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2018-2019 Morning Devotions & Lectures Recap

Did you miss some of the chapel devotions or lectures from the 2018-2019 academic year? View the list below to catch up!


Fall 2018

Opening Convocation - Fall 2018
Joel E. Kim | September 6, 2018 
WSC President Joel Kim's opening convocation of the Fall 2018 semester, titled, "Seminary in a Global Age."

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The Christian and Technology - Part 1
J. V. Fesko | September 11, 2018 
Dr. Fesko begins a series on "The Christian & Technology."  As common as it is to use screens, have they become a new American idol? 

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Genesis 22 - Abraham’s Faith
Bryan D. Estelle | September 13, 2018 
Dr. Estelle looks at Gen. 22 and explores the exact nature of Abraham’s faith as seen in this passage and Christ as the ultimate answer to his “problem.” 

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A Good Friend
Robin Lee | September 18, 2018 
The special friendship between Jonathan and David is well known.  It's the type of friendship we all long for and will need especially as people entering into pastoral ministry.  
We'll look at 3 specific aspects that made their friendship so special: common passion, vulnerability/transparency, and commitment. 

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Jacob’s Ladder and the Gospel
Michael S. Horton | September 20, 2018 
Like his grandfather Abraham, Jacob has nothing in his waking world to guarantee his role as promise-receiver and promise-bearer.  Yet God interrupts his scheming and shame to introduce him to his new world of the gospel. 

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The Christian and Technology - Part 2
J. V. Fesko | September 25, 2018 
Who sets the agenda for our lives and for the church? Personal interaction and ultimately God’s word should set the agenda, not the revenue-driven Internet. 

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Sojourning before Pagans
David VanDrunen | September 27, 2018 
1 Peter 2 proclaims Christians the new people of God, and exhorts them to live accordingly as sojourners and exiles, with exemplary lives before unbelievers. Genesis 20 shows how the original sojourner, Abraham, failed to do this, yet also displays God’s common grace. 

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Revelation 8:1-5
Matt Eusey  | October 2, 2018 
Rev. Matt Eusey exorts from Rev. 8:1-5

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Sarah by Faith
S. M. Baugh  | October 4, 2018 
Sarah displayed persevering faith in the God who made promises to her through her actions.

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The Faith of the Matriarch Tamar
Charles K. Telfer  | October 11, 2018 
Genesis 38 vividly portrays the power of sin among Jacob's descendants as Judah falls deep and deeper into sin. Tamar, by contrast, demonstrates her faith in God's promises to Abraham's seed through desperately clinging to her position as matriarch of Judah's heir, and she sees God's blessing through the unusual birth of her twin sons.

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The Christian and Technology - Part 3
J. V. Fesko  | October 16, 2018 
Who sets the agenda for our lives and for the church? Personal interaction and ultimately God’s word should set the agenda, not the revenue-driven Internet.

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Moses’ Greatest Fear
Chris Sandoval  | October 18, 2018 
Despite God's amazing call to lead one of the greatest rescue missions ever, Moses says "no" to God five times. Like most people in Exodus, Moses wrestles with his own form of spiritual slavery -- a fear that is greater than his faith in God.

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Knowing Your Own Heart: The Freedom of Self-Examination
Sam Paschell  | October 23, 2018 
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus calls his disciples to be the kind of people who develop an awareness of sin in their own hearts in order to be of an service to others in the gospel. The practice of self-examination is grounded in gospel freedom and is done for the sake of neighbor love.

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A Tale of Two Appeals
Bill Godfrey  | October 25, 2018 
In the appeals of Judah, we see a picture of person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Christian and Technology - Part 4
J. V. Fesko  | October 30, 2018 
Who sets the agenda for our lives and for the church? Personal interaction and ultimately God’s word should set the agenda, not the revenue-driven Internet.

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The Sale of the Savior
R. Scott Clark  | November 1, 2018 
The Lord revealed to Joseph that the Lord was going to use him in a marvelous way, that he would be a savior of sorts, but between the time he innocently went looking for his brothers in Dothan and the fulfillment of the dream there was much humiliation and danger to be endured as the Lord prepared him for that great act of deliverance.

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The Con of Faith
Zach Keele  | November 8, 2018 
Amid the dysfunctionality of the covenant family, the Lord preserves a seed of faith within Jacob’s art of deception to make him the an heir of the promise.  

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When You Pray: The Heart of an Authentic Life of Prayer
James Lim  | November 13, 2018 
Jesus teaches us how to avoid the pitfalls of hypocrisy by giving us the heart of an authentic life of prayer. 

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Leading with a Limp
Ted Hamilton  | November 15, 2018 
Jacob's wrestling encounter with God sheds light on two realities: first, the path of pastoring; and, second, and more importantly, the path that Jesus walked before us. 

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When You Pray: The Heart of an Authentic Life of Prayer
James Lim  | November 13, 2018 
Jesus teaches us how to avoid the pitfalls of hypocrisy by giving us the heart of an authentic life of prayer. 

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The Christian and Technology - Part 5
J. V. Fesko  | November 20, 2018 
Who sets the agenda for our lives and for the church? Personal interaction and ultimately God’s word should set the agenda, not the revenue-driven Internet. 

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Our Private Prayer Life
Bradd Nymeyer   | November 27, 2018 
We will look at the high priority that Jesus gave to prayer in his ministry to be encouraged in the ongoing provision and practice of prayer in our own life. 

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
Julius J. Kim  | November 29, 2018 
The stories of the patriarchs are not always positive. In fact, much of what we find is the complete opposite. In this episode of Jacob's life, we come face to face with people, like us, who don't seek the grace they need, and don't deserve the grace they get. 

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The Christian and Technology - Part 6
J. V. Fesko  | December 4, 2018 
The Internet has given us access to all sorts of things, including unfettered access to evil. Only by finding contentment in Christ will be find the strength to turn away from this easily accessible evil. 

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Fall 2018 Closing President’s Chapel
Joel E. Kim  | December 6, 2018 
The Fall 2018 closing president's chapel 

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Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Opening President’s Chapel
Joel E. Kim  | January 12, 2019 
The Spring 2019 opening President's chapel. 

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To All the Nations
J. V. Fesko  | February 14, 2019 
God’s promise of the gospel to Abraham is rooted in creation but ultimately unfolds in the glories of the gospel fulfilled by Christ. 

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Feasting and Fasting
David Nutting | February 19, 2019
Jesus offers you a feast in His presence, so do not settle for anything less. 

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Jacob’s Sacrifice
Joshua J. Van Ee | February 21, 2019
The account of Jacob's sacrifice in Genesis 46:1-7 reveals the extent of God's gracious transformation of Jacob as he trusts God to fulfill the promises even as he leaves the promised land of Canaan. 

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
Jeremy Allen | February 26, 2019 
Graduating senior Jeremy Allen exhorts from Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 

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Teaching Abraham Righteousness and Justice
David VanDrunen | February 28, 2019 
God uses his judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah to train Abraham in righteousness and justice. Abraham sees both God’s righteous judgment and his righteous mercy. 

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A Foreigner Purchases Property in the Promised Land
Charles K. Telfer | March 7, 2019 
Because he trusts God's promise for his descendants, Abraham claims a piece of property in the promised land.  

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Revelation 14:12
Matthew Day | March 7, 2019 
Graduating Senior Matthew Day gives the morning devotion from the book of Revelation. 

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Christ, Through Faith Alone
R. Scott Clark | March 14, 2019 
In Genesis 15 the LORD came to Abraham to make to him three promises: to be his shield, to give him a Seed, and to be his Savior and Abraham received the substance of the covenant of grace, Christ, through faith alone and Christ’s righteousness was credited to him for righteousness. 

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The Last Adam, Temptation, and Being Declared Righteous
Justin Holcomb | March 21, 2019 
We will explore Jesus’ obedience in the face of temptation. Too often this is overlooked as a major work of Christ but it provides some of the best news for us. 

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The Unchained Word
Jon Payne | March 21, 2019 
Though the Apostle Paul was in chains, the gospel was not. What often appear to be hindrances to ministry are God’s mysterious ways of expanding it. We all (ministers included) must learn to trust God in the midst of our trials.  

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Abraham, Isaac and the Land
S. M. Baugh | March 28, 2019 
Abraham ensures that his son will be in the land but not of the land. 

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Evaluating How We Evaluate
Paul Kim | April 2, 2019 
It is very easy for us to "size people up" and compare ourselves to others.  As we consider 1 Corinthians 4:1-13, we will address those who evaluate and those who are being evaluated (this is all of us!) and consider a different paradigm to the evaluation method that our culture presents. 

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Jacob’s Art of Dying
Zach Keele | April 4, 2019 
As Jacob expires from this life, his faith testifies to the blessed comfort of dying in the Lord. 

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The Clothing Motif in the Joseph Narrative
Bryan D. Estelle | April 11, 2019 
References to the garments of Joseph provide a unifying pattern to the story of Joseph and ultimately Joseph is a type of Christ. 

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Psalm 47
Paul Kim | April 25, 2019 
This psalm celebrates the God who fulfilled his promises to Abraham. 

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Parable of the Prodigal Son
Christopher Smith | April 30, 2019 
Graduating Senior Christopher Smith give a devotion on Luke 15:1-2, 11-32 

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The Calling of Abraham
Christopher Gordon | May 2, 2019 
Professor Chris Gordon gives a devotion from Genesis 12:1-9. 

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I Corinthians 6:1-8
Jonathan Moersch  | May 7, 2019 
Lawsuits among believers stem from a failure of the church to live in light of its union with Christ.  

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Voices of Comfort
Bill Godfrey | May 9, 2019 
God's word comes to his people as a time of judgment gives way to a time of comfort and restoration. We hear the command to comfort followed by three comforting voices. 

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1 Peter 4:1-6
Bryce Souve  | May 14, 2019 
Graduating Senior gives a devotion from 1 Peter 4:1-6.

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