The Greatest Conqueror

Continuing my advent look at what we mean when we call Jesus king, because we sing all of our Christmas Carols about this newborn king.  The newborn whom we would ultimately call King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  But, the question is, what do we mean when we call Jesus king? Beginning with 2 […]

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Practice Resurrection

Why does Jesus do this thing that he does, bringing back the dead??   Why did he go to the house of Jairus and bring his daughter back from the dead?  Because that’s the work of the Father.  What does the Father do?  He gives life to the dead!   Because the great problem facing humanity […]

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Chills

Just had a random thought enter my mind during my prayer time this morning. I’ve never thought about this before, and this thought line may be totally undeveloped for now, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Just had a thought about this particular verse of scripture – Truly, I say to you, […]

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Desiring mercy, not sacrifice

In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]

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On the Fringe

Talking about good news today. Specifically the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is really just about the best news there’s ever been. This is the end of the sixth chapter of Mark. This chapter is loaded with action from the life of Jesus. It begins with Jesus being rejected at Nazareth, then he sends […]

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Hail Caesar!

Looking at Romans 13, which is really a continuation of Romans chapter 12 with a very unfortunate chapter break thrown in. Very unfortunate because it leaves Romans 13 on an island by itself, with no context, when clearly the context for chapter 13 is chapter 12, which we looked at the other day, Paul distilling […]

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Repay Evil With Good

The first written record alluding to the sermon on the mount is not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. It is written by Paul in Romans 12 probably 20 years before Matthew was written. So even before the Gospels were written, the earliest Christians were familiar with sermon on the mount. These earliest Christians […]

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Deliverance

He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. Paul wrote the book of 1 Corinthians from the city of Ephesus.  Paul had founded the church in the city of Corinth, and  spent about 18 months there before […]

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Written in the Dust

600 years BC, before Christ, Jeremiah was a preacher and prophet in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  Jeremiah was specifically prophesying, through his prophetic poetry, to the backslidden people of Judah.  It is from this poetry that we get these two prophetic verses – ““For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned […]

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Losing our Souls

The genealogy of Jesus.  You can’t even begin the New Testament without at least skimming it, putting our best speed reading glasses on and plowing straight through.  At least we might pretend to plow through.  If you’re like me, you might read through, get to the end of it, then wonder if you even read […]

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