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…

We Worship in Heaven

One way to understand why we worship the way we do is that our worship is modeled on heaven. When Isaiah glimpses God high and lifted up, he sees the angels worshiping, singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!” Then when John sees the vision in Revelation, once again he sees the angels and…

Sing Until the Spirit Lifts You Up

Why do we worship the way we do? Thus far, we’ve said that our worship follows the covenant renewal pattern – imitating the order of the sacrifices, it is liturgical – repeating many of the same things every week because we want to learn them and we come as children. And our worship seeks to…

We Are Not Alone

Why do we worship the way we do? Thus far we have noted that our service follows the Covenant Renewal pattern found in the sacrifices of the Old Covenant: Confession of Sin, Ascension into God’s presence, and sitting down to eat the Lord’s Supper, our Peace offering — this is our sacrifice of praise. We…

New Covenant Sacrificial Worship

Sometimes you may wonder why we worship the way we do. Over the next number of weeks, at this point in the service, I will highlight some part of our service, explain what it means, and use it to call you to worship Jesus. So I want to begin with the big picture: you should…

All About Love

Morning Prayer: Prov. 4:1-27, 1 Jn. 4:7-21 Wisdom and love. Get wisdom. Love God and everyone around you. In fact, Solomon says, love wisdom, embrace her, keep her in your heart, and keep your eyes fixed on her. So really when you get right down to it, it’s all about love. Love God, love your…

Hospitality is not a Selfie on Instagram

Tim & Kaylee’s Wedding Homily Hospitality is at the center of the Christian faith, and this is because the gospel itself is God’s amazing hospitality extended to a fallen, sinful world. Paul says, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But…

Finding Grace

Morning Prayer Exhortation Gen. 8/Heb 4 Man was created to be a priest, to take the gifts of God and to offer them up with thanksgiving and joy. The world was to be our altar, and every gift was meant to lift us up to His presence. But we grasped for gifts that had not…

Our New Prophet

Exhortation for Morning Prayer Lessons: Amos 7:1-9, Rev. 1:1-8 In the Bible, a prophet is someone who has been invited into the counsels of God. He is a friend of God like Abraham, like Moses, like Amos who has been granted access to God’s deliberations about the story of human history. Amos deliberated with God about…