Pastor Note #54 — The Church, Its Reason for Existing, and Its Stuff

            There is a church of my acquaintance that, a few years ago, faced a challenging problem.  The story I’m going to tell you about that church might sound to you like a fable that I’ve made up in order to teach some lesson.  But the church is a real … Continue reading Pastor Note #54 — The Church, Its Reason for Existing, and Its Stuff

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Sermon #47 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Father’s Running Embrace — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 5 (Easter)

  _ "If believers' eyes are turned to the power of the resurrection,  in their hearts the cross of Christ will at last triumph over the  devil, flesh, sin, and wicked men." John Calvin           God's love for us is in place before we ever do anything to deserve it.  God … Continue reading Sermon #47 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Father’s Running Embrace — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 5 (Easter)

Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4

“Is it not the very essence of the Christian hope,  that we shall be changed from much bad to all good?” George MacDonald, 19th century Scottish Preacher and Writer. By taking upon himself the painful, humiliating consequences of our sin, God breaks our self-centered pride, plants the true humility of repentance in us, ans so … Continue reading Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4

Sermon #45 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: In the Valley of Despair — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 3

  “Full often the most advantageous place for our manhood is that which is surrounded with splendid difficulties.” Charles H. Spurgeon When we attempt to live for ourselves and by means of ourselves, our lives become twisted and ruined, because God has designed us to live for him and by means of him, which is … Continue reading Sermon #45 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: In the Valley of Despair — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 3

Pastor Note #53 — Jesus at the Door

“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.” - Bishop Fulton Sheen   It is far better to keep the door to your heart unbolted and open. Otherwise, God will do one of two things. He may choose to kick it in, and that can really hurt. … Continue reading Pastor Note #53 — Jesus at the Door

Bible Note #17 — Matthew 6:25-34 — God’s Orientation Toward Us

Some of the great truths of Scripture are not so much great doctrinal concepts as they are simple relational realities concerning God’s orientation toward us.  What Calvin says of the Lord’s Supper can, I’m convinced, be applied to this whole category of truth.  “I rather experience than understand it.” [Inst. IV. xvii. 32]  Grasping these … Continue reading Bible Note #17 — Matthew 6:25-34 — God’s Orientation Toward Us