Pastor’s Blog

Reading Plans for 2015 (01-01-2015)

I talk to Christians all the time that express a desire to grow in their faith. When I tell them that reading Scripture is the most important facet of growth and that in the absence of reading Scripture there is no growth, I am usually met with a deep frown. The world has effectively sold the…

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All Scripture Testifies About Jesus (05-26-2014)

In a sermon on John 5:39 last week, I posed this question: “What could Jesus have said if the Jewish authorities would have asked Him to elaborate on just how Scripture bears witness to Him?” In answering the question, I created a fictional dialogue to illustrate some (by no means all!) of the ways that…

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Five Great Books on Christ and the Cross (04-09-2014)

Recently, a church member asked if I could put together a list of some books that I would consider recommended reading. I thought that was a terrific idea. And I plan on putting that together real soon. In the meantime, the suggestion spawned another idea. With our Good Friday and Easter services getting close, I…

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The Reason for the Season (12-18-2013)

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but…

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Grace Upon Grace – a reason to be thankful

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:14,16) As Thanksgiving nears, it is commonplace for churches everywhere to exhort…

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In Christ Alone (11-05-2013)

In a lecture on the Gospel of John, pastor and teacher Steve Lawson explained why a jeweler prefers to set a diamond against black material. The darker its surroundings the brighter the diamond shines. It’s a beautiful analogy for the gospel of Jesus Christ. The greater our understanding of the darkness of this world, the…

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A Season for Everything (10-25-2013)

The scariest thing about October 31st is not any ghoul, or ghost, or werewolf. It’s the staggering lack of knowledge in the Christian churches about the real holiday we should be celebrating on this date. Imagine not having access to the Bible in your home, in your churches, or in your home-groups. Imagine that even…

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Why Emmaus Church? (10-05-2013)

“Why Emmaus Church?” When people ask this question, they usually mean one of two things. One, why choose the name Emmaus Church. And two, why start Emmaus Church. The latter is easier to answer than the former. So I will start there. Why start Emmaus Church? It’s simple really. God is still calling men to…

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