Truth at a Table

Third Sunday in Easter: Jn. 21:1-14 Introduction The gospels do not present faith in Jesus as blind or irrational. Rather, Jesus and His disciples present “signs” as evidence of who Jesus is and for the reality of His resurrection. These signs are the evidence that the Spirit uses to convince people to believe that Jesus…

The Cause of the Stench

Morning Prayer Ex. 7:8-24, 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6 In Biblical imagery, it’s no accident that Satan shows up as a serpent or a dragon, and following this, satanic rulers are pictured as serpents and dragons and sea monsters. The seed of the serpent is at war with the seed of the woman. And there’s a family…

Stephen & Joy

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in…

Humility Confronts

“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” (2 Cor. 12:21) First off notice that at the top of Paul’s list of sins he’s concerned…

How Confession of Sin Can Make Things Worse

So I tweeted a couple days ago that there’s a way to do a weekly confession of sin that actually makes things worse rather than better. And there were a few questions. So here are a few thoughts on the matter. First, the Bible verse: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to…

Fourth Sunday in Trinity Season: Ex. 20:18-26, 2 Cor. 4:7-5:5, Jn. 4:5-26

Introduction We return to our series in Exodus, zooming back out from the Ten Words. Remember the big picture context: Yahweh has come for His son and rescued him from a false father (Ex. 4:20-21). Israel has come to Mt. Sinai to make covenant with the God who has redeemed them, to become a kingdom…

Assurances of Salvation

Pastor Jim Wilson has a great little booklet entitled Assurances of Salvation, available here in Kindle format and available here for free download, along with a few other goodies. The booklet lists 8 ways to have assurance of salvation but begins with the recommendation to read 1 John which is written “so that you may…

Third Sunday in Easter: Eighth Commandment II: Ex. 16:1-18, 2 Cor. 8:1-15, Mt. 25:14-30

Introduction We established last week that the Eighth Word not only prohibits taking the gifts and opportunities that God has given others, but it also includes the positive invitation to treasure Christ and His Kingdom more than all things, allowing those priorities to shape our lives. Today, we consider the grace of Christ which is…

Ten Scriptures for Fathers

1. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God…

14th Sunday in Trinity: Diaconal Ministry: Acts 6:1-7

Introduction In the last few years, God has granted us growing awareness and opportunities to minister to those in need. While all believers are called to this kind of love (e.g. Js. 2:15-17, 1 Jn. 3:17), the biblical pattern is that deacons are to lead this charge, assessing the gifts, strengths, and assets of the…