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September 19th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day It has happened more times than I would like to admit. April says, "Make sure to pick up the kids from school today." And I respond, "What? I didn't know I was going to be picking up the kids today?" Of course, April is very patient when she reminds me, "David, we talked about this last night. You said that you would be fine to pick them up." ...

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September 12th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Thy Kingdom Come Every nation needs laws because without law there is no justice or peace. For the first several years after independence from England, the federal law of the United States was the Articles of Confederation. It served as the foundation for federal law, however, it did not give the federal government the ability to levy taxes...

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September 5th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Thy Kingdom Come This Sunday we begin a study through the Gospel of Matthew, in which we will study Christ's teaching on the coming Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom is at the very center of Jesus' preaching ministry. His ministry is summarized in Matthew 4, "And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the...

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August 29th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In preparing the sermon this week I found myself asking, "Is it right to speak of the reward of discipleship?" It feels wrong to think of following and learning the way of Jesus because we want a prize at the end. Shouldn't the Christian desire to follow Jesus merely because it is the right thing to do? Because the Bible tells us so? Does disc...

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August 22, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day With humble and steadfast faith, praise God that we have abiding anchors in Christ, His word, prayer, and His love. His love spills over into our lives and into our love for one another, our community, and the world around us. As we continue to face the strains of the Delta Variant of Covid-19, the sadness of the collapse of Afghanistan, the i...

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August 15th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day What brings you joy? What activities cause you to feel deeply fulfilled and intensely engaged? In John 4, we find Jesus "wearied" from a long journey that was filled with hard work. He is "sitting" beside a well in the heat of the day. He asks a Samaritan woman to give him a drink. (4:7) This scene seems to describe a man who is depleted and i...

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August 8th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day It was supposed to be a warmup fight for Mike Tyson as he prepared to defend his title against Evander Holyfield later that year. However, no one saw what was coming the evening of February 11, 1990, when Mike Tyson stepped into the ring with James "Buster" Douglas. Prior to this fight, Tyson was the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion...

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August 1st, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day What does it cost to follow Christ? It cost very little to be a merely outward Christian. There are many who would proclaim to follow Jesus. They might show up to church a few times a year, give a bit to the offering, have Christian dcor in their homes, and listen to the family-friendly radio station. However, true sacrifice never seems to com...

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July 25, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This week, I will continue our summer sermon series on discipleship by looking at the "Endurance of Discipleship." This is yet another challenging area of discipleship. Why? Because following Christ is a lifelong commitment and process. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Discipleship stretches and moves us and there are times when it steps on our...

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July 18, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This week, I will continue our summer sermon series on discipleship by looking at the "welcome of discipleship." The passage I've chosen (Matthew 25:31-40) is a challenging one. It's challenging not because it's difficult for us to understand. Rather, it's challenging because it reminds us that discipleship will cost us. The currency of discip...

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