They said it better than me: Death

Yesterday, I wrote about thinking about death. Today I offer some quotations from others who have spoken biblically and wisely about death: “The question is not whether we will die, but whether we will die in a way that bears much fruit.” (John Piper, Filling up the Afflictions of Christ) “Death is a threat to […]

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Sermon: Blessings and Dying Words

Blessings and Dying WordsHebrews 11:20-22May 8, 2022 The legacy of people’s final words is fascinating.  What were the final words and thoughts on people’s minds as they departed this life for eternal life (or eternal death)?  These words are significant because death is the ultimate enemy of all men.  There are more harsh and less […]

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Sermon: A Test of Faith

A Test of FaithHebrews 11:17-19May 1, 2022   More than 30 years ago, I walked out of a classroom and building, and crossed the street to head to the school-owned apartment in which Raye Jeanne and I lived.  It was a pleasant early May day, with bright sunshine and moderate temperature.  As I crossed the […]

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Promises, Promises

We are used to people breaking promises.  We assume politicians — Presidents, Senators, Representatives, State legislators, city councilmen and more — will break their promises.  We know that some marriage vows being given in earnest this year will be broken in years to come.  Promises to children for vacations and days away (“Six Flags!” and […]

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God doesn’t change

God doesn’t change. God hasn’t changed.  God won’t change.  God can’t change. God is what He is. God is what He always has been.  And God will always be what He has always been. In contrast, our lives know only change.  We get older (and weaker and ultimately, frail).  Our children get older.  Our job […]

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Sermon: Our Infinite, Intimate God

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 […]

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It’s hard to trust God

I sympathize with those who find it difficult to trust God in adversity. I have been there often enough myself to know something of the distress, the despair, and the darkness that fills our souls when we wonder if God truly cares about our plight. I have spent a good portion of my adult life […]

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The Lord has planned…

“For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” (Is. 14:27; NASB) A few years ago, the United States Department of Transportation set aside $200 million for research and development of an automated highway system that would alleviate traffic congestion in […]

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For what do you wait?

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.” (Ps. 39:7; NASB) The plight of Merhan “Alfred” Nasseri was an unusual one, to say the least.  In 1988 he arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on a two-day trip, but without a visa.  Apparently his Iranian passport was confiscated […]

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Broken, yet intricately woven

From Emily Armstrong, wife of blogger Aaron Armstrong: I was diagnosed with epilepsy on Friday. My first thought was, “This is very inconvenient.” I asked the doctor how it happened, but there is no apparent cause. It just is. I didn’t do anything to cause epilepsy, nor is anyone else responsible for it. I find […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles I’ve recently read: Some Thanksgiving leftovers: Mark Talbot explains why even suffering is something for which we can praise God. Jerry Bridges reminds us that, “Paul said we’re to come to God “with thanksgiving.” We should thank Him for His past faithfulness in delivering us from troubles. We should thank Him for […]

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