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December 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Longing for Peace Advent is a season of anticipation. As a people we are directed to look forward to the coming of Christ. We look first to the birth of Christ into the world to bring peace (Luke 2:14) and then to the return of Christ to establish his eternal kingdom of peace. Yet while we wait, we must feel the deprivation of what is absen...

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November 10, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Service This Sunday, Rivermont is pleased to welcome Dr. Sandy Willson to the pulpit to expound God's Word. Pastor Willson is Pastor Emeritus of Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, TN. He has been invited by the session of Rivermont to lead our men's retreat this Friday and Saturday and to preach on Sun...

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November 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Giving Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, turn your clocks back on hour. As we have enjoyed in the past, our Sanctuary Choir will be singing the Prelude before the welcome and announcements. Please arrive early to the Sanctuary to prepare your hearts for worship. It is a pervasive issue. If you make $50,...

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October 27, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:The Preached Word His nickname was The Trumpeter of God. John Knox, the leader of the 16th century Reformation movement in Scotland and the founder of the Presbyterian Church, was truly a man who sounded forth the Word of God. In his mission to reform the Scottish Church he engaged with monarchs and statesmen, he fought the...

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Combined Sunday School - Fasting

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Join us this Sunday, October 20th, for a combined Sunday School (7th grade and up) in the sanctuary. Pastor David Weber will be teaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting as part of our fall sermon series: Spiritual Training. During this hour Pastor Weber will explain the meaning and purposes of biblical fasting, as well as, share some practical advice on fasting from...

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October 13th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Christian Meditation" In a world that is filled with endless information the discipline of Christian meditation is the most powerful practice for growth in Christ. To meditate means to give your attention to a particular topic for an extended period of thought and reflection. It means to fix your mind upon a subject to un...

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September 29th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Sabbath Rest" From the very beginning of creation, the Lord has ordered our time around a one in seven cycle of work and rest (Gen 1-2:2). Six days have been given for work and the activities of the world and one day has been set-apart for worship and rest. As we begin our study of the spiritual disciplines, we start wi...

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September 22, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day "Spiritual Training" Introduction What is the difference between a vital and an anemic Christian life? I think that many of us would feel that our spiritual lives are lacking in some way. We feel that there should be more depth to our faith, more stability in times of trial, deeper knowledge of God's Word, and more love and humility. Howev...

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September 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day True Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series This week we come to the end of our study of the book of 1 Peter. In these final verses Peter offers his concluding thoughts and greetings. Throughout his letter to exile Christians Peter has continually pointed to the central importance of the grace of God in Christ Jesus (1:2,10,13; 3:7; 4:10; 5:5,10). It...

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September 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day The God of All Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series If you have ever run on a treadmill you know that you have two display options. Your miles can count up or they can count down. For some reason I enjoy watching the numbers go down. It might be that I don't enjoy running on a treadmill very much and watching the distance I have left to run diminish ...

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September 1, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Christian Resistance 1 Peter Sermon Series Stephen Charnock once wrote, "The goodness of God makes the devil a polisher, while he intends to be a destroyer." The Lord Jesus warned his followers that the devil has come to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10), yet the Lord has come to bring life and bring it abundantly. Often, we are blind ...

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August 25, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day The Strength of Humility 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls God's people to the strength of humility in our relationships with the Lord and with His people. While the world "humility" is not so popular with the secular world, there is Spirit-given stability and growth as we become meek and lowly bef...

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August 11, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series It is always difficult to trust someone else's judgment. When you are in the car with someone who brakes a second later than you, it is difficult not to comment. If you are in a meeting at work and you disagree with the approach your boss is taking, it is difficult to follow his directive. When ...

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August 4, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series While suffering is not a popular topic, it is an important one for Christians to study. While there are many who would present Christianity as a path away from suffering, the reality is that all Christians should expect suffering in this life. Jesus promised that His disciples would suffer. In 1...

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July 28, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Westminster Shorter Catechism #1 asks, "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." In our passage for this Sunday the Apostle Peter calls upon all Christians to do just that, to glorify God. He explains that in all things we must brin...

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July 21, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In his book, Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam surveys the decline of social capital in the United States since the 1950's. Statistically, there has been a decrease in political involvement, loss of membership in civic organizations, and fewer volunteers for groups such as the Cub Scouts or the Red C...

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July 14, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Mania, confusion, and hysteria are what we should expect at the end times if we are to believe the film and popular novels which depict this event. How many watched A Thief in the Nightand came away horrified about what the end would be like? How many have read the Left Behind Serieswith the hop...

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July 7, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series What is it that motivates human action and decisions? While there are several factors involved in driving the human will, the Bible simplifies human motivation into two categories: a person is either living to the flesh or to the spirit (John 3:6). By virtue of humanity's fall into sin, we are a...

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June 30, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series How are we to find freedom from the power of sin in our lives? There are some who believe that they can overcome the power of sin through moral self-improvement, an act of the will to align one's behavior with what is ethical. Others believe that they will overcome sin if they break old habits a...

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