Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43-04:00

Law and Gospel (Galatians 3:21), Part 1

“Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3:21).  Of course, the Law is contrary to the promises of God.  The promises set forth the gospel.  God gave Abraham a promise.  God promised Abraham a seed, a son, to be his heir.  [...]

By | May 11th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

God’s Good Pleasure in Prayer

John’s primary purpose in writing what we call 1 John is to foster assurance within the church and the hearts of God’s People. John is quite clear about his purpose. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son [...]

By | May 4th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Five Figures of Speech the Bible Uses

Interpreting Scripture requires you to understand the meanings of words in context. Interpreting Scripture also requires you to understand the primary figures of speech. Common figures of speech include simile, metaphor, irony, sarcasm, hyperbole, parable, and allegory. Less known and less understood, but just as [...]

By | April 27th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Love Yourself?

Do a little Internet search using the words, “learn to love yourself before you can love others.” Wow! Psychologists and counselors seem to use this idea as a theme. Add the word “Bible” to your search. You’ll see that many Christian counselors often offer the [...]

By | April 26th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Anxiety and Trouble and Worry

In the intimate fellowship of the upper room, Jesus exhorts His disciples, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). He had just washed their feet. Having done so, He announced, “I say to you, that one [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Worry about Words

Speech is an occasion for worry. Jesus charges, “Do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19). We all face hostile, litigious, and intimidating situations that occasion [...]

By | April 6th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Trees, Worry, and Weeds

Let’s take a little test. I’ll give you pairs of like-sounding words. What do you think of first? Here are the pairs: dye or die, sleigh or slay, fowl or foul, pane or pain, mown or moan. Rather than thinking of pleasant things such as [...]

By | March 30th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

What? Me Worry?

A frightened wife calls us. Her husband is in a state of panic, locked in a bedroom. Two of us coax him out and restrain him. It is a classic panic attack, an anxiety attack. Worry and anxiety are real, but they are devastating and [...]

By | March 23rd, 2020|Denny's Blog|

When God’s Word Touches You

Preaching in a large assembly of pastors and elders, I quoted W. G. T. Shedd, where he speaks about how impressive it is when the Word of God touches us. See the full quote below. After the sermon, one of the pastors in the congregation [...]

By | March 16th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Soul-to-Soul not Paper-to-Paper

A well-used Bible is a dear friend and sometimes needs to be rebound. The seminary library where I taught had access to a book bindery, and I had my Bible nicely rebound. When a friend of my oldest daughter needed her Bible rebound, I suggested [...]

By | March 9th, 2020|Denny's Blog|