Posts with the tag “elders”
Fixing Your Eyes, Finally and Forever
May 9th, 2020
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,...
Three Simple Steps to Deeper Joy (Simple, not Easy)
May 8th, 2020
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is, “What is the c...
A Call to Arms: This Won't be Easy
May 7th, 2020
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."Talk about some marching orders. You could almost view this as Paul giving us “the how” to Jesus’ “what.”The What (from Jesus): Make disciple...
Journeying through Suffering toward Hope
May 6th, 2020
"Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because G...
Biblical Hope: The Right Things for the Right Reasons
May 5th, 2020
"And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inh...
A Call to Perseverance
May 4th, 2020
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."Sowing and reaping. Reaping and sowing. Sunup to sundown. Day in and day out. Year after year after ...
Peace through Assurance of Salvation
May 2nd, 2020
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life."During the Protestant Reformation, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) spoke fo...
Peace with God or Peace with the Devil
May 1st, 2020
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and...
Peace with God or Peace with the Flesh
April 30th, 2020
"For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires,...
Peace with God or Peace with the World
April 29th, 2020
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes an...
Peace with God
April 28th, 2020
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rej...
Peace of God
April 27th, 2020
Often times, when these verses are discussed, many feel as if God has given them a command that cannot be followed. Who can remain at peace when the world’s economy has come to a halt, people we know ...
Love Casts Out Fear
April 25th, 2020
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.”In this verse John ...
Love the Beloved
April 24th, 2020
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever has been born of God and knows God.”In the Great Commandment (Matt. 22: 34-40), Jesus tells us to love our neighbors. In this passa...
April 23rd, 2020
“Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”This verse gives us a strong warning against loving the pleasures of the flesh. “Pleasure” in this verse is set ...
Love Your Neighbor
April 22nd, 2020
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”Following his command to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37),” ...
Where is the Love?
April 21st, 2020
“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up hi...
The Greatest of These is Love
April 20th, 2020
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.”Some theologians believe that love is set apart as the “greatest of these” because it is the only one of the three ...
A Hope Eternal
April 18th, 2020
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man...
April 17th, 2020
“He said, 'The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me fr...
A Better Hope
April 16th, 2020
“But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.”Have you ever really wanted something, you know really wanted it and...
As the Deer
April 15th, 2020
“As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you , O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My Tears have been my food, day and n...
Joy, Patience, and Prayer
April 14th, 2020
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”It's really a simple instruction, yet in practice it might be one of the hardest commandments we are given in the Bible. "Rejoice in...
How Can We Have Hope?
April 13th, 2020
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”How is it possible to have hope in what seems to be such a hopeless time? ...
April 11th, 2020
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."We have a tendency to always expect good things to h...
The Peace of Obedience
April 10th, 2020
“When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”There it is! It took us 5 days, but we...
Contentment In Suffering
April 9th, 2020
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”This seems kind of abstract, doesn’t it? I’m havin...
Contentment In Relationships
April 8th, 2020
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, ...
Contentment With Money
April 7th, 2020
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”Eve...
Paul’s Secret of Contentment
April 6th, 2020
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”That’s awesome, Paul. Congratulations. That plus 5 bucks will barely get me an overpriced coffe...
Holding on While Being Held
April 4th, 2020
We started off this week by reading Philippians 1:6: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” This verse is a good support ...
Growth in Grace
April 3rd, 2020
“…holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”In Colossians 2:16-23, the apostle Paul is war...
Joy > Happiness
April 2nd, 2020
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”A few years ago we worked through a sermon series called The Pursuit of Happin...
A Good Conscience
April 1st, 2020
“…since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience...”There’s a line from a so...
March 31st, 2020
“…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses kn...
The Fullness of God’s Work
March 30th, 2020
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”The Westminster Shorter Catechism #36 asks this question: “What are the benefits wh...
The Fading and the Fickle
March 28th, 2020
"fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."The economy is crashing, don't be afraid. Your ...
Faith That Overcomes
March 27th, 2020
"And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"Faith overcomes the world. Faith is the gi...
The Sickness of Homesickness
March 26th, 2020
"So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight."Paul had been through it all. Sickness, persecution, bea...
The Object of Your Faith
March 25th, 2020
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."What a sweet and powerful reminder of the object of our faith and the reward of our faith. The ...