Good Friday and Three Truths the Cross Enforces

When the Apostle Peter discovered that Jesus would experience humiliation and suffering, he exploded, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you." Then, Jesus' offered a devastating rebuke: "Get behind me, Satan, you are a stumbling block" (16:22-23). Jesus reminded him and us that the son of man came to give His life. This … Continue reading Good Friday and Three Truths the Cross Enforces

A Prayer of Confession based upon Luke 12:13-21

Audio Version: A Prayer of Confession based on Luke 12:13-21 Generous Father,  How prone we are to cry ‘foul’ where we have experienced a perceived injustice or personal slight. Yet You are a God of perfect justice who reconciles us to Yourself through an act of inconceivable injustice against Your perfectly innocent Son... Jesus. We find it hard to … Continue reading A Prayer of Confession based upon Luke 12:13-21

Great Sin…Deep Despair…The Power of Jesus

“The greatest sin and the deepest despair together cannot baffle the power of Jesus.” These words were spoken by a woman who for a season of her life lived in a suburb of hell… a place of spiritual darkness, rife with all manner of disease, horrendous oppression and death, and all instigated by the one … Continue reading Great Sin…Deep Despair…The Power of Jesus

My Dilemma and God’s Delight

According to Isaiah 40, what’s our dilemma?  There’s a huge problem.  You and I cannot fulfill our destiny. The problem is mentioned twice in vv. 1-2 of chapter 40…SIN Most try to deny this problem and appeal to the goodness of man. Scripture writers reveal that the path to freedom and to fulfilling our destiny … Continue reading My Dilemma and God’s Delight

When God Pursues the Frustrated – A Sermon from Luke 5:1-11

Listen to a MP3 of this sermon According to Luke 5:1-11, when God pursues the frustrated, four things occur… Intro: Have you ever been hopelessly unproductive and unsuccessful at something? How frustrated did you get when all of your resources failed? US: Some of you have gotten extremely frustrated playing the dating game or maybe … Continue reading When God Pursues the Frustrated – A Sermon from Luke 5:1-11

When Sin Looks Normal and Righteousness Seems Strange

When we abandon friendship with God to become a friend of the world, sin looks normal and righteousness seems strange (James 4:4). David Wells defines worldliness like this: “that system of values, in any given age, which has at its center our fallen human perspective, which displaces God and his truth from the world, and … Continue reading When Sin Looks Normal and Righteousness Seems Strange