“I need to see you”

Several years ago I called a friend to ask him a couple of questions about an event (enough years have passed so that I no longer remember the precipitating reason for the phone call).  It didn’t seem to me, as I made the phone call, that it was a particularly significant issue or that it […]

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A godly man loves the Word written

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Godly Man’s Picture. Chrysostom compares the Scripture to a garden set with knots and flowers. A godly man delights to walk in this garden and sweetly solace himself. He loves every branch and […]

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The Lamb is…

There are many pictures in the New Testament to describe the person and work of Jesus Christ.  One of the lesser used, but more commonly known is Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. We frequently think of Christ as the Lamb of God because of His sacrificial work in atoning for our sin — […]

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Sermon: Behold the Lamb of God

“Behold the Lamb of God…” John 1:29 November 27, 2016 In one sense, the death of Christ is a simple truth understood even by the youngest child. I am a sinner and Jesus died for sinners so that we can get to Heaven and get God. In another sense, there are deep complexities to the […]

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The wonderful love of Christ

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Lord’s Supper. It was wonderful love that Christ should suffer death. “Lord,” says Bernard, “thou hast loved me more than thyself, for thou didst lay down thy life for me.” The Emperor Trajan […]

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Give thanks to God

I grew up in a home where we were taught to say “please” and “thank you.” Our children grew up in a home where they were expected to send timely “thank you” notes for gifts they received. And many of you experienced the same kind of training. While saying and writing “thank you” often seems […]

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Sermon: In Everything Give Thanks?

“In Everything Give Thanks?” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 November 20, 2016 A few years ago the London Times reported about the many letters that are sent to God from around the world. Many of those letters end up at the post office in Jerusalem in the undeliverable mail department. “We have hundreds of thousands of letters […]

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BCDC 2016 Teaching Notes, Weekend 3

This weekend I participated in the final weekend of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Conference, being held at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth. Both sessions that I taught were in the exam preparation track (for taking the ACBC exam for certification). Below are the notes and power points for both: The role of the […]

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What’s the message?

A message.  Every commercial has one.  So does every television show, movie, book, and website.  All sermons have them, and so does every conversation.  Some messages are obviously better and more clear than others, but every form of communication is given to convey a message. This is true of gospel conversations as well.  When we […]

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A godly man weeps over his sin

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Godly Man’s Picture. How far from being godly are those who scarcely ever shed a tear for sin! If they lose a near relation, they weep; but though they are in danger of […]

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A prayer for Election Day

[This prayer is based on 1 Timothy 2:1-8; it might be helpful to read that passage before beginning to read and pray the following prayer.] Our Father, we come to you this morning as needy individuals and as a needy nation.  And as we come in need, we first of all also come recognizing our […]

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Consider Christ’s love

Three words are of great importance in any ongoing, vital relationship. Yet these words can often become trite, routine, and meaningless because they are used in unthinking habits. When first spoken, they are powerful and motivating. They thrill the heart and excite and inflame passions. Yet years later, though still spoken, they can become trivial […]

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Harmless as doves

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is from Harmless as Doves. The second thing I am to speak of is the dove: “be harmless as doves.” The dove is an excellent creature; it was so acceptable, that in the old law God would […]

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