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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2012

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 18, 2016

Judas has departed and the Passover meal in the upper room comes to a conclusion. Jesus takes His eleven disciples out toward the Garden of Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem. This episode looks at the final moments of the feast and begins to explore the journey to the garden.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 10, 2015

In the fall of the final year of His ministry, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles and begins teaching in the Temple for the first time. On the last day of the feast, Jesus stands up and says: "if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink". This episode examines the dialogue and teaching Jesus gives during His visit.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 20, 2014

Immediately following His baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He remains for 40 days. During that time, Satan tests Him on three specific instances. This episode develops the significance of the tests and why it is important that Jesus emerged victoriously.

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Posted on December 24, 2013

In today's culture, "Christ" is often a synonym for "Jesus" or perhaps His last name. "Messiah" is a synonym for "Savior" and often just means "the one who died on the cross for us". While there is some measure of truth to those things, "Christ" and "Messiah" have largely been misunderstood. You may be surprised when you find out what the Bible is really saying when the scriptures use those words!

This video is a supplement to Episode 21 of Opening Up the Gospels. Watch the original episode...

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Posted on November 11, 2013

When something is known to possess worth or value, we seek to honor it, show it, tell others about it, and treasure it for ourselves. Just take one of Apple's latest inventions as an example. Corporate executives, wedding DJ's, high school football players, and stay-at-home moms want to own it and show it off to others. Technology geeks want to do more than just own it - they'll talk about it, write about it, hack it, and buy all sorts of accessories for it. Thieves will break into stores or snatch purses to steal it. Without question, that small metal box of silicon transistors,...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on September 27, 2013

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)

"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a phrase that is becoming increasingly misunderstood, especially in some Charismatic circles in the body of Christ today. It's important to have clarity on what this phrase means from the Bible,...

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Posted on July 16, 2013

The LORD, the Creator of all, clothes Himself with unapproachable light as a garment (Psalms 104:2, 1 Timothy 6:16), yet there was a time in history where He humbly clothed Himself with human skin and tabernacled among us. In the 89 chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we are privileged to behold the life of our Maker, the Man we call Jesus of Nazareth.

Seeing Jesus as the LORD changes the way we read the first four books of the New Testament that we call the Gospels. This single truth is what makes the Gospels exceedingly important to our growth in the knowledge...

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Posted on August 25, 2012

Because of the sinful nature of humans and the curse of death in this present evil age, we often find ourselves in trying situations. We all know that pressure due to family, work, church life, health, or our faith in Jesus is not an uncommon experience. What we do not so quickly remember, however, is how pressures are part of the LORD's design to expose the depths of our heart. From the well-known story of Job to the life of King David and the Apostle Paul, trials have buffeted even the most devout Christians. Whether a believer or an unbeliever, our response to pressure reveals what...

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Posted on May 21, 2012

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Yesterday much of the Far East and the Southwest US experienced an annular solar eclipse, often described as a "ring of fire" because of the way the moon blocks out most of the sun, leaving a bright ring around it in the sky. Much of the event was also visible here in Missouri, beginning around 7:30pm and lasting for 45 or 50 minutes.

I was able to view the eclipse at my folks' house where they have an open view of the western sky thanks to the rolling Missouri plains. We took turns looking...

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