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Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

But today we conclude, as I say, the prophecy of Micah. And one of the things we have noticed, a feature of Micah’s prophecy, is the way that he holds two things together. He sort of alternates back and forth between them. On the one hand there is a remarkable honest and realistic view in Micah of the problems of his own immediate context. The elites in Micah’s...

Maybe some of you are coupon clippers; you’re bargain shoppers. You like a good deal! But then you hear those dreaded words, “Some exclusions apply.” It’s not going to be as good of a deal as you once thought. I came across a department store coupon the other day that was $10 off for every $25 you spend; sounds like a pretty good deal, but “Some exclusions apply.” And...

It’s an interesting little providential quirk, really, that the very center chapter of the Bible, the five-hundred and ninety-fifth chapter of the Bible happens to be Psalm 117. The very middle chapter is the chapter before us. It also happens to be the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the whole of the Scriptures. I don’t think there’s any significance to that at all; I just think...

 I heard a definition this week of “stress.” The definition of “stress” that I heard was that “it is the gap between our expectation and our reality.” Stress is the gap between expectation and reality. We all know the stress that comes with unmet expectations, that come with disappointments and letdowns and satisfactions that do not last long or they do not live up to what we hoped...

Let me invite you to open your copies of God’s Word, or the Bible, from the pew rack in front of you to Psalm 84. We will be walking through Psalm 84 this morning and during the month of July on Sunday mornings, several of our assistant ministers will be taking us through some of the psalms. In preparation for that or in introduction of that...

Collision

Beginning last Lord’s Day Morning, we started to sit together as a church under the ministry of the prophet, Malachi. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament scriptures and its purpose is to call the wayward and the spiritually apathetic people of God to renewal and revival and faithfulness and reformation. And last time we looked together at the opening five verses of the first chapter...

God Rescues

When Christians get together in church, let’s face it, they do some pretty weird things, at least by the standards of our culture, right? A worship service is a pretty odd thing if you think about it. When else in today’s America would you find a group of people from diverse backgrounds and with different stories and different ages and stages and different ethnicities and socioeconomic strata gathering...

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

I’m going to preach from one of the Bible’s most controversial books.  Thank you, Reverend Strain!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Lots of phone calls coming tomorrow, Ralph, just to tell you.  Stay by that phone tomorrow!  Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, open our hearts; open our minds.  Help us think Your thoughts after You as we look at Your...

Now would you please turn with me in your copies of God’s Word to the book of Romans, chapter 15?  You’ll find it there on page 949 if you’re using one of the church Bibles.  Romans chapter 15.  We’re going to be reading from verse 8 through verse 13.  Before we do, let me pray first of all and then there will be a brief word by way...

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