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Strength for Today; Hope for Tomorrow

God, who is unchanging, gives His people strength to do His will today and hope that someday our struggles and burdens will end when we see Him....

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Surprise! Role Reversals from God

God in His Providence is able to surprise people by a switch in places either actually or figuratively for their growth in faith and godliness....

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God’s Ambassadors

God has appointed His people to be His ambassadors to those who do not know Him. The gospel goes out by word of mouth from those who have believed....

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When Believers Suffer

Believers are not automatically sheltered from suffering, but God is sovereign, good, and trustworthy whether or not He reveals His purpose for it....

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Wanted: Celestial Mediator

The dilemma of fallen man since the Garden of Eden is to learn how to be right before God. Job called in agony for a celestial mediator. And God answered....

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The Danger of Forsaking the Fear of the Almighty

When people lose their reverent fear of God, they are capable of all manner of atrocities toward other human beings made in His image....

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Everyone’s a Theologian

RC Sproul says, “Everyone’s a theologian, but not all are good theologians.” See how speech under great stress revealed two men to be excellent theologians....

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Nobodies Made Famous by God

Those whom God chooses and uses for His purposes need not hold high standing in their society. Here we meet two ordinary men--nobodies until God used them....

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Obedience by Faith

Queen Esther risked her life to obey God. So did the apostles. We applaud them now, but at the time they had to practice obedience by faith....

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The Faithful Church Impacts Culture

The presence of God’s people within an unbelieving culture impacts that society. But will we learn from history and stand firm for the truth in our day?...

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Praying to a Big God for Big Things

How a person prays reflects much about his or her faith in and knowledge of God. Today we get a look at the prayer lives of three great men of God....

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God or Government? Choosing Whom to Obey

God’s people understand that our secular rulers are servants of God who must be obeyed except when they command disobedience to the Lord....

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The Importance of Expository Preaching

Good preaching is modeled in the Bible. But it is too scarce in pulpits today. Are you hearing sound preaching as the Bible commands and demonstrates?...

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Generosity and Contentment: How we know we're saved

Faith alone saves, but since it is invisible how do we know we are saved? Here are two concrete evidences....

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Emotional Engagement

The life of faith is not a cold, intellectual exercise. The presence of God manifested by His mighty works brings deep emotional engagement to the believer....

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To the End of the Earth

What is the relationship of the Christian to the world? God prohibits marriage to unbelievers, but sends us to evangelize them to the end of the earth....

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Following Christ without Distraction

God calls people to avoid distractions and focus on following Christ through careful study and applying of His Word. But when we fail is there any hope?...

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Life in Christ: More than a Temple

The temple was glorious but when God took on flesh and dwelt among us in His Son, He gave us more than a building. He gave us Himself. He gave us life....

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God’s Sovereignty in Human History

God providentially and sovereignly rules over every event of history, whether the participants recognize it or not. Here we meet two examples of this truth....

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Fleeing to Satan? Really?

Who would flee to Satan? If you think no one would ever consciously do that, read on. It is done every day by those who reject the Incarnate Son of God....

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A Basis for Confidence

Our hope is not in the triumph of an earthly kingdom, but in the coming of the Kingdom of God. Meanwhile, we serve Him with confidence. ...

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What to do when obedience brings ridicule

The price of obedience to God can be extremely high. Obedience must be by faith, because it does not always bring instant positive reinforcement....

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Means of Grace in a Hostile Place

God sends us into a hostile place, and He preserves us in it by the means of grace: His word, the sacraments, and prayer....

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Forgiveness for the Fickle

Here we meet the contrasting examples of the fickle King Joash and the triumphant King Jesus. We can trust in the One who overcame the world....

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The Army that Self-destructed

God will be glorified and His and our enemies will self-destruct as we maintain our focus on Him, our confidence in Him, and our praise toward Him....

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Dangerous Alliances with God-haters

The disciple of Jesus Christ walks carefully proclaiming the gospel to the lost but avoiding alliances with those who hate God....

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Who me? God’s Fellow Worker?

God gives His people productive work and He supports them in it. Paul understood this when he wrote, “We are God’s fellow workers” I Corinthians 3:9....

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Setting our Hearts to Seek the Lord

Evil men take God’s resources and attempt to use them to oppose Him. Rehoboam and Judas exemplify this principle. But in the end, they die....

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Two Kings in Contrast

Today we meet two kings: Solomon and Jesus. Though kings they could not be more different in their lives and in their deaths....

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Choosing which Glory to Seek

Everyone must choose which glory to seek: the glory that comes from other people or the glory that comes from God. We cannot remain ambivalent....

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