If you have ever needed to rid yourself of a few pounds, you know how your mind can be absorbed with thoughts about food while on a diet. You wake up hungry. You are hungry before meals, shortly after meals, and at bed. When you aren’t engaged in a task, your mind wanders to the […]Read More Day and night in the Bible
Help Me!Psalm 119:145-152January 23, 2022 I know some of y’all enjoy hiking and camping. But serious hiking is not for everyone. Several years ago, the staff of the Bridger Wilderness in the Tetons released some of the comments taken after people had concluded their hikes. Here are a few samples: Trails need to be […]Read More Sermon: Help Me!
The Righteous God’s Righteous Word Psalm 119:137-144 July 11, 2021 Puritan John Rogers, who died as a martyr under Queen Mary in 1555, was a lover of the Word of God. One Sunday, he petitioned his people to adhere to the Bible by warning them what God might say about their neglect of the Scriptures: […]Read More Sermon: The Righteous God’s Righteous Word
What We Want from the Word Psalm 119:129-136 December 27, 2020 What did you want this week? That’s a fitting question for a week when there is much gift giving. What gifts were you anticipating giving? What kinds of gifts were you hoping to receive (or not receive)? Where did you want to go (or […]Read More Sermon: What We Want from the Word
A Servant of Scripture Psalm 119:121-128 June 21, 2020 Private Harry Cole was a private in the British Army that was retreating to Dunkirk in 1940. He penned a letter to his mother and family during the retreat, but his regiment was overrun by the Germans and he never made it to Dunkirk and did […]Read More Sermon: A Servant of Scripture
When Your Soul is Tempted to be Despondent, Part 2 Psalm 103:6-22 May 17, 2020 Over the past couple of months I’ve thought several times of a popular and catchy, but ridiculous song from the late 1980s: In every life we have some trouble But when you worry you make it double Don’t worry, be […]Read More Sermon: When Your Soul is Tempted to be Despondent, Pt. 2
When Your Soul is Tempted to be Despondent Psalm 103:1-5 May 10, 2020 Several months ago, while reading my Bible, I was struck by the beauty of a particular psalm and though I didn’t have time to study it in detail that day, I knew I didn’t want to forget to study that psalm, so […]Read More Sermon: When Your Soul is Tempted to be Despondent
God Unchanging Psalm 102:23-28 May 3, 2020 There are some constants in life — the proverbial death and taxes among them. Another constant is change. We can be certain that very few things in life are static; most things change. Among the changes in life are cultural norms. Consider the story of one John Fisher […]Read More Sermon: God Unchanging
Our Infinite, Intimate God Psalm 139 March 29, 2020 Loneliness is a common affliction. While living in an increasingly connected world, many feel increasingly disconnected relationally. As one secular writer noted a few years ago, “…if you’re an average American, you’re not nearly as connected to the people around you as your parents or grandparents […]Read More Sermon: Our Infinite, Intimate God
This article was originally written by me for The Center for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. It is a good reminder that fear is good — when it is fear of God, and not the kind of panicked fear that is being exhibited in many communities these days. Almost two years ago, designer Kate Spade committed […]Read More It’s ok to be fearful. If we are fearing God.
Loyalty to God and His Word Psalm 119:113-120 December 29, 2019 Pastor Matt Woodley tells the story of a softball game he played in a number of years ago: …the umpire made a call that incensed our coach. My coach didn’t agree with the ump’s interpretation of a specific league rule. The game stopped, and […]Read More Sermon: Loyalty to God and His Word
The Light of God’s Word in the Darkness of the World Psalm 119:105-112 August 4, 2019 We live in a dark world. We live in a world where people are blind to the reality of God, the devastation of sin, the truth of Christ and His righteousness. We live in a world where blind people […]Read More Sermon: The Light of God’s Word in the Darkness of the World
Hope in God Psalm 42 March 3, 2019 John Bunyan is one of the most well-known believers in Christ. He wrote numerous books, including the still-in-print, Pilgrim’s Progress. A bold pastor in a difficult time in the church, he was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching the gospel, yet he did not always exude confidence […]Read More Sermon: Hope in God
The Delight of God’s Word Psalm 119:97-104 January 6, 2019 Several years ago, after reading through Psalm 119, I was fascinated by all the different ways that the psalmist said he responded to the Word of God. So I re-read through the psalm and made a chart of as many different responses as I could […]Read More Sermon: The delight of God’s Word
A few evenings ago, my doorbell rang and it wasn’t a neighborhood child selling band candy. It was a young man selling a service that he was convinced I needed. It is a service that I purchase monthly from another company. But he promised that his company would be more reliable. At less than half […]Read More God is Faithful