Reconciliation required propitiation.
The Offense of the Cross
One of Billy Graham’s most well-recognized sermons was in 1958 called The Offense of the Cross. In it, he explains that the cross of Jesus Christ is offensive because of the need for it declares our standing before God. The cross shouts like the voice of roaring waters to a deaf world, “you have sinned against the Most High God of the universe and you face his infinite judgement and deserve his fierce wrath.”
John 12:31, “Now is the judgement of the world,” and that is the first message that the cross shows us: we are in grave danger as we stand as enemies of the cross and of God (cf. Romans 5:10, 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:21).
But something profound about the cross of Jesus Christ and the masterful plan of God the Father is this: the forgiving of sinners causes fear of God.
Continue reading “God Forgives So You Will Fear Him”
Take the truth of what is better
The Empty Deceit of Sin
Believer, the delicacies of sin are widely displayed and lifted up for all to indulge upon. From movies to Netflix Originals to commercials to Facebook posts, everywhere we look there are vices set like bear traps — covered up and entrapping in their grip. Like in the life of Samson, sin comes at us like a lion ‘roaring’ (v.5) that we can tear as easy as ‘one tears a young goat’ (Judges 14:6). Then, we pass by the ‘carcass of the lion’ again to see that honey has developed (14:9) and we stop to taste the sweetness of decay, death, and the sinfulness of sin.
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Fiery trials make golden Christians.
A sermon preached on 1 Peter 4:12-19.
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The Suffering Example of Stephen
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The problem is that we were all born this way. The good news is: you can be born again (John 3).
The (Supposed) Silence of the Lamb
Recently while scanning through the radio, I tuned in about halfway through a sermon by (to me) an unknown pastor on the radio. And during his sermon he said this; before this statement, however, he did mention texts that do speak of homosexuality as sin such as 1 Timothy 1 and 1 Corinthians 6, so he didn’t scoot away from the Bible’s clarity on this issue, but, he then said this, “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality; but he also didn’t say anything about child abuse either…”
And then after that he named a few more things until I turned it off and gave a frustrated “pfft” as I shook my head in disbelief.
But, did Jesus say anything, anything at all, against and/about homosexuality? Continue reading “Jesus Never Said Anything About Homosexuality, Right?”
Christian, may we all seek to think, act, and lay our confidence in the ways the Lord has revealed himself for us and that we might live our calling to the contrary.
A sermon preached on 01-03-18
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1 Peter 3:8-12.
Called to the Contrary
On Palm Sunday of 2017, Christians in Egypt were attacked during their church service by two bombings and another separate attack on a bus full of men, women, and children.
After a bombing upon a specific group of people, what do you expect to happen? Retaliation. Sending an assault team to wipe ISIS out. Bombing a mosque service. Continue reading “Called to the Contrary”
We exist as God’s people, as sojourners on the earth.
A sermon preached on 1 Peter 2:11-17
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Declared and Becoming
Most of our lives are learning how to become and live, with what we already are in our identity. Take these simple examples:
- At the age of 18, a boy is now legally identified as a man. And then for the next few decades, this now identified, man, is learning how to live, act, and talk like a man.
- When you say, ‘I do’ to your spouse, you are legally declared married. And for the next few decades, you also, are learning how to live like a married couple, act within a covenant, and understand what is the life of a married person.
Continue reading “Living as Sojourners”
When dying is gain, our fear of death, man, and disease is gone — and Christ is magnified in our death.
Is It Worth It?
The new iPhone X is now available for pre-order and will be coming out in the beginning of November. The cost to order is 999$. The price for one phone is a thousand dollars; and the pre-ordering for this device are off the charts. In less than an hour of the launch for the iPhone, the wait time for households after the release date is as short as two weeks and as long as five weeks — apparently, the massive chunk of change and the wait have not stopped us from getting this new tech.
This is how we all operate. We make our decisions on this: is it worth it? You can say pleasure-driven, what brings satisfaction, joy-junkies, or whatever clever wording you can think of. The bottom line we have in mind, whether thought out or implied, is this: is it worth it? Ultimately, this is the question we must keep in mind in regards to Christ, the gospel, and eternity. Is Jesus worth it? Is denying myself and killing my sin worth it? Is entrusting myself to the reproach I will bear, the desires and things I must forsake, and following the hard sayings of Jesus, really worth it?
Continue reading “Is Christ Worth the Cost?”