Dec 17, 2017

Israel’s Great Shema

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The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 ) calls us, as it did Israel, to love God with our whole being.  Jesus called this the greatest commandment of all.  Our ability to do this has been hampered by the bondage to sin (Romans 7).  Jesus Christ has come to set us free from that captivity and to bring

Dec 16, 2017

The Icon Of God

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In our computer world icons are the short-cuts that get us to apps and software on which we have come to depend.  In the Greek of 2 Corinthians 4:4 we learn that Jesus is the Icon of God.  Jesus, by incarnation, came to us so that we might know the God who is.  He is

Dec 15, 2017

Return From Exile

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All of Israel did not return from exile, maybe only ten percent.  The land continued to be under foreign domination.  Those who did return came to understand that exile would never be fully over until Messiah came.  Part of the Christmas message is that Jesus has come to bring us back from the far country;

Dec 14, 2017

King of All

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The world wants to restrict Jesus to your private spiritual life.  Sadly we have capitulated.  The world is fine with that.  It does not want His kingdom teachings messing up their lives and values.  Jesus wants to bring all things under the dominion of God as the true King of the world.  Nothing is left

Dec 13, 2017

Being the Temple

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Israel’s temple was the place that heaven and earth met.  It was the place where God dwelt.  Heaven and earth met in the incarnation of our Lord.  Heaven came down to us.  God became a human to rescue humans.  The temple of God “tabernacled among us” (John 1:14), and we saw in Him the glory

Dec 12, 2017

Temple Builder

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When the Messiah came, He came as the builder of a new temple.  The old one would be destroyed.  He said He would build a new one with His own body by His resurrection from the dead.  He is now gathering stones.  Sinners!  Outcasts!  Lonely!  Rich!  Poor!  Hopeless!  Ragamuffins!  Even me!  Even you!  These are

Dec 11, 2017

The Freeing Jubilee

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Jesus’ kingdom is a jubilee kingdom of forgiveness and cancelled debts.  He said, “When you pray say, ‘forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us’” (Luke 11:4).  Nothing can free you as much as receiving your own forgiveness and forgiving someone else.  The two go hand in hand; 

Dec 10, 2017

With God And Was God

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The Bible declares, and Christianity, teaches the relationship Christ has to God.  Christ is the eternal Son.  He is the Word who was with God from the beginning.  He is the Word who is God (John 1:1-2).  He is the “Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the

Dec 9, 2017

The Light Of A Star

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“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness could not put it out…This was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” John 1:4-5, 9 (NASB).  A star pointed to the One who is the “Bright and Morning Star”.

Dec 8, 2017

What A Savior!

By |Dec 8, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Death, Deliverance, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Redemption, Salvation, Sin|1 Comment

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21 (NASB).  When I was lost, He came looking for me and found me.  When I confessed my sins, He forgave me.  I was unlovable, yet He loved me, a slave and He