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Prayer: From Dust to Life

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Review and discussion questions for Sunday's sermon on Psalm 119:25-32....

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A New Year to See God's Wonders

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Review and discussion questions for Sunday's sermon on Psalm 119:17-24....

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Growing in Prayer: Six Books on Prayer

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This Sunday we will continue our study of spiritual disciplines with a focus on prayer. With Bible reading, prayer is one of two primary disciplines. It is the breath of the Christian life and one that we should continue to cultivate as we walk with God. However, growth in prayer only comes as the Word of God teaches us about prayer. For that reason, it is worthwhile to s...

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The Joy of My Heart

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"Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart" (Psalm 119:111). Is your time in God's Word is marked by joy and delight? Let me encourage you as we enter this new year to read and meditate on Psalm 119. I have found this psalm to be personally transformative in growing in love for God's Word during my own personal study over the years. Psalm...

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Ten Looks at Christ: A New Year’s Meditation on Isaiah 61:1

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Robert Murray McCheyne said famously and wisely: "For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Jesus." On this last day of 2017, we spent our Sunday considering the person and work of Christ from Isaiah 61:13. This sermon wraps up a three-part series on Isaiah 5961 and encourages us to look to Christ as we enter the new year. Indeed, whether we are coming off a great 2...

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Come and Worship the King (Isaiah 60)

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At Christmas we celebrate God's light come into the world. And on Christmas Eve this year we looked at how Isaiah 60 both predicts and expands our understanding of God's glorious light.In the fullness of time, we see how the Magi in Matthew 2 fulfill Isaiah's promise of the nations coming to worship the Lord. This teaches us that coming to Zion is not simply a future reali...

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Ten Looks at Christ

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As 2017 finishes and we look ahead to 2018, let us not fall into the trap of only looking at ourselves. How easily and yet how discouraging (or self-exalting) it can be to only look at our achievements in 2017 or our plans in 2018, and to do so while missing Christ, his work, and his plans. Instead, as we finish one year and go into the next, let us look to Christ first a...

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The Divine Warrior Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes

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And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacobwho turn from transgression," declares the Lord. Isaiah 59:20 Wars and rumors of war. Throughout the world right now, armies are planning and preparing for various military operations. Closer to home, domestic abuse, interpersonal strife, and political injustice continue unabated. Just this week, I learned that a man wa...

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The Divine Warrior in Mary’s Womb (Isaiah 59)

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Perhaps Isaiah 59 is not the first passage that comes to mind when you think of Christmas. A month ago, it wasn't on my radar as a "Christmas passage," either. However, after doing some preliminary study on the armor of God in Ephesians 6, which quotes Isaiah 59:17, I soon realized how much Isaiah 59 (with the rest of Isaiah 5666) prepares the way for Christ. Today, we be...

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Finding Rest in the Merry-Thon

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For many, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas leave us grateful but gassed. In the name of holiday festivities, December means attending multiple Christmas parties, traveling to see family and friends, and standing in line to get the ever-elusive "perfect gift." As much joy as Christmas brings, if we aren't careful, holiday cheer can sap our energy and steal ou...

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