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In Preparation

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Advent simply means “a coming.” The lights come out, the decorations appear, the music plays… This year my oldest said, “I just love the feeling that comes with this time of year.” And he is right. The world will try to steal the glory replacing the manger with images of Santa, replacing giving with consumerism, replacing O Holy Night with Jingle Bell Rock, but w...

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A Biblical Theology of the Temple: The Presence of God in the Babylonian Exile (Part 4)

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Last time, we observed God’s continued faithfulness to his people in his overseeing of Solomon’s construction of the temple at Jerusalem, a place wherein his presence would dwell and where all his people, even foreigners, could come to seek him and find him in prayer. Furthermore, we also noted that the temple’s creation...

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My Pastor Calls Me a Failure

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“Why do you feel like a failure?” I heard him ask. “Because you are one.” My flesh wanted to rise up to fight that statement, but my heart knew it was true. All that Jesus has to work with is failures....

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Eight Years

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I wrote the following post on November 2nd, 2017 to commemorate a significant anniversary. My husband, Keith, almost died in a car accident on Monday, November 2nd, 2009; some of his injuries included a shattered hip and pelvis, a broken jaw, a punctured lung, lacerated spleen, and a traumatic brain injury. He spent four months total in the hospital, a nursing home, and ac...

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A Biblical Theology of God's Temple: The Presence of God at Jerusalem (Part 4)

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Whereas in our last posting we examined God’s instruction at Mount Sinai to build a tabernacle so that his presence might go with Israel into the land of Canaan, this week we examine the way in which this mobile tabernacle ultimately became a full-fledged, permanent temple at Jerusalem. We will observe how this transition occurred, what similarities are shared between th...

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He is Ours

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I wrote this blog post weeks ago but never posted. The day I wrote this, my morning devotional took me to John 20:11-18 where Jesus, after having been crucified, buried, and raised, appears to Mary Magdalene at the entrance of his empty tomb. As we are going through the book of John on Sundays, this weekend we came to this text. Although there is a lot in this passage, and...

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A Biblical Theology of the Temple: The Presence of God in the Tabernacle (Part 3)

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After Moses received from the Lord at Sinai all the statutes of “the Book of the Covenant” in Exodus 20-23, he read them in the hearing of the people, and the covenant that the Lord had made with them was sealed by way of their oath, “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do” (Ex 24:7; cf. 24:1-7). However, when Moses is summoned again to the mountain top to receiv...

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The Joy of the Lord

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This weekend’s sermon really broke my heart. I’ll commend it to you here in its entirety. In briefest summary, we see from John 18:12-27 the account of the split screen drama of Peter’s unfaithfulness and three time denial of Jesus, all the while Jesus is standing as the faithful groom to his bride. If Peter, Jesus’ special disciple, can do this, how much worse am ...

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A Biblical Theology of God’s Temple: The Presence of God in the Exodus (Part 2)

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The first individuals whom God is said to dwell with in Scripture are of course Adam and Eve (cf. Gen 3:8). Thus after they sin, their punishment of being cast out of the Garden of Eden signifies not only the loss of eternal life, but also the loss of God’s presence (Gen 3:8-13, 22-24). Therefore, one of the Bible’s central concerns underlying God’s work of redemptio...

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What a Friend

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Do you know that old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus?” It’s never been one of my favorites. Of course, Jesus is our friend. In humility the Lord of heaven and earth came to earth and laid down his life for us, and John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” But this idea that Jesus is our friend, our...

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