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Celebrating the Profound Simplicity of Conversion

Isaiah 45-22

When the Philippian jailer asked, "what must I do to be saved?," Paul didn't break into a discourse about repudiation of self, cross-bearing, and submission of every aspect of one's life to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ. All of those are vital to a thorough understanding of the Christian life. But …

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I Shall Arise

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." -Micah 7:8 When I was rather young, I went sledding down Bowling Green's "Hospital Hill" one snowy day with my brother and my Dad. I was so excited about taking my first run on my own, …

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The High and Holy One

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; His glory fills the whole earth." -Isaiah 6:3 (HCSB) God's holiness cannot be defined in terms of human goodness for "there is none good, no not one." Instead, we must realize that God's holiness speaks of His transcendent perfection. To say that God is holy does not …

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What’s Your Worldview?

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”—Isaiah 40:15 I was in a conversation recently with a friend in which we were talking about the biggest issues facing humanity. I believe that the biggest …

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A New Old-Fashioned Enlightenment

"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." -Isaiah 8:20In our economy, Christians are on trial. The New Testament calls believers "witnesses." In God's economy, the world is on trial. The world is always testing people of Christian faith …

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Cease To Do Evil

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil." -Isaiah 1:16Some people have the mistaken assumption that the God of the Old Testament is a harsh God and the God of the New Testament is a soft God. The reality is that God's character has never changed at …

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God’s New Thing for Your New Year

Based on Isaiah 43:18-21 The passage we are reading is quoted out of context quite often. I have heard well-meaning Christians say, “God says He will do a new thing… well this is it!” But what exactly is it that Isaiah is talking about? Remember that Isaiah very accurately prophesied of the Babylonian …

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