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The Storyline of the Bible

Jesus unveiled His glory by giving the disciples a miraculous catch of fish, and when Simon Peter saw this, he...

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Who Wouldn’t Want to Be This Guy?

Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them” (1 Samuel 26:25). The blessing of God on David could hardly be clearer in this story. Three times we are told that the Lord was with David: Saul was afraid of David because the Lord...Read… Read More

How God’s Servants Honor Him

David came to Saul and entered his service (1 Samuel 16:2). It was a not long before Saul rejected David, and in this way, David points forward to Jesus Christ. He too served sinners who hated and despised him in return. Jesus was the Lord’s anointed, bringing good to everyone, yet he is rejected. He came...Read… Read More

A New Struggle

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) Christ gives his people a new heart and a new Spirit, but then he also gives us a new struggle. Don’t expect the road ahead to be easy. That’s what we learn from both the...Read… Read More

Another King

“You will…bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus… the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David… and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  (Luke 1:31-33) God sent another king into this world of self-appointed kings. This is what we celebrate at Christmas: “Where is he who...Read… Read More

Why We Choose to Follow Christ

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36, NIV). If slaves could set themselves free, they wouldn’t really be slaves, would they? But Christ says, “I can set you free.” Christ does not drag you, kicking and screaming, to follow him. We follow Christ because we want to. God shines...Read… Read More

Three Things That Can Keep You from Following Christ

I will remove from you your heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26). Here are a couple more worthless stones in the human heart that can keep you from following Jesus Christ: 1. Comfort. “Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 NIV If your heart is set on maintaining a...Read… Read More

If the Blindness Is Real

The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20) Understanding our wretched condition apart from Christ is profoundly helpful for us as we pray for and long for unbelieving friends and relatives to come to Christ. Think about a father and mother who have been grieving for many years for their...Read… Read More

The Knowledge You’re Working With

“We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world.”  (1 Corinthians 8:4 NIV) Remember, conscience functions according to knowledge, so what we know is important: “We know that ‘An idol is nothing at all… There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live, and...Read… Read More

Your Alarm Clock

“I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”  (Acts 24:16 NIV) Conscience gives you the ability to evaluate your own thoughts and desires. It gives you that capacity to discern what is right and wrong, and to distinguish between what is good and what is best. Without conscience you would be...Read… Read More

The Mark of a Genuine Christian

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”  (1 John 5:1) The mark of a genuine Christian is not a general faith in God, but a specific faith in Jesus. Many people think a general faith in God makes you a Christian; it doesn’t. Jesus is “the Christ.” This is what...Read… Read More

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