Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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Only Jesus Can Save Us

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It may seem like I’m worse than the department stores, pushing the Christmas story so early – it’s not even Labor Day! But that’s where we are in Luke’s account, and surely the story of Jesus’ incarnation is appropriate any time. Some may have thought I was a...

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Blessed of God

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Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a sinner. She was not immaculately conceived. She inherited Adam’s sin like everyone else before her. She was chosen by grace and entirely by grace to be the one who would bring Jesus in human flesh into the world. In the home of her relative Elizabeth...

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God Is Here!

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The OT ended with a “to be continued.” Promises had been made, but no fulfillment occurred or was explained. And then there was silence. God was not speaking through prophets or angel appearances or even by His Spirit - nothing for 400 years. But Gabriel appeared to Zechariah, and...

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The Trinity is All Over the Bible

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Many deny the tri-unity of God and their first argument to us Trinitarians is that the Bible never uses the word Trinity. You won’t find the word in a concordance, but you can see it all over the Bible. Luke records a visit by Mary to her relative Elizabeth. Elizabeth is pregnant with John...

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Grace, Faith, and Glory

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Sometimes when we tell a story, there is more to it than the storyline itself. The prophet Nathan told King David a moving scenario about a rich man taking advantage of a poor man. But the purpose of the parable was to get David’s attention and show him his sin. When Dr. Luke was writing...

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Grace Is Enough

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When the angel Gabriel gave his announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus, he ended his message with this declaration: “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke then records, “And the angel departed from her.” Commentator David Garland observed, “Such a heavenly...

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Faith Doesn't Doubt, But It Asks Questions

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Faith doesn’t doubt, but it does ask questions. When Mary was told that she would be the instrument through which Jesus would be born, she didn’t reject the message, but she did ask how that could happen. We are still asking. The conception would not be humanly normal and Jesus...

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Could Mary Refuse?

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After the worship service, someone asked me if Mary could have refused to be the one who would carry the Lord Jesus. I don’t think so. Mary wasn’t asked to do anything. She was told that she would conceive in a miraculous manner and bear the Lord Jesus. It would happen to her, not in...

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God Initiated Grace

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Grace is always initiated by God. This past week in VBS we studied Noah. A key verse in the Bible account is, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” I think people assume that this means that Noah was such a good guy that God was attracted to him and saved him. That is not what...

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We Have to Tell Them

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 In an old Sunday school joke, the teacher asked her students what they saw outside the window. One fourth-grade boy responded, “It looks like a squirrel, but probably the answer is supposed to be Jesus.” It was a squirrel – but it is surprising that almost everything in...

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