Sermon: The Slain, Exalted Lamb

The Slain, Exalted LambRevelation 5April 17, 2022   We are Christians.  We are followers of Jesus Christ.  No day on our calendar of worship demonstrates our dependence on Christ more than Easter morning.  On this day we affirm we need Him and we will worship Him above all other things and people.  But on this […]

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“It Must Happen This Way”

“It Must Happen This Way:”The Arrest of Christ and the Sovereign Purpose of GodMatthew 26:47-56April 15, 2022 (Good Friday)   Facts reflect the reality of a condition.  They are true.  They can be believed.  But interpretations of facts are variable, inconsistent, at times inaccurate, and invariably not to be trusted. One husband was complaining to […]

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God is a rewarder

I always enjoyed school and learning — I suppose in large part because I have also always been curious about just about everything.  “How does that work?” is still a common question from me in conversations. But the year I was in fourth or fifth grade, I was particularly motivated to do well.  My parents […]

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Sermon: Living to Please God, Pt. 2

Living to Please God, Pt. 2Hebrews 11:4-6March 20, 2022 A generation ago, Charles Schultz helped us identify the nature of happiness: Happiness is a thumb and a blanket (Linus) Happiness is an umbrella and a new raincoat (Lucy) Happiness is having a friend (Charlie Brown and Snoopy) Happiness is sharing (Linus and Snoopy) Happiness is […]

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Help and Hope for the Anxious

On the first weekend in April, our church is hosting a one-day conference for our community.  We are thrilled to have Stuart Scott as our speaker (he’s written an excellent booklet on the topic).  There is no cost for the conference (and lunch is provided), but we do need all participants to register.  More information […]

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Sermon: Living to Please God

Living to Please GodHebrews 11:4-6March 13, 2022 A year ago, Sirin Kale, a journalist for the British newspaper The Guardian, wrote: In the past fortnight, I have bought the following items online: a hideous cat tree that takes up most of my living room, a lavender pillow spray, two scarves, a pair of gloves, two […]

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Set free

In 1864, having served as a slave for 32 years, Jourdan Anderson escaped with his wife Amanda from their master, Colonel P.H. Anderson.  They went to Ohio where Jourdan found work as a free man, finally able to support his family. A year later, Jourdan received a letter from P. H., asking him to return […]

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Sermon: Living…by faith

Living…By FaithHebrews 11:1-3March 6, 202 We live in an unjust world. This is the hospitality center for Slavic Gospel Association in Irpin, Ukraine, where I stayed two years ago.  And this is now one of the roads that leads to that house. The war against Ukraine has grieved many of you; it provokes me to […]

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When you are angry

I have recently been re-reading David Powlison’s book, Good and Angry. I found two ideas to be particularly helpful. First, like a good biblical counselor, he reminds us readers to supplant sinful anger with a corresponding righteous replacement.  And he reminds us of the nature of God to do that, drawing attention to God’s interaction […]

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Praying for Ukraine

Note:  This article was updated on March 3, from its original post on February 25. I have been graced to be able to take several trips overseas to teach the Scriptures:  Cambodia, Germany, Uganda, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, and Dubai.  When the opportunity to travel and teach is given, my first response is to ask my […]

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Reflections on teaching overseas

Last week, Pastor Dan Kirk and I taught a course on Marriage and Family Counseling for the Gulf Theological Seminary in Dubai, UAE.  The president of the seminary is Eric Zeller, a longtime friend and ministry co-laborer who we began supporting nearly a decade ago.  The course was part of an emphasis GTS is making […]

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