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In one scene of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, many people were standing around the doors of a grand palace waiting to go in. But they were afraid of the armed soldiers blocking the entrance. Then a brave man arrived and identified himself to the gatekeeper. “Write down my name, sir!” Then armed with a sword and a helmet, the brave man fought his way into the palace of glory. John the Baptist announced the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus stated the

Paul wrote: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . . I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12, 14). If you are like me, you may be asking yourself, but how am I to do that? When I see the love of Christ or the power of God being displayed in a fellow believer, I sometimes think:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is about a miserly old businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge who is confronted with the festivities of Christmas. His response to Christmas is “Bah! Humbug.” He has no time for Christmas, and he bitterly resents how the holiday gets in the way of what’s really important – running a business and acquiring wealth. He is first warned by a former business partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob is reaping the consequences of his sins, pictured as chains he forged

The Old Testament prophet Elijah went through a high point in his life in calling down fire from heaven and vanquishing Baal worship. Wicked queen Jezebel then retaliated, telling him, “I’m coming after you.” This single message took Elijah from a place of immense spiritual victory suddenly to feel as if the bottom dropped out of his world. He ran for his life and ended up in the desert (1 Kings 19:1-9). We all have had similar feelings of desolation when things

Can you imagine with me hearing God saying, “Enough is enough”? “Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire” (Psalm 46:8-9). The psalmist is telling us that war and destruction are inevitable. But so is God’s final victory. It encourages us to know that one day he will exercise his power