MESSIAH

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In the Old Testament, Messiah means “anointed one” and “anointed” means one set apart for a special mission. The New Testament name used for Messiah is Christ. Jesus is the promised Messiah, God’s Anointed One, who came to deliver His people from sin and death. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day weren’t expecting a humble, suffering, servant Messiah. They wanted a …

The Joy of Christ

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PHILIPPIANS 2 Have you ever found yourself wrestling through the aftermath of a painful conversation with a loved one? If reconciliation occurred, how did you achieve it? I would guess it wasn’t by sticking to your guns. When we look to Christ and see how He lived out humility, thinking not of himself but of us and our salvation, we …

God is Blessed

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” EPHESIANS 1:3   God our Father is overflowing in blessings – so much so that He can’t help but pour out His blessings on us, His children. In Ephesians 1:3 Paul uses a form of …

God is Sovereign in Eternity

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Jude 1:24-25 + Revelation 21-22 To gain some perspective on the sovereignty of God in eternity, just look at some of the descriptions of God and Jesus that John recorded at the end of Revelation: God will make a new heaven and earth. God Himself will dwell with man. He will wipe all hardship from mankind. There will be no …

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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I enjoy Butterfinger candy bars, I have for as long as I can remember.  I enjoy reading the wrapper as I eat the delicious treat.  I enjoy the confidence which is instilled in me as I see ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ printed on the wrapper of the Butterfinger.  I have always eaten them with a deep confidence that I will be satisfied …

God is Sovereign in Salvation

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ROMANS 9:1-24 So great is our God that He brought us forth from eternity to dwell on earth for a short time then to bring us home for eternity. We are chosen by God and belong to God’s Kingdom. With His sovereignty and power throughout the universe WE CAN OVERCOME! Our salvation comes from God’s sovereign choice and He predestined …

God is Sovereign Over All

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The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. PSALM 103:19   There is not one person, place, or element of the universe that is out of God’s control. This is such a comfort in these troubling times. Following are a few reminders of His sovereignty. Lift up your eyes on high and see …

Knowing Him : 2018 Women’s Retreat

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The women of Hillside stepped away this month – from busy schedules, families, and demands to rest, grow and retreat. Over the weekend we looked at the incommunicable and communicable character of God – knowing Him and His limitlessness, His perfection, and unchanging nature. By observing His character we began to see our own limitedness and lack, how unlike God we are, …

God’s Justice Demands a Penalty for Sin

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Romans 1:18 starts with “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.” (Romans 1:18 KJV)   What kind of God is this – who demands a penalty for sin, which He proves we all have committed? This God created everything, and His glory is made manifest in His love for creation. Yet what does scripture say? When …

God’s Truth is Our Weapon in Spiritual Warfare

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“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 There’s nothing that the enemy of our souls wants more than to destroy us, make us ineffective Christians, isolate, confuse, and leave us exhausted and weary. His fiery darts come in many different shapes and sizes: …