So Much More Than We Ask For

The section of Scripture we come to today is one of the most controversial, argued about, speculated about, “spooky and scary” portions in all of Scripture. Entire books have been written arguing back and forth about this passage! Today, as we come under God’s Word, we are asking Him to de-mystify it — by focusing […]

Restored to Hope and Purpose

Sermon Outline – December 23, 2018 Text: John 21:15-25 Title: Restored to Hope and Purpose John, after asserting that the heavens and earth couldn’t contain all that there is to say about Jesus, wraps up his gospel with deep, personal pictures of restoration. We see Mary meeting Jesus at the tomb after she has been […]

Should Repentance Be Plural?

This is a strange time of year — when the world offers us new starts and the alluring promise of “beginning again” through the siren song of resolutions, better intentions, and trying harder. “Surely, this is the year I can get it right.” But what if the way forward doesn’t come through the self — […]

How to Have Hope at Christmas

This profound passage is found only in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, in Luke 2:22-35. The Latin phrase ‘Nunc Dimittis’ implies departure or permission to depart now, the grateful request embodied in Simeon’s song and prayer. That prayer was brief, but exhibited profound insight and encouragement. Simeon praises God for keeping a […]

Why the Word Became Flesh

In time, the promised birth of a son to childless Zechariah and Elizabeth came about — John was born. His father’s song, the “Benedictus,” named after the first words of the song, is found in Luke 1:67-79, and it starts, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption […]

Too Good To Be True

Daniel 8 continues the picture of God’s prophecies — which are both frightening and exciting for us as His people. Be clear: This text shows days of great evil, great suffering, and the enemies of God even winning…for a time. But be glad: Our God is greater, He rules with certain purpose and care for […]