With Divine Retribution

When was the last time you sat down with the book of Isaiah for your devotions? Not the first book that comes to mind, is it? Still, if you are so inclined there’s a whole lot of really good stuff within the 1,292 verses of that prophetic book. For example, does this sound familiar?  “For…

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Obey Me About the Tree

I’ve been rereading Timothy Keller’s Jesus the King, which is a marvelous book, and one I highly recommend.  I want to point out an interesting passage in a chapter he entitled “The Dance.” If you recall, in Genesis 2 God placed the man and woman He had created in the Garden. Then He told them:…

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A Savior, Who is Christ the Lord

“In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you…

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Loved and Accepted in Christ

In his book Galatians For You, Timothy Keller says that the gospel is “the message that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope….”[1] Let’s start with the bad news. Few of us truly understand how much our sin offends our holy…

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The Gift of the Cross

“Every religion and ideology,” writes John Stott, “has its visual symbol, which illustrates a significant feature of its history or beliefs.”[1] Few doubt that the cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity today. But why the cross? As Dr. John Ankerberg pointed out in a recent program with Dr. Erwin Lutzer, “What if you…

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Can You Be Saved Apart from Jesus?

Dr. John Ankerberg: The Barna Research Group did a national survey of Americans, and found out the 75-78% of all Americans thought they were going to heaven. Now, the question is, how can you know for certain that you will go to heaven? People are saying, “I want to know for sure, Erwin, that I…

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Will You Spend Eternity with God?

Dr. John Ankerberg: How can you be certain that you will spend eternity with God? Now, some of you think that you’re already certain. Some of you know that you’re certain. Some of you haven’t even got a clue because you haven’t thought about it.  My guest is Dr. Erwin Lutzer who is pastor emeritus…

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The Offense of the Cross

“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. ‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’ I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever…

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The Cross Plus?

In his book Cries from the Cross, Dr. Erwin Lutzer describes an encounter with a woman on an airplane. He noticed that she was wearing a necklace with a cross and commented, “Thanks for wearing that cross… We really do have a wonderful Savior, don’t we?” He then describes her reaction: “Surprised, she rolled her…

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Healing in a Touch

“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the…

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