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Affliction in Verse

Sermon on May 20, 2018

Job 38-41

But in this penultimate section of the book, all of that is about to change. Now the whirlwind has begun to blow. This is no longer a discussion, you see, about God; now, suddenly, God Himself begins to speak. And Job has at least something of an answer. You will remember that Job has been longing for this moment. He has been lamenting and complaining that God would...



You will have noticed as we read it through together, the passage divides into two neat sections, each part with three verses in each, both of which begin with a word of exhortation. Do you see that in the text? Verse 18 – the first exhortation. “Let no one deceive himself.” Then verse 21, the second exhortation – “Let no one boast in men.” Those are the two...

First is the guilt of the righteous. The righteous, the righteous one is Jesus. Jesus is the one who knew no sin. He knew no sin. There is nothing in Jesus that is selfish. There is nothing in Jesus that is unloving or impatient or rash. Everything about Jesus is pure and holy and spotless and upright. There is in the Biblical portraits of Jesus a captivating beauty...



The great German reformer, Martin Luther, I think understood the inner logic of our passage when he used the old Latin phrase, “crux probat omnia;” “crux probat omnia” – the cross is the test of everything. The cross is the test of everything. You see for Christians, the cross of Jesus Christ isn’t simply the center and the foundation of our faith and devotion. It becomes the gauge and the standard by...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

As you’re taking a seat, if you would take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of James. We’re finishing up chapter 3, tonight in our study in this wonderful New Testament book. James 3, and we’ll be looking at verses 13 to 18. You’ll find that on page 1012 if you’re using a pew Bible. And if you’re a visitor, great to have you...



Exodus 17: 8-16 The Lord Is My Banner

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 17. Last week we came to the final stage on Israel's journey in the wilderness before they reach Sinai, but the oasis of Rephidim turned out to be yet another example of Israel's faithlessness and God's patience and mercy. Things are going to...


Romans 11:28 — 32 A Glimpse into the Decree

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11 Today we come to the end of the argumentation of the first part of this great book. For eleven chapters Paul has been pressing an argument to us, making points about sin and judgment and atonement and justification and union with Christ and...


Exodus 17:1-7 The Waters of Quarreling

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 17, as we continue to work our way through this book. Tonight we are coming to the final stage of Israel's’ journey to Sinai. This is the last stop on the way to Sinai, but this oasis of Rephidim turns out to be yet...


All Israel Will Be Saved Romans 11:23 — 27

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11, the 23 verse. We’ll actually begin reading in the 22 verse in order to catch a thought mid phrase from the apostle. We’re continuing to work our way through this great gospel of Romans. We've been looking at Romans 11...

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