Good News For the Proud

Good Thursday Dear Church, I hope and pray you are doing well on this wonderful Thursday afternoon. We are three weeks into the Gospel of John. One of the surprising things that I have been seeing is a subtle, but profound, theme in the gospel of John: humility. John is out to humble us. John…

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A Purpose in Christ

Good Thursday Dear Christians, To start off on a morbid note, I am a bit fearful for the next generation. Of course I fear for them because of all the usual reasons: how fast the world is changing, the shape of the culture, the pressure on Christianity. But to be honest, none of those things…

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Celebrating the Christmas Season

Good Evening Dear Church, I hope you are doing well today! Because Thanksgiving has officially passed, it is time for Christmas! And, I must confess, it is one of my favorite seasons, not necessarily because of cookies, or family, or gifts-although I love all those things! It is one of my favorite seasons because I…

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Remember the Persecuted

Hello Dear Church, Around the world every day, Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith. People just like you and I who are persecuted simply because they have called Jesus their Lord. They are not of this world. This reality was brought home to me a few years ago. At the seminary where…

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Before the Glory

Good Afternoon Dear Church, One of my favorite things to do as a pastor is to get together with people and read through the Bible/books. Today, I was finishing up reading through Jude with someone. And we were talking about what it means that God will present us “before his glory” (Jude 24). After all,…

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Christianity Makes Sense

Good Afternoon Dear Church, I hope and pray you’ve had a good week! This week I’ve been thinking a lot about how we as Christians answer objections to the faith. After all, our whole preaching through Philemon has been skirting around a rather uncomfortable question, namely, why doesn’t Paul just condemn slavery outright? Does Paul…

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Rescued By the Lord

Good Evening Dear Saints, I hope and pray you are having a good week! This week while studying for the sermon, I was reading through 2 Timothy. 2 Timothy was the last letter that Paul wrote before he was killed for the sake of Christ. It is a poignant, personal, and touching letter that Paul…

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