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March 24th, 2018

Why We Need Christ Our High Priest

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Melchizedek PriestThe Role of High Priest

In the 21st century the concept of “High Priest” is lost to most people. Even among Christians, few know the function of Christ our high priest. In Jesus’ time the office of high priest had been corrupted, and was little more than a political/religious appointment by the Romans. In fact, there was such a great turnover in the high priest’s office that there were 27 high priests in the first hundred years CE. But as much as this role has been usurped, misappropriated, and maligned over the centuries it still has vital significance in God’s plan. There have been faithful high priests. And, the people of ancient Israel would have had a basic understanding of this important responsibility when it was established. Do you? More

March 10th, 2018

That Prophet Speaks for God

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That Prophet Speaks for God

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Prophets — Truth or Lies

In our age of fake news, researchers at MIT admit that lies travel farther, faster, and deeper than the truth. But this is nothing new. In the time of Saul and Barnabus, Elymas Bar Jesus was a local purveyor of deceit, lies, and evil schemes. He held sway in the court of Sergius Paulus, the proconsul in Paphos, Cyprus. But Saul recognized him for what he was and ousted the false prophet, so the truth could be preached. Paul dealt with others in Rome and elsewhere who willingly exchanged the truth of God for lies. But, Paul’s advice to the Gentile believers was to reject the empty, foolishness of lies in order to embrace the truth. The truth would renew their minds and overcome spiritual blindness and apathy.

That Prophet is Prophesied by Moses

Paul  hearkened back to Moses instructions when writing about false prophets and teachers. Moses warned the people to avoid the diviners, sorcerers, and mediums who dealt in lies and deception. Rather, the people of God were to follow the truth and be blameless. And, God promised that he would raise up a prophet who would teach them the truth. They were commanded to listen, for that prophet speaks for God.

That Prophet Speaks for God

Who was that prophet that would come and fulfill Moses’ prophecy? It was no mystery to the disciples of Christ. In his gospel account, John, made it clear that Jesus was the one who was sent to speak on the Father’s behalf. Unlike the religious leaders of the day, Jesus did not listen to the “Father of Lies.” Rather, Christ came from the Father of Light, to bring the truth that would set people free. The religious and civil elite wanted to kill him, because they could not bear the truth he was teaching. On trial for his life, Jesus made it abundantly clear to the Jewish authorities that he was “that prophet.” And he prophesied of his coming again in power to establish the Kingdom of God. This gives believers hope and confidence as they speak the truth in love to a world that is caught up in deception.

March 4th, 2018

Christ the Prophet, Priest, and King

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Christ the Prophet, Priest, and King

Christ the Prophet, Priest, and KingWho is Worthy?

What do the authors of the Narnia tales, and the Lord of the Rings have in common? C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien created powerful ‘biblical’ personalities and themes to drive their works of fiction. These men had a basic faith in the God of the bible and the purpose and plan that he would accomplish. God’s plan is a matter of public record in the scriptures. However, it has been ‘sealed’ and it’s message hidden. In vision the apostle John saw the sealed scroll that God the Father was holding. He cried when he realized no man was worthy to open the scroll and reveal its meaning. But there is someone who can open it. Do you know who is worthy? More

March 3rd, 2018

God Does the Improbable

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God Does the Improbable

Most people live their daily lives with no consideration for what God has done or continues to do. So it would surprise them to know how God works — how God does the improbable. But, those who have faith, who trust in God, believe that God will give them victory over death. Is there anything more ‘improbable’ than that? Our spiritual ancestors understood God’s power to reward those who seek him. So, they didn’t just believe he exists. They believed in his power to intervene and do the improbable in their lives. Do you? More

February 24th, 2018

Authentic Gospel Messiah Will Return

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Messiah Will Return

Handel’s Messiah concludes with words from Job who lived four thousand years ago. Job prophesied, “I know my redeemer lives and he will stand on the earth in the latter days.” Job was convinced that long after his death he would witness this event with his own eyes. He was angered by his friend’s threats, because he knew that God was just. Job was confident of a bright future because his redeemer, the Messiah will return. He knew he had a redeemer — someone who would pay his debt, a debt that he could not pay. And this gave Job hope and assurance, for it was God who was his surety! More

February 18th, 2018

Authentic Gospel — Messiah the Son of God

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Messiah The Son of God

Handel’s Messiah imparts the understanding of the Messiah’s relationship to the Most High. It is that of beloved Son to his Father. And Messiah the Son of God has an inheritance — this world.  From the beginning, it was the Father’s intent that the Messiah should claim his inheritance. His coming would be a blessing to all nations. His rule as King in Zion would herald a time of peace and freedom. But he was not honoured when he came the first time. Will he be welcomed when he comes to claim the throne that is rightfully his?

Why Do the Nations Rage?

Prophecy concludes that when Messiah the Son of God returns as King of Kings, the nations will rage against him. Why? Just as in the Messiah’s first coming, the worldly leaders and religious authorities will be infuriated. Fearful of losing their power and prestige, jealousy and hatred will motivate them to reject their Deliverer. They will rail against the Messiah’s teaching, as if they were chains of bondage. Their slave mentality, they  will not recognize the fundamentals of true freedom. These scoffers will not be willing to listen to or obey the Messiah.

The Son will Receive his Kingdom

The yearning of every follower of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is for His return. He will establish his Kingdom on the earth. It will be a time when God’s spirit will be poured out. A time when the Lord God, Messiah the Son of God, will dwell among men. All those who love his coming and submit to his authority will rejoice. The Father will give the Messiah, the nations, as his inheritance. And the saints will rule with him in his everlasting Kingdom. All the saints and the angelic host will sing the anthem, “Hallelujah! Our God reigns!” What a message of awesome hope as sung in Handel’s Messiah.

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February 17th, 2018

The Authentic Gospel: Messiah Our Healer and Shepherd

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Messiah Our Healer and Shepherd

A Passover Message – Messiah Our Healer

In 1740 the Messiah oratorio was first performed. It was a tribute to the Passover season and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was in keeping with the traditions of primitive Christianity and the observances of the first century Jerusalem church. So Jennens, the Messiah’s lyricist, hearkened back to the prophecy of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah. This passage, often subtitled the “suffering servant,”  foretold a message of Christ’s first coming as the Messiah our healer. Isaiah wrote, “With his [Messiah’s] stripes we are healed.” The disciples of Christ’s day witnessed Jesus’ beating and scourging at the hands of Jews and Romans. They could understand these events and the crucifixion of Christ in light of Isaiah’s powerful prophecy. More