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There's Always Presence In the Distance

There’s Always Presence In the Distance

As our Great Mediator,  Jesus bears our distance from the presence of God upon himself, yet simultaneously bears the presence of God within himself into our distance.

Jesus is the presence of the Father, come to join us in the distant land, to bind himself in union with us in the power of his Spirit, in order to raise us through the vicarious humanity of Christ into the presence of the Triune God. Joshua Ryan Butler

I don’t really want to nor can I add anything to this beautiful quote but, it does need a little context.

Mr. Butler is talking about Jesus on the cross. He’s talking about Jesus atoning for all mankind. He’s talking about Jesus taking our place.

It’s Jesus stepping into our blindness. It’s Jesus stepping into our barrenness. It’s Jesus filling up the space between us and Him.

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The Best Thing About Broken Presents

The Best Thing About Broken Presents

The barrier of entry to God’s gracious salvation is low, it starts with an invitation, “Come unto me.” To be broken is the only requirement.

Jesus offers salvation with a statement, not an invitation to quid pro quo. It’s a question with an offer. In movies, some of the greatest adventures begin with a question. Do you trust me?“, “Is it secret, is it safe?“, “Would you come forward, please?“, “Do you want to build a snowman?

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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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