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New Year God’s Way—Awe-Filled Remembrance

In the Jewish tradition the holidays opening the New Year (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) were known as “Days of Awe.” They were days filled with God’s people remembering all that God had done for them. They remembered with awe the God of creation. They believed that creation itself occurred on Rosh Hashanah. We must […] Continue reading…

Victory Over Giants: Pretender or Warrior?

When we read the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) there is a tremendous contrast between the army of Israel and David the shepherd boy. The army is in battle array and they look fully equipped and ready to fight. Yet, at the same time, they are dismayed by the giant—they have a […] Continue reading…

Understanding God’s Nature

God is speaking in Isaiah 57:15, “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” He’s […] Continue reading…

Joseph: 14 Qualities of a Man of God

 Over my last posts I’ve highlighted a few of the incredible character attributes of Joseph, the earthly-father of Jesus. He was truly a heroic man of God and a man who had a faith and character that I want to emulate. As I studied for this short series I found fourteen characteristics of this man […] Continue reading…

Joseph: A Man of Heroic Character

 There is one person in the entire Christmas story that doesn’t receive a lot of attention. It’s Joseph, Jesus’ earthly, and oftentimes forgotten, father. We (the Christian church) do a great job talking about Jesus and, without a doubt we should. We talk about Mary and her role as Jesus’ mother. But, for some reason […] Continue reading…

Giving Thanks: A Healed Man and a Whole Man

 Luke 17:11–19 is the story of ten lepers who lived in a remote village between Jerusalem and Galilee. In those times leprosy was a dreaded disease (see Leviticus 13 and 14 for an explanation of the horrific plight of those who had leprosy). People were exiled, they lived alone, they were cut off from the […] Continue reading…

Seeking God’s Presence

 One of the most sobering stories found in the Bible revolves around how both sinner and saint responded to God’s presence. Both 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, 15 and 16 describe how Israel went about moving the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem from the house of Abinadab where it had been […] Continue reading…

Revealing the Deep Things of God

God is revealing things to us through His Spirit, and the Spirit searches all things—even the tragedies and mysteries that are hard to comprehend. He’s there to reveal these deeper things to us (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10).

Recognizing the Activity of the Holy Spirit

We must be people with spiritual minds that respond to the Holy Spirit.  In fact, He fervently wants us to recognize and respond to His activity in our lives. Why? Because He is speaking, guiding, leading and working all the time and we need to pay serious attention to Him. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “The Son […] Continue reading…

Receiving THIS to Proclaim the THAT

 In my last post I wrote about a statement in Acts 2:16. Dr. Luke pointing to the Holy Spirit writes, “this is that.” He’s clearly saying that the appearance of the Holy Spirit is rooted in the foundational Truth of the past as he quotes the Prophet Joel. The Holy Spirit in our lives is […] Continue reading…

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