The Restorer

What I did not steal, I then have to restore. (Psalm 69:4, NASB) Some years ago, Lieutenant Lloyd Prescott, a deputy of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department, was conducting a class for police officers at the Salt Lake City Library. When he saw a gunman take eighteen people hostage and lead them into a …

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A Lesser-Known Messianic Psalm: The Rejected Messiah Exalted by God

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. (Psalm 118:22, NASB) If you ask most knowledgeable Christians about messianic texts in the Old Testament, they will likely note Isaiah 53 or Daniel 7:13–14. A less well-known messianic text, however, is Psalm 118. In fact, this psalm gets used in two ways in the New …

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Born to Live

You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. (Psalm 16:10, NIV) A birth prompts a whole range of responses. One of the most prominent is hope. When a person is born, we begin to imagine the promise of a life well-lived. What will …

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A Broken World

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. (Psalm 34:19–20, niv) We live in a broken world. Today’s news recounts horrendous atrocities—war, corruption, crimes against humanity. Evil is not new. It existed in Bible times and …

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