On Sunday, October 29 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued to explore Deuteronomy 34:1-4 as our senior pastor encouraged us to not grow weary while we wait for the fullness of God’s time. Just as we celebrate and remember that 500 years ago was the Reformation, so it was also 500 years from God’s calling Abraham to the Promised Land to our passage in Deuteronomy where Moses is looking out over the Promised Land. God takes the long view of things, so we must not grow weary while we wait. With our culture of instant food, instant viewing, and instant ordering, slow things can seem old. Craig reminded us that slow can be better than fast when slow brings about the fullness of God’s time and when it accomplishes God’s purposes. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 34:1-4 as part of his Deuteronomy sermon series. He recounted the brief history of Redeemer, since we’re five years this week from when the Lord provided for us in a mighty way! He encouraged us not to live any day like it was a warm-up to something greater or bigger. But that we’d say to the Lord, “Whatever your plans for us, may we joyfully and eagerly take part in them.”
Though Moses was no doubt disappointed at not being able to enter the Promised Land, the Lord used Moses to bring about his Son Jesus–though Moses didn’t know Jesus at all. God’s sovereignty over all is amazing, so let’s encourage each other in building God’s Kingdom now. We’re either building God’s Kingdom or our own. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, October 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor cautioned us to build upon a firm foundation, as we looked at Deuteronomy 34:1-4. We see that God shows Moses the Promised Land, and then God speaks to Moses. God’s showing is what we call general revelation, and God’s saying is specific revelation. We often have spiritual experiences with what God shows–sunsets, beautiful landscapes, microscopic detail of our bodies–yet it’s not enough. We must also ask, “What has the God of the universe said to me? about how I live my life?” We come to worship the God who has spoken to us, and he doesn’t need to say anything “new.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 8 our senior pastor moved into Deuteronomy 34 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. After reading the poem The Blind Man And The Elephant, our senior pastor encouraged us to take a view of the whole. Though our backgrounds and perspectives shape our views, these broken fragments all around us are restored to wholeness through Christ. At the end of Deuteronomy, Moses climbed Mt. Nebo to die, and the Lord showed him the whole Promised Land–not the land divided into twelve tribes, but a view for the whole, the entirety of what God promised to his people. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor challenged us on Sunday, October 1 to be people who live in the moment, as we looked again at Deuteronomy 33:24-25. Though we cannot determine how many our days will be, we can define how we live each day. He exhorted us to define every day the Lord gives us by depending on his strength. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued in our Deuteronomy sermon series with our senior pastor preaching from Deuteronomy 33:24-25 on Sunday, September 17. Bad news or scary events–like Hurricane Irma, a recent ISIS bomb in Europe, and the Equifax data breach due to hackers–can fill us with fear and make us insecure. Yet God has called us to go out into the world without fear, and God always combats that which he does not want for his people. He doesn’t want fear for us in our lives, and we see in this blessing to Asher that whether the translation says “bolts of iron” or “shoes of iron” we receive the Lord’s protection. We can be confident that in God and with God we are safe, and we can move out confidently with the authority to trample snakes and scorpions. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued our Deuteronomy sermon series this past Sunday, August 27 in Asher’s blessing focusing on Deuteronomy 33:24-45. The image of bathing feet in oil is a picture of abundance, and we’re reminded that our God is a god of abundance. We don’t have to live, serve, and pray meagerly as Christians. Listen to the whole sermon here.
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, he 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.