God’s purpose throughout all of time has been to redeem for Himself a people that are His very own. – Alistair Begg

Posts from 2017

The Pre-eminence of Christ

Someone has said that Jesus Christ came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God. He was born contrary to the laws of nature, lived in poverty, was reared…

The first Christmas carol (Luke 1:46-56)

“My soul magnifies the Lord…” What is your favorite Christmas carol? Christmas carols are songs about Jesus’ birth. Mary’s song was the first Christmas carol. She sang about how big and great God is. Have you ever looked through a magnifying glass? Have you seen how things can look very big through that magnifying glass?…

Who is Jesus? (John 1:1-5)

Who is Jesus? Read John 1 1-5 again and this time read “Jesus” instead of “the Word.” Jesus is with God and, at the same time: Jesus is God. There is God the Father: and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There is One God who is three Persons. Jesus is not only…

Why Christmas? Luke 2:8-16

Why do we celebrate Christmas? Christmas is fun. Opening gifts is fun. Visiting family and friends is fun. Eating cookies and candy is fun. Is this why we celebrate Christmas? On the first Christmas, the shepherds did not have gifts, friends, and candy. They were tired and hungry from working hard all day. At night…

Ask Your Father in Heaven

“… how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) If we follow the pattern of Scripture, we will pray for God’s material provision and for his spiritual gifts, with an emphasis on the latter. It is tempting for pastors to pray about buildings…

The Big Picture of Scripture

Act 1: God’s Plan for All People Creation: The God of All of Life Fall: Rejecting God’s Vision for Life Flood: God Judges and Makes a Covenant to Preserve Life Act 2: God’s Covenant People The People: God Calls a Covenant People Deliverance: God Rescues His People Covenant and Law: God Embraces and Instructs His…

A notable singularity of purpose

On October 5, 1544, Martin Luther preached the dedication of the Castle Church at Torgau, Germany. This church lays claim to being the first Protestant church to be built, as all the other church buildings were converted Roman Catholic sanctuaries. Lucas Cranach, Luther’s painter and engraver, designed the interior of this church, including the pulpit.…