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Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col 2:12 Christ your all! The great, the glorious, the mighty Christ, the Lord rich over all, the heavenly Christ your all! He, Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature and the firstborn of the dead, by Whom all things are created and reconciled, things that are in heaven and things that are on the earth, things visible and invisible,—your all! For in Christ ye are complete!...

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Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. John 16:32 The Hour! It was coming! Yea, it has already come, though the disciples did not yet realize its awful implications. Somehow they are filled with fear and apprehensions of evil things impending that night; their hearts were troubled, Strange things had already happened. The last supper, the passover, the Master had so greatly desired to celebrate with them, had been eaten; and it...

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Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Rom. 16:25-27 Amen! So let it be! Glory be to the only wise God through Jesus Christ! Let the Church on earth, called through...

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“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 Jesus, the Christ of the triune God, the Savior and Lord of the church, left His bride and body with what to expect in this world as she takes heed to her Master’s call to follow him, namely, suffering. At one point, Jesus told His disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matt. 16:24). We understand that the cross mentioned above is not the same wooden cross used in Jesus’ crucifixion....

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Ye are the salt of the earth. . . . Matthew 5:13. How apparently contrary to fact! Ye are the salt of the earth! Would not reality appear to relegate this statement to the category of vain boast? Ye! No, the Lord is not addressing the elite of His day, the wise and influential men of His day, the doctors of philosophy, the scholarly theologians, the Pharisees and Sadducees and Scribes, the famously religious men of the nation, the men that always cautiously demanded a sign. . . . Ye! His audience to whom He is directing this appraisal does...

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And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . . Luke 2:10. The Word of joy! Good tidings of great joy! Do you hear this Word, and does the joy of it fill your heart? Thus, indeed, is the meaning, and this is the purpose of this brief but wonderful sermon preached by the angel to the shepherds in that Night of nights. A “thing” has happened, a “word” has come to pass. No, it is not a word of man that is realized,—how could it be the cause...

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Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against. . . . that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:34, 35 A sign which shall be spoken against! Such is the Christ in this world; in fact He is the Sign par excellence, and of all signs this central Wonder is most contradicted. Signs are always contradicted in this world. Just because they are signs, they cause the “multitude” to be divided: some will declare themselves to be in favor, others will...

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Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Rom. 16:25-27 Amen! So let it be! Glory be to the only wise God through Jesus Christ! Let the Church on earth, called through...

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Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as me hope in thee. Ps. 88:22 New Year’s morning! Yet, there is nothing new under the sun! Old things have not passed away, all things have not become new. Still we move about and whirl around, with all men and all things, within the vicious circle of vanity, hemmed in on all sides by impenetrable darknesses, limited everywhere by things earthly and temporal, and there appears to be no way out. . . . Vanity of vanities! It is still true, also on New Year’s morning, that our eyes open...

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6 Wonderful, indeed! Wonderful, that the Church of the old dispensation, while the mystery was still hid, could thus sing and shout for joy at the prospect of His coming, the coming of the Prince of Peace! And wonderful is He, as in the light of prophecy He is here beheld, in his power and dominion, in his marvelous virtues...

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