2 Peter 1:12-15 – The God Given Ministry of Reminding

Although Peter was an apostle and could have focused on some esoteric aspects of the faith, he brings his readers back to the basics. He reminds them of essential truths that they already knew. The false teachers may have been luring people by talking about new, secret truths that sounded very interesting. But sound teachers stick […]

Posted on: February 19, 2021 - 12:00PM

2 Peter 1:3-11 – The Glory of Grace-Fueled Effort

Beloved, the Christian can never experience a power failure.  Did you hear that?  You can get unplugged, and you can turn the switch off, but the power never fails.  It can’t.  It’s there.  Divine power, the moment you put your faith in Jesus Christ, divine power is granted to us – to Christians.  The word granted – I wish we had some […]

Posted on: February 12, 2021 - 12:00PM

2 Peter 1:1-2 – Holiness, Heresy, & Hope

Truly is faith the crowning grace of all, and a most costly and precious fruit of the renewed mind. From it springs every other grace of a gracious soul. It has been designated the ‘queen’ grace, because a royal train ever attends it. Faith comes not alone, nor dwells alone, nor works alone. Where faith […]

Posted on: February 5, 2021 - 12:00PM

Psalm 46 – Know Your God

True confession: Do you remember a few years ago when all those asteroid movies were out–you know, the world was coming to an end because an asteroid was going to hit us? Well, there was one in which the asteroid actually hit. I couldn’t go see that movie because I just couldn’t take looking at […]

Posted on: January 29, 2021 - 12:00PM

Psalm 45 – Rejoice in the Groom, Respond to His Love

Whenever things are shaky around you, whenever you are afraid, just remember that God is on His righteous throne, which He deserves. It was not given to Him. He didn’t purchase it. He didn’t have to conquer kingdoms to get it. Our eternal God is on His eternal throne. “Your throne, O God, is forever […]

Posted on: January 22, 2021 - 12:00PM

Psalm 44 – Remembering God When You Can’t Understand Suffering

The older we get, the more we are inclined to start talking about “the good old days.” The writer of this psalm must have been listening to such a discussion, because he writes, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days […]

Posted on: January 15, 2021 - 1:00PM

Luke 2:25-35 – Songs of Advent – Simeon’s Song

Then Simeon calls him “a light of revelation for the Gentiles.” Here is a completely new thought. You won’t find this in the other songs of Christmas. Mary’s song is completely Jewish. She thinks in Jewish terms and expresses her thoughts in Jewish ways. The Gentiles are nowhere in view. The same is true of […]

Posted on: December 18, 2020 - 3:14PM

Luke 2:8-14 – The Songs of Advent – The Angels’ Song

Before we can make the message known, we must first know the message. What then, is the message of Christmas? Let me give you the message of Christmas quite literally from the mouth of an angel, “today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” […]

Posted on: December 11, 2020 - 12:00PM

Luke 1:67-79 – Songs of Advent – Zechariah’s Song

If we remember that four hundred dreary years, for the most part of which Israel had been groaning under a foreign yoke, had passed since the last of the prophets, and that during all that time devout eyes had looked wearily for the promised Messiah, we shall be able to form some faint conception of […]

Posted on: December 4, 2020 - 12:00PM

Luke 1:39-56 – Songs of Advent -Mary’s Song

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 […]

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