Category Archives: Sermons

1 Samuel 1:9-18

One of the greatest blessings of being a Christian is that, through Jesus Christ, we have access to the Father in prayer. We see this wonderful privilege on display everywhere in the New Testament! Paul tells us that we are to “pray without ceasing.”[1] He writes that we are to be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”[2] When the author of the epistle to the Hebrews writes that we should confidently “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need,”[3] he is reminding us that because Christ is our Mediator, our Great High Priest,[4] we can rest assured that all of our prayers are heard of God. Indeed, our Lord Himself has taught us to pray; we pray His model prayer every Lord’s Day.[5] And we recognize also that He expects we will pray; He does not say “if you pray” but “when you pray.”[6] Prayer is indeed commanded in the New Testament, but it is a command that seems almost redundant. Prayer, dear friends, is the chief exercise of faith in God. Continue reading

1 Samuel 1:1-8

Do you stand in awe of the infinite wisdom of our God? “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”[1] Do you recognize that He has ordained whatsoever comes to pass, and has done so according to the wise counsel of His own will? “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'”[2] In the rule of the universe the Lord has never consulted others as how best to rule it; indeed, how rarely does He ever do things the way that we, in our limited creaturely knowledge and wisdom, would expect! Continue reading

Ruth 4:1-22

“Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out,” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”[1] This is the last dialogue that is given to Naomi in the book of Ruth. In fact, neither Naomi nor Ruth have any dialogue whatsoever in the concluding chapter of the book. Up until this point, Naomi and Ruth were seemingly the main players; now, however, the focus shifts from the once-embittered widow and her faithful Moabite daughter-in-law, to the work of the kinsman-redeemer, Boaz. Continue reading