Luke 1:67-79: The Benedictus

The people of Israel suffered from amnesia.  So do we.  When life goes well, we forget our rescue and become complacent.  The psalms remind us: “Our fathers in Egypt failed to understand [God’s] miraculous deeds or remember [His] many acts of faithful love” (Psalm 106:7). Former slaves found themselves trapped—with the Red Sea in front… [more]

Luke 1:67-79: The Benedictus Luke 1:67-79: The Benedictus

The Canticles of Christmas

The midweek Advent and Christmas Eve services will focus on the Canticles of Christmas.  In this series, we will explore the scriptural songs revolving around the coming of Christ for our salvation. Nov 30: Mary’s Song, the Magnificat Dec 7: Zechariah’s Song, the Benedictus Dec 14: Simeon’s Song, the Nunc Dimittis Dec 24: The Song… [more]

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Malachi 3:1-4: Jesus the Refiner

Advent is a season highlighted by holy living.  By the Spirit’s help, we meditate on the Word, Jesus Christ, understanding the life He calls us to live.  In Advent, we prepare for someone’s arrival, not of this figure we call “Santa Claus,” but for the coming of Jesus.  His first coming and His second. Our country’s way of preparing… [more]

Malachi 3:1-4: Jesus the Refiner Malachi 3:1-4: Jesus the Refiner

Romans, Lesson 14: In Christ

We finished our last lesson half way through Romans, chapter 7, where Paul began to use the first-person pronoun “I” a lot.  He was using a rhetorical technique called “prosopopoeia,” where he writes to represent, not himself, but the typical experience of every Jew when confronted by the Law.   In Romans 7:5-6, Paul contrasted life under… [more]

Romans, Lesson 14: In Christ Romans, Lesson 14: In Christ

Romans, Lesson 13: The Real Culprit is Sin, not the Law

In the last half of Romans 6, Paul ran with the idea that someone only has one of two possible masters: sin or God.  He finished with a different comparison, that of a military commanding officer (by using “wages” which was a term referring to military pay).   If God is not your commanding officer, Sin is.  How well you live in the righteousness… [more]

Romans, Lesson 13: The Real Culprit is Sin, not the Law Romans, Lesson 13: The Real Culprit is Sin, not the Law