Covetousness and New Hearts

Minor Prophets X Micah 1-3 Introduction Micah ministers in the southern kingdom of Judah towards the end of the 8th Century B.C. He ministered during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Mic. 1:1) when the northern kingdom of Israel/Samaria fell to the Assyrians in 722 BC (2 Kings 17). The Text: Like Amos before…

Grace for Ungracious Brothers

Minor Prophets VIII: Obadiah Introduction Obadiah is the smallest book of the Old Testament. Obadiah is a book dedicated to the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s older twin brother. Obadiah is a little book, but it has an important message for brothers. Background Amos mentions Edom in his litany of judgments at the beginning of his prophecy…

What Are Parents For? #3

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Prov. 13:24) Here we have several biblical principals that must be applied with wisdom. First, we should note that some parents hit their children because their hearts are full of hatred and anger. This is called child abuse, and…

The Bomb Shelter of Self-Deception

Self-deception is terrifyingly easy. Sin is the great deceiver: “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Rom. 7:11). The reason people sin is because they are deceived. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, people believe lies. But in order to believe the big lies, we have to…

One Big Porn Shop

“Ye adulterers and adultressess know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think the scripture says in vain: The Spirit that dwells in us yearns jealously?” (Js. 4:4-5) John says something similar: “Do not love…

Learning to Hate

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” (Ps. 101:3) When Jesus wrote the church in Ephesus, He said, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, that you cannot bear those who are evil…” He goes on to…

Shining Faces

In our sermon text today, we noted that the tabernacle and the priests were anointed with oil for their dedication. In the New Testament, all Christians are ordained to the new priesthood through the water of baptism and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. But in James 5 it says that if anyone is sick,…

Justin Bieber Porn

Ok, Justin Bieber is actually some form of soft porn. Justin Bieber is the swimsuit issue in the grocery store checkout line. And yes, I realize that porn is a buzz word. It’s a bit over the top. I’ve taken to using it as a multi-purpose slur of various trends I’ve noticed here and there…

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Seventh Commandment I: Josh. 24:14-28, James 4:1-10, Lk. 16:13-31

Introduction Physical adultery is always the result of spiritual adultery. If we want to be faithful to our spouse, we must first be faithful to our God. Joshua 24 Joshua gathers all of the elders of Israel together to renew the covenant with them before God (Josh. 24:1). Joshua reviews Israel’s history, particularly focusing on…

How Pride is the Father of Depression

Pride is a promiscuous sin and begets bastard iniquities all over the landscape of any given life. But one sin fathered by pride and frequently unnoticed is depression. In a fallen world there may be numerous  factors contributing to depression, darkness, deep sadness: Death, sickness, chemical imbalances, sin, guilt, broken relationships, failures, regrets, etc. I grant all…