Pastor Joe's Blog

November
21 Saturday
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God’s will is not rule of law but rule of Christ

Imagine Satan ruled the world as he does, but that he gave all power of governing the world to Christ, the greatest and most genuine of all leaders. I wonder if he had something like this in mind when he tempted Christ. ...
November
13 Friday
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Isaiah part 32 - The Consolation of the World (chapters 40-42)

Immediately after we hear the message of disaster in 39:5-7 we hear the message of comfort (40:1-2). Though judgment and its accompanying disaster must come upon unfaithfulness, there is still a people on earth that belong to God, to whom He has made a covenant. They must trust while the world burns around them. To Israel, to the remnant of that...
November
13 Friday
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Isaiah part 31: The Fickle Spiritual Life of Hezekiah, chapters 38-39

The Book of the Servant (chapters 38-55) begins with king Hezekiah’s illness, his prayer, and his miraculous recovery which he properly credits to God (chapter 38). This happens before Assyria threatens the destruction of Jerusalem....
November
13 Friday
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Isaiah part 30: Book 2, The Book of the Servant; chapters 38-55 Overview

Isaiah typically hints in one section what will be developed in the next. Book 1 (The Book of the King) began with a developing darkness (chapters 1-5) and hinted at the possibility that divine grace had been exhausted....
November
02 Monday
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Misunderstood

Mat 27:46-49 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, " Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? "that is," My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? "  47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for...
September
04 Friday
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Prescott Conference 2020 Notes

AZ 2020 Notes   Reference: “The Life of David as Reflected in the Psalms” by Alexander Maclaren, 1888.   Summary of David’s life and the psalms that garnished it.   First, why did God give us David’s life in so much detail compared to others? God could have recorded anything He wanted in...
July
10 Friday
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The Prophet Series: Isaiah part 29 (chapters 36-37) - The conclusion to the Book of the King. He is the Rock and final word of history.

In Isa 6-12, God contended that divine grace would triumph over all the world and that the throne of David would reign unopposed with one King over all nations from God’s holy mountain, Zion. In Isa 13-27 explored the world as it then was, giving oracles concerning the nations that surrounded Israel as well an oracle for Israel herself. In...
June
20 Saturday
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Family Surrounded by Fire

From Tuesday through Thursday, subsequent to having my mind impressed by glimpses of the news concerning the division that is widening in our world, both home and abroad, I later behold the few who attend evening Bible study, the same group class after class, who, when they come together, are full of laughter, love, unity; all of which proceeds from a love of God and His...
June
05 Friday
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Being Convinced

In our latest study, the good heart as depicted in the Sermon on the Mount, it is striking to take a sober and honest look at the characteristics of the life that Christ gave us. Blessed are you when you’re poor, hungry, persecuted for His sake. Love your enemies, lend and do not expect it back, be kind to the ungrateful, and do not judge. He is telling us to do what He did: to put...
May
01 Friday
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Vision: Imagery in the Bible

**We have completed the first section of Isaiah, The Book of the King, chapters 1-37. I have decided to take a break from that book and the prophets and write on some more topical things. Variety, I think, is a good thing.**   Lately I have been fascinated by imagery, not just in the Bible, of which there are tons, but also in mythology. Mythology is comprised of...
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