Thanking God for Deliverance

  • November 19, 2017 | Brian Pinner | I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. <br/><br/> &mdash; G. K. Chesterton


Remembering God’s Benefits with Thanksgiving

  • November 12, 2017 | Brad Baugham

The foundation of Christian faith and hope, indeed the essence of the good news, is that Jesus died and rose in order to bring us into union with him, and that when he comes he will take us to be with him for ever. Our coming King is none other than our crucified and risen Saviour. We therefore have absolutely nothing to fear. On the contrary, we may be certain that nothing (neither death, nor bereavement, nor judgment) can separate us from him who died to bring us to himself. Therefore comfort, encourage and upbuild one another with these words.

— John Stott


Treasuring Christ

  • November 5, 2017 | Nate Offord | Psalm 73

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.

—Jonathan Edwards


Reformation Sunday

  • October 29, 2017 | Mark Gignillat

Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed. We do not, therefore, contemplate him outside ourselves from afar in order that his righteousness may be imputed to us but because we put on Christ and are engrafted into his body—in short, because he deigns to make us one with him. For this reason, we glory that we have fellowship of righteousness with him.

— John Calvin


Reformation: Martin Luther

  • October 22, 2017 | Doug Payne

The great difficulty with many Christians is that they cannot persuade themselves that God loves them; and the reason why they cannot feel confident of the love of God is that they know they do not deserve His love, on the contrary, they know that they are in the highest degree unlovely. How can the infinitely pure God love those who are defiled with sin, who are proud, selfish, discontented, ungrateful and disobedient? This, indeed, is hard to believe.

— Charles Hodge


Minor Prophets: Jonah

  • October 15, 2017 | Brad Baugham | Jonah


The Life of the Word in the Life of the Saints

  • October 8, 2017 | Brad Baugham | Psalm 77

A man will be justified by faith when, excluded from the righteousness of works, he by faith lays hold of the righteousness of Christ, and clothed in it appears in the sight of God not as a sinner, but as righteous. Thus we simply interpret justification, as the acceptance with which God receives us into his favor as if we were righteous; and we say that this justification consists in the forgiveness of sins and the imputation of the righteousness of Christ.

— John Calvin


The God Who Seeks the Lost

  • October 1, 2017 | Ryan Leasure | Luke15:1-10

Three Persons and one God, I bless and praise thee, for love so unmerited, so unspeakable, so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost and raise them to glory.

— Selection from The Trinity, in The Valley of Vision


Live Still to Die

  • September 24, 2017 | Lonnie Polson

I affirm that faith only saveth; for it is meet for all Christians, in token that they follow their master Christ, to do good works; yet may we not say, nor in any wise believe, that they profit to salvation: for although we have done all that we can, yet we are unprofitable servants, and the faith we have only in Christ’s blood and his merits,

— Lady Jane Grey


Confessing Our Pride and Celebrating God’s Grace

  • September 17, 2017 | Brad Baugham | Obadiah

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.

— C. S. Lewis

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