Sermon: The First Word

Father, may your word be our rule, your Holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. Elijah is in a question-asking phase. I both love it and, at times, feel exhausted by it. A couple weeks ago, he came out of his room after bedtime and called for Olga.…

Sermon: The Temptation of Worship

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. This morning we will hear the third and final temptation of Jesus. But before we…

Sermon: Idolatry

As we prepare to hear God’s word from the book of Micah, I want to offer a word of clarification and a word of warning. First, clarification. Micah is a prophet and therefore the book of Micah is a book of prophecy. As we study Micah, we will find that some of his words refer…

First Glance: Exodus 20:4-6

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4-5a) We are created to worship. Many years…