1. God's Word Accomplishes
    09 Jul, 2018
    God's Word Accomplishes
    For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11 Yesterday, I mentioned this passage before I read the Scripture for the sermon.  I said that there are times when if it
  2. Renewing My Mind
    05 Jun, 2018
    Renewing My Mind
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2  All of us need to have our minds renewed. I know I do. I've been doing some processing lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I have patterns of thought that are not grounded in the gospel of Christ.  For example, I have a tendency to see my life through a significantly negative filter.  I can
  3. Can't See the Truth?
    09 Apr, 2018
    Can't See the Truth?
    When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"  He said, "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."  Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see." So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all
  4. William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    26 Mar, 2018
    William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.  Zechariah 13:1  William Cowper suffered emotional problems.  Anxiety and depression, among other issues, plagued him during his adult life. During one of his bouts with depression, he wrote the hymn "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood".   Cowper understood the prophecy in Zechariah 13 about a fountain that cleansed God's people from their sins
  5. Joy and Trials
    06 Mar, 2018
    Joy and Trials
    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4   I remember this time I was talking with a lady whose daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  Tears were in her eyes as she spoke.  I could see the pain on her face.  This situation was obviously wearing on her. I said, "I'm
  6. Examine Yourselves
    09 Feb, 2018
    Examine Yourselves
    Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  2 Corinthians 13:5 When I was in school, test time was almost always an anxiety producing event.  I wanted to do well on any test I took, and the thought of failure was usually too awful for me to consider.  At times there were even sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and wide-eyed deer in the headlights fear