Tag Archives: Jesus Christ’s supremacy

your deepest Christmas longing

What do you long for this Christmas? Do you have a deep yearning for a solution to the world’s — and especially your own — problems? Let’s think about God’s already-given, Christmas-time answer to our problem (from which all residual … Continue reading

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the Christmas message

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity — hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory — because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 3)

So how do I fight the deadly forms of unwholesome talk that proceed from my mouth? First, I remember that the talk that proceeds from my mouth flows out from what’s hidden inside. Whether I talk in ways that build … Continue reading

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Blue hydrangeas and real hope

She burst through the kitchen door that early-summer night and plopped herself up on the counter next to my dish-filled sink, overflowing with vivid details of blue hydrangeas. Effervescent with excitement, she stumbled over words, trying to describe the deep … Continue reading

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ferns and summer and rays of sunlight

  Summer smells and sounds, summer colors and places and memories. Which, if you imagine your happiest summer moment, come to mind? Do you dream of  a cool haven tucked away in the deep green of a wooded wonderland? Do … Continue reading

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Deep thirst quenched

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 No matter the promises from billboards and internet pop-ups and the hundreds of instantly-gratifying enticements the world daily offers, this stands true: As … Continue reading

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The hidden floodlight ministry

A while back, I  saved this J.I. Packer quote from a Justin Taylor post. In this excerpt, Packer paints a memorable picture of God’s provision of His Spirit, and of the Spirit’s work and purpose in the life of a believer. I’ve … Continue reading

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Why is water so shiny?

I wonder why water is so shiny. I don’t mean that I wonder at the physics behind glinting sunlight reflected on a late-afternoon river. I don’t want to understand the formula for the change in the direction of a light … Continue reading

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A new Dawn

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where he lay.’” (Matthew … Continue reading

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Worth a thousand words

I’ve not been able to get this picture out of my mind. You may have seen it. The man on the left is the pope. The man on the right suffers from a disease that causes tumors to grow inside … Continue reading

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Familiar with every line

“It would be well if professing Christians in modern days studied the four gospels more than they do. No doubt all scripture is profitable. It is not wise to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. … Continue reading

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Better than a thousand substitutes

Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading

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A thorn to pin aside the veil

Living before medicine would have cured or medicated her symptoms, Martha Snell Nicholson was bed-ridden with intense pain for decades. In the midst of her pain, and because of it, she wrote one of the more meaningful poems I’ve read … Continue reading

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Near the heart of His love

A story to turn our eyes upon Jesus.  A visual to soften our hearts and absorb our thoughts: “What though you are sometimes perplexed with doubts and fears? What though you find it hard to say whether your faith is … Continue reading

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Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?

 Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him? Is not thine a captured heart? Chief among ten thousand own Him, joyful choose the better part. Idols once they won thee, charmed thee, lovely things of time and sense; gilded thus … Continue reading

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