Posts Tagged ‘That’s A Good Question’

Deliver Us — Lord’s Day 52

// May 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

“Imagine an army composed of infantry, cavalry, and marines. Let eh muster of its triremes blot out the sea, while the regiments of its infantry and cavalry smother the broad plains and the very heights of the mountains.  Let the bronze of its armour flash back at the sun, and the glitter of the helmets and shields mirror the rays that stream down. Let the clash of spears and the neighing of horses reach the very sky, and let neither sea nor land be visible, but everywhere bronze and steel. Against all this let the enemy by arrayed, a wild barbarous horde. And let the hour of conflict be at hand. (more…)

Forgive…Just as We Forgive — Lord’s Day 51

// May 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”” (Matthew 18:23–35, ESV)   (more…)

Daily Bread — Lord’s Day 50

// April 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

We’re coming toward the end of both our school year and our teaching series on the Heidelberg Catechism. I hope you’ve been able to benefit from this series as much as I have. There is so much richness in the Catechism that many people have missed over the years. As a teenager I missed and so have many others. My prayer is that you will have a new appreciation for this catechism and will continue to use it as a tool that points you to Christ and draws you closer to God.

This final section that we’re going through is dealing with prayer–the Lord’s Prayer in particular. The catechism is walking us step by step through the Lord’s Prayer, using it as a guide to teach us how to pray. (more…)

Your Will Be Done — Lord’s Day 49

// April 2nd, 2014 // 1 Comment » // Sermons

That’s it! It’s been Long enough, God— you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Hello?!? Are you listening?!? God, God … my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere? I’m hurting and I call out to You all day long. No answer. Nothing. I’ve been at it all night long, tossing and turning. I need you to save me! I’m in over my head, Quicksand under me, swamp water over me; I’m going down for the third time. I’m hoarse from calling for help, Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for You. God, you’re my last chance. I spend the night on my knees before you. Put me on your salvation agenda; take notes on the trouble I’m in. I’ve had my fill of trouble; I’m camped on the edge of hell. I’m written off as a lost cause, one more statistic, a hopeless case. (more…)

Your Kingdom Come — Lord’s Day 48

// March 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

As we continue moving through the Catechism and The Lord’s Prayer, we come to an interesting phrase that many of you have heard and said before–“Your kingdom come…” Although many of you have made this request numerous times, I wonder how many of you know what you are asking for. We know that we want something to come, but what is it? What is “the kingdom of God” and why do we want it to come? (more…)

Hallowed Be — Lord’s Day 47

// February 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

Tonight we come to the first request of the Lord’s Prayer. Last week we talked about “Our Father in Heaven.” I showed you that this is intentionally positioned at the beginning of the prayer to put is in a proper frame of mind as we pray. Now we come to the first request. Jesus directs us to ask for things.

Jesus says, “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’” (Matthew 6:9, ESV). Hallowed be your name. What in the world does that mean? When was the last time you used the word “hallowed” apart from quoting the Lord’s Prayer? It’s not a word that we use anymore. I think the only reason that translators keep the word is because of tradition. So many people have memorized the Lord’s Prayer this way, they don’t want to change it–they put translation information in the footnotes. The ESV gives these as possible translations. “Let your name be kept holy” or “Let your name be treated with reverence.”   (more…)

Our Father in Heaven — Lord’s Day 46

// February 19th, 2014 // 1 Comment » // Sermons

I want to start tonight’s message off by giving you a glimpse into the life of a parent. No that I’ve been a parent for ten years, I see things very differently. I see things differently that I did when I was first a parent, and I definitely see things more differently than I did as a teenager. There’s a cliche saying that, “Kids don’t come with owners manuals,” and that’s true. How many in this room are the oldest child? Do you know what that means? That means that your parents had never attempted to raise a child before you. They had never done anything remotely like it in their life. You’re kind of a guinea pig–so to speak. If you’re a second or third child it doesn’t really get any better because each child is different–significantly different. Each child needs to parented a different way. That means that every time a parent has a child, they are starting over from scratch. They have no clue what they’re doing.

I’m not saying this to make parents out to be dumb. That’s the opposite of what I’m trying to say. I want teenagers to give their parents more grace than they usually do. If you ever find yourself thinking, “My parents should know better,” remember that they probably don’t know better. They have never raised you at this age before. (more…)

Be Yourself in Prayer — Lord’s Day 45

// February 5th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

Tonight we start the final section of the Heidelberg Catechism–the section on Prayer in general and the Lord’s Prayer in particular. In order to get a feel for the context of the Lord’s Prayer, tonight I want to look at the verses that surround it.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6:5–9, ESV) (more…)

Confession Leads to Joy — Lord’s Day 44 (Part II)

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

Tonight is our last message on the ten commandments. We’ve taken our time as we’ve walked through them and lingered on some more than others. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. It’s really healthy to take a look at the Ten Commandments on a regular basis. Actually, many CRC churches still read the Ten Commandments every Sunday. These are the guideposts for living as God’s people. These lay out how we’ve been created to live. It would do us a lot of good to spend more time meditating on them and letting them sink into our inner core.

On the other hand, there is a danger. There is a danger in meditating on the Ten commandments and there’s a danger in preaching the Ten Commandments (I think these dangers are the reason many churches don’t focus on the Ten Commandments any more). (more…)

Trust Him and Be Content — Lord’s Day 44 (Part I)

// January 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

Have you ever felt manipulated by someone? You’ve been living life thinking that all was fine, then one day realize that someone has been twisting and manipulating things in a way that changes your whole reality. Suddenly a light comes on and your entire world is turned upside down–you finally see that things aren’t the way you’ve always thought they were. Things are different. You’ve been immersed in a story that didn’t reflect reality.

Many of you don’t realize this is true in your life……right now. You’re immersed in a story that doesn’t reflect reality–a story shaped by the culture that we live in. Each one of us is living into parts of a story that have been twisted and manipulated to reflect a created reality. Let me tell you one story in particular. (more…)