The Great Day of the Lord

If I had my choice to write on any topic for this article, this would not be it. However, I try to let my scripture reading dictate what I will write about, and today's reading was from Zephaniah chapter one. Readers prefer positive content, but this article is the opposite. It does not speak of … Continue reading The Great Day of the Lord

Restoring a Heart of Worship

Israel had done everything wrong as their house of worship lay in ruins. They had stopped building the temple God had told them to build because some politician issued a prohibition. Not only did they stop working, but they also used the mandate as an excuse to focus on building fancy houses for themselves (Haggai … Continue reading Restoring a Heart of Worship

Sin and Its Consequences

This weekend, I had the privilege of preaching a couple of sermons at the First Christian Reformed Church in Artesia. This sermon looks at sin and its consequences through the life of Gehazi in 2 Kings chapter five. There are times when the hand of God is heavy upon us because of our sin, but … Continue reading Sin and Its Consequences

Circumcision was a Matter of the Heart

It does not matter if we follow all the rituals of Christianity perfectly; if the sinfulness of our hearts has not been cut off, our condemnation is justified. We cannot be children of God outwardly only. A child of God is one inwardly. Paul tells the Romans this very truth. He says, "For no one is a Jew … Continue reading Circumcision was a Matter of the Heart

Why You Are Dissatisfied with Christianity

You will not want to miss this one. It is a guest post by Rob Golding, Pastor of First Artesia CRC. Rob blogs at Classic Christianity. Christ tells His followers that they will have abundant life now. Do they? Many people today say that Christianity is a sour religion. It poisons our ability to enjoy … Continue reading Why You Are Dissatisfied with Christianity

Our Cold Hearts Tend to Wander

Our cold hearts tend to wanderand fancy for its flightWhen sin we start to ponderwith darkness reunite The warning’s loud and clearthe Word of God proclaimTo Christ we must adhereor cause Him open shame Do not be led astrayby enticements of this worldFor some have gone awayto be entirely unfurled Remember what was saidabout those … Continue reading Our Cold Hearts Tend to Wander

4 Ways Incense is a Picture of Prayer in the Bible

May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 Throughout the Old Testament, we see incense playing a significant role in the worship God had prescribed for his people. It was so essential that there was an altar of incense in the Holy Place. As we consider this topic, it is important to … Continue reading 4 Ways Incense is a Picture of Prayer in the Bible

The Christian Civil War

An awful thing has happened. I was traveling, when, during the night, some of the wicked men of Benjamin arose and came after me with the intent to kill me. They raped and killed my concubine, so I divided up her body parts and sent them to the rest of the people of God so … Continue reading The Christian Civil War

How Many Scripture References Can You Find?

Charles Spurgeon once said of John Bunyon "prick John Bunyan...he will bleed Bible." I am currently reading through Pilgrims Progress for my umpteenth time, and, as always, I am amazed at how many nods to verses of scripture can be found on every page. So with that in mind here is the opening paragraph from … Continue reading How Many Scripture References Can You Find?

Today, If You Hear His Voice

The Lord is always speaking through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. He does so through His word, through the law written on our hearts, and through His providences. For the spiritually-minded believer, He is always there showing us the futility of the things of the world. It is all passing away, we are weak … Continue reading Today, If You Hear His Voice