From Pentecost to Pentecost

In Genesis 46:3-4, God told Jacob that the Lord would make him a great nation, promising that He would go with Jacob and his family to Egypt and “I will surely bring you up again”. God would birth the nation of Israel beginning with the seventy of Jacob’s family as...

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Blessings of the New Covenant

The Old Testament is filled with many blessings of God for His people. One of the most important of these is found in Genesis 12:1-3 where God blesses Abraham if he leaves his country of origin for an unknown land. It is there that God would make him a great...

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The Lord of All

“Once there was a boy. . . who listened to an old man. And, thus, began to learn about The Precious Present. ‘It is a present because it is a gift,’ the contented man explained. And it is called The Precious Present, because it is the best present of all. When the boy asked why,...

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From Law to Grace

“For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized [came into being] through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17) The conversion from the old covenant to the new covenant is an interesting case study in the progressive revelation of God and His relationship to man. Scripture gives a prophetic...

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Learning How to Follow

The story of the Bible is the history of God leading His people through the wilderness. The clearest illustration of this is found in the books of Moses and the records of the Hebrew nation and their road to the promised land. It proved to each of God’s people that...

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Hearing the Voice of God

A critical part of spiritual maturity is developing the ability to hear the voice of God. Without it, the believer becomes part of the herd, following others who are following others. The uniqueness of each relationship with God requires the Christian to hear the gentle whisper (still small voice –...

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Filling Man’s Poverty with God’s Riches  

E. M. Bounds, a 19th century pastor in the Methodist Episcopal Church, wrote a number of definitive books dealing with prayer that are considered classics. Upon his retirement as pastor in 1894, he spent his final 17 years engaged in intercessory prayer, writing, and itinerant revival ministry. He would typically...

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Adopted or Orphaned

At the Last Supper, Jesus consoled His disciples that He would be leaving them, but would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). He told them that the world would not see Him, but they would. He was trying to get them to see that a new relationship was in...

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From Rejection to Worship

Jacob’s 11th son, Joseph is a picture of one who overcame rejection and became the second most powerful man in Egypt. His life is a testimony of the way God can use anyone to be victorious in spite of incredible opposition and betrayal by even his own family. “Now Joseph...

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