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Jesus: The Son of God

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-12-23
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Everything in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation has been given to us to point us to Jesus. He is the Seed of the Woman. He is the Seed of Abraham. He is the Lion of Judah. He is The Prophet. He is The Son of David. He is The Lord. He is Messiah. He is the One who was and is and is to come. He is first in all things and everything is under His power and authority. Everything will finally be “headed up” in Him. 

It is impossible to understand the Bible as a whole without knowing Jesus. He is the “key” that opens the Scriptures to us. He opens our minds to understand the Scriptures. Through the work of The Spirit, He opens the “eyes of our hearts” to see Him and recognize Him. The Prophets looked for Him expectantly. The Apostles saw Him, touched Him, proclaimed Him. As His disciples—His apprentices in life—we walk with Him as He keeps company with us now and until the end of the Age. We long to see Him face to face.

Isaiah gives us a glorious passage filled with His superlatives:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
And His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government
and of peace there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

(Isaiah 9:6–7 ESV)

This one list of Jesus’ titles is beyond impressive. Yet Isaiah begins with two of the most humble and intimate of terms: child and son. Each year as we turn our hearts and minds to think about the reality that Christmas represents, we should ever wonder and be amazed that Father God has given us His one unique child, His one unique Son! How does Father God address our rebellion against Him? He gives us a child. How does Father God deal with our sin and shame? He gives us His Son. In Jesus, life is given to us.

As I write this, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is playing. In this ancient hymn Jesus is worshiped as the One long expected, the One worthy of our praise and adoration:

This is He whom Seers in old time,
Chanted of with one accord,
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
evermore and evermore.

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This Christmas we praise and give thanks to God, The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who— because of His great love and grace—has sent His one unique Son to save us and give us His joy and peace. We hope you have a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year

Practicing Discernment

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-06-21
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But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come…
Evil people and impostors will become worse,
deceiving and being deceived.”
– 2 Timothy 3:1, 13 –

Manipulation and deception have been part of the human story since the very beginning. Now the technologies that are shaping our culture make it easier than ever for smaller groups of people to influence and move much larger groups of people into deeper lies and deception. As people of the Truth who root our lives in Christ, we need to be AWARE of who is really speaking to us and where they are leading us.

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 2

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-29
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In 2001 George Barna published Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ. Based on studies at that time, Barna had come to the conclusion that at the practical level of everyday life, there was very little difference between Christians and non-Christians. His conclusion: the churches were not producing spiritually mature followers of Christ. What we say we believe had little impact on our lived out values.

Just a couple of years earlier, Dallas Willard had already highlighted this problematic issue in The Divine Conspiracy. Willard would go on to write several other books addressing what he called The Great Omission: the churches are not encouraging and training those who believe in Christ to follow Him toward maturity.

Could it be that the solution to this ongoing evangelical disaster is that we should get back to who we are called to be and do what we were supposed to be doing in the first place?

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A Vision for Christlikeness

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-28

No book (besides The Scriptures) has been more significant in my spiritual growth than Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart. What was so impactful for me is that Willard presents pursuing discipleship and spiritual maturity in a way that is attractive and desirable. All too often, following Christ is presented as a hard and dreary task that we just have to “white knuckle” through. This vision seems far from the “easy yoke” and “light burden” that Jesus Himself offers (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Here, Willard gives a practical presentation of who the “Children of Light” are – the people we are called to be in Christ with the goal of being like Christ (Ephesians 5:8). As we have been focusing on spiritual growth and maturity, I thought Willard’s description might help us all think a little more clearly about what we mean by spiritual maturity, practically speaking.

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 1

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-20
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In 1984, Francis Schaeffer mourned the compromises that Evangelicals were making in terms of standing for truth and morality in his classic work The Great Evangelical Disaster. He warned that the compromises of his day would have severe ramifications for the institutional evangelical churches if not corrected.

Recently, Gallup – the global analytics and advice firm – released results from a study that showed for the first time since they have been collecting data, church membership has dipped below the majority – only 47% of Americans claim any form of religious affiliation.

We are increasingly hearing terms like “Exvangelical” to describe people who are walking away from Evangelicalism and/or “the church.” What do these things mean? and What do they signal for the future of Christianity in America?

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The Hope of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-01

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:58 –

The verse above is one that has come to mind many times this year. This exhortation and encouragement comes at the end of Paul’s magnificent defense of resurrection in general and specifically the reality of Jesus’ resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:12-58.

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Getting Our Attention:
Jesus’ Scandalous Genealogy

By Stacy Tyson | 2020-12-13
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When we come to one of the genealogies in the Bible, we will more than likely just skip past it and get on to the good stuff. The New Testament actually begins with a genealogy, the family tree of Jesus. Not many of us would put this text on our list of “life verses” or favorite passages. But if we take the time to understand what Matthew is doing here, we will not look at this “boring list” the same way again.

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