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Hebrew roots of the New Testament

Reading Moses Seeing Jesus

“They put forward false witnesses who said, ‘This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law; for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy

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Messianic Perspective
Devotionals

SERVING GOD

Do believers need to be educated?

“Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22). The other day, a friend of mine shared with me his struggle about whether or not he should pursue doctoral studies in Bible and theology. He had

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It’s not about winning arguments

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth…. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition,

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Getting your priorities right

And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank…. And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened” (Acts 9:9, 18-19). After not drinking (or eating) for

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Devotionals

The body of Messiah

Strength – or weakness?

We must always be humble about our strengths and only serve with our strengths within the context of a diverse team, since our greatest strengths can all too easily become our greatest weaknesses. Barnabas’ greatest strength (and his greatest weakness) was always rooting for the underdog. He really and truly

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There is only one body

“On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the

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The strange soil for supernatural growth

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” (Acts 9:31). “Fear” and “comfort” are typically regarded as mutually exclusive emotions, and yet

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Devotionals

ENCOURAGEMENT

Nothing is impossible with God

“‘For nothing will be impossible with God’. And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:37-38). Gabriel’s final words to Mary bring to an end a conversation that had been quite literally

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Resist the devil’s empty threats!

“For God has not given us a Spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim 1:7). Paul was alone in a prison about to be put to death, he had been abandoned by my of his friends, and he is pleading with his beloved “son in

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When life goes wrong

There are times when life looks and feels completely wrong. The wicked triumph while the righteous cry out in pain. The book of Esther graphically captures this experience by describing Haman’s promotion with words borrowed from the story of Joseph’s success. “Then the king took his signet ring from his

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Devotionals

Grace

When boasting is good!

“My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice” (Ps 34:2). People who dedicate their lives to boasting about their own works for God always cause the humble to despair. The humble look on at these specimens of perfect piety and think to

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God turns curses into blessings

“Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon

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Should we pray to Jesus?

“They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’ Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them!’ Having said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:59-60). Two things are incredibly

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Devotionals

DISCIPLESHIP

Clues about the Messiah

“But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh” (Acts 7:12-13). Stephen’s sermon comes in response to the accusation that he was speaking

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Notice who is not there

“The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains; but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me” (2 Tim 1:16-17). Onesiphorus is only mentioned twice in Scripture (2 Tim 1:16; 4:19), so

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Treasure to take with you when you die

“I thank God, … longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy” (2 Tim 1:3a, 4). According to legend, Alexander the Great was buried with an empty hand sticking out of his coffin. It was the emperor’s way of saying

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