Month: January 2016

Complaining.

“Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.” Exodus 16:8. The Israelites of the Exodus generation witnessed many of the greatest miracles performed in the entire Bible. They saw all ten plagues that God brought down upon Egypt to free them; everything from the water being turned into blood to the death of…

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Unbelief.

“He was amazed at their unbelief.” Mark 6:6. Early in Jesus’ ministry, as he was wondering throughout northern Judea preaching, He happened upon His hometown of Nazareth. Though Christ had been received well in every other town He’d entered, His reception in Nazareth was quite different. As soon as Christ entered the town, preaching and…

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Be Merciful.

“Be merciful, just as your father also is merciful.” Luke 6:36 One day as the crowds followed Jesus, he went upon a mountain, sat down, and began to preach. The Sermon on the Mount, as it later became called, contained some of Jesus’ most famous teachings, and portions of it are referenced in each of…

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Awaiting Salvation

 “I wait for your salvation, Lord.” Genesis 49:18. Jacob, the patriarch of the Jewish people, uttered these words while he lay on his deathbed at the ripe old age of 130. In that span of time, Jacob had witnessed incredible things: he’d wrestled with God, had been reconciled with his estranged brother, Esau, whom he…

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Nothing

“I have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides you.”” Psalm 16:2. The Davidic psalm that this line comes from is often entitled “Confidence in the Lord,” and it aptly describes many of the comforts experienced by those who follow God. In this psalm, David once again pours out his…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying ‘Repent, because the Kingdom of Heaven has come near!'” Matthew 3:1-2. John the Baptist is one of the most interesting characters in the New Testament. Though his story only takes up a small portion of the Gospels, his role in…

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See The Face of God.

“For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.” Psalm 11:7. God’s righteousness and holiness are reoccurring themes throughout the book of Psalms. David, author of many of the songs and poems contained in Psalms, wrote frequently and eloquently on these topics, as well as God’s perfection and of…

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