“Love builds up”

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God. The apostle Paul wrote these words to Christians in the city of…

“Restore our fortunes, O LORD”

“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy” Psalm 126 is a “song of ascent”. That is to say, it was a songs sung by the ancient Israelites…

“Make your face shine upon us”

Advent 2017 Sunday December 3 is the first Sunday in Advent. Our word “advent” derives from the Latin “adventus” which means “coming”. The Christian, during this season in the Christian calendar, is oriented to the coming of the Lord. Advent is a penitential season which leads us up to Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day….

Taking hold of Christ alone

October 31st was the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. We are not sure if the famous story of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses to the church door actually happened. If it did, he was not doing so out of anger or protest, but in an attempt to start and academic…