KING’S CROSS CHURCH exists to glorify God and enlarge His Kingdom by gathering regularly to proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yielding to the authority of God’s Word as illuminated by the Holy Spirit and summarized in the historic Christian Creeds and Confessions, partaking together of Christ’s presence in the Sacraments, providing opportunities to love and serve one another in Community, equipping the saints for Ministry to those who are lost and hurting, both locally and globally, and preparing them to cultivate Shalom (peace and well-being) wherever God calls them to serve.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
The graduation ceremony for The River Academy took place last Saturday afternoon. And for me, it was a bittersweet ninety minutes. Sweet, because it called to mind many of the reasons that I admire and appreciate Travis Koch, Scott Welch and Chad Warren. Bitter, as I pondered what life and ministry in the Wenatchee Valley will be like without them.
Travis was asked by the graduating class to give them one final address and I am pleased to share it with you here. Enjoy.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Numbers 22-24: Preachers in every age have much to learn from the pagan prophet, Balaam of Pethor, who, when called upon to curse the children of Israel, replied that he could not "go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more" even if given a "house full of silver and gold." Just like witnesses in American courts of law, faithful preachers are required by God to "speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." But in truth, this is very difficult to do week after week. Please remember to pray for those who preach God's Word to you.
Psalm 55: In times of treachery and deceit, it is a very great comfort to know that we are not alone; that many godly men and women before us have suffered the intense pain caused by the betrayal of people close to them. In verse 12 the psalmist says that he could have easily avoided the attack if it had come from a known enemy, or at least have borne the pain knowing that it came from the same. But in verses 13-14 the psalmist describes with anguish the devastation caused by an attack that came from an associate; a counselor; someone with whom he had taken "sweet counsel together" and even worshipped with. In verse 22 the psalmist gives us the only sufficient remedy for such a betrayal of trust: Cast your burden (literally, that which has been given to you) upon the broad shoulders of the LORD, believing that He will sustain you, and will never permit you to be jostled out of His perfect plan for you. True comfort indeed!
Monday, April 4, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
According to vocabulary.com, "Foreshadowing is an advance sign or warning of what is to come in the future."And this being true, Leviticus 14 provides us with an amazing foreshadowing of the Jewish Temple's destruction in 70 A.D.
God's prescription for houses infected by "leprosy" had three phases. Phase I: After the contents of the house had been removed, a priest would visit the house in question to examine it for disease (Lev. 14:36). Phase II: The priest would return to the house for a second inspection. If the disease remained, then the house would be scraped and stones removed from the house (Lev. 14:39-40). Phase III: The priest would return for a third examination and if the disease remained, the entire house would be destroyed "stones and timber and all the plaster of the house"(Lev. 14:43-45).
Fast forward 2000 years to the time of Jesus' first advent. Phase I: Jesus, who was a priest "according to the order of Melchizedek" (Heb. 7:17) visited God's "house" (the Temple) near the beginning of his ministry, examined it and removed certain diseased elements from it (John 2:13-22). Phase II: Jesus made a second inspection of the God's house near the end of his earthly ministry, found it diseased and once again forcibly removed some of the diseased elements (Matt. 21:12-13). Phase III: Jesus, just as he had promised the Council in Matt. 26:64, visited Jerusalem in a cloud of judgment (e.g. Isa. 19:1-2) determined that God's house was still diseased and leveled the Temple and the holy city "stones and timber and all the plaster" via the might of Titus and the Roman army.
Just as Jesus said in Luke 24, all of the Old Testament is about him. Even the hard to read passages about leprosy, open sores and the demolition of houses.
And, for what it's worth, Leviticus 13:40-41 are two of my all-time favorite verses in the Bible. And if you've ever seen my forehead (actually, more of a fivehead) you will understand why ;).
HT: James B. Jordan and Peter J. Leithart.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Act I: Jesus calls his first disciples and promises them that if they follow him, he will make them "fishers of men" (Mark 1:17).
Act II: After a night of fruitless fishing, Jesus directs these same men to cast their net on the right side of the boat producing a haul of fish that strained the nets to the point of breaking (John 21:6-11). And recall that in the Old Testament, the sea/sea creatures were associated with the Gentile nations/Gentiles.
Act III: As Peter preaches to the Gentile Cornelius and his household the Holy Spirit falls upon them and they are gathered into the family of God via baptism (Acts 10:44-48). Although Paul is known as the "Apostle to the Gentiles", it was Peter who landed the first "fishes" from the Gentile sea just as Jesus had foretold and foreshadowed.