Contributed on Apr 19, 2021
Redemption, relationship, and reverence come before God gives the requirements.
Setting the Table Exodus 19:1-25 Rev. Brian Bill April 17-18, 2021 I’ve never been very good at setting the table. My mom was a Home Economics teacher and taught me how to do it, but I always did it wrong…on purpose. I figured if I didn’t get it right, I’d get out of having to do it all the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2021
If God is not Lord of all, He's not your Lord at all.
On Monday, Beth and I traveled north on 74. When merging onto westbound 80, the car in front of us unexpectedly swerved to avoid another car. Because of wet pavement, it started sliding sideways and spinning in circles. Beth started praying out loud for the driver while I braked and pulled onto ...read more
Contributed on May 10, 2021
At its core, the second commandment is a prohibition against creating something with your hands or your heart that either reduces or replaces God.
In one of our previous churches, one of our members was transferred to another community, and before leaving, he wanted to donate something significant to the church. Since he was from a country where Christians are persecuted, he presented us with an incredible portrait depicting Jesus Christ ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2021
When we see God as weighty, we won’t want to take His name lightly.
People get mixed up on my name all the time. Some people call me “Bill” and I’ve even been called “Brain,” though I’m not sure where that one comes from. When I’m called “Mr. Bill” people around my age think of his sidekick “Sluggo” and start laughing. I like to joke having three first names ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2021
Set apart one day in seven to stop what you are doing to remember the Lord as Creator and Redeemer as you look forward to the eternal rest only Christ provides.
In 1611, every minister in Virginia was required to read, “The Articles, Laws and Orders” to his congregation every Sunday, reminding them failure to attend church twice each Lord’s Day was punishable in the first instance by the loss of a day’s food. A second offense resulted in a whipping and a ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2021
Honoring your parents is always proper.
This week I asked parents a question on the Edgewood Facebook page: “What’s the #1 thing you want from your children?” I was struck by the depth of answers along with the longing in the hearts of parents for their children to love and serve the Lord. • To know God and make Him known. • To have ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2021
Since God has purposes for every person, all life must be prized and protected.
On Saturday four weeks ago, I had just started our grill when I saw a long line of cars backed up on the street behind our house. I heard some shouting and saw some people running so I became curious (OK, I was being a nosy neighbor). I should mention I was wearing a white t-shirt, sweatpants, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2021
Protect your marriage by practicing purity.
Note: Our topic this weekend deals with sexual purity as we study the 7th commandment which forbids adultery. I will be careful with my words, but I want parents to be aware this message may lead to some good conversations with your children…if they…and you are ready for it. If you sense your ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2021
When we steal, we take from the person who possesses it, and from God who owns it. When we trust God’s providential provision, we will treat people and their property with respect.
A couple weeks ago, I was the third customer in the checkout line at Aldi. As the cashier finished ringing up a man’s groceries, he moved his cart over to the table so he could bag them. About halfway through, he discovered a package of garlic in his cart. He stopped what he was doing, pulled ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2021
Because God is truth, we must tell the truth.
Let’s begin with a brief survey. Raise your hand if you’ve ever lied. If you didn’t raise your hand, it’s likely you just lied because Psalm 116:11 says, “All mankind are liars.” In 2002, a University of Massachusetts study found “that 60 percent of people lied at least once during a 10-minute ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2021
The key to not coveting what others have is to be content with what you already have.
This week I learned something brand-new. Most ads for non-digital watches have the time set to 10:10 to make us think of a smiling face. We’re more likely to buy something that looks happy. Capitalizing on our inherent dissatisfaction, the worldwide marketing machine spends approximately $250 ...read more