Contributed on Mar 8, 2011
God’s Kingdom advances by seeing and hearing Jesus.
Scripture Introduction Read the Shorter Catechism question and ask the congregation to answer: “How is the word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?” Congregational Response: “That the word may become effectual to salvation, we must apply ourselves to it with ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2011
God must be sought by those whose soil is not nurturing the fruit of the Spirit.
Read Matthew 13.1-9. Pray. Introduction A Greek philosopher wanted to illustrate to his students that they must not only have knowledge but also a life changed by the truths he gave them. He said, “Sheep do not vomit up the grass to show the shepherds how much they have eaten; but, inwardly ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2011
God asks patience and faithfulness of his people while he works his cosmic plan to a perfect conclusion.
Read Matthew 13.24-30. Pray. Introduction They are likely the two worst spy cases in US history. Beginning in April of 1985 and continuing until his arrest in February of 1994, Aldrich Ames sold intelligence secrets to the Soviets (and then the Russians) for $4.6 million. Early on, the CIA ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2011
God grows his life in his people until his power renovates them wholly.
Introduction Read Matthew 13.31-33. Pray. Revelation 20.1-6: Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2011
God recreates the whole life of those who give up small ambitions and admissions.
Read Matthew 13.44-46. Pray. Introduction Matthew again pairs two parables to press on us all the more forcefully one point. Last week we heard two parables of hidden and growing power. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, small and insignificant, but hidden in the dirt it grows to ...read more