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A Future Beholding

We may be surrounded by all manner of wickedness. Everywhere we turn there may be assaults on our souls. But there is a truth that is worth recalling from the psalmist in this psalm, and it’s the resurrection. “What?,” you may be asking . . .

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Meditating on God's Word

Meditation is a word that most people have heard of in our day. And very likely they’ve heard about the word in association with yoga, with the word carrying the picture of one sitting in a pose with eyes closed and mind empty. But that picture of meditation falls short of the biblical picture of meditation. Biblical meditation is . . .

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We'll See His Face

What will the new heavens and the new earth be like? Well we’ve got a sneak peek from the last couple of chapters of the book of Revelation. It will be a place of no more sadness, pain, and tears; the enemy of death has forever been defeated; we will never sin again; there will be no more unrighteousness and injustice; nothing but beauty will be all around us; the tree that gives life will be restored to our existence. We could keep . . .

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The Bride's Big Day!

Her big day has come! All the preparations are made, and all the arrangements are set. She has labored to ensure that the moment her soon-to-be groom locks eyes on her, he will see her arrayed in all her beauty and splendor. The New Testament teaches . . .

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Come out of Babylon

God owns all things. And those among God’s people who have more things than others should not feel convicted for such a station in life, so long as they are generous toward men and grateful to God. The apostle Paul speaks to this subject when he says that the rich “are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Timothy 6:18). So, wealth is not in itself evil.

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God's Great and Awesome Deeds

Growing up at the edge of the millennial generation, I have been exposed numerous times to the cereal commercial with Tony the Tiger. “They’re great!” It’s unfortunately true that when I read about someone being great, I hear that tagline in my head. But maybe there’s something redeemable . . .

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Overcoming the Accuser

How do you deal with feelings of guilt? We all have them. And we all have to deal with them. The good news for the Christian is they have already been dealt with. When Christ went to the cross he took with him all our sin and shame, bearing in his bloody body the guilt of our sin. That is a judicial fact. But our feelings . . .

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Worthy By Death

All of human history as we know it is coming to an end. Governments will fall, injustice will cease, sin will be eradicated. Like an army, the events of history are marching to an inevitable end. And we may ask: who is in charge of all this? If we answer, God, we are right. But . . .

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Keep Idols Out!

We come to this verse and we are tempted to think it has nothing to do with what John has already said—he has mentioned nothing about idols. But if we think about context, John said that Jesus is the true God and eternal life (v. 20), so to worship anything or anyone other than him is idolatry. So, in fact, it does fit the context.

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Resisting Your Adversary

When we are converted to Christ we get enlisted in a war. The war was going on before our conversion, but we were (unwittingly) fighting on the opposing side of Christ. But things have changed now. And whether we like it or not we have to daily wake up to the battle.

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Why Warnings?

At the end of an intense warning in Hebrews chapter ten is the encouragement of verse thirty-nine: his audience will persevere in the faith. When you think about this it may seem odd, at first. The author of Hebrews tells his readership that, on the one hand, if they don’t persevere they will face eternal judgment. On the other hand he tells them that they will not face eternal judgment as they will persevere. The natural question might be then: why the warning? . . .

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A New Direction

What has the power to flip a man to call what was once a gain a loss, and to call what was once a loss a gain? The simple answer is: a new love. In the case of the apostle Paul, he found a new love in Jesus Christ, so that what he used to think of as gains became losses because they were hindrances to his love for Christ. Of course . . .

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The Powerful Power of God’s Power

When we consider the terrible depths to which we have fallen; when we think about how we were once enslaved to sin; when we evaluate the power of sin even in our lives now; when we hold these things up next to the power of God, none of them stand a chance. God’s power is so much greater than these things, Paul has to string together three different Greek words to describe God’s power. It’s quite literally . . .

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Sharing Burdens

We all carry around big boulders on our shoulders. They are the boulders of finances, marital difficulty, parental problems, estrangement of relationships, physical pain, spiritual struggles, sins we have challenges killing, doubts about our faith, etc. We all have one of those or a combination of them. But . . .

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Paul's Link to Christ's Power

I'm always amazed by Paul's perspective on life. He was the kind of guy that could get knocked down but never stay down. He got up. And the reason he was able to do this was not because he had greater self-confidence than the next guy. He could get back up because his confidence was in Christ. Paul's life was clipped on to the strength of Christ so that when the winds of suffering blew he would be unmoved.

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