Old Testament Grace?

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Psalm 51  Did God change His mind? Were people once saved by keeping the law but now are saved by grace? Isn’t this the “Grace Age”? No, God did not change His mind! He has always been a gracious God. We see it throughout the Old Testament. And David counts on it in this Psalm, Join us this […]

Help in the Nick of Time!

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Psalm 46  In the movie “2012,” the Yellowstone volcano blows, destroying the park. Jack Cusack, a hero in the movie, is aboard a small plane trying to outrun the every-growing crevasse splitting the runway behind the plane as it speeds towards takeoff. Miraculously, they survive, due to some spectacular flying skills of the pilot. Have you […]

Life Is Short

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Psalm 39  Fifty-two years ago, the Beatles released the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” on their classic album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” I bought that album when it first came out. And as I mentioned in October, I had my “Beatle’s Birthday.” I am 64. Sigh. Do I feel like it? No. Do I […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

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Psalm 37:1-11  Okay, that’s not really what the Psalmist wants his readers to think when they read “do not fret because of evildoers.” It’s a popular concept, from a once popular song. I’ll let you judge whether the song was good, annoying, or somewhere in between. So, when he wrote “do not fret” (as most […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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2 Peter 3:18, Philippians 3:14  A few years ago, we planted a silver maple tree in our backyard. It was small enough that I could dig the whole myself and plant the tree. Over the years, it has grown substantially! Meanwhile, the oak tree planted in the front yard by our builders slowly died. We […]

What Did Mary Know?

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Luke 1:26-38  A popular Christmas song asks the question, “Mary, did you know?” I love questions like this, they force us to place ourselves in the other person’s shoes. of course, how we answer the question is often conjecture, but some we can answer with certainty! Of course, Mary was perplexed and “pondered” these things […]

The Fingers of Prophecy

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Matthew 1-2  Weird title? Yep! One of the amazing truths about the birth of Christ is how improbable it was yet how inevitable it was. The Bible spoke of His birth (and life, and death, etc.) centuries before the events occurred. Such prophecies confirm that He is, in fact, the promised one and not just another […]

The Universal Christmas Gift

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Psalm 32  We often think about Christmas presents this time of year. I have been thinking about what to get Debbie for a while and – other husbands, don’t be jealous – I am already done with getting her gifts! The fascinating thing, or maybe better to say, the frustrating thing, about getting her gifts is every […]

In the Face of Fear

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Psalm 27  Most of us have a phobia or two. We’re afraid of spiders or we’re afraid of heights. Some fears cause more life problems – a fear of crowds, for example. But in addition to “phobias,” most of us have faced fear due to life circumstances. A friend’s daughter (in another state) was robbed […]