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Category Archives: Hope

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. A Worthy Walk is a Worshipful Walk

    At the beginning of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul declares and demonstrates that a “worthy walk” (Eph. 4:1) is first and foremost a walk of worship.  His anthem of doxology in Eph. 1:3-14 is a call to all believers to join him in praising the God of all grace.  As John Calvin has observed, […]

    November 12, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope, Thanksgiving, worship
  6. Certainty of God’s Sovereignty

    And just like that, another significant mid-term election has come and gone.  The outcome was overall encouraging for conservatives.  As usual, Dr. Albert Mohler’s observations are worth considering:  What the Election Reveals about Us and Why We Vote as We Do.  Whatever else the consequences from Tuesday’s election, as Dr. Mohler suggests, no doubt the […]

    November 6, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope, Truth
  7. Into the Sanctuary of God

    What a joy it was to feast together with you this past Lord’s Day on Psalm 73.  As Asaph came to learn through his experience, God is good…always!   Asaph’s candid testimony reveals his doubts about the goodness of God, brought on by his envy of the wicked (see vs. 2-16).  The turning point which […]

    October 15, 2014Hope, worship
  8. Doing Our Part, Today

    A healthy practice for believers is to regularly read the Book of Acts (along with the rest of Scripture)!  With 28 chapters, Acts could be read monthly at a pace of one chapter a day.  Or it could be read quarterly by reading 2-3 chapters a week, or almost twice a year by reading a […]

    October 8, 2014church growth, evangelism, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, Ministry
  9. God Works by His Word

    What a glorious, powerful, simple, sobering, overwhelming truth: God works by His word!!  We see this over and over again in the book of Acts, as our risen and exalted Lord Jesus Christ gathers, shepherds, and multiplies His flock – all by His word, through the power of the Holy Spirit.   AMAZINGLY, this is […]

    September 24, 2014Holiness, Hope, Truth
  10. Our All in All

    Because Jesus Christ is Lord of all (Acts 10:36), we must increasingly trust Him as our all in all!  We must follow Him – humbly submitting to His loving authority.  Practically, as we considered last Lord’s Day, this means being increasingly captivated by His worth, consumed with His work, concerned for His will, counseled by […]

    September 17, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  11. Colossians 3:12-17

    What a blessing to partake of Christ’s ministry among us this past Lord’s Day! His living Word, so faithfully preached from Adrian Donato in both the morning and the evening, was rich indeed. Hand in hand with the passages that Adrian preached from, the following truths are always relevant and necessary for us as Christ’s […]

    August 20, 2014Holiness, Hope, Uncategorized
  12. Hope for the Downcast

    Beloved, these are troubling, difficult days in which we live.  Just consider some of the sobering events in the news this past month:   a Malaysian passenger jet is shot down by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board… the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, responsible for some 1000 deaths […]

    August 13, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  13. The Miracle of Conversion

    The salvation of any individual is a MIRACLE of God’s grace!  We marvel at the countless miracles Jesus did during his earthly ministry, and rightly so!  But the wonder of all those miracles pales in comparison to the supernatural work of God giving new life in Christ to one who is spiritually dead in sin. […]

    July 30, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope
  14. Spiritual Bankruptcy and Rich Hope

    It was a joy to have Pastor Martin Manten, and his family, with us this past Lord’s Day.  Martin is the Director of the European Bible Training Center (EBTC) in Zurich, and he’s also planting a church there.   Martin’s sermon from Mt. 5:1-4 on “The Foundation of Happiness” was personally convicting and refreshing.  I […]

    July 16, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, Hope, Pride and Humility, Sin
  15. Death is Gain

    Death is never a welcome guest.  The death of a loved one is always jarring, overwhelming, and cause of the most unspeakable grief.  And death which results from the rage-filled, cold-blooded hatred of a mob is incomprehensible beyond description.  Amazingly, as described in Acts 7:54-60 , this is the very kind of death God ordained […]

    July 9, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  16. John 14:11-14

    11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the […]

    June 11, 2014Hope, Prayer
  17. Be Assured, Really

    Christians are sometimes tempted with serious doubts regarding the Christian faith.  Is the Bible really God’s inerrant, authoritative, all-sufficient word?  Is Jesus really God, and really the only way to the Father?  Did Jesus really rise from the dead; is He really coming back again someday?  Come on…really? Much of what can provoke our doubts […]

    June 4, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope
  18. Gazing into the Riches of God’s Grace

    As we gaze into the riches of God’s grace in the Lord Jesus Christ, there are simply not enough superlatives to describe the wonders of all He has given us!  These riches are all the more amazing in view of our helpless and hopeless sinful condition (see Eph. 2:1-3; Titus 3:3).  The Apostle Paul, through […]

    April 30, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope, Sanctification, worship
  19. Resurrection and Godly Living

    The assurance of Christ’s resurrection is likewise the assurance that believers will be raised with Him.  This is the heart of Paul’s exhortation in 1 Corinthians 15.  And this is no small matter, as Paul spends much time explaining the certainty and nature of believers’ resurrection in Christ. There is great urgency and concern driving […]

    April 23, 2014Holiness, Hope
  20. The Good Works of God’s Grace

    One of the most central truths in the Christian life, and likewise one of the most frequently misunderstood, is the truth of God’s grace.  Many misconceptions of grace have been proffered throughout church history, ranging from the weak and incomplete (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense), to the downright false and heretical (“Hey, let’s keep sinning […]

    April 9, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  21. Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    In all of our corporate gatherings on the Lord’s Days this past month (Equipping Hour, Corporate Worship, and our Evening Gathering), we’ve been focusing on God’s mission in Jesus Christ, and what this means for us as His people.  We’ve seen that the Father’s eternal purpose is to glorify Himself in His Son, in His […]

    April 2, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, The Church
  22. Discouragement and Motivation

    Genuine Christians are often tempted with discouragement and despair.  We find this to be true of numerous people in Scripture (King David – Pss. 142, 143; Paul – 2 Cor. 1:8-9), and also of many throughout church history (William Cowper; Charles Spurgeon).  Certainly many different factors, both internal and external, can tempt us to dark […]

    March 25, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, Hope
  23. To Know His Peace

    All of us know the experience of facing situations that can provoke our fears and anxieties.  As Job 5:7 declares, “…man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”  How profound and significant then, are these words from Jesus Christ to His own:   “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to […]

    February 26, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  24. God of All Grace

    In bringing our exposition of First Peter to a close this past Lord’s Day, I reflected on how Peter’s mind was so saturated and informed by Old Testament truth in all he wrote.  There are countless direct and indirect OT references throughout the letter.  He clearly understands Jesus Christ and His salvation as the fulfillment […]

    January 29, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  25. Humble Trust in God

    In many ways, the process of growing as a Christian can be described as the process of learning to be humble under God’s mighty hand.  As we saw this last Lord’s Day from 1 Pet. 5:6-7, such humble submission takes place as we cast all our anxiety on God by faith, confident of His glorious […]

    January 15, 2014Hope

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