kenny, thanks for the encouragement today that in the midst of hardship, the greatness of Christ's sacrifice propels us to choose hope. I'm grateful that we can rely on the hope we have in Christ in this lifetime and that we, as believers will not long for death during judgment.

  4. sheila


    Oct 31, 2014 09:07

    great encouragement and very timely reminder to look to God! thanks!

  5. Sue Bohlin


    Oct 31, 2014 08:25

    Thanks, Kenny! Your statement that you are currently in a relationship with God sounds like a Facebook status. And while it's true, praise Him, I smiled to think that from God's perspective, even when His children turn away in defiance or rebellion (as in, “not in a relationship any more”), He would say He still has a relationship with US. Because He is faithful and true. My takeaway from today’s reading was an itty bitty detail about the locusts, that they have "women's hair." Everybody instinctively knows what that means--women's hair means a style and length that instantly communicates her gender, just like a man's hair would communicate his gender. God is all about making the right kinds of distinctions--and that includes the gender He chooses for us! No Purple Penguins in God's economy.

  6. Anne Rodgers


    Oct 31, 2014 07:44

    You are good a tackling many difficult situations - and you do it with grace, love and wisdom most of the time! You are a true godly man to imitate. I'm so thankful our boys have you as their example. Do not grow weary babe. I love you.

  7. AD


    Oct 31, 2014 06:00

    Did not see that curve coming at the end! I love how you connected those wanting to flee to us now. Really calls for us to examine our hearts!

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