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Grace's Precious Testimony

In his book The Prodigal God, Tim Keller describes a conversation with a woman who attended his church in New York City. Like many Christians, she had grown up with a performance-based approach to the Christian life. She had always heard that God will only accept us if we lead a good, moral life. Now […]

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Grace's Perpetual Abundance

There are two things we can do with everything that God has given to us – our time, our money, our abilities, and all our opportunities in life. Either we can keep them for ourselves or else we can give them away for Jesus. The temptation to think only in terms of our limited resources […]

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Grace's Clarifying Perspective

The Apostle Paul had an amazing combination of humility and boldness. On the one hand, he had such a crushing awareness of his sin that he thought of himself as ‘the chief of sinners’ (1 Tim. 1:15). On the other hand, he had such absolute confidence in God that he was ready to go out […]

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Grace's Sanctifying Power

We usually think of the gospel as something that Christians understand and non-Christians don’t, but Dietrich Bonhoeffer would beg to differ. In his little book Life Together, the German theologian and martyr describes the grace of the gospel as something that is very hard for religious people to understand. This is because usually we are […]

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Grace’s Justifying Righteousness

In his commentary on the prophet Zechariah, Richard Phillips writes, ‘There is a great problem that stands in the way of every utopian dream. It corrupts our every program, condemns all our plans, and confounds all our promises.’ What is that problem? The problem is sin. He continues, ‘Sin is the infection that contaminates mankind […]

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Grace's Costly Provision

In C. S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, four British schoolchildren find their way into the magical land of Narnia – where animals talk and the land is ruled by the great lion Aslan – and embark on a series of adventures that parallel different aspects of biblical faith. Aslan is the Christ figure in the series, […]

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Grace's Humbling Necessity

“The Man in Black,” the moniker of legendary country singer Johnny Cash, was an imposing figure on stage; one that commanded admiration and respect from fans and peers alike. His deep gritty voice sang of a life marked by sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. Cash’s music bridged the musical genres of rock, gospel, and country […]

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Song of Mary

Greetings and grace to you in the strong name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. I trust that you and your family had wonderful Christmas celebrations and are looking to the new year. Let’s finish this year strong with our presence in worship this Lord’s Day. I know some may be traveling but if you […]

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The Light for Everyone

The poet W.H. Auden once wrote, “Nothing that is possible can save us/ We who must die demand a miracle”. David Zahl, reflecting on this phrase by the poet, reminds us of the miraculous nature of our salvation. He writes: “This is a bold statement, and one whose truth might not be self-evident in everyday […]

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The Light of Men

John wrote in the Prologue to his Gospel that in Jesus light came into the world. Later he recorded Jesus’ own words: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). This is the meaning of Christmas: The Light of […]

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