Our empathetic and perfect High Priest

  • January 15, 2017 | Nate Offord | Hebrews 4:14-16

Question 25: How does Christ execute the office of a priest? Answer: Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.

— Westminster Shorter Catechism


The Word of God

  • January 1, 2017 | Brad Baugham | Psalm 19


The Cradle & The Cross

  • December 25, 2016 | Brad Baugham | Luke 2:22-35

The whole life of Christ was a continual Passion; others die martyrs but Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha (where he was crucified) even in Bethlehem where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last. His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas day and his Good Friday are but evening and morning of one and the same day.

— John Donne


Live for the line, not the dot. Life on earth is a dot. It begins. It ends. It’s brief. Life in heaven is in an unending line extending from that dot. We all live in the dot. If we’re wise, we’ll live for the line.

— Randy Alcorn


The Christ Who Brings Joy to the Nations

  • December 11, 2016 | Dan Brooks

Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. It is telling you that people who are saved are not those who have arisen through their own ability to be what God wants them to be. Salvation comes to those who admit how weak they are.

— Tim Keller


The Peace Christ Brings

  • December 4, 2016 | Brad Baugham | Isaiah 9

Whenever any distrust arises, and all means of escape are taken away from us, … let us recall to our remembrance that Christ is called Wonderful, because he has inconceivable methods of assisting us, and because his power is far beyond what we are able to conceive. When we need counsel, let us remember that he is the Counsellor. When we need strength, let us remember that he is Mighty and Strong. When new terrors spring up suddenly every instant, and when many deaths threaten us from various quarters, let us rely on that eternity of which he is with good reason called the Father, and by the same comfort let us learn to soothe all temporal distresses. When we are inwardly tossed by various tempests, and when Satan attempts to disturb our consciences, let us remember that Christ is The Prince of Peace, and that it is easy for him quickly to allay all our uneasy feelings. Thus will these titles confirm us more and more in the faith of Christ, and fortify us against Satan and against hell itself.

— John Calvin


Advent: Christ, Our Hope

  • November 27, 2016 | Brad Baugham | Isaiah 52

Christians are much like the exiles who returned from Babylon and longed for the fullness of the kingdom. After we are baptized into Christ, many more days follow before the Final Day. Good Friday was followed by Easter, yet the church still cries, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20); we live between Good Friday and Easter Sunday on “a Saturday” that has become the longest of days.

— R. Lessing


Giving Thanks to Our King

  • November 20, 2016 | Brian Pinner

The gospel is boldly advancing under the contested reign and inevitable victory of Jesus the king. This side of Jesus’ death and resurrection, all of God’s sovereignty is mediated exclusively through King Jesus… . Christ “must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” ([I Cor.] 15:25). That presupposes the reign is still contested, and still advances. This is of a piece with Jesus’ claim, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18). But one day, the final enemy, death itself, will die, and Jesus’ mediatorial kingship will end. God will be all in all.

— D. A. Carson


Living and Giving Generously

  • November 13, 2016 | Brad Baugham | 3 John

So how do you know where and what you worship? It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, and your allegiance. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship. Sure, not too many of us walk around saying, “I worship my stuff. I worship my job. I worship this pleasure. I worship her. I worship my body. I worship me!” But the trail never lies.

— Louie Giglio


The God of Truth and Love

  • November 6, 2016 | Brad Baugham | 2 John

The greatest evidence that heaven has invaded our sphere, that the Spirit has been poured out upon us, that we are citizens of a kingdom not yet consummated, is Christian love.

— D. A. Carson

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