From the Pastor’s Study – September 24th, 2020

“To the teaching and to the testimony!” Thus Isaiah cried when people in his day asked him to consult with mediums and necromancers for guidance and wisdom (Isaiah 8:19, 20). The prophet lived in a time of general apostasy from the truth and worship of the true God. The Lord had revealed himself to his people not only through prophets like Isaiah…

From the Pastor’s Study – September 18th, 2020

This past Sunday I preached on chapter 7 of Isaiah, which includes the promise of the birth of Christ: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (v.1). Isaiah delivers this prophecy in the context of his interaction with Ahaz, the king of Judah. The question…

From the Pastor’s Study – September 11, 2020

As I typed the date in the title for this post, I recalled the horrific events of September 11, 2001. I was in seminary at the time, in Philadelphia just a few hours from New York City. The hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers while I was sitting in Dr. Vern Poythress’ class on Revelation. Since those were the…

We’re Back to One Sunday Service

Starting Sunday, September 6th, there will be one Sunday worship service at Mt. Rose. The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. And beginning Sunday, September 13th, the adult Sunday School class will meet in the sanctuary at 11:45 a.m. We’ll keep an eye on attendance and if it looks like we’re over 50 people, volunteer individuals and families will watch the service…

From the Pastor’s Study – September 3rd, 2020

This past Lord’s Day I preached on one of the most well-known passages from Isaiah – his vision of the Lord in the temple in 6:1-7. What a magnificent portion of Scripture! As the prophet beholds the majesty of God filling the temple and hears the heavenly choir of seraphim singing his praises (“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the…

From the Pastor’s Study – August 29th, 2020

So far I’ve preached through the first five chapters on Isaiah and I’m very grateful I decided to take on this series of sermons. A close study of Isaiah reaps rich rewards, and I am blessed that it’s my “job” to mine this portion of God’s Word week by week for its treasures. And I’ve discovered there are more great commentaries on…

From the Pastor’s Study – July 30th, 2020

Ministry has its challenges, but one of the joys of being a pastor is the privilege to declare a message of true hope in a world so immersed in tragedy and despair. This past Sunday I preached on Isaiah 2:1-5, which includes one of the greatest promises of Scripture: world peace. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for…

From the Pastor’s Study – July 23rd, 2020

It’s always a joy to baptize a person into God’s covenant community, whether that person is the infant child of believing parents or is someone who has not been baptized and is making a profession of faith. It’s one of my favorite duties as a pastor. This past Sunday I baptized a baby boy at the 9 a.m. service. I used the…

The Giant Sequoia – God’s Magnificent Creation

One of the highlights of our vacation last week was visiting Yosemite National Park with family friends. Here in this pocket of God’s vast Creation are some of the most impressive sights nature affords – the towering granite wall of El Capitan, the stately Half Dome glowing orange in the sun’s last rays, and the crystalline Tenaya Lake nestled among the high…

From the Pastor’s Study – July 2nd, 2020

I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew. Last Sunday I began preaching through the book of Isaiah, starting with 1:1-20. So far I’ve really enjoyed the close study of this magnificent prophecy, and I’m excited to dig deep into some of the best-known and best-loved passages of Isaiah. And to discover hidden gems along the way. But the…

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