January 10, 2020

In John 13 Jesus gives an example of serving by modeling it. He modeled it by washing the dirty feet of his disciples. Here are some observations about the passage.

V1 Jesus knew his hour was come. It's interesting that this passage about being a servant comes not long before his hour. "His hour" refers to the cross and drinking the cup of wrath.

V2 Jesus embarked on serving knowing his traitor was in the room and would soon betray him. How apt are we to serve someone we know is betraying us?

V3 Jesus was able to serve because he knew the Father gave him the disciples, that he...

January 7, 2020

Paul speaks about finishing his course in 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Paul's Concern for five areas in the passage encouraged Paul to be faithful to the end and finish his course.

1 Upcoming Judgement - Paul knew there was a day of judgement in which he would give account to God (1 Cor 3:11-15; 2 Cor 5:10).

2 Sound Doctrine - Paul knew that sound bible teaching was the means of purifying the church and the individual believer (John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:22).

3 Crown of Righteousness - Paul knew there was a reward called the crown of righteousness for him and all those who love and look forward...

December 19, 2019

Galatians 4:4 "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law."

In this verse we have the:

1 The Right Timing - when the fullness of time had come....
~ God the Father knew the exact time to send his Son (Jesus).

2 The Right Son - Jesus as the Son of God was the right and only one to send to earth to accomplish redemption.

3 The Right Method - The incarnation (the Son of God being born of the virgin Mary) was the right method. Actually this was the only method if Jesus was to become a sin bearer on the cross. He had to become a...

October 15, 2019

Why does God choose a man like Abraham or woman with no props?

1 So God receives the glory
~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glo...

October 14, 2019

From Genesis 11:27-12:9 we're introduced to Abraham. God chose Abraham because he was a man with no props. There are five areas in which Abraham was unable to prop himself up before God.

1 He was a man without God
~ Abraham and his family worshiped the moon.
~ God called and spoke to Abraham and told Abraham to follow God.
~ God is calling men today to follow Him (John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-30).

2 He was a man without a child
~ The very fact that he and Sarah were childless and Sarah was barren was one of the reasons God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish nation.
~ Wha...

October 4, 2019

What is the answer to worry?

Paul gives us the answer to the problem of worry in Philippians 4:6,7. That answer is in fellowship and communion with the Lord. That answer is comprised of three ingredients.

Those ingredients are prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.

1 Prayer - Prayer is prayer in general. But the word here also means praise, adoration and worship. Here in prayer we adore the Lord for his goodness and blessings.

2 Supplication - Supplication here means prayer in specifics. We pray for specific things.The Lord welcomes our requests.

3 Thanksgiving - Finally, we give...

September 22, 2019

In studying the passages on waiting on the Lord recently I noticed something interesting. The emphasis in the Old Testament passages on waiting isn't so much about what is waiting for us at the end of the waiting period, but on the process of waiting.

When we think about waiting on the Lord we think mostly about the outcome of waiting. But, God is more interested WHAT WE DO in the waiting period. It's in the waiting process the Lord transforms us.

Notice these verses from David on waiting.

Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
~ Here we need...

July 14, 2019

This is from A. W. Tozer

Rules for Self Discovery:

1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.”

July 7, 2019

Job learned about the sovereignty of God in the book of Job. After the Lord corrected Job in chapters 38-40 for misunderstanding God's ways and plan, Job came to this conclusion in Job 42:2 which says, "I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from thee."

June 30, 2019

This morning's sermon was on 2 Timothy 2:5. The title was "Playing by the Rules."

"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."

I shared 4 points from the text.

1 The Competitor - We are competing not against others but against a kingdom of darkness (Eph 6:12).
~ Richard Lenski pointed out how we're not competing against others but how the Christian life is an individual event.
~ While we labour with our brothers and sisters in the Lord we run our own race.

2 The Competition - Paul used sport analogies we're involved in.
A Wrestling...

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