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Each of us lives with things we’d rather keep hidden. We exhaust ourselves with our efforts to keep our secrets secret and our skeletons hidden neatly in the closet. But, as Matthew 1 shows us, the God has some good news — he has come die for all our skeletons in the closet.
New Years come with resolutions to change and “be better.” But coupled with these resolutions is our intrinsic tendency to wander and stray, like lost sheep. As David writes at the end of Psalm 119, we’re desperate for God’s seeking and saving grace.
Sometimes we can feel like what we’re doing for God doesn’t matter. But, as 3 John plainly shows, even though we might be doing small tasks, there are no insignificant jobs in the Kingdom of God.
Nativity scenes are strange to me. They’re strange because we’ve decided, against all evidence to the contrary, that we have to have the wise men from the east in attendance at Jesus’s birth. And, as Matthew 2 tells us, our stubborn insistence to include them at the nativity exposes our lack of understanding why we remember the wise men in the first place.
All the uncanny glory of the gospel is found in the business of the Incarnation. All its majesty is there, too. For it’s not just that the Christ child was born where beasts dwell, it’s that after he was born he was placed where beasts feed. The manger where Jesus was laid is, in fact, a signpost heralding the wideness of God’s mercy
The Gospel of Mark is known for its rapid pace. The book moves quickly from scene to scene as the author strives to get to his main point, which is, Jesus is the heaven-sent servant. Mark’s endeavor to show Jesus as “one who serves” serves to underscore the entire theme of the Gospel, namely, that Jesus is the unexpected Lord who comes to serve, who comes to give himself to us.
King Solomon doesn’t pain a very pretty picture of life “under the sun.” In fact, his representation of the church, let alone life itself, is rather bleak. But in the midst of his commentary on what life is all about comes a good picture of what the church should be like. Namely, it should serve as a reminder, a beacon to the world, that God hasn’t abandoned us “under the sun.”
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.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a comprehensive letter encompassing the entirety of the Christian life. The apostle’s adamant representation of the gospel of grace is what leads him to write about what this grace does in the life of a believer. In chapter 5, then, Paul moves and strives to show that it is this same grace of God that delivers us that also makes us different.
A sermon from Ephesians 5.
The apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of the most important books in the entire Bible. It certainly contains, perhaps, the ten most significant verses in chapter 2. As Paul writes to encourage the church, he also writes to dismantle the false gospels that sneaked into the church. In Ephesians 2:1–10, Paul discloses God’s big picture of salvation by reveling in God’s cavernous grace.
Our society makes much of love. It’s the central point of conflict for countless movies, shows, books, songs, and all manner of entertainment pieces. But what is love? What is true love, biblical love? The world has confused lust for love so much that Christians have become similarly confused as to what true love is — and if you’ve never been told what true love is, you’ve never really loved at all.
The key ingredient that makes a church is the same ingredient that makes a team. Talk about skill and talent and giftedness all you want, but at the end of the day, a team’s success, and a church’s, depends on its unity. A unified people standing together in and for the gospel is the chief way the lost are introduced to the things of the gospel.