As I write this, a pastor from my church has just suffered the tragic loss of his 19-year-old son. An 84-year-old friend just died of COVID-19. Another friend is in ICU with COVID, and her children are being asked to consider discontinuing life support. Other friends are enduring long, painful recovery from COVID or other…

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Sorrow and mourning are natural parts of life. It is God who gave us the ability to cry. In fact, Warren Wiersbe says, “As you read the Bible, you get the impression that God expected His people to weep. ‘There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh’”

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Happiness. It’s something we all long for, isn’t it? We work hard, play hard, acquire, desire, and perspire, all in an attempt to be as happy as we can be. Does God want you to be happy?

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Many years ago I taught a Bible study entitled “Christ BC” (Christ Before Christ). It was a beautiful study of Jesus found in 12 or 13 people and events in the Old Testament.

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Many years ago, I shared a house for a time with my youngest brother and sister. During that time my brother got a job with a local company that manufactured children’s clothing. Within weeks, my sister and I noticed an odd consequence of Tim’s job.

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Are you ready for an Advent challenge? In Timothy Keller’s book Jesus the King, he explains, “When I went through confirmation classes in my church, I had to memorize Scripture. But during college the Bible came alive in a way that was hard to describe. The best way I can put it is that, before the change,…

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What relevance do the genealogies of Jesus have for believers today? We’ve all done it. We open our Bible to Matthew 1 and settle down to begin our reading plan of the New Testament. We are eager to learn all we can about Jesus, the one who came and died on the cross for our…

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The word translated “debts” in some translations and “trespasses” in others, is the Greek word opheilema. Jon Bloom writes at desiringgod.org, “Nearly all of the most credible English translations over time have translated the Greek words, opheilēma/opheiletēs, as “debts/debtors.” And that’s because in the New Testament and the Septuagint, these words almost always convey the meaning of…

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