“The Prayers of Paul”

In the message Sunday from 2 Timothy 1:3-7, I mentioned the example that the Apostle Paul gives us related to prayer. Paul’s prayers are filled with many aspects such as thanks, praise, and intercession for others. Below is a list of four prayers of Paul’s that are helpful for cultivating a more rich prayer life. I encourage you to read and to meditate on them.

 

Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians 3:14-21

Philippians 1:9-11

Colossians 1:9-14

If you are interested in studying Paul’s prayers, there is a great book by D.A. Carson entitled “Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation.” It is available both as an eBook and in print form.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“2 Timothy – Bible Project Video”

This Sunday, 08/19/2018, we will begin a new sermon series from 2 Timothy entitled “Guarding the Gospel of our Lord”. This is the last letter that the Apostle Paul wrote before he was martyred. The letter was written to his beloved child in the faith, Timothy.

The Bible Project has a great video that summarizes 2 Timothy. I encourage you to take some time to watch the video.

Link to video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urlvnxCaL00&ab_channel=TheBibleProject

May you be blessed by our time in 2 Timothy.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



“Megiddo”

As part of our on-going sermon series in Revelation, this past Sunday during our PM Service I preached on Armageddon. The passage was Revelation 16:12-21 with Armageddon being referenced as part of the sixth bowl of God’s wrath in the tribulation period. Essentially, the sixth bowl is poured out and dries up the great river Euphrates enabling the kings from the east to pass through it.

 

One item that we spent a good deal of time on was the phrase “Armageddon”. This word comes from the Greek word – Har-magedon. Revelation 16:16 is the only place in the New Testament were this exact phrase is used. For those interested, below is a great article that discusses the various aspects of Megiddo. It also includes some great pictures from the valley of Jezreel.

 

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2014/11/05/Megiddo-The-Place-of-Battles.aspx#Article    

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“Into Exile”

In our Jeremiah series, one topic that is important to understanding the book is the Babylonian exile. In fact, this plays a vital role in not only the book of Jeremiah but also the Old Testament. Below is a good article that should help you to understand the Jewish exile.

 

https://www.gotquestions.net/Printer/Babylonian-captivity-exile-PF.html

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“To Lament”

In our Jeremiah series, there have been several times where we have encountered the topic of lamenting. Jeremiah is usually seen as lamenting over the nation he loves. In fact, Jeremiah is so well-known as the “the weeping prophet”, that he wrote the book entitled “Lamentations”. In Lamentations, the prophet writes after what he prophesied in the book of Jeremiah comes to pass.  

 

When we first think of the word lament, we typically think of a deep and profound sorrow or grief over something. Typically, this “something” is either the feeling of helplessness or death/loss. This type of lamenting can be seen in many of the psalms. For example, Psalm 6:3 indicates “My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD-how long?” A good New Testament example is lamenting over the death of Stephen who was martyred in Acts 8:2.

 

The Bible also uses the word lament to refer to sorrow over sin. One of the best examples is 2 Corinthians 7:10 which states “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” Essentially, Paul is saying that sorrow (to lament) over our sin will lead one to both salvation and a changed life. Grief over sin in our lives will lead to a transformed life.

 

Do you sorrow over sin in your own life? What about the sin we see everywhere in our world today? Imagine the changes that would occur in our lives if we would return to the practice of lamenting.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



What Happened?

On Sunday evenings, I have been doing an exposition of the book of Revelation. Preaching through the book together with others has been a blessing to me just as the book promised (Rev. 1:3). If you have not been coming, I encourage you to, as I am certain you will be blessed as well. The next message will be Revelation 14:1-13 “The Lamb on Mount Zion”.

 

Recently, I came across an article entitled “What happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation?” It is a good read, which provides some great information about the Seven Churches, in particular what become of the churches. Additionally, the article includes some information connecting the churches to some of Paul’s writings (e.g. Colossians).

 

http://www.bpnews.net/51027/what-happened-to-the-seven-churches-of-revelation

 

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Revelation 22:20-21

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



Living Waters

In this past Sunday’s sermon, the Lord declared that the people had forsaken Him for worthless idols. In doing so, the Lord referred to Himself as “the fountain of living water”. The expression “living water” is used in several places in Scripture, as well as the variant idea of the “water of life”.

 

Psalm 36:8-9

Jeremiah 2:13

Jeremiah 17:13

Zechariah 14:8

John 4:10

John 7:38

Revelation 7:17

Revelation 21:6

Revelation 22:1

Revelation 22:17

 

One fascinating aspect of this phrase is that in the Old Testament it refers to God being the source of eternal life, etc. However, in Gospel of John, Jesus claims that he is the source of “living water”. For example, when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman, he tells her of three things related to obtaining this “living water”. First, “living water” is a free gift from God. Second, the gift is given on behalf of God through His Son. Finally, she must ask (i.e. believe) in the one telling her this.

 

I encourage you to read and to pray through these verses this week. For the one who believes “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). In other words, you will experience the abounding joy of eternal life.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



“Jeremiah – Bible Project Video”

This past Sunday, 05/06/2018, we began a new sermon series from the book of Jeremiah entitled “My Hope is in the Lord”. Often when we think of the Old Testament prophets, we think of judgment, etc. While that is certainly part of the message of the prophets, the books are filled with so much more.

The Bible Project has a great video that summarizes the book of Jeremiah. I encourage you to take some time to watch the video.
 
 

May you be blessed by our time in the book of Jeremiah.

 

Pastor Steven



“In Remembrance of Me”

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper on Sunday 04/29. This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory. Below are a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments you can use to read and pray over to prepare your hearts.

Old Testament Scriptures

Exodus 12 – The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and placed the blood on their door so that the angel of death would pass by their doors. Jesus Christ would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb, and this time God would provide the lamb.

 

Isaiah 53:10 – Jesus’ death would fulfill the Father’s will. Through this, many would be counted righteous (53:11).

 

New Testament Scriptures

Mark 14:12-25 – Jesus and his disciples observe the Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurs.

 

Colossians 2:13-15 – Jesus death on the cross canceled the record of debt against us.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Provides the basic themes, instructions, and warnings concerning the Lord’s Supper.

 

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.

 

Pastor Steven



“Two Books and a Painting”

On Sunday, I preached on John 20:24-29 that deals with the disciple Thomas. The other disciples told Thomas that Jesus had risen from the dead. At first, he could not believe it and desired to see the risen Lord himself in order to believe.

In my sermon, I mentioned two books that are helpful in better understanding and defending the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. Below are the links to the two books.

Two Books:

Lee Strobel Case for Christ = https://www.amazon.com/Case-Christ-Journalists-Personal-Investigation/dp/0310209307

Less Strobel Case for Easter = https://www.amazon.com/Case-Easter-Journalist-Investigates-Resurrection-ebook/dp/B000SESHY4/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S3ERNXM43GNZ9D76GDQ7

Additionally, I mentioned an interesting painting of “Doubting Thomas” by Caravaggio. Below is a link to the painting.      

Painting:

Caravaggio – Doubting Thomas = https://www.artbible.info/art/large/10.html

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven