Sermon Series

Out of Egypt, Through Wilderness, Into Covenant: Introducing Exodus

The ESV Study Bible appropriately introduces the book of Exodus, saying: Exodus is an adventure story par excellence. It features a cruel villain (Pharaoh), an unlikely hero (Moses), overwhelming disasters (the plagues), a spectacular deliverance (crossing the Red Sea), a long journey (through the wilderness), a mountaintop experience (where Moses received the Ten Commandments), and …

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Communion: The Faith We Embody

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16 ESV Throughout his ministry in Geneva, John Calvin dealt with a group of Libertines who used the grace of Christ …

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Prince of Peace | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV For the Hebrews, peace encompassed more than just the absence of war and strife. Peace was the state of perfect existence, the world as it was meant to be. Peace is what we were made for, the nagging feeling in our …

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Gifts, God, & Our Desperate Struggle Against Time

Although I read N. D. Wilson’s Death by Living back in 2017, I have regularly visited certain passages and chapters ever since. The following is one such quotation: Our futile struggle in time is courtesy of God’s excessive giving. Sunset after sunset make it hard to remember and hold just one. Smell after smell. Laugh …

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Eucharist: The Hope We Proclaim

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah!For the Lord our Godthe Almighty reigns.Let us rejoice and exult            and give him the glory,for the marriage of the Lamb has come,            and his …

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Everlasting Father | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV The third title that is given here in Isaiah 9:6 for the Christ is a rather interesting one: Everlasting Father. With the full revelation of Scripture now before us, we know that our great God is triune, three persons yet one …

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Favorite Books of 2021

Child’s Story Bible by Catharine VosWithout hesitation, this has been my favorite book to read this year. Of course, much of my enjoyment is related to the fact that this is the first sizable book that her and I have read together, yet we would not have made our way through this 800-page behemoth of …

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The Lord’s Supper: The Love We Remember

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also …

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Mighty God | Isaiah 9:6

and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV As we continue our Advent meditations upon the four names given to the Christ in Isaiah 9:6, we come to the second title: Mighty God. The Christ is not only Wisdom made flesh; He is also a king of might. This …

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Visionless in a Visual Age

I have a thought or two about the whole Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict. But let me first say that I am glad that the calling of a pastor does not include the requirement of being a cultural commentator. I am too slow of thought to have something scriptural and meaningful say before social media …

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