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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The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.
A sermon preached on 11-30-17
Listen on podcast here.
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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And this same Jesus, offered up himself so that we, like the disciple Thomas, might behold him and say, “My Lord and my God!”
The Squishy, Babysitter Jesus
How many times in school were you told to treat others the way you want to be treated? We even called it the Golden Rule! This is by far one of the most popular sayings of Jesus in the popular culture, even in the realm of relative truth and morality (which is self defeating). Everyone loves the Jesus that is king, polite, loves others, and doesn’t really challenge anybody’s belief’s or opinions but only loves people and seeks to be generous. But, this is not all of Jesus — this is only a glimpse, a rip-off version of Jesus that he did come to be presented as, merely. The type of Jesus in the culture is one of a squishy kind. He does not challenge, he does not condemn, and he only is loving. But, in the gospels we see that this is not the full picture of the Son of God, there is so much more to be examined, offended and convicted by, and to see as more than just a type of babysitter who can do no wrong and is here to aid us in living properly. Continue reading “Basic Apologetics: Jesus is God”
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”
The greatest display of God’s sovereignty, his freedom in the universe, is his power and love to save sinners.
Will the Lord Accomplish?
One thing matters most in the universe and it is this: will God’s will (desire, plans, purposes, etc.) be carried out and accomplished exactly as he determines, or is history a big game of catch-up and tying up loose ends as they are unraveled by all aspects of creation? This is huge (cue Trump voice). Do we, as Christians, have any kind of confidence in the world, in our daily lives from a small scale to the large scale, that God is and will accomplish everything he pleases, or is God extremely intelligent to bring things back in align to his purposes that don’t unfold the way he intended?
Will the Lord accomplish all the he pleases, all the intentions and thoughts (using these words for our understanding) of his heart, or does it just happen and he comes to aid like an ambulance to a horror scene?
First, a definition: the sovereignty of God is this — He is sovereign over the whole world, and everything that happens in it. He is never helpless, never frustrated, never at a loss; he is never backed into a corner where his only recourse is to do something he hates to do. He does whatever he pleases. In a simple word: God has absolute freedom. Continue reading “1 Samuel 2: Sovereignty of God”