Sermon #26 — Knowing God through Jesus — 1 John 2:1-6

God is absolutely, relentlessly determined to bring us back into relationship with him.  There's a lot that he has to do in order to accomplish that.  Jesus come along side us as our Advocate (Paraclete) and takes on and so takes away the guilt of our sin.  The consequence of this work of Jesus for … Continue reading Sermon #26 — Knowing God through Jesus — 1 John 2:1-6

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Blog Announcement #1

I've created a new feature for my blog.  You find it at the top of the page.  It's called "Growth Tracks."  You'll find a detailed explanation of the feature by clicking on the "Growth Tracks" link -- probably more detailed than you want.  But in general "Growth Tracks" are small topical study units in which … Continue reading Blog Announcement #1

Pastor Note #44 — Coffee Mugs and Robust Coffee, Churches and the Powerful Presence of Jesus

There are several steady coffee mugs in my life.  In our kitchen cabinets at home, we have quite a stable of coffee mugs.  Coffee mugs seem to just accumulate over time.  Recently, we cleared some of them out because we were running out of room on the shelves.  I’m willing to drink coffee out of … Continue reading Pastor Note #44 — Coffee Mugs and Robust Coffee, Churches and the Powerful Presence of Jesus

Sermon #25–Light and Life–1 John 1:5-10

From start to finish, the Scriptures leave no doubt that human beings are fatally broken by sin and evil.  Genesis 6:5 lays out the state of affairs in stark and thorough fashion -- "every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."  Jesus doesn't depart from that assessment.  "And this is the … Continue reading Sermon #25–Light and Life–1 John 1:5-10

Sermon #24 — The God Who Makes Himself Known: 1 John 1:1-4

If "religion" is humanity's effort to know God, then Christianity is not a "religion."  The heart of the Christian faith is not our endeavor to know God, but rather God's determination to make himself known to us.  Here in 1 John 1, the apostle points us to the God who "reveals" himself, the God who … Continue reading Sermon #24 — The God Who Makes Himself Known: 1 John 1:1-4