All tagged Deliverance

The Gospel Doesn’t Blow Smoke

Perhaps the most unfamiliar thing I’m going to have to get used to now that I’m a Pennsylvanian is the concept of burning trash. I never really thought about trash men and the weekly garbage pick-up system before. It just wasn’t a thing that crossed my mind that often, if at all. But now that I’m living in a location that doesn’t have access to such a benefit, I am obligated to live out whatever latent pyromaniacal tendencies might exist in my subconscious.

Of Mud & Marigolds

The lessons drawn from Ecclesiastes are some of the most pivotal in the entire Bible. I say that because it’s a book that speaks to us where we are: in the rubble of “once-Eden.” The Teacher doesn’t make excuses for the life we live “under the sun.”

Blessed Be Our Rock-Like God

I don’t think there’s a more beautifully written book of the Bible than the Book of the Psalms. When you read the Psalms, you’re reading the only divinely inspired songbook in existence. It’s essentially a collection of Hebrew poems and anthems that were used in public worship services.

A Rock Song for You & Me: A Sermon from Psalm 18

Psalm 18 is one of David’s most recognized psalms. It is a highly regarded piece of poetry, not only for its biblical weight but for its lyrical beauty. Yet, the true weight and glory of Psalm 18 is unfolded once you are taken captive by that which captivated the psalmist himself. Namely, the all-surpassing, never-stopping deliverance of his God.

The Divine Portrait of Love

Whenever preachers get up to speak about the topic of love, they usually go to passages like 1 Corinthians 13. They are apt to do so — for there, under the Spirit’s design and influence, the apostle Paul gives the Christian the most complete view of love we’ve ever been given.

The Beast of Sin & the Hammer of the Law: A Sermon from Daniel 4

There is a beast lurking within all of us. An animal we often feed without realizing until it rears its ugly head and roars for all to hear. This beast affects us all, from Adam all the way down. The story of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar perfectly illustrates and portrays the tragedies of feeding this beast. The beast of sin is pride and the hammer that defeats it is the law.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Psalm CXIX Part 19

It is an understatement to say that the psalmist was familiar with adversity. And, like most great songwriters, the best lines often come from the darkest places. The majority of composers and lyricists will tell you that their most influential work was done while enduring the worst sorts of trauma in other areas of their life.

Dangerous Grace: A Sermon from Matthew 20

There are some stories in the Bible that are so perplexing that it makes you wonder why they were ever uttered by our Lord in the first place. I think there’s no better example of this than the parable of “The Workers in the Vineyard” from Matthew 20. The tale at first feels incredibly unbiblical and opposite of Jesus’s penchant for justice. But, another glance at this story reveals it to be another grandiose expose of grace.

The Extent of Our Need

Perhaps the most astute commentary on 21st century culture came during the earthly ministry of Christ. What is a description of the fallacy of the Pharisaical teachers of the day, is actually profound insight into how most Americans live. “They are blind guides,” Jesus says.

Fakers & Fugitives: A Sermon from Luke 18

There is, perhaps, no better scene to identify who the church is for and what church should be about than the parable Jesus relays in Luke 18, that being the parable of “The Pharisee and the Publican.” In this short account, Christ plainly discloses the leveling nature of the gospel, in that it’s for sinners, because sinners are all that there are. The good news is for fakers and fugitives alike.

Through the Fire: A Sermon from Daniel 3

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one of the most famous in all of Scripture. The account of these three young Hebrew hostages resolutely standing on behalf of the God they believed in and were sure of stands a testament to the power of faith and the gospel. Their story, though, takes on even greater meaning when you realize who it was that was in the fire with them.