Courageous Faith: The Battle is the Lord’s Text: 1 Sam. 17:4-11, 40-47   David is able to confidently battle the giant precisely because he knows that the battle does not belong to him but to the Lord.

Courageous Faith: Trusting God Over Tools and Techniques Text: 1 Samuel 17:31-40   Are any of you control freaks? How do you feel when something important needs to happen, or some big decision needs to be made, but you can’t be the one who decides or makes it happen? Isn’t that the worst feeling in…

Courageous Faith: Godly Disregard for Resentful Peers Text: 1 Samuel 17:1-30 Who Doesn’t Love the Story of David and Goliath? David is one of the most popular characters in children’s bibles, and his famous battle against Goliath is an iconic picture of how God uses His people to overcome the greatest obstacles. And according to…

The Express Image of the Father Text– Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory…

And the Word Was God Text: John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.    Christmas reminds us of one of Christianity’s most basic…

The Gospel of Christmas Text: Luke 2:1-20 Luke’s picture of the birth of Jesus is a study in opposites. On the one hand it is a glorious announcement about the birth of the Son of God on earth. Yet it happens in a largely private setting, in an unknown little barn in tiny Bethlehem. The…

The Meaning of the Magnificat Text: Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me,…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Advent As some of you have learned, my wife is a real stickler about not playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. As it happens, however, she lives in Central Florida, where folks begin celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. Lights are up and trees and wreaths are hung all…

The Mountain of God and the Vision of Glory Text: Ex. 24:9-18 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But…

Text: Ex. 17:8-16 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek….

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