Where the Ruined Find Refuge (Isaiah 15-16)

When God revealed his glory to Moses on Mt. Sinai, he did so by making all his goodness pass before him (Ex. 33:18-19). He begins by declaring that he is a compassionate God, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. But he then adds that he is also a righteous God, “who will by no means […]

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Here I Am, Send Me (Isaiah 6:8-13)

Today, ministry ‘success’ is often defined by visible, tangible, quantifiable, and impressive results. But God’s Word is clear that “results” are up to God alone. We can plant the seed and water the soil, “but God gives the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6). So, if God alone is responsible for results (conversions, numerical growth, revival, etc.), […]

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75th Anniversary Celebration Service

Over the years, ever since our church’s first worship service held on August 18, 1944, God has shown himself faithful to the assembly of his saints gathered here at ECC.  He has continued to lead his children along every step of the way by his sovereign grace. And as we look towards the future, our […]

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Redeemed by Justice (Isaiah 1:21-31)

One of the central issues addressed by Isaiah and the rest of the prophets is that of justice—faithfully living according to the standard of what is right in our relationships with others. It’s only as we do justice, as we live righteously, that we will flourish as a society under God’s loving rule. But when […]

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Throughout the Bible, God often gave his rebellious people powerful reminders of his holiness through judgment. For instance, after Aaron and his sons were set apart as priests, Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire and were consumed. Why? The word of the Lord after their death says it all: “Among those who are near me […]

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In the tapestry that is the history of redemption, the threads of God’s awesome holiness and covenant love are woven together.  This brings about a tension as we read through the Old Testament: How can God’s holiness and love coexist? How can a holy God dwell among a sinful people? The answer to these important […]

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Release For Us Barabbas (Luke 23:13-25)

The trial of the sinless Son of God reveals that all humanity is guilty.  If we look closely and honestly, we will see our own face in the crowd that day, calling out for Jesus to be crucified and for Barabbas to be released. For whenever we reject Christ—living as though Jesus isn’t the King that […]

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The Trial of the Son of God (Luke 22:63-71)

The four Gospels—according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are not just ancient biographies of the man Jesus of Nazareth; they’re what we might call theological biographies. They are inspired accounts that ultimately tell us something about God and his purposes in redemptive history. Specifically, they were written to declare that Jesus is the Christ, the Son […]

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On the evening before his crucifixion, the true Passover Lamb was surrounded by the most wretched and pathetic of company. One of his disciples was about to betray him; another would deny him three times before morning; and all of them, his friends, would abandon him. Yet despite their pride, their selfish ambition, their failures, […]

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