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Revival!

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Many Christians believe there will be an end time revival before the second coming of Christ to this earth.[1] If this is so, what would that look like, and what should we be doing in an effort to make ourselves ready for when it occurs? The words that come immediately to mind are the words of Christ that the disciple is not above his master, nor is the servant above his lord (Matthew 10:24). If Jesus shook up his world during his earthly ministry, then whatever we might be like during an end time revival, it is enough to say that we should be as our Lord (Luke 6:40), and, whatever the Bible says about us during this period, it should never be made to mean something that contradicts the nature of Jesus as Servant, the Weakness of God or the One of no reputation. The Bible is the word of God written down to reveal the Word of God. It cannot be made to violate that understanding (John 10:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Power—Power! Where’s the Power?

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At the end of the day the picture of the babe Jesus held in his arms, as he taught to his disciples, (Mark 10:15-16) is the one which most astonishes me.[1] No one shall enter God’s Kingdom until he receives it as a child—as the babe Jesus held in his arms! How are we able to conquer the world—to wage war against the kingdom of evil—with the strength of a babe? Are we not sent into the world to preach the Gospel to the nations? Where’s that power to come from? Certainly Jesus couldn’t mean the Gospel goes out into the world without any power whatsoever. Well, no, he doesn’t mean that, but what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Jesus

 

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To Whom Was Jesus Sent?

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I find it interesting that, when Jesus was born, there was no room for him in society.[1] No one even knew of his coming, except perhaps Mary and Joseph and John the Baptist’s parents. The wise men who sought him, because they looked for the fulfillment of the promise of his coming, thought he would be among the great of society, or at least they believed that certainly the powerful would have been alerted of his arrival (Matthew 2:1-3). A glaring charge against the powerful religious figures of the time is that, although they knew where Jesus was to be born (Matthew 2:4-6), they didn’t seek him with the Magi who came from the East! Is it any wonder that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to them? Rather he visited shepherds, and it was they who found him on the night he was born, and stirred up society by informing others (Luke 2:8-18). Yet, it is telling, is it not, that the rich and powerful weren’t moved, until believers of their own rank came seeking Jesus (Matthew 2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Love’s Winning Way

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I was struck once as a member of a prayer group, praying for dozens of teams of two, leaving our church to canvas neighborhoods in nearby communities.[1] Their intent was to tell people of a certain evangelistic event coming to our church, hoping folks would agree to come and witness the affair. I recall that some training of the teams was given, but the thing that really stands out in my mind was the statement in the training exercise that, if we speak to ‘x’ number of people, a specific percentage of ‘x’ will come to the event. I wondered, “…where is the Holy Spirit in this labor?” After all, if the law of chance is able to predict the outcome of a given exercise, do we really need God to bring about what we know will occur? How would my praying affect the expected outcome? If I fall from a precipice, the law of gravity will bring me to the ground; I can pray that God will save me from the fall, but I don’t need to pray that God will do what gravity is expected to do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Emmanuel—God with Us!

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Did you ever watch a little child watching you or as the child watched someone else?[1] I remember watching my little girl, my firstborn daughter, watching my hands as I ate a meal. Carefully, she took her plastic fork and tried to hold it like I did mine. It wasn’t exact, of course, but she was trying to eat just like me. I remember the thrill in her face when she took her first steps; again, she wasn’t as steady on her feet as her Mom or I, but that did come later, after much practice and many falls. She was never discouraged, but seeing others walk caused her to want to use her feet in the same manner for mobility rather than crawling on the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Authentic Boast

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“Before concluding his letter Paul returns once more to the antithesis of cross and circumcision, setting them forth this time as representing respectively the true and the false ground of boasting, and thus carrying a stage further his polemic against the Judaizers and their way of legal observance (Galatians 5:2-12).”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Battle for the Good News

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The question at this point is: why is circumcision (or anything we do) unable to make us right with God (Galatians 5:6; cp. 3:10, 21)? Just as the wages we earn have nothing to do with being a gift we receive, so circumcision or anything we do can have nothing to do with making us right before God, because righteousness is imputed (i.e. it is a gift), and what we do looks for a wage (reward for services rendered). It is Christ who makes us righteous (through grace, a gift), and we can only trust it is so, just as we trust that any gift we receive is entirely a gift—no strings attached. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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