Tovia Ann & Friends

Tovia Ann is officially 1 week old today for which we are very grateful. There’s some hair under there.Here she is lounging in the climate controlled crib she’s got in the NICU. Who could resist a Sabbath table with flowers like this?That’s one proud brother. Here you can see the cool eye gear Tovia has…

In the Presence of our Enemies

Ps. 23 is a well known psalm, but we do not often stop to think what it is actually saying. The Lord who is our Shepherd prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies. It does not say that this Shepherd immediately dashes all of our enemies to pieces or that he…

Second Sunday in Easter: 1 Cor. 15:20-28: How Our King Puts Enemies Beneath His Feet

Opening Prayer: Almighty and Gracious Lord, You raised your Son from the dead almost 2,000 years ago, and you have unalterably changed the course of history. We thank you that in Jesus you have begun to remake the world and that because Jesus is King he is overseeing this process according to your perfect counsel….

Unholy Wretchedness

The Book of Acts says that after the resurrection, Jesus was seen by the apostles for forty days before ascending into heaven and ten days later on Pentecost, he poured out his Spirit on the Christian Church. And for this reason, the Christian church not only celebrates Easter on Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection…

Tovia Ann: Easter Babe

We are so thankful to report that Tovia Ann was born yesterday evening, on Resurrection Sunday, just after 7pm. She weighed in at 2lbs 2oz, but she was breathing on her own and all of her vitals were good. She’s got a long road ahead of her, and she still needs much prayer. But we…

Miss Sumpter & Mrs. Sumpter

We just wanted to let you all know that we had another doctor’s appointment with the maternal fetal specialist this morning. We are very pleased and thankful to report that our little girl continues to grow and develop. She is still on the small side, but she is keeping up a regular pace and looks…

Performing the Judgments of God in Prayer

We noted this morning that the word for “judges” is actually the word “gods” several times throughout the Book of the Covenant. It is very interesting to find “judges” only used one other time in 21:22, and there it is a less common word for judge. The root of the word means to intercede or…

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Exodus XXI: Ex. 20:22 – 22:15

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for your covenant with us. We thank you that you have brought us near by the blood of Jesus, and that his faith and obedience have become our faith and obedience. We ask therefore that you would renew that covenant with us now, give us your judgments that…

Listen and Obey

When God speaks, God acts. The words of God do not come back empty and void. The words of God are performative; they enact and perform what they say. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit; it is sharper than any other two edged sword and it is able even to divide…

March

6. The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels7. On Christian Doctrine by Augustine8. The Lord’s Service by Jeff Meyers