Sermon: The King’s authority

The King’s AuthorityMatthew 9:1-8November 28, 2021 I have a friend who — right before he gives his opinion on what I should do — likes to say, “If I were king for the day…” I think he means that jokingly. I think. What would you do if you were king for the day? Poet Judith […]

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Sermon: The King’s Father

The King’s FatherMatthew 6:9-15November 14, 2021 King George VI ruled as king of England for about 15 years in the first half of the 20th century before he died in 1952 from coronary thrombosis.  He was immensely popular, as was his wife, Queen Elizabeth.  Yet as popular as she was, when George (“Bertie”) died, she […]

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Christ the King

The history of the world is that in many (most? all?) nations, the people want leaders and “kings” different from the ones they have.   A few hundred years ago, the United States didn’t want England’s king to be our king.  And a few thousand years ago, Israel didn’t want God to be their King (1 […]

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Sermon: The King’s Blessing

The King’s BlessingMatthew 5:1-12November 7, 2021 The last 100+ years have seen some of the most atrocious leaders and dictators in the history of the world: Adolf Hitler, who ruled Nazi Germany in the 1930s-40s was responsible for the incarceration or death of between 15-20 million people during the Holocaust, and responsible for a total […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles I’ve bookmarked recently (or not so recently): “I’ll See You in Court” (Jesse Johnson, The Cripplegate) — a helpful explanation of 1 Corinthians 6 and its application in lawsuits and insurance dilemmas. “Unmarried Sex Is Worse Than You Think” (TGC, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra and Collin Hansen ) “The Conversation About Sex You […]

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Fighting for Church Unity

Unity in the local church is the goal of every church (or it should be).  It is not always easily or readily attained, as a newspaper account about a church in Wales a couple of generations ago testifies: Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to […]

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Sermon: Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another 1 Thessalonians 5:11 July 24, 2021 I love the story told by Larry Olsen in Outdoor Survival Skills: A guy has been lost in the desert for days. He’s out of food and water. His lips are parched, his tongue swollen. His legs are bruised and bleeding from crawling, his skin is […]

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The danger of affirmation

We all like and long for approval.  We desire affirmation.  We want to be liked.  We want the thumbs up of approval and the back slap of affirmation.  We want to hear “good job” after a presentation, an “I’m impressed” after a house project, and a “you’re a great parent” from our parents when they […]

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God takes sin seriously

Read Isaiah 6 — even quickly and superficially — and you understand the horror of sin when standing before a holy God. One of our many difficulties with sin is that even for the redeemed and forgiven man, sin still exists.  Even when declared righteous by God, we still sin and God is concerned with […]

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Enjoying Christ and His gifts

Sanctification is a long (life-long) process that is hampered by painful battles against the flesh, temptation, and sin as well as the hard task of enduring in doing what is right.  It’s hard.  But it’s not complicated. The pathway to sanctification is also the road to Christ. That is, if you want to be sanctified […]

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Sermon: The Holiness of God

The Holiness of God Isaiah 6:1-8 May 9, 2021 Early in his ministry, Donald Grey Barnhouse, the famed preacher of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, was invited to preach at Princeton Theological Seminary, the school from which he’d graduated a few years earlier.  One of the school’s most prominent professors, Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, was […]

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Service and Suffering

We all know the priority of service.  But how is it possible to serve when you are suffering? That is  is an important question because all of us suffer hardship.  Christ Himself acknowledged that fact — “In the world you have tribulation…” (John 16:33). And this has been our very own experience.  We have various […]

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