The Grace of the Ascension

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:3-6). This…

How Baptism Means Christian Education

One of the reasons we have baptisms during our service is because we believe that baptism is a sacrament that all of God’s people participate in. It is not required that baptisms take place during a worship service. The New Testament frequently mentions baptisms that apparently took place wherever there was water and whenever people…

We Are the Bus

One of the striking patterns in Scripture is that frequently as it goes with God’s people, so it goes with the world. When the people of God are idolatrous and wicked, they are frequently worse than the nations around them, teaching the nations wickedness and injustice. When Solomon is wise and righteous, the nations come…

The Box of the Covenant

Christian education is not optional. It is not a luxury item that upper-middle class believers put on their covenant tabs and too bad for those poor indigent Christians barely scraping by on the deacons’ fund. Christian education is what every obedient father and mother is committed to from conception on. The moment you become a…

Where the Real Party Is

“Gladness is taken away, and joy from the plentiful field; in the vineyards there will be no singing, nor will there be shouting; no treaders will tread out wine in the presses; I have made their shouting cease.” (Is. 16:10) Here Yahweh describes the desolation that is falling on Moab, but it is a desolation…

Waters Full of Blood

“For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, for the green grass has withered away; the grass fails, there is nothing green…. For the waters of Dimon will be full of blood; because I will bring more upon Dimon, Lions upon him who escapes from Moab, and on the remnant of the land.” (Is. 15:6,…

Not Some Kind of Eastern Meditation Gimmick

Every Lord’s Day we are summonsed back into the presence of our King. By the working of the Holy Spirit, we confess that we are ascending into the Holy of Holies, into the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Though we are seated there at all times, here in this gathering, on the Lord’s Day, we…

Power: Like a Bridegroom Coming out of His Chamber

God is all powerful. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning God commanded, and words crackled and burst into flowers and leopards and stars and Eve. In the beginning God spoke, and the words were obedient and became flesh and then they kept on speaking. In the beginning the…

The Play of Christian Marriage

Adam and Eve were created as children. Luke says that Adam was a son of God (Lk. 3:38). He woke up in the image of His Father. He and His wife were children of God, bearing His likeness, a family resemblance (Gen. 1:26-28). Regardless of age or physical maturity, the fact that God created Adam…

The Poison of Pride

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Js. 4:6-7 There are many different species of pride. There is pride that refuses to listen to godly counsel. There is pride that refuses to ask for advice. There is pride that…