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June 2, 2019

Joel: Choose Hope

Joel: Choose Hope

As we will see in the coming weeks, the story of God’s people will have further turns-for-the-worse. In part, that’s because Joel is offering a “someday” promise and not the immediate and incomplete blessing of a prosperity gospel. The key to Joel’s text is that hope is an option. It’s always an option because of […]

March 24, 2019

Why So Cast Down? Hope In God!

 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God” (42:5, 11; 43:5). The psalmist is not naïve or overly optimistic when he says this. He knows, from experience, and truly believes that God is faithful. […]

April 29, 2018

Between Cassandra and Pollyanna

We are among the living because of Jesus Christ. He died to free us from our old lives of sin and death. He rose again to offer us new and everlasting life in God’s Kingdom. In this is our hope: that the world, for all its faults, is not yet what it will become. In […]

September 24, 2017

Take Ownership

Take Ownership

Spiritual mourning names particular sins, stating them clearly without excuse and without evasion. Declaring them and admitting that they are an offense before God is the first step toward repentance. As we read God’s Word, we begin to see as God sees and begin to know what grieves and offends God. Once we name the […]

May 21, 2017

The Whole World in His Hands

The Whole World in His Hands

Lord knows that there are so many struggles and crises in our lives that we sometimes feel that nobody has the world in-hand, nobody is at the wheel steering the ship. We have so many questions that we often seem to be wandering in circles. But the Lord knows us, too, and says to us, […]

January 15, 2017

Be Happy By Getting Dirty

Be Happy By Getting Dirty

King David found himself trapped in a “desolate pit” and sinking in a “miry bog” (v. 2), and he’s definitely not feeling the serotonin! We don’t know exactly what happened to David that landed him in such a “pit” of despair. He was a warrior and a leader and sometimes he could make decisions which […]

December 25, 2016

Give it Up For Jesus

Give it Up For Jesus

Some argue that there are times when it’s inappropriate to applaud. Sunday morning worship, for example. Do you applaud when the soloist comes to the end of her rendition of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”? Some people say, yes; some say, no. In many churches with a lively worship atmosphere, people are applauding all the time. […]

December 4, 2016

Impatient for Jesus

Impatient for Jesus

Advent is a time of patiently waiting, a time to prepare, a time to remember. In patience, we enter into the presence of Christ with us every day, living as though the return has already happened. Patience is not grumbling about the troubles of today because we know there is a better day to come. […]

October 23, 2016

The New Covenant in Jesus

The New Covenant in Jesus

The Old Covenant prescribed animal sacrifices as part of the Yom Kippur observance: this “life-for-a-life” principle is the foundation of the old sacrificial system. But that system was incomplete: the animal killed could not fully offset the sins of the human offender because the life sacrificed was not equal to the life spared. Thus the […]

October 16, 2016

The Promise of a New Covenant

The Promise of a New Covenant

This week we depart slightly from our survey of the Biblical Covenants, for in our text today God does not make a covenant with God’s people, but rather God promises them a new covenant in the future. Jeremiah speaks this word of hope and encouragement to God’s people Israel when their life and nation and […]

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