The saints will endure various sorts of afflictions, all or any of which, can be sources of great discouragement. Today as I have reflected on this, I’m reminded of Psalm 42, most well known for the opening verse “As a deer pants for the flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” The … Continue reading Lifting Up the Downcast Soul in Affliction
Where the first commandment tells us the proper object of our worship (God alone) the second commandment tells us the proper manner of worship. In this article I want to finish thoughts on the Second Commandment and how it deals with our proper worship of God, highlighting some (but not all) of the thoughts listed … Continue reading The Why and How of the 2nd Commandment
2020 is upon us and many will make their annual traditions of resolutions. Many of us are starting to form plans and goals for various reasons and purposes. Do you want to accomplish a financial goal such as getting rid of debt, achieve a particular fitness goal, or perhaps establish a new discipline? Some will … Continue reading Don’t Read Through the Bible in A Year
The incarnation has to be one of the most profound mysteries which we confess. There comes a moment in your Christian faith where you begin to reflect on the significance of the incarnation and you eventually realize you are in way over your head. Thankfully the Church historic has been reflecting on this subject for … Continue reading What Child is This?
The Magnificat (taken from the word “magnifies”) is Mary’s song of praise to the Lord in response to Gabriel’s announcement and the confirmation she has received from Elizabeth. It’s one of the most cherished hymns in the history of the church as the woman chosen to give birth to the Messiah praises God for her … Continue reading Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
Approaching the second of the ten commandments we are reminded that God’s worship is done in accordance with the way God has determined and not in the way we desire. It’s not only a commandment against making a statue or a graven image, though it is also that, rather when we consider it in the … Continue reading The 2nd Commandment
We consider this week the third way to keep the first commandment. In the previous weeks we used Kevin DeYoung’s small book The 10 Commandments as a guide through worshipping God exclusively and shunning all idolatry. This week we will focus on Turning to Christ Uniquely. It highlights what we will see in greater detail … Continue reading How to Keep the 1st Commandment: Turning Uniquely to Christ