Archive for the 'Brandenburg' Category

Love Thinketh No Evil

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

In 1 Corinthians 13:5, Paul describes love with this one description among fourteen others, “[Love] thinketh no evil.” That statement in the King James Version doesn’t mean, don’t have evil thoughts. As some of you know, it translates the Greek word, logizomai, which as a transliteration into the English, means, “log.” Love will not log […]

As Far As They Can Go

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

One description I have given to making disciples in and through the church is “taking people where they are at and then bringing them as far as they can go.” Everyone is at a certain point, and it might not be good where certain people are at. No one is exactly where he wants to […]

Love Is Not a Feeling

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Love is not a feeling. This relates to one of the most consequential matters, a right understanding of love. Love will produce feelings and the right ones. However, of itself, it isn’t a feeling. Feelings that are called love are actually lust. Love is very good, and lust is bad. Scripture teaches abstaining from lust. […]

Celebrating Christmas

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

The celebration of Christmas doesn’t need to be preserved, because it isn’t required by scripture. We’ve got to believe in Christ and we’ve got to believe in His birth and celebrate His incarnation, but we don’t have to celebrate the holiday. The holiday can much more easily be crafted into something humanistic and worldly, conformable […]

When Someone Likes Christmas

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

There is a tradition for Christians to celebrate Christmas. It’s not a difficult thing to do, because almost everyone likes Christmas. The world even likes Christmas. It’s like an ink blot of a rorschach test, where you can turn Christmas into almost anything that you want. Almost no one will be surprised to find out […]

The Liberty for Christmas

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 14:5-6, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” These […]

Elements and Circumstances of Worship

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

The history of worship according to the New Testament in the church involves elements of worship and circumstances of worship. These two relate to what has been called the Regulative Principle of Worship, which in the Westminster Confession of Faith reads: “The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and […]

Good, but Less than the Gospel

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

When I explain the gospel, and as I teach it to our church, I start with ‘we’re all sinners, none of are good, we deserve a penalty, so we deserve Hell.’ That’s very unpopular, not the most unpopular but perhaps second or third most of what I say. After I’m done with that, I say, […]

Sanctify

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The first time “sanctify” occurs in scripture is in Genesis 2:3, which says, “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” It is also the first time the Hebrew word that translates “sanctified” occurs. You can read that […]

Sin of Sodom

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

If someone asked you what was the reason for God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, most people would say, “Homosexuality,” where the term Sodomy came from. Ezekiel 16:49 explains, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she […]