Becoming Post-Pragmatic People

It is hard to be patient, and it is hard to wait. It is hard to walk in faith and in peace while we wait on God’s timing, His gifts, and His way. The temptation to take the matters of our lives into our own hands and live according to our own understanding is great — and it always leads to ruin.

Is Your God Too Small?

Our concept of God makes all the difference for our faith. How do you imagine God? What is He there for? Is He in control? What are His purposes and His powers? What is He able and willing to take onto Himself to make you His own?

A Strange Type of Christ

Our text today tells of a strange little episode that Scripture comes back to time and time again. How does the Bible work and function together to bring us the One message and picture of Jesus Christ? How does the Old Testament combine with the New? And what is the truth of who Jesus is that we desperately need to see?

The God of Four Strikes

Genesis 11:27-12:20 begins the story of Abram, who becomes Abraham, the great patriarch…And who, in this opening text, falls into sin and fails as soon as he reaches the promised land. The call of God is an awesome thing – and comes with great risk and great cost, and we will all surely fail in it. For any who have known the shame and frustration of repeated failure – hear the hope of grace this morning.

Getting Over a Hangover

The Lord promises His children that nothing can snatch us out of His hand and nothing can separate us from His love. But we also know, from painful experience, that there is still much that we are capable of falling into – and much that we capable of falling away from. What is a Christian to do when the sin has been grievous… and the way home seems so hard to find?

When God Ran

If sin is crouching at our door, as Genesis says, then we need to see it clearly and understand its truly horrible consequences and effects in our lives. Then, we need to see the response of judgment, and of mercy, that our sin causes in God.

Who To Blame In a World Full of Victims

With the breaking of all things in the fall of mankind, there immediately came blame-shifting, accusation, and a victim mentality – all things that continue today. In the gospel, we are called to get our eyes off of ourselves and finally find where the blame should really be.