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  1. Hope that Steadies in these Difficult Days

    How tragic and troubling the last month or so has been in our country!  Whether from the destructive forces of hurricanes, the deadly bullets from a madman, or the devastating power of firestorms, we’ve been stunned by how quickly lives and lifestyles can permanently be changed.   These events remind us how fragile, brief, and […]

    October 11, 2017Hope
  2. Lamentations 3:21-26 (ESV)

    21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a] his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The […]

    June 13, 2017Hope
  3. Psalm 131 (ESV)

    I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with […]

    June 7, 2017Hope
  4. Psalm 62:1-2 (ESV)

    My Soul Waits for God Alone To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

    May 3, 2017Hope
  5. Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV)

    The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love […]

    March 15, 2017Hope, Prayer, Psalms
  6. Psalm 32 (ESV)

    Blessed Are the Forgiven A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day […]

    January 18, 2017Hope, Prayer, Thanksgiving, The cross, worship
  7. John 1:14-18

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because […]

    December 14, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  8. Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)

    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David […]

    December 7, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, worship
  9. Sexual Sin is Serious because Jesus Christ is Infinitely Glorious

    Over the last two Lord’s Days (Sept. 18 & 25), we’ve been looking at some sobering issues from Eph. 5:3-14.  Against the backdrop of the great spiritual blessings God has given His children in Christ (Eph. 1-3), and the clear call to walk worthy in light of these blessings (Eph. 4:1–5:2), Paul zeroes in on […]

    September 28, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, Sanctification, Sin
  10. Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)

    My Help and My Deliverer To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord;     he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,     out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock,     making my steps secure. 3 He put a new […]

    September 21, 2016Hope
  11. Lamentations 3:21-26 (ESV)

    21 But this I call to mind,     and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;     his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,     “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those […]

    August 10, 2016Hope
  12. He Who Did Not Spare His Own Son

    “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  (Rom. 8:31-32)   What a great and powerful promise this […]

    May 11, 2016Hope
  13. Because Our God Reigns

    Beloved, our God reigns, as He will through all eternity.  Keep trusting, rejoicing in, seeking, and obeying Him.  And keep proclaiming the great hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  May the Lord help your soul be still in the knowledge of who He is! Psalm 46 To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. […]

    May 4, 2016Hope
  14. You’re in Good Company

    Ever feel poor, needy, guilty, weak, attacked, helpless, sad, and discouraged?   Take heart, my friend, you’re in good company!  King David – a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14) – often felt this way.  Listen to how he begins his earnest pleading to Yahweh in Ps. 86:1 –   “Incline your ear, […]

    March 29, 2016Hope
  15. Our Sure and Certain Hope

    Grieving and groaning are inescapable experiences in this rebellious, broken world.  From terrorist attacks, to painful disappointments, to the deaths of loved ones, the words of Jesus ring true:  “In the world, you will have tribulation.” (Jn. 16:33)  But God’s people can live with the assured peace of what Jesus goes on to say in […]

    March 23, 2016Hope
  16. Humble, Contented Submission

    Oh the massive, incomprehensible, mind-boggling, jaw dropping power of God Almighty!!  Listen how Job describes it in Job 26:7-14.   He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them. He covers the […]

    January 27, 2016Hope, Truth, worship
  17. Joy at Christmas

    The Christmas season is not always “the most wonderful time of the year” for many people.  To the contrary, this season can often be filled with very tragic and painful memories, or present realities.  Yet whatever our past or current circumstances may be, the “inexpressible joy” (1 Pet. 1:6-9) found in Jesus Christ is real […]

    December 16, 2015Christmas, Hope, worship
  18. Without

    This past Sunday from Eph. 5:20, we considered every believer’s Holy Spirit-empowered calling of “…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”.  We learned that giving thanks in this manner is ultimately a matter of FAITH.  Faith in the God who works all things together […]

    December 2, 2015Hope
  19. Far-Reaching Implications of the Christian Identity

    Over the last two Sundays in our corporate gatherings, we’ve been gazing intently into Eph. 2:19-22.  What we’ve seen in this powerful passage is that as Christians, we belong to God and to one another.  As such, our identity is not determined by any earthly categories (ethnicity, socio-economic status, abilities, etc.).  To the contrary, our […]

    October 28, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, The Church
  20. Comfort for the Troubled Soul

    How great the comfort for God’s people as we behold, trust, rejoice in, submit to, and proclaim the unsearchable greatness of our great God (Ps. 145:3), and His unsearchable riches in Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:8)!!  Consider Job’s God-magnifying declaration, even in the anguish of his troubled soul:   He stretches out the north over the […]

    October 21, 2015Hope
  21. The Great Sufficiency of Jesus Christ

    Jesus Christ is the great sufficiency of His people!  Even as He lovingly ordains troubling circumstances, so He abundantly supplies for all His people’s needs, all the time.  His comforting words are always true and timely:  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”  (John 14:1) Beloved, consider how lavishly […]

    August 12, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Hope, Prayer, worship
  22. Savoring Our Assurance

    The overflowing blessings God has lavished on His people in Christ provide for every need we could imagine.  One of those needs is for absolute assurance we are safe and secure in our Father’s great love.  God has made His adopted children secure, and given this assurance, by sealing us with His indwelling Holy Spirit […]

    April 15, 2015Hope
  23. In Light of Our Divine Inheritance

    As far as life on earth goes, who wouldn’t be excited to learn they’re the chosen beneficiary of the full inheritance from some super-rich relative?  Any excitement, of course, would be tempered by the truth that “…we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Tim. 6:7).   […]

    February 25, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Hope, worship
  24. Freedom in His Full Forgiveness

    Over the last two Lord’s Days, we’ve been gazing afresh into the endless ocean of God’s rich grace in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7-12).  We’ve been looking particularly at vs. 7-8:   In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, […]

    January 21, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, Sin
  25. Into His Heavenly Family

    How can we ever fathom the wonder and wealth of all God’s spiritual blessings to us in Jesus Christ??  What assurance, confidence, and security are within these glorious truths:   …in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…(Eph. 1:4-5)   There never has been, […]

    December 4, 2014Gospel, Hope, love, The Church, worship

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