Unquestionably Called to Serve

| Nov 25, 2013

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…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.—Matthew 20:26–28 When we face major life decisions, it is tempting to obsess over what we […]

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The Pivotal Place of Hearing

| Nov 18, 2013

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So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.—Romans 10:17 Hearing God’s word is a life or death matter. Yahweh our God says, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We perish if God does not speak to us. […]

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A People Proclaiming God’s Praises

| Nov 11, 2013

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but […]

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Coming to the Christ of the Canon

| Nov 4, 2013

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Jesus said to them, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”—John 5:39–40 (cf. verse 19) The point of revealing something is to show off the object which is […]

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Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

| Oct 29, 2013

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Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.—Romans 5:18–19 The “therefore” at the beginning of our passage is […]

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Everything for God’s Glory

| Oct 21, 2013

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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.—1 Corinthians 10:31 God created the world to display His power and His patience, His glory and His grace (Romans 9:22–23). Therefore, He commands His creatures to do everything they do for His glory. Yet it is easy to talk […]

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Why Your Spending Shapes Your Heart

| Oct 14, 2013

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Notice with me the many words Jesus uses in this passage to highlight the importance of the location of our values. I have bolded such words for your convenience. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, […]

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Is There a Place for Praising People?

| Oct 7, 2013

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Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.—Proverbs 31:30 Evidently, the answer is yes, there is a place for praising people. But such praise does not necessarily mean that mankind (or in this case, womankind) is ultimate. God is ultimate, and I believe this text […]

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Quit Horsing Around

| Oct 2, 2013

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.— Psalm 32:8–9 When we feel confused about what […]

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Seeing Jesus in “The Love Chapter”

| Sep 23, 2013

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 I […]

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How the Reviled Become What They Really Are

| Sep 18, 2013

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Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.—Matthew 5:11–12 As we saw two weeks ago, the blessed people of the Beatitudes are humbled […]

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More Rewards for the Blessed

| Sep 10, 2013

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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.—Matthew 5:7–10 Last week, we saw that the blessed are those whom God humbles. This […]

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The Life of the Blessed

| Sep 3, 2013

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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.—Matthew 5:3–6 Who are the blessed? “The poor in spirit.” “Those who mourn.” “The meek.” “Those […]

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Happy Receiving and Happier Giving

| Aug 27, 2013

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Help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”—Acts 20:35 When I see someone who is weak—say a homeless person begging on the side of the road—it is tempting for me to ignore and, worse, to judge him. Thoughts of […]

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Patiently Wait for the Joy to Come

| Aug 20, 2013

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Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.—Psalm 30:4–5 When I first started meditating on the Fighter Verse for this week, it struck me with […]

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