Pastor’s Study Notes

Nothing Better

Nothing Better

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,” (Eccl. 2:24) This weekend, we considered the wisdom of Qoheleth (The Teacher) as he meditates on the mysterious vapor that is our lives here under the sun of a cosmos…

Reading Ecclesiastes

Reading Ecclesiastes

“A godly man prefers grace before goods, and wisdom before the world.”  –Richard Bernard      What is Ecclesiastes? It is a book in the Old Testament. It is part of the Old Testament’s Wisdom Literature. What is Ecclesiastes? It is the fruit of a promise that God made to Solomon. The promise is found in 1 Kings 3: 5 At Gibeon…

False Teachers Follow the Way of Cain

False Teachers Follow the Way of Cain

“Unbelief is the root of rebellion and apostasy.” –John Trapp Last Sunday we explored the biblical examples that Jude employed when communicating to the church not only the danger of false teachers but also their destructive influence. Jude’s examples were Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain is primarily remembered for the murder of his brother Abel. It was Abel who “by…

The False and Corrupt Teachers in Jude

The False and Corrupt Teachers in Jude

“They have butter in their mouths, but swords in their hearts.” –Samuel Otes (commenting on the corrupt teachers in Jude) Dear church family, For the next few weeks, we will be in the book of Jude. Please read and reread the book, meditate on it, and the sermons will be more meaningful for the work you have done beforehand. Last Sunday,…

Micah’s Vision of The Church

“Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.” (Mic. 5:7) After the book of Micah envisions the coming King, Micah goes on in 5:7 to paint a visionary picture of the remnant…

Walking in Light of the Light

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5) Last Sunday we spend some time meditating on 1 John together. The focus of the message was on the light that God shines on our lives. In the light of God, we see…

The Necessity of Preaching and Hearing

“Preach one Christ, by Christ, to the praise of Christ.” –William Perkins   Jesus described his ministry as one of service, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) For Jesus, serving meant, healing the sick, washing the feet of his disciples, feeding the multitudes,…

What makes life Life?

“Life is an excellency added to being.” –Thomas Goodwin If you could ask God for anything at all, what would it be? David asked God for a long life and the Lord answered his request:   O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the…