Monthly Archives: May 2011

Heidelberg Catechism Q85

Q.85. How is the kingdom of heaven closed and opened by Christian discipline? A. According to the command of Christ:  Those who, though called Christians, profess unchristian teachings or live unchristian lives, and after repeated and loving counsel refuse to … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Discipleship, Heidelberg Catechism

George Muller on his prayer life

I identify so much with the first half of Muller’s prayer life, the distraction, struggle, etc…I long for the second half of his prayer life, ease and communion with the Father.  Maybe you identify and his experience will encourage you … Continue reading

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Praying the Scriptures

Do you remember giving your mom a list of things you wanted in your lunch box?  I do.  My list included all the extra things I thought would make a lunch at school worthwhile – Twinkies, fancy potato chips, a … Continue reading

Posted in prayer, spiritual formation

Where’s Jesus in Jethro’s Visit (Exodus 18)

Managing a nation is difficult business.  Imagine having hundred of thousands of people under your responsibility and every one of them is coming to you for counsel.  The job would be overwhelming and enough to give anyone a mental breakdown. … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus

HC#2 Genesis 39:6b-10 What you need to know

What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort? (That I am not my own but belong body and soul, life and death to my faithful savior Jesus Christ…) Three things: First, how great my … Continue reading

Posted in Genesis, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q84

Q.84. How does preaching the gospel open and close the kingdom of heaven? A. According to the command of Christ: The kingdom of heaven is opened by proclaiming and publicly declaring to all believers, each and every one, that, as … Continue reading

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Are you guilty?

Are you trapped by guilt.  Here is an excerpt from a First Things Article on the idea of incipient social guilt.  I found it wonderfully insightful and worth the read.  You can find the whole article here. “In a world … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus in the Defeat of the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16)

We often struggle with the battle images and records in the Scriptures.  We dislike the murder, killing, and genocide and the war we find in the Scriptural story but if we remember that the Bible all points toward Christ and … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus

HC 1: Comforted by Christ (Romans 6:17-18)

Imagine that you live in a world where you only have two options.  In the first option, you will be slave to a master who is cruel and hard.  He will whip you daily.  He will emotionally abuse you and … Continue reading

Posted in Romans, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q83

Q.83. What are the keys of the kingdom? A. The preaching of the holy gospel and Christian discipline toward repentance. Both preaching and discipline open the kingdom of heaven to believers and close it to unbelievers. Monday What are keys? … Continue reading

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