60 Seconds On Evil and God’s Judgment

One of the things the reality of the day of final judgment can do is give you comfort when you are confronted with violent, vicious evil.  God is a Judge, and He is returning.  So every finally unrepentant rapist or murderer or child abuser (or liar or gossip) will give an account and receive God’s... Continue Reading →

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How Do I Worship From the Sodom and Gomorrah Story?

What do I do with passages in the Bible like this? The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.  Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.  And He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the... Continue Reading →

She Must Not Be Silent

It seems to me that 21st century Western culture says that the church may be fine, but should stay in its own sphere and not really effect public life.  By contrast, God says that the church is His instrument of salvation and reconciliation in the world, and that, however much Hell would like to triumph over... Continue Reading →

The Filthy We Were (Zechariah 3)

   Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?'... Continue Reading →

Wrath and Compassion

Jesus had incredibly harsh words to say to the unrepentant and unbelieving. He also had fierce, rescuing mercies to give to those who did repent. True Christians should be ashamed of neither. The same Jesus who said He would strike the unrepentant Jezebel in the Thyatiran church dead also told the sinful, broken woman who... Continue Reading →

When Everyone Sees What Matters

To be a part of a church is to be a part of something big in a way the world can't understand. Wal-Marts and soccer teams and small businesses and nation-states will all disintegrate and slip back into the sand someday. But the bride of Christ, the church of the elect ransomed by the blood... Continue Reading →

Bethel

Today our lead elder/pastor Paul preached Genesis 28. So we heard that a long time ago our God kept His promise, His Word, and blessed a selfish and sinful man named Jacob. He disciplined him for his treacheries, as we'll see as a church next week in chapter 29, but God blessed this rebellious man.... Continue Reading →

A Repentance

I (Wade Thomas, one of the elder/pastors here at CrossBridge) don't care about lost people enough. Jesus Christ was willing to condescend to created flesh, the eternal Word taking on skin that can be cut and bones that can be snapped, for sinners. He surrendered, (momentarily) Heavenly glory to take up earthly shame and ridicule,... Continue Reading →

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