What He Secured Wasn't Sympathy, But Immunity
Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He's a Savior who knows what it's like to be human, to live in a fallen world, to experience temptation. And better news than our exemplar, Jesus was our substitution.
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We Three Kings of Orient Aren’t
Behold, magi from the east came to Jerusalem . . . (Matthew 2:1)
Matthew says "behold" to make sure he has our attention. He knows how prone we are to fall asleep while we're reading.
"Wake up. Make sure you're…Continue Reading
The Woe of Sojourning Here
A Song of Ascents . . .
Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalms 120:5)
The first "Song of Ascents" tells us Israel is in exile.
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Blessed Is She Who Believed
Mary was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42). She received the singular holy gift of being the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:43). God the Son dwelled inside of her body in human form. Then he lived in her home and…Continue Reading
Reflections on Fruit Bearing
In this one-minute video, Pastor John reflects on John 12:24, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
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A Poem on Our 43rd Wedding Anniversary
Sometimes I write poems for our anniversary. Sometimes on our anniversary. This one I wrote on our anniversary, December 21st. It addresses the question of where in this baffling, unknown, fragile world certainty and security can be found.
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Why Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Matters
Sent into the World: Jesus’ Mission and Ours
A danger lurks in our endeavors to live incarnationally. Danger, yes, but not deterrent. It is a risk worth taking, though not treating lightly.
The danger is that we can subtly begin to key on ourselves, rather than Jesus, when…Continue Reading
Our Weakness Is No Stranger
There are trillions of ways that Jesus is not like us. The Nicene Creed is only a sketch of what this looks like. These ways are vast — far more vast than what we're able to say.
Jesus Is Different