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Isaiah 40:22 – He who sits above the circle of the earth

Passage: Isaiah 40:22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. I saw … Continue reading

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Psalm 100 – Call to Worship

Passage: Psalm 100 According to the Bible, the title for this psalm is “A Psalm for Thanksgiving.” A psalm is a song, and this psalm is not just any song–it is a call to action; it is a call to … Continue reading

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What is the Gospel?

“What is the gospel?” To answer this question succinctly is a very difficult endeavor. Depending on a person’s background, there is a way to custom-tailor the presentation of the message of the gospel to him or her. Let’s start with … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:28-32 – What God Wants

Passage: Matthew 21:28-32 The Plot This passage tells a story that is quite simple–it doesn’t have a very complicated plot. A man had two sons (v. 28) The father gave an imperative to both of his sons–“Go work today in … Continue reading

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Psalm 27:8 – Conquering Your Heart

Passage: Psalm 27:8 The writer of Psalm 27 is David, otherwise known as King David, or the “man after God’s own heart.” God’s accolade for David (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) is certainly more than enough to put the spotlight … Continue reading

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Luke 12:15-21 – Don’t Waste Your Life

Passage: Luke 12:15-21 The rapper Lecrae mentions this passage in his song with the same title; one of the most influential Christian books in my life was John Piper’s book of the same name: DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE In this … Continue reading

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Psalm 119:136 – Real Men Cry Part 1

Passage: Psalm 119:136 God made emotions, and God made tears. Real men, godly men, know how to embrace their God-given emotions. They won’t cry when they break their humerus in a freak snowboarding accident, but they will be moved to … Continue reading

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Psalm 139:14 – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Part 1

Passage: Psalm 139:14 “Binocular Vision” a.k.a. Canon PhotoStitch (Image stitching program) on steroids: Take your hand, flatten your palm, and place it perpendicular to your nose, between your two eyes. Close one eye and leave the other open. Then, open … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:18 – Faith

Passage: Matthew 9:18 (c.f. Mark 5:21-24) A synagogue official comes before Jesus in desperation because his daughter just died. What’s the big deal? This kind of thing happens every day, right? (No!) Why is it recorded in the Bible?

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Psalm 119:59-60 – I Hastened and Did Not Delay

Passage: Psalm 119:59-60 When reading the Old Testament, we find many great examples of faith and faithfulness (Hebrews 11:32-38). The psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 is certainly no exception. Through these two verses, the psalmist exemplifies a lifestyle of obedience … Continue reading

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