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How is the Son Called the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the son whom God will send will be called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6). But how can the Son of God be called the Everlasting Father?

It does not mean he marries and fathers children himself. Jesus Christ who fulfills this prophecy was neither a husband nor a father in a natural sense. Nor does it mean the Son replaces the Father in the trinity. The roles of each person in the Godhead are fixed and eternal. For instance, the Holy Spirit never becomes the Father.

So in what sense is the Son called the Everlasting Father? It is this: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are so united in their divine ministry to the Church that all the qualities and benefits of the Father are enjoyed in the ministry of the Son. 

You can see an example of this “fatherly” tone in Jesus’ ministry when he said to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18-20). Jesus, the eternal Son, extends in himself the promise of care and love of the Father to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.” 

The Son will be called Everlasting Father. Mysterious? Yes. Glorious also? Yes. The infinite virtues of the Godhead will take an eternity to behold and become. It is no surprise we stand in awe even now.


God’s Mighty Love Has Come

One of the glories of the incarnation is that God not only has a glorious plan for saving sinners, but he possesses all the power needed to carry it out! The holy God of the ages has a plan—he sent his son to die to pay the debt owed by sinners who pursue their joy in him. He is not only our Wonderful Counselor but also our Mighty God!

And he means for his might to be seen in our own lives daily, as we trust in him. Paul instructs us by the Spirit to “be strong in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). And to Timothy he writes, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

We see this might of God on display in Moses who was “mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) and Apollos who is described as “eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24).  

How do we become mighty in the might of God? It is not by our virtue, self-discipline, or strength of will. These all stem from pride and seek for personal glory. By these efforts we always fall.

We gain God’s moral might by full and utter dependence upon him by faith. From this faith flows love, and loves makes us strong. Listen to how Scripture teaches this, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Love is the expression of God’s great might in our lives. We wield this power when our faith works itself out in love. 

God’s mighty love came to fullest expression in the giving of his son, the Lord of love. Would you bow with me to adore his mighty love? Then ask God to pour mighty love into your life!  


Planting Joy Update: Sold!

An artistic rendering of what the building for our new neighbors, First & Main, will look like.

It has been long in the making, but join us in praising God for his provision through the sale of a portion of our property. We now have over $3,031,000 in our Planting Joy building fund!

A team is working with our architecture firm to nail down a more definitive anticipated cost for our building project so we know what the difference is between the total cost and what we now have in our account.

Continue to pray that the Lord would provide all that we need to develop a facility that can serve as a strategic outpost for gospel-advance. And as you think about where to make year-end contributions, consider making a designated gift to our Planting Joy fund so we can more quickly move forward with construction.


After Darkness, Light

The very nature of God is to enter our darkness and bring us into his light. Isaiah 9:2 foretells of Jesus Christ, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”

The deep darkness Isaiah writes of was a moral decay born of promiscuity, drunkenness, and magic. God had given his rebellious Israelite people over to the base lusts because in their pride they had rejected true hearts of love for God and pure worship in his temple. Their sinful acts were not just deserving of judgment, they were his judgment. The darkness they lived under was the present anger of a good and holy God.

How desperately they needed light—not daylight but divine light. They needed their eyes opened to the light of God’s glory in the purity of his goodness. They need someone to come purge their moral waters of sin’s blindness—to rescue them from themselves with light.

Instead of sending them a great warrior to wage war, he sent them a newborn Son to offer counsel—wonderful counsel. The son born in Isaiah’s day foretold the Son of God born to Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, whose name is Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The only light that dispels sin’s darkness is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

And this light blazes on. The light of Christ’s free grace illumined the darkness of 16th century Europe, a time known as the Reformation, and its lasting motto is “post tenebras lux”—after darkness, light! May Christ’s light shine in your heart, your relationships, our nation, and among all the peoples of the earth.


Wash Her With the Word

Husbands are called to imitate Jesus in relating to their wives (Ephesians 5:25). We are to provide and protect our wives physically and spiritually. One way in particular that is done is by “the washing of water with the word” (v.26)—bathing your wife in the Word of God.

Pray Scripture for your wife. Leave notecards with passages that would be especially encouraging to her. Make time for her during the day to enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Bible. Equip her to study Scripture well.

There are many ways for husbands to do this. But as you start thinking about a Christmas gift for your bride, I want to encourage you husbands towards two specific options.

First, give her a copy of Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word for Christmas, and then make the time for her to be able to read it and the Bible. Take the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings. Do end-of-the-day chores to free her up. Arrange a “mommy’s helper” to come over during the day. Be intentional about asking her what she’s learning to motivate her to keep reading.

This book will help your wife study the Bible for herself better. And no matter what stage of life your wife is in, she needs the Spirit to stir her soul through his Word.

Second, bless your wife by making arrangements for her to be able to attend a weekly Bible study where she can hone her study skills and connect and pray with other ladies. You can even print up a little certificate to put beneath the tree to let her know you’ve lined up all the details to free her to attend.

One option along these lines is a new women’s Bible study that will be held at Five Points starting January 8. Every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am, I will be applying simple Bible study methods like what Wilken offers in her book to a study of Colossians. Half our time will be spent in the Word, and the other half will be for the ladies to pray, talk specifically about how Colossians applies to their lives, and enjoy each other’s company. Childcare will be provided for a minimal fee ($5/child, $8/two children, $10/family cap) so that even moms with littles can attend.

What other ideas do you have for ways to wash your wife with the water of the Word?


How is the Son Called the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the son whom God will send will be called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6). But how can the Son of God be called the Everlasting Father?

It does not mean he marries and fathers children himself. Jesus Christ who fulfills this prophecy was neither a husband nor a father in a natural sense. Nor does it mean the Son replaces the Father in the trinity. The roles of each person in the Godhead are fixed and eternal. For instance, the Holy Spirit never becomes the Father.

So in what sense is the Son called the Everlasting Father? It is this: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are so united in their divine ministry to the Church that all the qualities and benefits of the Father are enjoyed in the ministry of the Son. 

You can see an example of this “fatherly” tone in Jesus’ ministry when he said to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18-20). Jesus, the eternal Son, extends in himself the promise of care and love of the Father to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.” 

The Son will be called Everlasting Father. Mysterious? Yes. Glorious also? Yes. The infinite virtues of the Godhead will take an eternity to behold and become. It is no surprise we stand in awe even now.


God’s Mighty Love Has Come

One of the glories of the incarnation is that God not only has a glorious plan for saving sinners, but he possesses all the power needed to carry it out! The holy God of the ages has a plan—he sent his son to die to pay the debt owed by sinners who pursue their joy in him. He is not only our Wonderful Counselor but also our Mighty God!

And he means for his might to be seen in our own lives daily, as we trust in him. Paul instructs us by the Spirit to “be strong in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). And to Timothy he writes, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

We see this might of God on display in Moses who was “mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) and Apollos who is described as “eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24).  

How do we become mighty in the might of God? It is not by our virtue, self-discipline, or strength of will. These all stem from pride and seek for personal glory. By these efforts we always fall.

We gain God’s moral might by full and utter dependence upon him by faith. From this faith flows love, and loves makes us strong. Listen to how Scripture teaches this, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Love is the expression of God’s great might in our lives. We wield this power when our faith works itself out in love. 

God’s mighty love came to fullest expression in the giving of his son, the Lord of love. Would you bow with me to adore his mighty love? Then ask God to pour mighty love into your life!  


Planting Joy Update: Sold!

An artistic rendering of what the building for our new neighbors, First & Main, will look like.

It has been long in the making, but join us in praising God for his provision through the sale of a portion of our property. We now have over $3,031,000 in our Planting Joy building fund!

A team is working with our architecture firm to nail down a more definitive anticipated cost for our building project so we know what the difference is between the total cost and what we now have in our account.

Continue to pray that the Lord would provide all that we need to develop a facility that can serve as a strategic outpost for gospel-advance. And as you think about where to make year-end contributions, consider making a designated gift to our Planting Joy fund so we can more quickly move forward with construction.


After Darkness, Light

The very nature of God is to enter our darkness and bring us into his light. Isaiah 9:2 foretells of Jesus Christ, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”

The deep darkness Isaiah writes of was a moral decay born of promiscuity, drunkenness, and magic. God had given his rebellious Israelite people over to the base lusts because in their pride they had rejected true hearts of love for God and pure worship in his temple. Their sinful acts were not just deserving of judgment, they were his judgment. The darkness they lived under was the present anger of a good and holy God.

How desperately they needed light—not daylight but divine light. They needed their eyes opened to the light of God’s glory in the purity of his goodness. They need someone to come purge their moral waters of sin’s blindness—to rescue them from themselves with light.

Instead of sending them a great warrior to wage war, he sent them a newborn Son to offer counsel—wonderful counsel. The son born in Isaiah’s day foretold the Son of God born to Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, whose name is Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The only light that dispels sin’s darkness is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

And this light blazes on. The light of Christ’s free grace illumined the darkness of 16th century Europe, a time known as the Reformation, and its lasting motto is “post tenebras lux”—after darkness, light! May Christ’s light shine in your heart, your relationships, our nation, and among all the peoples of the earth.


Wash Her With the Word

Husbands are called to imitate Jesus in relating to their wives (Ephesians 5:25). We are to provide and protect our wives physically and spiritually. One way in particular that is done is by “the washing of water with the word” (v.26)—bathing your wife in the Word of God.

Pray Scripture for your wife. Leave notecards with passages that would be especially encouraging to her. Make time for her during the day to enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Bible. Equip her to study Scripture well.

There are many ways for husbands to do this. But as you start thinking about a Christmas gift for your bride, I want to encourage you husbands towards two specific options.

First, give her a copy of Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word for Christmas, and then make the time for her to be able to read it and the Bible. Take the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings. Do end-of-the-day chores to free her up. Arrange a “mommy’s helper” to come over during the day. Be intentional about asking her what she’s learning to motivate her to keep reading.

This book will help your wife study the Bible for herself better. And no matter what stage of life your wife is in, she needs the Spirit to stir her soul through his Word.

Second, bless your wife by making arrangements for her to be able to attend a weekly Bible study where she can hone her study skills and connect and pray with other ladies. You can even print up a little certificate to put beneath the tree to let her know you’ve lined up all the details to free her to attend.

One option along these lines is a new women’s Bible study that will be held at Five Points starting January 8. Every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am, I will be applying simple Bible study methods like what Wilken offers in her book to a study of Colossians. Half our time will be spent in the Word, and the other half will be for the ladies to pray, talk specifically about how Colossians applies to their lives, and enjoy each other’s company. Childcare will be provided for a minimal fee ($5/child, $8/two children, $10/family cap) so that even moms with littles can attend.

What other ideas do you have for ways to wash your wife with the water of the Word?


How is the Son Called the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the son whom God will send will be called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6). But how can the Son of God be called the Everlasting Father?

It does not mean he marries and fathers children himself. Jesus Christ who fulfills this prophecy was neither a husband nor a father in a natural sense. Nor does it mean the Son replaces the Father in the trinity. The roles of each person in the Godhead are fixed and eternal. For instance, the Holy Spirit never becomes the Father.

So in what sense is the Son called the Everlasting Father? It is this: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are so united in their divine ministry to the Church that all the qualities and benefits of the Father are enjoyed in the ministry of the Son. 

You can see an example of this “fatherly” tone in Jesus’ ministry when he said to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18-20). Jesus, the eternal Son, extends in himself the promise of care and love of the Father to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.” 

The Son will be called Everlasting Father. Mysterious? Yes. Glorious also? Yes. The infinite virtues of the Godhead will take an eternity to behold and become. It is no surprise we stand in awe even now.


God’s Mighty Love Has Come

One of the glories of the incarnation is that God not only has a glorious plan for saving sinners, but he possesses all the power needed to carry it out! The holy God of the ages has a plan—he sent his son to die to pay the debt owed by sinners who pursue their joy in him. He is not only our Wonderful Counselor but also our Mighty God!

And he means for his might to be seen in our own lives daily, as we trust in him. Paul instructs us by the Spirit to “be strong in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). And to Timothy he writes, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

We see this might of God on display in Moses who was “mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) and Apollos who is described as “eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24).  

How do we become mighty in the might of God? It is not by our virtue, self-discipline, or strength of will. These all stem from pride and seek for personal glory. By these efforts we always fall.

We gain God’s moral might by full and utter dependence upon him by faith. From this faith flows love, and loves makes us strong. Listen to how Scripture teaches this, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Love is the expression of God’s great might in our lives. We wield this power when our faith works itself out in love. 

God’s mighty love came to fullest expression in the giving of his son, the Lord of love. Would you bow with me to adore his mighty love? Then ask God to pour mighty love into your life!  


Planting Joy Update: Sold!

An artistic rendering of what the building for our new neighbors, First & Main, will look like.

It has been long in the making, but join us in praising God for his provision through the sale of a portion of our property. We now have over $3,031,000 in our Planting Joy building fund!

A team is working with our architecture firm to nail down a more definitive anticipated cost for our building project so we know what the difference is between the total cost and what we now have in our account.

Continue to pray that the Lord would provide all that we need to develop a facility that can serve as a strategic outpost for gospel-advance. And as you think about where to make year-end contributions, consider making a designated gift to our Planting Joy fund so we can more quickly move forward with construction.


After Darkness, Light

The very nature of God is to enter our darkness and bring us into his light. Isaiah 9:2 foretells of Jesus Christ, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”

The deep darkness Isaiah writes of was a moral decay born of promiscuity, drunkenness, and magic. God had given his rebellious Israelite people over to the base lusts because in their pride they had rejected true hearts of love for God and pure worship in his temple. Their sinful acts were not just deserving of judgment, they were his judgment. The darkness they lived under was the present anger of a good and holy God.

How desperately they needed light—not daylight but divine light. They needed their eyes opened to the light of God’s glory in the purity of his goodness. They need someone to come purge their moral waters of sin’s blindness—to rescue them from themselves with light.

Instead of sending them a great warrior to wage war, he sent them a newborn Son to offer counsel—wonderful counsel. The son born in Isaiah’s day foretold the Son of God born to Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, whose name is Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The only light that dispels sin’s darkness is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

And this light blazes on. The light of Christ’s free grace illumined the darkness of 16th century Europe, a time known as the Reformation, and its lasting motto is “post tenebras lux”—after darkness, light! May Christ’s light shine in your heart, your relationships, our nation, and among all the peoples of the earth.


Wash Her With the Word

Husbands are called to imitate Jesus in relating to their wives (Ephesians 5:25). We are to provide and protect our wives physically and spiritually. One way in particular that is done is by “the washing of water with the word” (v.26)—bathing your wife in the Word of God.

Pray Scripture for your wife. Leave notecards with passages that would be especially encouraging to her. Make time for her during the day to enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Bible. Equip her to study Scripture well.

There are many ways for husbands to do this. But as you start thinking about a Christmas gift for your bride, I want to encourage you husbands towards two specific options.

First, give her a copy of Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word for Christmas, and then make the time for her to be able to read it and the Bible. Take the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings. Do end-of-the-day chores to free her up. Arrange a “mommy’s helper” to come over during the day. Be intentional about asking her what she’s learning to motivate her to keep reading.

This book will help your wife study the Bible for herself better. And no matter what stage of life your wife is in, she needs the Spirit to stir her soul through his Word.

Second, bless your wife by making arrangements for her to be able to attend a weekly Bible study where she can hone her study skills and connect and pray with other ladies. You can even print up a little certificate to put beneath the tree to let her know you’ve lined up all the details to free her to attend.

One option along these lines is a new women’s Bible study that will be held at Five Points starting January 8. Every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am, I will be applying simple Bible study methods like what Wilken offers in her book to a study of Colossians. Half our time will be spent in the Word, and the other half will be for the ladies to pray, talk specifically about how Colossians applies to their lives, and enjoy each other’s company. Childcare will be provided for a minimal fee ($5/child, $8/two children, $10/family cap) so that even moms with littles can attend.

What other ideas do you have for ways to wash your wife with the water of the Word?


How is the Son Called the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the son whom God will send will be called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6). But how can the Son of God be called the Everlasting Father?

It does not mean he marries and fathers children himself. Jesus Christ who fulfills this prophecy was neither a husband nor a father in a natural sense. Nor does it mean the Son replaces the Father in the trinity. The roles of each person in the Godhead are fixed and eternal. For instance, the Holy Spirit never becomes the Father.

So in what sense is the Son called the Everlasting Father? It is this: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are so united in their divine ministry to the Church that all the qualities and benefits of the Father are enjoyed in the ministry of the Son. 

You can see an example of this “fatherly” tone in Jesus’ ministry when he said to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18-20). Jesus, the eternal Son, extends in himself the promise of care and love of the Father to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.” 

The Son will be called Everlasting Father. Mysterious? Yes. Glorious also? Yes. The infinite virtues of the Godhead will take an eternity to behold and become. It is no surprise we stand in awe even now.


God’s Mighty Love Has Come

One of the glories of the incarnation is that God not only has a glorious plan for saving sinners, but he possesses all the power needed to carry it out! The holy God of the ages has a plan—he sent his son to die to pay the debt owed by sinners who pursue their joy in him. He is not only our Wonderful Counselor but also our Mighty God!

And he means for his might to be seen in our own lives daily, as we trust in him. Paul instructs us by the Spirit to “be strong in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). And to Timothy he writes, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

We see this might of God on display in Moses who was “mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) and Apollos who is described as “eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24).  

How do we become mighty in the might of God? It is not by our virtue, self-discipline, or strength of will. These all stem from pride and seek for personal glory. By these efforts we always fall.

We gain God’s moral might by full and utter dependence upon him by faith. From this faith flows love, and loves makes us strong. Listen to how Scripture teaches this, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Love is the expression of God’s great might in our lives. We wield this power when our faith works itself out in love. 

God’s mighty love came to fullest expression in the giving of his son, the Lord of love. Would you bow with me to adore his mighty love? Then ask God to pour mighty love into your life!  


Planting Joy Update: Sold!

An artistic rendering of what the building for our new neighbors, First & Main, will look like.

It has been long in the making, but join us in praising God for his provision through the sale of a portion of our property. We now have over $3,031,000 in our Planting Joy building fund!

A team is working with our architecture firm to nail down a more definitive anticipated cost for our building project so we know what the difference is between the total cost and what we now have in our account.

Continue to pray that the Lord would provide all that we need to develop a facility that can serve as a strategic outpost for gospel-advance. And as you think about where to make year-end contributions, consider making a designated gift to our Planting Joy fund so we can more quickly move forward with construction.


After Darkness, Light

The very nature of God is to enter our darkness and bring us into his light. Isaiah 9:2 foretells of Jesus Christ, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”

The deep darkness Isaiah writes of was a moral decay born of promiscuity, drunkenness, and magic. God had given his rebellious Israelite people over to the base lusts because in their pride they had rejected true hearts of love for God and pure worship in his temple. Their sinful acts were not just deserving of judgment, they were his judgment. The darkness they lived under was the present anger of a good and holy God.

How desperately they needed light—not daylight but divine light. They needed their eyes opened to the light of God’s glory in the purity of his goodness. They need someone to come purge their moral waters of sin’s blindness—to rescue them from themselves with light.

Instead of sending them a great warrior to wage war, he sent them a newborn Son to offer counsel—wonderful counsel. The son born in Isaiah’s day foretold the Son of God born to Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, whose name is Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The only light that dispels sin’s darkness is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

And this light blazes on. The light of Christ’s free grace illumined the darkness of 16th century Europe, a time known as the Reformation, and its lasting motto is “post tenebras lux”—after darkness, light! May Christ’s light shine in your heart, your relationships, our nation, and among all the peoples of the earth.


Wash Her With the Word

Husbands are called to imitate Jesus in relating to their wives (Ephesians 5:25). We are to provide and protect our wives physically and spiritually. One way in particular that is done is by “the washing of water with the word” (v.26)—bathing your wife in the Word of God.

Pray Scripture for your wife. Leave notecards with passages that would be especially encouraging to her. Make time for her during the day to enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Bible. Equip her to study Scripture well.

There are many ways for husbands to do this. But as you start thinking about a Christmas gift for your bride, I want to encourage you husbands towards two specific options.

First, give her a copy of Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word for Christmas, and then make the time for her to be able to read it and the Bible. Take the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings. Do end-of-the-day chores to free her up. Arrange a “mommy’s helper” to come over during the day. Be intentional about asking her what she’s learning to motivate her to keep reading.

This book will help your wife study the Bible for herself better. And no matter what stage of life your wife is in, she needs the Spirit to stir her soul through his Word.

Second, bless your wife by making arrangements for her to be able to attend a weekly Bible study where she can hone her study skills and connect and pray with other ladies. You can even print up a little certificate to put beneath the tree to let her know you’ve lined up all the details to free her to attend.

One option along these lines is a new women’s Bible study that will be held at Five Points starting January 8. Every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am, I will be applying simple Bible study methods like what Wilken offers in her book to a study of Colossians. Half our time will be spent in the Word, and the other half will be for the ladies to pray, talk specifically about how Colossians applies to their lives, and enjoy each other’s company. Childcare will be provided for a minimal fee ($5/child, $8/two children, $10/family cap) so that even moms with littles can attend.

What other ideas do you have for ways to wash your wife with the water of the Word?


How is the Son Called the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah’s prophecy foretells the son whom God will send will be called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6). But how can the Son of God be called the Everlasting Father?

It does not mean he marries and fathers children himself. Jesus Christ who fulfills this prophecy was neither a husband nor a father in a natural sense. Nor does it mean the Son replaces the Father in the trinity. The roles of each person in the Godhead are fixed and eternal. For instance, the Holy Spirit never becomes the Father.

So in what sense is the Son called the Everlasting Father? It is this: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are so united in their divine ministry to the Church that all the qualities and benefits of the Father are enjoyed in the ministry of the Son. 

You can see an example of this “fatherly” tone in Jesus’ ministry when he said to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18-20). Jesus, the eternal Son, extends in himself the promise of care and love of the Father to the disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.” 

The Son will be called Everlasting Father. Mysterious? Yes. Glorious also? Yes. The infinite virtues of the Godhead will take an eternity to behold and become. It is no surprise we stand in awe even now.


God’s Mighty Love Has Come

One of the glories of the incarnation is that God not only has a glorious plan for saving sinners, but he possesses all the power needed to carry it out! The holy God of the ages has a plan—he sent his son to die to pay the debt owed by sinners who pursue their joy in him. He is not only our Wonderful Counselor but also our Mighty God!

And he means for his might to be seen in our own lives daily, as we trust in him. Paul instructs us by the Spirit to “be strong in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). And to Timothy he writes, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

We see this might of God on display in Moses who was “mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) and Apollos who is described as “eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24).  

How do we become mighty in the might of God? It is not by our virtue, self-discipline, or strength of will. These all stem from pride and seek for personal glory. By these efforts we always fall.

We gain God’s moral might by full and utter dependence upon him by faith. From this faith flows love, and loves makes us strong. Listen to how Scripture teaches this, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Love is the expression of God’s great might in our lives. We wield this power when our faith works itself out in love. 

God’s mighty love came to fullest expression in the giving of his son, the Lord of love. Would you bow with me to adore his mighty love? Then ask God to pour mighty love into your life!  


Planting Joy Update: Sold!

An artistic rendering of what the building for our new neighbors, First & Main, will look like.

It has been long in the making, but join us in praising God for his provision through the sale of a portion of our property. We now have over $3,031,000 in our Planting Joy building fund!

A team is working with our architecture firm to nail down a more definitive anticipated cost for our building project so we know what the difference is between the total cost and what we now have in our account.

Continue to pray that the Lord would provide all that we need to develop a facility that can serve as a strategic outpost for gospel-advance. And as you think about where to make year-end contributions, consider making a designated gift to our Planting Joy fund so we can more quickly move forward with construction.


After Darkness, Light

The very nature of God is to enter our darkness and bring us into his light. Isaiah 9:2 foretells of Jesus Christ, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”

The deep darkness Isaiah writes of was a moral decay born of promiscuity, drunkenness, and magic. God had given his rebellious Israelite people over to the base lusts because in their pride they had rejected true hearts of love for God and pure worship in his temple. Their sinful acts were not just deserving of judgment, they were his judgment. The darkness they lived under was the present anger of a good and holy God.

How desperately they needed light—not daylight but divine light. They needed their eyes opened to the light of God’s glory in the purity of his goodness. They need someone to come purge their moral waters of sin’s blindness—to rescue them from themselves with light.

Instead of sending them a great warrior to wage war, he sent them a newborn Son to offer counsel—wonderful counsel. The son born in Isaiah’s day foretold the Son of God born to Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, whose name is Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The only light that dispels sin’s darkness is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

And this light blazes on. The light of Christ’s free grace illumined the darkness of 16th century Europe, a time known as the Reformation, and its lasting motto is “post tenebras lux”—after darkness, light! May Christ’s light shine in your heart, your relationships, our nation, and among all the peoples of the earth.


Wash Her With the Word

Husbands are called to imitate Jesus in relating to their wives (Ephesians 5:25). We are to provide and protect our wives physically and spiritually. One way in particular that is done is by “the washing of water with the word” (v.26)—bathing your wife in the Word of God.

Pray Scripture for your wife. Leave notecards with passages that would be especially encouraging to her. Make time for her during the day to enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Bible. Equip her to study Scripture well.

There are many ways for husbands to do this. But as you start thinking about a Christmas gift for your bride, I want to encourage you husbands towards two specific options.

First, give her a copy of Jen Wilken’s Women of the Word for Christmas, and then make the time for her to be able to read it and the Bible. Take the kids out of the house on Saturday mornings. Do end-of-the-day chores to free her up. Arrange a “mommy’s helper” to come over during the day. Be intentional about asking her what she’s learning to motivate her to keep reading.

This book will help your wife study the Bible for herself better. And no matter what stage of life your wife is in, she needs the Spirit to stir her soul through his Word.

Second, bless your wife by making arrangements for her to be able to attend a weekly Bible study where she can hone her study skills and connect and pray with other ladies. You can even print up a little certificate to put beneath the tree to let her know you’ve lined up all the details to free her to attend.

One option along these lines is a new women’s Bible study that will be held at Five Points starting January 8. Every Thursday morning from 10-11:30am, I will be applying simple Bible study methods like what Wilken offers in her book to a study of Colossians. Half our time will be spent in the Word, and the other half will be for the ladies to pray, talk specifically about how Colossians applies to their lives, and enjoy each other’s company. Childcare will be provided for a minimal fee ($5/child, $8/two children, $10/family cap) so that even moms with littles can attend.

What other ideas do you have for ways to wash your wife with the water of the Word?


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