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We Trust in the Name

| Aug 22, 2016

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Psalm 20 is “a Psalm of David” written for the people of Israel to sing in anticipation of battle that they might put their confidence in Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the God who anointed their king. This God listens to his anointed. When his anointed calls, this God answers. And when […]

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Our Refuge in God the Word

| Apr 18, 2016

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The text is simple: the blessed man doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. On the contrary, the blessed man meditates on the law of the LORD day and night. Going Deeper We would short-circuit the point here if we only walk away saying, “I want to be a blessed man so I should […]

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Living with Open Hands (Pro 3:9-10)

| Feb 2, 2014

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Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.—Proverbs 3:9-10 At first glance, it may be easy to stash these words away in the category of “tithing.” The mention of first fruits, that […]

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Fear Not That Which is Frightening (Isa 43:1-3)

| Jan 6, 2014

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…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I […]

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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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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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The Psalms: Fresh Air for Rusty Souls

| Mar 24, 2013

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The Book of Psalms is one of the most beloved places in all of Scripture. Tremper Longman writes, As we read the Psalms, we are entering into the sanctuary, the place where God meets men and women in a special way. We will see that the conversation between God and his people is direct, intense, […]

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What Does It Mean to Look to Jesus?

| Mar 11, 2013

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Hebrews 12:2, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. It was the infamous 6:30. Six minutes and thirty seconds. In order to play baseball at […]

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How to Run with Endurance

| Mar 4, 2013

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Hebrews 12:1, Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. The writer to the Hebrews wants us to run well. He is writing this epistle […]

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Jesus’s Salvation Is a Feast

| Feb 24, 2013

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Luke 15 repeats something fascinating. It answers a question we may not ask, but need to know the answer to. Luke 15 tells us when it’s the right time to party. In verses 7, 10, and 32 we see when God says it is fitting to “celebrate and be glad.” 7 Just so, I tell you, there […]

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How to Live in This World

| Feb 18, 2013

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Psalm 37:5–8, Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. [7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries […]

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Three Reasons You See God’s Power by God’s Power

| Feb 10, 2013

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The cross of Christ is the power of God to those being saved. And this reality itself — the reality of seeing the cross as power — is the work of God, not man. To see the cross as the power of God requires the power of God to intervene. Or, as John Bunyan says, […]

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To Be Found in Christ

| Jan 21, 2013

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Philippians 3:9, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— Paul has declared in Philippians 3:7–8 his all-surpassing desire to know Jesus. The glories of Christ out-weigh all the things […]

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God Is the One Who Gives

| Jan 7, 2013

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2 Chronicles 16:9, For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. Far from a motivational line, 2 Chronicles 16:9 is actually a rebuke. The truth in these words are contrasted with the behavior of King Asa toward […]

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How to Live Without Fear in 2013

| Dec 31, 2012

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Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Moses has passed the baton of leadership to Joshua. Could you imagine the thoughts of filling those shoes? . . . Nevertheless, be strong […]

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