Hardened Hearts | Romans 11:9

And David says,“Let their table become a snare and a trap,a stumbling block and a retribution for them” Romans 11:9 If there is any idea in the Bible that is difficult to hear, it is that God hardens hearts. However, when reading through the Bible, one is forced to confront this reality. The most glaring …

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The Five Solas

This sermon is quite different from my ordinary sermons because there are five short sermons (sermonettes, if you will) rather than one full-length exposition. Since Reformation Day fell upon a Sunday this year, I took a one-week break from studying The Gospel of Mark to have a Five Solas Sunday. The way service was structured …

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Five Sermons for Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day! Today we celebrate and remember the work that God began during the Reformation through Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. Since we rightly celebrate the Reformation by affirming the Five Solas, here are five sermons that capture those glorious themes. For Scripture Alone, read The Authority of Scripture. …

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FOUR | Meditations on Our Future Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK When they once have raised their heads above this earth, even though they should see the ungodly decked out in wealth and awards, enjoying the utmost tranquility, flaunting every kind of splendor and luxury, and abounding in every kind of pleasure—even if, moreover, they should be wickedly attacked by the ungodly, …

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He Must Increase | John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV For John the Baptist’s disciples, there was a problem. Thus far, John was the primary prophet in the land; actually, the only prophet in the land and the first in about four hundred years as well. This resulted in John gaining a large following from …

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The King Has Come

Let the Children Be Fed First | Mark 7:24-30

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. …

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THREE | Bearing Our Cross Is a Part of Self-Denial

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If, then, we want to be disciples of Christ, we should make it our aim to soak our minds in the sort of sensitivity and obedience to God that can tame and subdue every natural impulse contrary to His command. So it will be that no matter what kind of cross …

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Remember Your Word to Your Servant | Psalm 119:49

Here again is Psalm 119 on a Wednesday, while discussion over chapter 3 of Calvin's Little Book will be posted on Friday. I believe that I will make this scheduling switch for chapters 4-5 as well. Grace and peace. Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope. Psalm 119:49 ESV Here …

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Evil Things Come from Within | Mark 7:14-23

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left …

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TWO | Self-Denial in the Christian Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If we are not our own but the Lord’s, it’s clear what errors we must flee, and what we must direct our whole lives toward. We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us …

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