Christ’s supremacy

There is something special about being the firstborn Son of God.  Jesus Christ holds a coveted place not in all creation but above all creation.  It is important to make that distinction if we are to get to the root of his supremacy.  This is the One who was able to accomplish all that we…

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The Misfits

We followers of Christ have many things in common.  We serve the same God, and we presumably desire to fulfill the same will.  Many of our commonalities are what we gain after our conversion, but we also share some traits related to our old selves.  Some of us will have a difficult time accepting that…

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The treasure we seek

You have heard it said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  What some might consider to be indispensable and invaluable necessities in life might be of no interest to others.  We do not all treasure the same things equally, and that really comes down to who and what influences us.  Whether we are…

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Faith lifted up

This great faith of ours at times can be a mystery.  This mysterious nature can lead us to think of the walk of sanctification in a spiritual context that lacks practical considerations.  It is no surprise, then, that the words of our Savior and the remainder of Scripture are rife with practical metaphors and object…

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From facts to faith

I remember being new to Christianity and having a million questions I never had before.  There was a lot to learn, and some of it was difficult for me to understand or imagine as being so.  The first time I went to a Sunday service I thought that everyone in there surely was a Christian. …

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The long-awaited Savior in us

Prophetic scripture about Jesus Christ serves several purposes.  One clear purpose of those prophecies was to verify and legitimize Messiah once He appeared.  Another purpose is not necessarily to describe him so that we can identify him but to give us insight into his character and his reason for appearing.  As we are called to…

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Fundamental truths about this liberty of ours

Being successful in our Christian walk is all about understanding.  Sometimes it can be difficult to reconcile the truth of God’s word with the reality we see in our own lives.  We might read about the way we are commanded to live and really try to get there but ultimately fail over and over.  The…

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To Fear God

Our God is One who is caring, lovely and forgiving.  He also is One who is mighty and terrifying.  Scripture indicates that no man could bear set his eyes on the countenance of the Lord and live [Exo. 33:20].  He is so holy and pure, and his physical image is so incredibly beautiful, that our…

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Isaiah 55 – A call to salvation

Old Testament prophecy accomplished many purposes.  Sometimes it was used to rebuke God’s people and have them change their ways and return to him.  Other times it was used to encourage them to remain faithful and steadfast as they had been.  On even other occasions God’s prophetic words would move the hearts of those who…

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The Power of Humility

We are instructed over and over again in scripture to practice humility, to humble ourselves before our Lord and before each other so that we can grow to be the people God has designed us to be.  Many will fight this instruction because they see humility as an exhibition of weakness or lack of confidence.…

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