by Tim Canosa on February 23rd, 2024
16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.Matthew 2:16For many in our community the gospel account of Jesus’ life is something more akin to a Disney fairytale than it is to real history. Much of this thi...
by Tim Canosa on February 22nd, 2024
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,1 Timothy 4:3-4I didn’t grow up saying ‘grace’ at the dinner table (my parents weren’t/aren’t Christians). I took for granted th...
by Tim Canosa on February 21st, 2024
Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death. Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat are the conditions necessary for life to thrive and exist on ea...
by Tim Canosa on February 20th, 2024
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves;...
by Tim Canosa on February 19th, 2024
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, franki...
by Tim Canosa on February 18th, 2024
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:1-2We started this pass...
by Tim Canosa on February 17th, 2024
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.Hebrews 3:13So. I’ve done the smallest amount of pottery. When I was young I made a boat. It served as a paperweight for some time. My understanding with making pottery is that while you work the clay, it needs to stay a little wet to stop the clay from hardening and becomin...
by Tim Canosa on February 16th, 2024
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.Matthew 2:3-4It’s hard to like Herod. I mean, you can understand to a certain extent. Herod wasn’t a Jew. And yet he was a ‘King of the Jews’. He wasn’t like or trusted by his people because o...
by Tim Canosa on February 15th, 2024
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?1 Corinthians 10:16Last Sunday we took communion together. There are many aspects and angles to the drinking of the fruit of the vine and the eating of bread in memory of Christ. For instance, we look upward to God the Father, who ...
by Tim Canosa on February 14th, 2024
Q.11. What are God’s works of providence?A. God’s works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.Westminster Shorter CatechismWe are over 10 weeks into the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Written in the 1600’s, it was designed to teach people all they needed to know about what God has revealed in the Scriptures using what...
by Tim Canosa on February 13th, 2024
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to y...
by Tim Canosa on February 12th, 2024
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”Matthew 2:1-2Who were the Magi? No, they weren’t the inventors of fried noodles or chicken seasoning (as far as we know!?).What do we know? Well, they were from ...
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