The Dead Still Preach

Ecclesiastes 9:5 states quite bluntly, "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten." The vast majority of those who've died are forgotten (or will soon be forgotten). Most of us leave surprisingly little evidence of our having …

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Bitter Made Sweet | Exodus 15:22-27

In our present text, we find the remainder of Exodus, indeed of the Pentateuch, in miniature. Being led through the wilderness in chapters 15-18, God brings Israel to the foot of Sinai to receive His covenant and commandments and from there to enter the Promise Land (though they would, of course, spend forty years in …

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Who Is Like You, O LORD? | Exodus 15:1-21

After studying through a genealogy, a psalm that was also a parable, and a proverb about oxen, we at last moved back into a larger text. Particularly, we return to the book of Exodus, which we previously studied last year. We concluded with chapter 14 and then went on to conclude the Gospel of Mark. …

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Biblical Wisdom

Where There Are No Oxen | Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4 ESV DEFINING THE PRINCIPLE ON CLEANLINESS AND ORDERLINESS EMBRACING THE MANGER The wisdom literature of the Bible (that is, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) holds a special place in my heart. Although …

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Biblical Worship

A Parable for the Coming Generation | Psalm 78

With seventy-two verses, we certainly will not be able to mine even a fraction of the depths within this psalm; thus, let us be content to make this sermon a survey of the overall message of this psalm. From the first verse of this psalm, we learn that it is instructive: "Give ear, o my …

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The Story of the World in the Family of Jesus | Matthew 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron …

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The King Has Conquered

He Is Risen! | Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away …

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The King Has Conquered

Courage in the Face of Despair | Mark 15:39-47

And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When …

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The King Has Conquered

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? | Mark 15:33-38

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is …

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The King Has Conquered

And They Crucified Him | Mark 15:16-32

And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were …

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