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A Hallelujah Christmas

“A Hallelujah Christmas” I’ve heard about this baby boy Who’s come to earth to bring us joy And I just want to sing this song to you It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, HallelujahA couple came to Bethlehem Expecting child, they searched the inn To find a place for You were coming soon There was no room for them to stay So in…

Revelation Devotion #23

Revelation Devotion #23 – Pastor Timothy In Genesis 11:2, people moved eastward to a plain in Shinar. At this location, they determined in their hearts to build “a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,” so that they could make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4). That tower is known as Babel. The motivation for constructing such a tower extended from sinful humanity’s sense of pride and self-sufficiency. Babel represented a defiant spirit against the person of God.…

Revelation Devotion #22

Revelation Devotion 22 – Pastor Timothy It best to read Revelation chapters 15 and 16 together, where the final judgment of God falls upon the world in the 7 bowls of wrath. Victory belongs to our God, who alone determines the hour at which His final judgment comes (15:8; 16:1). Whereas the 7 seals dealt with one-fourth of the earth (cf. Revelation 6:8), and the 7 trumpets dealt with one-third of the earth (cf. Revelation 9:15), God’s judgment now stretches…

Revelation Devotion #21

Revelation Devotion #21 – Pastor Timothy Chapter 13 ends with the unholy trinity waging war against believers and the church. Chapter 14 begins with the Lamb standing victorious with His faithful followers on Mount Zion. The certainty of Jesus’s glorious return provides encouragement for the church to persevere. In fact, John uses the term “endurance” (hypomone) consistently to reflect a crucial call for believers to obey God’s commands and remain faithful to Jesus (14:12; cf. Revelation 1:9; 2:2-3; 2:19; 3:10;…

Revelation Devotion #20

Revelation Devotion #20 – Pastor Timothy We need to read Revelation chapter 13 in conjunction with chapter 12. Failing in his objective to destroy the seed by which Christ would come and unable to thwart the mission that Christ fulfills in redeeming His Bride, Satan sets his sights on deceiving the world and decimating the church. In doing so, the great dragon sends forth the beast from the sea (13:1-10) and the beast from the earth (13:11-18). Together, these three…

Revelation Devotion #19

Revelation Devotion #19 – Pastor Timothy Revelation chapter 12 maps out the full scope of redemption, beginning even before the creation of humanity when Satan rebelled in the heavenly realm and a third of the angels fell with him (12:4a; cf. 2 Peter 2:4). I thus read Revelation 12:7-9 as primordial: “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and…

Rescue

Rescue Performed by Laura and Jordan From: Where Does Our Sense of Urgency Lie? Service Nov. 8th, 2020, at 9:30 AM, from Winstanley Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. You are not hidden There’s never been a moment You were forgotten You are not hopeless Though you have been broken Your innocence stolenI hear you whisper underneath your breath I hear your SOS, your SOS I will send out an army to find you In the middle of the darkest…

Revelation Devotion #18

Revelation Devotion #18 – Pastor Timothy In Joshua 5:13-15, we find one of several Christophanies — the appearance of the pre-incarnate Christ — in the Old Testament. He is identified in the text as the Commander of the Lord’s army. Joshua chapter 6 then records Israel’s conquest of Jericho and their entrance into the Promised Land. Israel’s victory takes place at the sounding of a 7th trumpet (cf. Joshua 6:15-25), which prefigures God’s people entering the fullness of the land…

Revelation Devotion #17

Revelation Devotion #17 – Pastor Timothy To read the book of Revelation through the lens of worship calls for God’s people to understand their place in redemptive history. As previously outlined, Christ leads His church into battle so that we might share the gospel with all people groups from all tribes, tongues, and theologies. Nevertheless, doing so in a fallen, idolatrous world does not come without trials and tribulations. Jesus, in fact, plainly states, “If they persecuted Me, they will…

Adopting a Proper Attitude

Light from the Hill Monday, June 29, 2020 Adopting a Proper Attitude WHAT:     READING THE TEXT:  Proverbs 27:1-3; 12:25   SO WHAT:     REFLECTING ON THE TEXT:   1. Combatting Pride   A. Avoid Presumption (27:1)      This prideful attitude assumes that we are in control. But despite what we might think, none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.    Whereas the proud say, “Nothing can stop me,” the humble in spirit recognize Christ as sovereign over their lives. Not…