I Will Also Speak of Your Testimonies Before Kings | Psalm 119:46

I will also speak of your testimonies before kingsand shall not be put to shame, Psalm 119:46 ESV Even though the ESV breaks this verse into a new sentence (unlike verses 41-42 and 44-45), this verse is still very much building upon those before it, which is evidenced by the word also. The psalmist is, …

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What Should Deacons Do?

“The basic thesis of this book is that deacons–rightly understood and deployed–are an irreplaceable gift to Christ’s church” (21). Matt Smethurst’s Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church certainly accomplishes that goal in the opinion of this reader. Deacons is one of the two newest releases in the already wonderful Building Healthy Churches Series …

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The King Has Come

The Death of John the Baptist | Mark 6:14-29

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when …

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I Shall Walk in a Wide Place | Psalm 119:45

And I shall walk in a wide place,for I have sought your precepts. Psalm 119:45 ESV Given that this verse begins with the word and, we would do well to set it within the context of the previous verse: “I will keep your law continually, forever and ever” (v. 44). Having made that his intention, …

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Joy in Christ

Press On Toward the Goal for the Prize of the Upward Call of God | Philippians 3:12-16

This sermon was originally preached in 2018. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies …

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The Sending of the Twelve | Mark 6:7-13

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to …

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The American Nightmare?

This week I have begun reading through the first volume of Right Now Counts Forever, the four-volume collection of R. C. Sproul’s monthly columns on current events from the Tabletalk Magazine. The first article is from May 1977, and I have found those early ones quite fascinating. I’ve heard some make comparisons of the U.S.’s …

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Think About These Things | Philippians 4:8-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2018. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice …

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He Marveled Because of Their Unbelief | Mark 6:1-6

He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by …

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I Will Keep Your Law Continually | Psalm 119:44

I will keep your law continually,forever and ever, Psalm 119:44 ESV After the twofold petition that the psalmist made in verses 41-43 (first for salvation, then for God’s Word not to be taken from him), the psalmist now moves into a series of declarations that will last the remainder of stanza waw. He begins with …

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