Week 33: King’s Dominion

Week 33 King’s Dominion

Today’s Text: Daniel 7-12

Key Text: Daniel 7:13-14

“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven, one like a Son of Man was coming, and he came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.”

Mention “King’s Dominion” in the state in which I live and most people will immediately think you are talking about a popular amusement park.

Daniel’s vision is quite another matter.

It is a dramatic and powerful vision of the Lord’s kingdom which “will not pass away” and “which will not be destroyed.”

Is there anything – anything on the face of this earth – that can boast of such eternal, lasting prominence? No.

Sadly, though, many go about their daily lives barely giving it a passing glance.

Those who would follow Christ should think and act much differently.

I am not talking about going on and on, a “holy roller” who will only attract negative attention from others who fail to understand.

I am talking about simply acknowledging that God’s kingdom is something that is greater than any earthly king can boast – and pay due homage to it.

We have a wonderful opportunity – to be part of that kingdom – through following Christ.

Or, we can make another choice, and ignore God’s reign.

“King’s Dominion” can represent the greatest kingdom of all – or just a bunch of roller coaster rides.

The choice is ours.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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