According to His Word

Mary was a simple teen-ager. Devout and sweet, betrothed to the town carpenter, she was ready to lead an unspectacular life and a gritty existence in Nazareth. She and Joseph would raise a Jewish family. They would celebrate the feasts together with travels to Jerusalem. Hope for the Messiah lingered...

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Hearts for Glory

If we are watchful, God opens our eyes and shows us His glory. We have been invited into His presence. He chose us to worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Not because we were worthy to enjoy such a thing, but because of His great grace. Nothing we...

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The Question of All Questions

Jesus and His disciples took a trip to the seaside, to an area known as Caesarea Philippi. Near Mount Hermon and the large springs that fed the Jordan River, this place was given to religion. A variety of shrines, altars, and temples were erected there. The One so true strode...

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Better, Best, Blessed

Melchizedek  appeared suddenly.  This man of mystery showed himself to Abraham and shared with him bread, wine and a blessing. We first read the story of this King/Priest in Genesis 14. Abraham had just accomplished something remarkable. His small band of 318 men defeated the army that had raided Sodom...

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For Those Who Know Not What They Do

The first words Jesus said from the Cross were these: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The sentence startles us because we understand so little about what’s really happening in our midst. To this point, Jesus had suffered through the miscarriages of Jewish and Roman justice...

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The Answer to Hosanna

Jesus arrived at Jerusalem on the foal of an ass. A young animal, never before ridden, was the vehicle of the King. No trumpets sounded to announce Him. No army preceded Him. No chariot was provided. This was as the prophet Zechariah said it would be: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter...

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A Tale of Crowns

John 19 stands as one of the most momentous chapters in all of literature. Here, we read of Jesus and Pilate; we read tragic words and triumphant words. This is where the clash of kingdoms reaches a climax. This great battle is embodied in two men – one, Pontius Pilate,...

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Who Do You Say that He Is?

“Who do you say that I am?” It’s the big question Jesus posed to His disciples as they sat together outside Caesarea Philippi. The setting for this encounter was significant. This location was notable for its concentration of shrines devoted to a number of gods and goddesses. It was an...

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