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December 3, 2017

“Be it according to thy word.” LUKE 1:38 Mary’s permission to the angel Gabriel gave the green light for heaven’s eternal plan to proceed, ushering in an outrageously wonderful plan that only the mind of God could dream up. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy...

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November 26, 2017

“Nothing will be impossible with God.” LUKE 1:37 im·pos·si·ble imˈpäsəb(ə)l/ adjective: impossible not able to occur, exist, or be done. “a seemingly impossible task” synonyms: not possible, out of the question, unfeasible When God is factored in, the word impossible needs asterisks. God and the word impossible have nothing in common. In fact, with Him...

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November 19, 2017

Is anything too hard for the Lord? GENESIS 18:14 This is the rhetorical question to end all rhetorical questions, put to Abraham and Sarah about himself. The angel Gabriel put it another way to Mary, “Nothing will be impossible with God.” There was that occasion in Jesus’ ministry when a boy who was demon-possessed was...

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November 12, 2017

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” MATTHEW 18:10 “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black or white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus...

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November 5, 2017

Now to him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine… EPHESIANS 3:20 God’s plans dwarf our puny plans. Surveying the whole playing field all at once, He orders our lives so that not only are his purposes fulfilled, we get written into the story of redemption. Knowing this in...

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October 29, 2017

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. LUKE 24:45 “Finally God took pity on me. While I was meditating day and night, and examining the implications of the words ‘the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, as it is written: the righteous shall live by faith.’ I began to...

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October 22, 2017

“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” GENESIS 16:2 God’s promise of an heir and the interminable waiting now takes a painful turn, as Abram and Sarai contrive their own solution to the problem. A child is born, but not a...

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October 15, 2017

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know…? GENESIS 15:8 Even a friend of God like Abram, or the highly favored Mary, occasionally need reassurances. (“How will this be, since I am still a virgin?” LUKE 1:34) And what does God do? He responds with assurance. Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his...

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October 8, 2017

“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” ROMANS 4:17 Abram found himself in need of that exact kind of God. The child he and Sarah had been promised was definitely a “thing that was not,” and needed to be “called into being.” And God could do...

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October 1, 2017

“….if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek…according to the power of an indestructible life.” HEBREWS 7:15-16 Last week a very mysterious character walked into the story of Abram, blessing him and then exiting just as quickly. Mentioned again in the Psalms, the book of Hebrews lays out his role and significance. This...