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The Day the King Died

There was once a great king, clothed in splendor and crowned with glory. From high up on his royal seat, he looked lovingly at the assembled crowd before him, gathered to attend him. The people gazed up at his crown, at his purple robes, at his outstretched arms. He had come for them from a […]

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Looking Up from Afar

It’s a strange and exhilarating thought to gaze into the night sky and think of King David looking up at those same stars, and pondering the ways of the Lord. When I think about this, I have a sense of the connection that exists between us and these seemingly-legendary figures in the redemptive story of […]

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Of Houses, Cities, and Quivers

The home, the city, and the family — these three bastions of human experience are the building blocks of Psalm 127. This pithy psalm is attributed to Solomon, and I do not doubt it’s authorship at all. After all, few are so qualified to write divinely-inspired poetry on these three things! Solomon (or Jedidiah, as […]

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Standing on the Promises of God

Isaac Watts wrote, “I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them.” And yet. Do I really know God’s promises to his people well enough to stand on them? Truthfully, I do not find that my heart rests on specific promises that God has made to us; but what other purpose […]

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The Life and Pursuit of the Blessed Man

“Blessed is the man” — pause there. Who doesn’t want to be the blessed man, happy, content, and joy-filled? Nearly all philosophical frameworks for human history have chased this goal. The question “how can I be the blessed man?” drove (and still drives) the ethicists and philosophers of Greece, Rome, Europe, and America. Their answers […]

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Peace with God – How Can It Be?

Who would you die for? Paul made me ask myself that question this morning. With a wife and kids at home, whose life would I count worth the sacrifice of my own? If I gave my life for a stranger, even a truly good person who seemed “worthy,” who would provide for my family and […]

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Evil, Undermined

Have you ever slowly read through the trial and persecution account in John’s Gospel? It’s brutal. It’s deliberate, and in stark contrast to the chapters leading up to it. In John 1-17 we see a man full of grace and truth, embodying the steadfast love and faithfulness of Yahweh himself. We see the pinnacle and […]

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Redeeming Duty

King David knew something about what it means to be human that escapes most of us. He knew that we are complex creatures with an intellect, an emotive seat, and a will–all pulling us in different directions. That’s why he writes, Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite […]

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