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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Five reasons to submit to government

Submission isn’t easy.  It isn’t easy for children to submit to parents.  Or students to teachers.  Or slaves to masters (or employees to employers).  Or wives to husbands.  Or church members to elders. And it’s not easy for citizens to submit to governing authorities. In 2021, it seems especially true that it is hard for […]

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Do you remember?

Recently I heard a song that took me back to my childhood and beyond — the Statler Brother’s, “Do You Remember These?”  Maybe you remember the song, or some of the allusions in the song — Saturday morning serials Chapters one through fifteen Fly paper, penny loafers, and lucky strike green Flat tops, sock hops, […]

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Sermon: Jesus Prays

Jesus Prays John 17:20-26 January 3, 2021 Few things reveal the nature and condition of our hearts like prayer (when we are genuine and truthful). That is true as well of the heart of Christ, which makes the Lord’s prayer in John 17 a particularly rich and stimulating passage of Scripture.  Of this passage, Melanchthon […]

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The Father Who Sent His Son

The following is the manuscript of the message given at our Christmas Eve service this evening. In February 1942, the American war against the Japanese in the Philippines was not going well.  It was going so poorly that by March 12, 1942, President Roosevelt ordered General Douglas MacArthur, who was stationed in the Philippines, to […]

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Sermon: Christ is Coming

Christ is Coming Revelation 1:7 December 20, 2020 It was early in November that I saw my first sign of Christmas.  There on someone’s Facebook video was a Christmas tree in the background — two weeks before Thanksgiving!  It was shortly after that Raye Jeanne and I began noticing that Christmas lights started appearing on […]

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