Psalm 150 shows us that one of the primary messages of the Psalms is that we can each move from lament to praise. What’s amazing to me though, is the way the book of Psalms takes us to this conclusion.
These are the four marks of Ascension hope: receiving the blessing of Jesus, yet recognizing his absence, realizing his place, and seeing his awesome worth.
Being a Christian in this time should not make us careless, nor overcome with cares, but, rather, full of care.
When the Church is true to her identity, there is nothing else like her in the world. Though she be hated, though she be neglected, though she be maligned, she belongs to God and is precious in his sight through Jesus Christ.
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17). What a passage for our time!
Think of it in terms of a line graph – we need to understand that the shape of the Christian life is not the constant upward curve, but instead the downward and then upward shape of the check mark.
For the Christian, death can do more than to deliver us into the hands of the One who overcame, you might even say, folded up death on our behalf.
In the crown of thorns, the burden of life under sin, indeed, sin itself, is rolled onto the very head of Jesus the Messiah.
Jesus, our king, came that first Holy Week to meet us at our deepest need, win the greatest victory, paying the greatest cost.
A sermon on Psalm 23, given by the Rev. Justin Clemente at New Creation Church (Anglican), Hagerstown, MD on March 22, 2020 the fourth Sunday in Lent. A Song of Comfort If There Ever Was One I saw on the news this week that Yo-Yo Ma, the famous cellist, is leading a Coronavirus-related endeavor called […]