Pastor’s Blog

September 6, 2015

The Fear of God

The Fear of God[1] John Murray said, “The fear of God is the soul of godliness.”[2] In fact, the “most prevalent use of fear in the Bible is the fear of God.”[3] Rarely do we ever speak of someone as “fearing God.” Fear connotes something negative to most people, even to Christians. Yet no believer […]

August 27, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 3

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

July 30, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 2

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

June 29, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 1

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

April 16, 2015

Jesus is Answerable to Every Condition

William Jay’s Morning Exercises has been a rich blessing. I began his meditations this year for the first time. Having worked through Spurgeon for several years and then using Voices from the Past for about three years, I wanted to try something new this year. Though Jay’s reflections are longer than Spurgeon’s, I have benefited […]

January 15, 2015

Larger Catechism, #98

The Larger Catechism Question 98 98. Q. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments, which were delivered by the voice of God upon Mount Sinai, and written by him in two tables of stone;[420] and are recorded in the twentieth chapter of Exodus. The […]

November 16, 2014

Cain’s Complaint, Genesis 4:8-16

Genesis 4:8-16 God warned Cain to rule over his sin (v. 7). Sin, however, took over Cain and he killed his brother. The Bible does not offer us his exact motivation but we need none. Cain’s own sin acted out and he remains guilty for his murder.   Let us learn well how sin can […]

October 12, 2014

God’s Garden, Genesis 2:8-17

These verses give considerable attention to the description of the garden. We may be tempted to view this garden as simply the setting for the story of Adam and Eve (i.e., the setting for the Adamic probation). Yet, all these details about the garden, its creator, stipulations, descriptions, etc. suggest something more may be involved. […]

October 11, 2014

Pious Sorrow

The great Princeton theologian Charles Hodge wrote the following to his brother who had just lost a son: “Pious sorrow, that is sorrow mingled with pious feeling, with resignation, confidence in God, hope in his mercy and love, is [in] every way healthful to the soul; while melancholy is irreligious, and is a cancer to […]

September 14, 2014

Larger Catechism, #97

The Larger Catechism Question 97  97. Q. What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate? A. Although they that are regenerate, and believe in Christ, be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of works,[414] so as thereby they are neither justified[415] nor condemned;[416] yet, besides the general uses thereof […]

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