Worthy is the Lamb

Revelation 5:9-12 says this, “9 And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice …

The Incarnation

The word for my article this month is “Incarnation.”  When Christians use the word “Incarnation,” we mean the fact that God became human. This awesome mystery of our Christian Faith is taught most vividly in John 1:14,17,18: “14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace …

Reconciliation & Righteousness

“21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which …

I Want to See

I commend to you this devotional written by Rev. Alistair Begg. – Pastor Benner He began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ Mark …

Humble Faith of a Criminal

As Jesus is hanging on the Cross, there are two men who are being crucified on either side of Him.  In Luke 23:39-42, we see the contrast between these two men and how they respond to Jesus.  They are aware of the identity of Jesus, if only by the wording of the sign hung on the top of His cross …

God in the Flesh

If there is a word which aptly summarizes the meaning of Christmas, it is the word incarnation.  While the word incarnation is not found in the Bible, its theme is central to the message of our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming into the world.  Webster’s dictionary defines incarnation as embodiment, the incorporation of substance, flesh and blood. When we speak of …

God is Not Safe

In The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, part of the Chronicles of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis, the main characters are finding out about the lion, Aslan, the King of Narnia from Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Here is the often-quoted exchange: “Who is Aslan?” asked Susan. “Aslan?” said Mr. Beaver, “Why don’t you know? He’s the King… It is …

Be IN Christ

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, I started a new series for our Wednesday evening Bible Study entitled “Union with Christ.”  This series strikes at the very heart of our identity as Christians, that we are in Christ. This is a very common way for the New Testament writers, especially the apostle Paul, to describe followers of Jesus Christ.  When we …