Exodus 17:1-7: The Rock is Christ

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The hymn writer, Augustus Toplady, best-known for “Rock of Ages,” grew up in a religious English family.  Contrary to his upbringing, he later left the Church as a young man.  The Lord, however, guides in mysterious ways, using his brother, who decided to visit friends in Ireland.  So, Augustus went along.  At a religious gathering, […]

Mathew 8:23-27: Jesus Saves Amid Our Storms of Life

The story is your story, soaked into the fabric of your being.  The sun warms your face, but the sound of distant thunder echoes in your ears.  At once, gray skies banish the blue, and the gloominess of clouds sends away the brightness of the sun. A howling wind drives away the calm, and smooth […]

Romans 1:8-17: The Gospel is Jesus

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We use different words to describe faith.  We trust the 911 operator will direct our call to the closest fire station.  We rely on the bank manager to keep the ATM filled with enough money when we drive up to withdraw 20 bucks.  We believe a close friend will not betray a confidential conversation.  Faith […]

Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Jesus

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You’re standing in the wilderness across the Jordan River.  A voice calls out from a distance, “Prepare the way of the Lord!”  A figure approaches, a wild-haired, bearded man.  His skin is bronzed by the sun, his eyes ablaze with prophetic fire. He comes adorned like a prophet from the pages of Scripture.  Coarse camel’s […]

Matthew 2:1-12: Where is the One Born King of the Jews?

About 1,000 years before the birth of Christ, the Queen of Sheba journeys to visit the King of the Jews. She travels from what today is Ethiopia. The Queen arrives with camels and many servants bearing gifts of gold, spices, and jewels. She is curious and wants to confirm what others tell her about the […]

Galatians 4:4-7: The Fullness of Time

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The Law God gave to Moses reflected His perfection, restating the Law He imprinted on our hearts when He created us in His image (Romans 2:15).  So, if you explore the different cultures throughout human history, you will discover much overlap with the Ten Commandments. God engraved His written Law because the law in our […]

Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

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Christmas Day is past.  The multi-colored lights are coming down, and dried-up trees now find themselves in the trash heap.  Is the season of Christmas so soon dimmed?  The grand season of blinking lights comes and goes, with little more effect than crumpled tinsel on a discarded tree. Such gloomy thoughts may cause us to […]

John 1:1-14, Revelation 12:1-5: The Cosmic Battle of the Incarnation

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Our Lord’s coming in Luke’s Gospel gives us the crèche and the baby’s manger.  In John’s Gospel, we, instead, find a cosmic battle tucked within.  He mentions no characters by name, not Mary or Joseph.  The singing angels and awestruck shepherds are missing in action.  Where is the mention of Bethlehem? In the beginning is […]

Luke 2:1-20, The Song of the Angels

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Christmas night: The night when God’s blessings come to us—and more.  They also come to calm our troubled souls.  In ages past, long ago, God revealed Himself in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  He also revealed Himself, not only in a still small voice but also in […]

Deuteronomy 18:15-19: Jesus, the Greater Moses

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The Ten Commandments always hammer home the same truth.  God gave His “Words,” which is what the Hebrew of the Old Testament calls them, at Mt. Sinai, described in Exodus 20.  God carved His words on a stone tablet for His people, Israel.  The event filled God’s people with fear: Thunder boomed, lightning cracked, and […]