Caught in the Act, Part 1

Caught in the Act, Part 6

Every sin that you struggle with has a corresponding virtue that should be put on in its place. In other words, you must identify your sin struggles, repent, and then put on the opposite virtue.

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 1 | Power

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 1 | Power

What is the most powerful force on earth? Scientists tell us the most powerful force on earth is the Nuclear Strong Force. The Nuclear Strong force is one of the four fundamental forces in nature—the other three are gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak force. As its name implies, the strong force is the strongest of […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 2 | Source

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 2 | Source

Psalm 19 celebrates the power of Scripture, especially the transforming power of God’s Word to those who respond to it. The message of the second half of Psalm 19 can be summarized in this way: Scripture alone is God’s perfect, complete, and transforming revelation of Himself. In this part of Psalm 19, David expounds on […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 3 | Excellency

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 3 | Excellency

We all have multiple copies of the Bible. You probably have it on your phone or tablet, or maybe you have a hard copy right in front of you. You most likely have several Bibles in multiple locations as do I. But I want you to truly consider this question with me: Do you really […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 4 | Reliability

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 4 | Reliability

As David continues to expound on the perfections of the Word of God in the latter half of Psalm 19, he argues for its truthfulness and reliability. David writes, “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (v. 7). The Hebrew word for sure speaks of truth that God Himself testifies of or gives witness too. […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 5 | Eternality

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 5 | Eternality

As we continue our study of Psalm 19, we come to a fifth expression of the perfections of Scripture, “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever” (v. 9). “The fear of the Lord” is an unusual title for Scripture and quite frankly, not one we would expect. But David isn’t referring to what […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 6 | Truth

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 6 | Truth

Today, we conclude our series on The Perfections of Scripture by looking at one final characteristic of Scripture found in Psalm 19:9, “The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.” At first glance, “the judgments of the LORD” seems to be an odd description for the nature of Scripture. The Hebrew word […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 1 | A Sacrificial Foundation

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 1 | A Sacrificial Foundation

In 1996, I had the opportunity to travel to India. The most indelible memory of that trip was a visit to the Temple of Kali, one of the chief gods in Hinduism. As I exited the temple and walked into the adjoining courtyard, suddenly a couple came in with the intent of cursing one of […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 2 | A Soothing Aroma

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 2 | A Soothing Aroma

As we continue to work through Hebrews 10, the author informs us why Jesus’ sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice, and he does so by contrasting it with the sacrifice that was made on the annual Day of Atonement (Lev. 16). For the nation of Israel, the Day of Atonement was the day when the people’s […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 3 – A Worthy Substitute

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 3 – A Worthy Substitute

The sacrifices in the Old Testament were like a shadow and were never considered to be the literal image or icon. By way of illustration, your shadow isn’t really you. Instead, it is a vague outline of your human body. In the same way, the sacrificial system in the Old Testament was a shadow not […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 4 – A Satisfying Sacrifice

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 4 – A Satisfying Sacrifice

In the Old Testament there was no real relationship between a person’s sin and the animal that was sacrificed—it was only symbolic. The Old Testament believer’s faith was not to be in the death of an animal, but in God who would one day provide a sacrifice that would forever deal with sin. How, then, […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 5 – A Sacrificial Body

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 5 – A Sacrificial Body

God intended for the sacrifice of His Son to perfectly fulfill and replace the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. In Hebrews 10, the author demonstrates that Jesus’ death on the cross fulfills those very sacrifices as the perfect substitute. Because our sin calls for death and God’s justice must be satisfied, someone must die. […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 6 – A Human Substitute

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 6 – A Human Substitute

As we continue our series in Hebrews chapter ten, I want us to consider the reality that our Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect human substitute. In eternity past God determined to offer Jesus as a suitable sacrifice for His people. The author of Hebrews captures this truth when he writes, “By this will we […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 7 – A Perfect Atonement

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 7 – A Perfect Atonement

As we continue to look at Hebrews 10, there are some key truths that I do not want us to overlook. The author emphasizes Christ’s one sacrifice that atones for all the sins of every believer, which makes repeated Old Testament sacrifices completely unnecessary. “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 1 – Work Matters to God

The Gift of Work Pt. 1 – Work Matters to God

The past two years have been an unusual time in the history of our country as many people have had to change and alter their work habits. I think it’s appropriate, in light of life’s recent changes, to spend time thinking about an issue that consumes the majority of our lives: work. On average, a […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 2 – Work Reflects God’s Character

The Gift of Work Pt. 2 – Work Reflects God’s Character

As we begin to examine the book of Proverbs as it relates to work, I want us to first take note of the fact that Wisdom teaches that work is a gift that reflects God’s character. In other words, the way we work reflects who God is. Proverbs 8 highlights this reality. In this remarkable […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 3 – God’s Work Schedule

The Gift of Work Pt. 3 – God’s Work Schedule

As we continue to develop a theology of work from the book of Proverbs, in particular, the gift of work, I want us to consider the two primary ways in which our God is still at work today. First, God is working providentially. That is, not only does God continue to sustain everything He created, […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 4 – The Sluggard

The Gift of Work Pt. 4 – The Sluggard

I trust that our study of the gift of work has been beneficial and profitable so far. The book of Proverbs—and all of Scripture for that matter—is rich in its teaching on work, and I am thankful we have been able to examine it together. For today, I want us to look at a second […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 5 – Fighting Laziness

The Gift of Work Pt. 5 – Fighting Laziness

Today, as we continue studying the book of Proverbs, in particular, the gift of work, I’d like to consider the sin of laziness. Specifically, how to remedy the temptation to laziness. Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, you lazy one, observe its ways and be wise.” The ant mentioned here most likely refers to […]

Christ the King

Christ the King

As Americans, we are not used to the concept of having a king. However, through the most unlikely characters, we are taught what it means to respond rightly to the birth of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those unlikely men are the Magi. The Magi were members of a Persian priestly caste and were […]

The Gospel According to the Scriptures

The Gospel According to the Scriptures

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what […]

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 1 – Jesus’ Right to Rule

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 1 – Jesus’ Right to Rule

It is truly amazing how you can see something every day, but at the same time, not really see it at all. The chief example of this in our lives is the sun. The sun marches across the sky every day and lightens our world and enables us to see. And yet, if we are […]

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 2 – Our Rightful Owner

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 2 – Our Rightful Owner

There are two important issues about the profound truth that Jesus is Lord that are worthy of our attention. Today, I would like to consider the first truth: its basic definition.  The Greek word for “Lord” is kurios. The leading Greek lexicon says that the primary meaning of kurios relates to “possession of power or […]

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 3 – Jesus and the Resurrection

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 3 – Jesus and the Resurrection

As we continue studying from Scripture what it means that Jesus is Lord, I want us to consider the primary implications of that reality. In other words, what are the main ways the New Testament applies this truth to believers?  As I thought through the various implications on this subject, I came up with a […]

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 4 – Believing the Content of the Gospel

Jesus Is Lord Pt. 4 – Believing the Content of the Gospel

It has been a few weeks since we last studied the great New Testament doctrine that Jesus is Lord. In Romans 10, the apostle Paul makes a powerful case for submitting to Jesus as Lord for salvation. He says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you are really saying that […]