The Beginning of Light and Life

Light came and this Light shines on and on. Light remains unfathomable for it possesses a character and essence that defies human definition. Light falls upon us in a couple of ways. Light flows down in waves; Light burns through with force in concentration. Light, therefore, has substance. And this...

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Holy as He is Holy

“…  As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:15-16). Be holy. It’s a tall order, too tall for us to reach really. And yet, there it is written for us. Given...

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Jesus and the Tastes of Death

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9).  An old friend’s husband has died. Long before his time it seems...

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Our Personal, Present So-Loving God

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” These are the words from John 3:16, a verse broadcast near and far. The reference has been plastered on signs and T-shirts and jewelry...

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Making Do with Donkeys

There are a couple stories about donkeys in the Bible. One of them was given a voice; another one gave Jesus a lift into Jerusalem. In the book of Numbers, we read of the talking donkey. There, we are told the story of the king of Moab who sought out...

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The Conquest of the Depths of Death

Jesus came and got to the root of things. He went low, when everyone’s expectation focused on highness. He made Himself at home among the lesser ones, with the least, the little ones, the lost, the confused, the guilt-ridden outcasts of society. There was a battle to be fought and...

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The Lamb We Behold

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). John the Baptist announced this in the hearing of some of his followers. We read this very early in the gospel of John, the writer who heard this saying and who acted upon it. He...

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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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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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