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The Lord wants more than for his people to tithe, he wants his people to return to him because they are His and He is theirs.

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In the messiness of the day-to-day, it's vitally important that we don't determine what we believe about God based upon our circumstances but that we rest in the midst of our circumstances on the unchanging grace of God.

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One of the signs of a declining culture is that marriage loses it's sacredness and is frequently broken by divorce.  So says Carl Zimmerman in his book Family and Civilization.  What is the call upon God's people in the midst of that decline?  God says through the prophet Malachi, "Do not be faithless!"

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The Lord's rebuke of the priests continues.  Having confronted their lack of love for Him that was expressed through their tainted sacrifices, He now confronts their lack of love for the people (their neighbor) exhibited in their lack of true instruction and integrity.  In the end, they fail to give honor to His name.  A very timely message for today.

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Malachi prophesied to priests and people who thought just anything was good enough for God. I wonder if we sometimes think the same thing. No wonder we think just anything is good enough for us as we stand before Him. But shouldn't we respond with "Amazing love!  How can it be, that thou my God should'st die for me?"  

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There's no deficiency in God's love for his people. It is foundational, unconditional, and missional.  Unfortunately, our response to His love is left wanting.  May we repent where we need to repent, receive where we need to receive, and go where we need to go.

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Malachi prophesies to a people who have grown apathetic in their worship and questioning God's love for them in their cynicism.  Malachi confronts the condition of their hearts and God offers grace in the midst of their unbelief. 

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At Easter, it's appropriate to be reminded that all the glories of the age to come and the inheritance of the people of God are dependent on that which Christ has already accomplished in His resurrection.  The consummation of all things is dependent on the inauguration.  

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Palm Sunday - A day we remember the Triumphal Entry of the Lord Jesus beginning what we often call, the "Passion Week of Christ". It moves us toward Good Friday where our Lord was crucified and climaxes on Sunday when He rose from the dead.

At Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem and laments over the state of that city - in Revelation, the Lord rejoices in the New Jerusalem! Oh, what a difference! Come and hear why! - Revelation 21, What a Place! What a Savior!

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Revelation 20 doesn't teach a kingdom after the 2nd Coming where Jesus reigns and Satan is bound - and yet there's still sin and death.  This kingdom is not that which exists after the 2nd coming but the kingdom in which we live now.  What comes after the 2nd Coming is a consummated kingdom where death has died, Satan has been cast in to the Lake of Fire, and believers in the Lord Jesus dwell with the Lord forever.  

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