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Dec 14, 2017

King of All

By |Dec 14, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Relationships|0 Comments

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

By |Dec 13, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Incarnation|0 Comments

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

By |Dec 12, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Resurrection, Worship|0 Comments

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

By |Dec 11, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

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 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

Dec 7, 2017

Mary’s Pregnancy

By |Dec 7, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Father, Humility, Incarnation, Mary, Spirit|0 Comments

Mary was an ovulating young Jewish virgin. Inside her body was a special egg. This ovum was chosen by the Father to live out the humility of God.  By the Holy Spirit, the seed of God enters the ovum.  Once this union takes place, before the first division of the cell, “It” is not half-human

Dec 6, 2017

Kingdom Triumph

By |Dec 6, 2017|Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Peace, Righteousness|0 Comments

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7 NASB).  Our Lord is

Dec 5, 2017

The Revealed Mystery

By |Dec 5, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Peace, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NASB).  Soak in those words.  The awesome nature of who the Messiah is cannot be

Dec 4, 2017

The Messiah Is Lord

By |Dec 4, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Obedience, Worship|0 Comments

Messiah came first as a baby, wondered at by Jewish shepherds and later worshipped by Gentile magi.  He is not just the Jewish Messiah; He is the Messiah for the whole world.  He is the King to whom all kings will bow.  He is the Lord of all lords.  To confess him as Lord is

Dec 3, 2017

Emmanuel

By |Dec 3, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

The movements of our Lord as expressed in the Scriptures, the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, are that He descended, He ascended, and He will descend again.  He dwelt with us as a human named God-with-us.  After He ascended, His Spirit descended.  He dwells with us and in us by the Holy Spirit of Christ.  He