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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

John 14:16-18 – The Presence of the Holy Spirit

“I have been one Paraclete,” said the Lord in effect; “but I am now going to plead your cause with the Father, that another Paraclete may take my place, to be my other self, and to abide with you for ever.” There is no adequate translation for the word Paraclete. It may be rendered Comforter, […]

Posted on: November 14, 2019 - 10:22PM

Romans 8:9-11 – The Power of the Holy Spirit

It is true, of course, that the Spirit draws attention to Christ and not to himself. We might therefore tend to think that we ought not draw attention to him either. But that is not the pattern of the biblical authors. Not only do the Old Testament prophets repeatedly foretell his powerful work (cf. Ezekiel […]

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

Romans 8:1-11 – The Work of the Holy Spirit

How does all that Christ accomplished become ours? That’s a question most of have never considered.   John Calvin asks: How do we receive those benefits which the Father bestowed on his only-begotten Son—not for Christ’s own private use, but that he might enrich poor and needy men? First, we must understand, that as long […]

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

The Holy Spirit, Our Helper

Love sometimes proveth unfaithful. “Oh! sharper than a serpent’s tooth” is an unfaithful friend! Oh! far more bitter than the gall of bitterness, to have a friend turn from me in my distress! Oh! woe of woes, to have one who loves me in my prosperity, forsake me in the dark day of my trouble. […]

Posted on: October 25, 2019 - 5:51PM

1 John 5:14-15 – The Father Hears Us!

God loves to give us what we pray for. “And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.” The […]

Posted on: October 18, 2019 - 6:35PM

Psalm 130 – Confession of Sin and Assurance of Forgiveness

This Sunday at Covenant Life, we will spend time in our service praying through Psalm 130 together. Read an excerpt on the value of using the Scriptures to confess our sin. A full diet of Christian prayer naturally includes lamentations, confessions of sin, supplications for forgiveness, and petitions for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. […]

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

Joshua 24:1-28 – You Can Only Serve God by the Grace He Provides

Ye cannot serve the Lord.   It seemed as though Joshua sought to damp down the enthusiasm of the people. They were all on fire to serve, but he repressed their ardor, crying, “Back, back! This is no place for you.” We are reminded of a precise analogy in the Gospels, where our Savior said […]

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