When a pastor conducts a funeral, he does one of the hardest things of his calling. It’s hard to say goodbye to a saint of his congregation. Here are 4 ways to do that. But only one of them puts the focus in the right place and in the right way.
When God speaks, creation bows to Him. When Jesus rebukes the storm, it bows to him and is still. Mark is telling us very clearly who Christ is and Pastor Richard is here to walk you through that account today, to help you see what the Gospel is pointing toward.
Scandal! Impropriety! This is simply not done! And yet Jesus did it…but why? Pastor Richard teaches some of the cultural background of John 4 and the Samaritan woman at the well.
You’ve probably heard that you must be “born again” to be saved. But did you know that you can’t actually do that? In fact, in the same way you had nothing to do with your first birth, you have no active role in your second birth! Nicodemus didn’t get it either. But here’s John 3 and Pastor Richard sharing what Jesus meant when he said we must be born from above.
Last week Pastor Richard talked about signs pointing to Jesus. This week he talks about shadows pointing to Jesus! Specifically, the sacrifices in the temple. And once you get what the shadows point to, you understand why Jesus made a whip and cleaned house!
The miracles that Jesus performed were signs. But signs don’t point to themselves, they point toward something else. What were Jesus’ signs pointing toward? Pastor Richard answers that question as he walks you through John 2 and Jesus turning water in to wine at the wedding in Cana.
It’s a simple invitation that we often overly complicate. But when you recognize that both the Old and New Testament point to Christ, you can’t help but tell your friends, “Come and see!”
What exactly gets washed away in our baptism? Do we still remain sinners? Does original sin remain? Pastor Richard answers a viewer question about original sin this week.
The devil’s first trick, and some might say his only trick, is to take the truth and twist it into a lie. And while he may have succeeded in deceiving Adam and Eve in this way, his twistings don’t work with Christ!
Many who saw John’s baptism refused to repent of their sins. And yet Christ came to pursue sinners nonetheless. His baptism by John was the beginning of this!