From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, July 29

On Tolerance and Salvation  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)  As I was studying for a sermon on Acts 4, I ran across an exemplary sermon on Acts 4:12 from the preacher we love so much, Charles Spurgeon. Below are some rich nuggets from that to…

From Your Pastor, July 22

Focus on Priorities Not the Past “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Mt. 6:33). “I press on to take hold of that for which Jesus Christ took hold of me. . . .Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ…

From Your Pastor, July 20

Pe (Part 16)Ps 119.129  Your testimonies are wonderful;therefore my soul keeps them.130 The unfolding of your words gives light;it imparts understanding to the simple.131 I open my mouth and pant,because I long for your commandments.132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,as is your way with those who love your name.133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise,and let…

From Your Pastor, July 15

Early Examples of Evangelistic Sermons  “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36) “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.” (Acts…

From Your Pastor, July 13

How Can We Summarize Chronicles?I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever (I Chronicles 17:11-12) If there was one theme above all in Chronicles—and, for that matter, in Scripture itself—it would be the faithful promise of God to King David that…

From Your Pastor, July 8

A Pattern in Acts  “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47b) “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” (Acts 6:7) The beginning chapter of Acts has a verse in it that is thought to an outline of the book. Acts 1:8 promises that…

From Your Pastor, July 1

Friends, Ann and I, along with our entire family, join to wish you and yours a happy July 4th holiday. This one will be far more celebratory than last years! About a decade ago, I published a small pamphlet about the religious history that evidences itself in the Declaration of Independence and other early colonial American documents. And if you are interested, I’m happy…

From Your Pastor, June 24

How is Preaching Effective? “And 3,000 souls were saved” (Acts 2:41) . . . “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. . . . For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” (I Cor. 1:21, 25) Every preacher, at one time or another, wonders what sort of sermon it must have been that had power to convert 3,000 people at…

From Your Pastor, June 17

Great Theologians on a Great Sermon “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart . . . and about 3,000 were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:37, 41)  In Acts 2, Peter preached a sermon that led to the conversion of over 3,000 people at once. That’s powerful. And it came about, after his presentation of the gospel, when they were “cut to the…

From Your Pastor, June 15

Revival and the Means of Grace (Word, Prayer & Sacraments)   Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? — Psalm 85.6 Would you like to see revival? You may not have an appetite for revival, or you could be allergic to the notion of revival. What do I mean by revival? No, I am not talking about a droopy attempt of rehashing Pentecost…

From Your Pastor, June 10

Why Matthias? God’s Continuing Work “May another take his place of leadership. Therefore, it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us . . . to take over this apostolic ministry. Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias, so he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:20, 25-26)  After Judas’ suicide, the disciples sought to fill…

From Your Pastor, June 8

Ayin (Part 15) Ps 119.121  I have done what is just and right;do not leave me to my oppressors.122 Give your servant a pledge of good;let not the insolent oppress me.123 My eyes long for your salvationand for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,and teach me your statutes.125 I…