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

Advent 2018 – Isaiah 8:20-9:7 – Waiting In Darkness

Some of the verses and phrases in Isaiah 9 are probably familiar to you, especially the ones about a Child being born and a Son begin given, about His name being called Wonderful Counselor, etc. We quote those verses a lot during the Christmas season, and they even appear on some of our Christmas cards. […]

Posted on: December 6, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 9:30-41 – How Can I Be The Greatest?

People are fascinated with such questions as the greatest Englishman ever, or the greatest footballer, or the greatest author, or composer, or painter. The Times newspaper runs an annual Preacher of the Year competition. All this reflects an ancient attitude. The Lord’s apostles, out of earshot of Jesus (so they thought), had been arguing about […]

Posted on: November 30, 2018 - 5:06PM

Pastoral Prayer – November 28, 208

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 our God; we will […]

Posted on: November 28, 2018 - 11:48AM

Mark 9:14-29 – The Connection Between Prayer and Unbelief

When the disciples saw Jesus cast the evil spirit out of the epileptic whom ‘they could not cure,’ they asked the Master for the cause of their failure. He had given them ‘power and authority over all devils, and to cure all diseases.’ They had often exercised that power, and joyfully told how the devils were subject to […]

Posted on: November 23, 2018 - 10:37AM

Mark 9:2-13 – The Transfig Ya’ Dig

In order to rescue his disciples from their bondage to their own glory and their addiction to all the shadow glories of the crated world, it was necessary for Jesus to reveal a greater, more transcendent glory. So in one of the most incredible scenes in all of the biblical story, Jesus pulled back the […]

Posted on: November 15, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 8:31-9:1 – The Necessity of the Cross

Those who think that if they were present the day Jesus was crucified, they could have somehow prevented his death, speak out of ignorance. I often rehearse the following words to my congregation, which I am sure to have borrowed from someone else: “The cross was not an atrocity; it was a necessity.” As I […]

Posted on: November 8, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 8:1-9 The Reach, Breadth, and Expanse of Christ’s Compassion and Power

While many similarities exist between Mark 6:30–44 and 8:1–10, there are also key differences. For instance, the crowd in 8:1–10 is much smaller, consisting of four thousand people total, whereas the crowd in 6:30–44 consists of five thousand men. These men would have had their families with them, making the total number fed on that […]

Posted on: October 18, 2018 - 10:00PM