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Psalms Book 5

Take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Psalm 121. We continue our way through the songs of ascent. We said the last time, in describing the meaning of that term, that is probably refers to the pilgrims on their way from various parts of Israel ascending to Jerusalem, which is on a mountain, coming up from the valleys and the byways and the highways on...

Job

Job has grieving for seven days. Three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar have joined him, but have thus far said nothing (2:13). There are times when words fail. There are times when silence is the best therapy.

But then comes chapter 3! Here we encounter a darkness of the soul that will shock some who read it. "Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

If you’re visiting with us, a warm welcome to you. We’re glad you’re here. Last week, we began a series in the book of James in the New Testament and we’ll continue that tonight. We’ll be studying James chapter 1 verses 2 through 8, and that’s found on pages 1011, and 1012, in your pew Bibles; 1011-1012. James 1:2-8. Let’s give our careful and reverent attention to the...

Affliction in Verse

One of my favorite Presbyterian stories that I often use when we celebrate one of our children reciting the catechism was told by B.B. Warfield, the great 19th  century Princeton theologian. You’ve heard it from me now more than once, but I needed an illustration, and since I couldn’t think of any except this one, you’re going to hear it from me again. Warfield tells the story of...

"This man receives sinners and eats with them." You can almost hear the disgust and the irritation in the voices of the Pharisees as they grumbled against Jesus. There's contempt in their insult because they're trying to ruin Jesus' reputation; they're trying to discredit Him. And this is not an isolated incident, is it? There was a pattern of mistreatment on the part of the Pharisees against Jesus...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 146, the first of the final hallelujahs of the Psalter. These psalms supply us with the substance of the praise that we will be giving to God forever. In that day, when we stand before Him for the first time to begin never-ending worship, none of us will say, “Lord, I wish the preacher...

Songs of Christmas

Turn with me now to the Gospel of Luke, and the second chapter, and we’ll read once again the familiar words of the Nativity story as we find it in Luke's Gospel, beginning at verse eight. This is God's holy and inerrant word:  

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo,
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Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 4, 2011

“While They Were Sleeping”

Luke 22:39-26

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22 as we continue our way through this gospel together. We are, this morning, on holy ground as we come upon the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke, simply says, that...

If you would turn in your Bibles to the book of Mark, chapter 8.  We find Jesus asking a profoundly important question in this passage.  We may have many questions that are deep and searching.  The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism gives us one.  What is man’s chief end?  What is the purpose of life?  And perhaps you’ve asked, “Why does God allow suffering?”  Maybe you...