A sermon from Ephesians 5 on the dark side versus the light, and how the Christian is remade to live in and with the Light of the World.
A sermon from Luke 14 on the cost of following Jesus.
When endeavoring to define faith in the biblical sense, teachers and preachers hasten to bring their audience to Hebrews 11. This, of course, is the "faith chapter," or the "hall of faith" (as it's commonly called).
Perhaps the most overused word in all the English language is the word “awesome.” We call people, places, and moments awesome without any real regard for the true meaning of the term. In fact, the word is so colloquial that it’s almost a slang word now. It’s lost its meaning. In the same way, we’ve lost our awe.
Not to retread previous ground, but a sentiment of the psalmist’s that appears much earlier in this particular Psalm deserves a revisit. A commentary on Psalm 119:129–136.
The germ of sin is a distortion of right and proper affections. With man usurping God’s authority, so, too, did he adulterate the affections God instilled in him to have. Where before he loved righteousness and holiness and all that is good, now mankind is incessantly driven after perversion, pleasure, and all the things that that feel right to the senses.
The law is such an adverse subject among believers. It gets a bad rap among many and too much attention for many others. Confusion and angst surround the law and any dialogue about it. Anytime it’s brought up in lectures, sermons, or discussions, an ominous cloud immediately descends.
We Christians are a forgetful bunch. We’re often confused and discombobulated. We so desperately want our goodness and virtue to account for something we’ve misrepresented the entire course of the Christian life — we’ve deemed our pious performance to be of greater weight, importance, and significance than the performing Person.
After the midnight comes the morning; from the sea of tribulation the psalmist hastens to shore to stand on the Rock. In beautiful juxtaposition of the anguish just considered, the languishing heart of the psalmist is bolstered and uplifted once again by the Word of God.
I think it’s safe to say that we’re in the midst of the Golden Age of smartphones. Every year, a new iPhone is released, which is touted to be the most amazing, incredibly crafted iPhone yet! There’s seemingly an endless array of Android phones as well, each seeking to garner attention from the masses by marketing a special, niche feature that the iPhone doesn’t have (yet).