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Friend, do you know yourself?

The persuasive worldview of our society views human beings as basically good.  Therefore, if we need God at all, it is only in a limited way.  However, the Biblical worldview is in direct conflict with this common assumption.

The following is taken from Titus 3:3 as Paul describes sinners prior to their conversion to Jesus Christ, “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice andd envy, hated by others and hating one another.”

Perhaps this is not how you think of yourself today or thought of yourself in the past, yet this is exactly how God sees you outside of Jesus Christ.  The powers of Satan and sin deceive us in this way in order to make us think much more highly of ourselves than we ought, and the result is that we do not see our need for a Savior.

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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What is the Bible all about?

Answer: Jesus

The speaker is Tim Keller.  The message was delivered at the Gospel Coalition 2007 Conference.  This quote from Keller’s speech was powerful.  And I have also listened and re-listened to his message that he gave that day.

HT: Jared Wilson

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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Easter Sermon Wordle Map

Wordle: jmsermon

You can click on the image to enlarge.  The larger the word the more often it is spoken.  Conversely, the smaller the word, the less often it was used in the sermon.

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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The Resurrection is…

…God’s yes and amen to everything Jesus said and did.

As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory (2 Corinthians 1:18-20).

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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Out of the mouth of babes

Our family was sitting on the floor together Sunday night, when I asked my three children what they learned/did during our AM and PM gathering times.

Karis, (2 years old), said that she cried at church.

Chloe, (just turned 5), said that they cut out Jesus.  We were puzzled about what she meant so Chloe ran into her room and returned with a picture of Jesus cut and glued onto a plate.

During the PM gathering, Chloe’s class was asked what Jesus did at Easter.  Chloe answered that Jesus hid easter eggs.  The teacher said that was not the answer she was looking for, so undaunted Chloe said Jesus’ blood was shed for us.

Lydia, almost seven, said that the disciples waived branches in honor of Jesus as he came into Jerusalem.

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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What accounts for Jesus’ fear in the Garden?

The answer is Propitiation…Jesus bore the wrath of God and punishment of all the sinners who would ever turn to him in repentance and faith.

How should we explain Jesus’ belief in the necessity of his death?  How should we account for the fact that what drove him on throughout his public ministry, as all four Gospels testify, was the conviction that he had to be killed?  And how should we explain the fact that, whereas martyrs like Stephen faced death with joy, and even Socrates, the pagan philosopher, drank his hemlock and died without tremor, Jesus, the perfect servant of God, who had never before showed the least fear of man or pain or loss, manifested in Gethsemane what looked like blue funk, and on the cross declared himself God-forsaken? “Never man feared death like this man,” commented Luther.  Why?  What did it mean?

…if we relate the facts in question to the apostolic teaching about propitiation, all becomes plain at once. “May we not urge,” asks James Denny, “that these experiences of deadly fear and of desertion are of one piece with the fact that in his death and in the agony of the garden through which he accepted that death as the cup which his Father gave him to drink, Jesus was taking upon him the burden of the world’s sin, consenting to be, and actually being, numbered with the transgressors?” (The Death of Christ, 1911 ed., p. 46).

Had Paul or John been asked this question, there is no doubt what they would have answered.  It was because Jesus was to be made sin, and bear God’s judgment on sin, that he trembled in the garden, and because he was actually bearing that judgment that he declared himself forsaken of God on the cross.  The driving force in Jesus’ life was his resolve to be “obedient to death–even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8), and the unique dreadfulness of his death lies in the fact that he tasted on Calvary the wrath of God which was our due, so making propitiation for our sins.

Centuries before, Isaiah had spelled it out: “We considered him striken by God….The punishment that brought us peace was upon him….The LORD has laid on him the inquity of us all….For the transgression of my people he was stricken….It was the LORD’s will to crush him…the LORD makes his life a guilt offering” (Is 53:4-10).

Taken from Knowing God by J. I. Packer, pp. 192-194.

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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Uncategorized


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In your Midst, the King is Present

When Jesus of Nazareth entered into Jerusalem riding on a colt, he was coming into the city of David as a King.  Palm branches were waived and cloaks were spread before him.  Praises were shouted by his disciples. 

I wonder how many participated that day with the entrance of God’s King into God’s city?  Maybe 200 or 400?

I can’t imagine the emotions that overcame Jesus that day.  Luke 19 records that he wept upon seeing Jerusalem for they did not receive him as their King.

However, I do know that another coronation day is coming where the multitudes of those who praise Jesus will be without number.

Remember, when you go to worship corporately with other saints this Lord’s Day, the King is on his heavenly throne and he sees and hears your praises.  So praise him as if you had a front row seat at his coronation day.

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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in Uncategorized