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Commandments Done Right

The word “commandment” is a word that sounds so forceful, so prohibitive, and so hard to us. We imagine a policeman shouting, “STOP!” when we consider it. So it may come as something of a surprise to hear John write these words in one of his letters: “For this is...

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The Best Revenge

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words from the Cross. It was the first sentence He said once He was lifted up, according to Luke 23. His hands and feet were pierced. He had been lashed mercilessly with a scourge. A crown of...

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A Different Kind of King

“Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about Me?” These words are found in John’s gospel, Chapter 18. They were the words of Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in charge of Jerusalem. “Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate...

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Seeker of the Lost

The Son of Man came for one reason, “to seek and to save the lost.”  Jesus made this point in Luke 19. This chapter describes Jesus as He visits two towns and the Temple. First, Jesus stopped in Jericho. This city stands out on the pages of Jewish history. Joshua...

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The Way of the Lamb

God took down Egypt, a wealthy, powerful empire. He did it with series of plagues. Water was turned into blood. Frogs multiplied uncontrollably. There came swarms of gnats and lice and locust. Cattle fell dead from disease. Boils broke out on the skin of the people, and hailstones of fire...

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Still, Small Voices

Elijah took shelter in a cave at Mount Horeb in 1 Kings 19. He had become a frightened man. This is interesting because in the previous chapter, this prophet was shown to be a man with authority from God, a man who could summon fire and rain with his prayers....

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We Have Seen So Much

Imagine, Peter and that Saturday after the Cross. How long must that day have been for this man. He talked big, made bold statements about his commitment and his courage. He wildly swung a sword in the darkness of Gethsemane. One man lost an ear in the angry scramble before...

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The Lord is There

The pages of the book of Ezekiel are full of strange and curious images. The first chapter begins with a vision given to the prophet that includes creatures with faces and wings. There were wheels and fire and many other bright and beautiful things. All of it came out of...

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Kingdom and the King

“Let your Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven. …” In these days when we hear and read of confused governments and outrageous politicians, we can take comfort in knowing that God is on His Throne. He is seated above Creation. He is Lord of all. He rules....

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