Why Did I Skip John 7:53-8:11 in Our Bible Study?

After we pray at our Wednesday Evening Prayer Meetings, we spend some time looking together at a passage of Scripture. Lately we’ve been working our way through John’s Gospel, taking one passage at a time. Last week we looked at John 7:25-52. And so the next passage naturally would be John 7:53-8:11. But rather than speaking on that passage, I focused on…

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

It’s hard to be content. This past Lord’s Day I preached on Philippians 4:10-13, in which the apostle Paul says “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (v.11). I didn’t address this detail, but it’s telling that Paul says he “… learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, …” (v.12). He wasn’t naturally content in all circumstances;…

From the Pastor’s Study – June 13th, 2020

What is “From the Pastor’s Study?” This will be a (hopefully) weekly newsletter of sorts for the congregation of Mt. Rose, but also for anyone who finds it on our website. I plan to include brief comments on my sermon or other teaching from the past week, thoughts on issues facing the church, quotes or insights from my weekly study and reading,…

The Christian’s Mind in the Digital Age

God cares about our thoughts as much as he cares about our actions. The most important commandment, according to Jesus, is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Mark 12:30). In Philippians we are told what should occupy our thoughts: “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is…

We’re Back for Worship at the Church!

Praise the Lord, starting on June 7th the congregation of Mt. Rose will again meet together for worship at the church building. Because of ongoing restrictions however, we need to limit the number of people at each service to under 50. To do that, we’ll be conducting two services, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. The services will be…

The Promise of Joy

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” A bold assertion to be sure, but Henry David Thoreau may have been close to the truth in his bleak appraisal of the human condition. In this sad and painful world, joy is elusive at best, always somehow just out of reach. And oddly enough, it is often least present in the lives…

It Is Not Good That the Man Should Be Alone

Despite the tragedy and suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted, we must believe God has many wise and holy purposes for permitting the onset of this modern-day plague. Only eternity will reveal them all, but for now we trust that the sovereign Lord is at work bringing good out of that which is in itself evil. Perhaps one of God’s purposes for…

Righteous by Faith

The Apostle Paul pulled no punches in his warning to the Philippians: “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh” (Philippians 3:2). What provoked Paul to employ such invective? It was the false teaching of the Judaizers, Jewish Christians who were urging Gentile believers to undergo circumcision as a means of conforming…

We’ve Launched!

Welcome to the new website for Mt. Rose Reformed OPC! Over the past several weeks, the session has been working with developer Five More Talents to build a new website for the congregation, and we are delighted to unveil the final product today. The main goal of the website is to introduce Mt. Rose to others: who we are, our beliefs, our…