Mar 5, 2017
God still provides a lamb so his people will live.
Abraham's one and only son whom he loved was delivered from the ultimate sacrifice. God's Son was not. But by His sacrifice we were delivered.
  • Mar 5, 2017Sacrifice
    Mar 5, 2017
    God still provides a lamb so his people will live.
    Abraham's one and only son whom he loved was delivered from the ultimate sacrifice. God's Son was not. But by His sacrifice we were delivered.
  • Feb 26, 2017Covenant
    Feb 26, 2017
    Every covenant includes a rite of admission. For Abraham that right was the act of circumcision for all the men who were part of his household. In circumcision they showed they agreed to be counted among God's covenant people. For Christians, we enter into that covenant relationship through the action of baptism.
  • Feb 19, 2017Priest King
    Feb 19, 2017
    Priest King
    You would think that Melchizedek is an insignificant character in Scripture. He appears in the life of Abram and is gone after four verses. But this fleeting character is unfolded for us in Psalm 110 and Hebrews 6 and 7 as a compelling type for the Messiah, both king and priest. In this type he presents two convincing truths: God can be trusted, and our salvation is sure.
  • Feb 12, 2017Conquest
    Feb 12, 2017
    God promises to reestablish his kingdom, and He invites his people to take part in advancing that charge. Abram embraces that call in worship. We can continue it in the worship of witness.
  • Feb 5, 2017Diversity
    Feb 5, 2017
    God introduced diversity to unify humanity in fulfilling its mission. However, humanity tends to interpret diversity as disunity. God reversed this flow through the blood of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ we can experience unity in the midst of our diversity.
  • Jan 29, 2017Deliverance: Noah, Jesus, and the New Creation
    Jan 29, 2017
    Deliverance: Noah, Jesus, and the New Creation
    God provides an instrument for salvation for those who will obediently follow His instructions.
  • Jan 22, 2017Faithfulness
    Jan 22, 2017
    Eve undoubtedly felt like God's promise of victory over the serpent was lost when one son was killed and the other exiled. Perhaps, she felt as though she had received the stomping. However, God is always faithful and opened another pathway to promise fulfillment ... a promise finally realized in Christ.
  • Jan 15, 2017Sin: Paradise Lost
    Jan 15, 2017
    Sin: Paradise Lost
    Adam and Eve were placed in paradise, but it didn't take long for paradise to be lost to sin. Since we live in a world that follows Adam into sin, we too don't experience paradise.
    Yet, in this story of the fall into sin is the beginning of a message of hope and grace. God gives this couple two signs of his ultimate victory over sin, and paradise restored.
  • Jan 8, 2017Control
    Jan 8, 2017
    When we look at the Creation story, we tend to look to answer the 20th century question of HOW. Yet God in telling his story of Creation answers the greater question, WHO and WHY. 
    His message, in a world of chaos, God is in control. In creation, God defeats the other gods of the Ancient Near East, in preparation for taking his kingly throne in the presence of humanity.
  • Jan 1, 2017New Growth Commitment
    Jan 1, 2017
    New Growth Commitment
    Growth is a normal thing. However, as Christians many fall into the habit of putting growth in neutral. Jesus' spiritual growth was intentional. Neither gospel writer spends much time on his infancy because Jesus grew.
    In his spiritual development, he lays for us some markers for our own growth in Luke 2.
  • Dec 25, 2016Jesus, Suffering Savior
    Dec 25, 2016
    Jesus, Suffering Savior
    Christmas was never meant to be about an infant cozied in a manger. Christmas is about the reason that child came ... to suffer and die for humanity sins. Isaiah prophecies that suffering in Isaiah 53.
  • Dec 11, 2016Jesus, Hope For The Broken
    Dec 11, 2016
    Jesus, Hope For The Broken
    The Servant of Isaiah offers life-giving hope to the broken, oppressed, rejected, and outcast. Matthew reflects Jesus as the fulfillment of this Servant. In spite of currently broken lives, hope can be offered to those who accept the gracious ministry of the Servant because Jesus brings healing to broken lives, and puts things right for everyone open to his work.