Christ himself is the builder

“He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory.” Zechariah 6:13 Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and he has built it on the mountains of his unchangeable affection, his omnipotent grace, and his infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the…

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Waves of Grace

As a young Christian, the grace of God does not seem to have many dimensions. Saved by grace is the knowledge that fills the life of a new believer. It is only as we walk with Christ through the ups and downs of life that we begin to see that the grace of God permeates…

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Afflictions and the Word of God

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statute” (Psalm 119:67 & 71). As Christians, God’s Word, The Holy Bible, is our rule for life. Its laws, its precepts, and its commandments, provide the framework in…

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Abiding in the Vine

In His discourse about the vine and the branches in John 15, Jesus alludes to the fact that branch that is not connected to the vine cannot be fruitful since it is cut off from the vine and the root which supports the vine. As the snows of winter are melting in our community, we…

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Saved

Often when Christians talk about being saved, it is in reference to the time that they confessed their sins and embraced Jesus as their Savior, thus they have been saved. Over the years, I have come to embrace Christ’s saving work as a work that will not end until we stand in the presence of…

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The Borrowing King

As I have been contemplating the highlights of Holy Week as found in the Gospels, something caught my attention, something that I have never pondered before.  Have you ever noticed that Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Creator of the universe, was in the habit of borrowing from others from the moment of…

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He Emptied Himself

“Have this attitude in yourselves that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking on the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7). The verses above might…

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He Took Our Place

I fear, that at times, we Christians can grow comfortably complacent with the magnificence of the Gospel story in regards to Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  We are familiar with all of the constituent elements, we have accepted them and embraced them by faith but are unmoved by them as we live our day to day events…

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Idolatry in Corporate Worship

Idolatry in Corporate Worship Article by Bob Kauflin Guest Contributor What’s your greatest hindrance to worshiping God as you gather with the church for corporate worship? I can think of a number of possible answers: Our song leader isn’t very experienced. The liturgy is too stifling. The band sounds bad. The preacher is uninspiring. Our…

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Servants of the Lord Jesus

In the first few verses of Romans 1, the apostle Paul identifies himself as the bond-servant of the Jesus Christ our Lord.  The distance between the two titles could not be more profound. The Greek word for bond-servant is the word doulos, which means slave.  The Greek word for Lord is the word kurios, which…

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