In light of the coming flood of judgment thousands of years ago, God provided a means of salvation. He commanded
In Genesis 3 we find the story of The Fall. We see a character enter the creation named Satan who takes
Week 1, Day 2: John 1:1-3; Psalm 8, 104 This morning I read this from Psalm 8… O Lord, our
We have all seen the following tagline shouted, posted and displayed in so many different ways: ________________ lives matter! No
As a covenant community, the members of my church, Westwood, intentionally seeks ‘meaningful membership.’ I love that we are a
On Sunday our pastor led our congregation in a study of Isaiah 11:1-12. In this passage, Isaiah further expounds upon his prophesy of a coming child that he introduces in chapter 9, the One who will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6). On one level this prophesy offered encouragement to the Israelite people in that time who had been taken captive and forced to leave the land God had given to them. They could be reminded of God’s plan and his faithfulness to complete that plan. Even though things were bleak for them currently, God would return a remnant of his people to the promised land in order to finish what he had started through them. God had promised Eve that he would provide a seed of a woman who would crush the head of the serpent. He then promised Abraham that this seed would come from his lineage. Isaiah reminds the Israelite people that despite their own
God’s rebuke of his priests in Malachi offers a sobering picture of the reality of marginal giving for the Church today. To understand this, we must fully understand the context of this heavy passage in light of the entire biblical narrative. In his indictment, God accuses the Priests of “offering polluted food upon my altar” when they “offer blind animals in sacrifice…and those that are lame or sick” (Mal 1:7, 8). Now at first glance we may simply believe that God chastises his priests for the mere fact that they have broken his law, which indeed they had (see Lev 22:17-25; Deut 15:21; 17:1). True, the priests were guilty of offering what was easy instead of what was commanded; however, the context and very purpose of the sacrificial system in which the priests participated forbids us to stop at that interpretive level.
I realize this is a very thin line. We must not compromise the truth and we must continue to engage and combat sin within our culture; but, we also must find a way to do that without abandoning the call to love our neighbors. If we get this wrong and engage the wrong enemy, the church loses its evangelistic voice and begins to abdicate its responsibility to proclaim truth and the good news of the Gospel within the culture in a compelling way. Outsiders will be viewed as enemies who need to be destroyed or avoided rather than potential worshipers in need of redemption. The church will spend its resources in building its own subculture rather than invading the culture with truth, saturated in the love of Christ.
Jesus makes two very important promises to his disciples in John 14:12-14. It just so happens that these two promises
I have embedded a video below that has greatly convicted me. It is about 9 minutes long and includes an excerpt from a sermon by Allistair Begg. Begg’s incredible accent alone offers reason enough to watch all 9 minutes, not to mention the great beat in the background; but, it will be well worth your time for a number of reasons if you click play. Before you watch it, though, please consider some of my thoughts… I would consider myself a fairly political person. Most of the time you will find my radio dial in my car set to talk radio! I know, I’m boring. I enjoy political banter more than most, probably, and am generally interested in the happenings of the day. I consider myself a strong conservative, as well as someone who very much loves his country. Why am I telling you this? Because, as you watch the video below, you will understand my struggle with it. Although I