Made for Monarchy

Today many of us likely woke up with a sense of unease or frustration or depression (I am writing this Monday before the election). In a sense, that is good and right. We are never to put our confidence in princes (Ps 146), and therefore no election should give us... [Read More]

Sola Fide

…and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. (Phil 3:9) This coming Sunday we celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, for on October 31st... [Read More]

Soli Deo Gloria

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 What does it mean to acknowledge God in all of our ways? I suppose it’s something like what we find in the New Testament: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in... [Read More]

Lean on Me

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 We have come to one of the more well-known passages in Proverbs. It’s oft-quoted, but is it oft-believed? Notice the call of the Christian in this verse: to trust in the Lord... [Read More]

Seeing the Risen Savior

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and... [Read More]

When Life Disappoints

When we talk about life letting us down we usually mean that we didn’t get something that we wanted. Something that we worked hard for and invested much time in, something that seemed perfect to us, something that we loved–it was either taken from us or kept from us entirely.... [Read More]

Two Loves

“So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God” (Proverbs 2:16–17). You will recall from our study last week that in Proverbs 1 wisdom is personified as a female... [Read More]

Blessed Is the Man Who...

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, ‘Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us... [Read More]

The Way of Wisdom

“To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand... [Read More]

He Giveth More Grace

In Matthew 9:1-8, when Jesus is brought the paralytic, He is moved with such compassion for the young man that He grants him the greatest gift that could ever be given: the forgiveness of sins. Whatever earthly blessing we receive in this life, it will not compare with the spiritual... [Read More]

Stain Removal

Do you know the panic of getting a stain on a beloved or brand new piece of clothing? Just ask Kerri Ann—this is my life. We have more Tide-to-Go sticks lying around our house than I can count, and yet they always seem empty when I need them! When I... [Read More]

Dealing with Change

When Kerri Ann and I moved to California, for several weeks I realized any time we went out to eat we would go to restaurants that we could have gone to on the East Coast. That’s probably my fault. I like what I like—why change?! Perhaps you know that feeling.... [Read More]

The Gentleness of Jesus

This week I wanted to consider with you the gentleness of Jesus. Isaiah prophesied about this very thing—“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud... [Read More]

Keep Calm and Carry On

Remaining calm in the face of unpleasant or unplanned circumstances can be difficult. Thats’s exactly what happened to the disciples in Matthew 8:23-27 when a terrifying storm came their way on the Sea of Galilee. What can we learn about keeping calm and carrying on from this scene? First, see... [Read More]

Thoughts on Orlando

Our nation awoke this Sunday morning to another tragedy: 49 killed in Orlando in one of the most horrific terrorist attacks America has ever seen. Perhaps the word didn’t reach some of us until later. I didn’t know about it until returning home after church. However, hearing this news did... [Read More]

The Praying Church

The true church is to be defined as a praying church. In fact, in many respects the Christian church began as a prayer meeting. Acts 1:13 says “The disciples with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”... [Read More]

The Trouble with Asking

Christians have long recognized there to be four main components to prayer, often organized into the handy acronym ACTS: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. I want to focus in on this last category of supplication (also petition and request). I think it may be difficult for us to strike the... [Read More]

Reflections on Psalm 23

“The Lord is my Shepherd.” Let those words of Psalm 23 sink in. Perhaps they have become too familiar to you and the profundity has worn off, but they teach us a lot about our personal God. That’s the message of the Bible: that Yahweh, the great I AM, entered... [Read More]

Preparing for Worship 2

Last week we had the opportunity to explore some ways we can better prepare our hearts for Sabbath worship on Saturday. This week I would like to offer just a few suggestions on how you can best give God the glory that He is due. Show up on time. Really,... [Read More]

Preparing for Worship 1

This week I wanted to explore with you a little about what it means to prepare for worship each week. It is interesting to note that our Confession says that properly keeping the Sabbath entails, in part, the preparation of our hearts and the ordering of our common affairs beforehand... [Read More]

The Call of Wisdom

“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away,... [Read More]

Be Killing Sin!

In his book The Mortification of Sin, John Owen has famously instructed, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” This idea of mortification, or putting sin to death, used to be very popular during the time of the Puritans. But it was hardly a novel concept. Rather, the... [Read More]

My Savior's Obedience and Blood

If you were in service last week, you will have noticed that our upcoming Hymn of the Month is “A Debtor to Mercy Alone.” This text was written by Augustus Toplady (most famous for penning the words to “Rock of Ages”) in 1771. It is splendid hymn, and in only... [Read More]

Three Nails in the Coffin of Self-Justification

Dear brothers and sisters, allow me to remind you today of the famous words from Ephesians 2:8-9—“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” What... [Read More]

Why the Psalms?

Happy Wednesday everyone! I am writing to you—and hope to continue to do so in the months ahead—as a way of encouragement in your midweek pilgrimage. My hope is that these “Wednesday words” may give us that extra needed “push” as we yearn to be reunited on Sunday around the... [Read More]