We let God down. He lifts us up.

"O Lord, listen to my prayer. Open your ears to hear my urgent requests. Answer me because you are faithful and righteous" (Psalm 143:1). The Psalmist doesn't say, 'Answer me because I am faithful and righteous.' He prays, "O Lord ... Answer me because You are faithful and righteous." God is faithful. We fail Him.He never fails …

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Why Did Christ Die?

In the death of Jesus Christ, we see both the holiness and the love of God. God hates sin. God loves sinners. Both are true - not one without the other but both together. Why did Christ die? - so that sin might be punished, so that sinners might be saved. God hates sin. The …

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Praying Through God’s Word: 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 1:1-2:5We thank You, Lord, that our faith is “not based on human wisdom.” Our faith comes from Your power at work in us (1 Corinthians 2:5). Our faith is nothing without Your power. Without Your wisdom, we are fools. How do we receive Your power and Your wisdom? – We receive Your power …

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From a tragic beginning to a triumphant conclusion

"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19). Go back to the beginning. It's the story of sin. Move forward, from there, to the Cross. It's the story of salvation. There are two stories in the Bible. There's the story of …

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Christ calls us to worship – and equips us for battle.

Joshua 5:1-15 As you read about circumcision (2-7) and the Passover (10), think also of Paul's words in Romans 2:29 and 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 - 'real circumcision is a matter of the heart', 'Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival...with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth'. 'The Commander …

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