The Redeemer’s Rest

Text: Ruth 3
Rev. John Downs

All of us have a desire for a settled place where we can put down roots, and yet we may look to things that can never satisfy. As today’s story from Ruth points forward to our savior Jesus, we see how God has planned from before the foundations of the world to provide us true rest through his Redeemer.

Favor to the Foreigner

Text: Ruth 2:1-23
Rev. John Downs

A merely academic, critical reading of today’s narrative misses a fundamental and important truth: this passage is not only about Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. It’s also about how God is sovereignly at work through all of redemptive history to accomplish his purposes in specific times and places through specific people and means. We can clearly see that, as with Ruth the Moabitess, God’s favor brings us who were once far off into the fold of his gracious provision through his Redeemer.

Coming Home

Text: Ruth 1:6-22
Rev. John Downs

Longing for home is a universal part of the human condition. Sometimes, however, we are tempted to make our “home” or to seek our identity in earthly things that can never truly satisfy. In today’s text, as Naomi returns to her home in Bethlehem and Ruth finds a new home among the covenant people of Yahweh, we get a glimpse of our true eternal home in Zion even in the midst of the ongoing struggles of this present life.

Faithful Through Famine to Fullness

Text: Ruth 1:1-5
Rev. John Downs

Today we begin a series on the book of Ruth which anticipates the birth of King David, even as we move toward Advent which points to the birth of the greater King Jesus. In this historical narrative we learn a truth that remains very relevant for us today: our God faithfully and providentially preserves his covenant people even through suffering, despair and brokenness.

God’s Love At Work For His People

Text: John 17:1-26
RE John Tittle

As we finish up a series on New Testament prayers, today we approach holy ground, the high priestly prayer of Jesus for his followers — including all of us today. With the Reformer Philip Melanchthon, we can agree that these words from the mouth of our Savior are exalted, holy and sublime. In this prayer, we behold the glory of Christ, our rich identity in him and encouragement in how we can live out this identity in him until our faith becomes sight.

Grace Triumphs in Unexpected Ways

Text: Luke 24:1-12, 36-43
Dr. Peter Green

Unsurprisingly, as it would also be in our day, the crucifixion of Jesus presented a major stumbling block to his messianic claims for the first followers of Christ. With historical credibility, Luke shows us in today’s text how the resurrection of Jesus relativizes all of the difficulties of this life in view of the certainty of our coming resurrection when the Lord returns for us.

Grace, Peace & the Presence of God

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Rev. Kurt Gray

The Scriptures do not contain any superfluous words. Although at times we might skim over opening and closing verses of epistles to get the heart of the letter, we see in today’s text how rich and densely packed the closing three verses are. They contain a feast of deep shalom peace, a glimpse of the future glory awaiting us as we return from sin-induced exile and the benediction of God’s unmerited favor upon us.

Grace Appeared

Text: Titus 2:1-14
Rev. Mark Robinson

Paul teaches us that the one essential ingredient needed to plant a church is grace. God’s first word to us is grace as he calls us to himself. That same grace works within us to transform us by reordering our desires, even as it also reorients our heart longings to the beauty of what will be when Christ returns.

Do You Want To Be Healed?

Text: John 5:1-17
Mr. Brian Shirak

One of the beautiful things about Christianity is that it’s not merely a set of propositional truths but rather everything in it points to a person, Jesus. This Jesus loves us so much that he calls us to reorient our entire lives around him. Are there areas in our lives where we’ve given up on seeing him grow us? If so, it’s precisely in those areas that he asks us, “Do you want to be healed?” and then provides us with the power of God to accomplish it.

The Engine That Drives Us, Part 2

Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
RE John Tittle

From the Westminster Catechism, we understand that our reason for being alive, our telos, is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Today’s text is another prayer of Paul for the church in which he calls us to reflect on the infinite riches of the Father’s glory so that, by the resurrection power of the Spirit, we realize our fundamental identity in Christ. As both the written Word and Christ the living Word dwell in us, the Spirit enables to walk in a life of obedience, to the praise of God’s glory.