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Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part 2)

by Brent Karding

We saw last week that to “hallow” God’s name means to set God Himsef apart as sacred; it is to treat Him as worthy of worship and honour, for He is worthy. Now, why is this request in the Lord’s prayer? Notice that “the Lord’s Prayer has six petitions,” three of them “Thy” petitions, and […]

Singing with Understanding: Willing to Forsake All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

The Peak of Glory and Happiness

by Brent Karding

I can’t say everything I learn about a passage of Scripture in every sermon. I have to content myself with leaving some thoughts, quotations, or helpful points on the cutting room floor. This blog has been and will be a great venue for me to share clips from the “extended edition” of some of my […]

The Sorrow, Offense, and Shame of Sin

by Brent Karding

As I was out for a walk the other day, I saw a mashed, long-dead bird on the road. At first I couldn’t tell what kind of a bird it was, but as I got closer I saw that it was a blue jay. I felt a twinge of sadness. And that got me thinking […]

Junk Food and Junk Happiness

by Brent Karding

I love food. If you want to make my mouth water, tell me that spaghetti sauce is in the crock pot for tonight’s supper, or that marinated baby back ribs are currently on the BBQ, or that strawberry shortcake is on the menu for dessert. Isn’t it wonderful that God made food more than just […]

Did God Get It Right?

by Brent Karding

Last week, I read a quotation by Tim Keller on Facebook that blew me away: “Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.” Think about the first part of that sentence for a moment. Do you really believe that, as a Christian, God is both sovereign […]

The Purpose of Church Music (Part 1)

by Brent Karding

Earlier this year, I preached a message on the purpose of church music.  Right now, that is by far the most downloaded audio message on our Sermon Audio page.  I thought I would turn it into two blog posts so that people can read these important truths, and not just hear them in a sermon.  It […]

Is Seeking Joy in God Self-Centred?

by Brent Karding

Across the street from where my wife and I are currently living is a lake. I love to look out the big picture window in the living room and enjoy its blueness on a sunny day, with trees and green grass along its edge. Now, is it wrong for me to stand there and gaze […]

The Pain and Joy of Fighting Sin

by Brent Karding

The sport of rowing is one of the most challenging and demanding sports in the world. Daniel James Brown, the author of The Boys in the Boat (the story of 9 American boys who defeated the odds and won gold at the 1936 Olympics), describes its unique, extreme demands: “Unlike most sports, which draw primarily […]

Singing with Understanding: Let Your Songs Abound

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]