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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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The Peace of the Cross

In his commentary on Colossians, R. Kent Hughes recounts a story surrounding the sinking of the Titanic which provides for us a window into a world estranged from God and in need of peace. He writes: “On April 15, 1912, the White Star Liner Titanic raised her stern high above the frigid waters of the […]

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Offense of the Cross

The cross has become so familiar that it has lost its power to offend. It is no longer offensive to Christians because they are used to seeing it, talking about it, hearing about it, and singing about it all the time. Nor is the cross offensive to non-Christians. For them it is a symbol of […]

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Intro

From Jesus’ youth, indeed even from his birth, the cross cast its shadow ahead of him. Jesus’ death was central to his mission. Not only does the New Testament declare this, the church has always recognized this. John Stott, in his classic book, ‘The Cross of Christ’, paints a picture for us as he describes […]

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