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The Jesus of the Old Testament Too


I came across a couple verses buried in the middle of a bunch of Old Testament laws this morning that broadened my understanding of Jesus. It’s quite remarkable: “See, I am sending my angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you. Pay attention to him, and obey all of his instructions…. He is …

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Snow Day Devotional


I’m working from our kitchen table today, but it’s not easy to focus. Every so often, I look out the glass sliding doors into our back yard and watch the snow coming down. It really is awe-inspiring to watch as it covers the tree branches with its winsomely white artistry. (Picture at right taken by my wife, Heidi) I stopped …

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3 Secrets in the Wilderness


The secrets to living life to the full can be found in the wilderness. It was there at Marah that the Lord laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him: “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, …

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2010: The Year of More …


I’m glad 2009 is over. It was a very difficult year for me. I won’t go into all the particulars here, but as I look back now, I’d say it was a year of battle. At times during the year I found myself on the front line of an intense spiritual war in my marriage, job, family, finances, and other …

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Not Just Another Sentimental Christmas Message


Today I celebrate a most amazing and awesome Event … the Event of all events … the Creator of the universe made himself nothing and took the form of human flesh, a baby, a humble servant, a sacrifice for our sins, so that you and I may not perish but have eternal and abundant life. I’m not celebrating Jesus’ birthday …

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Christmas Battle Prayer


I was thinking this morning about a perspective on Christmas I had never really considered before this year. When Jesus was born, it was as if God was sending his Son into the enemy’s territory to do battle–battle for our souls. Peace on earth, goodwill to men will come in time. But now there is a spiritual war taking place, …

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