How easy it is to let fear dominate our lives… What am I going to do if I do not find a spouse? What am I going to do if I don’t get into grad school? What am I going to do if they fire me? What am I going to do if the economy … Continue reading Compelled by the Love of God – 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
I've been studying over the past several days for our Spring Sermon series entitled "Final Words" from John 13-17 which is Jesus' Upper Room Discourse. John 13:1 says: Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved … Continue reading To What End Does God Love You?
Both our struggle with sin and pressures from suffering can unsettle us deeply. The only remedy is to know with equal depth the unbreakable love of God for us in Jesus. Reflecting on Romans will promote a cross-based, Spirit-given assurance of salvation for all believers in spite of sin (8:1-17), suffering (8:18-30) and death (8:31-39). … Continue reading Have You Settled the Issue Regarding Your Assurance of Salvation?
I want to charge you briefly as we celebrate this milestone in your life. The Apostle Paul pronounces a blessing on all those who follow Jesus in the ancient city of Thessalonica. In it, he offers to them and to you two safe spiritual harbors for a lifetime of meditation and reflection: God’s love and … Continue reading Pastoral Charge for Our Graduating High School Seniors
In the Fellowship of the Ring, the ominous Nazgul ride into the peaceful Shire on huge black horses pursuing Frodo and the other hobbits looking for the ring of power. This graphic scene portrays what oftentimes happens in our lives: All is peaceful, happy, and simple. Then the black horse of affliction rides into our … Continue reading The Lord’s Mercy and The Black Horse of Affliction