Beauty on a Bloody Ground

Santiago & Kate, Psalm 145 is a song about the kingdom of God, about the majesty of God’s reign, and we know from our vantage even more fully what the psalmist is talking about because Jesus is God with us. Jesus is the perfect image of the invisible God. And He came proclaiming the Kingdom of…

Discipline that Saves

Men’s Breakfast Study: Proverbs 3:11-12 Introduction In the first speech (Prov. 3:1-10), the father extols the virtues and value of remembering and obeying the law of God given by the parents. Here, however, the father warns the son that this wisdom and obedience does not come automatically, but it comes God’s fatherly correction and instruction….

Victory in Chains

Ephesians closes with one of Paul’s great rallying cries. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness, the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places….

The Aroma of Love

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Eph. 5:1-2) Have you ever walked into a home where someone has been baking all day? Or think about Thanksgiving or Christmas…

What Are Parents For? #2

So then, we are committed to imitating our faithful, heavenly Father who because He loves us, disciplines us, teaching us obedience through pain (Heb. 5:8, 12:7-11). But God is perfect and omniscient, two qualities all human parents lack. We do not know all things, and even if we did, we wouldn’t respond in righteousness. But…

Be a River

“…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). Paul is basically saying that the way the body grows is by every part doing…

Compassion & the Culture War

One of the challenges of following Jesus is holding together all of our responsibilities. On the one hand, we are required to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to show mercy to the hurting, and at the same time, we must not compromise with the world, we must keep telling…

Fat Souls

Second Sunday in Christmas Jer. 31:7-14, Eph. 1:3-14, Jn. 1:1-18 Introduction As we begin a new year in a new building with many new opportunities and challenges, we want to look at where we are as a congregation and address our particular situation. If we have one resolution as a congregation this year, let it…

A Surprise that Awaits the Whole World

Today is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming,” and during this season we focus on the good news of God’s coming. God has come to us in Jesus, and He will come at the end to judge the world in righteousness. But when we speak of God’s coming, it’s important that we do…

The Blood of Reunification

We’ve been meditating this morning on the fact that Jesus is our peace, the one in whom all things are being reconciled to God and to one another. But when Paul says this, He has just finished saying that we have been brought near through the blood of Christ. To bring near is a technical…