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DeRouchie: Mercies at Dawn

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“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him'” (Lam 3:22–24).

From the first chapter of Genesis we are reminded that God’s definition of a day has the clock ending in the light and not at night: “And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (Gen 1:31). The sustained cycle of the luminaries serve as “signs” (Gen 1:14), if we have eyes to see. Light always overcome the darkness, but it’s easy to forget this hope when the shadows fall.

I wrote the following poem in a period of suffering. We had adopted our son Ezra (short for Azariah, “Yahweh is my help”), but a complicated investigation had made it impossible for us to bring him home. Days turned into weeks, which turned into months of waiting, of longing, of trust. The LORD was our helper, and I praise him for both sustaining and saving our boy. Ezra is now eight, and he has been home for 5.5 years.

If you are struggling in the dark, rest in hope, knowing that light will triumph and that God in Christ will bring the dawn. “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matt 4:16).

Mercies at Dawn: A Poem

How bright the light we once remember,
The desire of a new day.
How confident the gates of splendor
Will come for those who wait.

Dark is the night when trust is tried;
Long hours of heightened desire
Will culminate in glorious sight
Of him we call our treasure.

Aching hearts to bring home our boy;
Our love grows ever deeper.
Through this sea, all for our joy,
The reunion will be the sweeter.

“Yahweh, my helper”––this his name,
Our God faithful will be.
He, our rock, never to shame
Those he died to redeem.

Not by sight but by faith,
Through this valley of pain.
But God is present and keeps us safe,
His Word, more than bread, sustains.

Awakened in darkness amidst the night,
From our heart comes a song.
Our faith is fueled, our God is praised,
And more mercies come at dawn.

––Jason S. DeRouchie (11/24/2010)

DeRouchie: By Grace, Faith, and Christ Alone

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By Grace, Faith, and Christ Alone: A Prayer

By grace alone you save. Our mouths were an open grave, evidencing death and causing death. We were enemies of the king … until you overcame, washing away the stain of sin, removing our stony heart, and making us long and live for you. All is a gift.

By faith alone you save. We were enslaved to sin, depraved under a wave of guilt. We heard your effectual call, and we believed. We received, and we are satisfied as a gift. We had nothing to bring; we cling to you who give everything. We trust, and you justly supply because of what Christ gave.

By Christ alone you save. In him we died; in him we are raised, your mercy supplying our need. His perfect righteousness becomes our path. He now holds us in his grasp. Neither life, nor grave, nor time, nor power can hold back your shower of love. In you we rest.

Lord, from you alone we ask for healing, humility, and hunger––healing from our self-dependence, humility to see our need, and hunger for the righteousness that you alone can give. You save by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, all to your glory, your honor, and your praise alone.

You alone are the giver; we are the receiver. And today we say, “Thanks,” to you who are the highest and the best. Your reign; you save; and you satisfy. Be our help and be honored in our lives. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

––Jason S. DeRouchie (5/29/2016)

 

DeRouchie: Resurrection on the Third Day in the OT?

“BIG & small Questions of the Faith.” These recordings are my responses to major and minor theological questions that my family and Sunday School class have raised. I pray that they will serve the broader community of faith both by supplying biblically grounded and pastorally faithful content and by modeling how to tackle tough questions. I made these recordings while teaching my Sunday School class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN.

The Question: Where in the Old Testament did Paul get the idea that “Christ … was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:4)?

Third Day Resurrection in the OT? (Audio/PowerPoint)

DeRouchie: Confronting America’s Gender-Identity Crisis

The US President and his supporters are making a full-on assault against biblical definitions of maleness and femaleness, claiming that our gender identity and expression do not have to align with our God-given biological sex. This is an abomination to the Lord.

How should the church assess biblically and confront lovingly yet truthfully the gender-identity crisis in our culture? In his recently published article titled “Confronting the Transgender Storm: New Covenant Reflections on Deuteronomy 22:5” DeRouchie helps answer this question, overviewing the contemporary problem, clarifying the Bible’s teaching, and guiding believers in how to respond.

/PDF/Online/ “Confronting the Transgender Storm: New Covenant Reflections on Deuteronomy 22:5.” Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 21.1 (2016): 58–69.

For the recent sermon upon which he shaped the article, see: Video, Audio, PDF.

DeRouchie: Loving the Needy (Deut 10:16–19)

TITLE: “Loving the Needy: A Sermon on Deuteronomy 10:16-19

SUMMARY: Growing out of his family’s journey into international adoption and their expanding commitment to orphan and widow care in Ethiopia, DeRouchie invites us to taste and see the goodness of God in his love for the needy and to consider the implications for our lives.

MEDIA: (Audio/PDF/Video)

DeRouchie: Lethal Self-Defense

Self-Defense-Logo-jpeg-795x1030“BIG & small Questions of the Faith.” These recordings are my responses to major and minor theological questions that my family and Sunday School class have raised. I pray that they will serve the broader community of faith both by supplying biblically grounded and pastorally faithful content and by modeling how to tackle tough questions. I made these recordings while teaching my Sunday School class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN.

The Question: In light of Jesus’ call, “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27), are Christians ever justified to use lethal force in self-defense?

Lethal Self Defense (Audio/PDF)

DeRouchie: Creationism and the Age of the Earth

 

“BIG & small Questions of the Faith.” These recordings are my responses to major and minor theological questions that my family and Sunday School class have raised. I pray that they will serve the broader community of faith both by supplying biblically grounded and pastorally faithful content and by modeling how to tackle tough questions. I made these recordings while teaching my Sunday School class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN.

The Question: Does the Christian belief that the Bible is without error require holding that God created in six 24-hour periods and that the earth is roughly 6,000 years old?  read more…

DeRouchie: Polygamy?

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“BIG & small Questions of the Faith.” These recordings are my responses to major and minor theological questions that my family and Sunday School class have raised. I pray that they will serve the broader community of faith both by supplying biblically grounded and pastorally faithful content and by modeling how to tackle tough questions. I made these recordings while teaching my Sunday School class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN.

The Question: Why in the OT did so many men––even godly ones––marry multiple wives, and how should we think about polygamy?

Polygamy? (Audio/PDF)