The Age of Angels and the Birth of Christ

Angels were created to fulfill a role in the Cosmos.

Hebrews 1:14Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Daniel 3:28Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.

Angels even have specific jobs like destroying angels.

Psalm 78:49He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels.

…or choir singers…

 Revelation 4:8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”  

The phrase of “enthroned on the cherubim,” is also found 2 Sam. 6:2and Isaiah 37:16.

The ark is the throne of God, a chariot of angels as described in 1 Chronicles 28:18also, his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

Ezekiel 1:4-28describes a scene in which God’s actual chariot is made of multiple angels who first look like angelic beings and then like wheels with spokes, etc.

Angels have jobs. They are made in the image of God as servants who can travel between heaven and earth.

Even Satan had a job. And though fallen, His primary function is found in some of the key verses about him.

Genesis 3:1-6. Job 1:6-12. Matthew 4:1-11. Luke 22:31-34.

Satan shakes the tree to see what falls out…. Continue reading “The Age of Angels and the Birth of Christ”

The Ten Commandments of Marriage

Romans 13:8–10Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. [9] For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [10] Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Love is always defined by God’s law. Not Hollywood or Nicholas Sparks or your own preferences. The commandments are a good place to begin when it comes to serious marriage counseling.

The law is how you love. The law puts handles on the big nebulous idea of love. The first four commandments all deal with our treatment of God. If we don’t obey these we will not love anyone at all. Loving God is the beginning of our ethics. Love God orients us.

You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). Every man must love his wife less than he love God. Loving God as we ought enables us to love others as we should. Making idols of our wives is dangerous for both us and them. First, if your wife is an idol and you pray that God would destroy your idols? Dangerous. Next, oddly enough, when a wife is an idol she will often find herself mistreated because her man has separated himself from the true God who is love; the true source of real grace charity and all the other fruit of the spirit.

Luke 14:26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

A man will not become a disciple of Christ unless he hates his wife and he will never learn to love his wife unless he becomes a disciple of Christ. Continue reading “The Ten Commandments of Marriage”

Holy With Thanksgiving

1 Timothy 4:4–5 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

Made holy translates Greek hagiazō which means to “sanctify, make holy, consecrate”. Everything is, of course, everything.

Ordinary things should be considered “made holy” by God, and Christians, the priesthood of all believers, have the privilege of using such “holy” objects every day.

The word of God is probably a reference to Gen. 1:12, 21, 25, 31 (“God saw that it was good”)

Since all things are good and must be received with thanks, all things are gifts from the creator.

By giving thanks for all that comes to hand, the Christian correctly indented the character of created things as created gifts.

For Paul, thanksgiving has a performative effect on the things received. Receiving God’s gifts with thanks does not merely identify them as gifts but also sanctifies them, consecrates them as holy things.

For saints; those set apart by God, we sanctify the world, we make it holy, through the giving of thanks.

As God’s Saints, indwelt and anointed by the sanctifying spirit of Jesus, the priesthood of believers, everything we touch, eat and use, ought to be holy. If we receive anything that is impure, our priesthood is defiled.

Purity and holiness taboos continue to operate in the New Testament. Holy people must have holy things, but for Paul no elaborate ceremonial rites of sanctification are required: only the giving of thanks.

Once consecrated by thanks, a thing can be used only for God’s purposes. Holy food could be eaten only by priests in the OT, holy implements could be used only in the sanctuary, holy incense could be used only on the altar.

If Christians consecrate whatever they receive by thanks, they are not only claiming it as God’s own, but also obligating themselves to use it in a particular way; to use it with thanks.

Thanksgiving is thus the liturgy of Christian living.

It is the continuous sacrifice that Christians offer. Gratitude to God is the continuous sanctification of the world.

Therefore, if our nation is going to have a day of thanksgiving; who ought to lead the celebrations and set the standard? Well, the people whose very lives are a liturgy of thanksgiving.

A.W. Tozer, in his book The Roots of Righteousness, states “We should never take any blessings for granted but accept everything as a gift from the father of lights. Whole days may be spent occasionally in the holy practice of being thankful. We should write on a tablet one by one the things for which we are grateful to God and to our fellowmen. And a constant return to this thought during the day will serve to fix the habit in our hearts….In trying to count our many blessings the difficulty is not to find things to count, but to find time to enumerate them all.”

Let us therefore, try to enumerate the Glorious graces of God.

Be extravagant in your gratitude.

2 Corinthians 9:6–8 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Luke 6:38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Deuteronomy 14:26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household.

And so, beloved of God, go forth and buy the best and cook it well. Uncork the finest and lay out the best table dressings you possess. Welcome warmly and with a song in your heart, let love cover a multitude and lift your glasses, pass the pie round twice….

For Thursday, the 22nd of November 2018, is a day of thanksgiving. Let us enjoy it with overflowing hearts of gratitude.


The Typology of a Withered Hand

Colossians 2:20–23 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—[ “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Mark 3:1-6.

Jesus was not simply another scribe who advocated an independent opinion; he constituted a threat to their perception of true religion and the ancestral tradition. When Jesus failed to submit to the scribal regulation of the Sabbath he broke the tradition, and authority confronted authority. It was inevitable that conflict should ensue, and that the Pharisees should seek to destroy Him.

Jesus calls a man with a withered hand to stand before the crowd. Why a man with a withered hand? Lots of people are there to be healed. The man wants his hand healed, but Jesus is using Him as ammunition against His enemies. Think about that. Jesus is about making trouble and using His followers to do it. Its good trouble. God trouble.

Jesus is taking another shot at the perceived wisdom and learning of the Pharisees by using the typology of the withered hand.

Exodus 4:6–8 Again, the LORD said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign.

Exodus 4:29–31 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed…

Healing a withered hand is about God demonstrating the authority of the prophet.

God heard the prayers of His enslaved people in Egypt and sent a mighty man, a wonder worker to deliver them and the sign was a withered hand. This time, the people of God are enslaved by evil men who use the law of Moses as a noose instead of a lifeline. And the sign of the withered hand is rejected violently.

Jesus is the living embodiment of Israel. Their history is a type and shadow of His life.

A similar clue to this is found in 1 Kings 13:3–6 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as it was before.

The healing of a withered hand is a sign from God that His words and authority are with the one doing the healing. In both OT examples it was God who did the healing on behalf of the prophet. What does it mean that the Prophet is doing the healing Himself?!?

The idolatrous Jeroboam responds with repentance. The King who had established worship at unauthorized shrines had better discernment than those who prided themselves for their alleged devotion to God’s regulations for worship. The rank idolater has better grasp than the keepers of God’s actual temple. Jeroboam goes on to invite the prophet to feast with him. The Pharisees do no such thing.

Israel is worse than idolaters. Mark wants us to think of the synagogue itself as something in the order of jeroboam’s wicked alter. The things of God are not used to Glorify God but are used by the Pharisees as a means to enslave His people and persecute the Lord Himself.

In Jesus’ first salvo against the false teachers of Israel, He asserts Himself as the Son of Man, with the authority to forgive sins and demonstrates it by healing the paralytic. Jesus claims He is greater than the Law and the Sabbath and proves it by healing a man with a withered hand as fulfillment of the sign in the OT.

Jesus is showing forth the blessings and curses Moses placed before the people of Israel as a choice between life and death.

Deuteronomy 30:15–16 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

Solomon presented wisdom as a way of life and foolishness as a way of death.

Proverbs 12:28 In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Jesus presents the Pharisees with a rather polarized alternative reflecting the Law of Moses and the wisdom of Solomon. Do the Pharisees wish to help or to harm, to save a or to kill? Are they wise or are they fools? Are they for life or death?

But they keep silent and go out to plan Jesus’ death with the Herodian party. The Herodian party of course, being descendants of the Edomites, the followers of the house of Herod who murdered all the babies back when Jesus’ birth was reported by the wise men. Herod who arrested and beheaded John the Baptist to reward a poll dancer.

The Pharisees are aligned with a political party that seeks its own good, aligned with Rome against the people of Israel. Here in Mark 3 we get a whiff of where the story is going.

The crucifixion already impinges upon Jesus. This was inevitable from the moment he decided to submit to the Father and bear the brunt of the judgment upon the people. But Jesus now feels the sting of that decision with a new reality.

Jesus answered the question of what is permitted on the Sabbath by healing the man with the withered hand. Ironically, the guardians of the Sabbath determine to do harm and to kill.

This conflict points forward to the Passion, but it also contains the seed of self-destruction. The rejection of Jesus entails the rejection of life and redemption and leaves men prey to distress and death. This is the bitter fruit of that hardness of heart which provoked in Jesus both anger and godly sorrow.

Psalm 137:5–7 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!”

The Pharisees problem is that they don’t get which character in the story they are.

Who questioned God’s son in the wilderness about what the word of God says? What does the restoration of a withered hand mean? What are the sabbath regulations for? Life or Death.

We must guard our hearts form misreading this story the way they did.

When we read the story, wagging our heads at the Pharisees, sympathizing with the angry grief-stricken Jesus – we are as self-righteous as they were.

How often have you heard the sermon and thought of someone who needed to hear it? How often have you avoided reading the word of God because you think you already know it so well? How often has your manmade religion prevented you from unburdening and loving people?

Are your own law and regulations a burden to your spouse and children to the point of spiritual death and loss of joy? How often has your “understanding,” of Scripture and self-made religion been the means to judge and ridicule the word and sinners as you bask in your self-righteous pride?

When we read this story we should pray, “O God, do not be angry with me. Do not let me give you cause to be furious with me. Do not let me grieve the you because of my hard heart. Instead, tell me what you want from me. Give me ears toe hear and heart open to embrace everything that you say. To repent. To use my authority to give my loved ones and friends rest and pace. Life and joy.”

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Blessings to you and yours. I want to remind you to pray for everyone who receives this email – for their vocations, relationships, households, childrearing and above all – their faith.

God has graciously provided you with co-belligerents in your war on sin and so we are not without comrades, friends and confidants. Lift one another up. Remember we are made members of Christ’s BODY. And when one part of the body is working well, none of us are.

Blessings! See you Friday!!

Filling up the edges

Mark 3:7-19

Jesus was intent upon fundamentally reshaping the people of God, and when that reshaping proved to be impossible within the existing structures of Judaism, Jesus created new ones.

The appointment of the Twelve follows Jesus’ rejection of the synagogues and precedes the description of the enormous crowds that came from all the surrounding areas, some of which were outside the historical boundaries of Israel and Judah.

Their appointment symbolizes a fundamental reshaping of the people of God. Mark has crafted this material to cast Jesus’ death against the backdrop of the formation of a new nation. He implies a connection between Jesus’ death and the formation of a new nation without specifying yet what the connection is. At this point Mark is content to imply that the death of Jesus is connected to the formation of a new people.

Jesus treated religious institutions not only as centers of spiritual life, but also as centers of power. When it became clear that the synagogues would not embrace the gospel, he turned away from them and created a new center of power: he appointed twelve people to be with him and share his authority. His standard of judgment was not the success or vitality of the institution. It was whether the synagogues would embrace the good news of the kingdom of God.

In v. 14 Jesus “appoints,” the twelve. This is the form of a verb that could also mean “to create.” God did not appoint the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1:1. He created them. Jesus is the one in whom and through whom and for whom all things are made.

Jesus called 12 men to follow Him, not because of what they were in themselves when He met them for the first time, but because of what, under His direction and by His power they would become. Like a sculptor, Jesus could see the form buried in the marble and proceeds doing the difficult work of a sculptor of granite.

The whole world came to know what the example and leadership of Jesus made these 12 men – twelve of the strongest, noblest, and most fearless and serviceable men who have appeared in human history.

The transformation of the twelve was not the least, it was almost the greatest of Christ’s miracles though – look at Peter.

The application for our hearts in all this is that it is not what we are, in ourselves, when we hear and respond to Christ’s call, but what by His grace and power He can make us as we accompany him.

Jesus said in Mark 1:17, “Follow me, and I will make you…” so there are no self-made Christians in His service; they are all christ-made. Self made men are usually not made of good material, and they can be wrapped up in a very small parcel.

But those whom the Lord wants and wins, are those He is able to fashion into human books to tells the story of His love and grace.

As did those He gathered around Him in the days of His flesh, disciples today begin their apprenticeship by following Christ, daily learning of, and from, Him (Matt. 11:29). Then, as they grow in grace and knowledge, they become more fitted to represent the savior in a world of sin and need.

You are all gentiles. Born under the OT system it would have taken generations after you first believed, for your descendants, to enter the temple. And you, sons of Adam are made sons of Abraham. You, Sons of Adam, are made sons of God.

1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

What identity – your surname, your nation, your profession, your beauty, your prestige, your wealth, your knowledge – could compare to being made one with God?

Why do you hang back? Why are you afraid to draw near to throne of grace? What other treasure can a man possibly possess that is of greater worth?

Hebrews 12:18–24 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Repent and believe.

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A Prayer to My Redeemer ROMANS 8:33

Almighty, Eternal God of Truth,

I confess, and I am deeply sorry, that I am sinful and have so often sinned against you. I implore you to forgive me all my sins, be gracious to me, and justify me for the sake of your beloved Son, whom you have made my Redeemer. With your Holy Spirit purify my heart and guide my soul that I may truly know, adore, and be obedient you, O God of Truth, Eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Church Calendar

Service 12-16-18

Keith, Call

Nate, Prayer


Friday, December 14, 7PM at the church. Dinner and drinks included. Bring a white elephant gift – one per couple.


Saturday, December 15, from 10AM-2PM at the church. Volunteers welcome; Lunch provided.


Monday, December 24, 7-8PM at Trinity Church; 6400 108th Ave NE, Kirkland.

When a Man Loves a Woman

Ephesians 5:22–33 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Paul teaches that men must love their wives and wives respect their husbands. Few forms of behavior are less respectable than not standing up to disrespect. Few forms of behavior are less respectable than that of demanding to be respected.

So, how do we stand up for respect without ruining it by demanding to be respected? Paul also commands husbands to love their wives and wash them with the word. When a man loves his wife as Christ loves the church, one of the blessings that flow is respect. A man who loves, obtains respect.

But love is not a quarter we insert into the respect soda machine. Love is a way of life. Marriage is not the exchange of commodities. What does it mean that a man loves a woman?

To begin, Jesus’ love was a particular love. Jesus is monogamous. He gives Himself for His bride. He isn’t out chasing Muslims around, or flirting with the worshipers down at the Buddhist temple or sneaking illicit peaks inside Mormon temples.

He has one wife, the church. He is a one-woman man. Jesus does not love other religions or worldviews redemptively. To imitate Jesus means we must be a one-woman man. We ought not be chasing, flirting or eyeing any other woman.

Husbands are a walking talking, incarnational typology of the Gospel and when they waver in their sexual dedication to their wives, they have begun to model a religious relativism.

The particularity of the atonement is very important, but a man’s confession of the atonement is rot if He is unfaithful to his wife. Devotion to the particular atonement of Christ without the same devotion to his wife, makes a man a joke, a lie, a heretic.

Next, Jesus loved His wife sacrificially, unto death. When a man lays his life down for his wife, it isn’t sporadic, varying from what has gone before. It’s not an event. It’s a way of life. A sacrificial death on behalf of one’s wife cannot be outside the context of a sacrificial life on behalf of his wife.

When Christ laid His life down for His wife, it was the next logical step in His life. It was characteristic of His entire life. It began in a manger, continued throughout a lifelong ministry and culminated on the Cross.

Too many of us want all the perks of headship – dominion, glory, prestige, respect and a kingdom that wife, boys, girls, cat and the tv controller serve without backchat– forgetting that headship is based on sacrifice and service.

Jesus’ exaltation is a result of His humiliation (Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus’ authority is based on service. The man desiring to be the boss of his family without self-sacrifice fueling his day-to-day actions is secretly desiring to be a Muslim.

Christian men honor their wives by imitating the kind of self-sacrificing authority that Jesus modeled, which comes from a servant’s heart.

Furthermore, a man loves his bride sacramentally. Adam said, “this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” A marriage is consummated on the wedding night but is renewed through regular intimacy. A lot of contemporary marriage problems, in Christian homes, stems from a faulty view of the Church’s sacraments. We partake in communion weekly because regularly renewing the covenant is crucial to LIFE. Communion is more than JUST a memorial. It signifies deep spiritual bonds, promises, fidelity, sustenance and joy.

A man loves a woman by maintaining his relations with her and those relations are about more than a few short breathless moments with the lights off. Good marital intimacy really does begin in the kitchen. Marital intimacy begins with public devotion to one woman and her children. Something really is renewed, something really receives nourishment and it can be starved or well fed.

Lastly, this is a love story. Men are loving their wives with an end in mind. Men are commanded by Paul to nourish, cherish, cleanse, and present their wives. Its vibrant, dynamic and growing toward a harvest. The story has a beginning, a plot, development, characters, etc. Men must see themselves in the story correctly.

Ask the right questions. If your household were a story, who would you, the husband, be in that story? The antagonist? The protagonist? The sidekick? The comedic relief? The villain? The buffoon? Is the story going to end the way Paul describes in Ephesians 5 – “in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing… holy and without blemish?”

If not, which character in the home is preventing the right kind of fruitfulness? The right ending?

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I pray that your week is going well and that the joy and grace of Jesus is as obvious in your life as it is abundant. May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

Filling up the edges

They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the LORD’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. – Leviticus 21:6

The priests of Yahweh were to be holy for they were His table servants. They offered God His bread. And what was that bread? The sacrifices of the people of Israel. The table of the Lord was about fellowship, forgiveness and fruit; food.

The Lord ate with sinners who slew lambs and birds as propitiation for their sins and shared that meal with God. But there aren’t enough birds and lambs in all of creation to cleanse our filth, so Jesus came in the flesh to be our final and forever propitiation. So we sit at His table and feast on Him.

This is what God’s mission to the world is all about. A sacrificial meal of God, signifying peace and fellowship between God and man, eaten in God’s presence with God’s family.

This grace quickly becomes the basis for an inner circle. Inner circles are what we all want so desperately. A seat at the adult table, the cool kid table, the table of exclusivity that reveals how awesome, intelligent and “with it,” we are.

C.S Lewis on how you get “in,” to the inner circle. “Obviously bad men, obviously threatening or bribing, will almost certainly not appear. Over a drink or a cup of coffee, disguised as a triviality and sandwiched between two jokes, from the lips of a man, or woman, whom you have recently been getting to know rather better and whom you hope to know better still-just at the moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude, or naif, or a prig-the hint will come. It will be the hint of something which is not quite in accordance with the technical rules of fair play: something which the public, the ignorant, romantic public, would never understand: something which even the outsiders in your own profession are apt to make a fuss about: but something, says your new friend, which “we”-and at the word “we” you try not to blush for mere pleasure-something “we always do.” And you will be drawn in, if you are drawn in, not by desire for gain or ease, but simply because at that moment, when the cup was so near your lips, you cannot bear to be thrust back again into the cold outer world. It would be so terrible to see the other man’s face-that genial, confidential, delightfully sophisticated face-turn suddenly cold and contemptuous, to know that you had been tried for the Inner Ring and rejected. And then, if you are drawn in, next week it will be something a little further from the rules, and next year something further still, but all in the jolliest, friendliest spirit. It may end in a crash, a scandal, and penal servitude: it may end in millions, a peerage and giving the prizes at your old school. But you will be a scoundrel.”

Couple this with Gerard’s assertion that man desires a scapegoat, as much as he desires an inner circle, and you get an inner circle based on berating the “forces,” of darkness outside the circle who must be destroyed in order to restore peace and prosperity. But the problem isn’t “out there.” The problem is inside each one of us and its called our heart; the source of our will, affections and actions.

Mankind needs a scapegoat (Lev. 16:6-10). John the Baptizer recognized that this sacrifice, which takes the sin of the world away, is Jesus (John 1:29).

God never promised peace and prosperity this side of heaven. He made peace with you and is your ally in an all out war on sin. The Lord’s table is set amidst His enemies (Psalm 23:5). Jesus’ overflowing goodness, mercy and life will overflow our cup as we sit with Him at His feast table, even as the raging plotting nations nash their teeth and revile us.

Jesus offers us a seat at the table of His forgiveness. A table for the sick. The broken. The degenerate. The soulless. Everyone is sick, but not everyone knows it. Those who do, turn their hearts to heaven and find there, a command to sit, take and eat. Take and drink.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! – Psalm 34:8

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A seven minute video on sacrifice and atonement for the whole family. These are good. Very, very good teaching tools.


For steadfast faith JOHN 12: 35

O God, what would I be if you were to forsake me? What can I do if you withdraw your hand? What can I know if you do not enlighten me? How quickly the educated become infants; the prudent, simple; the wise, fools! How awesome you are in all your works and judgments! Let me walk in the light while I have light, so that I may not be caught in darkness. Many renounce their faith and become careless and weary in your grace. They are deceived into thinking they know everything and have no need. They feel satisfied and become slothful and ungrateful and are soon ruined. Therefore help me to remain in the fervor of faith, that I may daily increase in it through Jesus Christ, my real and only helper.


Church Calendar

Service 11-11-18

Erik, Call

Nate, Prayer


Sunday mornings 9AM, through 11/18/18. Childcare provided for children 2-6. Kids aged 7 and up are encouraged to join the adult class.


Wednesday, Nov 28, 7pm at Lannie Brown’s home. Tami will email out details