Blessed Be the Lord: The Song of Zechariah | Luke 1:67-79

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,     "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,        for he has visited and redeemed his people    and has raised up a horn of salvation for us        in the house of his servant David,    as he spoke by the mouth of the prophets …

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The Preacher’s Confidence

For my latest pass through Be Thou My Vision, I have been reading a chapter of The Preacher's Catechism by Lewis Allen. Each of the forty-two chapters provides a question and answer, a verse or passage of Scripture, and some explanation, encouragement, and exhortation from Allen. Yesterday morning, I read chapter 7, which gives this …

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My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? | Mark 15:33-38

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is …

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Allow Me to Vent: How Not to Be a Grumbling Israelite

https://open.spotify.com/episode/02bQ2rFGf7j7tXZvJO8XQb?si=2j3SdsUYR-yZxan_oPdH_w Another Thanksgiving is in the books, placing us firmly in the midst of the holiday season. Although Christmas/Advent is my favorite time of year, I will likely receive your solemn nod of agreement when I say that these days never go as smoothly or joyfully as planned. Now we could point to a multitude …

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord: The Song of Mary | Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said,"My soul magnifies the Lord,    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;for he who is mighty has done great things for me,    and holy is his name.And his mercy is for …

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Fragments from the Cross

I frequently tell others that one of the most difficult parts of sermon preparation is deciding what to leave behind. Since God's Word is infinitely profitable, no one can ever mine the full depths of even one passage or one verse. Thus, after spending time in study, I have never come away wondering if I …

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And They Crucified Him | Mark 15:16-32

And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were …

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A Key That Opens the Book of Job

Recently, Banner of Truth released the completed three-volume set of John Calvin's sermons on the book of Job. Freshly translated by Rob Roy McGregor, the first two volumes are reprinted from earlier publication and released alongside the newly published third volume. Since Calvin is one of my dearest of study companions as well as a …

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To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice | 1 Samuel 15:22

And Samuel said, "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22 ESV Even before 1 Samuel 15, God had already promised another king in Saul's place …

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Background on the Gospel of Mark

Author Like the other Gospels, Mark is technically anonymous; however, as the title declares, tradition has long held John Mark to be the author. Theme Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Background John Mark is first spoken of in Acts 13. When Paul set out on his first missionary journey with Barnabas, we …

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