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Archive for December, 2012

Marveling at the incarnation of the Son

Hebrews 10:5 says, “…a body You have prepared for Me.” This text indicates a wonderful truth related to both creation and redemption. The Father prepared a body (i.e., creation) for the Son to assume in order to accomplish His work (i.e., redemption). Galatians 4:4-6 adds:   4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so  [ Read More ]

the end = better than the beginning

The end, the eternal state, is the goal of the beginning. The goal of creation has always been to enter into glory (God’s rest). This Adam failed to attain; he fell short of the glory of God. Christ suffered then entered into glory on our behalf. He will bring many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10), who will gain His glory (2 Thess. 2:14). The end is better than the beginning.

The Son is God.

The Son is God. The texts which identify the Son as God have been the scene of various, bloody battle-grounds throughout church history. Though there are many texts which teach the deity of the Son, we will limit ourselves to two very clear ones–John 1:1 and Romans 9:5. John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word,  [ Read More ]

Jesus is faithful Israel?

In the New Testament, there are some parallels between ancient Israel and Jesus Christ that give warrant to the view that Jesus is faithful Israel whose obedience brings blessings to others. For example, in the Gospel of Matthew, like Israel, Jesus goes to Egypt and then is called out of Egypt. Listen to Matthew 2:13-15.   13 Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to  [ Read More ]

last chapter of “Better than the Beginning” – coming soon

Chapter 12   Conclusion: Better than the beginning     We have gone from the purpose of all things created to the end or goal to which all things are heading. The triune God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–made all things out of nothing, for His own glory, titled toward the Son from the beginning. Creation tells of God’s glory and testifies of His existence and some of His attributes. Creation  [ Read More ]

The Lord’s Supper is “the Lord’s” (1 Cor. 11:20). “Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.” The Lord’s Supper is His. He owns it. It belongs to Him. He presides over it. The food served is His. It is no ordinary meal. It is uniquely connected to His lordship. This is the only time in the Bible it is called the Lord’s Supper. Notice  [ Read More ]

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace, book coming in 2013

Some time in 2013, Christian Focus Publications will be publishing The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory. It has endorsements by Carl Trueman, Robert Oliver, James Renihan, and others. Here is the last chapter of the forthcoming book. Chapter 7   Final Thoughts     In the first chapter of this study, it was noted that the specific focus of this book is to show how  [ Read More ]

David P. Murray endorsement for “Better than the Beginning” by Richard Barcellos

Several months ago, I preached a series of sermons on creation. The sermons were re-worked for publication and expanded and will appear as chapters in a new book soon to be published. Here’s the first endorsement for that book.   Although many Christians have been engaged in a life-or-death battle to defend the truth of creation against evolutionary attacks coming from inside and outside the church, there has been little  [ Read More ]

GRBC morning worship

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public worship on Oc

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The Father loves the

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