January 27th: “Reflecting Whose We Are” Colossians 3:12-14 [Bulletin]
… the apostle takes pains to name the local church, with all its faults, as a true representative of the new creation and the new Israel. And if Paul is right, there cannot be any more privileged group to join. To withdraw from this is not to find something richer and better, but to cut oneself off from the fellowship of God’s own people.
– R.C. Lucas
January 20th: “I Believe in the Holy Spirit” Ephesians 5:18 [Bulletin]
And shall we then forever live at this poor dying rate? Our love, so faint, so cold to You, and Yours to us so great! Come, Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove, with all Your quickening powers; come, shed abroad a Savior’s love, and that shall kindle ours.
– Isaac Watts, 1707
January 13th: “The Good News in the Bad News” 1 Samuel 31 [Bulletin]
Mount Gilboa … exposed the folly of Israel’s idolatry. Israel had craved a king, salivated for royalty. [They] claimed they needed a new system, that the issue was defense, and that the solution must be political. They called it progress; Yahweh named it idolatry. … Some idols, like Dagon, lie shattered before the ark of Yahweh (5:1–5); others lie slain on Mount Gilboa. – Dale Ralph Davis (1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart)
January 6th: “The Gospel Call to Purity” Ephesians 5:3-14 [Bulletin]
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14