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The Motivations of Corrupt Teachers

The Motivations of Corrupt Teachers

“Do you come to your joy and peace by humility and self-denial and mortification, and by becoming little children and servants of all?” –Richard Baxter Last week we discussed some of the historical examples that Jude used in his opening salvo against the false teachers that had infiltrated the church. Rebellion is one of the themes that ties all of…

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,…

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Three

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Three

“Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.” –William Gurnall We practice the reading of the Scriptures during the worship service because of the command and exhortation of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture…” (1 Timothy 4:13). Scripture permeates the whole of our worship. The…

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Two

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Two

“Leave not off reading the Bible till you find your hearts warmed…let it not only inform you but inflame you.” –Thomas Watson  Last week we discussed the practice of reading the Scriptures in public worship. We prioritize the reading of the Scriptures because of the command and exhortation of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, “Until I come, devote yourself to…

Prayers From the Pit

Prayers From the Pit

“Prayer is the soul’s breathing itself into the bosom of its heavenly Father.”                –Thomas Watson David had been thrown into a pit, a slimy pit. He was covered with the mud of misfortune and the mire of misery. He found himself with in a place with no available footholds and no apparent handholds. He had no light except for…

Beautiful Feet

Beautiful Feet

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” (Is. 52:7) Beautiful feet, Isaiah saw the LORD. In a vision, he saw Him high and lifted up. He saw the train of his robe filling the…

Forget Making New Year’s Resolutions

 “Duty will either make us weary of the world, or the world will make us weary of duty.”                                                                                                         –Thomas Manton I cannot believe I actually typed out the title to this week’s midweek devotional. I am one of those people who like to make New Year’s Resolutions. But this year I counsel you not to make any sweeping or grand resolutions…