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Early, Eager, And Expectant

Every Sunday, all over the world, churches gather in one place to worship God. This has been the practice of the New Testament church for the past 2,000 years and it will continue to be the practice of the church until Jesus comes back. If you visit our church on a Sunday morning, you should expect to do five thing: sing the Word, read the Word, pray the Word, preach the ...

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Church Hurt and Healing

I spent Saturday with an interesting group of people. Diverse in age and background, all were fellow believers in Christ. But they had one thing in common.They had left the Institutional Church. Forever. Some are calling them dechurched. A recent article calls them the Dones and though they started gaining a voice in the 90's, their message is more relevant now than ever. ...

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3 Reflections on Immanuel

This Sunday, Pastor Miguel reminded us in Mark 14:1-11 that Christ is our ultimate gift. Mary's anointing of Jesus displays how He is worthy of our entire devotion and extravagant love, all of which is motivated by His saving grace to us. As we draw nearer to Christmas day, let us be reminded of the precious gift of Christ who took on human flesh to live the perfect life y...

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Reflections on Preaching in the Life of the Church

What role does preaching play in the life of the church? It would probably be best to define what we mean by preachingthe heralding of good news, the proclamation of the gospel, the sharing of the inspired Word of God. This preaching should be expository, meaning the point of the sermon is the point of the passage or the point of the passage is the point of the sermon. T...

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How does God supply all of our needs?

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19 How does God supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory? Is it automatic? Is this a high octane prosperity text? Let's consider for a moment. Physical need is in view. We can't spiritualize this. While it's true that our greatest need is Go...

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The Christian Pilgrim

One of my favorite sermons from Jonathan Edwards is "The Christian Pilgrim" which he preached in 1733. Here are four conclusions that Edwards ends his sermon with from Hebrews 11:13-14:...

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How Deep the Father's Love

When we think of the word "father", many thoughts flood our minds, and many emotions fill our hearts. Some of us have amazing fathers who love us, care for us, provided discipline in our formative years, and guidance as we got older. They are excellent models for us, holding together strength and tenderness, firmness and kindness, authority and friendship....

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