All Things New

In Revelation 21, Jesus says “Behold, I make all things new.” And this comes on the tail end of John seeing a new heavens and a new earth and a new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. It looks like Jesus is making all things new, and then He confirms our suspicions. This is a…

The Bible as Food

When we read the Bible we always want to be careful and pray that God would not let us just run on autopilot. We want to seek what God has for us. In the gospel reading from John, Jesus has just warned the Jews that they have made an idol of the Scriptures. They think…

Wait for the Joy

The thing I want to point out this morning is from the lesson in Acts. Notice the story arc and some of the details: the story begins in lamentation and scattering, progresses to preaching the word and preaching Christ, culminating in great joy in the city and great amazement from even among the greatest men…

What Kind of Resurrection Are You?

Jesus says that hearing His word and believing in Him makes all the difference in the world. He who hears and believes passes from judgment to acquittal, from death into life. Jesus says that this is resurrection and is no less startling than the dead in their graves coming out of the ground. He says…

Weddings as Warfare

Anymore, a Christian wedding is a declaration of war. In some ways, I wonder if it would be appropriate to paint our faces blue and have you yell your vows at the top of your lungs. Maybe if we were Scottish; maybe if all the men were wearing kilts. But what I mean is that…

Joy That Bowls You Over

We are gathered here this morning because God has called us into His presence. The Bible tells that God’s presence is many different things. It is terrifying in some ways. When people come into the presence of God, they often fall down, they cover their mouths, they cover their eyes. They cry out, “Holy! Holy!…

Don’t Forget Who You Are

Don’t ever forget who you are in Christ. Especially when the world is dark, when your sin is big, when the failures of others sting, when you are confused and unsure what to do. Remember who you are in Christ: For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). You…

Clothed

Morning Prayer Exhortation Is. 61:10-11, Gal. 4:4-7 Isaiah says that God’s salvation is like a garment, like a robe of righteousness, like festal wedding gowns. Clothing in the Bible represents God’s grace, His blessing for a particular purpose. The priests are the most obvious example of this. But prophets have cloaks, and kings wear royal…

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 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…