Jesus is the answer

In Colossians 2:8 Paul warns about the dangers of the base and elementary philosophy of the world.  What are those principles?  He is non-specific, but the most basic philosophy of the world is this — anything must be made supreme so that God and Christ will be minimized.  The base philosophy of the world it […]

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Sermon: Pray for God’s Glory

  Pray for God’s GloryJohn 17:1-5January 15, 2023 Relationships are hard work.  Communication is hard work.  Listening carefully, thinking rightly, talking, and talking graciously are all hard work.  There are times it seems like it might just be easier or better to be silent.  (It’s not better.)  Unfortunately, we sometimes consider the hard work of […]

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Sermon: A Heart for the Word

  A Heart for the WordPsalm 119:161-168January 8, 2023 This morning, at the beginning of the new year, we want to remind ourselves about the importance of the Bible.  What do you know about the Bible? There are 66 books in the Bible (39 in the OT, 27 in the NT). There are 1189 chapters […]

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Sermon: The Fulfillment

  The FulfillmentTitus 3:7December 25, 2022 Almost a generation ago, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman wrote an article entitled, “Being a Jew at Christmas Time,” in which he wrote, “There is nothing wrong with sleigh bells, Bing Crosby, and Christmas pudding, but I should hope Christians would want more than just that, and as Christmas becomes more […]

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Sermon: The Appearance

The AppearanceTitus 3:4-6December 18, 2022 NASA’s Apollo Missions program successfully sent 24 astronauts to the moon and 12 of those actually walked on the moon.  The last Apollo mission was sent up in 1975; since then, there have been numerous Space Shuttle flights as well as flights to the international space station.  But no one […]

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Consider Christ

Everyone has a Christmas dream. In another generation it was sugar plums.  Today it might be an iPhone 14.  Or an Xbox.  Or a new pickup truck.  Or a book (or a loaded Kindle).  Or maybe a family trip.  Or a family meal where all the children and their families gather together.  Or a stocking […]

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I am Christ’s

As followers of Christ, we do not always reckon well the provision of Christ for us.  In this brief meditation, Philip Dodderidge helps us consciously meditate on our position in Christ and some of the infinite blessings that flow from the cross: I am yours!Your mercy is mine to pardon me.Your blood is mine to […]

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Sermon: The Promise

The PromiseTitus 1:2-3December 11, 2022 In 1974 George Roy Hill was awarded the Oscar for Best Director for The Sting, a film that starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Later that year, Hill received this letter from a 17-year-old aspiring actor: Dear Mr. Hill, Seeing that I am very close, dear, good, and long-lasting friends […]

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He is the King

Kevin Duckett is a metal detecting hobbyist, who went hunting with his tools in a field a dozen miles north of his home in Northamptonshire (UK) a few years ago.  When he spotted a gold glint, his first thought was that he had stumbled on an aluminum foil treasure.  He was wrong. He found a […]

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Sermon: God’s Judgment on Sin

God’s Judgment on SinZechariah 5:1-11November 13, 2022 We live in a sinful world.  We are well aware of the sinfulness of the world: There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness. (Prov. 30:12) For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man […]

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The Heart of Christ for Sinners

Half a dozen years ago, I read Thomas Goodwin’s work, The Heart of Christ.  Daily I found refreshment and encouragement from that 350-year-old work.  Since the book is our Book of the Month in November, I pulled it off my shelf and have refreshed my soul by rereading sections of it again. Here is one […]

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