Our senior pastor continued in Deuteronomy 33 this past Sunday, August 20 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, focusing on Asher’s blessing as part of our Deuteronomy sermon series. Because Asher has the favor of his brothers, we has a unique opportunity to point people to the Lord. So we, when we’re liked and favored, have an opportunity to point others to the Lord. Jesus seeks healthy restored relationships for us, and he’s placed “people of peace” in our lives. These people of peace are those who are open to us, know we’re Christians, and like us anyway. We cannot squander the favor we have with others; we need to stay where people are open to us and tell them the gospel. Listen to the whole sermon.
Our senior pastor was back this Sunday, August 13 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, preaching in our Deuteronomy sermon series. He focused on Deuteronomy 33:23.
O Naphtali, sated with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord…
Naphtali’s blessing is a statement of their condition and position: They’re abounding, sated, and satisfied with the favor, welcome, and goodwill of the Lord. Everything in life must center on Jesus if we want to have satisfaction. And why is satisfaction found only in Jesus? Because God is fully satisfied with Jesus: God’s wrath is satisfied in Jesus’ death. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, July 16 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor challenged us with a question: When does your joy begin? Zebulun’s blessing from Deuteronomy 33:18-19 is a command to rejoice. While we can always find reasons not to rejoice, we were encouraged to be a joyful people while we work because
- Work is what God has created us to do.
- Work is not a curse for sin
- God gives dignity to both the worker and the work.
Our joy comes from knowing where we come from and where we’re going. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, July 9, our senior pastor continued our Deuteronomy sermon series looking at the blessing of Joseph in Deuteronomy 33:13-17. We see the superlative love with which the son is blessed, and we see that God is amazingly pleased to love us with his superlative love. Listen to the whole sermon.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our Deuteronomy sermon series on Sunday, June 4 looking at the blessings in chapter 33, focusing on Levi’s blessing. With phrases like “favored ones of God,” it’s hard to believe that this was the blessing of Levi who received such a harsh blessing from Jacob in Genesis 49:5. Though we can’t always see what could be, God alone redeems, and Levi is a picture of God’s redemption. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Last Sunday, May 28 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued in our Deuteronomy sermon series in chapter 33 covering two blessings for the tribes of Gad and Dan. These two blessings are the final two battle blessings, so we examined why it was unusual that Gad would fight. The tribe of Gad showed remarkable commitment for those who already have everything they need. Gad had already chosen the best land, and they were already settled in it. Yet the tribe of Gad chose to fight with their brothers and sisters in the other tribes. Our senior pastor encouraged us to see the United States as Gad: We should say to our brothers and sisters around the world, “Your battle is our battle.” We fight alongside our brothers and sisters around the world for the world. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, May 14, our senior pastor continued preaching through the blessings of tribes in Deuteronomy 33 focusing on Judah’s blessing from Moses. As the people of Israel are poised to enter the Promised Land, Moses reminds them this land is a land of beauty and abundance, but it’s also a battleground. Listen to the whole sermon here.
As we continued our Deuteronomy sermon series at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we began Chapter 33 this past Sunday, May 7 examining the last words of Moses. Though his last words to the Hebrew people could have been bitter, Moses chose to bless the tribes of Israel because the heart of Moses’ God is to bless his people. It’s “blessing distribution time” for the Hebrew people now, and the tribe of Reuben (the firstborn son of Jacob) receives their blessing first. Do not be fooled by the brevity of this blessing: It highlights in a mighty way God’s grace and our assured future. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor moved on to Deuteronomy 33 this past Sunday, March 26 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. For the last few weeks, he’s preached through Moses’ song in chapter 32, and now we see Moses’ last words of blessing in chapter 33. Like John Wesley’s last words, “The best of all is: God is with us,” Moses also wants to bless God’s people with his last words. Truth comes with blessing and blessing always must come with truth, as we saw from Moses’ stark words and images in chapter 32. His telling the truth about the sin nature of God’s people wounds them, and then his last words of blessing bring the salve needed to heal those wounds. In the same way, we must not blast more effectively than we bless. Truth and blessing must always be together. The heart of the Lord is to bless his people so we can be a blessing to others. Though we don’t know what our last words will be, our everyday words should be full of blessing and truth. Listen to the whole sermon here.