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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:18b-26. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The gospel advances whether we live or die, and when we live, Jesus Christ is the hub around which everything else revolves.

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 18:1-12. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ gives abundant evidence that He is Lord of all – including His death.

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The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is a serious blow not only to the Supreme Court, but also to the nation. He was a brilliant, strong, and well-spoken defender of the Constitution in its original authorial intent as opposed to it as a “living document” that can mean whatever a judge says it means.

He was also a man grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview. He said, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

May we be in prayer regarding his replacement and our nation.

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Charles Ryrie, retired theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, died this week. He was 90. Ryrie is best known for The Ryrie Study Bible – his magnum opus. Ryrie had a gift (and I believe it is a gift) of making complex ideas simple. His writings are user-friendly as we call them today.

The Ryrie Study Bible was the first study Bible I owned. The notes, introductions, and outlines were extremely helpful to me as I grew in my new faith in Christ. I no longer hold all of Ryrie’s dispensational  teaching, but that doesn’t minimize it in any way. I recommend his systematic theology, Basic Theology, but think it should be studied in comparison and contrast with other works.

Charles Ryrie was a gift to the church.

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Bernie Sanders is upset that even though he’s won both a caucus and a primary, his opponent Hillary Clinton has more delegates than he does.

Uh, Bernie, that’s socialism: Something (in this case delegates) that you legitimately earned has been given to someone who didn’t. Hopefully you and you’re supporters will connect the dots.

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I had the privilege of preaching on John 11:28-37. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus demonstrated His deep compassion in the face of the devastating consequences of sin.

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on the subject of death. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Death, a reality because of sin, has been conquered by Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection.

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1 Chronicles 11:10-47 is a list of David’s “mighty men.” These men gave David “strong support” (11:10). They were loyal to him, fought for him, and even died for him.

Uriah the Hittite was one of those men, according to verse 41. That’s why what happened to him is so tragic.

2 Samuel 11 records the series of events: David sees a woman bathing and he lusts after her. After discovering that she is the wife of – you guessed it – Uriah the Hittite, he brings her into the palace and they commit adultery with each other. Then David hatches a scheme to do away with Uriah so he can marry Bathsheba in order to cover up her pregnancy. Uriah proved to be more honorable than David – twice – which brought about David’s succesful plan to kill Uriah. The army pulled away from Uriah when they were in battle which lead to his certain death.

This whole “affair” is an example of what sin does. It takes us further than we ever dreamed of going and costs far more than we ever imagined. Sin can bring us to the point of wanting to get rid of someone who is a “strong supporter.” The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23) – literally and figuratively.

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There are only two questions that will matter at all one second after you pass from this life to the next:

  1. What have I done with Jesus Christ?
  2. What have I done for Jesus Christ?
Nothing else will matter at that point in time. Not how many hours you worked. Not how much money you made. Not how many degrees you earned. Not how many friends you had. Not how much your kids inherited. Not how much power you had. Not how beautiful you were. Not how smart you were. Not how successful you were. Not how much you knew.
The only two things that will matter will be our relationship with Jesus Christ (have we repented from our sins and put our faith and trust in Him alone for our salvation), and how we used the gifts, talents, and abilities that He gave us – for His glory or for our own selfish purposes?
Something to think about.

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