Think hopefully, not wishfully

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, “Finding Hope When Everything Feels Hopeless.”  The thesis of the post was that people today feel hopeless and need hope.  But hope “feels increasingly elusive,” with COVID, the election, winter, and more weighing on people’s minds.  Author Elizabeth Bernstein suggests that hope “guards against anxiety […]

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Sermon: In Praise of God

In Praise of God Romans 11:33-36 July 26, 2020 John Wesley Powell was a government explorer who led a boat expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1869.  He wrote a description of his impressions of that trip entitled, “The Most Sublime Spectacle on Earth” in his book, Canyons of the Colorado (1895): The Grand Canyon […]

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36 Spiritual Blessings of Salvation

Lewis Sperry Chafer delineated at least 33 blessings that the believer receives upon coming to Christ. He comments: “The Scriptures reveal 33 stupendous works of God which together comprise the salvation of the soul. They are wrought by God instantaneously, are grounded on the merit of Christ, and are eternal. Accordingly each member of the […]

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Sermon: What Happened???

What Happened??? Romans 11:7-10 March 8, 2020 I suppose that the most asked question in the universe is “why?”  Because 2-4 year-olds ask that question so many times, no other question gets asked more often.  But perhaps the next most-often asked question is, “what happened?”  As in, “I just received this month’s credit card bill. […]

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God’s shocking grace

In Romans 10:20, as Paul recounts the revelation of the gospel to the Israelites, he notes that Isaiah is “very bold” when he writes what he does in Isaiah 65:1ff.  The word “very bold” has the sense of words that are daring, astounding, and even shocking.  What God says through Isaiah is unanticipated and unexpected.  […]

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If Jesus is Lord…

The Apostle Paul makes the lordship of Jesus Christ a central theme in his letter to the Romans.  Forty three times Paul uses the word “Lord” in that letter, often with the pronoun, “our,” to indicate our fellowship with Him — Christ is not just any Lord, but He is the Lord who belongs to […]

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Sermon: God is Faithful

God is Faithful Romans 9 September 29, 2019 This morning we come to the table of communion.  This table is rightly called a table of remembrance.  It is designed to remind us of things that we must not forget, that we cannot forget, that we dare not forget: We dare not forget our need for […]

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Sermon: “Disappointed with God?”

Disappointed with God?  He is Faithful Romans 9:30-33 September 22, 2019 We live in a world where there are disappointments.  Big disappointments and little disappointments — they all bring a measure of sadness and grief into our lives: You had plans for a vegetable garden, and it didn’t rain, and what did grow got eaten […]

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