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Study Bible Notes and Commentaries

Count me in favor of study Bibles and commentaries. Often when reading a chapter I get stuck on a passage, and can’t get past it. What does it mean? When I check a comment on the passage, 90% of the … Continue reading

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You don’t know the whole story

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. -Gandalf to … Continue reading

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The most wonderful time of the year

All my heart this night rejoices As I hear / Far and near / Sweetest angel voices. “Christ is born,” their choirs are singing Till the air / Everywhere / Now with joy is ringing. I admit it, Christmas-time is … Continue reading

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And He shall reign forever and ever

This never happens when I’m at the mall. A church we attended back in the 1990s would hire an orchestra some Christmas’s, and I remember noticing one of the cello players reading a paperback during the sermon. I note this … Continue reading

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The powerful voice of Jesus

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. -Proverbs 21:1 In his sermon this morning, our pastor noted that Mary responded to the Lord calling to her (John … Continue reading

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The communion of saints

For all the saints, who from their labours rest, / Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, / Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. / Alleluia, Alleluia! Another aunt died recently. Dad had nine siblings, mom had eight, … Continue reading

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The stars in their courses

They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. -Judges 5:20 Comments Matthew Henry: Those whom God is an enemy to the whole creation is at war with.

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Engaging people where they are

As a side note to the “Pharisee” post from a few days ago, I’m thankful for pastors like Matt Timmons who engage the culture where it is. The majority of people aren’t reading N.T. Wright. However, lots of people are … Continue reading

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Those who really matter

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were … Continue reading

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Our love of coronations

A recent lewrockwell.com blog post notes that people cherish coronations. I’m reminded of being in London ten years ago. Before we entered the dark room in the Tower of London to see the crown jewels, they played a video of … Continue reading

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God is at work

In pondering John 7 recently, our pastor mentioned God’s work in the life of Nicodemus. The Pharisees were blind guides who could not see the living Word right in front of their eyes. They could not “see” their own Creator … Continue reading

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A warning to hypocrisy-seeking mockers

Are people going nuts? I have seen and heard of a number of marriages breaking up recently in strange ways. And now comes the odd story of South Carlina Governor Mark Sanford. Trend researcher Gerald Celente says that when people … Continue reading

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Another escape

Tiller the Killer escapes again (from a misdemeanor charge!), but a day is coming when there will be no escape.

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Tolkien’s mature worldview

Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you … Continue reading

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The stars and hope

The economy is tanking, and I believe we’ve seen but the tip of the iceberg. Wickedness seems ascendant in our land. However, you can go out on any clear night and look up. And you really need to get outside … Continue reading

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It’s Not About You

When I attempted, a few minutes ago, to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends or as the … Continue reading

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Things high schoolers have done

Wow. I don’t remember our high school choir sounding quite like this. Quite a story, too.

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“These are but the solace of the wretched…”

How can I tell of the rest of creation, with all its beauty and utility, which the divine goodness has given to man to please his eye and serve his purposes, condemned though he is, and hurled into these labors … Continue reading

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An incredible sinless life

As we age, God shows us more how we are, in the end, unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10). As Lewis said, “All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you; I’ve never had a selfless thought since I was born.” Any godliness … Continue reading

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The small pleasures of love

Even mushy evangelicals aren’t enamored of feminist harpies. You know, the wild hairs who march around with coat hangers. But I find “Christian egalitarians” far more offensive. They deny things that no one seriously denied for two thousand years. They … Continue reading

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Big prayers

Back in the early 90s heyday of Windows 3.x, someone created a funny little program called Tiny Elvis. From time to time, a little Elvis Presley figure would arouse from slumber at the bottom of your desktop and say things … Continue reading

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The Christian home in death

My sister-in-law went to be with the Lord yesterday morning. In any Christian home where death comes, it is supremely painful to see the suffering and the wailing, and yet also a soul-expanding joy to see compassion, hearts filled with … Continue reading

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Prayer time

If our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, then shouldn’t that be modeled in our prayers? In group intercession times, I’m struck by how prayer requests are almost always for individual, temporal concerns. There’s nothing wrong … Continue reading

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Pointers to God

Revelation is designed not only to assure us of God’s final purposes, but also to increase our longing for him and the realization of his purpose. The sureness of that final bliss comforts the saints during times of temptation and … Continue reading

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Things far beyond me

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in … Continue reading

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