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Jonathan Brooks
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25 Reasons Jesus Came to Earth: Daily Advent Devotions
I've created a pdf of the Advent Devotionals I wrote last Christmas.  So, instead of updating the blog each day of Advent with the devotion for that day you can download the entire pdf at once. If you want a version formatted for Kindle, that should be avai...

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Racism, Tragedy, Empathy, and Prayer
So much has been said; opinions given, like buttons of approval, comments of disagreement. Trying to add to the conversation feels unnecessary at best and taking advantage of controversy for the sake of "likes" at worst. But, I sit here distracted as I try ...

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Summary of The Gospel Coalition's Church Planter Book Recommendations
The Gospel Coalition posted an helpful article asking 20 church leaders what three books every church planter should read.  ( TGC Asks: 3 Books Every Church Planter Should Read ) I thought it would be helpful to see it in a list format with links.  So, I pu...

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Advent Day 25: Jesus Came to Come
  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again  and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:3) Jesus came to crush the head of Satan. Jesus came to serve. Jesus came to make us children of God. Jesus came to seek an...

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Advent Day 24: Jesus Came to Fulfill All of God's Promises
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.  That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.  (2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV) The Bible is filled with promises from God.  Various individuals have attempted to add up all the promis...

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Advent Day 23: Jesus Came to Teach Truth
[37] Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world —to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  (Joh...

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Advent Day 22: Jesus Came to Show Us How to Suffer
[20] For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. [21] For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, ...

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Advent Day 21: Jesus Came to Be Our Example of Love
[9] In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. [10] In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins....

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Advent Day 20: Jesus Came to Give His Life as a Ransom
[28] even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,  and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28 ESV) A ransom is money that is demanded in exchange for the release of a prisoner.  For example, the United States of America has a ...

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Advent Day 19: Jesus Came to Give Us Life Abundantly
[9] I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out  and find pasture. [10] The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  (John 10:9-10 ESV) When we hear the phras...
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