Jesus, the Lamb of God Who Never Went Astray

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176) This verse ends the longest chapter in the Bible.  Psalm 119 is all about God’s word and the psalmist’s desire to follow it. Often he makes bold statements, as he does in verse 176, petitioning God to “seek his servant” because he “does not forget God’s commandments.” If you read the whole chapter, however, you will notice that this is rooted in repeated requests from the psalmist for God to teach, open eyes, give mercy, give understanding, and be gracious. … Continue reading Jesus, the Lamb of God Who Never Went Astray

“Once for All (Free from the Law)”

By Philip Bliss (1873) Free from the law, O happy condition, Jesus has bled and there is remission, Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all. Chorus Once for all, O sinner, receive it, Once for all, O brother, believe it; Cling to the cross, the burden will fall, Christ hath redeemed us once for all. Now we are free, there’s no condemnation, Jesus provides a perfect salvation. “Come unto Me,” O hear His sweet call, Come, and He saves us once for all. “Children of God,” O glorious calling, Surely His … Continue reading “Once for All (Free from the Law)”

Sermon 8: Sin Darkened Hearts

Sin Darkened Hearts Series: Redemption Pastor Steve Moltumyr Romans 1:18-32 God reveals righteousness and wrath.  Both of them reveal who God is. The wrath of God is a permanent, consistent attribute of God that is a holy response to everything that is unholy. Why do we deserve God’s wrath? We suppress the truth about God. We don’t lack information about God, we deliberately reject what is uncomfortable for us to hear. The universe is God’s signpost that points us to his power and nature. At the most basic level, we suppress truth because we don’t like it. We refuse to glorify and … Continue reading Sermon 8: Sin Darkened Hearts

Father, Long Before Creation

This is one of my favorite hymns. It was originally a Chinese hymn, and it was translated by Francis P. Jones.  It was most recently re-recorded by Matthew Smith on the Beams of Heaven: Indelible Grace IV project. *               *               * Translated by Francis P. Jones Music and Chorus by Andrew Osenga Father, long before creation Thou hadst chosen us in love, And that love so deep, so moving, Draws us close to Christ above. Still it keeps us, still it keeps us Firmly fixed in Christ alone. Though the world may change its fashion, Yet our God is e’er … Continue reading Father, Long Before Creation

Be a Pipeline of God’s Mercy

Sometimes when we are merciful toward others, we do it out of religious pride.  Other times, we do it begrudgingly simply because it’s the “Christian thing to do.”  But Jesus tells us that the foundation for our being merciful should be an overflow of love for how God has treated us: But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:35-36). God is … Continue reading Be a Pipeline of God’s Mercy