Devotionals

Speak Truth

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the sake of the gospel, and not frightened in anything […]

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Looking in the Psalms for a time like this

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you […]

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Groves Letter

Dear Saints, I am sharing with you the full letter from J. Alan Groves from which I shared last Sunday.  Again, he was a beloved professor at Westminster Seminary when I was there, and particularly encouraging to the African Americans on campus.  His scholarship was breathtaking and included foundational work on the Hebrew Bible.  He […]

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In the Thirties of the Psalms

How might one muse concerning the character of God during a pandemic?  Our gut level assessment might suggest that God is either unaware of what’s going on or He can’t do anything about it or He is up to something malevolent.  He cannot be omnipresent, omnipotent, or infinite in goodness and this be going on.  […]

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A Gem from Jarratt

Recently, a sister from our church brought a musician to my attention. Composer, musician, and educator Undine Smith Moore hails from Jarratt, Virginia, the home of our sister. In recent years, Moore has received recognition for the her work as an African-American composer, particularly her choral compositions. Follow the links below to learn a little […]

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B.B. Warfield Essay

Dear Saints, Our feature this week is an essay written in 1887 by Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921) entitled  “A Calm View of the Freedman’s Case”.  I found this essay years ago when I was in seminary.  Who was Dr. Warfield?  He was one of the great Reformed theologians of the 19th Century and became the […]

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A Anti-Slavery Poem

Dear Saints, This week’s tribute to African American History during this month is a poem called “The Negro’s Complaint.” William Cowper wrote this poem in 1788.  He is known for his struggle with depression and how he brought Christ to bear in his struggle. He wrote hymns in the midst of all, as well.  Cowper […]

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A Sermon on Slavery

Dear Saints, Today, I am featuring a sermon by Aaron Turner, Outreach Pastor of Midtown Church, PCA in St Louis, which he gave at his church two weeks ago.  The sermon is almost a treatise on slavery in Scripture, but he also shows how American slavery was not biblical or indefensible, recognizing that Scripture does not […]

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Who Do You Live For?

Well, here we are. We made it to 2021. If you had any ideas that a new year would take us back to “normal”—you have been quickly disillusioned. Or perhaps, you expected more heaviness and upheaval and so, you have been proved correct. Whatever mindset you came into January 2021 with, we find ourselves brought to our knees, again.

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A Prayer for Today

Dear Saints and Friends, In light of the events of last Wednesday, I reminded our congregation and those streaming Sunday during our Confession of Sin, that Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world and thus violence such as what we have seen over the last few months is an indication of idolatry – whether of an […]

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What is God doing?

Yes, it has crossed my mind during this pandemic “What is God doing?”  Below is a well-reasoned, theologically grounded exposition on a portion of Revelation that points to such events.  Greg Beale is a well known expositor of Revelations and author of a couple of reference books I own.  I believe you will find his work […]

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Hold on to Hope

We are not the first people to walk through a period of great darkness and, unless the Lord comes again very soon, we will not be the last.

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