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Protestant Reformation

September 28, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters,              It is true.  We are a proud Protestant church.  Happy, kind, and generous to our friends from Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, I hope, but are passionately Protestant.  As our church’s logo demonstrates, we believe th... Keep Reading

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Duties of Husbands to Wives

August 31, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters,              I recently had the privilege of preaching at the wedding of members of our congregation.  My text was Ephesians 5 and in the course of the sermon I outlined four duties of husbands to wives.  I thought that they could be useful to our ... Keep Reading

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Who am I helping to follow Jesus?

July 6, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters,             It seems like the theme of following Jesus has been following me around lately.  It crops up over and over again in the Gospel of Luke, it has cropped up in the book we’re reading for men’s breakfast (Discipling by Mark Dever), and it c... Keep Reading

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Taking Time to "Meet with God"

June 22, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, A quiet time is elementary.  A quiet time is so elementary, so basic to the Christian life that perhaps some of us are embarrassed by the idea that we don’t have one.  Or we’re embarrassed by the idea that we don’t even know where to begin when contemplating our own quiet time with the Lord.... Keep Reading

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From Dust to Glory

May 27, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading and thinking about Paul’s conception of the “image of God.”  Paul would have learned of the image of God from the Pentateuch, in particular, from Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-3, and 9:1-7.  Among other things, these texts teach us that as human b... Keep Reading

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How Christians Ought to Speak

March 29, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

In this message I’m writing a short sermon to myself disguised as a letter to you. Brothers and Sisters,     Our culture esteems those who speak their minds, as if doing so is virtuous. Is it? Perhaps your gut reaction is, “No.” Maybe “be slow to speak” from James 1:19 comes to mind. Even better, &ld... Keep Reading

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12 Lessons on the Lord's Love

February 9, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday I shared with you 12 lessons on love that I have learned in 12 years of marriage. I thought that it might be useful to reprint those lessons here, for those who were either unable to attend or who be helped to consider them again. I hope and pray that they are beneficial to your faith in Christ. Before we di... Keep Reading

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Resolutions for 2017

January 26, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year someone asks me about New Year’s resolutions, and I generally have the same reply. I normally say something like, “Personally, I don’t really make resolutions.” Looking back on the last several years, I’m starting to come to the conclusion that actually I kind of ... Keep Reading

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Praying for Maturity

January 26, 2017 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, We should pray for one another. I know that you’ve heard this from me a thousand times. “Pray through the directory.” “Just pray for a page a day.” “Pray Scripture for your fellow church members.” You’ve heard it again and again, and now you’re hearing it again. In ... Keep Reading

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Celebrating Christmas

November 29, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If you’re like me then you love the Christmas season. There are so many reasons to love the Christmas season, but as a Christian this time of year is where the fullness and depth of our theology is in bloom (That’s right, a springtime metaphor in winter!). The fullness and depth of our theolo... Keep Reading

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Don't You Want to Thank Someone?

November 23, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thanksgiving can be wonderful and awkward all at the same time. How do we talk about giving thanks with our unbelieving family and friends? Doesn’t that automatically launch us into a conversation about God? Well, yes it does. And that’s quite alright! As believers, we know that the very natu... Keep Reading

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Three Lessons From Three Centuries

November 17, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’ve really enjoyed studying early church history over the past few months. It has been a great encouragement to me, and if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share with you the three things that stand out to me about the first three hundred years of the Christian Church. As I reflect back ... Keep Reading

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On the "Usefulness" of Heresy

November 3, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You may be surprised to hear me say that heresy has been useful to the Church. Now, let me explain what I mean. Throughout the history of the Church, heresy has certainly damaged the Church, that cannot be denied, but heresy has also been useful to the church in that it shaped the faith of the Church in at least t... Keep Reading

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Giving Thanks for the Son

October 19, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, For school I’ve been studying through the early church creeds and councils. Those creeds and councils, for the most part, were mainly focused on describing and defining the person and work of Jesus Christ, as well as his relationship to the Father and the Holy Spirit. One main component of this study has been to ... Keep Reading

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Growing Like a Tree

September 26, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, Last week, in reflecting on discipleship, I suggested that discipleship means conformity to another person. By that I mean that discipleship first and foremost means conformity to Jesus, and then very often it means conformity to the life of another believer (remember 1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1, and Philippians 3:17). Th... Keep Reading

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Discipleship Is Conformity to Another

September 21, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, The subject of discipleship has been on my mind lately. To be a disciple simply means to be a follower. I’ve had a sticky note on my desk for about a month now that says, “Discipleship means conforming yourself to the pattern of another person’s life.” Ultimately, we are disciples of Jesus. Ulti... Keep Reading

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Praying the Bible (Psalm 84)

August 27, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Early in the month of August I attempted to show how you can pray the Bible for your fellow members. Here, I want to attempt to show how you can pray the Bible for your own soul. Over the past week I’ve been praying Psalm 84 for my own soul (and for the congregation), and it strikes me that this is a particu... Keep Reading

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Lessons in Limited Bible Reading

August 11, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lord willing, on August 27th I’ll be gathering with the leaders of the women’s small groups to reflect on 1 Samuel. This is in preparation for their study through the second half of the book over the course of the next year stretching from the Fall of 2016 to the Spring of 2017. In preparation for this... Keep Reading

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Isn't It Love?

July 7, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, The other day a friend asked me what kind of music I enjoyed listening to. If you know me, then you won’t be surprised to know that I answered, “Hymns.” Some of you thought that I was going to say, “The Baptist Catechism as published by the Charleston Association in 1813 set to music.” No,... Keep Reading

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Love Forgives

May 12, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As many of you may know, my small group has been working through 1 Corinthians 13 with the help of Phil Ryken’s book Loving the Way Jesus Loves. It has been encouraging to think about love from different angles and, in particular, what love looks like in practice. Perhaps one of the most challenging asp... Keep Reading

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Resolved to Keep in step with the Spirit

April 27, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Back in January, I offered 16 resolutions for our church in 2016. I’ve mentioned them off and on in our church newsletter. I’ll confess that I’m a little behind the pace that I wanted to set in working through those resolutions; nevertheless; today we take another step forward. Specifically, I&rs... Keep Reading

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Together for the Gospel Reflections

April 26, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sister,A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a pastor’s conference entitled “Together for the Gospel.” Over 10,000 people were there, and my dad was there with me. It was an encouraging time. We listened to 10 hour-long talks, and attended 2 additional breakout sessions. I took notes, by hand, a... Keep Reading

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Fight Anger with Anger

March 16, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters,In January I offered 16 resolutions for our church in 2016. For those of you who were at the members’ meeting on Sunday, you may recall that I brought these up again in our meeting this past Lord’s Day. In particular, I mentioned resolution #16, that we should resolve to be quick to listen, slow to speak... Keep Reading

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Be Hospitable, Part 2

February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Back in January I offered 16 resolutions for our church in 2016 with the hopes of offering further reflections on many of those resolutions throughout the year. Having already offered a reflection on resolution #1 (remember, rejoice, and rest in the whole obedience of Jesus Christ), that left 15 more to ... Keep Reading

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Why Did God Send the Snow?

January 29, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I shoveled snow for the eighth time in three days on Sunday, I pondered the question, “Why did God send the snow?” I think I know the ultimate answer to that question – for his glory – but I don’t know that I know the particular answer to that question. As I shoveled, I wondered i... Keep Reading

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16 Resolutions for 2016

January 2, 2016 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Over the last few days I’ve been reflecting on the past year and God’s many, many kindnesses to us as a congregation. He has immensely blessed us. I’ve also been reflecting on how we might purpose to serve our great God in the year ahead, should the Lord Jesus tarry. To that end I’ve writte... Keep Reading

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,Why have you repented of your sins and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Why do you continue to repent and place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Among many other reasons, one reason is certainly because of God’s kindness. After all, God’s kindness is aimed at leading us to repentance (Roma... Keep Reading

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The Love of Christ who Died for Me

August 6, 2015 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, A couple of weeks back I mentioned that I wanted to draw our attention to some great hymns that, for whatever reason, are rarely sung in the church today. Last time I sought to draw your attention toward a hymn of comfort entitled “Come, Ye Disconsolate,” this time I want to draw your attention to a hymn of... Keep Reading

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Read More Scripture

July 29, 2015 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, Normally my time with the Lord consists of a few elements. First, I read the passage that I’m going to be preaching on Sunday and I make a few hand-written notes along the way. Secondly, I pray (for myself, my family, my church, and my unbelieving friends). Finally, I try to read something by a faithful Christian... Keep Reading

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When You Are Spiritually Dry

June 23, 2015 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, As a pastor I hate to admit it, but from time to time I too feel spiritually dry. I’m sure you understand what I mean because many of you have told me that you go through the same experience at times. Sometimes we struggle with a feeling that our zeal for the Lord is not quite what it should be. Our dryness or th... Keep Reading

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Disturbing and Delightful News

June 23, 2015 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers and Sisters, If you think about it, the gospel of Jesus Christ is really disturbing. It is really disturbing in a very good way. Consider these words from Sinclair Ferguson, “There is an element in the Gospel narratives that stresses that the coming of Jesus is a disturbing event of the deepest proportions. It had to be thus... Keep Reading

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Joyful Rest in Jesus Christ

February 11, 2015 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A couple of weeks back, in preparation for men’s breakfast, I read the first chapter of Kevin DeYoung’s book Crazy Busy. In the first chapter, the author confessed that he struggles with busyness. I wasn’t too surprised by that, nor was I surprised by the list of things that made him bu... Keep Reading

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Born A King

December 18, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that in the New Year we would begin a new series in the gospel of Matthew, and that Lord willing, we would finish by Easter (with the resurrection of Christ). Well, a few things have changed with regard to our Spring calendar which make it necessary for me to make an adjustment to the preaching schedule. The bott... Keep Reading

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Flee From Clinging Sin

December 4, 2014 | by: Eric Pelletier | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters, One of my sons and I were recently reading a book together that made a powerful and honestly terrifying point about the danger of clinging to sin in even a small way. It is a true story from nature that forebodingly shadows how the path of all sin is the road to sure destruction. I repeat it here for the benefit of y... Keep Reading

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Read To Be Full

November 18, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

On Sunday, should the Lord Jesus tarry, we will finally reach the chapter in which we read the words I consider the most frightful words in the book of Amos. So far in the book we have heard God's promises to devastate his people. He has promised to crush their homes, destroy their fortresses, wipe out their high places, and bankrupt their e... Keep Reading

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What Jesus Did

October 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

A few months ago while in class a professor of mine went off on a tangent. I must confess that I love it when seminary professors go off on tangents in class. Not that seminary is boring, it just that tangents can get really interesting. The professors are often showing their true interests and pet peeves on those occasions. Anyway, he went ... Keep Reading

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How God Refreshes Us

September 24, 2014 | by: Eric Pelletier | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters, When I think of being refreshed I often think of a cool glass of water on a hot day or swimming in the shade in a cool pool of water... a sense of rest, a calming of spirit and body, a peaceful respite in a world of constant action. I also think of deep time in the Word of God where I feel rejuvenated and excited to ... Keep Reading

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We Must Ask

September 17, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

In October I have the privilege of preaching at a Sunday prayer gathering of a handful of Southern Baptist churches here in Northern Virginia. I have been asked to preach on the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” During my time with the Lord this morning, I spent some time reflecting o... Keep Reading

Praying from the Word

August 27, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Being in the midst of a sermon series in the book of James has had me reading a lot of Proverbs. As you may know, James is sometimes called the “Proverbs of the New Testament.” There is some truth in that. James has much to say that is wise and for that matter he has much to say about wisdom. Also like Proverbs, James’ lett... Keep Reading

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Learning to Pray from Others

July 10, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Recently I’ve been dipping in and out of Matthew Henry’s wonderful book, A Method for Prayer. If you ever have difficulty getting going in your prayer life, then I highly recommend reading over the prayers of other brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s good and right for us to learn how to pray from other faithful saints who... Keep Reading

On Sunday I mentioned a few things about prayer, and I thought that I’d take this opportunity to circle back, remind us of them, and throw in a great Paul Miller quote for good measure. God is honored when we pray. Prayer honors God because it is an expression of faith that he exists. It is an expression of faith that says, “God,... Keep Reading

Distractions During Quiet Times

May 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I’m sure this never happens to you when you’re studying God’s Word during your quiet time. It must only happen to me – from time-to-time, I’ll get distracted. I’m not talking about being distracted by something life-threatening with the kids or a personal medical emergency or something of that nature. I&rs... Keep Reading

Confessional & Functional Knowledge

May 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

There is a difference between confessional knowledge and functional knowledge. There are truths that we know in our hearts and confess with our mouths (that’s confessional knowledge) and then there are truths which we know in our hearts and live out in our lives (that’s functional knowledge). Too often, there’s a gap betwee... Keep Reading

Unpacking the Gospel

May 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

How often do you meditate on the gospel? How often do you unpack the deep truths of the gospel? How often do you stand back in wonder at the work of redemption by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? It would be good for your soul to take some time this week and unpack the gospel. Consider what R.C. Sproul says about the gos... Keep Reading

Joy & Trials of Various Kinds

May 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

It is sometimes funny how the Lord teaches us. After having preached a sermon this past Sunday on how we're to count it all joy amidst trials of various kinds, the Lord seems to be intent on teaching me just how to do that this week. Has that been happening to you? I don't think that the trials that I've been facing are of the severe kind, b... Keep Reading

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Vindication & Humility

May 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past Sunday I began the sermon by talking about vindication. I said, “Everyone wants to be vindicated, proven to be in the right. Too often the desire for vindication comes in midst of conflict. One person sees things one way, the other person sees things another way and they both think they’re right. They both want to be p... Keep Reading

Preach This

May 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

From time to time I’ve mentioned the need to “preach to yourself.” That idea and concept comes from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his book Spiritual Depression (see pages 20-21). In that work, Lloyd-Jones identifies that we often have the problem of listening to ourselves instead of preaching to ourselves. We listen to our thoug... Keep Reading

On Sunday I mentioned a few things about prayer, and I thought that I’d take this opportunity to circle back, remind us of them, and throw in a great Paul Miller quote for good measure.  God is honored when we pray.  Prayer honors God because it is an expression of faith that he exists.  It is an expression of faith ... Keep Reading

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Worship the Fairest Lord Jesus

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

In our discipleship hour this past week, we thought about worship, both public and private. We thought about how worship is an all-of-life activity and that it is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify his worthiness of praise, and to approach and address God as he is worthy. We worship God by the Spirit in connection with his Word. ... Keep Reading

Humility Thrives When Pride Dies

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As we meditated on James 3:13-18 this past Sunday, we thought a lot about humility. As I look forward to the text that we’ll study, Lord willing, this coming Sunday (James 4:1-12), it is clear that humility is going to be something that we’re considering again. As I’ve prayerfully read over the text these last couple of day... Keep Reading

Someone Greater than Jonah

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As many of you may know this coming Sunday we’ll conclude our series in James by considering James 5:19-20. I’m looking forward to reflecting on Christ’s redemptive work and how we minister to others. I’m also looking forward to what we’ll be thinking about after we finish our study of the book of James. I&rsquo... Keep Reading

Keep a Record

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past Sunday we focused in on a number of exhortations from James 5:7-12. One of those exhortations was to not grumble against our brothers and sisters in Christ. There is surely a reason James gave this command – he gave it because the Lord knows that we struggle with it. I simply want to remind us of one way that we can guard aga... Keep Reading

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What We Will Receive

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

There is a reason that the Scriptures call the Christian life a race (1 Cor. 9:24 and 2 Tim. 4:7). Races require preparation and endurance, but more than that they require a knowledge of the prize. In the Bible that which motivates us to run the race is that which we already possess and will yet possess in complete fullness. As Thomas Schrei... Keep Reading

What Will You Say to Him?

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Christians often take great comfort and joy in God’s words of love to them in Scripture, and rightly so. What child of God is not comforted by Paul’s reminder, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)? Or what adopted son or daughter is not enamored with the ... Keep Reading

Task or Relationship Oriented?

May 21, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As I was praying for my children, during my quiet time earlier in the week, I reflected on how valuable moments with my children are and how sadly, in my pride, I don’t value them enough. Moments are those brief spans of time in which relationships are built. You see, I often take a task oriented perspective on life, and while God has ... Keep Reading

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Yes, Another J.C. Ryle Post

May 13, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Sometimes I fear that you (my dear congregation) get J.C. Ryle overload, if that were possible. I quote him often and in virtually every forum possible (sermons, blog, newsletter, etc.), but that is because I try to read him a lot. Why do I read him a lot? I read him a lot because time and time again I am challenged, instructed, rebuked, and... Keep Reading

Don’t Worship Concrete

May 13, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I learned that I shouldn’t worship concrete. Now perhaps you’re thinking, “Wait, aren’t you a pastor? You should have known that already, right?” Well, yes, of course I should have. One Saturday morning, not too long ago, the concrete truck pulled up to our home to pour our new sidewalk. We prev... Keep Reading

Look to Christ

May 13, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past Monday was the 494th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg. His first theses declared that the whole of the Christian life ought to be one of repentance, but so often we find it difficult to turn from our sin. Instead of looking to Christ, we turn inward and look upon ourselves a... Keep Reading

Voluntary, Unrestrained, and Unmerited

May 13, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I’ve often pushed an agenda of meditating on God’s grace to us in Christ. I’m not sure that we can do that enough, so I’m going to push that agenda again. Take 10 minutes this week, maybe even today, and reflect on God’s grace to you. Marvel at God’s grace and pray that he would give you more of it for you... Keep Reading

Table Fellowship

May 8, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

One of the most fundamental aspects of the Lord’s Supper is fellowship. The Lord’s Supper is a display of our fellowship with Christ and our fellowship in Christ with other believers. As we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine in faith, we display that we have been united to Christ by trusting in his life, death, and re... Keep Reading

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The Most Difficult Case

May 7, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I have a chance to walk with sinners every day, but I’ve got to tell you about my most difficult case – me. I am the most difficult sinner that I walk with because I know myself and my heart. There is still far too much darkness in my own heart that I need the light of Christ to dispel. So, I can say with Paul in Romans 7:24, &ld... Keep Reading

A Real Ideal

May 7, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

One of the hidden snares that this world tempts us with is idealism. We are invited to believe that the ship is not sinking. Instead we are encouraged to sit, make ourselves comfortable, and listen to the beautiful chamber music being played as we sail on under the starlit sky. When all is said and done, we are in effect invited to, as some ... Keep Reading

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The Thunderstorm of Life

May 7, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

From time to time, we have music playing in the house. Usually we just keep going about our day and business, but every once in a while, I will stop and listen and consider what is being said or sung. Earlier in the week, or perhaps it was last week, I stopped and listened to a song by Sara Groves entitled “Rain.” The song unfold... Keep Reading

Justice Smiles and Asks No More

May 7, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but sometimes a song will get into my head and then have difficulty getting out. For songs with redeeming content that can be a glorious thing. Of late I’ve been listening to Daniel Renstrom’s rendition of John Newton’s wonderful hymn “Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder.” You can get a... Keep Reading

Loving God With Our All

May 5, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

For the past few weeks, I’ve been attempting to reflect on Matthew 22:37. I’ve attempted to answer the questions “What is love?” and “Who are you to love?” Now, I’m going to attempt to answer the question “How we are to love?” The natural temptation at this point would be to reflect on h... Keep Reading

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Loving God

May 5, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Last week I mentioned that Matthew 22:37 kept coming up in personal study, conversations with friends, and in planning for future services. Reflecting on Jesus’ words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” I raised three questions: What is love? Who are you to ... Keep Reading

One More Word

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

On Sunday, we had the privilege of reflecting on Christ’s love from John 13. We learned not only about Christ’s love toward us, but we also learned from our Savior that we are to love as he loved. We then spent some time reflecting on how Christ loves. I specifically pointed out that while Christ’s love could be described i... Keep Reading

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Fitted, Unfitted, and Refitted

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

J.I. Packer once provocatively wrote, “Law-keeping is that life for which we were fitted by nature, unfitted by sin, and refitted by grace…” [J.I. Packer, Keeping the 10 Commandments, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007), p.44]. Is that you? Have you been refitted by grace? Apart from God’s work of grace, we are sure ... Keep Reading

Outrage and Grief Toward Sin

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

When we studied John 11:1-44, and we considered Jesus’ outrage and grief over sin and its consequences, namely death. Jesus, though he knew no sin, knew the effects of sin. Though he was sinless, he saw how full of sin this world was. It is his holiness and righteousness that fuels his outrage against sin and it is seeing its consequen... Keep Reading

He Speaks, So Let’s Listen

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Not too long ago, I was meeting with a brother in Christ and he told me about how the Lord comforted him through various passages of Scripture. Does that happen to you? Do you interact with God’s Word, as though it is his personal Word to you? You should. We all should come to God’s Word expecting to hear from him, because when w... Keep Reading

Remember, Request, and Rest

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As is often the case, I’ve been reading the passage of Scripture I’m going to preach through during my quiet times throughout the week. As I’ve been reading John 15:18-16:4, I’ve been struck by how clear Christ has been with his disciples. He’s always clear, but here especially he does not hold anything back. He... Keep Reading

We Are His

May 1, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This afternoon I was meeting with a group of pastors and we were talking about what pastors talk about…ministry. We prayerfully considered gathering our churches together one Sunday evening for a combined time of prayer. We thought that our congregations could benefit from praying through A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving,... Keep Reading

The Power of God

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As Christians, one of our great struggles is to live in the reality that what God has done far outstrips what we were and what we have done. When we live in light of what we were and what we have done, we underestimate the power of God. We remember our past, but we live in light of the present and coming reality. In Colossians 1:21-22, two s... Keep Reading

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Food, Football, and Fake Plates

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Food, football, and fake plates. That’s what a number Thanksgiving’s growing up looked like for me and my family. We would often travel to Ohio to visit extended family for the holiday, and rather than sitting around a table, we would sit around the TV. Then there were the Thanksgiving hockey tournaments. If we weren’t with... Keep Reading

Celebrating October 31st

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

It may surprise you that I celebrate October 31st.  Then again it probably doesn't.  In my pastoral prayer, I gave thanks to God for what happened on October 31st in 1517.  I gave thanks that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, and that the Lord used this event to help spark a recovery of t... Keep Reading

Christ’s Cross-work

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

So this past Sunday when we were studying Christ’s cross-work from John 18:28-19:42, I wanted to include a few quotes that reflected on the power of Christ’s coronation and crucifixion. I wanted to keep the sermon to a reasonable length, so (sadly) I had to cut all of them. But because there some that I find to be so powerful and... Keep Reading

A Scriptural Summary of the Christian Life

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past week I began a study of the book of Colossians with a neighbor. We’re going through a guided study entitled “The Complete Christian” prepared by the folks at Matthias Media. They have a number of guided book studies and if you’re looking for something to help you remain focused during your quiet time and wor... Keep Reading

T4G Reflections, Part 3

April 29, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters, The past two weeks, I’ve shared some reflections on my time at the Together for the Gospel conference (T4G). This week I’ll finish up sharing those reflections as well as sharing some of my reflections on my time at a small pastor’s fellowship following the conference. So far I’ve mentioned th... Keep Reading

A Prayer for Understanding

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As I began last week’s sermon preparation, I prayed. For some reason, last week I scribbled down the major headings of the prayer that I brought before the Lord that day, and I discovered them again today. I thought that I would share the rough outlines of that prayer because I believe that it is one that we can all offer to God when w... Keep Reading

Repentance and Mercy

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

On Tuesdays, I am reading through Sinclair Ferguson’s The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction with another brother in the church. This past week we talked about chapters 8 and 9, but I was particularly encouraged by chapter 8, “True Repentance.” One of the things that struck me, as it has before, is how wonderful God&r... Keep Reading

Here Bring Your Wounded Hearts

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past Sunday evening I preached on the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father.” From the truth that God is our Father, I drew out five implications for our prayer lives as Christians and churches. I want to share with you the first implication because I need to preach it to myself over and over again. The fir... Keep Reading

Satan and the Sword of the Spirit

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

A friend was recently confessing to me some struggles, and he was surprised when I mentioned that the Devil might be involved. We easily forget that he prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). This is one of the “weird” things that we as Christians believe – that is, it is weird in the eye... Keep Reading

You Know He Forgives Us, Right?

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

In his book Holiness by Grace, Dr. Bryan Chapell wrote, “The tears of confession and the joy of pardon are required to produce the gratitude that empowers the Christian life” (p.35). I’ve only just started reading Dr. Chapell’s book, but I expect it to be a good one by what I’ve read so far. Many years ago a de... Keep Reading

The Good News is This Good

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I’ve been sitting in lectures on the Christian life over the last couple of days, and we’ve basically been circling around one theme that ought to have a profound impact on every area of our lives as Christians. That one theme can really be summed up or presented in a couple of Scripture passages: There is therefore now no conde... Keep Reading

Don Whitney has some of the best biblical and practical resources for growing in Christ. Among my favorites are his books: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and 10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Perhaps the most seasonally practical of his articles are 10 questions he has written to ask yourself annually, either at ... Keep Reading

Treasuring Your Bible

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Sunday, I participated in a prayer service with other pastors from the SBCV. Our goal was to gather together to praise God, confess sin, give thanks, and make our requests known to God in and through prayer. It was a wonderful evening, but perhaps the thing that warms my heart the most from last Sunday evening was the response of a young gir... Keep Reading

Judging With Severity

April 24, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Are you quick to judge others with severity? Just admit it. You know you are. I am. So let’s hear and heed this gentle word from Charles Spurgeon together: "Eyes that have wept over our own sin will always be most ready to weep over the sins of others. If you have judged yourselves with candor, you will not judge others with severity.... Keep Reading

Why We Have the Bible

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I treasure our church’s Statement of Faith. I carry a copy of it around in my Bible. You can call me weird for doing that, but you probably should have called me weird a long time ago for a number of other things. Anyway, our church’s Statement of Faith is based in large part upon the 1853 New Hampshire Confession of Faith. It is... Keep Reading

I Need Him And So Do You

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

As I was driving to church on Sunday morning, I began to wonder if I was trusting God as I ought to have been. We’ve been studying through 1 Thessalonians and considering persecution and suffering a lot. I can see how I would be driven to trust God in hard circumstances, but over the last few days I’ve been thinking about whether... Keep Reading

Prayer Help

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

If you’re like me, then sometimes prayer (real, sincere, and earnest prayer) doesn’t come easily. Sometimes I’m helped by others to pray. In the past I’ve used the compilation of prayers entitled Valley of Vision to help inspire me to pray. Recently, I’ve discovered John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayer... Keep Reading

Our Gracious Heavenly Father

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Last night I had the privilege of ministering with another brother in the congregation. A few weeks back he was walking about in his neighborhood, when he suddenly found himself talking with his neighbor about some serious matters. He was faithful to express his concern for them, and faithful to express his willingness to listen and be of wh... Keep Reading

Not in Part but the Whole

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

At the Tuesday night men’s Bible study, one of the brothers (not me) led us in a few songs from his guitar. We closed with “It is Well.” After we had finished singing, I mentioned to the brothers that third verse of that hymn has to be one of the best stanzas in all of hymnody. I’m sure if I gave you few words you&rsq... Keep Reading

Jesus Has Made Me His Own

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Earlier today a wonderful brother in Christ pointed me to Philippians 3:12. There Paul writes, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” I was exhorted to rejoice in the truth that Christ Jesus has made me his own. That is a wonderful... Keep Reading

The Plea of the Publican

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a writing project that addresses how to biblically view, deal with, and approach a particular set of sins. I’ve been reading various books and articles on the subject, but mostly I’ve been trying to read the Scriptures. This morning I spent some time reflecting on passages like ... Keep Reading

T4G Reflections, Part 2

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters, Last week I wrote expressing my thanks for pouring into me as your pastor in allowing me to attend the T4G conference and a small pastor’s network meeting. In that note, I began to share with you some of my reflections on that time. I mentioned a few thoughts from talks delivered by Thabiti Anyabwile, Matt Chan... Keep Reading

If I Should Lose All

April 23, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

This past Monday morning I was extremely edified and encouraged by Charles Spurgeon’s morning devotion from his book Mornings and Evenings. I thought that it could be useful to your soul as well.  Here is what Spurgeon had to say in reflecting upon Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work togethe... Keep Reading

Another Revenue Battle

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

The Washington DC area is constantly in a battle over revenue and what those funds will be spent on. Let’s let Thomas Goodwin change the subject to a more edifying discussion of revenues for a moment: “What shall be the revenues of glory purchased by His death? Think what a large possession the blood of Christ will procure. Th... Keep Reading

God is Mercy-Full

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Just as I do every week, I endeavor to read each day a passage that we’ll be studying as a way to prepare my heart for hearing from God when we gather. The passage is a bit longer this week, so I’ve been digesting it in smaller parts. This morning I read a section of Lamentations which included the two verses that Lamentations is... Keep Reading

God's Kindness Leads us to Repentance

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

During our initial study of the book of Judges, we spent a little bit of time reflecting on the subject of repentance.  The people of Israel in the opening of Judges 2 appear to be broken, but as Sir Richard Baker once said, “Other things may be worse for breaking, yet a heart is never at the best until it is broken.”  ... Keep Reading

Honesty: The Answer to Hypocrisy

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

The great puritan minster Thomas Adams once wrote that “Hypocrites are like pictures on a canvas, they show fairest at the farthest.” We’re all tempted to hold others at an arm’s length so that our flaws cannot be so clearly seen. We’re tempted to hide behind vague language and allusions to struggles, all the wh... Keep Reading

From time to time in ministry and in my own life, I try to remind myself that though Satan, sin, and death have already been defeated by virtue of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heavenly glory, that there is still a cosmic battle going on.  If the Apostle John’s Revelation proclaims nothing else, it p... Keep Reading

Grateful for Garbage

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I know that we’ve come through Thanksgiving and are now clearly looking forward to Christmas, and it is right that we do so, but in reality we should never stop giving thanks. As I was working on a sermon a short while ago I came across an incredibly edifying passage in a commentary, which challenged me to be more thankful for garbage ... Keep Reading

Testify of God’s Grace

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I’ve been doing a fair bit of work preparing for our members’ meeting this coming Sunday and it has been a real delight. Lord willing, we’ll be seeing in our largest membership class in the history of our congregation since its constitution. I’ve been re-reading the membership interviews that the elders and I have don... Keep Reading

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Pray Until You Pray

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Sometimes I struggle to really pray. Does that ever happen to you? One puritan use to say, “Pray until you pray,” but I think we all struggle at times to get going in our prayer. We mumble and fumble and stumble around in our prayers, praying for this and that, changing our minds about what we’re praying about. Lists can he... Keep Reading

T4G Reflections, Part 1

April 22, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Brothers & Sisters, I wanted to write and thank you for pouring into me as your pastor.  You do that in several ways, but this past week you poured into me in a practical way by providing me with time and resources to attend the Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference, and a small pastor’s network meeting following T4G.&nbs... Keep Reading

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Give Grace to Those Who Hear

March 27, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).  Too often, I wonder if my words are more like sword thrusts than a healing balm.  Perhaps you feel that way too.  The tongue is incredibly challenging to tame, James 3:1-12 makes that clear. ... Keep Reading

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We Must Go Down to Go Up

March 19, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

I know that many of you think I’m a big cry baby. I really don’t cry all that often. Really you can ask my wife (back me up, dear!). There are few things that move me to tears. Chief among them is remembering how God has lavished his saving love upon me in Christ. I also tear up when I see sick kids in the hospital. I hate that. ... Keep Reading

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Our Suitable Savior

February 26, 2014 | by: Mike Law | 0 Comments

Almost a decade ago, I first read John Murray’s little book Redemption Accomplished and Applied, a wonderful little volume containing only 181 pages. That’s not to say it isn’t dense, but it is certainly a delight to read, at least it is for me. One of the things that I appreciate about Murray’s book is his constant r... Keep Reading

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