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The Great Conspiracy, Part 2

In part 1 of my exhortation, I discussed how, in these days, we believers face a demonic conspiracy far greater than any human conspiracy. This bigger conspiracy is not ultimately concerned with destroying our governments or harming our bodies but with leading our spirits into distraction, division, and despair. But we should not be ignorant…

The Great Conspiracy

America has been duped by a vast and nefarious conspiracy. This conspiracy has infiltrated our government, our scientific establishment, and even our church. No, I’m not talking about a racism, Covid-19, media, or election conspiracy. The conspiracy I’m talking about is much bigger. In fact, for those with the eyes to see, this malicious conspiracy…

A Model Apology

In the Sunday sermon, I mentioned how the typical American apology for wrongdoing falls far short of a true expression of repentance. However, now that we’ve seen again what repentance is from the Bible, we actually have a new model for our apologies. While not every part of the following needs to be said every…

When Friends Fail

In the Sunday sermon, we heard the Lord teach us from Ecclesiastes about the simple wisdom of companionship. Life can be a painful and frustrating journey, but it is better together. But what about when companions themselves are the source of pain and frustration? What about when someone you love isn’t there for you or…

The Teacher You Can Trust

Merry Christmas! Just two quick thoughts as we look back on Sunday’s sermon and look forward to Christmas Eve (join us tomorrow at 7pm on our livestream!). The first thought is the contrast between Jesus and false teachers. Pastor Babij has shown us from 2 Peter the wicked character of false Christian teachers who so…

Sanctified Self-Interest

If you listened to the Sunday sermon on companionship, you may have noticed that Solomon’s teaching assumes our self-interest. “If you want to be happy and wise, then don’t go through life alone.” But isn’t this a selfish kind of reasoning (cf. Phil 2:3)? Shouldn’t Christians seek companionship in order to give and not receive…

Is There an Easier Way?

The Christian’s path is often hard. Though there is eternal life and joy in knowing Christ (John 3:16; 17:3), the faithful Christian often must endure persecution, strain against sin, and work hard to serve Christ and others. As Pastor Babij mentioned in his Sunday sermon, the difficulty of the Christian life can cause a person…

Waiting Well

As I listened to Pastor Babij’s sermon on Sunday, I was reminded once again how much God’s people need to learn the skill of waiting well. Life is full of waiting. We wait everyday, whether it’s for traffic, dinner, or that customer service rep. Furthermore, as we’ve also been learning from Solomon, life contains long…

An Ecclesiastes Thanksgiving

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have been reflecting on God’s providence in our going through the book of Ecclesiastes. Certainly the truths we’ve heard from Solomon help us respond appropriately to the difficult events of our present time, but they also specifically prepare us for our upcoming holidays. Solomon is plain…

Does King Solomon Preach “Carpe Diem”?

Carpe diem is a famous Latin phrase often translated to “seize the day.” The phrase originates from the 1st century BC Roman poet, Horace, and represents a call to enjoy the present moment without taking too much thought for the future. A carpe diem mindset is often associated with secular hedonism; the future is uncertain,…