Quote of Note #85: Forgiving, Caring, Healing Heart of God

"The question is not:  How many people take you seriously?  How much are you going to accomplish?  Can you show some results?  But: Are you in love with Jesus?  Perhaps another way to put the question would be: Do you know the incarnate God?  In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous … Continue reading Quote of Note #85: Forgiving, Caring, Healing Heart of God

Quote of Note #75: God Is Not Always Gentle

"Anyone who has any experience at all of the living God knows that he is nothing at all like this Somebody who tut-tuts politely at our failings and lays a soothing hand upon our anxious little heads.  The God, who lives in us if we allow him, is not necessarily always gentle: he can be … Continue reading Quote of Note #75: God Is Not Always Gentle

Sermon #42 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Loving Jesus — 1 John 4:15-21

      “Our great need, then, is simply Jesus Christ.  He is what we need.  He has what we need.  He knows what we need to know.  He has the ability to do in us what we cannot do – working in us that which is well-pleasing in God’s sight.”  A. W. Tozer. Knowing … Continue reading Sermon #42 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Loving Jesus — 1 John 4:15-21

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

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

Sermon #16 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 7: Three in One

In a theological context, a mystery is not a puzzle to be solved but rather a truth that exceeds the rational capacity of human beings.  Certainly, the top of the list of mysteries in the Christian faith is the doctrine of the Trinity.  The doctrine of a Triune God is crucial to the Christian faith; … Continue reading Sermon #16 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 7: Three in One

Sermon #15 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 6: To Know and Be Known

The Christian faith is not merely a set of ideas or concepts that adherents are meant to affirm intellectually; rather it is a living relationship with a living Being.  If this series of sermons were to lead anyone to the notion that the Christian faith is simply about an intellectual decision to agree to a … Continue reading Sermon #15 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 6: To Know and Be Known