Taste the Honey of the Word

Jonathan took a taste of honey in 1 Samuel 14. His eyes brightened in an instant. The sweetness touched him in the midst of the warfare he had waged versus the Philistines. There was a problem, however. Jonathan’s father, King Saul of Israel, had decreed that no one in the...

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‘I Am’: The First and the Last

Alpha. Omega. The Beginning. The Ending. The First. The Last. These were words Jesus used to describe Himself. Notice the use of the definite article “the” before some of these words. This article is one of limitation, a narrowing word in its work as a modifier. The placing of “the”...

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Seeing What Others Cannot See

The book of Hebrews was written to encourage believers who were facing trouble. It seems the people of God often find themselves in difficulties. Why is this? It is because we are different and always will be. We are pilgrims here and now.  The world and its varied systems are...

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A Chosen Man, a Wise Man

“And you shall call His name Jesus.” The sentence came to Joseph, in a dream from the Angel of the Lord. This craftsman from Nazareth wrestled with a big decision. His betrothed, Mary, the young woman to whom he was covenanted to take as his bride was now pregnant. Her...

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Our Glory Is Not Our Own

It wasn’t much of an entrance, by the world’s standards anyway. But then God never needs much to work with. A small corner of a small room in a small town provided the setting for the arrival of the Son of God. Jesus was delivered by His mother, Mary, in...

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A Song, A Dream, A Promise

A girl got a song. A carpenter got a dream. A just and loyal old saint got a promise from the Spirit. All of them are part of the Christmas story. And each one shows us something important about the way of God in this world. Let’s first look at...

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Living Life on the Edge

“O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear! I even cry out unto You of violence, and You will not save!” (Habakkuk 1:1). “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know Him never see His days?” (Job 24:1). “It is enough; now,...

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Faith That Saves

Two tables. Two hosts. Two salvations. The episodes I want to examine are both found in the gospel of Luke. The first one is toward the end of Luke 7 and involves a Pharisee named Simon who asked Jesus to come to dinner at his home. The word on the...

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