Category Archives: Kingdom Values

Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With,” Part 4

We live in a time when the nature of truth seems to be up for grabs. Every news story can be spun one way or another to say almost anything someone wants to believe. In times like these, I have … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 5

But here is the beautiful part of this story from Isaiah 6: God makes it possible for Isaiah to be made clean. He makes it possible for the man of unclean lips to be purified. Because the most important question … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 2

The time stamp of Isaiah 6 is also significant. All of this occurs in the year that King Uzziah died. Uzziah was king in Jerusalem for over 50 years. (You can read his story in 2 Chronicles 26.) By most … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 1

Can you imagine what it would be like to talk to someone who had actually seen God? If someone claimed to have seen God, would you be interested in what that person had to say? Would you lean in a … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Lord Has a Day, Part 4

So is the coming Day a good day or a bad day? It all depends on whether you’re part of God’s repentant remnant. For those who turn away from their idols and put their trust in God and His Messiah, … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Lord Has a Day, Part 2

For the LORD of hosts has a day… Isaiah 2:12 Early on, Isaiah introduces this concept that the Lord has a special day in store — elsewhere referred to as “the Day of the Lord.” Isaiah describes this day repeatedly … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: His Gospel is Peace

Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace O Holy Night Our understanding of peace is often based on cultural usage. From the perspective of geopolitics, peace boils down to the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: A Weary World Rejoices

O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining “Til He appears and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 4

If we have experienced the grace of God in Christ Jesus, then it is incumbent upon us to be gracious with others, particularly in our speech. Here are some examples of gracious speech: Words of affirmation “I respect you. You … Continue reading

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