Now You Belong

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:27-28) This is the verse that our baptismal hymn is taken from, the song that…

All Are Yours

“Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come – all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1 Cor. 3:21-23) This is a mind blowing statement by Paul…

All the Grace that We Need

“Choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in who land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) One of the customs we have at…

Jesus Stands Between

“Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves…” (Ps. 88:7) This Psalm describes the sorrows and pain of a man who has been crushed with terrors and hardship and sorrow. The Psalmist knows that this situation is from the Lord just as Job knew that ultimately the Lord…

A Sign & Wonder of Grace

“Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Heb. 2:13) The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8 as a proof text to show that God always planned to become one of us. Isaiah 7-8 are all about Immanuel which means God-with-us, but wound through the prophecies of coming Immanuel, are the enacted…

Jesus the Great Adventurer

The Heidelberg Catechism famously begins: What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ… Joseph and Sarah, I know that this question and answer are dear to you. And I know that…

See Him Everywhere, Love Him Everywhere

In our Old Testament reading this morning, we read the famous Shema of Israel, the Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Here, God reminds Israel that they are to love God with all that they are, and that they are to teach that faith to their children by talking about it…

The Most Dangerous Part of Baptism

All baptisms are miracles. And this is precisely why baptisms are dangerous. Some recognize the danger and opt to tame the word of God, mute the Scriptures, and  they say that baptism is the word of man. This is what it means to say that baptism is a public testimony, a profession of faith, telling…

How Regeneration Makes Orphans & Eunuchs

In Isaiah 56, the Lord says that foreigners and eunuchs who keep Sabbath and hold fast God’s covenant will be given a place in the Lord’s house and a name better than sons and daughters, an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. He says that He will bring them to His holy mountain…

Thaddeus Grant

“And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord will thresh, from the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.” (Is. 27:12) Isaiah describes a particular scene, a particular day of judgment and deliverance for Israel, but…