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 When Jesus appears to people, to his early followers, say – the women and the other disciples –  they stop running away from the challenge of faith, and they start running toward it. They move from unbelief to its opposite – conviction. And they forfeit passivity for engagement. We’re told in verse 20 that “they […]

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Long ago, God had made a promise. It was a threat, really, delivered to the serpent. “I will put enmity between you and the woman,” he said, “and between your offspring and hers. You will strike his heel, but he will crush your head” (Gen. 3:15). By riding into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday […]

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The Comeback

March 26, 2015No Comments

MY MOTHER DIED when I was twenty-six. She was only fifty-seven. A few years before her death, she was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. She fought it bravely, but, in time, it overtook her, and all too soon, by our accounts, she died. We had a service led by an Air Force chaplain at […]

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Our passion and the aim behind everything we do ought to reflect these three priorities: first, the glory of Christ, second, the body of Christ, and third, the work of Christ in the world. Will you stir up your passion for these things? Will you make Jesus’ passion your passion, His aims your aims, and […]

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I can’t tell you how long your “little while” will be – or how short it will be. But I can tell you this. The message of the gospel, the whole of the Bible, and the witness of the Spirit all converge to assure you that whatever it is you’re going through, Jesus will see […]

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Jesus says that, “when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” The Holy Spirit tells us what’s wrong, but He also tells us what’s right. He guides us into “all the truth.” There’s a negative side to His truth telling, and there is a positive side. He unmasks us, […]

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Have you ever seen a pruning knife? It is a mean-looking thing. But in the right hands, it can be used to bring health. The Father’s pruning knife is the Word. With it he takes to the branches and cuts away the dead parts. He shapes the plant by controlling the direction of growth. He […]

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The Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). I used to wonder what that meant, but now I think I know. Here is what I think it means: Resolve who or what it is you love, and you will solve what you fear. Affection determines direction. We chase what it is we […]

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You’re out there. Life’s pushing you around. You may even feel like you’re about to get crushed in the squeeze life is putting on you. But Jesus is going to get you through. He’s going to take you to a safe place, and he is going to stay with you. But, in addition to that, […]

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