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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The Word Never Voided

A dying robber. A naked, demon-fueled savage. A prodigal son. These three New Testament characters speak to me about the nature and power of the Word of God.  In particular, I am just now focused on this passage from Isaiah 55: “For as the rain and the snow come down...

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Sweet Smell

We have received grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Ephesians 4:7). By faith we have access into this “gift of Christ” wherein we stand (Romans 5:2(. This “gift of Christ,” in us,  equals the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). The life that we now live in...

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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 Songs of Jeremiah

Jeremiah was a prophet, not a bullfrog as the old Three Dog Night song once told us. Anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the early 1970s had to have heard “Joy to the World” about all the boys and girls and the fishes in the deep blue sea....

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Two Men

Two brothers approached and offered God yield of their life occupations. One offered a sheep, the other fruit. God respected one offering, the other, He rejected. The Genesis story describes two men and their God, two men shaped in iniquity, two men born outside the presence of the Almighty, two...

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Hearing, Confession and Conviction

In thinking about the Christian life, I am convinced that there are three important principles for us to understand. These are the practice of hearing, confession, and conviction. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “a threefold cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Together, these three things — hearing,...

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