Prayer resources

This is the list of prayer resources I spoke of yesterday in the afternoon sermon.

The Book of Common Prayer (Anglican)

Matthew Henry’s A Method of Prayer (Reformed)

John Haberman’s Morning and Evening Prayer for All Days of the Week (Lutheran)

No more murder – Matthew 5:21-22

It is with great gladness that I can say that no one in this room has ever been accused of murder. It really does bad things to one’s reputation if you’ve been accused of murdering someone.  Getting a job is hard; getting a spouse is even harder. Murder is all around us today. Local and national news stories profile murders of famous people, while the murders of lesser known people only receive a passing mention in local papers.

Having just called the people in the Sermon on the Mount to live a righteous life, Jesus begins the application of what it means for your righteousness to exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees. And He begins with an area that most people would think doesn’t apply to them at all:  murder.  No one likes murder; it’s a crime in all civilized and even uncivilized countries, yet it happens. However since most of us have never been close to committing this sin, we’re prone to think, like those who at the time heard Jesus, that this doesn’t apply to us. We mistake the fact that murder, like all sin, comes not from the outside but the inside.  (more…)

Keeping the law

If you knew someone was lying about you, what would you do about it? If you knew that a lie was causing people who knew you problems, and was causing you to lost your reputation, what would you do about it?  And what if the lie was being spread by both your enemies and your friends?  We would be upset, irritated, or downright angry. There was a lie many were telling about Jesus during His ministry.  Sadly, many of His followers still tell that same lie about Him, not on purpose but because they don’t assimilate everything He said.

That lie is that Jesus spoke against God’s law. His enemies in that day said that He was changing the law, that He was creating a division between Moses and the prophets with Himself.  They said Jesus was inventing new laws and abolishing the old ones and teaching men to do the same.  He was about to give further exposition of the law given to Moses, and He wanted it to be clear that He wasn’t changing or getting rid of anything. Instead of coming to destroy everything, He came to fulfill it.  To quote from the notes in the Geneva Bible, “Christ did not come to bring any new way of righteousness and salvation into the world, but indeed to fulfill that which was shadowed by the figures of the Law, by delivering men through grace from the curse of the Law: and moreover to teach the true use of obedience which the Law appointed, and to engrave in our hearts the power for obedience.” (more…)

Overview of Ecclesiastes

Chapter 1.  Life is a fog; we see what’s going on, it’s monotonous and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Chapter 2.  You can have all the riches of life and you will be forgotten just as easily as anyone else.  Pleasure doesn’t bring joy.

  • The point of these chapters is to get the reader to see the futility life apart from submission to God.

Chapter 3.  (more…)

Passage for Meditation

Passage for Meditation

John 13:34-15, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Questions for reflection:

  1. How has Christ loved us?
  2. What does it look like for God’s children to love one another as Christ has loved them?
  3. How does loving one another manifest that we are Christ’s disciples?
  4. Why do you think He made loving one another as He loved us the mark of being His disciple rather than a particular doctrinal standard?
  5. Do you display love to members of the body just as Christ has displayed His love to you?

Here are the links for the sermons:

Walking in the Light – Bro. Matt             

Surprising Kingdom Strategies – Bro. Mike