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Waiting for God’s Just Wrath

November 11, 2017

Waiting for God’s Just Wrath The expression “Wait for it!” can be used to build suspense before a verbal climax. One expects that what is said next will be surprising, humorous, or unexpectedly significant. According to one source, its increased “colloquial usage as a dramatic interjection” can be attributed to its frequent appearances in...

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  • Patience November 11, 2017

Waiting Because God Loves Us

November 9, 2017

Waiting Because God Loves Us Did God still love His people? Was He still present with them? The young priest-in-training Ezekiel might have asked such questions after the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the temple, and took him and other Jews into exile. God answered with a resounding yes! First, He gave Ezekiel a vision of Himself,...

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  • Patience November 9, 2017

Waiting Because God Keeps His Promises

November 8, 2017

Waiting Because God Keeps His Promises In his song, “Soul Anchor,” musician and writer Michael Card celebrated God’s faithfulness: We are so sure of what we’re waiting for And certain of the things we do not see For we are told by the One who cannot lie And in this hope is our security It’s a soul anchor, hold on to the hope It is a soul...

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  • Patience November 8, 2017

To Wait Is to Desire God’s Glory

November 2, 2017

To Wait Is to Desire God’s Glory Scripture’s use of rock metaphors, points out the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, “has the desert as its backdrop. The sight of a rock in a barren, sun-parched wilderness lifted the spirits of the hot and weary traveler or soldier. . . . The rock might contain a spring of water as well as providing welcome...

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  • Patience November 2, 2017

Original Intentions Fulfilled

December 31, 2017

Original Intentions Fulfilled The last chapters of the Bible describe the ultimate end of history and God’s triumph over everything that has separated Him from His beloved creation, humanity. The story of His desire to dwell with men and women in unhindered fellowship that began in Genesis now finds its glorious conclusion in Revelation.

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  • Jesus December 31, 2017

Christ the New Temple

December 21, 2017

Christ the New Temple For many Jews traveling long distances, the ability to purchase the required sacrificial animals in Jerusalem was a necessary convenience. Yet when Jesus entered the temple in today’s passage, He was clearly not happy with the marketplace scene. One reason is the specific location of the market stalls—they were in the...

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God’s Intentions for the World

December 16, 2017

God’s Intentions for the World A GPS navigational system can be a useful tool when driving in unfamiliar territory. Sometimes after taking a wrong turn, however, the best navigational advice is simply, “Turn around.” Our reading today offers the spiritual equivalent to this GPS command: repentance. Although God was “very angry” (1:2) over...

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A Copy of Heavenly Worship

December 10, 2017

A Copy of Heavenly Worship One delightful attraction at Windsor Castle is Queen Mary’s Doll House, the largest doll house in the world. Equipped with electricity, running water, functioning elevators, and flush toilets, the Royal Collection Trust describes it as a “perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home.” The Israelite tabernacle...

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God’s Promise of Self: The Great I AM

December 8, 2017

God’s Promise of Self: The Great I AM Imagine a small child separated from her mother while shopping. One minute the child was enjoying the colorful toys on the shelf, the next she found herself lost, alone, and crying. Just when it seemed like the mother had forgotten her, she appeared and embraced the child with a huge hug. Perhaps the...

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A Sure Commitment: The Covenant with Abraham

December 7, 2017

A Sure Commitment: The Covenant with Abraham Anyone who has moved knows the stress of packing up, saying goodbye to friends and family, and then transitioning into a new neighborhood. How much harder it must have been for 75-year-old Abram, who was called to leave everything and move to a new country! God’s call and covenant with Abram demonstrated...

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