God, the Faithful Shepherd-King

God, the Faithful Shepherd-KingZechariah 9:11-17May 14, 2023 I suppose most people in most nations complain about their political leaders.  Ingrained in the fallenness of man is an inherent rebellion against authority.  So, we don’t like kings (or presidents, or dictators, or senators, or…).  We don’t want anyone ruling over us, dictating what we will do […]

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God’s Redeemer King

  God’s Redeemer KingZechariah 9:9-10May 7, 2023 Great Britain coronated a new regent yesterday.  After 70 years under the leadership of Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom now gives allegiance to and serves King Charles III. Elizabeth was particularly loved by Great Britains (at least it seemed that way from way over here in Texas).  As […]

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God’s Wrath and Redemption

God’s Wrath and RedemptionZechariah 9:1-8April 30, 2023 Unbelievers have many complaints against God.  But I suspect that one of the main complaints against God is that He is wrathful — and particularly that He would judge sinners and condemn them to eternal Hell.  You’ve heard the criticism:  “How can God send anyone to Hell and […]

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What’s Coming?

My daughter texted me this morning. “GUESS WHAT?” “I don’t know.  What?”             HAPPY OPENING DAY!!! ⚾️ That sentiment made me wonder (as a life-long-suffering Texas Ranger fan), “will this year be better…?” After more than 50 years of watching the Rangers the skeptic (realist?) in me says, “probably not.”  […]

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From Fasting to Feasting

From Fasting to FeastingZechariah 8:18-23March 26, 2023 Raye Jeanne and I enjoy watching home restoration shows.  We like seeing something dilapidated and unusable made beautiful and functional.  It’s inspiring how skilled and creative some restorers are. But not all restorers are equally effective.  Consider the experience of the Church of St. Michael in Estella, Spain.  […]

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God’s Grace for troubled People, Pt. 2

God’s Grace for Troubled People, Pt. 2Zechariah 8:9-17March 19, 2023 I suppose everyone likes a surprise (happy) ending to a story.  The Bible is filled with stories of unexpected endings — tragedies and loss that are unexpectedly transformed (what one writer calls “redemptive reversals”). These stories begin appearing in the Bible almost on the first […]

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God’s Grace for troubled People, Pt. 1

God’s Grace for Troubled People, Pt. 1Zechariah 8:1-8March 5, 2023 Thaddeus Williams writes about the fastest-growing religion in the world, self-worship: …84 percent of Americans believe that “enjoying yourself is the highest goal of life.” Further, 86 percent believe that to enjoy yourself you must “pursue the things you desire most.” And 91 percent affirm […]

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Sermon: A Question for the Lord

A Question for the LordZechariah 7:1-7February 5, 2023 For many years now, at the beginning of every year, I have preached a series of two sermons on essential spiritual disciplines:  Bible and prayer.  Then a few years ago I started also preaching a sermon on evangelism and the gospel.  We need these yearly reminders of […]

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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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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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