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January 30, 2022

January 29, 2022

“O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells” (Ps 26:8). Do you love the church?  Do you love worshiping Jesus with the people of God in the house of God.  The Psalmist most certainly would answer this question with a resounding, ‘Yes’!  He loved the house of God – the place where God’s glory dwells.  There is nothing more important for the people of God than to be in the house of God.  As we gather we commune with our Savior – we enjoy the greatest feast we could ever know – we see the very glory…

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January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

“And I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.  Why should the work stop while I leave here and come down to you?’” (Nehemiah 6:3) Nehemiah was doing a great work for the Lord.  The great work he was doing was building a wall.  Specifically, the great work was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem that had been destroyed by the Babylonians.  This work would seem anything but great in the eyes of man, but it was most certainly great in the eyes of God.  It was a great work because it was a work for the…

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Be Kind to One Another

January 14, 2022

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph 4:32). Outside of Christ we are still in our sin and in rebellion against God – hating one another and exalting self.  In Christ, however, we have forgiveness.  This is the good news of the gospel!  Jesus has taken our sins – he has taken the judgment for each and every sin of his people.  We have been forgiven by God because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross of Calvary.  Thus, we are called to show and to extend such forgiveness to others.  A forgiven heart…

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He Loves Us to the End

December 23, 2021

John 13:1, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of the world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” It is unquestionable that the Gospel of John is a glorious account of the life and the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. And although there are many similarities between John’s Gospel and the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), indeed John’s account does contain some unique features. For example, there are many events and teaching discourses in…

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Hannah’s Prayer

December 16, 2021

1 Samuel 2:1-2, “And Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.’” 1 Samuel 1-3 records the birth and call to ministry of the great man of God, Samuel. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was barren for many years. Chapter 1, v. 10 says, “She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” Hannah was greatly burdened by her barrenness,…

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Groaning to God

December 16, 2021

Exodus 2:23, “Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.” God’s people are in slavery in Egypt. After enjoying some time of good favor and prosperity in this foreign land, “there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Ex 1:8). And this began many years of harsh treatment and oppression (Ex 1:9-22). The Lord, however, was at work raising up a deliverer who would lead his people out of slavery. Through varying circumstances (see Ex 2:1-22), God was shaping and preparing Moses to be the one to lead his people from Egypt to the…

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God is God

December 16, 2021

Psalm 131:1,“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” God is God … and we are not! This truth is brought home in a succinct and straightforward way in Psalm 131 (one of the Psalms of Ascents, Ps 120-134). In this Psalm, David, while not giving us a technical definition of faith, does demonstrate one way in which true, Biblical faith ‘operates.’ David begins in v. 1, “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not…

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