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Psalm-136

Psalm 136:1 ends with the phrase “for his steadfast love endures forever.” It’s repeated at the end of every verse – all 26 of them! One of the most basic rules of interpreting the Scriptures is to pay attention to what’s repeated. So if something – a phrase in this case – is repeated that many times, the Lord wants us to pay attention to it.

The author of Psalm 136 makes statements about who God is and what He’s done in the first half of every verse. Then, in the second half, his repeated reminder is stated – “for his steadfast love endures forever.”

God’s love for His people is constant, consistent, and steady. It never fails, ends, or runs out. We can count on that, absolutely and without reservation.

Why would the psalmist repeat “for his steadfast love endures forever” so many times? Because we forget it, especially when we’re in the middle of a trial. Because we don’t really believe it, or we have a hard time believing it. Whatever the case, we need to hear it over and over again. Praise God for His indescribable gift!

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 17:20-26. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The Lord Jesus prays for unity, presence with Him in heaven, and faithfulness to His mission for His church.

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I had the privilege of preaching on John 15:12-17 this morning. The following is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: “Love one another” is a command that is simple to understand, but very hard to put into practice.

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Several weeks ago, I preached a sermon on John 13:1-5 (part of a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John).Verse 1 reads, Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. This comment by J.C. Ryle didn’t make it into the sermon.

The love of Christ to sinners is the very essence and marrow of the Gospel. That He should love us at all, and care for our souls – that He should love us before we love Him, or even know anything about Him, that He should love us so much as to come into the world to save us, take our nature on Him, bear our sins, and die for us on the cross – all this is wonderful indeed! It is a kind of love to which there is nothing like it, among men. The narrow selfishness of human nature cannot fully comprehend it. It is one of those things which even the angels of God “desire to look into.” It is a truth which Christian preachers and teachers should proclaim incessantly, and never be weary of proclaiming.

But the love of Christ to saints is no less wonderful, in its way, than His love to sinners, though far less considered. That He should bear with all their countless infirmities from grace to glory – that He should never be tired of their endless inconsistencies and petty provocations – that He should go on forgiving and forgetting incessantly, and never be provoked to cast them off and give them up – all this is marvelous indeed! No mother watching over the waywardness of her feeble babe, in the days of its infancy, has her patience so thoroughly tried, as the patience of Christ is tried by Christians. Yet His patience is infinite. His compassions are a well that is never exhausted. His love is “a love that passes knowledge.”

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 11:1-17. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: God’s ways are mysterious, but His delays should never be interpreted as a lack of love, but rather as a demonstration of His love.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Psalm 136 (“The Great Thanksgiving”). Here is a one-sentence summary of my sermon: We ought to give thanks to God at all times, in all places, and in all circumstances, because of His character, creation, redemption, and provision.

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“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture.  An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, or worshipped.” A.W. Pink’s book The Attributes of God helps lighten the darkness when it comes to the knowledge of God. In seventeen chapters, Pink explores various attributes of God such as holiness, power, faithfulness, wrath, and goodness with clarity and faithfulness to Scripture.

Ignorance of God is at the root of the problems in today’s church (as well as society). We desperately need a deeper, more expansive view of God – His Persons and work. This book helps us achieve that. Tolle lege!

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