Preacher Article

Preacher Article

Faith and Works

    Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrical. For example, some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together, while the other alleges that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier than…

Why is Salvation a Hope?

  The Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 is intriguing. According to English Standard Version, these nine verses make two sentences. However, taking verses 22 and 23 as another dependent clause following the “when” of verse 20, the nine verses make only one running sentence. Because this sentence is so long and its structure is very complicated, it is not easy to get what the prayer’s main point is. Nevertheless, it is crucial to understand the passage because it gives…

At the Foot of the Cross

  When you read about the crucifixion, you’ll discover that several different groups were present at the foot of the cross, and each of these groups related to Jesus differently. In this article, I want to challenge you to consider which of these groups you would have been associated with based on your current spiritual standing. The first group we encounter at the foot of the cross is the crowd “who passed by” and “derided” Jesus (Matthew 27:39). This group…
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Who should go?

  In Luke 15, Jesus provided a trilogy of parables known as the “lost” parables. These parables share a common plot. They each depict something valuable (i.e., sheep, coin, son) being separated from its guardian (i.e., shepherd, woman, father) before eventually being reunited to great fanfare because that which was “lost” had been “found” (Luke 15:6, 9, 22-24). However, there is one distinct difference between the first two parables and the last one. In the Parable of the Lost Son,…
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What How?

In 2021, we as Lord’s church will be more vigorously reaching out to our community and doing what the Lord commanded us. Making “Go and Do” the theme of this year doesn’t mean that we didn’t do it nor know it. It simply means that we want to “Go and Do” more and better than before. How? Please, allow me to remind us of something that we probably already know, purely in a hope that it helps us “Go and…
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Spiritual Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…
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“Something Like Scales”

When the apostle Paul heard the gospel through Ananias, “something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained sight. Then, he rose and was baptized” (Acts 9:17-18). Exactly what the scale-like thing was is unclear. However, one thing that is clear is that this incident served as a symbol of the apostle Paul’s eyes being opened to the truth. If we take Paul’s blindness symbolically, then what do these scales represent?  I think Paul identified some of his scales…
Grace

God’s Grace, Free but not Unconditional

        “Grace” is one of the most frequently used biblical words. At the same time, it may be one of the most commonly misunderstood biblical words. Many religious people mistakenly believe that grace refers to something that is free but also something that is unconditional. It is true that the grace of God, by which we are saved, is free. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your…
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Words Matter

        According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and that number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many…
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Whose Side Are You On

      Maybe you are familiar with the events that unfolded at the base of Mount Sinai in Exodus 32 when the Israelites worshipped a golden calf, and the original Tablets of the Testimony were shattered. As you reflect on that story, put yourself in it, and consider with which of the following three groups you would have been aligned. We’ll call the first group, the idolators. This group asked Aaron to make them an idol because they interpreted…
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Love, Our Answer

      As I was taking a Christian Ethics class at a seminary, I proposed a term paper. My proposal was that “righteousness could be the answer to most of the questions of Christian Ethics.” The professor turned it down, saying, “You are saying my job is not necessary.” I still believe the thesis is true and what the Bible teaches. Since the subject of justice is prominent in this country, I would like to share this idea with…
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The Immutability of God

    Last Tuesday was the first day of autumn. That means for the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed the changing of the seasons. Temperatures have cooled and leaves are beginning their color transformation. And when leaves change colors, I am reminded of one of the most important yet easily overlooked characteristics of God. Scripture asserts that God is immutable. Immutability means that God does not and will not change. This is the attribute to which one of…