Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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God In a Soiled Feeding Trough

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The prophet Isaiah wrote, “An ox knows its owner, and a donkey its master’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand” (1:3). Isaiah was saying in effect that Israel didn’t know God as their manger – the one who would nourish His people. In Luke...

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Invisible Hand of God

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Today I have my agenda before me. It’s written down. If I get behind I may push something scheduled for today off until tomorrow, or decide not to do it at all. I make those choices – at least I think I do. But behind it all is the invisible hand of God, providence. Ultimately God...

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Pawns In the Hands of a Sovereign God

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I remember arguing with a prof, questioning the point of testing us to identify dozens of names from the distant past that once the test was over we would never hear of those people again – and we wouldn’t care! The Bible mentions hundreds of names, most hard to pronounce, and few...

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It Was the Right Time

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Why did Jesus come when He did? He came when He did because it was the right time to come! Everything God does is done exactly at the right time. A God who is sovereign over all is not hindered at all by the conditions and situations around Him. And when we remember that what He does is always...

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Zechariah's Song

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Israel had many skeletons in the closet. So, probably, do we. Even though we have been forgiven and delivered and redeemed there may remain that gnawing guilt; the memory of those things may linger. The Savior came to bring His mercy and His grace and His peace - “to give light to those...

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When God Forgives There Is No Past

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 Redemption is wonderful. God has provided the way for us to be purchased, bought back and set free. But what about the past? We may have done something in the past for which we were found guilty. We paid our debt, but the record still exists. It still says what we were. It still says we...

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A Song of Deliverance

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Our salvation means redemption, being bought back and being set free. But it also means deliverance. Perhaps nowhere in Scripture is this so simply and clearly stated than in Colossians 1:13-14 - "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved...

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We Have Been Redeemed

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At the birth of his son John, Zechariah sang out, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.” To redeem means to buy back. It also means to set free. I don’t know how much Zechariah understood about God’s grand plan of redemption when...

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Blessed People Sing

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Blessed people who know they are blessed have happy hearts. And when their hearts are happy they sing – maybe not out loud, but they sing. Zechariah, in Luke 1, was blessed. In his old age, he just became a Dad for the first time. Knowing why God gave him a son enriched his song. His son...

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We Are Blessed

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R. Kent Hughes, in his commentary on Luke, wrote, “But hear this: if we are Christians, if Jesus is truly born in us, we too will be called blessed, far beyond earth’s history. Jesus himself tells us: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are...

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