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Minor prophet, major message

“Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The  LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ‘Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The  LORD  your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,  but will rejoice over you with singing’ ” (Zephaniah 3:14-17).

Show of hands: Who knows more than a handful of things specific to the prophet Zephaniah and the occasion for his Old Testament book?

While most Christians are more familiar with prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah, our glimpse into Zephaniah’s book today is worthwhile because it helps us see how the Savior who came into the world both eliminated our enemies and gives us the confidence to live for him.
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Check out these articles from the March issue:

Cleansed once and for all

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Wouldn't it be nice to clean something once and then never have to clean it again? I would love to deep clean the whole house, slam down my broom, yell “It is finished!” and get to live in a perfectly tidy home forever. No more dirty oven. No more unvacuumed carpets. . . .

Please explain: What do people mean when they say that they have been "born again"?

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A former Lutheran I met in a nursing home became confused as a young woman when Pentecostal friends insisted she needed to be “born again.” When they asked her if she had been, she didn’t know how to answer. She had not heard (or could not remember) her . . .

Psalm 42: When you ask, "Where is God when I'm hurting?"

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Do you know any super Christians, believers whose faith never stumbles on the road of life? But what about when the washouts and rockslides occur? Then we find out just how weak and easily discouraged we can be. Then the question may form on our lips, “Where . . .

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