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Christ: the Incarnate Word, the Better Prophet

The whole emphasis is upon the Lord’s initiative. The Lord speaks, his servant hears and obeys. Samuel has no choice; his own will is submitted to the command of God. . . . Samuel’s role is altogether different from that of a religious practitioner, seeking to cajole the deity into conformity with his desires. Quite the reverse is true: Samuel stands unequivocally for the demands of the Lord upon his people. The outcome must be either repentance and reform, or certain punishment.

— Joyce Baldwin

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SermonsBrad Baugham
Christ, Our Perfect Priest

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

— Hebrews 4:14-16

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The God Who Rescues, Judges, and Provides

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The Lord our God is merciful, but this mercy is consistent with the severest justice: he pardons sin, and yet he never suffers it to go unpunished. Strange as the statement may seem, the Lord never ceases to be the righteous Judge, even when he is passing by transgression. The great and glorious God does not forgive sin because he does not know of it, or does not remember how sinful it is; but this is the wonder of his mercy, that he blots out the sins of his people with the fullest knowledge of their foulness.

— C. H. Spurgeon

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The God of Love and Blessing

The great difficulty with many Christians is that they cannot persuade themselves that God loves them; and the reason why they cannot feel confident of the love of God is that they know they do not deserve His love, on the contrary, they know that they are in the highest degree unlovely. How can the infinitely pure God love those who are defiled with sin, who are proud, selfish, discontented, ungrateful and disobedient? This, indeed, is hard to believe.

— Charles Hodge

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SermonsKai Soltau
The God Who Gives Faith and Forgiveness

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard. It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand . . . .

— C. S. Lewis

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SermonsDavid Schwingle
Growing In The Knowledge Of Christ Through The Means Of Grace

“To be sanctified is to have your faith simplified, clarified, and deepened. . . . You know God. You love God. How other people are doing matters increasingly to you. Becoming more holy . . . means you are becoming a wiser human being. You are learning how to deal with your money, your sexuality, your job. You are becoming a better friend and family member. When you talk, your words communicate more good sense, more gravitas, more joy, more reality. You are learning to pray honestly, bring who God really is into the reality of human need. . . . It means you live in more clearminded hope. You know the purpose of your life, roll up your sleeves, and get about doing what needs doing. You are honestly thankful for good things. You honestly face disappointment and pain, illness and dying.

— David Powlison

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Drawing Near To God Through Jesus, Our Great High Priest

“Come, then, ye who are poor as poverty itself; come ye that have no merits and are destitute of virtues, come ye that are reduced to a beggarly bankruptcy by Adam’s fall and by your own transgressions; this is not the throne of majesty which supports itself by the taxation of its subjects, but a throne which glorifies itself by streaming forth like a fountain with floods of good things. Come ye, now, and receive the wine and milk which are freely given, yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price. All the petitioner’s wants shall be supplied, because it is a throne of grace.

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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SermonsLonnie Polson
The God Who Brings Redemption and Joy to the Nations

Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. It is telling you that people who are saved are not those who have arisen through their own ability to be what God wants them to be. Salvation comes to those who admit how weak they are.

— Tim Keller

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SermonsJared Garcia
The Creator Who Brings Hope

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

— Collect for the First Sunday of Advent, Book of Common Prayer

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The God Who Repays His Enemies and Rescues His Own

For every look at self—take ten looks at Christ! Live near to Jesus—and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities. . . . Let your soul be filled with a heart-ravishing sense of the sweetness and excellency of Christ and all that is in Him. Let the Holy Spirit fill every chamber of your heart; and so there will be no room for folly, or the world, or Satan, or the flesh.

— Robert Murray McCheyne

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The God Who Gives Enduring Faith

Our God is the God of history. ‘God is working his purpose out, as year succeeds to year.’ ‘He buries his workmen, but carries on his work.’ The torch of the gospel is handed down by each generation to the next. As the leaders of the former generation die, it is all the more urgent for those of the next generation to step forward bravely to take their place.

— John Stott

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Celebrating the Word of God

We need to remember that the grace that unites us to the Lord unites us to all who have been made members of his body. Above all, we must prize the blessing of corporate worship. The church of the Lord, gathered for worship, marks the pinnacle of our fellowship with the Lord and with one another. . . . In corporate worship we experience the meaning of union with Christ. We worship most fully when we together hear his words to us and encourage one another to grow in grace and in witness to the world.

— Edmund P. Clowney

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