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Responding to projection

What do you do when people project their Messianic desires on you? ...

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For your soul

Forfeiting the soul doesn’t usually happen in a moment....

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Before Direction

Some days, I want the Lord to tell me the direction he wants me to take so that I can decide whether to submit to him or not. This is not his way....

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On the verge of a new year

Paul pursues Jesus with all his energy: “straining” and “pressing on.” As he does so, his past has less and less influence on him. Christ comes to rule and reign in his heart....

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A Reading from Luke 2

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!...

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Paying Attention on Christmas Eve

The experience of redemption isn’t complete for us until we’ve responded to Jesus with gratitude....

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The Inclusive Kingdom

No one is excluded because of their ethnic background or the place of their birth. We all have an opportunity to be part of Jesus’ kingdom and to thrive under his reign....

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Of Dual Origins

A God bigger than our imagination or comprehension will always be shrouded in mystery. He offers us a mystery; he offers us himself....

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The King For God

As we approach Christmas, let’s remember that the baby whose birth we celebrate on this holiday became the King over all. And this gives us cause for great rejoicing....

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Why Bethlehem?

We aren’t told why God chose this particular place, this particular community. And this is a common experience for us....

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Bethlehem Ephrathah

Word studies allow us to dig deeply into the meaning of words and their usage in the broader biblical and ancient context....

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Double Prophecy

There’s a fulfillment that happens in the near term and then a second fulfillment that happens down the road....

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God with us

What do you think God sees when he sees you? ...

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On the virgin birth

From the very start, he’s extraordinary: God who is truly with us....

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Who gives the sign?

Who’s going to give us the sign we need to move forward into the uncertain future with confidence?...

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He is not silent

Our day-to-day experience might make this assertion difficult to believe....

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The Real Zeal

How does the Lord set up an eternal kingdom marked with justice and righteousness? ...

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God's gift to you

A new generation, a new king offered a new start, hope that things can take a turn for the better, that the future might be great....

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The Light has come

Light in the darkness … that’s a powerful image for Christmas-time....

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Love The Tension

The Jesus who pushes us to love across borders did this himself and did this by design....

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The Galilee Principle

As we see God’s willingness to include places and people who society considers on the margins, we can feel both sobered and encouraged. ...

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