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A Chosen People

December 8, 2013

A Chosen People Many political observers lament the triumph of style over substance. But because we cannot personally know the candidates, we have to try to understand them through some mediating image. “Image” itself is not the problem, but false images distort reality. After sin entered the world, we could not know God directly as Adam...

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  • Devotions December 8, 2013

A World Perfectly Prepared

December 14, 2013

A World Perfectly Prepared Job seekers dress well for interviews. Authors try to grab readers within the first few pages. They follow the advice, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This may be why Matthew’s opening verses puzzle many readers. The list of names can cause modern eyes to glaze over. But Matthew places...

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  • Devotions December 14, 2013

The Creator Cannot Be Created

December 15, 2013

The Creator Cannot Be Created The job of the art restorer is controversial in the art world. Some believe that classic works of art should be left to decay, to let “nature take its course.” Others protest because restoring a painting necessitates using substances that the artist never used, making the painting something different than the...

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  • Devotions December 15, 2013

A Human God

December 16, 2013

A Human God In Gods Like Us, author Ty Burr examines how Hollywood makes movie stars and how the public responds to them. Marilyn Monroe, for example, symbolized beauty for many people, which meant they could never imagine her having bad breath. Contrary to our intention, we do not honor people when we turn people into symbols, for we forget...

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  • Devotions December 16, 2013

This Is My Beloved Son

December 17, 2013

This Is My Beloved Son Early in Matthew 3 we meet John the Baptist, who baptized “for repentance” (v. 11). Many Christians are confused, then, on the necessity of Jesus’ baptism since He had no sin. Jesus’ desire confused the Baptist himself (v. 14), so we have good company. Jesus said that His baptism would “fulfill all righteousness,” an...

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  • Devotions December 17, 2013

Words of Power

December 19, 2013

Words of Power Many people think they would be wonderful parents—until they have their own children. When they have to apply their theories and opinions to real-life situations, they find that they can’t make Mary like her music lessons or stop Bobby from fidgeting in church or keep the baby asleep past 5 a.m. Like the rest of humanity, parents...

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  • Devotions December 19, 2013

A Groaning World

December 29, 2013

A Groaning World When Jesus entered Jerusalem seated upon a donkey colt, people responded with shouts of “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” The religious leaders were offended by this praise and ordered Jesus to rebuke His followers. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (see Luke 19:28–40). As...

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  • Devotions December 29, 2013

Refined through Fire

December 30, 2013

Refined through Fire Forestry experts state that not all wildfires are created equal. In fact, some forest fires act as cleansing agents for old and overgrown forests and make them healthier. We often think of fire in purely destructive terms, but Scripture also uses fire in the context of renewal (cf. Matt. 3:11), and this helps us understand...

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  • Devotions December 30, 2013

A New Creation

December 31, 2013

A New Creation Author Ben Sweetland said, “Success is in the journey, not the destination.” Quotes like this abound in our culture—but Christians should know that we can’t find meaning without a fixed point of reference. We might be having a marvelous time during our journey, but if we’re headed the wrong direction we’ll still end up lost.

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God Is Faithful: Our Righteous and Faithful Judge

January 7, 2014

God Is Faithful: Our Righteous and Faithful Judge Steve Hindalong is a musician known for composing the worship song “God of Wonders” with fellow musician Marc Byrd. During a lone writing retreat in an Arkansas cabin, Byrd strummed a few chords in response to the beauty of the night sky and sang, “Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth.”...

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  • Devotions January 7, 2014


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