The Promised Son
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yetout of you shall comeforth to Methe One to be Rulerin Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
–Micah 5:2, emphasis added
Micah’s reference to Bethlehem prompts us to reflect upon Isaiah’s and Micah’s prophecies concerning the Messiah and the salvation He would bring. Almost word for word, they spoke of Israel’s future and the coming glorious earthly reign of the Messiah (Isaiah 2:2-4;Micah 4:1-3).
Just as Micah had prophesied around 700 years before Jesus came, the little town of Bethlehem was indeed the birth place of the Messiah–the One who would be“Ruler in Israel”--the One“whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting”(Micah 5:2)! We should therefore not only reflect upon the “eternal God’s…
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“The priests’ lips should guard knowledge, and people should go to them for instruction, for the priests are the messengers of the LORD Almighty. But not you! You have left God’s paths. Your ‘guidance’ has caused many to stumble into sin. You have corrupted the covenant I made with the Levites,” says the LORD Almighty. -Malachi 2:7-8
The only mutiny in the long, illustrious history of England’s Royal Navy took place in 1933. The seamen’s wages had been cut in a desperate political move to head off the effects of the nationwide depression. In retaliation, the seamen attacked their officers. But the men of the Royal Marines defended their officers against the rest of the crew. As a result, to this day the Marines are quartered on board ship between the officers and the crew, to act as the officers’ guards and to maintain the security of the ship…
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When you trusted in Him, you were snatched out of this world and placed into His Kingdom.
For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:16-17).
I am an Apple man. I love their innovative products. Most everyone else does as well. I don’t know anyone who does not have at least one Apple product.
Steve Jobs and his creative team changed the computing world for the better. His genius, leadership and marketing prowess have given us products that are simple to use, elegant in style, and as the younger generation would say, “just way cool.”
He was heralded as a game changer…
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The Longing to Make a Deep and Lasting Impact
All of us have insatiable longings that can only be satisfied in communion with our heavenly Father. The longing to be enjoyed, fascinated, to gaze upon beauty, and to be someone great are driving forces within each of us. The longing to experience intimacy without shame, to be wholehearted, and to make a deep and lasting impact resound within each of us at the foundation of who we are. God created these longings knowing that they can only be fully satisfied in him—that they would be avenues to deeper relationship with him. As we look at each of these longings individually, I pray your heart would find its fulfillment in the loving nearness of your heavenly Father.
The titles and main concept for this week are all derived fromThe Seven Longings of the Human Heartby Mike Bickle…
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Christianity Is Unique
For reading & meditation:John 14:1-14
“No one comes to the Father except through me.” (v. 6)
We make the claim once again – Christianity is unique. It is unique in the sense that it is the divinely appointed way to enter into a relationship with the one true and living God. There is only one way, only one Name, only one God, only one Lord, only one Mediator. Our claim that Christianity is unique comes not from arrogance but from simple empirical fact. W. A. Visser’t Hooft, in his book No Other Name, says: “There is no universality if there is no unique event.” Uniqueness and universality go together. It is because God has exalted Jesus to the highest place in the universe, “far above all rule and authority,” and given Him the unique Name of “Lord,” that He towers over every other name…
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