Tag Archives: Jesus

no noise made in the world, but loved

“There are some true Christians in the world of whom very little is known. The case of Joseph of Arimathea teaches this very plainly. Here is a man named among the friends of Christ, whose very name we never find elsewhere … Continue reading

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Is a different set of circumstances the answer?

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” Elisabeth Elliot wasn’t just fiddling with phrases hoping to create quotable sentences. She was combining for us words from our Lord. Words that redirect our faulty … Continue reading

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something bigger than Jesus coming to save us?

Sometimes paradigm shifts happen with short sentences. With unexpected statements like this: “Jesus wasn’t born for us. We were born for Him.” But, Jesus was born for us. He came to earth to save us, didn’t He? God sent Him into … Continue reading

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unexpected tragedy and prayer through it

A couple nights ago in my town a car filled with young college girls wrecked. Four girls, aged 19 and 20, are no longer alive. Their moms and dads sent their daughters off to college last August, just as I … 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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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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Leaving the Land of the Deadly Ifs (part 2)

There is a way to leave the Land of the Deadly Ifs. The way involves movement, as any leaving would. But it’s not movement away. It’s movement toward. In…closer…like this: “The crowds say he’s in the nearby countryside. He’s the … Continue reading

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happiness and rest…only as you look to Jesus

“Looking unto Jesus.” Hebrews 12:2 It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead … Continue reading

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Man’s maker was made man

Man’s maker was made man, that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that the Truth might be … Continue reading

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Something bigger than our whole world

He looked again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all round him laughing. “It seems then,” said … Continue reading

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how sweet the name of Jesus sounds

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds In a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, And drives away his fear. It makes the wounded spirit whole, And calms the troubled breast; ’Tis manna to the hungry soul, … Continue reading

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ultimate, radical neighbor-love

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” … Continue reading

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the question mark, stamped over

“I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the cross. The only God is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as ‘God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who … Continue reading

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large, deep, eternal beings

We are large, deep, eternal beings, and only something larger and deeper and more eternal will satisfy the questions in our souls. (Hannah Anderson, Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image) O eternal being, earth-locked for now, … Continue reading

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captivated by His beauty

This past Sunday, a song I’d not thought of in months was sung in my church. Convicting and stirring, its words were ones I’d thought a lot about last year, but had moved on from in the busy rush of … Continue reading

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