This morning I had the opportunity to explore a very familiar text with a group of friends as we came together to worship the Lord and pray for one another. The text was not only a familiar text, it is, for most readers, one of those “boring, skip-over texts”. But we took a second look … More Re-examining Familiar Texts: Protect the Other
Weekend Musings “The church can preach salvation and nurture the saved, but it cannot save. The church can preach, exhort, rebuke, and admonish against sin, it can proclaim the forgiveness of sin and it can give theological definition to sin, but the church cannot atone for sin.” —R.C. Sproul Who is Jesus? (Crucial Questions Series) … More What the Church Can and Can’t Do
Weekend Musings “Your soul will shrink to the level of its concerns.” —John Piper Make sure this Christmas that you remain ultimately concerned about the right things. He is called “Immanuel” because He is “God with us.” He was named Jesus, “because He would save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:18-25) Who He … More Being Concerned about the Right Things at Christmas
A wise mother’s legacy to her son. Have the best of Christmas’s this year. Remember Who (Jesus) and what it is all about (Salvation)? 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, … More Have a Blessed Christmas from a Dead but Living Black Woman
Sunday Musings “and to Obed the father of Jesse” Matthew 1:5b One of Obed’s children, this man without a story is Jesse, the father of great King David. And Jesse became the father of eight sons Three soldiers Many shepherds One king But … More Preaching the Genealogy of Christ (An excerpt)
Sunday Musings The Final Question to the Westminster Shorter Catechism is Question 107. What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us? Answer: The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and power, and the glory, forever. Amen, teaches us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in … More Longing for the King as His Birth Approaches
Tuesday is for Preaching Got your Christmas series planned? Not? Do you believe the whole Bible is inspired? Try this one. Consider doing a month long series in Matthew 1:1-25. Week 1: Matthew 1:1-6a What Child is This: Part 1 Week 2: Matthew 1:6b-11 What Child is This: Part 2 Week 3: Matthew 1:12-17 What … More If the Genealogies are Inspired Why Don’t We Preach from Them?
Friday is for Heart Songs The Importance of the Names of Christ The Old Testament makes it clear that it is God alone who can save men and women from sin and the corrupting influence of sin: Genesis 49:18 2 Kings 19:15-19 2 Chron. 14:11 2 Chronicles 20:5-12 Psalm … More Beyond Narnia: Always Christmas, Never Winter
Wednesday before Christmas Immanuel, God with us. (Matthew 1:23) God is with us. The creator of all that is seen and unseen is with us. God, YHWH, took on human flesh and walked among us. He was covered with the downy flesh of a baby and placed in the rude bed of an animal’s feeding … More Immanuel, God with Us! Can it Really Be True?