Surely I come quickly. Amen

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Revelation 22

Revelation 22:1

In the new Eden as in the old there is a river, but it does not take its rise from the springs of earth, its source is the throne of God.

Revelation 22:2

Eden of old had but one such tree, but it is common in the new Jerusalem, and prevents the possibility of disease and death ever invading that happy city. Fallen man. might not eat of its immortal fruit, but man restored shall feast upon it freely.

Revelation 22:7

How few are watching! How many trifle as if these things were mere dreams, or matters so remote as to deserve no consideration.

Revelation 22:8-11

There is no hope of change of character in another state. Where death leaves us judgment finds us and eternity holds us.

that they may have right or privilege to approach

Revelation 22:16-19

Omissions and additions are equally forbidden. Those…

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3 Things We Teach Our Children When We Pray

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Last week I posted a piece in which I encouraged each of us to actually pray when we pray. Since then my thoughts about prayer have moved in another direction, particularly as it relates to the training of our children. I am becoming increasingly convinced that one of the most significant ways we convey spiritual truth to our children is through our prayers. I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.

1.  When we pray, our children learn that we have a sincere relationship with the Lord.

This past Sunday I was talking with a friend about what children learn when they listen to their parents pray. He shared with me that when he was growing up his father’s…

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VIDEO All Things New – Ambassadors’ Ministry of Reconciliation

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All Things New

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Junkyards intrigue me. I enjoy working on cars, so I frequently make trips to the one near our home. It’s a lonely place, where the wind whispers through discarded hulks that were once someone’s prized possession. Some were wrecked, some wore out, and others simply outlived their usefulness. As I walk between the rows, a car will sometimes catch my eye, and I’ll find myself wondering about the adventures it had during its “lifetime.” Like a portal to the past, each has a story to tell—of human hankering after the latest model and the inescapable passage of time.

But I take particular pleasure in finding new life for an old part. Whenever I can take something discarded and give it new life in a restored vehicle…

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Fit for a King! 2019 Challenge

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I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:147

The Babylonians did it and so did the Romans; medieval knights made it a practice as well. New Year’s resolutions or promises have been around for centuries—and they are certainly popular today. Polls in recent decades indicate almost as many as half of Americans resolve to “do better” at the beginning of each new year.

No harm in making resolutions, of course. But some may be more important than others—like the resolution to be faithful daily in reading God’s Word. After all, the Word of God has the power to teach us, reprove us, correct us, and instruct us in godly living (2 Timothy 3:16). Such power would cover a multitude of things we might make resolutions to change! Scripture can also reveal the “thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews…

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VIDEO Fit for a King! Myrrh

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Fit for a King! Myrrh

And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. John 19:39

Like frankincense, myrrh was a resin extracted from a host of small thorny trees in the Middle East. The resin was valued as a perfume, as incense, and also as medicine. It was traded as a valuable spice in the Old Testament (Genesis 37:25) and as an ingredient in sacred anointing oil (Exodus 30:23-25).

So, when the Magi came to present their gifts to the Christ-Child, why did they include myrrh (Matthew 2:11)? As a valuable commodity, it represented a sacrifice on the Magi’s part. But there was a deeper meaning foreshadowed in their gift—its medicinal use and perfuming use suggested the coming death of the King of the Jews. Indeed, when Jesus hung on the cross He was given…

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