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Kingdom Come
The book of Matthew has sometimes been called, "The Book of the Kingdom". Through it, we see so often in the forefront that the Lord Jesus is pre-occupied with the work of the Kingdom from beginning to end. But what is the Kingdom of God? And what are we praying for whenever we pray the … More Kingdom Come
Set God’s Name Apart
As we continue looking at the Lord's Prayer, we see the very first petition written by Christ in prayer is not what we would expect. We might expect that the first petition in prayer might be for world peace, or to abolish poverty, or for hunger to be conquered. And yet, though all those things … More Set God’s Name Apart
The Definition of Family
Today is Mother’s Day. Soon it will be Father’s Day. At some point it will be Grandparents Day. As I walk down the aisles at Walmart, I can’t help but think about people who may not have someone to send a card to, for one reason or another. I think of the someone who never … More The Definition of Family
Our Heavenly Father
Jesus wants His disciples to know how to pray. It is so often difficult for people to pray because they assume there is a select vocabulary to be used for prayer or that it can only be done by "religious people". But what Jesus wants His disciples to know is that prayer is not between … More Our Heavenly Father
Pray Like Christ
On a scale of one-to-ten, how would you rate your personal prayer life with the Lord? Are you regularly meeting with God to pray beyond the dinner plate? For the most part, Christians are excellent and fervent in prayer over breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As a child my favorite was, "God is great. God is … More Pray Like Christ
The Lord Will Provide
“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?... But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things … More The Lord Will Provide
Healed to Serve
As we look at Christ in Matthew 8:14-17, we find another unexpected miracle at the hand of Jesus. He had already done the unthinkable in touching and healing the leper, and then aiding a gentile centurion by healing his servant. Now the scene moves towards Christ entering the home of His disciple, Peter. As we … More Healed to Serve
You Can’t Stop Now!
Have you ever been tempted to give up praying for someone or something? You had spent all this time and effort hoping and praying and it just seems as if God has put you on hold, so to speak. When we work through the Scriptures and bask in the living spring that is God's Word, … More You Can’t Stop Now!
The Honor Outweighs the Cost
When was the last time that you were seriously afraid? Your heart raced. Your mind began to play tricks on you. You were certain that the unthinkable was going to happen. Perhaps your great fear isn't found in a group of wandering microbes, but all of us struggle with fears and anxieties. Perhaps we fear … More The Honor Outweighs the Cost
Christ Our Prophet
Our world does not need a prophet to see the reality of chaos and pain. In seasons of uncertainty we seek out the wisdom of our loved ones, yet we know that their wisdom is still limited. Should we look to history or philosophy, we already know that the result will be the same. So, … More Christ Our Prophet
Christ Our King
As a kid, one of my favorite games was chess. Whether it was playing on the computer, with my cousin or some friends after school; I loved that game. Now the wonderful thing about this game is that whether your chess set is digital, made of wood, marble or whatever, the goal is always the … More Christ Our King
Christ Our Priest
One thing I love about kids is that there is not beating around the bush with them. Simply put, they tell it like it is. They may say "I'm hungry," or "This tastes bad," or "Why is he so ugly daddy?" and the like. We often like to think of ourselves as far more complicated … More Christ Our Priest
Post Tenebras Lux
Have you ever noticed that when people introduce themselves, the first thing to follow their name is quite often their occupation? And though there is nothing wrong with this particular practice, is the heart of our identity merely what we do? Is it true that who you are holds no weight on what you do? … More Post Tenebras Lux
God Cares For His People
When was the last time you had a great trip? Some of my favorite memories with my wife include our trips to visit family and friends. We have a young family, and so our adventures have gotten a tad bit more complicated. And as you can imagine, our adventures do not begin when we arrive … More God Cares For His People
Reverence and Awe
Water is something we take for granted every day isn't it? We are thirsty, so we open the fridge. If our hands get dirty, we wash them. For many of us, the warmth in our home comes by means of water rushing through pipes, creating the most annoying bits of racket, which of course causes … More Reverence and Awe
The Sabbath is for Singing
The Church has historically understood the centrality of the Lord's Day, Sunday, and the importance of setting it apart for public worship. Christians have most chiefly perceived such acts as the means of honoring the fourth commandment, which demands that Christian honor the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. But why ought we to sanctify the … More The Sabbath is for Singing
A Bloody Mess
There are few things as naturally alarming to a person as the sight of blood. You may find that even the idea of blood causes all sorts of reactions amongst people. For some, the idea of blood is inherently vile, causing stomachs to churn. In others, we find a relative indifference, whether it be due … More A Bloody Mess
A Battle Amongst the Gods
The ancient world is not as different as we like to pretend it is. People often err on one of two sides. They either overestimate the ancients by presuming them to be of a purer or greater stock than ourselves. Or they can err by thinking too little of them, presuming that our ability to … More A Battle Amongst the Gods
Be Gracious
Jesus is concerned with how you respond when other's wrong you. We've all been in a situation where someone has wronged us in some way. Perhaps we've had a boss who lives to make our life unbearable, or maybe even a family member who loves to see us squirm. Whether in these situations or others, … More Be Gracious
No Idols Measure Up
One of the Church's greatest voices in the 20th century was a professor at the Oxford; his name was C.S. Lewis. His most renowned work is called, 'Mere Christianity' where Lewis presents the Christian faith as the only intelligible option for the world; all else is utter foolishness. And it is within the context of … More No Idols Measure Up
Merry Day-After-Christmas
As a kid, I remember the distinct moment I realized that Christmas was over. There was the vague recollection that there was an immense month full of joy and anticipation, and then the glorious event itself. All the evidences of the joy of Christmas were still with me, bits of wrapping paper could still be … More Merry Day-After-Christmas
Faith Breeds New Action
As books go, Jonah has a wonderful conclusion rarely considered. I may indeed be getting ahead of myself, but it is not too much for me to assume that most people consider the poor estate of Jonah’s aquatic tales and fail to consider prophetic work thereafter. Ah, and there is that word “prophet” which has been … More Faith Breeds New Action
Hopeless for the Holidays
Every Christmas we are drawn into a flurry of emotions. We have the great highs of presents, and decorations. There are armies of Santas and parades ready to charm the hearts of children and adult alike, but sometimes it’s possible to feel as if we are in the belly of a fish at the bottom … More Hopeless for the Holidays
Worst. Prophet. Ever.
There are a few figures that often make it into children’s storybooks that baffle me. You have the classic story of God’s great wrath upon mankind in the story of Noah. I still don’t understand why the mass genocide of the earth in the tale of Noah regularly makes it into Little Timmy’s nursery. Another unexpected … More Worst. Prophet. Ever.
An Advantageous Advent
Have you ever heard of the axiom, “I am a Christian but I don’t go to church.” In many ways, this has replaced the Apostles Creed as the most fundamental creed for many individuals who classify themselves as Christians today. What are you supposed to say to that? People typically expect you to simply smile … More An Advantageous Advent
Thus Saith Pharaoh?
The Bible is full of all sorts of heroes. Often the apex of Old Testament figures is the prophet Moses. Certainly Moses was the greatest prophet of Old until the coming of Christ. Accompanied by his brother Aaron, and with the initial support of the elders of Israel, these two men came forward unto Pharaoh … More Thus Saith Pharaoh?
John Owen, Reformational Catholic

The history of the Christian Church can get rather complicated as you look across the ocean of traditions and faces. There are today so many sorts of camps and tribes even under the banner of Protestant and Reformed. But one figure stands out amongst his brethren as a helpful voice in service to Christ and … More John Owen, Reformational Catholic

What Rules You?

Jesus wants us to know one simple truth from Matthew 6:19-14: we need to re-orient our priorities. Jesus speaks of our treasure, our eye and our master in this passage. But these three seemingly unrelated illustrations all point towards the single reality that our greatest aim and desire in life must be to treasure, behold … More What Rules You?

Ulrich Zwingli Biography

I recently had the opportunity to read William Boekestein’s contribution to the bitesize biographies series focusing on protestant reformer, Ulrich Zwingli.

A Pentecost State of Mind
One of the joys of being a parent is learning to see the world again from a fresh perspective. I say “fresh” and not “new” because far too often we forget the wonder of what it was like to be a child. The beauty of a child’s perspective comes in this: they can build whole … More A Pentecost State of Mind
What Good is an Apostle?
When I was a kid my grandfather took me everywhere. He often took me to the park and out to eat. He even took me to this ancient relic called “Blockbuster” But of all the places he took me, my favorite was his garage. I need to preface. I grew up in New York City … More What Good is an Apostle?
Everybody Worships Something

Jesus loved to use stories. If you haven’t read one lately I encourage you to open up a Bible to Luke 12:13-21. There you find our Messiah utilizing a parable, or story meant to teach a central idea. We have a story about a fool. A rich fool steeped in the evidence of God, benefitting … More Everybody Worships Something

Murder Upon Their Lips
The King James Version of the Bible translates the sixth commandment as, "Thou shalt not kill." But as one looks through the Scriptures God seemingly commands His people to kill. Moses kills, Joshua kills and even King David kills. In light of the commandment and God's execution orders, is God an accomplice to sin? Or … More Murder Upon Their Lips
13 Sermons from 13 Reasons Why
I once heard it said that every piece of literature, every movie, every song, every show is preaching a sermon. The underlying message of every piece of media is sometimes close to the surface, while others are a little harder to see. Yet from the moment we scroll through our Facebook newsfeed or flip on … More 13 Sermons from 13 Reasons Why
Reformation Day Potluck Devotional
One of the joys of being a pastor who loves Church History is seeing patterns echoed throughout the life of the Church. Now there are wonderful examples of pastors who have cared for their sheep, praying for them when they wouldn’t pray for themselves, or when God, in spite of wicked pastors, comforted His people … More Reformation Day Potluck Devotional

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