Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Sing Through Days Sorrow

by Tyler Dirks

God is teaching me about lamentation these days (both educationally and experientially). I have discovered that the typical default settings for humans are: anxiety, anger, and apathy; none of which are healthy, and all of which God works to eclipse and supplant with the edification of lamentation. When confronted with confusing and cumbersome realities humans […]

Woman With A Disabling Spirit for 18 Years [Luke 13:11]

by Tyler Dirks

Imagine there is a woman in your community who has been afflicted with a disabling spirit for 18 years. This woman is bound by Satan, she is chronically suffering a condition that burdens her to be bent over all the time; she hasn’t been able to straighten her back or stand upright for almost 2 […]

Learn to do good, seek justice, and correct oppression (Isaiah 1:17)

by Tyler Dirks

In 2016 the following was approved by the PCA General Assembly by a vote of 861-123, with 23 abstentions: That Overture 43 be answered in the affirmative, as amended; and answer all racial reconciliation overtures with reference to this action: Therefore be it resolved, that the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America […]

Jesus Is Better Than Santa

by Tyler Dirks

In my line of work I come across lots of interesting ingredients and culinary combinations that invariably cannot be included in the weekly soul food feast on Sundays. So from time to time I like to take these unutilized portions of sermon prep and offer them as mid-week snacks. Snack time today consists of a […]

Fear & Trembling

by Tyler Dirks

I was recently chatting with my siblings about a bewildering statement made by our older brother Paul. Paul said, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” There’s a lot to ponder about this sentence, but […]

Stuff God’s Telling Me Through Isaiah (Part III)

by Tyler Dirks

In Isaiah chapters 3 and 4 God addresses snobs. Before I go any further, let me ask this question “Are you a snob?” If you said, “Yes” you are correct. Everyone is a snob about something. I have known scores of people who get persnickety about particular scene details from sitcoms. I have seen people […]

Stuff God’s Telling Me Through Isaiah (Part II)

by Tyler Dirks

In chapter 58 God tells Isaiah, “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet, declare to My people their transgression.” What have the people of God done wrong? What is their transgression? Have they neglected God? Have they failed to seek God? Well, on the surface they actually seem to […]

Stuff God’s Telling Me Through Isaiah (Part I)

by Tyler Dirks

In Isaiah chapter 1 God address a community who appears to be incredibly devout. This community regularly offers a multitude of sacrifices; and while typically vast quantities means shoddy quality, in this case the community excelled in both copiousness and caliber, bringing God the fat of well-fed beasts ranging from bulls, to lambs, to goats. […]

The Nurse Who Read Jeremiah

by Tyler Dirks

Someone recently shared a NY Times article with me written by a critical care doctor in NYC. The article basically talks about the fact that many healthcare workers are having a hard time with wanting to care for Covid-19 patients. The doctor who wrote the article said, “I’ve always tried to be a doctor who […]

Not Good People Get Good Friday

by Tyler Dirks

“God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” – Jesus “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Jesus How do I qualify for the benefits Jesus brings? What do I have to do? Jesus says, “Here’s […]