2 Timothy 4:16-18 – Life and Death

Jesus died.  Death is destroyed.  Satan, the one who holds the power of death, is destroyed.  Death and sin no longer have mastery.  Death cannot separate us from the love of God.  This is why the gospel, when it is properly understood, floods a man with such delight and boldness in the face of death.  […]

Posted on: July 1, 2016 - 7:31AM

Prayer – The Engine of the Church

It happens every time … for me at least. Isn’t it interesting how something that engages your senses at one point in your life, can bring back memories of another place and time? Last week as I was in St. Louis, I found myself walking by Busch Stadium and as soon as the blended aroma […]

Posted on: June 24, 2016 - 12:40PM

Genesis Summary – Our Powerful and Faithful God

The book of Genesis is the story not of man, not of creation, but of God. It is the story of the One who completely and perfectly created all things. It is his story about how he put everything in its place and put man in it to enjoy him and to glorify him forever. […]

Posted on: June 23, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 50 – God’s Grace Prevailing Over Sin

Don’t miss the point of this story. The purpose of the story of Joseph is to point us to the supremacy of Jesus. Look at those many faces of Joseph. Look at them … and then think about Jesus. The favorite Son—the one and only Son—who came to earth and was despised by his brothers, […]

Posted on: June 16, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 49 – Behold Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

As we approach the end of the book of Genesis, and the end of the life of Jacob, we see the blessings of Jacob upon his sons. Moses takes this opportunity to not only record history, but to record the words of God speaking through Jacob to point us to the hope of all nations, […]

Posted on: June 9, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 47-48 – The Unexpected Nature of Grace

  In blessing his grandsons, Jacob deliberately crossed his hands, so that his right hand rested upon Ephraim, the youngest, instead of upon Manasseh, the oldest, as Joseph had planned. When Joseph tried to correct his father, the old man said, “I know, my son, I know.” Why did Jacob do that? Because God had […]

Posted on: June 2, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 45:16-47:12 – God’s Grace In Appearing to Jacob Again

God was not of a mind that His servant should be the slave of dread—HIS FEAR WAS TO BE REMOVED. Therefore, the Lord appeared to Jacob in the night visions, not to tell him of new empires, not to reveal to him the destinies of princes but simply to say to him, “Fear not.” It […]

Posted on: May 26, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 42:1-45:15 – Forgiving Others No Matter How Large The Offense

As freeing as it is to know that God holds no record of confessed sin, the forgiven one is now faced with the command to forgive others (Eph. 4:32). Forgiving others is not an option. It is a command. When we forgive we are conformed to the image of Christ in attitude and behavior. He […]

Posted on: May 19, 2016 - 10:00PM

Genesis 40-41 – Trusting our Sovereign God in the Midst of Trial

Our hero is in prison. Not because he did wrong but because he did right. Here is the single most important fact about Genesis 40. At the beginning Joseph is in prison. At the end he is in prison. That’s not fair, but there it is. Here is [the] question: Are you willing to wait for God? In […]

Posted on: May 12, 2016 - 10:55PM

Genesis 39 – Obedience Doesn’t Mean Trial-Free Living

When you find yourself in trouble, do you sometimes think, ‘I must have done something wrong? Perhaps I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me’? No. Trouble is multi-sourced, and frequently unrelated to our wrongdoing or God’s punishment. The disciples weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but by obeying Jesus; not by rejecting God’s will, […]

Posted on: May 5, 2016 - 10:20PM