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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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OMG

It's Saturday morning, early before nine. Some of the neighborhood kids have already begun to explore and play. There are several within earshot and although I can't hear all that they are sending back and forth, I can hear "Oh my God" repeated again and again. That's not much of a problem or anything worth noting to most people. But Christians might cringe. We have become so comfortable with colloquialisms that we rarely blush or blink. Television, print and modern…

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Oprah, Our Great High Priestess

This week is when Lance Armstrong is going to meet with Oprah and confess that he took performance enhancing drugs while professionally cycling. What is this? When did Oprah become America’s high priestess to whom all must confess their sins? Further, why is the person “forgiven” after appearing on her show? Go on the show, sit on the couch, shed some tears, tell the country why your life has been difficult, wait for Oprah to give an approving nod, the…

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Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity In Christ by Mark Driscoll and published by Thomas Nelson is a book to help Christians know who they are. Taking the book of Ephesians as a roadmap, Driscoll moves through Ephesians showing how the apostle Paul describes what it means to be “in Christ.” Taking a paragraph from Ephesians, the author makes applications to the readers’ lives that the Christian is a saint, blessed, appreciated, saved, reconciled, afflicted, heard,…

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The Five Witnesses (2) – the Works

“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) Notice that it appears that Jesus did not appeal only to the works that he had done to this point. He spoke specifically of the “works the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of me.”…

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BOOK REVIEW: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur, published by Thomas Nelson, explores the lives of some well-known and less known characters found in the scriptures. The people explored by MacArthur are Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James, Mark, and Onesimus. John MacArthur begins his book by giving a thoughtful discussion about who is truly a hero and challenging his reader to learn from true heroes, the lives of which are found in God’s word. MacArthur…

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