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You Are Saints

Who are you and why are you here? It is easy to lose track of our identity. We start trying to find our identity in all kinds of places. Some will try to find their identity in their work. We often speak this way where we will say that we are a mechanic, a teacher, a salesperson, and so forth as if that is who we are. Some try to find their identity in their appearance. We are too thin,…

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The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that…

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The Five Witnesses (5) – Moses the Accuser

“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5: 45-47) The Lord had just mentioned that the scriptures were his witness (39-40). But this is a little different. Here he stated that Moses acted as the accuser of…

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Purified and Restored For God

The first section of this part of Isaiah’s prophecy is about the nation’s need for purification. Isaiah 1:21-23 paint the sad picture of a righteous nation becoming full of sin. The faithful city has become a prostitute. The nation full of justice and righteousness is full of murderers now. The Lord is praising the past but lamenting the present. The Lord contrasts what he intended against what he received. He intended faithfulness but received prostitution. He intended righteousness but received…

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The Five Witnesses (4) – The Scriptures

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will…

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Gathering The Nations

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea. 12 He will raise a signal for…

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The Nature of Christ’s Kingdom

6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on…

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The Reign of the Christ

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what…

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Not All Christians Are Christians

In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. (Isaiah 10:20–22 ESV) Isaiah declares a remnant will come about in the future. Verses…

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The Five Witnesses (3) – God the Father

The third witness Jesus mentioned to the Jews, who were testing him, is The Lord God Almighty, The Holy Father. Isn't it interesting that he tells them quite directly that they have never seen God the Father and had never heard His voice "at any time?" I can almost hear them thinking the equivalent of “You idiot, don’t you know the history of the exodus?” That meant they were completely deaf. They were spiritually dead on arrival, completely clueless, without knowledge and…

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