A Road Map to Isaiah

A Road Map to Isaiah

In our devotional, this morning, I want to furnish you with a brief roadmap to the book of Isaiah. I hope it will give you a sense of perspective during our evening studies on the Lord's Day.

Our Helper He Amid the Flood

Our Helper He Amid the Flood

On my way through Twitter this morning, I happened upon a Charles Spurgeon quote, “God will never cease to help us until we cease to need.”

The Nearness of God

The Nearness of God

As I type this week’s devotional, Baxter, my wee Rat Terrier has just plonked himself down beside my foot. He likes to be near me. On my part, His furry pressure on my calf lends a reassuring warmth to the room.

News for the World

News for the World

It gives me very great pleasure this weekend to introduce to you a young friend of mind, John Prabhakar.  We will welcome John to our pulpit this Sunday Evening. John is a gifted preacher and intends to head with his wife, Kelley Beth, back to his home city of Bangalore to begin a church planting works in the heart of that bustling city.

Control Yourself, Please!

Control Yourself, Please!

Happiness isn’t to be found in learning to control our environment, our circumstances, or the people we love. Most all of these things lie forever outside of our control. Happiness is to be found in harnessing the one thing we can control: ourselves.

The Simplicity of the Gospel

The Simplicity of the Gospel

God could have made salvation difficult, but he didn’t. It’s as easy as speaking: Just say the word and you’ll be saved.

A Culture of Virtue or Vengeance?

A Culture of Virtue or Vengeance?

Every culture needs virtue. It is the oil that keeps our liberties and our rights flowing together decently and kindly.

Beautiful Scars

Beautiful Scars

In our covenanter this week, our pastor looks at the ways (the beautiful ways) following Christ will scar the Christian.

How does it look to you?

How does it look to you?

The key mark of a theology of glory is the penchant for judging spiritual things by their natural appearance — how they look to the eyes of the flesh. The Theologian of glory assumes, if these things impress me, well they must impress God! If they look glorious in my eyes, then they must be really be glorious.

Theological Fortitude

Theological Fortitude

Following a crucified savior will cost you.  It will cost you everything that you are, everything you have, and everything that you hold dear in this life...Forsaking Christ is not a choice you can afford to make. Fighting against Temptation is not a fight you can afford to lose. There will be hell to pay if you do?

 

Tempted as We are

Tempted as We are

Life on earth was not easy for Jesus. He was tempted in all things as we are yet without sin. Now we can easily underestimate the agony of these temptations-- as if it was easier for Him than for us. He, after all, had no sin nature to contend with. He never wanted to sin (To desire to sin is itself sinful). Perhaps you think of Jesus facing temptation as Mr. Teflon: No temptation sticks to Him. And so, you might be forgiven for thinking, it was easy for Jesus.

When to Turn the Other Cheek

When to Turn the Other Cheek

I don't know about you, but I think I need a lot more "Turn the other cheek" in my home towards my wife and my children. How are things going in your household?

When Two Become One

When Two Become One

Not long after we were married, with a glint in her eye, Catherine began reminding me one of the fundamental rules of marriage (from a wife’s perspective): “What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.” 

Life Long Learners

Life Long Learners

A great part of the Christian life begins in the mind. What pains are you taking to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ?

Hanging On By A Thread

Hanging On By A Thread

Sometimes it is only as the Lord becomes the only help we have, that we realize He is the only help we need. In their calls to worship, the Reformers very often would begin their services with words from Psalm 124:8, "Our Help is in the Name of the Lord who made heaven and earth."

Sin Killers

Sin Killers

We all know John Owen’s famous dictum: “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” But how is the Christian to go about doing this?

The Quintessential Grace

The Quintessential Grace

Love is the acid test of the Christian life. Paul says, if we have not love it doesn’t matters how well we speak (1Cor 13:1), how much we know or how much we say we believe (v.2), or even how much we are willing to sacrifice (v.3). Without love, these things are empty facades...

Forgiven?

Forgiven?

What does forgiveness look like in healthy Christian relationships? This is often a touchy subject, especially when feelings are hurt by the raw welt of fresh sin. It is easy to say, “Forgive you!?” But do we really mean it, and what are we supposed to mean when we do?