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“Prince of Peace,” A Perplexing Title For Jesus

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) “Prince of Peace” is a beloved title for Jesus’s identity, foretold by Isaiah. In fact, it is the climactic title of the list! But the original Hebrew construction Sar Shalom is far…

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Disrupting Our Distractions This Christmas

Distractions. They happen to all of us. You might even find yourself distracted while half-way through this sentence! Distractions come in a variety of ways. Joseph’s relatives in Bethlehem certainly were distracted, enough so to where there was no guest room inside the family property (Luke 2:7). Yes, somehow, someway, Joseph’s family did not give Mary the hospitality we would…

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How to Create a Lasting Legacy

After forty years of full-time ministry, one of my greatest concerns was creating a legacy that would outlast my leadership and continue for generations to come.  Having said that, I actually developed this perspective early on in my journey.  While I was still doing my undergraduate work, I read books like Robert Coleman’s “Master Plan of Evangelism,” attended Jack Hayford’s…

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Who Was the Real St. Nick?

Every Christmas season children make wish lists and might even write a letter to “Santa Claus,” also known as Saint Nicholas. (In the United Kingdom he is called “Father Christmas.”) As Christians, there are many opinions and views on how to speak with our kids about Santa, and those are important. Here though, we want to do is give you…

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Christmas, Typology, and Binding the Bible Together

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to…

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How Will They Hear If No One is Sent?

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good…

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