1 Timothy 1:15 – Jesus Was Born To Die

[Jesus] knew He was entering the world to be the final and ultimate sacrifice for sin. His body had been divinely prepared by God specifically for that purpose. Jesus was going to die for the sins of the world, and He knew it. Moreover, He was doing it willingly. That was the whole point of […]

Posted on: December 14, 2017 - 10:00PM

Luke 1:1-20 – The Glory of Christ in the Incarnation

God. Becoming man. The infinite, eternal, self-existent, self-sufficient, almighty God, without shedding His divine nature, taking upon Himself—in addition to His divine nature—a human nature—truly becoming one of us. In the incarnation of the Son of God, it can properly be said that the immutable, unchangeable God became what He wasn’t, while never ceasing to […]

Posted on: December 7, 2017 - 10:00PM

Mark 2:13-3:6 – Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

Jesus, in Mark 2, indeed says, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” In other words, Jesus is saying the reason that God invented the Sabbath Day in the first place was for a blessing to us. He’s infinite; He doesn’t need to rest. We’re finite; we do need to rest. […]

Posted on: November 30, 2017 - 8:00PM

Mark 2:18-22 – Jesus Changes Everything

Jesus taught two important lessons about His ministry: (1) He came to save sinners, not to call the religious; and (2) He came to bring gladness and not sadness. The third lesson is this: He came to introduce the new, not to patch up the old.   The religious leaders were impressed with our Lord’s […]

Posted on: November 23, 2017 - 10:00PM

Mark 2:13-17 – The Mercy of Jesus Towards Sinners

The more closely we look, the more clear this fact becomes, for, brethren, the work of salvation was certainly not performed for any of us who are saved on account of any goodness in us. If there is any goodness in us, it was put there by the grace of God and it certainly was […]

Posted on: November 16, 2017 - 10:00PM

Mark 2:1-12 – The Authority of our Awesome God

It is one thing for Jesus to promise forgiveness, but his words have no meaning other than the ranting of a madman or some kind of theological anarchist, if the man remains on his mat. But if the man gets up and walks, then it is clear that Jesus does have the power to do […]

Posted on: November 9, 2017 - 10:00PM

CLC Talks – Partnership with Treasuring Christ Together Network

In this sixth episode of our CLC Talks series, our lead pastor, Justin Perry, sits down with Sean Cordell, the lead pastor of Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh, NC and Executive Director of TCTN during our yearly retreat in San Diego to talk about what this church planting network is and how it serves the […]

Posted on: November 3, 2017 - 7:40PM

Mark 1:40-45 – The Compassionate Touch of Jesus

Go back to the past history of this [leper]. Ever since his disease declared itself no human being had touched him. If he had a wife he had been separated from her; if he had children their lips had never kissed his, nor their little hands found their way into his hard palm. Alone he […]

Posted on: November 2, 2017 - 10:00PM

Mark 1:21-39 – The Power of King Jesus on Display

Jesus’ authority and strength came through prayer. Note that Mark makes a connection with Jesus’ power over illness and evil with prayerful seclusion; being alone with his Father. That is a consistent pattern with Jesus when you read the gospels: he prays alone, he prays at night, he prays at times of crisis and before […]

Posted on: October 26, 2017 - 10:00PM

Mark 1:14-20 – The Gracious Call of God’s Appointed King

Jesus preached this message to them: “The kingdom of God is near.” He didn’t come with good advice – “five tips on building a better Galilee”, or “How to have a better marriage”, or, “Learning to live with the Romans.” That was not Jesus’ message. He does not come to confirm the status quo of […]

Posted on: October 19, 2017 - 10:00PM