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Every Last Word with Dr. Philip Graham Ryken

 

The Altar in the Courtyard

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dr. Philip Graham Ryken

Many people today say that they want to know God. But what there really interested in is what God can do for them. They’ve got a lot of questions they’d like him to answer, problems they’d like him to solve, and blessing they’d like him to give. But this is not how God operates. God is holy, we’re not, and before anything else happens, something has to be done about our sin.

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The Tabernacle of God - Sunday, September 9, 2018

When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, President Ronald Reagan spoke of the astronauts as having “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.” This phrase expresses one of our deepest longings. We want to meet with God. We want to see him -- the only problem is, we’re sinners. We stretch the truth. We use our money selfishly...these sins keep us from God. And that’s why we need Jesus.

The Golden Lampstand - Sunday, September 2, 2018

Do you find it hard to be one of the only Christian at your work place? How much do you talk about your faith to the other parents at your child’s school? It’s not easy, but there are so many people living in darkness who cross our paths each day who need to hear about the light that God offers to sinners. The only way to have the light of God is to come to faith in Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the light of the world,” and that’s a message you can help tell them deliver as you shine for Christ in this dark, dark world.

The Bread of the Presence - Sunday, August 26, 2018

In today’s struggling economy, a lot of us have come to a place that we thought we would never be… worrying about how we will meet our needs. If you’ve lost your job, you’re probably worried about how you will pay your bills and provide food for your family. And you may feel like nobody understands or knows your needs. But someone does. And he knows your needs even better than you do.

The Ark of the Covenant - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Have you ever wondered how the Old Testament is relevant to you? Could studying the building plans of God’s Tabernacle help you in your life today? Well, the Bible makes an explicit connection between the tabernacle in Exodus and the coming of Christ. God gave us his Son, just as he gave Israel the tabernacle, only this time he didn’t just pitch a tent! He took on our flesh and blood in order to give us direct access to God.

Free Will Offering - Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Bible teaches us that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I think the reverse is also true, that where our hearts are, that is where we put our treasure. So if all this is true why do we spend so much money on earthly things? Well, it’s because our hearts are hard. But when we give back to God what he has given to us, we have the privilege to participate in God’s work of spreading the Gospel.

The Boast of the Cross - Sunday, August 5, 2018

Boasting is never attractive. But have you ever noticed that, despite the fact that nobody likes a bragger, everybody brags anyway? And what about? Our brain power, our muscle power, our buying power...anything that makes us feel like we are better than someone else. But when we come to know Jesus, we humbly realize that we have nothing, except for his cross, to boast about. And for the cross we should boast eagerly.

The Triumph of the Cross - Sunday, July 29, 2018

Have you ever broken the law? We’ve all had the occasional traffic violation or parking ticket…. but many of us try to lead good lives. We go to church every week, help others, we’re not lawbreakers...or are we? The Bible says we are. In fact, we have so often broken God’s Law that we have accumulated an infinite debt to him. That infinite debt, that we could never pay back, was completely erased --- completely cleared -- on the cross at Calvary.

The Power of the Cross - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christians believe that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with his resurrection, was the most important event in the history of the world. To Christians, the cross of Christ is the source of all hope and comfort. Yet the same cross that is so attractive to the followers of Christ is exactly what keeps others from coming to him at all. How could there be any power in a man hanging on a cross?

The Peace of the Cross - Sunday, July 15, 2018

If I were to ask you “Are you at war with anyone?” you would probably be surprised, maybe even offended. And why would that be such a strange question? Probably because we all want to think of ourselves as peace loving individuals. But the fact is, we are at war, with God. The good news is, that God has made a peace offering towards us. Will you accept it?


Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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