Do You Really Want “God With Us”? Text: Isaiah 7:10-17 Moreover the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” Then he said, “Hear now,…

Advent and Mount Zion Text: Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all…

The Words of Institution Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of…

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. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines…

Text: 1 Cor. 4:6-13 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. For who makes you differ from another? And what…

Text: 1 Cor. 3:18-4:5 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows…

Text: Luke 15:11-32 We are in the middle of a short series on the parable of the Prodigal Son, and today we will be focusing on the Prodigal himself. As we said last week, he really isn’t the most important character in this parable. It would be a great mistake to assume that Jesus’ intention…

Text: Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most famous parables in the entire Bible. It depicts the destructive nature of sin, the love of God the Father, and the joy of reconciliation. There’s even a connection to Easter, as on two occasions the Father in the parable…

Our church has been working our way, once or twice a month, through Robert Farrar Capon’s wonderful little book, Bed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage. Fr. Capon’s main theme throughout is that roles define us and that this reality is good. This week’s chapter is “Bed,” and in it Capon applies this view of roles…

Text: Luke 14:25-33 What if I told you that Jesus asks you to give up your family? What if I said he bids your family to come and die? Well, that’s exactly what he did say: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,…

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