Dawn Wilson and her husband Bob live in Southern California. They have two married sons and three granddaughters. Dawn assists author and radio host Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. She is the founder and director of Heart Choices Today, publishes Upgrade with Dawn, and writes for Crosswalk.com and Christianity.com. Dawn also travels with her husband in ministry with Pacesetter Global Outreach.
There have been numerous messiah figures throughout history, but only Jesus was the Son of God who came to seek and save the lost and provide the way to eternal life with His Father in Heaven.
It’s important to understand what the word “Messiah” means, and how Jesus fits the biblical narrative and predictions for the promised Messiah.
The word “Messiah” comes from the Hebrew/Aramaic word mashiach, meaning “anointed one” or “chosen one.” According to T.D. Alexander of the Gospel Coalition, the English word for “Messiah” comes from the Greek messias. John explains the meaning of the word (John 1:41 and 4:25) by translating it as christos—the Greek term for “one who has been anointed.” Since messias would have been meaningless to non-Aramaic speakers, Alexander said, the word messias is rarely used in the Greek New Testament; but in marked contrast, “christos comes almost 530 times, with most of these uses referring directly to Jesus of Nazareth.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth wrote that the word Christos comes from a verb that means “to anoint, and it’s related to a Latin term, “Caesar.” Like the words “Kaiser” or “Czar,” the concept is an appointed or anointed leader. “Our human hearts crave a Messiah, a Christ, an appointed leader,” Wolgemuth says.
Oil was used in biblical times to anoint priests, prophets, and kings for God’s purposes. People were said to be consecrated or set apart for a specific role in God’s plan. For example: Aaron was anointed as high priest; Elisha was anointed to succeed the prophet Elijah; and Saul and David were anointed kings.
The earliest prophecy about the Messiah is Genesis 3:15. It is believed that the one who will crush the serpent’s (Satan’s) head is the Messiah. The Jews knew God would bring a Deliverer to His people, chosen to redeem Israel. He was expected to deliver Israel by overthrowing Roman rule and restore the kingdom to Israel.
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Though most Christians have heard of the apostle Paul, few have heard of his friend Apollos. However, Apollos was an important leader in the story of the early church.
There are not many Scripture passages about Apollos, but what we do read about him reveals a man of integrity with unique spiritual gifting. He is worthy of careful study.
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Verifying his place in biblical history, archaeologists found Hezekiah’s royal seal in 2010 in an area at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Biblical scholars say there are approximately 2,500 prophecies are in the Bible—with about 2,000 of them already fulfilled. But only a few hundred of these are Messianic prophecies. Fulfilled prophecy is evidence for the reliability of the Word of God.
The first time I read through the book of Leviticus, my constant thought was, “Say, What?”
I understand why some authors and actors mock this Old Testament book. It’s often labeled boring, harsh, and legalistic. It can seem so strange and out of context in today’s sensitive, politically-correct culture.
But that’s exactly the problem. Most people look at this book out of context.
Properly understood, Leviticus is a shadow of things to come in the New Testament. It’s a clear, detailed directive about the nature of God’s “otherness” and His distinction from His sinning creation – man. It’s about holiness and sanctification, proper worship, and social behavior. While it feels burdensome at times, it prefigures the need for a Savior. The sacrificial system God set up allowed for repentance and fellowship with Him before the promised Messiah’s arrival.
It’s been said , “The book of Leviticus was the first book studied by a Jewish child; yet is often among the last books of the Bible to be studied by a Christian.” But it’s time Christ-followers tackled this book—controversial topics and all—because there are important lessons to learn.
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One of the greatest privileges of my adult life has been to pray for my elderly mom.
Growing up, I laughed at comedian Flip Wilson’s excuse for doing wrong: “The Devil made me do it.” It took me years to understand that the Devil couldn’t make me do anything; that was a lie.
Yet our sneaky enemy does love to plant lies in our thoughts about a subject dear to God’s heart: holiness. The lies we believe about personal purity encourage us to rationalize our behavior and justify our sins.
When we believe these lies, they cripple our effectiveness in serving the Lord. But powerful principles from the Word of God offer guidelines to help us govern our thoughts and actions.
Let’s examine some of the lies we believe about purity.
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When times of crisis come, such as the pandemic of the coronavirus, Christians need a strategy for coping not only physically, but also spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We might think the physical danger from viral disease is our only concern, but there’s far more at stake for Christ-followers.
President Trump and others liken the struggle against the coronavirus to a “war” against an invisible enemy. We have another invisible enemy, too—Satan. We can’t see him, but we see the effects of his attacks everywhere. The Bible says our adversary is seeking people to “devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Believers are admonished to put on the “armor of light” and clothe ourselves with Christ, but also to suit up in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). It’s not enough to know about the armor. We need to put on the armor and not miss a piece! As Ephesians 6:13 says, “Put on the full armor of God.”
Why? We’re fighting a war! Here are 6 steps to expect and embrace victory:
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Discussions about modesty are difficult in a desensitized culture, but church leaders have the responsibility to strategically educate and equip congregations from God’s word concerning immodest clothing and behavior. When confrontation is necessary, it must be approached in a biblical, grace-filled way within the context of a loving church community.
In 1982, Amy Grant made the song “El Shaddai” famous. Though written by Michael Card and John Thompson for Card’s 1981 debut album, the God-honoring song is more closely associated with Grant. As she sang, “Age to age you’re still the same, by the power of the name,” she magnified God Almighty—the wonderful “El Shaddai.”
What does the Old Testament word shaddai mean, and is there a message in this name for the Church? Let's explore the meaning of this name from the Bible and how we can apply it to our relationship with God today: