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I am Barabbas

He’s barely mentioned in the Bible, and yet his story, maybe more than any other, serves to explain the gospel. He is Barrabas. Or rather, I am Barabbas. Here is what we know about this man: 1. He was a rebel. One of his crimes was insurrection; he led a rebellion against the rulers of [...]

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The Stench of Death is Beaten Back With the Fragrance of Life

John 11 records the raising of Lazarus from the dead, one of the best-known miracles of Jesus. And yet when you read the story in its entirety, you see the great detail John recorded in order to put us in Bethany that day. Take, for example, the fact that Lazarus had been in the grave [...]

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Holy Week: Day by Day

Over at The Gospel Coalition blog, Justin Taylor is releasing a video for each day of Holy Week explaining the timeline of exactly what happened as Jesus went about in Jerusalem during His final days. These are fascinating and well done videos that will help you think deeply about the last week of Jesus’ life. [...]

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The Day No One Came to the Father Except Through Jesus

His disciples had seen Him angry before, but not like this. His fiery arguments with the religious leaders and naysayers had always been tenuous, but He always seemed to measure His words. But here, today, He had released Himself. The day had been an emotional one. It started out on a high note with people [...]

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God’s Masterpiece is Less Like a Painting and More Like a Mosaic

Dead or alive. These are the only two categories of human beings Paul laid out for us in one of the most clear and concise presentations of the gospel found in the Bible. In Ephesians 2:1-10, the apostle starts with the devastating news that all of humanity is dead. Not wandering; not in need; not [...]

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There is No Christ without the Cross

Many of us dearly love the teachings of Jesus with all their rebellious love, extravagant grace, and audacious freedom. And yet often we don’t want to talk about the cross. It’s an unfortunate end to the story of our great teacher, and so we play up the teachings and play down the blood and the [...]

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You Feel What You Feel, But You Don’t Have to Live There

The question of human suffering and how it fits alongside a God who is at all times both loving and powerful is one that has troubled virtually anyone who has ever thought much about God. In simplest terms, the issue goes like this: God clearly cannot be both loving and powerful, given the presence and [...]

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Is Education the Enemy of Obedience?

Imagine standing on the precipice of something brand new. A promised land and future, the one your grandfather’s grandfather had been telling stories about. And you, among all the generations, are among the generation that actually gets to see it. That gets to go in. Excitement? Anticipation? Expectation? Curiosity? All these emotions and more are [...]

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Don’t Stop Fighting

The Book of Joshua closes on a sobering note. The great military leader, Joshua, after finally marching into the Promised Land with the Israelites and doling out the land among the tribes, addressed his people and didn’t pull any punches when he did so: “You will not be able to worship Yahweh, because He is [...]

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The Danger in our Daily Devotions

From Desiring God: If we carve out time to be with God in his book, we’ll be rewarded. But the rewards of our meditation — seeing more of God himself — can be surprisingly dangerous. Knowledge can corrupt and distract if we don’t know what to do with it. “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds [...]

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