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Psalm 118: Let Those Who Fear the Lord Say Print E-mail

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Psalm 118 is a celebration of God’s ‘steadfast love’ (hesed).  The psalmist is calling for God’s people to rejoice in God’s great love for them.  Look at what he says in the introduction in verses 1-4.  The psalmist calls on Israel to speak of God’s steadfast love.  He calls on the priests, the house of Aaron, to do the same.  And he calls on us, those who fear the Lord, to join in the chorus as well.  We are all to rejoice in God’s great love.  Yet, if we are honest, we might be tempted to think: ‘Why should I join in?  What evidence of God’s love have I experienced in my life?’  The psalmist will go on to give testimony of how God’s steadfast love has been evidenced in his own life and in the life of Israel.  I want us to consider the evidence he provides and then come back and see how he encourages us to respond.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2015 )
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Philippians 2:5-11: He Made Himself Nothing (A Christmas Meditation) Print E-mail

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When I think about all the great truths of the incarnation, the one that always takes my breath away is the humility of Christ.  That Jesus would come the way He did amazes me.  That God would take on flesh to rescue my soul from Hell is the greatest reality in my life.  In our time together this morning I just want to think about Christ’s humility in the incarnation.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2015 )
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Acts 28:17-31: With All Boldness and Without Hindrance Print E-mail

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When I was growing up it was popular to have a life verse.  If someone asked you your favorite verse or the verse that you lived by, you were supposed to quote this particular verse.  Common ones were John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13 (normally taken out of context).  My life verse was Acts 28:31, where Luke writes of Paul: Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ (I was reading the NIV back then).  When I was in junior high and high school, I wanted my life to look like that.  Unfortunately, as was often the case with life verses, I don’t think I understood exactly what that meant in context.  I did not realize that Paul was doing this bold preaching while under house arrest.  I did not have a vision of the scars he bore for being a witness for Jesus.  And I tried not to think too much about the fact that in a few years he would be killed for such boldness.  But now that I do realize what it will cost, I still think it is a good life verse.  May we all preach Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.  May we give our lives to that task!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 )
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Acts 28:1-16: Great is Thy Faithfulness Print E-mail

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Life is full of difficult questions.  I wonder what questions you would be asking God if you could get a direct answer right now.  ‘What can I do to get my kids to love you more?’  ‘Why did they die so young?’  ‘Who am I supposed to marry?’  ‘What can I do to fix my marriage?’  ‘How long is this difficult season going to last?’  ‘When are you coming back for your Bride?’  On and on we could go with the questions that we wrestle with.  Some are easy to forget, or at least put off until later, while others are the first thing we think about each morning.  We are full of questions.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 )
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Acts 27:1-44: The Impact of Faith Print E-mail

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The manner in which we live out our faith in Jesus will impact the lives of those around us.  Your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers will all be impacted by how your faith in Christ determines the choices that you make.  For example, your faith in Christ will lead you to spend the holidays focusing more on the birth of your Savior than the difficulties of shopping and spending time with extended family (which can be challenging).  Belief in Jesus changes the way that we approach Christmas and other times in our lives.  Faith is not just something we do on the weekends, it is who we are and what drives our lives.  As live such lives of faith, the lives of those around us will be impacted.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 )
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Acts 25:13-26:32: A Witness to the King Print E-mail

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Jesus told his disciples that they would testify before kings and governors for my name’s sake (Luke 21:12).  In the first two Roman trials, Paul spoke before Felix and Festus, both governors of Rome.  In fulfillment of what Jesus said, Paul’s third Roman trial will take place before a king.  How will he be a witness to the resurrection in this instance?

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 )
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