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: A Vision of Heaven

What will heaven be like? Its the kind of question we hear from curious four and six year olds, who are first contemplating that there might be something more and bigger than this life. What will heaven be like? It is the question of aging saints who confidently face death. What will heaven be like?…

Sermon: Worshipping God Rightly

[This sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 20, 2015] Two weeks ago we kicked off our fall series through the Ten commandments. Today, we look at the second commandment. You can find it in Exodus 20:4-6. I invite you to turn there now as we study God’s word together. Exodus is in the Old Testament,…

First Glance: Acts 15:1-35

For Moses has been preached in every city since the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath. (Acts 15:21) Acts 15 begins with the church in conflict about entrance in the community. The members of the party of the Pharisees believed that the Jewish rite of circumcision should be required of…