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The Patience of God

The first week of November 1994, a young mother named Susan Smith tugged on our nation’s heart when we learned that someone had forced her out of the car and kidnapped her two little boys still strapped in their car seats. Many of us were glued to the newspapers or news broadcasts to see if […]

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Salvation – Only Through Jesus Christ

Over the years the Rev. Neal Punt has had his own unique {not to say confusing} view about who will be saved and who will not. More than a decade ago his writings created some controversy in the church, a controversy in which I also took part. I was hoping that Punt had come to […]

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Jehovah’s Salvation

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe in Him has been judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18                 John 3:16 is not only one of the most familiar passages in […]

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The Name That Saves

So when He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”…”Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?” Luke 5:20, 23 About thirty years ago, Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a song entitled, “There’s Something About That Name”. The song was […]

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“Who is able to stand?” That is the question with which Revelation 6 ends–a most fitting question in response to the opening of the sixth seal. Recall the scene of the opening of the sixth seal and understand the necessity of the question: “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was […]

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Longing for Salvation Restored

Psalm 137 begins, “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept.” In 586 B.C. the southern kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by Babylon. The Israelites were living as foreigners in a beautiful city; yet, they wept, for they were not home. The Psalmist writes that they sat and wept when they remembered […]

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Three Speeches from Three Crosses

“There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death” (Luke 23:32) A Meditation on Luke 23:32-43 Drama has never had a more mo­mentous stage than Calvary; and never a weightier speaker than Jesus Christ. Luke 23:32-43 records three speeches from that great stage; one by that great Speaker, and two […]

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The Fullness of Our Salvation

Exodus 12:1–20; 13:1–16 The tenth plague, the Passover, and the feast of Unleavened Bread are related events, but they are also events that are distinguished from each other.   The Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are li­turgical ordinances tied to the tenth plague.  Both ordinances are com­manded by God, but both ordinances are distinguishable […]

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The Curtains of the Tabernacle

“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.  And there I will meet with you.” (Exodus 25:8, 22a) The question was asked: “What must I do to be saved?”  That ques­tion coming from the jailer in Philippi was not a new one.  From the very beginning it has risen from […]

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