Yes and Amen in Christ

A disciple's study

Kevin DeYoung:

God has promised us everything in Christ.

Abraham knew the Lord as a promise-maker, Moses knew him as a promise-keeper, but we know the one in whom all the promises are yes and Amen.

In Christ, there is now no condemnation for us (Rom. 8:1)

In Christ we did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but a spirit of adoption by which we cry out, “Abba, Father!” (Rom. 8:16)

In Christ the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed (Rom. 8:18).

In Christ we know that he who did not spare his own son, but freely gave him up for us all, will also with him freely give us all things (Rom. 8:32).

In Christ there is nothing in all creation—neither life nor…

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Ever wonder what God is telling us when He sends snow?

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?

What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
Job 38:22-34

Snow.BeautyI took this photo on a walk in my neighborhood last winter. I am amazed at the beauty God provides for us each day. Out of the riches of His grace, He gives wonders like snow. Ever wonder what God is telling us when He sends snow?  Check out this sermon:

What Is God Saying in the Snow,  sermon by John Piper, is available for listening (no manuscript is available)

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Morning Prayer: Tue, 20 Dec – Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 1:26-38 ~ ave Maria

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Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Advent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)

+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.
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Reading: Psalm 24:1-6 (NLT)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?

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Bethlehem

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Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus was foretold by Micah 700 years before Christ’s birth. Micah named the exact town and Matthew records the event.Bethlehem is still standing today and both Biblically and historically is proven to be the actual place where Jesus was born.

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

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Saved and Sealed until Final Redemption

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Many believers have been deceived into believing that they have received the gift of eternal life when they accept Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ saves us from our sin when we accept Him. He delivers us from the powers of darkness; He sets us free from the bondage of sin so that we can follow and obey Him. If we repent and are baptized in water then He puts His seal of acceptance on us by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. That does not mean that we are finally saved.
Jesus enables us to enter the race with Him, to become children of God, to serve Him and to prove ourselves worthy of Him. It is only those who endure with Jesus Christ until the very end that will finally be redeemed, be saved from eternal damnation. Those who do not…

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Cast Love

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Reading: Luke 12: 49-53

Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not rude, love is not easily angered. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. These words from 1 Corinthians 13 seem so appropriate when we consider today’s passage. Jesus’ words today seem harsh and challenging. ”I have come to bring fire to the earth” sounds ominous and destructive at first. He states He came not to bring peace but to bring division. The passage ends telling of the hardest division: the division of families.

I come not to be served but to be served. Let me wash your feet. Love thine enemies. How can Jesus speak these words elsewhere in the Bible and then say He came to divide families? While all Jesus did and said was based on love, He knew that not all would choose to follow Him. Jesus knew that…

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Power Walking

The Spirit and the Word

JogIt seems that I talk a lot about the power of God in these posts. I believe that God is restoring His church to a walk of power in our generation. Here’s something to consider in talking about this power.

First of all, let me remind you what true power is all about. Power is the ability to produce change. If there’s no change, then there’s no power. There’s no way around it. If the power of God is manifest, then lives are changed.

As I begin to walk in this power, something new begins to happen. As my life begins to change, I start to get the world’s attention. They begin seeing something working in my life that’s beyond my ability.

It’s this very change that will attract people to Christ. At that point I will not need to convince them how awesome the Lord is – they’ll see…

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