Sermons

 

 
I hope all of us strive to value things that are eternal and profound rather than things that are flashy, superficial, and shallow. Christians have historically promoted things that are good, beautiful, and true. Our culture values just the opposite—things that are wicked, ugly, and false. We should love what God loves and hate what God hates. Read More ...
I wish that modern political leaders would encourage the nation to give thanks to God for all he’s done for our country. I pray that the leaders of our nation do as this psalm says—give thanks to God, call upon him, and seek the Lord. It would be wonderful if the current leaders of our nation turned to the Lord like the founders of our nation did. Read More ...
What are you doing to store up for yourself gold, silver, and precious stones? What have you done that will withstand the fire of God’s judgment? We want that great graduation ceremony to be one of rejoicing and gladness, not shame and regret. The prospect of the JSOX should motivate us toward faithfully serving God, serving his people, and obeying his word. Read More ...
Our ultimate approval in God’s sight comes because we are saved. God approves of us because we are united to Christ by faith; we are “accepted in the beloved” (Eph 1:16). The only way that we can be well-pleasing in God sight is through faith in Christ. Otherwise, there is nothing we can do that is acceptable to God. Read More ...

Branches of the Reformation

October 30, 2022
Anything we do in the worship of the church must have a biblical basis. It’s not enough to say that we can do anything not prohibited by the Bible. We must insist that what we do has biblical sanction/authorization. Read More ...
Paul is confident about the things he’s saying here, and we can be confident about them as well. We can know for sure that, when our earthly tents—that is, our bodies—are untied and fall down, we have an eternal home in heaven. We can be assured of that; it’s guaranteed; we can be and should be confident about it. Read More ...
As we face difficulties in ministry, we should keep in mind that whatever problems we encounter are light and brief. As we think about time and eternity, our time here is momentary. We have only a limited time to serve Christ and his church, so we should make use of our opportunities. Even if Christian ministry is difficult, we should persevere in it and not grow weary of well doing. Read More ...
Those who engage in Christian ministry don’t do it for themselves. If you want to have an easy life and avoid persecution, opposition, and threats of violence, then Christian ministry is not the place for you. But if you are willing to endure the difficulties of ministry for the sake of God’s glory and for the benefit of God’s people, then perhaps God could use a clay pot like you in his service. Read More ...
The ultimate authority is not an English translation. The real authority remains in the original language documents, the ancient MSS of the Bible. If an English translation does not accurately reflect those ancient documents, then it’s no good. Read More ...
As an apostle, Paul was a representative of Jesus; and such, Paul experienced similar forms of mistreatment. Jesus was beaten, abused, mocked, and murdered. And the early Christians experienced the same kinds of mistreatment; they faced constant peril and impending death. Read More ...
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