Do Not Fear, Only Believe (Luke 8:40-56)

What are we to do when faced with trials, suffering, hardship, sickness, or death?  How are we to respond when God’s timing and purposes seem to be the complete opposite of what we expect from him? The interweaving stories of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood both point us to our compassionate Savior and what it […]

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In preparing the way for the Messiah, John the Baptist made known that God’s judgment on the unrepentant was imminent. He had proclaimed: “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17). Yet when Jesus finally came, he came […]

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Our All-Knowing, Ever-Present God (Ps. 139:1-12)

For the unbeliever, the truth of God’s omniscience and omnipresence is a terrifying reality. There is no word, no deed, no thought, nor hidden motive of the heart that is not completely exposed before our all-knowing God; “no creature is hidden from his sight” (Heb. 4:13). And if we dare attempt to flee from the presence of […]

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In contrast to the worthless idols that fill the land, the Psalmist declares that God alone is in the heavens. He is the only God worthy of all our praise, our adoration, our fear, and our trust. But what assurance do we have that this Sovereign God – ruling and reigning in the heavens, doing all that he […]

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Not to Us, But to Your Name (Ps. 115:1-8)

Though surrounded by the enemies of our God, nations hostile to his sovereign rule, and spiritual forces of evil within and without, we nevertheless rest in God’s infinite wisdom, perfect justice, unchanging character: “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Ps. 115:3). We trust that his purposes will be accomplished and that his kingdom […]

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