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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,…

From Your Pastor, September 1

Delighting in Truth “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) How do you find joy and delight in the midst of difficult circumstances? Jeremiah is a wonderful guide in times of suffering (and, for that matter, in easy times). He teaches us, in…

From Your Pastor, August 31

Zacchaeus or the Rich Young Ruler? Two stories in the Gospel of Luke appear close to one another. The Rich Young Ruler comes to Jesus in Luke 18:18–27 and asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” After he said he’d kept God’s law, Jesus tells him that he still needed to sell his possessions, give them to the poor, and follow him. And we know how that story…

From Your Pastor, August 28

Anxiety Is a Form of Disobedience  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”—Matthew 6.34 Do not worry! Are you kidding me, Jesus? Have you seen the political candidates? Have you seen the economic mess in the U.S.? Jesus, do you really know about the dysfunction in my family and…

From Your Pastor, August 27

Looking for Shepherds “Be shepherds of God’s flock . . . not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”(1 Pet. 5:2a, 3)  In August, our elders, deacons, and pastors gathered for an annual joint meeting to discuss how we serve the Lord together. After a nice dinner, we had a time of study, discussion, and prayer. The primary…