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Luke 1:39-56 – The Songs of Christmas Part I

Mary’s hymn is one of three major hymnic pieces in the infancy material (the others are known as the Benedictus, Lk 1:67-79, and Nunc Dimittis, Lk 2:28-32). The Latin names come from the phrases that begin the hymns. Mary’s hymn expresses praise to God for his treatment of her, but then extends her praise to […]

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Posted on: November 28, 2020 - 10:46AM

Zephaniah 3:9-20 – The Overwhelming and Awe-Inducing Salvation of God

Can you imagine what it would be like if you could hear God singing? Remember that it was merely a spoken word that brought the universe into existence. What would happen if God lifted up his voice and not only spoke but sang! Perhaps a new heaven and a new earth would be created. God […]

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Posted on: November 20, 2020 - 12:00PM

Zephaniah 3:1-8 – Judgment for the People of God

There is a church against whom this indictment might be laid today—“She obeyed not the voice”— she did not hear the Gospel. “She received not correction”—when reformers came she sought their blood. “She trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God,” but she went after others and set up other intercessors […]

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Posted on: November 13, 2020 - 12:00PM

God’s love is set forth in this gracious call to Judah to come together and face the fact of God’s judgement, take heed, and repent. The sad thing was that Judah as a nation did not respond to this gracious call. What do we learn from this gracious call of God and the attitude to […]

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Posted on: November 6, 2020 - 12:00PM

Zephaniah 1 – The Coming Day of the Lord

SUCH was the state of the Jews for a long time previous to the Babylonish captivity, that the prophets had little to do, but to denounce the judgments of God against them. The promises which they were inspired to utter had respect to a different and distant period, a period for the most part yet […]

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Posted on: October 30, 2020 - 12:00PM

Romans 12:16 – Unity in the Church

For church leaders and elder boards everywhere, the last few months have presented a near-constant array of complex challenges related to shepherding a church. In such a precarious and polarizing environment, how can churches move forward in beautiful unity (Ps. 133) rather than ugly division? It won’t be easy. But by God’s grace and the […]

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Posted on: October 23, 2020 - 12:00PM

John 17 – Kept by the Love of Jesus

These men were the gift of the Father to the Son. All of us have something we have been given by someone whom we love. We treasure that gift — not only because of its intrinsic value but because it comes from someone who means much to us. Jesus, looking at these men, guarded them […]

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Posted on: October 17, 2020 - 10:40AM

Psalm 73 – Nearness to God is Our Good

How can it be otherwise than good to have access to Him who is the highest good? The courtier counts it a high honor, and satisfaction to sun himself in the presence of his monarch. He basks in the royal smile; shall not the courtiers of heaven count it an equal good to stand in […]

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Posted on: October 9, 2020 - 12:00PM

Philemon 17-25 – A Grace Given For the Work of Reconciliation

God is a being that forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin. This truth is deeply embedded in the revelation of God’s character to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:7). As Christians, we so much know this truth that we are tempted to take it for granted. Many a sermon speaks about forgiveness. And when someone wrongs […]

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Posted on: October 2, 2020 - 2:56PM

Philemon 8-16 – Motivations for a Reconciled Relationship

As Paul works through his letter to Philemon, he wants to take this time to prepare Philemon’s heart for the request that is coming in the final section of the letter which we will address next week. In this section, Paul appeals to three areas: 1) love, 2) the change that the gospel makes, and […]

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Posted on: September 25, 2020 - 1:00PM