A Christmas Song that Doesn’t Belong … But Does

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There is a well-known song from my childhood from the TV show “Sesame Street,” in which 4-objects would be shown on the screen—3 being the same and 1 being different, like 3 shoes and a hat. The narrator would then sing …

“One of these things is not like the other. One of these doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the other, By the time I finish this song.”

As a 3-6 year old, this was very exciting, and I always guessed perfectly before the end of the song (my mom always said I was a smart child, haha 🙂 ).… Continue reading

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Thomas Watson on Why God Became Man

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Why did God become man?  It’s a remarkable thing, isn’t it?  And there is no more opportune time throughout the year than now to share with others the reasons for it.

In the Gospel of Luke, we read:

“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

These well known words are the heavenly announcement of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  Here in Luke 2, the angel is announcing the birth of Israel’s Savior-King. … Continue reading

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Wasting the Golden Ager

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A little over a month ago we moved into our new home. It’s an older home with a lot of character and many initial renovation projects needing done. None of them were necessary because of age problems, but essential for customizing our home how we want: painting, tile, ceiling texture, GFI’s, and more painting. After laying most of the tile in our main room, we decided to stay in a hotel for 24 hours to let the floor dry.

If you live in Vegas, and you want a cheap room, your hotel accommodations will probably be at a casino too. However, if you live in Vegas, you don’t like the Strip so you go to a local casino.… Continue reading

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Fear, Anxiety & Faith

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This post is a distillation of a seminar session I taught at most recent Grace Advance Mid-Atlantic equipping conference. It is always good to be reminded of how faith trumps fear and anxiety. But given the events of this past weekend in Texas, as we head to worship this Sunday, this is a timely reminder for everyone, myself included.  Faith is the antidote to fear and anxiety

All people – believers as well as unbelievers – experience anxiety, frustration, heartache, and disappointment.  Some suffer intense physical pain and catastrophic tragedies.  But that which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God’s eternal plan and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good.Continue reading

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The Benefits of Consecutive Exposition

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Last time I posted, I made the case for preaching the next lines, not the headlines. Os Guinness wrote, “He who marries the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower.” Tracking cultural trends from the pulpit is ultimately an exhausting carousel. I’d like to make an argument for sequential exposition as the regular diet for your church. If you read my last offering on PS23, sorry for the redundancy, but for clarity let me say it again, I’m not making a case for never preaching a topic or theme. But on balance, I believe sequential exposition is the best practice.*

22 Benefits of Sequential Exposition

  1. You proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
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