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The Gospel of Mark

Jesus has been teaching all day long. We've been working through some of the records of Jesus' preaching and teaching in the parables prior to this account earlier in chapter 4. He's been teaching all day long on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Back in verse 1 of chapter 4, we noticed that the crowds that have gathered to sit under Jesus' preaching ministry were so...

The Gospel of Mark

This is the last in a short series of parables that Jesus was teaching the crowds who have gathered around His ministry in Galilee and as verse 34 explains, these were public parables for the crowds that He would then explain and interpret privately to the disciples afterwards. The first twenty verses provide as an example of both the parable, the parable of the sower, and the private...

As you're turning there and before we read a large portion of this passage together, let me begin by asking you some of the images that went out on the various forms of modern media where it's almost as if the oceans themselves seem to turn against humanity, where nothing remains in their path, as wave after wave after wave pounds the shorelines at various places around the...

The Gospel of Mark

Now if you know the gospels well - I’m not presupposing that you do - but if you do, as we read these two little parables in verses 21 through 25 together you might hear some phrases that are very familiar. You may remember that Jesus uses the rather silly image of hiding a lamp under a basket elsewhere - Matthew chapter 5 verse 15. In that context...

Randy Alcorn, in one of his books, writes about a young missionary man named William Borden. William Borden was a Yale graduate, an heir to a great amount of wealth. His parents gave him everything; withheld nothing from him his whole life. After graduating college, he rejected his life of ease. He gave away almost all of his wealth and he moved to Cairo, Egypt to share the...

We’ve been going through a Sunday evening series on the book of Proverbs and the wisdom that we find there. And I think it was Cory who defined wisdom in this way. He said, “Wisdom is knowing how to life and what to do when there are no rules telling you what to do.” So we looked at Proverbs and the wisdom it gives us regarding life and...

When I was in the eighth grade we lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I attended a school named Tulsa Union and I was playing football and was in a junior high football game and we were playing against our rival, the Jenks Trojans. And late in the game, I was playing cornerback on defense, and often in that position at cornerback you are matched up man to man...

Let me just say a couple of comments, general comments before we read the passage. One of the marks of wisdom is to be teachable and to continue learning. And the Bible should challenge us. It should challenge us to change; it should challenge us to change in the area of money. And that goes for everybody at every age. Even though it may be difficult, there’s a...

Before we start, just a reminder of some of the things that Cory introduced to us a couple of weeks ago in that excellent introductory sermon to this series. Remember that Cory was talking to us about wisdom being more than morality and wisdom being more than righteousness, though Biblical wisdom really promotes and elevates and leads us to both of those things. Yet, it’s more than that...

By and large, I think it's safe to say that Proverbs is written for the covenant community and will certainly only be properly accepted and understood by those who fear the Lord. They're not meant to be a series of pithy sayings that if followed in some sort of legalistic fashion will end up with us having health, wealth and prosperity - the good life - as many...

We’re starting a new series tonight on the book of Proverbs and each week a different pastor will be looking at different topics. But tonight, I want to look at an introduction to the idea of wisdom itself. And so we’re going to read from Proverbs chapter 8, verse 1 to 31. And as you turn there, I’ll just maybe answer, “Why are we going here first in...

Let me ask you to turn to Luke chapter 2. We want to look at the very end of that chapter. We've had a marvelous Advent season, a marvelous opportunity to examine the titles of Christ given to Him in the Scripture and understand His mission and His work, understand what it means for Him to be our Redeemer. Now that Advent is over, Christmas has come and...

There were certain traditions that were staples of our family Christmas celebrations when I was a boy growing up in the east end of Glasgow, Scotland. One of the worst was the annual Christmas sweater. My aunt would always buy my brother and me a woolen sweater. Now, these were not comedy sweaters, you understand, with silly Santas and the like on them. I could have coped with...

Well, be that as it may, when news reached Joseph that Mary, his fiancee, was pregnant, there really was no possibility that the Bethlehem & District Hospital had made a mistake that day. In fact, poor Joseph was facing a nightmare scenario, wasn't he? In those days and in that culture, betrothal was about as serious and as inviolable as marriage itself, which is why verse 19 makes...

So what's in a name? A whole lot as it turns out. Names actually get me in trouble around here all the time. Let me give you an example. A few Sundays ago, I was preaching and I wanted to emphasize the fact that a previous generation here in our church has left a legacy for a new generation to follow. And so I spoke about the passing...

If you were with us this morning you remember we began to think about the subject of revival. We have a Sunday between stewardship season and Thanksgiving and Advent, which begins next week, and so I thought we'd take time, morning and evening, to think about this important subject that's been a growing conviction of mine that true revival is the great and pressing need of the church...

Let me get you to turn to Luke chapter 17. We want to look at verses 11 to 19 - the exchange and the healing of the ten lepers. Let me offer a couple of words of introduction first before I pray and we read. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem; He's on His way to Jerusalem for His crucifixion. This is Luke's travel narrative and it...

If you would turn with me tonight in your Bibles to Psalm 96; Psalm 96. If you’re reading along in the pew Bible you’ll find this on page 499. As we open to Psalm 96, let’s ask the Lord for His help as we read and study His Word together.

Heavenly Father, Your Word teaches us that our hearts are desperately wicked and they...

Coming to a text like this in God's Word makes one aware that they are approaching something very sacred. It's almost as though we can hear the echo of God's voice to Moses from the burning bush too, "Take off your sandals, for you are on holy ground." This is one of those texts in Scripture where we see the Son of God in a position in His...

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