Tag: Faith

A Fearful Lament and God’s Faithful Response

Awake, awake, put on strength,  O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon? Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the depths of the

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Patrick Preaching – “The Pandemic: Jonah”

This sermon was preached for RUF at CNU’s Virtual Large Group on April 1, 2020. RUF’s Large Group is a weekly worship service that has now shifted to live-streaming on YouTube thanks to COVID-19. Our passage comes from Jonah 2:1-10. 1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish,

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Patrick Preaching – “A Love Letter From God”

I had the wonderful opportunity to fill the pulpit at By Grace Community Church (PCA) in Newport News, Virginia. It was such a blessing to preach at the church that has poured so much into me over the last six years, and I wouldn’t have chosen any other congregation to preach my first sermon to!

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Free Will, Promises, and Prophesy in Joshua

I got the chance to lead a Bible study lesson on free will, God’s sovereignty, human responsibility, and predestination to an audience of eager and confused students. As you could imagine, there was far too much material to cover in one night of discussion. My students left me with brilliant, hard questions, which I attempted

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The Value of Fire and Brimstone

I still find it hard to believe that I’m getting paid to lead a Bible study. Sure, my job demands a lot more of me than just my weekly studies, but nothing else gives me more pleasure or has contributed more to my sanctification since I started my internship in June. Training new student leaders

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God’s Sovereign Choice – A study on Romans 8:28-9:29 (part 3)

Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. __________________________ This is the last part in my series on studying God’s sovereignty in Romans 8:28-9:29. The content and concepts covered already have been challenging. What lies before us has the potential to shake your understanding of God and salvation to its core.

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Wrestling With God?

“Counterfeit Gods” by Tim Keller, “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer, and the Gospel of Mark by…Mark, I guess. These three books were on my reading list for this month thanks to the RUF Intern Study Program. To better equip us for ministry—and deepen our faith, since these are one in the same thing—interns are assigned various

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God’s Faithfulness and “Random” Encounters

What a busy, joy-filled, tumultuous season of change these last few months have been! Though I only took three classes, my last semester of undergrad was surprisingly challenging. Of the some 130 pages I wrote from January to May, very few were products of my own volition and leisure. Most of my time and energy

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Patrick Preaching — “The Christian Life: It’s Okay to be Not Okay”

If I’m honest with myself, I’m not okay with being not okay. Don’t get me wrong. In one sense, this is holy…But there’s another way that not being okay with being not okay is evil and wrong. Instead of hating my sin, I tend to hate myself for sinning at all. I expect myself to be perfect—sinless—right now. Whenever I feel I’ve sinned, I’m thrown into despair. That’s wrong. Here’s why.