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…

The Bridge Both Ways

Ever since the Garden of Eden, men and women try to cover themselves with fig leaves. In our sin, in our shame, in our guilt, we try to hide from God and from one another. But God comes for us. God always comes for His people. This is His grace. His determination to find the…

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…

Stay There

The most important thing for a husband to remember is the most important thing for everyone to remember, and that’s the gospel of Jesus. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing to remember. This is for many reasons, but take just one. Men were made to be strong and to…