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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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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Sermon: God’s Sovereign Mercy, Pt 2

God’s Sovereign Mercy, Pt. 2 Romans 9:6-13 June 23, 2019 Unless you are a devout historian, you probably don’t know the name Nicholas Winton.  “Nicky” Winton died four years ago at the age of 106.  That’s remarkable, but that’s not what is most remarkable about him. His life began somewhat unremarkably, a Jewish son in […]

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He chose us because…

What is the reason that one man is called [to salvation], and not another?  It is from the eternal purpose of God.  God’s decree gives the casting voice in man’s salvation.  Let us then ascribe the whole work of grace to the pleasure of God’s will.  God did not choose us because we were worthy, […]

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Does God hate?

What does it mean when the Bible says, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” (Rom. 9:13)? Can God really hate people?  (We know it is righteous to hate sin.)  If so, how is that hatred righteous (as it must be for God to be God)?  And what specifically did it mean when Paul quoted […]

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Sunday Leftovers (5/3/09)

For all the questions that may be raised about the doctrine of divine, unconditional election, what is particularly striking about Ephesians 1:4 is its clarity and simplicity. That God was the one doing the choosing is unmistakable.  That man is incapable of offering anything meritorious for his salvation, is also clear.  God chose before the […]

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