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The Gifts of the Wise Men

When we read Scripture we know very little about the wise men. Every year people send millions of Christmas greetings that show three kings presenting gifts to the child in the manger. We sing “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” But, in fact, we don’t really know if there were three wise men or a [...] Continue reading…

Lessons from the Magi

When we read Matthew 2:1–11 we encounter “wise men from the East,” or Magi. These men were probably Persian and they were, like the Levites of Israel, a tribe or group of priests. They were teachers, instructors and highly skilled in philosophy, medicine and natural science. At this time they were good and holy men. [...] Continue reading…

Preparing the Way for the Gospel

One of the easiest, and most biblical, ways to show someone their need for Jesus is using God’s Law—the Ten Commandments. The storied preacher Charles H. Spurgeon highlighted this point saying, “They will never accept grace until they tremble before a just and holy God.”[1] Two Scriptures prove the importance of the Law and what [...] Continue reading…

The ABC’s of Sharing Your Faith

In yesterday’s message, Gospel Declared, I alluded to the ABC’s of sharing your faith. I’d like to expand a bit on that in this Blog. The first word is available. If we are going to declare the gospel, we have to be available. I know that might seem just so like, Well, of course you [...] Continue reading…

Avoid the Slippery Slope

Peter, Paul and John all warn the people in the early church about the slippery slope of false teachers and a false Gospel. Not too many years after Jesus went to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father certain people began distorting His message. The apostles were committed to not letting that [...] Continue reading…

Always Be Ready

As Christians we always need to be ready to defend our faith. Why? Because in so many places today we find it under attack and needing defending from all faithful followers of Jesus. English bishop and third son of William Wilberforce, Samuel Wilberforce (1805–1873), once said that lordship of Christ could be defined in four [...] Continue reading…

The Very First Thanksgiving

In the fall of 1621, just a few months after the Mayflower left to go back to England, Gov. William Bradford announced a time of Thanksgiving. For three days, the pilgrims rejoiced in the goodness of God. The celebration was a response of these godly people to the truth of the Word of God that [...] Continue reading…

Gospel Discovery of Intercessory Prayer

Intercession. It is praying and crying out for the future, heavenly, Kingdom-of-God power, to invade our present, hellish kingdom-of-darkness circumstances today. Andrew Murray wrote, “Christ has opened the school of prayer especially to train intercessors for the great work of bringing down, by their faith and prayer, the blessings of His work and love upon [...] Continue reading…

Discover the Gospel Demonstrated

The Gospel is a present demonstration of the coming future glory of the Kingdom, rule and reign of God. We can see, in Scripture, that the kingdom of God is both “already” (Luke 11:14–20) and “not yet” (1 Corinthians 15:24). What is the kingdom of God? It is the sphere of God’s rule and reign [...] Continue reading…

Bad News and Good News: An Eternity of Difference

Here’s the bad news: We are all conceived in sin (“brought forth in iniquity,” Psalm 51:5). We’re all children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). The bad news is, God doesn’t just overlook sin and clear the guilty. The bad news is, you can’t save yourself. If you could save yourself Jesus came, as the Apostle Paul [...] Continue reading…

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