Redemption’s Three Parties

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he (Jer 31.11).

Jeremiah foretold days of restoration for Israel after she had been decimated by well-deserved discipline for her apostasy. Through Jeremiah, the LORD promised to bring the exiles home and bless them again beyond anything they had ever known. Both the exile of Judah (586 B.C.) and the several waves of returning exiles were yet future; Jeremiah lived to see the first but not the second.

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By | March 16th, 2017|Christ, Herald, Salvation|

Genuine Love to the Brethren

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

In this spiritual letter, John Newton touches upon one of the most significant matters of all—the qualities of that brotherly love graciously produced by God in the souls and lives of those who are truly saved. Paragraphs correspond with the original in this abridged paraphrase.

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By | March 2nd, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

On the Right Use of the Law

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Do not seek to be justified by the law, nor to ignore it completely. Let it convict you of your sins, show you God’s glory, instruct you in righteousness, and make you depend on God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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By | February 27th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Law|

All That Matters

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature (Gal 6.15).

“In Christ Jesus” directs us to consider that which is of soteriological significance (i.e., salvation). It is tantamount to Paul writing, “When it comes to matters of salvation,” because to be “in Christ Jesus,” according to Paul, is to be saved.

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By | February 10th, 2017|Christ, Herald|

Jesus’ View of the Christian Ministry

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves (Luke 10.3).

While it is true that all Christians are called to serve the Lord in all of life, and that bearing a verbal witness to Him before unbelievers is the blessed privilege of every Christian, the sacred call of men to the pastoral office and labors remains firmly established by Scripture.

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By | January 30th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

A True Pastor’s Greatest Joy

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3 John 4).

John the Apostle is an example of a man with the heart of a true pastor. John loves the Church like Christ loves the Church—the calling of every disciple of Christ (John 13.34), and an absolutely indispensable requirement of those entrusted with shepherding God’s flock.

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By | January 19th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald|

God Our Home

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations (Psa 90.1).

The fruit of the saving work accomplished by the Father, Son, and Spirit, is that the saved enjoy fellowship distinctly with each Person of the blessed Trinity. Our experience of that fellowship will be perfected in the consummation when Christ returns.

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By | January 12th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Theology|

Malicious Cooperation

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? (Exodus 32:21).

Having just fled enslavement in Egypt, the nascent nation of Israel was gathered at the base of Mount Sinai, awaiting Moses’ return from his meeting with God on high.

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By | December 22nd, 2016|Herald|

Thoughts on Romans 8:19-21

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

This letter of John Newton shows his prowess as a skilled exegete and a profound theologian without omitting his loving pastoral counsel. He focuses wholly upon Romans 8.19–21 with its practical implications.

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By | November 17th, 2016|Creation, Herald, Scripture|

Forecasting Humility

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (Prov 27.1).

Wisdom is, among other things, an awareness of reality, and acting consistently with it. Fools fantasize things as they wish and eventually discover by painful experience that this has been dangerous for them.

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By | November 9th, 2016|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|