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 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 7, 2017

Mary’s Pregnancy

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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 5, 2017

The Revealed Mystery

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“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 2, 2017

The Eternal Son

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About 1700 years ago there was a pastor name Arius who threw the church into controversy.  He was teaching, “There was a time when the Son was not.”  In 325 AD, the shepherds of the church came together to unify its teaching on the Son.  They concluded, with apostolic teaching, that the Son is co-eternal

Nov 28, 2017

Derailed Prayer

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Prayer running on the rails of selfish-asking is a train to nowhere.  Prayers motivated by greed get nowhere with our generous Father and His sacrificial Son.  Prayer running on a rail of selfishness is not really on rail but in a quagmire.  This praying does not yet have the words of its Lord abiding in

Nov 22, 2017

Thanksgiving As Worship

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Two words, thanks and giving, are joined to make one word.  Thanks given to a friend for some gift or act warms the heart of the receiver.  Thanks is an act of giving; directed toward God, it becomes worship and warms Abba’s heart.  “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me.”  Whatever else you

Nov 20, 2017

Fearful Slaves

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“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father’” Romans 8:15 (NLT).  Slaves are held by fear of punishment.  We no longer look at God as His fearful slaves.  He has been revealed

Nov 16, 2017

Lovers Of Darkness

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We blame lots of things for the sin of the world.  The problem is that people love sin; they love darkness because it hides their sin.  By the work of the Spirit, these persons can flee the darkness and go to the Light.  By conversion, they can become lovers of the Light and the Truth.