Reconciliation/Restoration to God

Zechariah 9:12, Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Such was the promise God made to Israel. This is in stark contrast to their previous punishment, “she has received from the LORD’S hand double from all her sins” (Isaiah 40:2). Because of Israel’s apostasy, God punished her […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:3, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of YHWH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Of interesting note is that Isaiah says “YHWH,” not “Messiah” or some other title ascribed to the Messiah/Christ. Thus, John the Baptiser prepared the way not only of the Christ, but especially YHWH—the […]

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Name Above All Names

Isaiah 9:6, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ holds many names and titles. This prophetic point is to emphasise the greatness of His name. […]

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The Advents of Christ

Luke 21:27, “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Advent concluded some days ago. “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning, “coming.” Every season of Advent, we celebrate the coming of our Lord as a lowly infant in the flesh, and after Christmas we look forward […]

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Chief of Sinners

2 Corinthians 6:1, We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. Even Christians are the most grievous sinners against God. The great apostle Paul—once a murderer and persecutor—called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). What serious  Christian does not plead guilty before God as the chief of sinners? Every […]

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Luther’s Search for Certainty

Today is Reformation Sunday where we observe Reformation Day on October 31st. Leading up to Reformation Day, there has been many gatherings—conventions, symposiums, etc.—focusing on Reformation themes with all sorts of German beer, bratwursts, and other good German food varieties. This Reformation Sunday probably follows more German beer and food! For the past year there has been […]

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“Here I Am!”

I’ve read the account of Paul’s conversion dozens of times, and every time I read it, I’m always struck by Paul’s/Saul’s statement, “Who are you, Lord” (Acts 9:5)? Jesus appeared to Paul, and he didn’t know who it was, so how did he have the sense to call Him Lord? In the commentary section, the […]

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Life After Death

John 11:17-27, Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethan was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to Him, but […]

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Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess […]

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