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

Oct 15, 2017

Hope Of Eternal Life

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Eternal life is not automatic.  The Greeks believed in the natural immortality of the soul, that is, everybody gets to live forever.  This is still popular, unfortunately, even in the church.  The Hebrew scripture does not teach that.  The NT does not teach that.  It teaches that life is a gift from God through His

Sep 26, 2017

All Things New

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“If any person be in Messiah, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away and behold new things have come” II Corinthians 5:17.  In Messiah the old creation is fading away and the new creation is coming; the old is gone and the new has begun to arrive.  The resurrection of Jesus

Sep 17, 2017

Revealed Truth

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There is truth that is arrived at through logical deduction.  There is also revealed truth.  These two exist side by side in Christian thought.  A group of politically hopeful messianic disciples had their hopes dashed.  Their would-be Messiah got Himself killed.  Their dashed hopes turned out to be their real hope.  To their amazement He

Sep 13, 2017

Misplaced Hope

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Martha said, “I know he will live in the resurrection of the last day” (John 11:24).   Jesus said, “I am the resurrection” (John 11:25).  Our hope is not in a day, but in a Person.  Our hope is not even in the Second Coming, but the One who is coming.  Our hope is not

Aug 22, 2017

Live Out Your Baptism

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The act of baptism is a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  No matter at what age we were baptized, we are called to live out the reality of our baptism.  The Roman Christians were baptized but may have thought that they could continue in sin to get more grace.  What Paul

Aug 19, 2017

Women Disciples

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No self respecting Rabbi of Jesus’ day would have women as disciples.  Yet Mary sat at His feet (that’s what disciples did) hanging on every word (Lk 10:41-42).  Women traveled with Him and also supported Him out of their means (Lu 8:2-3).   Women were the first proclaimers of the resurrection (Luke 24:22).   Dr.

Jul 16, 2017

Come Out

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“Lazarus, come out” (Jn 11:43).  The sprit of the dead one heard and obeyed the voice of Jesus.  The spirits of the dead saints live in the presence of that voice.  They even say to Him, “How long?” (Rev 6:10).  The story of Lazarus anticipates the day when those in the grave will hear His

Jul 5, 2017

Bad Things Happen

By |Jul 5, 2017|Choices, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Life, Resurrection, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Just because something bad has happened to you does not mean that something is wrong with you.  That is a lie the enemy tells us.  Neither is it because God has singled you out for some heavy burden just because He is trying to make you stronger.  Christians also get hit by stray bullets, cars,

Apr 22, 2017

Thomas’ Faith

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Thomas wanted evidence for his faith, something that he could see with his own eyes, something verifiable.  He was not prepared to believe anything on the testimony of his fellow disciples.  He thought it would be faith if he could see and touch.  Yet, “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen