“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV) This is a follow-up to Sunday's sermon where we looked at the "immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe" (Eph. 1:19). Presently at work in us is God's … Continue reading God’s Power in Jars of Clay
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20 ESV) What if you had been a follower of Jesus the night He was betrayed? What if … Continue reading Rescuing Hope
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6 ESV) We will soon enter the Passion Week and reflect upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the center of this glorious gospel is the substitutionary … Continue reading He For Me
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:3 ESV) As we seek to understand difficult doctrines like hell, election, the existence of evil, and unjust suffering, it is good to affirm the sovereignty of God over it all and the glory of God as the ultimate purpose of it … Continue reading Love That Will Not Let You Go
The weariness of winter struck again today in Minnesota. Enduring icy snow and poor road conditions, we are reminded that some things linger in our lives longer than we expect. This year's winter season has strong staying power. Many of us have grown weary as we wait for spring to sprout across our frozen tundra. … Continue reading Growing Weary?
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but … Continue reading Election and Love
The recent firestorm over hell is summarized here and here. It is not new that someone would question the doctrine of eternal punishment in hell for people who never come to Christ by faith. Sadly, it is not new that even professing Christian ministers would question such a doctrine. But with such controversy comes a … Continue reading Lose Hell, Lose the Gospel