Why should judgment cause rejoicing?

The fact that God will judge the world should cause his people to rejoice. Why? God’s judgment proves that he is a God who cares about justice, righteousness, and holiness. Psalm 98:4, 8-9 reminds of of this: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. …Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. Going beyond this precious fact, what truly grips my heart and causes it to rejoice … Continue reading Why should judgment cause rejoicing?

Passion Week – Good Friday Meditation

Part 5 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus did not come to make you a good person with upstanding morals and decent ethics.  He came to make you a perfect person.  How does he do … Continue reading Passion Week – Good Friday Meditation

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

The Book of Eli

This weekend Carly and I went to see The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington. Eli is filled with bloody fight scenes, engaging cinematography, and intense mystery.  I won’t tell you too much; I don’t want to be a spoiler.  But here’s a quick premise. In post-apocalyptic, wasteland America,  Washington plays Eli, a sunglass-wearing, nomadic warrior who has a good heart but isn’t afraid to finish a fight. He’s been walking across the country for the past 30 years, since the ‘last war.’  The war caused a rip in the ozone layer, bringing about a bright flash from the sun … Continue reading The Book of Eli

What Does Justification Do? (Part 2)

Part 3 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. Justification declares us righteous God not only legally takes away our sin, but he simultaneously declares us righteous. It was as if we would be neutral when God forgave us of our sin. God doesn’t leave us “in neutral,” as it were. Instead, he pronounces us righteous, blameless, and innocent before him. We must remember that “justification” is a legal term and this isn’t something that God makes us, that is, he doesn’t make us perfect in our day-to-day lives. God is a judge, and we can imagine him presiding … Continue reading What Does Justification Do? (Part 2)

Proverbs: Wisdom in Righteousness

Part 7 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. Over the last seven weeks, we’ve talked about Christ as the God’s wisdom and about wisdom in reproof, stewardship, friendship, and speech.  We could say so much about this wonderful book, but let’s top of our journey through Proverbs with wisdom in righteousness. We could also call this “Wisdom in Wisdom” (but that would confuse people).  Righteousness is wisdom.  Wisdom is righteousness.  Righteousness in Proverbs is different than righteousness in Romans, however.  Proverbs’ righteousness is practical obedience to God’s word.  It is the righteousness we do that arises from the … Continue reading Proverbs: Wisdom in Righteousness