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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Philemon 1-7 – The Gospel Changes Who We Are and Makes A Difference In How We Love

It seems as though we can’t turn on the TV, check Facebook, or even talk to a distant relative without being told that “they” are what’s wrong with the world. Who are they? I guess it depends on who you’re listening to. It could be the liberals, the immigrants, the millennials, the union workers, the […]

Posted on: September 18, 2020 - 1:04PM

Colossians 3:12-17 – The Role of Congregational Singing in the Life of the Church

There are only three New Testament passages that instruct us in congregational singing: Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:18–20, and 1 Corinthians 14:15–17. In Colossians 3:16, Paul writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts […]

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

Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 – CLC Mission: Gospel Renewal

What a calling! What a mission! God calls you to do what only he can do, and what he has chosen not to do without you — open the eyes of the blind and raise the dead and awaken faith and give eternal life. Getting into the kingdom of God, Jesus said, is like a […]

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

Romans 12:9-10: CLC Mission – Living in Gospel-Centered Community

God has invited us personally into the community of the Trinity. But here’s the really mind-blowing thing: God intends us to experience this divine community in the fellowship of a local church (Eph. 3:18-19). He saves us as individuals, yes, but he also saves us into communities. We need other believers to draw us back […]

Posted on: August 28, 2020 - 12:00PM

Psalm 100 – CLC Mission: Delighting in God

Joy in God matters profoundly because more than any other human response or experience, joy clearly and thoroughly reveals the worth, value, and splendor of whatever it is that evokes it. In other words, enjoyment or delight is the single most effective means for glorifying and magnifying God. Deep, durable delight in God is how […]

Posted on: August 21, 2020 - 12:00PM