The Rock of our Salvation (Luke 6:46-49)

The story of the wise and foolish builders, found at the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, is a familiar one to most. Having taught on living the life of the kingdom and what it means to be an authentic disciple, Jesus warns those who would presume to call him ‘Lord’ yet fail to do what […]

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Old and New Don’t Mix (Luke 5:33-39)

Following Jesus’ declaration of coming not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, the Pharisees and scribes immediately defend their religiosity. Rather than hear, understand, and recognize their sinful condition before a holy God, they continue to boast in their self-righteousness and cling to their faithful law-keeping. But Jesus explains that the old covenant system of approaching […]

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Immediately after his baptism, Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days to enter into battle with Satan (Luke 4:1-2; Mark 1:12-13). This temptation in the wilderness was a pivotal moment in the mission of the Son of God to accomplish salvation for humanity. As the wonderful hymn states, “Come behold the wondrous […]

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The Day of Salvation (Ps. 118:19-29)

While the psalmist has praised the Lord for his protection, strength, and victories won for his people in the first half of the psalm, he now calls for the gates of the temple to be opened that he may worship the Lord  in his presence (Ps. 118:19). But even while God may have been the defense […]

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The Prayer of Repentance (Ps. 51:1-6)

David, the man after God’s own heart, not only enjoyed the anointing, the blessings, and the favor of God as the chosen king over Israel, but was also deeply acquainted with his mercy and forgiveness. David was indeed a sinful man no different from the rest – particularly evident in the incident with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:1-12:23) – […]

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