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Christmas: The King is Coming

“Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? We have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:2[1] Two groups of people visited baby Jesus – first shepherds (Luke 2:8-16), then wise men (Matthew 2:1-11). The shepherds came the night that Jesus was born. The…

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Pray for ISIS

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34[1] Whom did Jesus Christ forgive from the cross: the Roman soldiers or the crowd? Whomever his audience, instead of avenging himself Jesus left justice in his Father’s hands, to show mercy or judgment as he wills (Romans 9:15-18, 12:19). He knew…

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Refugees: The Lord Will Provide

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1[1] Some Americans aren’t afraid of the possibility of ISIS militants hiding among Syrian refugees. They look at our nation’s bank account instead. “We’re trillions of dollars in debt. We can’t afford to help these people!” In one way,…

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Refugees: The ISIS Crisis

“You have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before my God.” – Revelation 3:1-2 (HCSB) Like ancient Sardis, many churches today have a reputation for being spirit-filled, but their core is “full of dead men’s bones”…

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Satan: The Blame Game

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:13[1] The devil[2] – also called Lucifer[3] or Satan[4] – is a liar and deceiver (John 8:44, Revelation 20:3, 8). This fallen angel[5] opposes all those who claim the name of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:8). Satan roams the earth “like a roaring lion, seeking whom…

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Message in a Bottle

“You number my wanderings. Put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book?” – Psalm 56:8[1] Christians often share this verse with grievers. They tell them their tears are so precious to God that he treasures them in a bottle. The image evoked is saccharine sweet, making us think God is sentimental. Although…

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Monday Morning Quarterbacks

“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41[1] The Bible is filled with people of great faith who sometimes failed or disobeyed God. First we applaud their successes. Then we ridicule their failures. “How could Moses strike the rock? How could David commit adultery with Bathsheba? How could Elijah run…