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The Greatest Miracle of All

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon on Jesus as the Son of Man/Son of Mary.  It is the second part of a series that takes Isaiah 9:6, "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...." as its theme.  The first message was on Jesus the Son of God.  It focused on the deity of Christ (after all, in Isa. 9:7, he is called "The Mighty God").  In our last message, however, we focused on the humanity of Christ.

You cannot talk about the humanity of Christ without talking about the incarnation.  When theologians say "incarnation" with reference to Christ, they are referring to the event which brought the Son of God into the world to become a man.  It is often called a "miracle," and so it is!  This miracle is summed up in the words of John 1:14, "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."

But it is important to see where the miracle is.  I think a lot of people probably think that the "miracle" of the incarnation is the virgin bir…

The God who knows our sins

In one of the Psalms, David writes:

O God, you know my folly;
        the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
(Psalm 69:5 ESV)

I find this very encouraging.  It is encouraging that God knew the folly and wrongs of David.  Why?  Because, despite this, David still knew he could pour out his heart to God.  He didn't think he had to hide or ignore his sins in order to approach God.  He didn't have to put on an air of respectability or fake righteousness to come to God in prayer. 

People are not like this.  If your closest friends knew everything about you, they probably wouldn't like you anymore.  If they could peer into your heart, they might become disgusted.  But God does see everything about us.  He peers into our hearts.  "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Prov. 15:3).  As the catechism puts it, "Nothing is hidden from God."

And despite this, God loves his people.  David goes on to say:

    When the…

Our Church Website

Our church here in Stephenville, Texas, is Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church.  We now have a website, thanks to the generosity of a good brother in Denton.  It is www.shilohstephenville.com.  You should check it out!

Matthew 24 and the Second Coming

I have struggled for many years with Jesus' words in Matthew 24 about what appears to be his second coming.  The problem is that sentence just after he tells of his climatic coming: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (ver.34).  The problem is that it is almost certain that "this generation" refers to the people living in Jesus' day.  If the previous verses (vs. 29-33) are a reference to the Second Coming, it appears that Jesus is predicting his coming within that very generation.

Over the years, atheists (such as Betrand Russell, among others) have picked up on this and used this as a reason why they rejected the Christian faith.  If Jesus did predict his coming before that generation passed away, then he simply was wrong.  His prophesy was false.  And so he is not who the Church claims he is: namely, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

The Church has also struggled with this over the years, quite…

Thoughts on Health Food and the Bible

It seems that today, many families are into the health food craze.  They tell us that we really must drop all processed foods and eat only organic food, only grass-fed beef, etc., etc., etc.   And they've all watched Food, Inc. it seems.

Well, that's all fine as far as it goes.  If you've got the money to buy food at your local health food emporium, go for it.  I'm poor, so I shop at Walmart, and so, . . . well, you get the idea. 

But what really irks me is when people begin to look down their nose at you if you don't follow them down the path of "eating responsibly."  Especially if they profess to be Christian.  In fact, you get the idea from some that if you're not eating "right" (according to the standards of the health food people) then you're just not cutting it spiritually.  I beg to differ.  In fact, I don't really think God cares about it that much.  Here's why.

Under the Old Covenant, God told his people Israel not to e…