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Living Now As Members of the Age to Come

by Pastor Hartley

“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. ” – 1 John 2:17 In light of that scripture consider a penetrating question from Charles Spurgeon: “If I had a brother who had been murdered, what would you think of me if I daily consorted with the […]

Views of the Lord’s Supper

by Pastor Hartley

One of the significant church controversies that developed during 16th century Protestant reformation was a question about the Supper. Specifically, In what way is Jesus Christ physically present when the church eats the bread and drinks the cup? The Roman Catholic error All of the Protestant churches were united in their rejection of the Roman […]

Press On To The Goal

by Pastor Hartley

In her deeply affecting book, Keep A Quiet Heart, the late Elisabeth Elliot tells the story of a childhood injury her father, Philip,  suffered at the threshold of his most vital years of youth: When my father was twelve years old he lost his left eye through disobedience. He had been forbidden to have firecrackers, […]

Discontentment

by Pastor Hartley

A great hindrance to your enjoyment of God is discontentment. To be discontent is to always be spinning your wheels in the soft mud of self-pity. To be discontent is to walk about in your work-a-day life with a constant fever, mind and heart burning up as you continually take inventory of things missing from […]

The Christian vs. Expressive Individualism

by Pastor Hartley

One challenge always present in the church is a low view of the church by the church itself. The church is often regarded as of secondary importance to the Christian life while our personal expressions of faith and obedience are regarded as of primary importance. Our default setting, because of sin, is to think our […]

The Law and the Christian, Part II

by Pastor Hartley

Last week in this space I discussed the enduring use of the Ten Commandments in the life of the Christian. In other words, the moral law of Almighty God has significant use for us even after Christ has met all the demands of that law upon us. Today I want to address two contemporary treatments of […]

The Law and the Christian, Part I

by Pastor Hartley

The question of the Law comes up frequently in churches where the holy scriptures are believed and obeyed. Specifically, this question: Is the Christian still obligated to obey the Ten Commandments? Up until about 150 years ago, there was significant consensus among Protestant churches on how to answer this question. Almost all Protestant churches agreed that […]

Happy New Year 2017

by Pastor Hartley

This from seminary professor, Dr. Donald Whitney: Consider the Direction of Your Life  – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5) Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them […]

Antinomians All

by Pastor Hartley

One thing we can all admit is that we are more antinomian than we should be. A very wooden definition of antinomian is to be against (anti) God’s law (nomian). Every child of God has more than just a little bit of an adversarial spirit toward the law of God. A few virulent strains of […]

How Fit is Your Faith?

by Pastor Hartley

When the strong and holy winds of the Protestant Reformation swept into England in the 1520’s, one of the Englishmen who was converted by the gospel of Jesus Christ was a priest named Hugh Latimer. Latimer was soon meeting with men like Thomas Bilney, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale and Thomas Cranmer. The gang met regularly […]