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October 25, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day The dawn of the sixteenth century in Western Europe brought with it much anxiety about the future. The political, cultural, and religious landscape were in a period of transition unlike anything the region had experienced in centuries. The status quo of the Medieval period was coming to an end. What would replace it? It was in the midst of thi...

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October 18, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing For The Lord's Day At first glance, our Psalm for this Sunday seems a bit presumptuous. As James Mays says about Psalm 26, "The theme sounds theologically wrong and the occasion unlikely." And if we misunderstand the occasion and the request we will come to the same conclusion. Verse one of the Psalm says, "Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrit...

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October 11, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing For The Lord's Day One of the great joys and privileges we have as parents is to tell our children and the coming generation about the Lord. Psalm 78:1-8 reminds us of that very thing and gives us detailed instructions on the things we should tell our children about God. We are to teach them about the glorious deeds of the Lord, the laws that God gives us to obe...

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October 4, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing For The Lord's Day As we are entering the eighth month of the Coronavirus pandemic there is a particular phrase in Psalm 79 that stands out, "How long, O LORD?" I think that most of us went into this time with a sense that we would be on the other side by mid-summer. We thought that we would be back to normal by now. Yet restrictions remain and the virus continu...

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September 27, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing For The Lord's Day What do you do with your guilt? Whether you are a Christian or not you understand what I mean when I ask about guilt. Guilt is a universal human experience. We have all come to a place in our lives when we feel the weight of wrongdoing. Maybe we have lied to get out of trouble, or we have spoken hurtful words to a spouse or a child. Maybe we h...

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September 20, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing For The Lord's Day When we come to Psalm 125 we are reminded of two fundamental truths. 1) The world is a dangerous place. 2) The Lord is a sure place of refuge. Inherent in life is risk. When you open your front door and venture out into the world there are no guarantees that you will return unharmed. Accidents, disease, and violence are a real part of this wor...

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September 13, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day How are we to understand what God is saying to us in a world that is so crowded with noise and distractions? In the midst of our mixed up and confusing circumstances how are we to listen to God's voice? We are living in a time of great uncertainty. It is difficult to know whose advice to follow and how to make sense of it all. There are days w...

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September 6, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Augustine famously said, "our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God." We are creatures who long for satisfaction. We have been created with a desire to be fulfilled, an itch that needs to be scratched, a thirst to be quenched. However, we pursue our longing in all the wrong things. In Psalm 84 we find that the longing we experi...

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August 30, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day How are we to have peace in a world filled with storms? I remember moving from Washington State, where we had plenty of rain but very few storms, to Georgia, where an evening lighting storm was almost a nightly occurrence in the summer. Following a particularly bad storm in Columbus, Georgia my father and I went out to investigate the damage. ...

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August 23, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day What does it mean to trust? It can be easy to believe that you trust in something or someone until that trust is tested by times of trouble. Pastor Ron shared of a situation in which he was sailing off the coast of Maine when dense fog rolled in. He could barely see ten feet in front of the bow of the vessel. Numerous times he had trusted his ...

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