Proclaiming the Kingdom
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God has called fathers to train their children to treasure the Lord. And if fathers don’t disciple their children, someone or something else will steal that role. Worldly influencers, movies, apps, Facebook, Snapchat, and many other instruments all want to shape our children’s worldviews. But God has designed fathers to work with mothers to guide their children away from loving the world. Fathers must help children shape lives that are radically God-centered––to value what God values and hate what God hates (Deut 6:4–9). Fathers must help their children break the natural bent towards self-centeredness by pointing them to the all satisfying Savior. read more…
You are worthy, O Lord, of infinite praise;
None is greater or higher; just are your ways.
Snowy yards give rise to a flowery spring;
Skies of gray shift to blue as the robins sing.
Fields of brown change into landscapes of green.
Help us long for you and acclaim you, O King. read more…
Jason S. DeRouchie. How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2017. xxxvi + 583 pages.
The promises of God…. What we dread or hope for tomorrow changes who we are today. This foundational Christian doctrine colors all of our lives as believers, both in times of temptation and trial. God’s promises motivate holiness and awaken expectation and confidence in our pursuit of the Lord. But which biblical promises are for us? Can Christians legitimately appropriate all Old Testament (OT) promises as our own, when God gave them to specific individuals or peoples in a different time and under a different covenant? In this study, I seek to answer this query, considering why and how every promise in Scripture is “Yes” in Christ. In the process, I hope to help believers know better how to faithfully claim OT promises as our own.
The prophet Zephaniah was a Jew with both royal Davidic and black African heritage. The Lord commissioned him to assist the reformation efforts of King Josiah around 622 B.C. The book’s message is direct: In light of the impending day of his wrath, the Lord summons his faithful remnant to patiently pursue him together in order avoid punishment and to enjoy satisfying salvation, all for God’s joy and glory. I love this book in light of the way it crushes pride, celebrates our savior, and heightens both delight in God and desire for consummation. Below are a number of links to messages I have given on this book. read more…
We’re grateful, Father,
That we can trust you.
Your word, once spoken
Is faithful; it’s true. read more…
Isaiah rebukes Israel’s rejection of God’s kingship while sounding forth the everlasting promise of God’s universal kingdom that will come through the peace-establishing, justice-working Servant King, who will reign over transformed ethnic Israelites and Gentiles in the new creation. “And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,” says Isaiah, “and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day” (Isa 2:17). God reigns not through proud men but ultimately through this Servant, who moves through tribulation unto triumph. This is Isaiah’s vision for hope.
In the following series of lectures, Dr. Jason DeRouchie teaches through a number of the high Messianic points in one of the Old Testament’s greatest prophetic books (he will be adding to this weekly). Come celebrate the Servant Savior in Isaiah’s proclamation of good news!
Sexual intimacy within marriage is a beautiful gift from God. It’s an outlet for play and passion, and it nurtures closeness with your spouse, supplying a unique context for giving and receiving love. But as with all God’s good gifts (1 Timothy 4:4), the devil seeks “to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). His perversions are deeply grieving, and the scars can be lasting.
What does God say about masturbation? Here are ten reasons to resist the temptation with all your might. read more…
DeRouchie presented the following message at “Indulge: Spiritual Appetites Need No Bounds,” a conference on the future of Christian Hedonism held at Bethlehem College & Seminary, 7–8 October 2016.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity! (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
If ever you have read the questions, confessions, and exhortations in Ecclesiastes, you likely would echo Peter regarding Paul’s letters that “there are some things in them that are hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:16). I have felt this way many times, but in this book I have also found amazing fuel for stoking fires of joy in my soul that have carried me through seasons of pleasure and deep pain. I believe the Preacher has a message that is very practical regarding our pursuit of pleasures in God. read more…
We have just witnessed an unprecedented (and unpresidential) presidential election. How are our kids — five-year-olds, ten-year-olds, fifteen-year-olds — processing what has just happened? What are they seeing, thinking, and hearing as they watch the news and talk with their friends?
I am a father of six, with ages ranging from seven to seventeen (three boys and three girls, three black and three white). I am also a husband and a believer in King Jesus. I went to the polls yesterday in grief. Yet my hope is in God (Psalm 42:5, 11).
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