Divinity in Close Quarters

Divinity in Close Quarters

The thought of God “dwelling with” people was a pretty amazing concept, not only for the Israelites, but for all mankind. “God living with people” . . . think about it . . . Divinity in close quarters with humanity.  God with man—Immanuel. What an amazing thought!

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The Nativity Brings a Death Blow

The Nativity Brings a Death Blow

This year, when you open your mail to find a Christmas card with a lovely manger scene, remember that although the setting appears peaceful, this night brought a warrior Child, the One who would conquer death, hell, and the grave. Make no mistake, this birth brought with it a fatal death blow to the enemy of our souls.

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The First Whispers of Advent

The First Whispers of Advent

The greatest love story lies at the heart of Advent. The first whispers of Advent come in the first days that man walked with God. Days filled with: beauty, youth, freshness, unspoiled terrain, courage, strength, perfection, fearless adventures, experiencing pure enjoyment with no regrets. The first couple had no context for comprehending pain and death. The earth was full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

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Was the Cross Necessary?

Was the Cross Necessary?

Two weary-hearted friends trudged slowly home. Days before they were anticipating the Passover festival and wondering what they would witness as they followed the steps of the young rabbi. Would His friend Lazarus of Bethany attend the festivities, the one He brought back to life from the dead? Would there be more healings? More disturbances to the settled religious system?

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Are You Experiencing the Abundant Life?

Are You Experiencing the Abundant Life?

The abundant life that Jesus promised seems far from reality some days. In contrast to the thief’s destructive ways, an abundant life is filled with hope and promise—two things that were in short supply for me in my mid-twenties. Instead of experiencing abundant peace and joy, what I most often found myself doing in those days, was boiling over in anger. Thankfully, God has a rescue plan!

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