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A Christmas Gift Centuries in the Making

This is the fifth in the series, Gospel in the Carols. Today we look at Come, Thou Long  Expected Jesus. 

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
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Joy to those who long to see thee,
Dayspring from on high, appear;
come, thou promised Rod of Jesse,
of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news,
glad tidings of a birth;
“Go to him, your praises bringing;
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Come to earth to taste our sadness,
he whose glories knew no end;
by his life he brings us gladness,
our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
born within a cattle stall;
this the everlasting wonder,
Christ was born the Lord of all.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.
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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

  1. See Simeon waiting in the Temple. – Luke 2:25
  2. We have been raised with Christ and are now seated with Him in Heaven. – Ephesians 2:6

How To Live a Thank You Life

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Karl Barth

Joy is my favorite. I love the way the joy of the Lord makes me feel. But, it’s just not about me. It’s about Jesus. 

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Jesus, You Look Just Like Your Dad

Jesus, You Look Just Like Your Dad

Jesus is the perfect representation of the Father.

Fully Satisfied Manifesto

The entire reason Jesus came was to show us the Father. Jesus didn’t stand with a finger pointing up to an ambiguous heaven. He stood with all of heaven inside and pointed to Himself.

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If You Love God, You’ll Love Family

If You Love God, You’ll Love Family

How Guarantees Once Saved the World

Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. Our faith guarantees us access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!

Romans 5:1-3, Passion Translation

We have a wellspring of joy that finds it’s source in God’s glory! The hope of this glory is the simple belief that Jesus is our guarantee!

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How To Excel At Loving What You Do

You are not defined by what you do, but you are defined by how you do it.

Scott Silcox

When I heard this statement I was both shocked and encouraged. Shocked, because I was forced to examine how I do things that I like and dislike. Encouraged, because I had room to grow.

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You Are A Partaker of The Divine Nature

You Are A Partaker of The Divine Nature

“…By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
2 Peter 1:4

Divine

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence. But as the first man Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, and are partakers of the divine nature.

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Let's Drink Our Fill This Evening

Let’s Drink To The Full This Evening

“Your love is better than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:2

Nothing gives the believer so much joy as fellowship with Christ.

He has enjoyment as others have in the common mercies of life; he can be glad both in God’s gifts and God’s works. But in all these separately, yes, and in all of them added together, he does not find such substantial delight as in the matchless person of his Lord Jesus. He has wine which no vineyard on earth ever yielded; he has bread which all the cornfields of Egypt could never bring forth. Where can such sweetness be found as we have tasted in communion with our Beloved?

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You Need to Believe What You Preach

You Need to Believe What You Preach

Eventually, how you live will “out preach” what you preach. Preach what you live.

Jesus is famous for a lot of things. Healing the sick. Raising the dead. Casting out devils. Dying for our sins. Being raised from the dead. Ascending to the Father.

He’s also pretty famous for how He interacted with the Pharisees. Let’s talk about that.

Let’s state this up front: Jesus loves everyone.

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School: 3 Things I Unlearned When I Found Grace

It’s amazing how simple and straightforward the naked gospel really is. In fact, most of my exposure to the New has involved more unlearning than learning. Once we remove the clutter from our theological closet, the gospel shines brightly again.

Andrew Farley, The Naked Gospel

The tricky thing about the true gospel is that it does not play well with others. I don’t mean the gospel gets mad and decides to take it’s ball and go home. When the true gospel shows up at the playground the bullies take off and if one of them tries to hang around the gospel makes them some uncomfortable that they choose to leave.

The day I finally gave up and accepted grace was the day my unlearning started. I wanted to receive rest and I received rest and an un-education. This journey of unlearning has been the best thing I’ve ever experienced. Let me tell you what I’ve learned.

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