The Mantle of the Lord

Elijah the Tishbite is one of the most notable and accomplished prophets of the Old Testament. He appears on the scene seemingly from nowhere in 1Kings 17 to be a severe thorn in the side of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of the Northern Kingdom and their introduction of Baal...

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Good News and Bad

I have good news and bad–First the bad. Angrily driven, my hatred propels me to unprecedented heights of mischief and pain-inflicting. Then, righting my wounded soul by raucous revenge, I hurt that which has so damaged my cause. My deeds are done. My world of entitlement returns for my enjoying....

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The Orphan and the Lamb

Esther and Job, to me, are perfectly positioned in our Bibles. I consider it no coincidence that they are side by side, for both books say something significant about the nature and presence of evil. In Esther, we read about the conflict external, the battle that goes on around us...

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Pivotal Believers

A pivotal believer is not one with a hero complex. They are reliant on the Lord and their training. Prayerful, intentional and focused. It is a ministry not based on personality or ability but reliance on the Holy Spirit. The mindset can creep in when things get overwhelming -“what can I do? I...

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The Kingdom That is Above

Jesus faced Pontius Pilate, a vapid and insecure Roman leader. The Son of God had been turned over to the authorities, brought there by the leaders of His own people. The Jews feared this Man of mystery and miracles. His words were what bothered them most. He clothed His lessons...

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Forsake Not

“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.  And Shem and Japheth took a garment,...

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Open Ears, Plain Words

“And they bring unto Him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech Him to put His hand upon him.  And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; And looking...

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Sad Things Come Untrue

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to...

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A Saving Work

“I’ll master it” said the axe:  …and every blow made his edge more blunt till he ceased to strike.” “Leave it to me” said the saw:  and with relentless teeth he worked backwards and forward…till his teeth were worn down and broken. “Ha ha” said the hammer. “…I’ll show you the way.” But...

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The Blood

“Sin does not overcome the blood; it is the blood that overcomes sin.” Lewis Sperry Chafer Sin comes touting a broad range of particulars, all originating from the ugly self-life of man’s cursed nature. Sin weighs in as big, monstrous, hideous, shocking, diabolical, subtle, sleazy, rebellious, or a thousand other...

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