Teaching

The Birth of the Promise, Part 1 (Luke 1:57-80)

Luke 1:57-80 (ESV) 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his …

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Promise Conceived, Part 2 (Luke 1:25-56)

Luke 1:25-56 (ESV) 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And …

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Promise Conceived, Part 1 (Luke 1:5-24)

Luke 1:5-24 (ESV) 5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, …

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Reconciled to God: What, How, and What Now? (2 Cor 5:11-21)

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (ESV) 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about …

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Longing for Home (2 Cor 5:1-10)

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (ESV) 5 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For …

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Promises Made, Promises Kept (Isaiah 40:1-11, 27-31)

Isaiah 40:1-11, 27-31 (ESV) Comfort for God’s People 40 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3  A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; …

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve (Psalm 73)

Psalm 73 (ESV) 73 A Psalm of Asaph. 1  Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3  For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4  For they have no pangs until death; …

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Do Not Lose Heart (2 Cor 4)

2 Corinthians 4 (ESV) 4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our …

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Out With the Old, In With the New (2 Cor 3:7-18)

2 Corinthians 3:7-18 (ESV) 7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, …

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Self-Promotion, Self-Confidence, Self-Sufficiency (2 Cor 3:1-6)

2 Corinthians 3:1-6 (ESV) 3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with …

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