Author: Nate Palmer

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Only a single word remained, “Croatoan.” It was all that Governor John White could find of the 115 people (including his own family) he left behind three years earlier in 1587. Roanoke colony had vanished. There were no bodies, no gravesites; even the buildings had all been dismantled and removed. The only clue was that single word carved into a nearby tree. To this day, no evidence as to the fate of the Roanoke colony has ever been found. What happened to England’s first American colony remains an unsolved mystery. Fortunately for every Christian, what happened to Jesus after...

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Assurance through Union

“When I stand before God will He be satisfied with me? Have I really done all I could do? Will it be enough?” These questions are frequently asked from the lips of the dying. Unfortunately, it is not just unbelievers or people from work based religions who struggle with the uncertainty of their eternity. In my experience, every believer wrestles with the assurance of their salva­tion at some point in their life. It is also a battle that cuts across every age and maturity of believer. For some, this uncertainty is a constant and ever-present struggle which plagues their...

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Our Identity in Christ Informs Our Service for Christ

One of the most wonderful passages in the Bible regarding serving is John 15:15. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Here Jesus proclaims that we are no longer just servants blindly doing menial tasks like a bunch of lemmings. Rather, because our union with Christ (see John15:1-14) he abides us so that we now know both God and his Word. Therefore we are called friends because we are brought into an actual loving relationship with God. Our Identity as friends does not negate the fact that we are still to serve Christ and bring his Gospel to others. Instead it breathes new life, meaning, and passion to things we are given to do. Our Identity in Christ Informs Our Service for...

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Serving doesn’t Save; Christ does

The game of bowling is inundated with religious history and dripping with theological significance. Rolling a ball through a wall of pins, all while wearing funny colored shirts and pre-worn shoes, has deep roots in atonement for sin and the assurance of salvation, or so at least some people thought.  Bowling is said to have originated in 3rd or 4th century AD in Germany as a religious ceremony. In the cloisters of churches, worshippers placed a club at one end of a strip of grass. The club represented the heathen man and as a stone was rolled at the club, those successfully toppling it were believed to have cleansed themselves of sin.[i] The ability to hit the pin was a sign of God’s favor on the bowler’s life and acceptance of their faith. There was a tragic misunderstanding that God’s sovereignty was not to be found in Christ. Instead, they demanded more tangible and ultimately man-centered signs to reassure themselves of salvation. The Cross had thus been exchanged for a bowling pin. I seriously doubt, however, that Paul had a bowling outfit in mind when he wrote in Ephesians 6 about being dressed in the armor of God. For that matter, Christ did not tell his followers to “pick up your bowling ball and follow me”. Like those German bowlers, we can define things based on what we want them...

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Servanthood As Worship: A Torn Curtain

This sermon “Servanthood As Worship: A Torn Curtain” is based off Nate’s book Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church. In this sermon Nate preaches on how Christians are free to serve not as duty but as worship unto Christ through the grace and power found in the...

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