John 10:10 – Life Stealer

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)

Jesus came to bring us truth (John 18:37), freedom (Luke 4:18), light (John 8:12), and as we read today, life. As we often hear, to do this he lived blamelessly, not once compromising or submitting to temptation, and never forsaking the Father’s will. As followers of Christ we find this life and give glory to Him by obeying Him and walking as He walked. We have been redeemed, literally taken from a domain of darkness to a kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13-14) and this changes us. Our deepest desires now resonate with the things that are of the light, that glorify God and conform us to His image. God gives us the ability to face the hard things in life, things that require great effort, courage, and strength.

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Psalm 19:1 – The Sky is a Mirror

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The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
(Psalm 19:1 ESV)

God’s beauty is displayed in every sunset, His renown blazes brighter than every star, His grace is sweeter than honey. The world that surrounds us declares the glory of God! As a painting dimly captures the beauty of nature, so does nature itself dimly capture His splendor. The sky is a mirror reflecting the wonder that is our God.

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Acts 17:16-18 Stretching Our Borders

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“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.” (Acts 17:16-18 ESV)

We can often fall into a trap of preaching to the choir. It is much easier to talk about our faith around people who share in that faith. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else. That is why I find Paul so interesting. In Acts 17 we see Paul preaching to three different groups of people.

First of all, he preached to the Jews. They were people who would have shared his commitment to the Old Testament, but they would have disagreed about who Jesus Christ actually was. Secondly, [Read more…]