Let Them Know

Here in 1 Thess. 2:1-12, Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he and his companions labored for the gospel honestly and honorably. They used extreme care not to look or sound as if they were trying to score anything. They weren’t looking for money, and they weren’t looking for glory. They loved the Thessalonians like a…

Prepare Him Room

As Christians, we insist that because of Jesus all is grace. Holidays, perhaps like no other time, press us, inquiring whether it really is all grace. Holidays are gifts. They are feasts. They are mini-Sabbaths. They mean grace, rest, relief, laughter. But there’s something about grace piled up, grace over flowing, kindness unleashed that tempts…

Great Toward Us

“O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord” (Ps. 117) We are gathered here this morning to worship the Lord, to praise Him for His merciful kindness toward us. We are…

More Grace Than We Want

One of the ways we sin against God’s grace is simply by not believing it. But when Christians refuse to believe in God’s grace they do it, (ironically) for very pious sounding reasons. I can’t possibly be forgiven because it was the fourth time I did it this week. I can’t possibly be forgiven because…

He Hears

The Psalmist says: I love the Lord because He has heard by voice and my supplications; because He has inclined His ear to me. Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. We are gathered here this morning because our God hears us when we pray to Him. Our God listens when…

Builders Like Him

In the beginning God built the heavens and the earth. And you well know, God did not make it all at once, but rather He intentionally built the universe in six days, six discrete phases. He created light and separated it from the darkness. And looked at it and smiled and said it was good….

Grace at Hand

Condemnation is the inexorable result of a guilty conscience. A sinner in the grip of guilt knows and feels the vast, impossible Grand Canyon between himself and the goodness of God and the goodness he was made for. In other words, condemnation underlines one reality — the reality of sinners before a just and holy…

Public Worship for a Public Gospel

As we gather for worship week after week, it is important to point out that we do so in public. Our worship is public, and this is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is public. The murder of Jesus occurred in public, and His resurrection was seen and testified in public. The gospel did not…

Like Showers of Rain or Bad Habits & How to Start Over

One of the things we have trouble with is seeing how certain actions are actually training for other actions. This is another application of “practice makes perfect.” The usual application is the fact that if you practice running certain distances, when you get to race day, you will have (hopefully) trained well for the 5K…

Loving Little Disciples

As you know, it is our practice to worship together with our little ones. And so I want to say a few words to you parents who are busy training your children to worship with us. First, I want you to know that training your children is one of the hardest jobs in the whole…