Spiritual drowsiness is something with which all Christian struggle. When Paul tells us to "wake from sleep" in Romans 13:11, we know he is speaking to Christians. He sounds the alarm because our “salvation is nearer than when we first believed." What are some signs that we, as Christians, are spiritually sleepy? Here are four. … Continue reading 4 Signs We Are Spiritually Sleepy
A Spiritual Wake-Up Call
As Christians, we all struggle with spiritual drowsiness. Thankfully, Romans 13 addresses this directly and provides us with encouragement and guidance to fight against it. This short sermon preached at First Artesia CRC explores three questions. What does it mean to be asleep spiritually? Why do we need to wake up? How do we wake … Continue reading A Spiritual Wake-Up Call
Moses, the Mountain, and a Mass of Email
Christians and non-Christians alike constantly talk about the need for “self-care” these days. I wonder if farmers, working 80 hours a week in 1950s America, thought about “self-care.” That is a rhetorical question. Of course, they did not. The reason, I suspect, is not that hard-working farmers did not need to take care of themselves. … Continue reading Moses, the Mountain, and a Mass of Email
Truth in a Culture of Noise
We are a people clamoring to be heard, but when the flood of voices drowns their own, many people will raise their pitch and resort to all kinds of hyperbole to gain an audience. Even journalists have degraded their profession by using misleading headlines to coax us into clicking their links. From politicians to personal … Continue reading Truth in a Culture of Noise
The Lord Knows What Is in the Darkness
After Daniel had been delivered from certain death by a revelation given to him by God, he praised God and said, “He knows what is in the darkness.” Once we understand it, this truth should fill our hearts with joy. This sermon preached at First Artesia CRC looks at the context of Daniel chapter 2 … Continue reading The Lord Knows What Is in the Darkness
For Those Whom God Has Afflicted?
Dear Brother or Sister, I have come into your sick-room, as it were, and wish to tell you a few things for your comfort and profit. God has seen fit to stop you in the midst of your busy life, and to lay you aside for a while. It is not by chance that His … Continue reading For Those Whom God Has Afflicted?
The Resurrection is the Answer to All Our Problems
Christian, do not let Monday morning steal the joy you had yesterday when you celebrated Easter. He is still risen, and his resurrection is still the answer to all our problems. If you are like me, Easter is a cheerful morning. The house overflows with joyous songs proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ as we … Continue reading The Resurrection is the Answer to All Our Problems
The Secret Benefit of Depression
The following is by Pastor Rob Golding of First Artesia Christian Reformed Church. I have noticed a world of difference between visiting the depressed and visiting the physically sick. The physically sick will chat with you and will enjoy a prayer at the end of your conversation about their illness and the medical plan to take … Continue reading The Secret Benefit of Depression