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Gospel Poetry at the Table

Celebrating the Lord's Supper on a weekly basis poses quite a few challenges for the minister of the Gospel. Foremost among these challenges is that of keeping the meditations close to the message of the passage upon which you have just finished preaching. Additionally, the minister must strive to keep the observation of the Supper fresh for those who are in regular attend...

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The Unhypocritical Jesus

Jesus constantly warned about hypocrisy throughout his earthly ministry. Whether it was the institutionalized hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16; 15:7; 16:3; 22:18; 23:13-15, 23-29), or the leavening effects that such hypocrisy on professing believers (Luke 12:1), Jesus recurrently emphasized that we are ever in danger of falling into hypocrisy. Since such hypocr...

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The Ministerial Decrease

"He must increase; I must decrease" (John 3:30). Appropriating this truth into our thoughts, hearts and actions is one of the greatest challenges every believer faces in life. No sooner does it start to sink into our minds that our lives begin to reveal--in a multitude of ways--that we must relearn it all over again. These are, after all, the most significant words a man o...

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The Sitting Christ

Every week at New Covenant, we confess one of the ancient creeds of the Church (i.e the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed). I especially love confessing the biblical truth that Jesus is "seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty," for the simple reason that Scripture places emphasis on this most precious truth (Psalm 110:1; Matt. 22:44; 26:64; Ephesians 1:20;...

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Nothing to Complain About

Of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), I have recently been sensitive to the fact that we are all quick to gloss over two of the most serious--namely, ingratitude and complaining. It was these sins in particular that marked Israel's sojourning through the wilderness. Moses tells us, in Numbers 11:1, "The people...

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