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From Your Pastor, August 14

Pride and Greatness And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”  But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.” (Mark 9:33-34) If you’ve ever felt like God could never use you to build His Church, Peter and the disciples are a good reminder that He can.…

From Your Pastor, August 13

Are You Rich Toward God?  In Luke 12, one after another, Jesus shares a series of short lessons. He warns against hypocrisy (vv. 1–3), tells us to fear God not men (vv. 4–7), invites us to confess Christ publicly and assures that if we do, he will confess our names before his Father (vv. 8–12). Then, there is the “Parable of the Rich Fool” (vv. 13–21). This is the…

From Your Pastor, August 12

It’s Personal “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart…

From Your Pastor, August 11

Luther, Owen, Martyrs, and Jean Paul: Sobering but Hopeful  On the passage I just preached from in John 16, James Montgomery Boice’s commentary includes several salient comments from the German Reformer, Martin Luther. First, he notes that “the killing of Christians became the policy of the [Roman] Empire. Persecutions filled the Middle Ages, climaxing in the…

From Your Pastor, August 10

Bold as a Lion   “The wicked flees when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov 28:1)  What comes to mind when you think of boldness and courage? Most Americans think of physical strength or perhaps wealth or intellectual genius. On the surface, it at least seems like people with such abilities going for them should be the most…

From Your Pastor, August 7

Not Just in the Past  On Sunday evenings, where we are studying 1 Corinthians, we just heard the Apostle Paul summarize the gospel: Jesus Christ and him crucified (2:2). That message was the stumbling block for Jewish people who couldn’t fathom a humbled God. And it was ridiculous for the philosophically minded Greeks, who couldn’t fathom a “weak” God. But for us,…

From Your Pastor, August 6

Pathetic and Precious  “…believe in the gospel.” — Mark 1.15  Do you believe in the gospel? The verb ‘believe’ means to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust. We trust in all sorts of things, like the simple fact that the chair you are sitting in right now will hold you up. You sat down in that chair expecting it to keep you elevated…

From Your Pastor, August 5

Where Your Treasure Is “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 In a time of severe unemployment, I am…

From Your Pastor, August 4

Two Illusions “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Ps 73:2-3).” When was the last time you looked at what another person has—family, job, car, home, etc.—and were tempted to be envious? Psalm 73 gives us invaluable insight into other people’s lives, and how…

From Your Pastor, August 3

You will find nothing? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine praying like the Psalmists.  In Psalm 17, for instance, the Psalmist (David, in this case) has been accused of some kind of evil and he wants his name cleared. So he starts off, “Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!” (v. 1a). So far, so good. But, then he goes on, “Give ear to my prayer from lips free of…

From Your Pastor, July 31

The Cerebral Assassin is Champion  When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. So David prevailed…

From Your Pastor, July 30

Abiding Fruit; Rooted in the Father’s Love “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” (John 15:7-9a) In our study of John 15, we have been exploring our union with Christ.…