redemption

redemption

New Song: Come Praise and Glorify

The first chapter of Ephesians contains a beautiful doctrinal tapestry of truth woven together with outbursts of worship. The refrain comes over and over again that we are saved “to the praise of his glorious grace” in Ephesians 1:5-6, and “to the praise of his glory” in Ephesians 1:12;14.This Sunday night we will be teaching a new song that…

Examining Forgiveness

A week ago Pastor Bryan Neal began a new preaching series through the New Testament book of Philemon. He challenged us to consider scripture’s demands that we forgive one another as we have been forgiven, and helped us to look deeply into what it means to truly forgive. One helpful quote from Knute Larson that he shared defined what forgiveness is, and is…

Dark Death and the Living Light of the World

The suffering of Christ is not a morbid fascination for Christians. It is a real historical happening that carries immense spiritual importance. For those who know Christ, the suffering of Jesus is personally significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath “my” sin earned. But the suffering of Christ is also corporately significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath…

Not What My Hands Have Done

This past week we introduced a new song that is really not so new. Not What My Hands Have Done is a text written in 1861 by Horatius Bonar, “the prince of Scottish hymn writers”, who authored more than 600 different hymn texts.Karl Digerness has taken that old text and composed a new melody and added a refrain, focusing on the duel identity of believers…

Born to Die

God’s Son came into this world in a very unique way and for a very unique purpose. Hebrews 10:5-7 gives us a brief glimpse into heaven prior to Jesus’ incarnation on earth and takes us into the conversation that God the Son had with the Father and the Spirit at the time of His incarnation:“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did…