Contributing sermons since Jul 7, 2013
Contributed on Jul 13, 2019
You turn us, O LORD, You shine on us. Without You there is no salvation.
A METAPHOR OF A VINE Psalm 80:1-2; Psalm 80:8-19 There are two metaphors in this Psalm: that of God as Shepherd (Psalm 80:1-7), and that of Israel as a vine (Psalm 80:8-16). It is upon the second of these that I wish to concentrate our attention. But first we must remind ourselves of the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2019
A court case - with the people of God in the dock.
AGAINST HYPOCRISY Psalm 50:16-23 “A Psalm of Asaph,” reads the superscription. Asaph was a chief musician contemporary with King David (1 Chronicles 16:4-7). Asaph is also referred to as a ‘seer’ (2 Chronicles 29:30). Taken as a whole, the content of this Psalm appears as a court case, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2019
It is a mystery, but our unchangeable God wants us to understand that He is not without compassion.
A STIRRING IN THE HEART OF GOD Hosea 11:1-11 Through His speaking in the first person, and in what He says, this chapter offers us a unique view of the tenderness of the LORD toward His people (Hosea 11:1a). Moses reminded the people that the LORD ‘did not set His love upon’ them for any ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2019
Grace cannot be silenced, even in the face of judgment.
GRACE AMID JUDGMENT Hosea 1:2-10 This is ‘the word of the LORD that came to Hosea, son of Beeri’ (Hosea 1:1). The name Hosea, like Hoshea, Joshua, Jeshua and Jesus is derived from the verb ‘to save’. Hosea, like his contemporary Amos, prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2019
Seek God, do justice - before it is too late.
A BASKET OF RIPE SUMMER FRUIT Amos 8:1-12 This vision and its interpretation is based in a pun: the Hebrew word for “Summer fruit” sounds almost identical with the word translated “the end” (Amos 8:1-2). Read Amos 4:6-11 for a litany of the temporal judgments which the LORD laid upon Israel, ...read more