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This midwinter I’m enjoying a couple of classic Southern bulbs from the gardens of my great-grandmother and two grandmothers, and which come up every fall and grow through the worst winters. With no care whatsoever. more
This past year was a difficult year for our country, our communities, our families, and the same could be said for people around the world. It was also difficult for the church. more
If you were a Jew in Israel at the time of Jesus, you were waiting for the long expected Messiah promised in God’s word. more
Isaiah 7:14 reads: “The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. more
When you think of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Biblical passages brought to mind may not include Isaiah chapter 11, but the first 9 verses are a glorious summary of the person and work of the Lord Jesus. It will bless you to become familiar with them. more
As we near our annual celebration of the birth of Christ, we should reflect on how full the prophets in the Old Testament are of predicting the glory of Christ and his church. Isaiah is rich with themes of the majesty and mercy of the Lord to be revealed in the promised Christ who is to come. more
The best estate our souls can be is in a right relationship with God. The Lord Jesus promised a new covenant in his blood to provide for us. It is a covenant of grace, Christ providing what is required by God for man to be accepted by God. It is also a covenant of mutuality, that is, as Christ makes himself ours, we also make ourselves his. more
In his sermon the apostle Peter makes these vital points, viz. Jesus is the Messiah written about in the Old Testament. He has conquered death by his resurrection. He is now at God’s right hand, the King over all. He has poured out the Holy Spirit as evidence of his rule (and grace). He will be the judge of all men.  more
The occasion of these words by Peter and John was a warning from the Jewish authorities not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. The apostles answered: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” more
Here Peter is continuing his sermon (at Pentecost) in which he has explained the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. Peter had quoted the prophet Joel first in his explanation. The Holy Spirit was being poured out as Joel had proclaimed. The ability to speak in foreign languages was from the power of God. Those speaking in tongues declared the “mighty works of God (verse 11).” more
We are familiar with the Scripture passages in the gospels about the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. These texts teach us how God accomplished redemption through the Lord Jesus for sinners. They are wondrous and were prophesied in the Old Testament. more
In Acts 1, Luke is giving us a glimpse of the church before she begins the ministry of the gospel to Jerusalem and then to the world. The church is in stark contrast to the rest of the world, which is estranged from God.  more
In this passage we read of the ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven. The Lord had appeared to his disciples at various times after his resurrection. Now he will leave for good until his return in glory. That is one of the points of his visible ascension. more
The context of our passage is the resurrected Lord Jesus speaking to his disciples before he ascends into heaven. He has been speaking to them with respect to the kingdom of God, and the gracious nature of it. In Luke 24 we read that he explained to them how the prophets wrote about his suffering and death. more
This week we will begin a study through the book of Acts. Acts is a historical narrative of the beginning and spread of the church. It is written by Luke, who also wrote the 3rd gospel. It is easy to see why the Lord chose Luke to write this account of his church. Luke is called the “beloved physician” by the Apostle Paul, and was a traveling companion of Paul’s for many years. more
Our feelings are poor judges of facts. We know this from experience in our own lives and in viewing the world of men. This is true in spiritual things as well. There have been many confident of heaven that didn’t make it and others that had almost lost hope about their own state nevertheless were welcomed. It is good to consider our life and souls. more
The fundamental question for men is “How shall I live?” It isn’t simply a matter of existence, but the essence of life. The Bible teaches us that life that is truly life is knowing God (John 17). It also teaches us that we can only truly know God through Christ. The words here are for those who know Christ or who would like to know him. more
The Lord gives us remedies to doubts that creep in about his ability to help or his care to help when we are in a great crisis. These words are addressed to his people; those who have been redeemed by his grace. He points us away from the crisis (and doubts about him) to facts about him. more
When we are in a personal crisis we often cry out to the Lord. When you are needy, and have no one to help, what else can you do? Needy people, who call upon him, are precisely those whom God helps. The Lord can help you with temporal concerns and supply the spiritual necessities you require to sustain you in difficulty. Your cry is not unheard. more
This passage exhorts us to compare the living, true God to the idols we form in our hearts. All men are idolaters; it is the root of all sin to form God in our own image. And all men are inescapably religious; they worship the true God, (as he has revealed himself), or elevate themselves to that position, choosing for themselves what is good to worship in their own eyes. more
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