You Are My People

Steve Wierenga

Read: Leviticus 20:22-26 I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples. (v. 24) Like sojourners in a foreign land, like refugees fleeing violence, we may feel like strangers in a distant land. We look around and see a world that is ravaged by violence, illness, and death. We may find that we have no real sense of belonging. As Christians, we are called by God to go forth into the world and preach the gospel. …

Be Holy

Steve Wierenga

Read: Leviticus 11:44-45 Be holy, for I am holy. (v. 44) God calls us to be holy, but have you wondered if this is even possible? Maybe you imagine that if you’re not a pastor or working in ministry, you’re not as holy. Maybe you compare yourself to Christians around you and think that they’re much better Christians. While our lives are all different, and we are all growing, the base call is to be holy. This is your base …

A Holy and Acceptable Offering

Steve Wierenga

Read: Romans 12:1-4 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . which is your spiritual worship. (v. 1) Every Sunday, Christians gather to worship God—in person at church, with family members at home, or virtually online. We often think of “worship” as singing or praying. Both of these are a part of worship. But what we’re ultimately called to is a life of worship. As Christians, we sacrifice our wants and needs, our desires and will, to follow …

A Living Sacrifice

Steve Wierenga

Read: Romans 12:1-2 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. (v. 1) It takes a certain kind of person to be a police officer or firefighter: determination, grit, and a sense of duty. In their line of work, they run a lot of risk. The police officer goes into harm’s way to resolve a domestic dispute; the firefighter goes into a burning home to put out a fire and rescue anyone trapped inside. Of course, …

All We Need to Know

Jon Brown

Read: John 20:30-31; Romans 11:33-36 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31 NRSV)   The Belgic Confession, one of the historic confessions of the church tradition to which I belong, says about the Bible “that everything one must believe in order to be saved” is sufficiently taught in it. Everything we need is right there. …

So I Send You

Jon Brown

Read: John 20:21; Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21 NRSV) Matthew’s Gospel is where we find the Great Commission, Jesus’ charge to his disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). However, John’s mission impulse should not be overlooked. The first thing …