Pastoral Prayer – February 10, 2019

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.  Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 1 Chr 29:11 ESV At the invitation of our Lord […]

Posted on: February 10, 2019 - 3:32PM

Mark 11:12-25 – Believe That You Have Received

WHAT a promise! so large, so Divine, that our little hearts cannot take it in, and in every possible way seek to limit it to what we think safe or probable; instead of allowing it, in its quickening power and energy, just as He gave it, to enter in, and to enlarge our hearts to […]

Posted on: February 7, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 11:1-11 – Jesus, Not the King We Were Expecting, but The King That We Needed

Jesus, in this passage, clearly directs our attention to the question, “Who is this?” Even Matthew’s question from the crowds tip you off to that. The great point of this passage is – take stock of who Jesus is. And He is going to make very deliberate pre-planned claims in this passage in order to […]

Posted on: January 31, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 10:46-52 – The Faith of Those Who Know They Are Blind

Bartimeus was a distressed and humble suppliant for mercy— He was both blind, and necessitated to subsist on the precarious bounty of those who might pass him on the highway. Who would have thought that God should suffer one, towards whom he had designs of love and mercy, to be reduced to so low a […]

Posted on: January 24, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 10:32-45 – Why Do We Need The Cross?

Reprimanding His disciples for their argument about who would be greatest in the kingdom, Jesus laid out the qualities that accompany God-defined greatness. He pushed the disciples beyond the seeking of man-centered earthly positions, by holding up His own life as the example of ultimate greatness: the One who suffered, who served others, and lastly, […]

Posted on: January 18, 2019 - 8:09AM

Mark 10:13-31 – How to Enter the Kingdom of God

What was the one thing that this young man lacked? It was the full surrender of his heart to God in Christ. He had not done that. Our Savior gave him, therefore, a command which tested him. He bade him go, sell all that he had and distribute it to the poor. This is not […]

Posted on: January 10, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 10:1-10 – God’s Good Design for Marriage

God doesn’t want us to just have good marriage. It’s more than just “Focus on the Family” or “The Art of Marriage.” For God wants us to see this covenant of companionship as a display of His eternal and gracious covenant relationship with us, through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. God desires that we […]

Posted on: January 3, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 9:42-50 – Killing Sin

It is said that when a man is born a slave, slavery is not near so irksome as when he has once been free. You will have found it, perhaps, in birds and such animals that we keep under our control. If they have never known what it is fly to and fro in the […]

Posted on: December 27, 2018 - 10:00PM

Advent – John 1:1-13 – The Divine Light Come to Expose and Rescue us from the Darkness

When Christ arrived, now the second member of the Trinity becomes clear to us. Now we see who He is. We know from the New Testament that He was working in the Old Testament. That He was a spiritual rock, for example, that brought water to the children of Israel in the wilderness. We know […]

Posted on: December 20, 2018 - 10:00PM

Matthew 1:1-17 – Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham

[Matthew] calls Jesus the Son of David.  When he says that, he is telling you that Jesus is the one in whom we find the fulfillment of all the promises that were made to David.  In fact, the whole genealogy is structured around David’s house.  If you look at verses 1-6, you see the origins […]

Posted on: December 14, 2018 - 4:02PM