Wise people live with intention. They know God's redemptive path, and they walk accordingly. As John Calvin said, "They know God and they know themselves." What is more, wise people study their hearts, guard their hearts, and cultivate their hearts. Solomon says it...read >>
Through Christ, God adopts us into his gospel family. Now, God is our new, perfect Heavenly Father. And, we are now his children: his beloved sons and daughters. We have a new identity, new priorities, new passions, and new goals. Thus, we begin to resemble our...read >>
This is our eighth and final week in our series on the Church entitled "O How He Loves Her". We’ve spent seven weeks talking about the Church’s Lord & His covenant love; her identity as His Bride; who belongs to His Bride: her members; who should lovingly lead...read >>
You're most likely very familiar with contracts, but do you know what a covenant is?
Like it or not, around these parts of the world, much of our lives are governed by contracts. We have them with the phone company, the electric company, insurance companies... and...read >>
Are you going to heaven? That is THE most important question, isn't it?
The crowds that surrounded Jesus were most likely convinced of their eternal destiny in heaven just as most people today are. But were they right? Are we? On what basis?
Jesus continues...read >>
Two weeks ago, Peter made the Great Confession on behalf of the disciples. Of Jesus, he said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus' response? "Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh & blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in...read >>
Where is your confidence before our holy God? Perhaps you've been baptized? Maybe you were raised in the Church and have been a member for years, have gone on mission trips, have evangelized many friends, are even consider by many as a godly saint... or at least...read >>
Are you at peace with God? Should you be? Maybe: if your life is filled with Holy Spiri-enabled repentance, power and joy. But maybe not?
Could it be that, in the name of spiritual notches on our belts, evangelicalism has so watered down "the gospel" that it has...read >>
There are many things in the Christian life that cannot be explained, experienced, understood or lived until a person is one.
This week we'll take another look at Jesus' fourth Beatitude from Matthew's account of the Gospel. It may sound completely contradictory,...read >>
We'll never convince the world of their need for Jesus without knowing & living the reality of our need for Him ourselves.
There are so many, many promises in Jesus' sermon on the hillside. However, few Christians today actually experience them? Why not?
So now what? That's pretty much what the crowds asked Peter after his sermon on Pentecost. Convicted by the Gospel--remember, that means they were convicted by Good News--crowds came under conviction of sin and couldn't help but ask, "What should we do?" "Repent,...read >>
What makes the Gospel glorious? God does. Not just who He is, but how He has manifested "who He is" among us: the death, burial & resurrection of His Son for our sin. All praise & glory is due Him!
So then, what's the connection between His manifestation of Love...read >>
Are you one who learns easily from your mistakes?
Pride is a beast. Even when we know we're dead wrong, we often argue our side as though we were right. Foolishness. Yet who of us hasn't done it?
Joseph & his eleven brothers will lead the 12 tribes of Israel....read >>
Sometimes the ugliness of sin is nearly unbearable. But the reality of its presence in any one of us is so persistent, so real, ever lurking and knocking at our doors that we had better pay close attention.
It is amazing how quickly we can turn from saints to...read >>
When things are going our way it's pretty easy to keep the "God is good" perspective. But what when things don't? Isn't God just as good? Hasn't He promised to cause all things for our good, for those that love Him?
Today, Jacob gets a taste of his own medicine. He...read >>
The Lord's Prayer. You've probably got it memorized, have said it hundreds of time, but do you have any idea what it means? what you're asking?
As we continue considering the core aspects of walking faithfully with Christ, of our sanctification, being set apart...read >>
How is your fight to stay faithful? Are you doing well, good and faithful? Feeling lethargic, unfocused and spiritually lazy? Perhaps you're at a breaking point, losing heart, almost ready to throw in the towel?
For thousands of years the Church has held to a...read >>
We spent our time together last week examining the Doctrine of God. But how do we know who is He is?
The Bible says that God has revealed Himself through what scholars call "General Revelation." This to say, certain attributes of God can be observed through what He...read >>
In today's passage, God proves Himself faithful once again: Sarah gives birth to the promised seed, Isaac whose name means laughter.
There's a lot of laughter going on in today's passage, but Ishmael's smells a bit fishy. Momma Sarah spots it and calls for a...read >>