Fourth Sunday in Lent: Ephesians 6:1-4: Children and Parents as Priests

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that you have called us to be priests and kings. We thank you that you have given us your Word to teach us wisdom, to equip us for ministry to one another. We ask that you would empower your Spirit now that your people might be built up,…

March

5. Christianity and Liberalism by Machen6. The Old Man and the Sea by Hemmingway7. The Hobbit by Tolkien

Proverbs 26:7

26:7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp Is a proverb in the mouth of fools. Notice that this connects back with the previous verse, likening the effect a fool can have on someone’s legs. The word here for legs is different, but there’s still a parallel in play. Like wise words in…

Guarding by Giving Thanks

We’ve talked about house building and house guarding today, focusing on how wives are to be the guardians and rulers of the house. And we have said that it must all begin and end in thankfulness: gratitude from first to last, over and over. It should come as no surprise that this is exactly how…

Third Sunday in Lent: Tit. 2:3-5: Wife as Priest II

IntroductionWe considered Peter’s instructions to wives last week to be priests to their husbands, to pursue incorruptibility in order to minister grace to them effectively. We look at Paul’s instructions to Titus today regarding older women and younger women. House GuardiansPaul is writing to Titus who has been left by Paul on the island of…

Confession and the Lenten Life

At the beginning of our service, we confess our sins every week, but this is not an invitation to save up all your sins for Sunday. If you come here with a pile of sins to confess then you really must confess all of those sins and the sin of waiting until now to confess…

Second Sunday in Lent: 1 Pet. 3:1-6: Wife as Priest

IntroductionWe’ve now looked at the priestly calling of a husband to be a ministry of grace to his wife. We turn to the wife today and her priestly role toward her husband. Without a Word Like JesusPeter begins by saying “likewise,” and that’s important because he has just come off several verses about Christ’s suffering…

Job and the Intersession of the Dead – OR – Till We Have Faces

Early on, Job wants to die. It was the advice of his wife to “curse God and die,” and while Job seems a little reluctant to go to this extreme, when he takes up his complaint to his three companions, he comes close to taking his wife’s advice. Job says he wants to die. Death…

Job Wants You to Argue

Another way of thinking about the book of Job that fits with some of the observations I’ve posted here recently: Job goes through a maturing process arguing with his companions. Eventually, as he argues and pleads his case in faith, he is welcomed by God into the whirlwind, to speak in his presence, and God…

More on Proverbs 26:6

A few more thoughts generated by the study this morning: First, the application of the message, messenger principle for today goes in a number of directions. Part of the point of the proverb is that the messenger is an extension of the sender. If the messenger is foolish, the sender is marred by that reputation….