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Spiritual Discipline: Thanksgiving

There are quite a few books available on cultivating spiritual disciplines, some good and some terrible. I have read a few and they usually advocate such things like keeping a journal, a dedicated prayer time, abstinence from various things, fasting, worship, prayer, and so on. Usually these sorts of books are quite individualistic and full […]

Being Fruitful

In Genesis 1, it is not until Day Five that God gives the command for fruitfulness and multiplication. The command to be fruitful and to multiply is called a blessing. We should take note, that here before the Fall, God’s binding Word over His creation is a blessing! God gives this command to the fishes, […]

Advent And Patience

The Christian life is a living pronouncement of joyful patience and this is made explicitly clear in the Advent season. In Advent we are full of joy patiently waiting for Christmas. The history of man was longing for the birth of Christ. From Genesis 3:15 until the crucifixion of Jesus (John 12:31-33) the saints of […]

Yes To Justice?

Locally we have an issue with our jail and overcrowding of criminals. I know this is not an isolated issue here where I live, but all across the nation, and so this applies here in Helena and also where you live. We have well-intentioned citizens (even churchmen) lobbying to get a bill passed to raise […]

Baptism: His And Ours

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. Luke […]

Love In Bread And Wine

The Half-Way House Love I was shewn upon the mountain-side And bid to catch Him ere the drop of day. See, Love, I creep and Thou on wings dost ride: Love it is evening now and Thou away; Love, it grows darker here and Thou art above; Love, come down to me if Thy name […]

Bloodless Sacraments

In our sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper we have direct connections to the corresponding sacraments of the old covenant, circumcision and Passover. Jesus’s life began with the shedding of blood in circumcision, and it is in His circumcision that we are joined in baptism, Colossians 2:9-13. Just as circumcision was the removal of […]

The Humility Of God

Preaching through Luke I am continually reminded of how God works in history. He does not usually grab those in high positions to bring about change, but more often He takes the humble nobodies to shift history for His glory. For example, when Christ was born the Father did not send the Heavenly Host to […]

Doubt, Discipline, And Faith

Zachariah is a good man. Elizabeth is a good gal. They are altogether righteous and blameless in the commandments of God. Zachariah is a priest and Elizabeth is a descendant of Aaron, and they are covenantally faithful (Luke 1:5-6). If you knew them, you would say, “When I grow up, I want to be like […]

Redeeming Blood

I’ve been preaching through Luke, and you can find those sermons here. And we came up to Zachariah’s song, which can be read here. This song is about the visiting mercy of God to bring peace and God brings this peace in two ways. The first way God brings peace is by visiting His people […]