Readiness = Godliness

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“Ready or not, here I come” is a common phrase used of children (or their parents) when playing Hide-and-Seek. This phrase could also be applied to Jesus’ return. God the Father has set redemptive history before the foundation of the world and Jesus’ return will come exactly when He has planned. The question is, are you ready? Because He is coming whether you are ready or not. Let’s explore readiness for a few moments.

There are two major sermons in the Gospel of Matthew. The first being the Sermon on the Mount in chs 5-7, in which Jesus shows what kingdom people look like.… Continue reading

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“I Am Your God”–Whom Do We Serve?

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slide_jer-7_23In Leviticus 26:12–13 God declares, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt . . .” (NASU). The middle two phrases present an expression of the covenant relationship between the Lord and His people. That relationship includes His personal presence (“I will walk among you”). This excludes any detached or aloof relationship. The divine title Immanuel (“God with us”) expresses such a close relationship.

For many Bible readers, biblical covenants seem like legal technicalities couched in ancient stipulations.… Continue reading

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness

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240 years ago yesterday, July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Among the most famous lines is this: that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Those who founded the United States of America determined that these rights were failing to be respected and protected by the government of England to which they were subject, and thus a new country was born.

A government that seeks protect these “unalienable Rights” is in very large measure a blessing to live under.… Continue reading

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