Fake or Real?

August 28, 2014

“In Matthew 25, Jesus tells three parables: The Parable of the Ten Virgins, the Parable of the Talents, and the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. The Ten Virgins parable ends this way: ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you’ (vv. 11-12). The Talents parable ends this way: ‘And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (v. 30). The Sheep and Goats parable ends this way: ‘And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the…


August 14, 2014

A front page article from this week’s newspaper concerned released sex offenders in our community. As I recall, there are somewhere around 2,500 in our county. They have to register and inform law enforcement where they live. The article exposed the fact that only three detectives are assigned oversight of these individuals. Do the math. There isn’t going to be much oversight. Would anyone disagree we have a problem here? The chief responsibility of law enforcement is to protect the citizenry. Keeping an eye on those the courts deem potentially dangerous should be job-one. I know we have literally hundreds…

Our Butt in the Pew

July 31, 2014

As parents, there are times we must discipline our children. The Scriptures speak to this often, especially in the Proverbs (Prov. 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15, and 29:17). Undisciplined children don’t bring much joy to anyone and will find it difficult to navigate life even when older. A faithful parent disciplines directly. That is, he uses the rod, time-out, withholding privileges, and other prescribed parenting strategies to confront disobedience. He also disciplines his children indirectly. Moms and dads do so by instructing their children. It is a form of shaping behavior. This happens informally at dinner, in the car on the…

Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

July 25, 2014

A Puritan Paperback by Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Supper is a treatise that explains the importance, personal preparation, comfort, and ends of the Lord’s Supper. In one section of the book on preparing for the Lord’s Supper, Watson gives believers a list of ten ways they should prepare themselves for the Lord’s Supper (or as he says, “be rightly qualified”). Briefly they are: 1. With self-examining hearts. “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread,” 1 Cor. 21:28. It is not enough that others think we are fit to come, but we must examine…

A Bigger Jesus

July 17, 2014

Last Sunday, we finished our 6-month preaching series through the book of Hebrews. I closed the sermon highlighting some of the words and phrases used to describe Jesus and His saving work. As I looked out from the pulpit, I saw in many of your eyes and slightly gaped mouth what I perceived to be an overwhelming awe for the One who saved your soul. Here are words from that section of the sermon: Before leaving the book of Hebrews, what’s your take-away? What is it God had for you as we made our way through this “book of exhortation”…

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