In the Old Testament we read of how God graciously called Israel to his be his chosen people. They were to teach all the surrounding nations about their holy and loving God by their covenant faithfulness to his word (Ex. 19:4-6). However in the New Testament, Jesus appears as  the true and better Israel who came to redeem a […]

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We would imagine Luke’s gospel – an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – to begin with the story of Christ’s birth. However, Luke does not start with the announcement of the coming Messiah,  but with the announcement of the coming messenger, John the Baptist: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare […]

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Stand Firm in the Lord (Eph. 6:10-20)

As Paul begins to bring his epistle to a close, he exhorts the church to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph. 6:10). He masterfully weaves together the many themes present throughout the letter in order to encourage the saints to put on the gospel armor of God in its entirety, […]

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David continues in Psalm 139 to describe the truly awesome nature and wonderful works of our Creator God. Here we discover such beautiful truths as His omnipotence, His Providence, and His infinitude: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the […]

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Pray First (Eph. 3:12-21)

The prayers of Paul as recorded in his epistles are profound – not simply because of what they include, but also because of what they don’t include. As Pastor Tim Keller notes in his book on prayer: “It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances.” While […]

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