If Deadness Is Next to Godliness

If Deadness Is Next to Godliness

If the way to avoid the murderous rage and deceptive allures of desire is to kill it, if deadness is next to godliness, then Jesus had to be the deadest person ever. But he is called the livingGod. “It is a dreadful thing,” the writer of Hebrews says, “to fall into the hands of the living God … For our ‘God is a consuming fire’” (10:31; 12:29). And what is this consuming fire? His jealous…

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04/19/2014 Scripture

La Push

Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of…

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Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?

Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?


In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9-10, ESV).

No one disputes that Jesus Christ suffered. But the idea that His suffering was necessary—that He had to suffer—has often been the…

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Living From Desire


Jesus ran because he wanted to, not simply because he had to or because the Father told him to. He ran “for the joy set before him,” which means he ran out of desire. To use the familiar phrase, his heart was fully in it. We call the final week of our Savior’s life his Passion Week. Look at the depth of his desire, the fire in his soul. Consumed with passion, he clears the temple of the…

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04/18/2014 Scripture


At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued. Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting…

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How God Restores Human Beings

How God Restores Human Beings


We exercise because we want to grow stronger; we take vitamins in the hope of being healthy; we attend language classes expecting to learn a new language. We travel for adventure; we work in the hope of prospering; we love partly in the hope of being loved. So why Christianity? What is the effect Christianity is intended to have upon a person who becomes a Christian, seeks to live as a Christian?

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04/17/2014 Scripture


“Yet the time will come when Israel’s people will be like the sands of the seashore—too many to count! Then, at the place where they were told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said, ‘You are children of the living God.’ Then the people of Judah and Israel will unite together. They will choose one leader for themselves, and they will return from exile together. What a day that will be—the day…

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The Answer for Fear

The Answer for Fear


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, ESV).

We have nothing to fear—and yet we do fear. We need an answer for our uncertainties.

In this Psalm, David said, “I will fear no evil.” But he didn’t just make a bold claim, he gave a reason: “for you are with me.” The confidence he…

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The Spiritual Battlefield

Grand Lightning

Someone once asked the great evangelist Charles Finney, “Do you really believe in a literal devil?”
Finney responded, “You try opposing him for a while, and you see if he’s literal or not.” If you want to find out if there is a literal devil, then start walking with Jesus Christ and seeking to be in the will of God. You will find just how real he is.

I think that many people, after they have…

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He Longs to Come Close

He Longs to Come Close

Great Langdale

Jesus longs for you to come close to him. And he has been moving throughout all eternity, battling, suffering, dying, and triumphing to win your heart for himself. He wants to capture your heart as a response to his overwhelming love for you.

Mary Magdalene knew this. Jesus wants us to know it too.

It wasn’t merely a coincidence that Jesus revealed himself first to Mary Magdalene. She didn’t…

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