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Life on the Emaus Road

Every church has unique DNA. Even among like-minded churches, distinctives exist which demonstrate the diversity of the body of Christ, spread across every region of the planet, among countless cultures and subcultures. As the new lead pastor of Emaus Church, I have observed with delight how God has crafted this local church. With joy, I…

Worship Songs from 03/22/2015

Here a list of the songs and scripture verses we used yesterday. Each song mentioned below also has an brief summary. Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-6 1. Let Your Kingdom Come by Sovereign Grace Music This song helps us to see what our purpose is on this earth. It is to make Jesus Christ known in all the earth.…

Immigration In The Bible

Immigration and The Fall The account of Creation teaches us that every human being is created in the image of God and therefore the proper object of respect (Gen. 1-2).The account of the Fall teaches us that every human being is an immigrant trying to get back home and therefore the proper object of compassion.…

The Middle Child of American Mission

I grew up as a middle child. It is a providence that places one in between the thrills of the oldest child and the urgent needs of the youngest. This tension creates what has been called “the middle child syndrome.” A feeling of being ignored and short-shifted. And I can attest that the struggle is…

Running Late on the Lord’s Day

Doesn’t it seem like time ticks faster on Sunday mornings? The alarm goes off and then it’s as if someone hits the fast-forward button. You have to get up, get fed and get ready. And if you have children that process is repeated for everyone in your home. Once that is accomplished you have little…

How Would Jesus Preach the Cross?

What would it sound like if Jesus preached a sermon on the cross? I doubt that it would focus much at all on the physical pain and the details of what crucifixion was like. Each of the Gospels all describe the actual crucifixion with a solemn economy of words. Luke’s description is typical of the…

Take Heart | Take on the World

Not too long ago I was reading Matthew’s Gospel in my devotional time and I noticed something interesting. Matthew concludes his account with a theme that was present at the beginning of it, a promise of the divine presence. In Matthew 1.21 the angel announces the birth of Christ: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AND…

It’s Wonderful Now

Last Saturday I attended the memorial of a mentor and friend, Steve Fernandez. His body succumbed to the devastating effects on a tumor in his brain. My first impression of Steve was when I was a student in his Soteriology class. At the time I was just coming to grasp the doctrines of grace.