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A Biblical Theology of the Temple: The Presence of God in the Tabernacle (Part 3)

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After Moses received from the Lord at Sinai all the statutes of “the Book of the Covenant” in Exodus 20-23, he read them in the hearing of the people, and the covenant that the Lord had made with them was sealed by way of their oath, “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do” (Ex 24:7; cf. 24:1-7). However, when Moses is summoned again to the mountain top to receiv...

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The Joy of the Lord

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This weekend’s sermon really broke my heart. I’ll commend it to you here in its entirety. In briefest summary, we see from John 18:12-27 the account of the split screen drama of Peter’s unfaithfulness and three time denial of Jesus, all the while Jesus is standing as the faithful groom to his bride. If Peter, Jesus’ special disciple, can do this, how much worse am ...

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A Biblical Theology of God’s Temple: The Presence of God in the Exodus (Part 2)

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The first individuals whom God is said to dwell with in Scripture are of course Adam and Eve (cf. Gen 3:8). Thus after they sin, their punishment of being cast out of the Garden of Eden signifies not only the loss of eternal life, but also the loss of God’s presence (Gen 3:8-13, 22-24). Therefore, one of the Bible’s central concerns underlying God’s work of redemptio...

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What a Friend

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Do you know that old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus?” It’s never been one of my favorites. Of course, Jesus is our friend. In humility the Lord of heaven and earth came to earth and laid down his life for us, and John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” But this idea that Jesus is our friend, our...

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Happy Reformation Day!

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500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg door in Germany and sparked the Protestant Reformation. This reformation was a pivotal event in our history that has affected not only Christianity as we know it today, but everything from politics to economics and more....

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A Biblical Theology of God’s Temple: An Introduction (Part 1)

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Many of us know of or have heard something about God’s temple as described in the Bible. In the most general sense, the notion of temple throughout Scripture simply has to do with God dwelling among his people....

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The Benefit of Hiding God's Word In Your Heart

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I have been working through the Truth Bible Memory Plan on my ESV app. It's been wonderfully helpful to my prayer life. It is so easy to start praying and then quickly run out of things to say. Truly what Jesus told Peter and the others also applies to us: “So, could you not watch with me one hour?" Matthew 26:40. But with Scripture hid in my heart, there is a treasur...

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On Sale Now: The Gospel?

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The ancient writer of Ecclesiastes said thousands of years ago, before the internet, before the NFL, before bluetooth, and iPhones, and sound systems, "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9. This was made fresh once again as I was reading a 100 year old sermon by Martyn Lloyd-Jo...

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Our Faithful God

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This morning I was reading New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp. In a writing discussing the battle that rages for the rulership of our hearts, Tripp made a comment, “We still tend to credit God with faithfulness only when things in our lives seem to be working.” Ouch! I cannot think of an instance when I have given God credit for, nor encouraged someone with, God’s fai...

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Christ: The Focus of Biblical Theology

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This week, in the third and final post in our series on biblical theology, we examine one final outcome of studying biblical theology. In addition to enriching our study of Scripture, teaching us our spiritual heritage, and leading us to worship—as we outlined last time—biblical theology yields still one more rich benefit: It Trains Us to Set Our Eyes Upon Chr...

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