Resources relating to Jesus the Messiah, His Deity and full equality with the Father, His birth, life, death, and resurrection.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

We are a couple weeks into the new year and undoubtedly for many, the strong resolutions made in late 2012 are already turning into hopeful wishes for 2013. Whether it be the new workout routine, better time management, or healthier eating habits, our human zeal wanes without constant provocation and motivation from others. But even with incentive, our follow-through is often lacking the consistency we desire.

Yet among all of the resolutions we could possibly make for the new year, one will always rise above the rest because it has the guarantee of God's might...

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Posted on November 24, 2012

Looking for the 2013 Advent Guide and Reading Schedule? Go here.

As a young boy, I eagerly anticipated Thanksgiving evening's desserts and Christmas morning's presents. But as I've grown older I've begun to more deeply appreciate the "reason for the season", as the coined Christian phrase goes. And as I have studied the life of Christ these past couple of years a different anticipation has arisen in my heart around the holidays - an excitement of the ...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In this teaching, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to imitate Him...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In these teaching notes, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on June 22, 2012

The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The church began to acquire power, wealth, and land in Europe like never before. Theology was altered and the "spiritual interpretation" hermeneutic began to take root, dramatically affecting the church'...

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Posted on June 4, 2012

This morning as I was reading and praying with Jon Thurlow's 8am set in the prayer room, this tweet that John Piper posted last year came to mind:

Heaven is not a hall of mirrors where we like what we see, but the grand gift of self-forgetful joy in the glory of Christ.

In this present evil age, sin causes us to believe that life's greatest joys are found in being praised, affirmed, loved, and recognized. In our quest for lasting joy we work...

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Posted on April 10, 2012

During Passion Week last week, I tweeted a harmony of the chronology as recorded by the four gospels, based on The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim.

In the Twitter sphere where humanity gets wrapped up in movies, bashing political figures, debating social justice issues, and showing off what they ate for lunch today, I wanted to bring to remembrance perhaps the most neglected One on Twitter - God in the flesh Himself. The very real memories...

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Posted on April 1, 2012

For over 2000 years, Christian clergy, laymen, scholars, and poets alike have often reflected on Passion Week, the holy days leading up to the most precious moments of all of Jesus' years on the earth - the days of our Lord's death and resurrection.

Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday are commonly known terms to many in and out of the church of Jesus, but the actual events of Passion Week are at best very fuzzy in the minds of many believers. Often more able to recall fine details of scenes while quoting myriads of lines from their favorite movies, many modern...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on March 12, 2012

There is much talk in the church today about "inheritance". From healing and the ending of injustices to great revival and financial prosperity, what some have haphazardly or intentionally called the "inheritance" of the believer either falls far short or is completely set against the Bible's description of our inheritance. Put simply, we have mistaken our childhood $5/week 'allowance' for an opulent estate and ownership of the family business.

A day is coming when God will dwell among men on the earth again (Revelation 21:3), when there is no more death, sorrow, crying...

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Posted on March 6, 2012

Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.

Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:

  • His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
  • The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3
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