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ABSENCE OF MALICE

“Though You test my heart, searching it in the night, though You try me with fire, You shall find no malice in me.” –Psalm 17:3 In one day, Job lost everything that was precious to him. Satan placed his bets on Job responding to this tragedy with malice by blaspheming God to His face (Jb 1:11). “In all this Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of God” (Jb 1:22). Rather, Job responded: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” (Jb 1:21) The prophet Jonah faced a much...

FROM VANITY TO TRINITY

“Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” —Ecclesiastes 1:2 Solomon was the most learned, richest, and possibly most powerful man in the world. He was smart enough to realize that his life and all lives had no meaning. Life was hopeless. People today try to avoid facing such a bleak reality by many distractions, addictions, and forms of escapism, but this “mad dash” only shows how desperate we are. The only way to be saved from the impossible situation of life without hope is to be baptized into Jesus, receive a new nature and a...

WHO, ME?

Matthew “got up and followed [Jesus].” –Matthew 9:9 Jesus broke into St. Matthew’s life. Matthew, a tax collector, was working at a job that, at the time, was only done by turning his back on his Jewish faith and his Jewish people. Holy and faithful Jews considered a fellow Jew who collected taxes from his own people for the occupying Roman government to be the worst of sinners, in the same category as prostitutes (see Mt 21:31-32). Jesus entered Matthew’s customs post, looked at Matthew, and called him, saying “Follow Me.” Matthew “got up and followed Him” (Mt 9:9). The...

JESUS IS RISEN! ALLELUIA FOREVER!

“If Christ was not raised, your faith is worthless.” –1 Corinthians 15:17 Jesus is raised from the dead, and He has promised to also raise from the dead those who live for Him. This is the major revelation of the Christian faith. If Jesus is risen, then He is God. If He is God, then all His revelations, claims, and promises must be true. If Jesus has not risen, then He is not God, and Christianity must be a sham. We are therefore not forgiven our sins (see 1 Cor 15:17). We are not born again. We are not children...

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

“You are being saved by it at this very moment if you hold fast to it as I preached it to you.” –1 Corinthians 15:2 We pray God will do something for us, or thank Him for what He has done. We live in the past and in the future. However, the Lord wants us to be aware of Him at this very moment. “Now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor 6:2) Now is the time to abandon our lives “to Him Whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine” (Eph...

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