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Songs for Sinners: Background & Psalm 1

The NOT Blessed Life “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,      nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. (Psalm 1:1 ESV) What we see here is something we will hear a lot in the Psalms. It’s called parallelism. The opening line…

The End of the End: The Glory of God

An earthly reign from a heavenly throne “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:25 ESV) Do you remember what Jesus said after his resurrection and right before his ascension? “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been…

When Will the Kingdom Come?

“Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’ “As…

More and Better Disciples

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And…

The King’s Speech

The Essence of the Mission: Make Disciples “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) This is a verse where getting the grammar right is…

New Life in Real Life

Jesus’ Resurrection was the Inauguration of New Life in This Life The resurrection brought the power of the coming age into the present age. Remember, in John 11, Martha replies to Jesus’ statement that her brother Lazarus would be born again—someday at the final resurrection. Jesus’ response reshapes her timeline, “I am the resurrection and…

The King Rises From the Dead

“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning,…

The Death of the King

“And when they had crucified him.” (Matthew 27:35 ESV) This verse is holy. Matthew doesn’t dwell on the physical sufferings. He is more interested in the theological meaning. Further, his audience would have known and probably seen crucifixions, so he didn’t have to go into detail. Since we haven’t witnessed one, let’s make sure we…

Here Comes the King

The Purpose “They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna…

The Oblitunity of Love to Neighbor

How is Loving My Neighbor an Oblitunity? “And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.…