1. One Way to Continue the Spirit of the Reformation
    31 Oct, 2017
    One Way to Continue the Spirit of the Reformation
    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15   You've probably heard that 500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg.  This document addressed some of the issues Luther saw going on in the church that needed to be addressed.   This event is seen as the beginning of
  2. Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    30 Oct, 2017
    Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 I think it’s safe to say all of us want acceptance and approval.  I know I do. As one article I’ve read recently says, “Whether we choose to acknowledge
  3. Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    16 Oct, 2017
    Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God
  4. Waiting Patiently in Faith
    03 Oct, 2017
    Waiting Patiently in Faith
    O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?  Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.  So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.   Habakkuk 1:2-4 I've thought about Habakkuk's prayer several times over the last day or so.  When we look around at the
  5. Jesus: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    21 Jun, 2017
    Jesus: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. Revelation 19:16 Did you know that Jesus is King and Lord over all? "Of course I know that, Stuart!" I can hear you say. Yes, I'm fairly certain you've heard that, but do you really know that?   I mean, do you know this truth so well that you live like it?   Does it make a difference in your day to day activities?   Does it give you encouragement?   Does it guide you throughout your life?   Does it
  6. The Lord Tests the Righteous
    12 Jun, 2017
    The Lord Tests the Righteous
    The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Psalm 11:5 I'm gonna say it . . . I'm not a fan of tests. When I was in school, tests gave me stress.  I was that guy frantically pouring over notes, study guides, note cards, etc., right before a test.  I was afraid of failing.  Failing was not something I wanted to face. When it comes to the tests the Lord sends our way, there is no way to cram.  The tests are meant to bring out of us what is really