The Bondage of the Will

John 1:12-13, But as many as received Him, He gave to them the ability to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (own Greek translation). This speaks to our bound will,…

The Curse of False Gospels

Galatians 1:8, But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. The apostles, commissioned by Christ’s authority to baptise and teach with the direction of the Holy Spirit, have handed down to the Church the pure Gospel. Any…

Treasures in Heaven

Psalm 37:16, Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. The world measures wealth and success in the abundance of things and accomplishments. Even some Christians have come to think this way. No, what worth are these things that will fade away into eternity? If you have Christ, you have…

The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These are the words proclaimed at the close of the pastor’s sermon. The peace of God is not what human reason surmises—namely, the cessation of evil. This is not what the text says; it says…

Cornucopia of Grace

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” I love food. Food is a motif throughout Scripture both for physical providence and for joy. God provided manna for the Israelites so they might live (Exodus 16) and the Scriptures speak on a joyful feast…

Life After Death

John 11:17-27, Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethan was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to Him, but…