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The Divine Word

What do you think of Jesus Christ? Who is he? According to Christianity this is the most important question you or anyone else will ever have to face. It is important because it is inescapable – you will have to answer it sooner or later, in this world or in the world to come – […]

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Dawning of Light

Advent begins this Lord’s Day, Dec. 3. Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17), as we (God’s people) wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in […]

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Inspired by Possibilities Far Beyond Ourselves

How much can God do? The answer is more – ‘immeasurably’ more than we can ask, and more than we can even imagine. The Greek word for immeasurably was one of the Apostle Paul’s ‘coined super-superlatives.’ It is the highest form of comparison imaginable and could be translated here as ‘infinitely more than.’ It states […]

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Graced by a Provision Beyond Ourselves

Everybody likes to hear a good story. So, much of the world’s literature consists of stories: love stories, war stories, stories of adventure. Most of these are very much alike, though they are told about different people and are set in a variety of places and diverse circumstances: boy meets girl, a problem arises, boy […]

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Sent to a People Beyond Ourselves

“In his book If I Should Die Before I Live, Joe LoMusio writes, “If I were to ask you to describe Easter without using any words, you could only use punctuation marks, which punctuation mark would you choose to describe this Easter for yourself?” He goes on to say how some might view Easter as […]

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Filled with a Power Beyond Ourselves

“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it or conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.” Vance Havner made that statement and he was right. The early church had none of the things that we think are so essential for success […]

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The Last Words of the Covenant

In his last words, in the last book of the Bible, Jesus promises to return soon: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon’” (Rev. 22:20). Jesus is not distant and inattentive but will soon return to bring both judgment and salvation. As Phillips says, ‘His primary emphasis here is to […]

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A Whole New World

The Last Battle is the last book in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. The final chapter, titled ‘Farewell to Shadow Land’, includes these words: The things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and […]

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Jesus Shall Reign

In the last of his seven Narnia books, C. S. Lewis concluded his fantasy series with themes drawn from the final chapters of Revelation. Lewis’ The Last Battle describes the conquest of Narnia by the tyrannical Calormene army, whose leader the Tarkaan represents Revelation’s villainous beast. This despot could never have taken over Narnia, however, […]

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