Isn’t it wonderful to see how our whole lives are built on the returning of the LORD? That is what Psalm 126 really teaches us by stepping us through the context of grace in our past, the content of our petitions boiling down to repeating that grace, and the connection we have with Jesus in all our hopes for the future.
Resurrection Reason (2 Corinthians 4:7-15)
Many are caught in a preponderance of the “why” of suffering. Either God is Mean, Impotent, or He has a purpose. Our text before us is loaded with purpose clauses concerning suffering. Paul is profoundly revealing to us that, God does have a purpose in all our suffering and it is glorious!
Preaching and Slavery (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
Do you really believe that the Word is powerful? Do you believe as Paul says elsewhere “the Word of God is at work among you!” – this is what Paul drives at in these verses in contrasting two slaveries – the slavery of the flesh that false teaching binds us to – and the slavery of righteousness that gospel preaching binds us to. [And] thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. So let us consider how the gospel preaching binds us to the LORD and breaks us from the flesh!
Do The Math (Psalm 90:1-17)
Who can wonder that Moses should say, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place.” We are all pilgrims and strangers on the earth, and we have no place to dwell. “Lord, You are our home.” What Moses penned here is certainly apt for funeral services but also for New Years messages because it pushes us beyond the temporal. Moses teaches us that, our best future hope is unbroken dwelling with God!
Christmas from the Psalms (Psalm 72:1-20)
What is so special about the King we sing about at Christmas? – Surely you’ve noticed that many of the Christmas Carols, that we love to sing, speak of Jesus as both babe and king? Looking at Christmas from the Psalms and like the Magi, we are looking for the born King. So here in Psalm 72, we are going to see what is so special about this KING, and I think that will point us to what is really special about Christmas too! and what makes Jesus so SPECIAL as a King is what He shares with us!
Christmas from the Prophets (Zephaniah 3:14-20)
There is a parallelism setup in the close of Zephaniah’s book that covers his whole prophecy… he is saying “We sing because he first sang over us!” It is Zephaniah’s answer to the Complacent people of God. Do you think that God does not really care? Have you felt like the Disciples on the BOAT with Jesus in the storm… crying out to Him “Do you even care that we are perishing?” – well, if you are tempted to complacency Zephaniah has a Christmas message for you! God Himself will turn all your shame into praise because you are His jubilant delight!
Christmas From the Law (Genesis 3:1-24)
The way to the Tree of Life is open now for us because, Christ the serpent crusher has restored the image of God in humanity through his humble and complete righteousness, by quenching the flaming sword of God’s wrath! And that is the way HOME for us this Christmas. Christ, the Satan crusher brings us “home” to the Glory that God created man for. He comes to us so that we can transcend in Him!
Taming The Tongue (James 3:1-18)
How taming the tongue is a gospel issue!
We Do Not Lose Heart (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
It can be easy to take it for granted when we read or talk about the Sufferings of the Christian life – conversely, there are some that get swallowed up in it. But through the whole of this chapter, we should appreciate that it is through seeing the “Nadir” that we can be truly encouraged by the “apex”. Paul has been driving home the greater glory of the New Covenant and now he shows us that the Light of Christ is greater than all your darkness!
Almighty Care (2 Samuel 4:1-12)
Our narrative unfolds the mysterious working of God in establishing His kingdom and His king against His and our enemies, but also in spite of the imperfection of her people and the sinfulness of David the typological king. Let’s jump right into the narrative and observe the irresistible Providence of God which teaches us that, if Christ is your King, you are always in the care of the Almighty!