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December 23, 2019

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Grace and peace to you from God

our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:2

Paul always begins his letters with a greeting that includes a blessing similar to the one above. I usually pass right over the words when I read them, but maybe there is something we can learn from Paul. What was his reason for including the blessing in his letters, and how  can it be an example for us?


December 13, 2019

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And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4

Recently I read the book, Your Eternal Reward, by Erwin Lutzer. I had heard he thought there would be tears in heaven, and I, on the other hand, had never heard that before. Growing up, I was taugh...

December 6, 2019

Then Esau ran to him and embraced him, threw his arms

around his neck and kissed him. And they both wept.

Genesis 33:4

When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah. It didn't take them long to realize that Rebekah couldn't have children. So Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, and God answered. Rebekah soon became pregnant with twins: Jacob and Esau.

If you're like me, you don't know as much about Esau as you...

November 24, 2019

For you are free, yet you are God's slaves...

1 Peter 2:16

I started my journal every morning for the past week with "Good morning, Lord! I am a servant of Christ." I then proceeded to dig into what being His servant means. I had questions such as, "How can I be Christ's servant if I am free in Christ?" "Isn't being a servant the same as being a slave?" "What do I do as Christ's servant?" This post will seek to answer those ques...

November 16, 2019

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him

who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:8

Most of my life I've been told I am a saint. Not because I was such a wonderful person or living a great life of service, but because I asked Jesus to be my Savior at an early age. I learned early on that every believer is a saint a...

November 1, 2019

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Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The

old has passed away; behold the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

What does it mean to be a new creation? What is actually new about you after you are saved?


And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.

Ezekiel 36:26

Ezekiel prophesied what we would happen some 600 years before t...

October 25, 2019

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in

order that you may know the hope to which he has called

you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:18

Jerry Bridges, in his book Who Am I?, tells us the difference between adoption in Bible times compared to the way it is today:

Adoption in Paul's day was completely different from our practice today. In our modern culture, adoption usually r...

October 22, 2019

... because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.

Isaiah 53:12

When Jesus died on the cross, He counted Himself among the rebels...the sinners or as many versions put it, the transgressors. He became guilty while on the cross when He bore our sins. Jesus was not a sinner, but He became sin for us.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,...

October 14, 2019

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we

have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1

Adam's sin brought condemnation to everyone, but Christ's obedience, His death on the cross, brought reconciliation for those who believe Jesus is the Savior (Rom 5:19). Not everyone will believe, and only those who do will be justified and receive new life. Justification means to be declared righteous by God,...

October 3, 2019

For as in Adam all die, so in

Christ all will be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:22

I've been a Christian for much of my life and learned early on that, as a believer, I am in Christ. But what does being in Christ mean?

Jerry Bridges says in his book, Who Am I? Identity in Christ (p.18),

The term "in Christ" is the apostle Paul's shorthand expression for being united to Christ. It is one of Paul's favorite expressions, and (includi...

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