Category Archives: Jesus

only one life

Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. C.T. Studd, 1860-1931 “…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions….’This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have … Continue reading

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before my closing eyes

“Abide with us: For it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” Luke 24:29 The story goes that as Henry Francis Lyte sat by his dying friend’s bedside, his friend, with his last breaths, kept repeating the imploring … Continue reading

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encourage one another with these words

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was … Continue reading

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fighting temptation

Do you ever think of temptation as a nebulous concept? “I’m fighting temptation,” you might say. But…temptation to what? To sin in a particular way? Yes, certainly. But, each time you and I face a particular fight against a particular … Continue reading

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as a good day (or a bad one) ends

At the end of a good day: “I felt useful today, Lord. Thank you. It was good to be used by You.” “Yes, child, it’s good that you feel useful. I want you to enjoy moments of usefulness. Now, rest … Continue reading

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Does God know what you need Him to withhold?

The sentence is there, tucked into Ryle’s explanation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It’s a short sentence. But the statement comes to mind when I’m in a conversation with someone who yearns for beautiful earthly goods, or when a … Continue reading

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twisted and stuck, or held and comforted?

“The antipsalm tells what life feels like and looks like whenever God vanishes from sight…It expresses the fears and silent despair that cannot find a voice because there’s no one to really talk to…Something bad gets last say when whatever … Continue reading

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By it I see everything else

Puffy layers of radiating yellow and burnished orange hover over a darkened ocean and cause me to wonder this: how can it be that humans would look upon this same beauty I look upon and not be drawn to, or … Continue reading

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vast beyond all measure

How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure. How great the pain of searing loss – The Father turns His face away, As … Continue reading

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Jesus’ tomb and our own

Jesus is risen! And because the tomb where his disciples laid his dead body was three days later made empty by the power of God, angels proclaimed that never-before-heard phrase, “He is risen!” “How different is the epitaph on the … Continue reading

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God’s heart for those who reject Him

As they approach Jerusalem, on the day when the crowds loudly proclaim his triumphal entry, Jesus sees the city ahead and begins to weep. As he weeps, he speaks, and in his words, we hear the future: He predicts that … Continue reading

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Did he arrive on the exact day prophesied?

Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey — riding on a donkey’s colt. (Zechariah 9:9) God’s ways are often upside-down … Continue reading

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A scapegoat for you

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, they were never meant to reenter the way they’d left — that way was guarded by angels and a flaming sword (Gen.3:24). God, instead, would provide a new way into … Continue reading

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Easter book recommendations for children (and adults)

In a couple of weeks we’ll celebrate, and we’ll also bow in humility and deep awe. We’ll celebrate because Jesus conquered sin and Satan and death, and God raised Him victorious from His tomb. We’ll bow because we’re unable to … Continue reading

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room for the billions

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared … And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride … Continue reading

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