Stop, and Consider

Let us look to the Scriptures, and consider.

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One of my favorite texts that I have penned to my heart is Psalm 19.  Many of us are familiar with the opening words of David, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”  Among the many uses of the Hebrew word translated here as ‘proclaim’, it can be found in Job 1:15, 16, 17, and 19 as “to tell.”

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The Biblical Cure for the Troubled Heart

 It is never the amount or exercising of our faith, but the object of our faith. 

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Read John 14:1-14.

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Subduing and Subdued

This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us

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Dominion Enjoyed

The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11).  During his creation, everything that exists was created by him and exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11).  And all of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy 4:4).

By his sovereign decree, the creation exists to serve one purpose: God.  Psalm 119:91 says in reference to the sun and the earth, “By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.”  Created things exist to serve God, and if God’s chief end is, as John Piper says, to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever (cf. Isaiah 48:9-11) then all created things exist for God.

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Suffering and the Son

The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.

A sermon preached on 11-30-17

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Read 1 Peter 2:18-25.

 The Purpose of Suffering: God’s Glory

What is God’s purpose in suffering?  What does it do?  This is one of those questions that we may be able to grasp the answer for and intellectually understand it, but to actually see it or live it, is another thing.  In 2015, ISIS members were heavily attacking and threatening Christians spread all throughout the Middle East.

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Living as Sojourners

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.

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Remember the Gospel

The good news of Jesus Christ is not the basics we need to revisit but the core of all that we are and all that we do.

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This is a Football

One of the most well-known names in all of NFL history is Vince Lombardi.  He is specifically known for coaching the Packers in the 1960’s to five NFL Championships, including winning Super Bowl I and II.  He was known for his strategy, winning seasons, and for the way he ran his practices.  Vince Lombardi held intense practices during the off-season as recorded in his biography.  In the summer of 1961, Lombardi took his professional football team, the Green Bay Packers, walked onto the field holding a football, as the whole team circled around him to listen. He says this, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”

He took 36 professional football players to the basics and to remind them that nobody graduates from what seems elementary.  They needed to be reminded of what they overlooked.  Lombardi would continue to walk his team through the fundamentals of how to block and tackle.  He even took the playbook and started from page 1!

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Darwin, Adaptation, and the Gospel

But what hasn’t adapted or changed in humanity is the problem – the heart of our problem is the problem of our heart.  

On September 15, 1835 Charles Darwin sailed in the Beagle to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  During this landing, he would discover what is commonly called now, “Darwin’s Finches.”

“He collected several finch species, including the warbler finch, sharp-beaked finch, ground finch, small tree finch, large tree finch, common cactus finch and large ground finch… variation [in beak shape/sizes in particular] helped Darwin arrive at his understanding that the finches…adapted to the islands and specific environments where they live, leading to the theory that species are not fixed and unchanging; instead, they evolve over time from common ancestors” (www.livescience.com).

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