‘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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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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The Shadow of His Wings

A lot gets said about the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. We really make quite a to-do about the Christmas story with its manger. And well we should. Christmas comes during a season when it’s colder and darker. We enjoy the proclamation of the Light of God entering...

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The Complaint Department

The curse of a complaining spirit can be read about in our Bibles, in the book of Numbers. The people were unhappy with God and with Moses, the man whom God has raised as their leader. It got so bad that a number of the people thought of their old...

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The Deity and Humanity of Christ

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the...

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The Life We Now Live

The apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians to set the record straight. The Gospel message is this: Salvation comes only by grace through faith in Christ alone. The message is a declaration of independence from our own efforts to make ourselves right with God. To believe, that is to...

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Talitha Cumi and Other Miracle Words

Talitha cumi These words from Jesus are found in the fifth chapter of Mark. This gospel records them in the Aramaic, the language common to the region where the Savior walked on earth. It was the language of the highways and the fields, the markets and the homes in that...

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Remember the One True Man

This past Sunday was a Communion Sunday at our church, the day each month when we follow Jesus’ instruction to “do this in remembrance of Me.” It’s an ordinance, a practice of the Church, one that takes us back to the beginnings, back to the days of the earliest believers...

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