Merry Christmas from FOUNDRY4

I just want to take a moment today and wish you all a merry Christmas! I pray that it’s a blessed one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandising and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2018

 


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Forever

Even in the dark, light finds a way to shine, casting away all the shadows of doubt and fear. As we come to the end of our brief foray into Psalm 23, we find the declaration of a promise that should lift our spirits each time we see it:

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” – Psalm 23:6

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Overflowing Blessings

Social pressure is not a new trend. While today it may have its digital edge, there has always been a mentality of “us” and “them.” For the Believer, the world at large is not our friend, and we are not to aspire to be like it. Since the beginning, there have been many who have opposed the call, who have stood defiantly against our faith. Enemies, some may say. Even so, we have with us the Lord…

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – Psalm 23:5

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In the Dark Valley

The darkness of this world can be overwhelming sometimes. Today is worse than yesterday, and tomorrow shall most assuredly be worse than both. Times are hard, and faith seems to be ever more scarce. Even so, for those who hold fast to the Lord, they shall find comfort:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

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Paths of Righteousness

Few things are meant to last forever. Materials wear out. Parts break and need replacing. Nothing does well for very long without regular maintenance. Even more so than physical objects, our souls need to be mended too.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3

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A Sacrifice & a Substitute

How many people are familiar with the story of Abraham and his call from God to sacrifice his only son? Oh, how this story has raised many an uncomfortable question for believers! Why did God promise Abraham a son and then command him to sacrifice him on an alter? Why would God do such a cruel thing, even if He ultimately spared him? Could there be a bit more below the surface?

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The Mysterious & the Weird

Beyond the archangels, there are a number of other celestial ranks that the Bible seems to note. Among these are the Principalities, the Powers, the Virtues, the Dominions, and the Thrones. While nothing is actually attributed to these ranks Biblically, commentators¹  have over the years inferred a number of responsibilities for each by looking to the scriptures for clues.²

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Ranks in the Celestial Army

In the world of mankind, we find that all well-organized gatherings have within their fold an established order of leaders, or otherwise a hierarchy of organization through which each individual knows his place. It appears that angels share this characteristic. While it may be simple enough for many believers to fall into the somewhat dismissive attitude of “an angel is an angel,” in truth the scriptures give us a bit of insight into their actual class or ranks.

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Angels: The Sons of God

Essentially every culture has beings that are equivalent to the Judeo-Christian notion of angels. Though by and large they are often believed to be spiritual beings of great power and knowledge, we in the west, thanks to generations of artistic license and marketing strategy, tend to think of angels as beautiful women with wings, or conversely pudgy cupid-like infants. Scripturally though, how does this hold up? What does the Bible have to say specifically about angels, and is there an insight to be gained about them from other sources as well? Check back Friday as the new series begins. God bless!

Joshua: Marching to Revelation

It has been quite a series, looking at a few of the notable accounts from within the Book of Joshua. Indeed much remains to be investigated, many stories to dig into, but this is where I will end our exploration for now. Before completely signing off though, I would like to quickly point out a few notable aspects about the Book of Joshua that seem to be overlooked by many. In fact, I have to date discovered only a single scholar who has looked critically at this aspect of the Book, and I can assure you that once you see these point laid out, it becomes quite difficult to dismiss them. Is there more to Joshua than just an account of conquest, a guide for both spiritual and physical success against the enemy? Could it be that Joshua is actually a prelude, a foreshadowing even, of the Book of Revelation?¹ 

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