1. The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    10 Jul, 2018
    The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. Romans 7:7-8 Has this ever happened to you? You see a sign that forbids something, and you suddenly have an overwhelming urge to do that
  2. Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    22 May, 2018
    Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Galatians 5:14 I have to admit, I'm fascinated by this verse.   Allow me to tell you why . . . Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, says something radical about how the law is fulfilled. The whole law is fulfilled in one simple command. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But wait . . . I thought the whole law was fulfilled by two commands!  "Love your neighbor" is one of them, yes.  But
  3. Why Obey God?
    13 Feb, 2018
    Why Obey God?
    And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:1-3 Why obey God? There are lots of ways to answer that question. We obey God because he is God.  He's the One who created us.   Just as an author has authority over the characters in the book she writes, God has the right to order our lives and tell us how to live because he is our Creator.   We obey God
  4. Using the Law Lawfully
    30 Jan, 2017
    Using the Law Lawfully
    Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been
  5. The Law and the Gospel
    18 Oct, 2016
    The Law and the Gospel
    For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.  Ezra 7:10 A recent trend in many Christian circles is to label our ministries "gospel-centered".   The idea of this descriptor is to let everyone know that our church, our ministries, our whatever has the gospel of Jesus front and center. This trend is good in that it puts the emphasis where it belongs . . . on Jesus and the good news of his life, death, and resurrection.
  6. Blessed
    16 Aug, 2016
    Blessed
    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  Psalm 1:1-2 We all want to be "blessed" (even if we have different understandings of what "blessed" means).   Sometimes preachers and teachers of God's Word will say that to have the "blessed" experience is be in the state of happiness or to have something good happen to us,