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Lamentations 3 – Hope in God in the Midst of Your Lament

As Jeremiah reflects upon the hope-giving and hope sustaining attributes of God, he first speaks about God to others: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Then he speaks personally and directly to God: “great is your faithfulness.” Finally, in verse 24, […]

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Posted on: January 16, 2020 - 10:00PM

Lamentations 2 – How to Cry Out out to God

First, from our text we gather—that it is never too soon to pray. “Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord.” You are lying on your bed; the gracious Spirit whispers—”Arise, and pray to God.” Well, there is no […]

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Posted on: January 9, 2020 - 10:32PM

Lamentations 1 – Learning to Lament

On a frigid day in February, I lowered the tiny casket of my daughter into a newly dug grave. A few days earlier, my wife had given birth to our stillborn daughter, Sylvia, after carrying her for nearly nine months. Her due date was just a few days away. And then Sylvia’s heart stopped beating […]

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Posted on: January 3, 2020 - 9:04AM

2 Corinthians 8:1-15 – Grace-Driven Generosity

A prayer from the Gospel Coalition for grace-driven generosity: Heavenly Father, we come before you today encouraged and challenged by this picture of radical grace. This one story alone underscores why we can never emphasize your grace too much. Grace is never to be counterbalanced with law, only multiplied with more grace. Indeed, through Jesus […]

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Posted on: December 26, 2019 - 10:00PM

Advent 2019 – John 1:14 – Behold the Glory of Jesus

Our Christmas celebrations are like Israel’s exodus from Egypt. This great migration took on a beautiful splendor, as Israel was laden with the treasures of the Nile, just as our Advent season glitters in red and gold. But the true glory of the exodus was not the shimmering colors of Egyptian riches, nor even the […]

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Posted on: December 19, 2019 - 10:00PM

Advent 2019 – Hebrews 2:14-18 – Why Jesus Came The Way He Did

This, I think, is my favorite Advent text because I don’t know any other that expresses so clearly the connection between the beginning and the end of Jesus’s earthly life — between the incarnation and crucifixion. These two verses make clear why Jesus came; namely, to die. They would be great to use with an […]

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Posted on: December 12, 2019 - 10:00PM

Advent 2019 – Philippians 2:5-11 – The Wonder of the Incarnation

It’s a joy to reserve this part of the year to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This, of course, is what Christmas is about in the truest sense. Amid all the tinsel, the gingerbread cookies, and the trees and stockings and gift shopping, true Christians pause to reorient […]

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Posted on: December 5, 2019 - 10:00PM

Pastoral Prayer for December 1, 2019

Led by Jim Hollenbach Almighty God, we who, by your grace, have seen the wretchedness of our sin, repented of it, and surrendered to Jesus as Lord – humbly come before you now at His invitation; not on our own merits but on His. We come reprising the words of Isaiah, O Lord, you are […]

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Posted on: December 3, 2019 - 3:51PM

Luke 1:26-38 – The Impossible Made Possible Through God

There are two tremendous areas in the Bible that are bitterly and constantly assailed. One of them is the inspiration of the Scriptures. The second storm of controversy concerns the virgin birth of Christ. It is denied vociferously and unmitigatingly and boldly by the whole critical world. We deny the virgin birth, we deny the […]

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Posted on: November 28, 2019 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 4:8-10 – The Holy Spirit and the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

  Especially in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, the Apostle Paul tells us that there is a variety of gifts that we have in the body of Christ. If everybody were a mouth then where would the hands be? If everybody were feet then where would the ears be? We’re all part of the […]

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Posted on: November 21, 2019 - 10:00PM