Advent Joy

One of the most beloved Christmas carols is “Joy to the World.” We sing: “Joy to the World! the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king.” The coming of Jesus Christ brings joy! Advent Joy anticipates the coming of Jesus who the Puritan Thomas Watson said is “the Wonder of Angels; the Joy and Triumph of […]

Advent Love

The most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. Martin Luther called it “the gospel in a nutshell.” This is a verse for all seasons. John 3:16 is a verse for the Advent season. It says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not […]

Advent Peace

Advent is a time of living on tip-toes! We eagerly anticipate a new world coming, a world of peace. The message of the angels at the birth of Jesus was for peace on earth (Luke 2:14), a vision that can be fulfilled only by the action of God. No political or personal efforts of our own can bring […]

Advent Hope

Advent is a time for hope! The Hebrew Scriptures present God’s promise to send a Messiah to rule and deliver the people of God (Jer. 33:14-16; 23:5). There is the promise: a “young woman [traditionally: “virgin”] is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us” […]

Be a “Cheerful Thanks-giver”

Thanksgiving Day is approaching. Since this is a national holiday in the United States, everyone is familiar with Thanksgiving. We associate it with family, food, and for some: football! Christians are especially acquainted with thanksgiving. The Psalms are full of references to thanksgiving for the people of Israel (e.g. Pss. 9:1; 30:4; 100:4 etc.). Thanksgiving […]

A Sermon To Read: “Believe Also In Me”

John 14:1 That lonely Sufferer, of whom David sings in the 22nd Psalm, was, of course, none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the One who was a reproach of men and despised by the people. He was the One whom they scorned, saying, “He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver […]

A Sermon To Read: “God Is Life”

Text: John 5:26 I have on my shelves somewhere a catechism that was published many years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, and which contains among others this question and answer: “What is God?” – it asks, and the answer given is “God is a Spirit. He is triune. He is light, and love, and life.” Naturally, along with […]

Grace and Peace

Sometimes when we read the letters of Paul, we almost skip over the opening Salutation. Paul typically greets the church to which he writes using some theological language of welcoming those saints gathered who would have originally listened to Paul’s letter being read. But like his letters themselves, Paul’s salutations are also very rich in […]

A Sermon To Read: “By Hosts Surrounded”

Text: II Kings 6:16 Friends – there are different days for all of us. Who is not troubled by the state of our nation – the prevailing irreligion and immorality, the economic and political uncertainty, and by wars and rumors of wars on the international scene? What Christian is not concerned about the church -“by […]

A Sermon To Read: “Who Is The Holy Spirit”

Many people have a pretty good idea of what we mean when we speak of “God”, and in our circles, at least, they might accept the famous definition of the Westminster Catechism, that “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth!” a truly classic and memorable word indeed! And […]

8 Daily Directions for Christian Living

Each day is a new day to live our Christian faith. We awake; and wonder what God will do today and how we can be serve God and others in the gift of our lives of faith? A Puritan theologian and preacher who thought about this question was Paul Baynes (c. 1573-1617). Baynes was the […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Real Question”

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The question is often raised on Easter Sunday whether Jesus Christ really rose from the dead. Had He really and truly died on the cross? Was the tomb really and truly empty? Can we be sure that no human hand had […]

Trust in the Lord

Christians are people of faith and trust. We have faith in God, we trust Jesus Christ, we are led by the Holy Spirit. Our whole lives are wrapped up in our relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. John Downame (1571-1652) was an important Puritan theologian and writer. He explored the meaning of […]

Advancing the Glory of God

I have always felt that one of the big, umbrella prescriptions and descriptions for our Christian lives comes from Paul’s words: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). The “glory of God” is the big story of our lives! All we are […]

Mercy!

Moments of mercy move through our lives. They come upon us; and often we are astonished! These are unexpected acts of goodness to us—and goodness we know we do not deserve. We do not presume mercy will be shown to us. That’s why it can be so overwhelmingly wonderful to us. We receive what we […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Last Word”

Hebrews 1:1-2a That Almighty God is the sovereign Lord of history, and that He has the last word in all things that pertain to man and to his destiny is clearly taught in Scripture and universally acknowledged, I suppose, among all who make any pretense to religion. The hearts of kings are in His hand. Military might never determine […]

A Sermon To Read: “Christ Our Lord”

Luke 9:35 “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: Hear Him. The basic commitment of every single person who is, by any stretch of the imagination, entitled to the Christian name is this: Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, as this is defined in the New Testament […]

A Sermon To Read: “Spiritual Churches”

1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Now and then a church member will come back after visiting another church while on a vacation or on a business trip and tell me how much more or less “spiritual” […]

A Sermon To Read: “Work And Pray”

Of all the doctrines and practices of the Reformed Faith – which we delight to call the Faith of Our Fathers, and which we share with many others: not only with some of those who bear the denominational label “Reformed” but also many Presbyterians and – lately – quite a few Baptists as well who are abandoning […]