1. Going on to Maturity
    05 Jan, 2018
    Going on to Maturity
    Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  And this we will do if God permits.  Hebrews 6:1-3 In our household everyone has particular chores to do.  One of our children has the responsibility of cleaning the bathrooms.  Not too long ago one of the bathrooms was
  2. 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
  3. Blessed are Those Who Mourn
    25 Oct, 2017
    Blessed are Those Who Mourn
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Who wants to mourn? Mourning is about deep sorrow and sadness. It's often something that isn't over in just a few minutes, but it lasts for a while. And when we mourn, people around us often don't know what to say or do. So I ask again, who wants to mourn? Yet Jesus pronounces blessing on those who mourn. Why? First of all, we need to understand that mourning is connected to poverty of spirit. And as we see in
  4. Godly Grief Vs. Worldly Grief
    24 Oct, 2017
    Godly Grief Vs. Worldly Grief
    For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10 Ever have this happen to you? You do something that is obviously wrong.  Someone finds out about it.  Now you're upset. Not because you realize what you did was sin.  Not because you may have hurt other people.  Not because you know that your sin is an affront to God.  No, you're upset because you got caught. I've been there. Paul would call that "worldly
  5. Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    17 Oct, 2017
    Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.  Ephesians 5:3 As a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in which many women have accused him of sexual misconduct, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." Since then social media has been flooded with "me too" messages. I have been overwhelmed with the sheer number of these confessions of
  6. Seeking for What's Lost
    22 Sep, 2017
    Seeking for What's Lost
    "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?  And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'  Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."   Luke 15:8-10 Have you seen the remote? That's the sort of question we hear way too much around my house. It seems