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The Christ of the Lampstands

It was Sunday. The young Ugandan school teacher was in a rebellious mood. He had stamped out of church earlier that day, enraged by the Christian message he had heard. The rest of the Sunday he had spent drinking. Just then a friend rode up on a bicycle and spoke to him. “When I was […]

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A Concise Overview of the Book of Revelation

Letters to Churches (1-3). Jesus is the glorious Son of Man, who is present by his Spirit in his churches (1:9-20). He knows their situation and their deeds as they are attacked by religious deception, persecution, and the seduction of pleasure, affluence, comfort, and conformity (2-3). Seals (4:1-8:1). Jesus is the victorious Lion because he […]

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Apocalypse Now: The Lion Roars

On November 27, 1989, the day when Communism fell in Czechoslovakia, a church in the capital city of Prague erected a sign. For decades, the church had been forbidden any publicity, but with the winds of freedom blowing, the Christians posted three words, which summarized not only the New Testament in general but the book […]

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Made Like Him, Like Him We Rise

How do you read the signs of the times? A day when the strong moral core of a culture is eroding from the inside out. A people once made strong through self-denial in pursuit of a higher goal now weakened with excess and indulgence. An economy that was once the envy of the world now […]

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Surprised By Hope

One of the most wonderful stories of the Christian Church in the 20th century, especially the Christian Church on Easter Sunday morning, comes from the early 1950s in Communist Russia. Where early on Easter Sunday morning a village was gathered together by the Communist officials to hear a public debate between a skilled Communist orator […]

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Where was God at the Cross

Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In his book, Disappointment with God, he poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Does God care? Is he there? In this profoundly personal book, these questions are answered with clarity, richness, and biblical certainty. Philip Yancey […]

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Glorifying in the Cross

The apostle Paul writes, ‘But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Galatians 6:14). Stuart Townend captures the power of Paul’s words in his classic worship song, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”. On his website, Townend states that he had been considering the cross, […]

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The Humility of the Cross

‘Since man sinned,’ wrote the Reformer Zacharias Ursinus, ‘it was necessary for man to make satisfaction for sin.’ Or, in the words of Augustine, who perhaps was the greatest theologian of the early church, ‘The very same nature was to be assumed, which was to be delivered.’ The humility of Jesus Christ was totally unprecedented. […]

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The Triumph of the Cross

Doubtless, many of you are familiar with the story behind the song, ‘It Is Well with MY Soul.’ But it bears retelling once again. At the conclusion of the story, I want us to consider one thing. Horatio G. Spafford was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago. He had established a very successful legal practice as […]

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The Power of the Cross

It is hard to imagine anything weaker than a man hanging on a cross. Since he is naked, he is completely vulnerable. He is exposed not only to the elements, but also to the shame of his nakedness. His body is there for all to see in in all its frailty. The weakness of the […]

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