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As Hovering Birds

“Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will spare and rescue it.” (Isaiah 31:5, RSV) This text, too, is difficult to explain. The problem is this: How is the comparison to be understood? It was in the days of Assyria’s greatness that this word was […]

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I Will Carry You!

“even to old age I am he, and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; yea I will carry, and will deliver.” –Isaiah 46:4 (ASV) To understand Isaiah 46:4 we must look at its context, and that means especially the first three verses of this chapter. These verses […]

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The Joy of the Lord

“and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” – Nehemiah 8:10b (RSV) The longer I study the Bible the more I realize that we very often overlook important items in our reading and reflection. This is another gem from God’s Word, and its preciousness is greater than seems often to […]

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Church and World

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15 ASV) It has been well said of late that the question of permeation or separation will remain live and relevant for some time to come in the Church. That means that those who […]

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The Sum…Is Truth

If there could be a single text for this piece it might be Psalm 119:160a, “The sum of thy word is truth.” This text serves wen as proof for the divine inspiration of Scripture. And that means that everything from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the Word of God. Among the Bible-believing, therefore, such admonitions […]

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Propitiation Worked Out in Time

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. […]

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The Rainbow Round About the Throne

The Capital city of the world, Scripture reveals, is not on earth but in heaven. “I saw, and behold, a door opened in heaven…and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne; and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardius” (Rev. 4:1, 2, 3a). Before […]

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All Roads Lead to Bethlehem!

So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto Christ fourteen generations. Matthew 1:17 (ARV) “All roads lead to Rome”…everybody knew that in Matthew’s day. Everybody, except Matthew! Well, after all, he is a stubborn, […]

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Post Easter Thoughts

It has often been observed that the dignity and splendor of original man can in part be discerned in the startling character of his ruin. Just as something of the grandeur that once belonged to ancient civilizations still is traceable in their desolate remains, so humankind, even in its fallen state, carries vestiges of its original […]

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The Empty Tomb

What differentiates Christianity from all other religions is the empty tomb. Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection of our Lord. No wonder that no fact of Scripture is more vehemently assailed. It would seem that the Lord anticipated this. Certainly, no other redemptive fact stands more indisputably attested. The various accounts of the resurrection as […]

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