Guarding the Doors

We are gathered here today and every Lord’s Day as the covenant people of God, the family of the Lord Jesus, those who believe in the promises of God, the promises of the remission of sins and the Holy Spirit. This is why we ask that only those who have the sign of this promise,…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 17

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for your Word. That it is true and trustworthy. We thank you that your word remains true through all generations and that your word does not return to you fruitless or empty. Empower your word now by the work of your Spirit that we may be cultivated and…

The Promises for You and Your Children

Every week we gather here to renew covenant. We are the covenant people of God; and God receives us in the covenant. This being the case it is important that we know what the covenant is. A covenant is a solemn bond which holds two parties together by oaths to keep particular obligations and there…

Thoughts on the Glory of God and the Atonement (Or, What About the Trinity?)

Several key Christian doctrines rest upon the idea of some sort of necessity bound into the person of God. For example, it is commonly stated that the sovereignty of God in the salvation of individuals is necessary in order to preserve the glory of God. Men like John Piper have emphasized the pervasive theme of…

The Bread of Life Standing Right in Front of You

In John 6, Jesus has a long discourse on the manna that God gave Israel in the wilderness. But Jesus says that he is the true bread from heaven. The Israelites ate the manna and are dead (6:49, 58). Notice what the Jews do: he says that he is the true bread from heaven, the…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus XVI: Bread of Heaven

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that in your infinite kindness you have made us your children. We thank that because Jesus is our older brother, and we have been adopted through the blood that was shed on the cross, that we can call you Father. We thank you that you have always provided…

Permanent Guests

1 John says that the world will know that we love God when they see the love that we have for one another. To say that you are a Christian, to claim the name of Christ is to say that you are a recipient of the hospitality of God. Each week he invites you into…

Jesse and Kate and the Summer

I’ve told my wife several times in the last few weeks that it will be nice when school finally starts up again. Things will slow down to a more normal pace, I think. It’s been a great, fun-filled summer to be sure. A trip to Idaho in early July for two weeks, a trip to…

The Vision of God by Vladimir Lossky

Note: This summer I have the privilege of conducting an independent study with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, professor of reformed liturgics at Erskine Theological Seminary who also used to lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary. As part of that study, I have been reading a number of books related to our studies of Christian worship. I…

Deep Wells of Salvation

In our sermon text today, we saw that God turned the bitter water of Mara into sweet waters. This is very reminiscent of the first miracle of Jesus where at Mary’s request Jesus turned the water of purification of the Jews into wine for the wedding feast at Cana. There are perhaps a number of…