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Mobs and Protests

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. 2 Chronicles 16:16 When Uzziah became powerful, he became proud and that pride led to his horrible downfall. He was afflicted by the Lord with leprosy for the rest of his life. Uzziah had begun to think that his power gave him the right to make up his own rules. There is little difference between what happened to Uzziah an...

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The Most Beautiful Hula Dance Ever

[this is being re-posted from my old, lost, hacked website; originally posted April 20, 2007] My Dad lives in an apartment in an assisted living community. Between my wife and I, we try to visit him at least once a day. Yesterday, I went over a little earlier than usual and he wasn’t home. Searching around, I found him in the dining room, enjoying one of the weekly “music fests&r...

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Gazing on the Face of God: Just

[Preface: Gazing on the Face of God] But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you… Acts 3:14 Previously, we contemplated that God is Judge. Because He is both Creator and Holy, He has the right and responsibility to His own nature to judge rebellious acts that are contrary to His divine character and purposes. When He acts in this capa...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#40) It Would Have Changed Everything

This is the final piece in our “40 days” of pondering the resurrection and its implications. We have covered a lot of ground and I pray that you have found something of benefit. More importantly, that God might have done something in your heart and mind—maybe prodding you, or even provoking you, or possibly just solidifying the criticality of the resurrection in your daily tho...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#39) He Left and Turned It Over to Us

In the midst of Jesus telling His disciples that He was going to be killed and then raised from the dead, He also talked to them about His leaving. The Resurrection surprised them; the Ascension did not… nor did Pentecost. I suppose it was in the 40 days of teaching after the resurrection that they finally began to understand what was going on. Can you imagine having over a month with...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#38) He Is Preparing Opportunities for Us Now

When Jesus was telling His disciples that He was going to die and then be raised on the third day, He also let them know that He was going to leave. But whenever He talked about leaving, He gave them comfort, either by telling them that the Holy Spirit would come or that He would come and be with them. We looked at these things several times before. But there is a passage that we have left a...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#37) He Would Have Equipped Us for Changing the World

Yesterday was Pentecost. Today is the day after. And so will tomorrow and all the days for the rest of your life. For, if you are in Christ, every day is the day after Pentecost. Why? Because God has come to make His home within you. It might be worthwhile to reread that statement again. It is one of the most incredible truth claims in all of Scripture. How much do you and I believe it? ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#36) After Departing He Would Have Sent the Holy Spirit

Today is Pentecost. It marks the day when Jesus fulfilled the promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us after He left. It is hard not to list this event at the top of the “most-incredible-events-of-all-time”. Is it possible to even begin to contemplate the full reality that the infinite, holy, omnipotent God of the universe has determined to dwell within me? And y...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#35) He Will Judge the World

My guess is that few would connect the resurrection of Jesus with the judgment of the world. I wouldn’t have either, prior to this study. But, Paul, while preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill, clearly does so. In fact, he says that the resurrection of Jesus is the proof that God will judge the world: Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#34) He Is Interceding for Us

It is probably true that we do not spend much time pondering the reality that Jesus intercedes for us with the Father. And, I suspect, we seldom, if ever, connect that intercession with the resurrection. However, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, makes that link: Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died&...

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