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 …

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 …

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: …

God’s Truth Is The Source Of Wisdom

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Psalm 119:98-100, 130 (ESV) True wisdom is never gained by experience or excessive study. In fact, God has used “what is foolish in the world to shame the wise,” (1 Cor.1:27) which is to say God’s truth exposes worldly wisdom as empty and futile. As the source of wisdom God’s Word gives light, and “imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm …

God’s Power Saves

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“You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I am He…I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there in no Savior. I have declared and have saved, and I have shown…Yes, from the time of the first …