For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
Article by Allison Steddom with introduction from Pastor Jason Meyer
God’s sovereignty is a lifeline in suffering. Our sermon series on “Learning to Lament” is not theoretical. We are forced to live out what we are learning as we grieve the sudden passing of Alex Steddom. I invited Alex’s sister
Allison to share some of what the Lord has taught her in these difficult days. Let us grieve as those freshly gripped by our blessed hope.—Pastor Jason Meyer
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on August 22/23, “Salvation Belongs to the Lord” (Psalm 3). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Karl Barth became one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century featured on the cover of TIME magazine 53 years ago this week.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Andy Naselli, a professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary, has co-edited a new book, Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views. In the book, Andy referees an intramural debate between three authors who advocate respectively for definite atonement, general atonement, and multiple-intentions atonement.
In his post-debate conclusion, Naselli helpfully suggests “10 Ways to Create Unhealthy Schism Over the Extent of the Atonement,” including the following:
“Hell is a bad movie with no closing credits.”
—Jason Meyer, speaking on pride at the 2015 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Advent sermon on December 20/21, “Encounter His Coming: Christmas for the Chief of Sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15–17). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Three Key Questions for Christmas:
All the religious systems in the world, natural (manmade) or revealed, can be reduced to one of two descriptions: either “do,” or “done.”