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…

Unshakeable Hope

Minor Prophets XI Micah 4-7 Introduction Micah’s name means “Who is like Yahweh?” And this seems to be the main thrust of Micah’s call to repentance. It is not the threat of punishment that primarily drives him, though that is mentioned. The primary thought driving Micah is the astounding mercy of Yahweh. The Text: Chapter…

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…

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…

The Sovereignty of Joy

Introduction We are “Reformed” Christians which means that we understand our place on the family tree of Christendom as a branch descended from the Protestant Reformation and specifically, an English strand of the Reformation represented by the Westminster Confession of Faith. One of the most central, distinguishing features of the Reformed faith is our celebration…

Efficacious Appetizers

This meal is picture of what God is doing with this whole world. God is gathering all things together in Christ, all things in heaven and on earth. And He’s doing this through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And this meal is part of God’s promise to us that this is the case. Do…

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!…