1 Peter 1:6-9 – Reason to Rejoice in the Midst of Suffering

As he opens his letter, Peter gives us a past-present-future summary of God’s redemptive plan, but his interest is really in what God is doing right here, right now between Christ’s first and second comings. Of all of the words that he could use to describe what God is doing now, he selects these three: […]

Posted on: September 22, 2016 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 1:3-5 – A Living Hope Through the Gospel

For some of you things have been hard and in God’s kindness they will get better. They’ll get a little easier. And for some of you things have been bad and they’ll improve. But for others of us, they may get worse. But no matter where we are in those three categories that’s not where […]

Posted on: September 15, 2016 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 1:1-2 – Strangers and Exiles On Earth

All those who really have faith in Jesus Christ are ‘strangers’; scattered throughout the world, and dwelling dispersedly in an order of things to which they do not belong, ‘seeking a city which hath foundations.’ The word ‘strangers’ means, originally, persons for a time living in an alien city. And that is the idea that […]

Posted on: September 8, 2016 - 10:00PM

Ephesians – The Mission of CLC

Seven years ago, two families packed up all their belongings and made the journey from Wake Forest, NC down to Tampa. They moved to Tampa to pour themselves out serving this city for the praise of God’s name until their dying breath. With that singular purpose, it was their desire to start a church in […]

Posted on: September 1, 2016 - 10:00PM

Overview of Titus – Commissioning Service for Sending Out the Heights Church Plant

It is a fortunate man who knows who he is and why he is here. Such a man was Saul of Tarsus, the man better known as the apostle Paul. A persecutor of Christians an enemy of Christ, eh stood in support of the murder of the first Christian martyr, Stephen. Acts 7:58 says those […]

Posted on: August 25, 2016 - 10:00PM

Multiply – Biblically Faithful Churches Send Out Churches

In the biblical record, we constantly see churches sending people to other churches, starting churches, and checking on how churches are doing. Today, we have too many churches checking on churches but too few churches working together to send people out to plant. That’s what a heart set on multiplication does. That’s what Great Commission […]

Posted on: August 18, 2016 - 10:00PM

Jude 24-25 – Our Confidence in Contending for the Faith

Wonderful is the wisdom which he has displayed in his dealings with his people. Contemplate the plan of salvation through the incarnation and death of his only-begotten Son. What unfathomable depths of wisdom are here? Well is it called, “The wisdom of God in a mystery!” To contemplate that, will be the employment of eternity. […]

Posted on: August 4, 2016 - 10:00PM

Jude 17-23 – Remaining in the Love of God

“O beloved! I implore you by the love of God, and by the love of your own souls, be faithful unto death. Do you have difficulties? You must conquer them. Hannibal crossed the Alps, for his heart was full of fury against Rome; and you must cross the Alps of difficulty, for I trust your […]

Posted on: July 28, 2016 - 10:00PM

Jude 4-16 – The Holiness of God in Judging Sin

To be a human being who sins against God is not merely to make a mistake or to mess up. To sin against God is to willfully, knowingly declare independence from your Creator, to declare that you want God to be unthroned, to declare that you want to be god in his place, to commit […]

Posted on: July 21, 2016 - 10:23PM

Jude 1-4 – Contending for the Faith

Sometimes the word faith is used for the feeling of trust in Christ. Other times, as here, it is used for the truths we believe about the one we trust. Sometimes it is necessary to stress that Christianity is primarily a relationship with Jesus rather than a set of ideas about Jesus. The reason we […]

Posted on: July 14, 2016 - 10:00PM