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Everything You Need is in Jesus

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Luke’s genealogy concludes with the assertion that Jesus is the very Son of God. Dr. Ligon Duncan writes, “He's not just a great moral prophet. He's not just a great philosopher. He's not just a great leader of men. He is the very Son of God. In other words, Luke is saying we have a...

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Jesus, Son of Adam, Son of God

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Genealogies are kind of like “fly-over country.” We know they have importance, but they would not be our pick for serious study and devotional application. But perhaps we are missing out on some special insight that would lead us to rich worship. Luke’s genealogy of Jesus...

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The Spirit as a Dove

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A dove is the universal image in Christianity of the Holy Spirit. Why a dove? A dove suggests purity, meekness, innocence – all appropriate for the Spirit. A dove is not like the majestic eagle or a fierce hawk. It was common, the kind of bird poor people offered for sacrifice. Isaiah 42...

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Jesus Prayed

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Carefully placed words can grab our attention and cause us to think. Luke was good at that. Both he and Matthew recorded the baptism of Jesus. Matthew gives the most detail including a conversation between John and Jesus. Luke’s contribution is subtle. “Now when all the people were...

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Return to Repentance

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Years ago, the sermons in evangelical churches were often described as “hellfire and brimstone” – “hell is hot and you better get right with God or you are going there.” Whether it was a reaction to criticism or compassion kicking in, the emphasis became, “God...

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Good News

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If I asked you to define the Gospel in two words or less, you might answer, “Good news.” And it certainly is for all who embrace the Savior – a Savior who paid in full our debt of sin and granted to us eternal life. But for those who reject the Savior, the news is not good...

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Righteousness Has Consequences

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 Righteousness has consequences. Truth-telling may lead us into dark places. That doesn’t mean we should turn from righteousness or truthfulness – it just means we will probably pay a price if we practice it and call others to it. John the Baptist was not afraid to call out...

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Bear Fruits In Keeping With Repentance

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“Fruit” is a familiar term to us. We speak of the fruit of the Spirit and knowing people by their fruit. John the Baptizer liked the term, but apparently, he wasn’t seeing much of it. A crowd had gathered as he was baptizing. His “seeker-sensitive” sermon began...

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Repent!

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Driving back roads in the Midwest, it is not unusual to see a billboard with a single word, “Repent.” Sometimes in the city, a street preacher will be holding a sign with the same message. What do people think when they see that word? When the OT prophets preached repentance, it was...

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Amazed and Astonished by His Teaching

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Everyone was astounded at Jesus’ answers. They were amazed at His understanding. That was true when Jesus was in the temple at age twelve sitting with the distinguished teachers of the Law. Throughout His ministry, His disciples were astonished at His instruction. When the crowds heard...

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