From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, September 18

Shepherd the Flock of God “ . . . shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” — 1 Peter 5.1-4…

From Your Pastor, September 17

A Fall 2020 Church-wide Goal“. . . they have kept thy Word.” (John 17:6c)  As I am working on the third sermon from our Lord’s Prayer in John 17, I have to say: it only gets richer and better with time and repetition. I have sought to summarize in previous devotionals some of the material from Thomas Manton on this great prayer. Yet, there are many other fine…

From Your Pastor, September 15

A Mighty Rumor Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.” (I Sam 23: 26-27) We have before us…

From Your Pastor, September 14

A Song for the Sabbath Most of our Bibles have a superscription at the beginning of psalms. It’s a sort of title or a bit of musical information. One that has confused me on more than one occasion is Psalm 92’s “A Song for the Sabbath.” It’s simple enough on its face.  But after you read the psalm, you might notice that it never even mentions the Sabbath at all. The…

From Your Pastor, September 12

Saturday Devotionals – Election Sermons Now that the fall has begun and it’s an election year, a summary of some past sermons might help all of us think about and focus on politics and elections. All the sermons in this series are non-partisan—actually, pre-partisan—so enjoy some biblical meditations. For this weekend, I hope you enjoy the summary of the following…

From Your Pastor, September 11

September 11th  “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” — 2 Timothy 1:7 Almost two decades have passed since terrorists attacked the United States of America. They highjacked and flew planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksfield, Pennsylvania. They murdered thousands of people, caused millions of dollars’…

From Your Pastor, September 10

How and Why Jesus Prayed “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed.”  John 17:1  This morning, I want to continue bringing you a few threads from the 45-sermon series on John 17 by 17th century English Puritan Thomas Manton. Imagine a year of sermons from this one chapter! While that might sound overwhelming, today let’s just bite off two…

From Your Pastor, September 8

Growing in Wisdom   “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints(Prov 2:6-8).” If you’ve ever read Proverbs, you know that one of the primary topics discussed is…

From Your Pastor, September 7

Foster Faithfulness One of the beautiful things about poetry is the intricacy of meaning that comes out the more attention you give to it.  That is especially true in the Psalms. There are depths to plumb and riches to explore if we will summon the effort for the endeavor. Let’s consider Psalm 37 (from the ESV) for example. It advises us not to give our attention or…

From Your Pastor, September 5

Saturday Devotionals – Election Sermons Now that the fall has begun and it’s an election year, a summary of some past sermons might help all of us think about and focus on politics and elections. All the sermons in this series are non-partisan—actually, pre-partisan—so enjoy some biblical meditations. For this weekend, I hope you enjoy the summary of the following…

From Your Pastor, September 4

Penal Substitutionary Atonement For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…— 1 Peter 3.18 How did God obtain the church? Luke tells us that he did it “with his own blood” (Acts 20.28). Strictly speaking, did God the Father suffer and die on the…

From Your Pastor, September 3

Jesus’ Great Prayer Please begin your day by reading John 17:1-5, which was the sermon text last Sunday.  Thomas Manton (1620-1677) is one of my all-time favorite commentators. He wrote a number of commentaries, and I believe he authored the peak commentary on the Book of James. An Oxford graduate, he published 190 sermons on Psalm 119 and 45 sermons on John 17,…