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May 2nd, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Paul Tripp in his book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, explains that spiritual growth does not come through changing outward behaviors but rather through a process of heart change. To explain what he means he uses an example of a fruit-bearing tree. Imagine a tree that produces crab apples. They are hard and sour and generally inedible. ...

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April 25th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day If you happen to come by my office on a Sunday morning between services, you are bound to see at least one of my children. My son may be hanging out waiting for Club 56 to begin, my youngest may be pulling books off of my bookshelves, and my other children may be searching through my desk for mints or other snacks. Thankfully, my office is not...

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April 18th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Over the past several years I have noticed that a member of our family has not been coming to family events. His wife comes with their child, but he is predictably absent each time. When we visit them at their home, he is cordial, personable, and warm. However, when the family is together as a group, he is never present. Recently I asked his w...

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April 11th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day As we have continued our study of Galatians, we have continually seen Paul's defense of justification by faith apart from works of the law. He has defended the gospel from the assault of those who would have the Galatians keep the law's command of circumcision. Paul's argument seems to imply that the law is contrary to the gospel. As such one ...

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April 4th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This past week I found myself staying awake quite a bit later than normal to watch the NCAA tournament. I love to watch an underdog beat out a higher-ranked team. There is nothing as exciting as a game that comes down to the final seconds. Even those who only have a casual interest in college basketball can get hooked into watching with antici...

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