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September 21, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Understanding Christ and our salvation is an anchor for our soul in daily worship and faithfulness to the Lord.Through Jesus Christin unmerited favor to you and to me, God calls us, justifies us, and sanctifies us. Through His Sonaccording to His good pleasure, God will perfect us and glorify us. These blessings of salvation are rooted in the ...

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September 9, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This week we conclude our sermon series on the book of Numbers. As we come to the final chapters of the book, we might anticipate a climactic ending in which the people of Israel triumphantly cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. Instead, the book concludes with two chapters outlining civil and inheritance laws. Perhaps it is more fi...

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Preparing for the Lord's Day - September 7, 2018

Preparing for the Lord's Day Without a record of what the Lord has done, we can become discouraged and ungrateful. The great Baptist minister, Charles Spurgeon, once wrote, "I have sometimes said, when I have become the prey of doubting thoughts, 'Well, now, I dare not doubt whether there be a God, for I can look back in my diary, and say, On such a day, in the depths of ...

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Preparing for the Lord's Day - August 31, 2018

Preparing for the Lord's Day In 144 AD Marcion of Sinope declared to his followers that the God of the Old Testament was not the same as the God of the New Testament. He rejected the Hebrew Bible and taught that the God portrayed in these books was wrathful and harsh. On the other hand, he taught that the God of the New Testament is a God of love and forgiveness. As a res...

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August 24, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day To testify under oath in a court of law, you are first called to raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Lying under oath subjects you to criminal penalty for perjury. If oaths to tell the truth were not upheld, the result would be injustice, corruption and chaos. But there is security in...

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August 17, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day I think that most of us have experienced it in some form or another. You go on a retreat or attend a conference and reach a spiritual high. You feel a communion with the Lord in a special way and dedicate yourself to pursuing His ways in your life. "I will give my life to missions!" "I will share the gospel with every waitress I ever meet!" "I...

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August 11, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Psalm 23 may be one of the most well-known passages of Scripture. The image of a shepherd pasturing his flock with care and attention resonates with us all. Therefore, it is not surprising that the image of the shepherd is a common illustration used to describe the Lord's relationship to His people. "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want" (...

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August 3, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day For the last several weeks we have been viewing Israel from the mountain tops with Balaam. While Balak sought to have them cursed, the Lord led Balaam to bless Israel. In these blessings we saw that the Lord will not revoke his covenant promises to His people. We saw that the people of Israel will valiantly conquer the surrounding nations. We ...

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July 27, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Westminster Shorter Catechism # 26 asks, "How doth Christ execute the office of a king?" The answer: "Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies." This week we will explore what it means to follow Christ as King. The world is filled wit...

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July 13, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Change is a concept that is hard to explain but impossible to avoid. From the earliest time of Greek philosophy, the problem of change challenged the world's greatest minds. Some thinkers went as far as to say the change is just an illusion and that everything is actually static. On the other side, there were those who claimed that everything ...

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July 7, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In our text, this Sunday, the prophet Balaam journeys to Moab in order to deliver to King Balak the message from The LORD concerning cursing or blessing Israel. We will see a clear clash between the vision and purposes of King Balak and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This text reminds us that our ultimate allegiance in life is directed t...

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June 29, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's day What you see is what you get, but what you see isn't all that's there. That's especially true in Balaam's life as we look at Numbers 22:22-35 in a sermon entitled, "Donkey See, Donkey Do." While Balaam has prophetic powers, he is unable to see his own sin as well as his salvation (which comes from a donkey). Not much has changed for us as we a...

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June 22, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day At this point in the Israelites journey to the Promised Land, it may be easy to think that God should give up on Israel. From the outset, the complaining, rebellion, and doubt have been a constant theme. In our passage for this week, the Israelites face a devious enemy that wants to bring a curse upon them and defeat them. Enemies that want to...

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June 15th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week, we saw that the second generation of Israelites were making progress where their fathers had failed. They were willing to enter the conflict of advancing the kingdom and to obey the word of God in faith. However, in our passage for this week, we see that even as there are differences between the two generations, there are also many ...

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June 8th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In many respects, the book of Numbers is the story of two generations. The first generation was called out of Egypt, given the Law at Mt. Sinai, and brought to the edge of the land of Canaan. But they refused to enter the land that the Lord was giving them. Therefore, this first generation had to wander in the wilderness for forty years until ...

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June 1st, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spring is always full of college and high school graduations. It is a time when we celebrate the accomplishment of a task but also mourn the loss of a stage of life. Once school is completed, never again will you interact with your classmates in the same manner. You will each go off to your own life and future. Graduations mark an end. Yet the...

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May 25th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day On May 27, 1564, Reformation leader, John Calvin died. Throughout his life-time, Calvin had grown in renown. His systematic theology, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, his commentaries, his letters and his lectures were all known throughout the European continent. However, his desire was never to bring attention to his own name. It was...

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May 18th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day St. Augustine (b. 354) described the relationship between the Old and New Testament in these words, "The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed." As we continue through the book of Numbers we repeatedly see how the message of Christ is concealed within the text. This week we come to chapter 19 of Numbers, in which the Lord...

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May 11th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In verse 5 of Numbers 17, the Lord makes very clear His intentions. He says, "I will make to cease from me the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you." (ESV). The people of Israel continue to pursue the path of grumbling against the Lord. They have rebelled against His commands and they have sought to cast off His ...

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May 4th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Envy is at the heart of the sin in our passage for this coming Sunday. Envy is the emotion that we feel when we desire what someone else owns. It is when we break the tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." Korah was Moses and Aaron's cousin. He and his family had been given the most prestigious religious duties in Israel aside from the pri...

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April 27th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day We all use little tricks to help us remember important information and events. Maybe you write yourself notes or tie a string to your finger. In high school I would use mnemonic phrases to help me remember lists, such as the order of the planets (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas). It is easy to forget even the most important ...

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April 20th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week, in Numbers 13, we saw the report that was given concerning the land of Canaan. Ten of the twelve spies reported that the land devoured its people, it was filled with giants, and it was covered with fortified cities. Their conclusion? "We can't possibly take this land!" Nevertheless, two of the spies reported that the land was fruitf...

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April 13th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day It is amazing that people who are presented with the exact same facts or experiences can come away with such different opinions. You and your spouse go out to eat at the same restaurant and she loves it and you hate it. Same food, same service, different response. You watch a sporting event and you believe your team has been cheated by the ref...

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April 6, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday, we return to our journey through the book of Numbers and witness God's response to sibling rivalry between Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. With merciful meekness, Moses intercedes for his older sister and brother in response to God's righteous judgment against them. We'll see the beauty of our risen Savior who is gentle and lowly in hea...

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Preparing for Worship - Holy Week

Preparing for Worship Holy Week Praise the Crucified and Risen Lord! In worship this Holy Week, we keep our eyes moving ever forward toward hope, the hope of Resurrection! In each service, we will honor and adore our glorious Savior. Please remain in prayer throughout the week and prepare to commune with Christ in the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. ...

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March 23, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day As we ready our hearts for Holy Week, we will be studying Luke 19:28-40. In this passage of Scripture, we have recorded the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. As the people of Jerusalem sing praise to Jesus as the coming king, the Pharisees object. They want Jesus to quiet them down. In response, Jesus says something a bit puzzling. He ...

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March 16, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day "Don't leave home without it!" In 1975 American Express launched an advertising campaign to market their credit card and traveler's checks an essential for everyday life, as well as, for travel. If you don't want to get stuck, make sure you have your American Express card. If you want to get home safely, don't leave home without it. We have ca...

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March 9, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day What is your favorite thing to grumble about? I think that we all have something that truly gets under our skin. Something that we feel compelled to complain about. Maybe it is traffic or bad grammar. We grumble about our government or our families. In Numbers 11, the people of Israel begin to grumble about their situation and their food. Trav...

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March 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Our sermon series through Numbers is called, "The Journey Home." However, over the last eight sermons, Israel hasn't gone anywhere. They haven't taken a journey. They have only been prepared for their journey. As we continue in chapter nine and through chapter ten, Israel finally begins their journey to the land of Canaan. The command to march...

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February 23, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day If we are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, how were people saved prior to the coming of Christ? This is a very common question. And it has received several different answers throughout the years. Nevertheless, the consistent answer of God's Word is that the only way to the Father is through the Son. Faith in the saving work of God in C...

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February 16th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day To represent one's country in the Olympics is one of the greatest honors an athlete can achieve. This week, many of us have watched as competitors in skiing, skating and other winter sports have sought to win gold, not just for themselves, but for their country. While only one person wins the cross-country skiing event, the achievement is coun...

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February 9, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Numbers chapter 7 can read a bit like a year-end giving receipt; repetitive details of who gave what to whom. Over the past few weeks we have received an accounting of all the charitable gifts that we have given in 2017 so that we can claim them as deductions. Yet more than a tax deduction, these year-end statements are a good witness of our a...

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February 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day It may be the one passage of Numbers that you have memorized. Many of us have heard it for years at the end of worship services as the pastor gives the benediction. "May the Lord bless you and keep you" This week we will turn our attention to Numbers 6:22-27. In this passage we find the Aaronic Blessing, the benediction that the Lord commanded...

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January 26, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Who inspires you? Whose life encourages you and/or convicts you as you grow in Christ? We learn in chapter 6 that for the nation of Israel, those individuals were the Nazirites. These were men and women who made a vow to separate themselves to God in special service. Their service was to encourage and convict the people of Israel who they were meant to be as a holy natio...

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January 19, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

We have all experienced entropy. Order naturally devolves into disorder. It happens all around us every day. Rooms don't stay clean. Gardens don't stay maintained. Laundry never comes out of the dryer folded. When we leave things to themselves they quickly fall into chaos. In Chapters 1-4 of Numbers, the Lord has taken great pains to ensure that the people of Israel are or...

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Weather Cancellations - 1/17/2018

RFN and all activities, including bells and choirs have been cancelled for tonight, Wednesday, January 17. Enjoy the snow!...

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January 12, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

The opening chapters of the book of Numbers can seem like just that, a list of names and numbers. To the casual reader, there does not appear to be much encouragement or direction for our faith in Christ. Nevertheless, as we study these chapters, we will find that they clearly point us to the work of Christ on behalf of God's people. We will continue our study of Numbers p...

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January 5, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

This Sunday, we begin our new sermon series, Numbers: The Journey Home. Over the next year, we will join Israel on their long and often winding journey from the base of Mount Sinai to their new home in the promised land of Canaan. This journey is not for the faint of heart. There will be setbacks and disappointments. There will be rebellion and punishment. Yet in the midst...

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Everyday Evangelism and 2018 RFN Announcements

EVERYDAY EVANGELISMwill be presented by Matt Bradner (Regional Director of Campus Outreach) in lieu of High School and AdultSundaySchool on Sunday morning 1/7 from9:45-10:40 amin the Sanctuary. Our goal is to be inspired and equipped with fresh perspective and practices of evangelism as we engage our friends, coworkers and neighbors in the new year. All High school student...

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December 27, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day, and Sunday's Bulletin

Moving toward the new year, it is appropriate to reflect on our lives. What did we devote our lives to in the past year and what do we want to devote to in the year to come? We see that Jesus Himself regularly devoted Himself to the word of God as the source of His life direction. It is no wonder that Jesus regularly quoted the scripture, because it had a central place in ...

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December 22, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Did you ever receive a Christmas present that you just didn't want? As a child, it was always disappointing to get something practical like socks or a tooth brush. As an adult, you hope not to receive something useless or offensive. "You think I wear what size?" And sometimes the hardest gifts to receive are the ones that we truly need. Yet, it takes love to give these typ...

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December 16, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Johnathan Edwards once wrote, "Self-denial will also be reckoned amongst the troubles of the godly But whoever has tried self-denial can give in his testimony that they never experienced greater pleasure and joys than after great acts of self-denial." The third Sunday of Advent, we focus on the theme of joy. Yet we can often miss the biblical pathway to joy. We tend to thi...

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December 8, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Peace is a strange word to associate with the holiday season. How are you to have peace with all the traffic? How are you to have peace when you have added fifteen Christmas parties/events to your calendar? What is peaceful about Walmart in December? What is peaceful about children hyped-up on the excitement of presents and the rush of sugar? ...

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December 1, 2017 - Cupola Express

As we look to this coming Lord's Day, we begin our Advent celebrations by looking at the theme of Hope. Pastor Ron will be preaching a sermon from 1 Peter 1:3-9 entitled, "Living Hope and Great Mercy." In that sermon, we will see that we have been 1) born again, 2) to an inheritance that is 3) kept in heaven. We will also enjoy the music of the season as we sing togethe...

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Advent Devotional

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Advent is the season of preparation. Of waiting and anticipation for Christ's coming. While we celebrate Christ's birth in this Advent season, we also look forward to His second Advent, when he will return in glory to make all things new. ...

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November 22, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In our sermon series on Colossians, the last few weeks we have learned what it means to take off the old self and put on the new self. Through ourunion with Christ, we have been changed and have hope in this life and hope for the life to come. Yet, sometimes we struggle to convey the hope that we have and are not sure how to share the good new...

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November 17, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day We have all heard the phrase, "That man is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good." It means that someone can become so spiritual in their view of the world that they fail to address real-world needs and situations. In our study of Colossians, we have been exhorted to, "seek the things that are above, where Christ isnot things that are ...

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November 10, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day A uniform helps us to identify who a person is and the role that they play in society. When we see a man in fatigues, we know that he is in the Army. When we see a woman in a white coat, with a stethoscope we know she is a doctor. When we watch a football game, we can distinguish between teams because they wear different colors. Ministers wear...

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November 3, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Puritan John Owen once wrote, "Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work;be killing sinor it willbe killingyou." This week we will return to our study Colossians picking up at Colossians 3:5-11. In these verses the Apostle Paul encourages us to, "put to death what is earthly...

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October 27, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Five-hundred years ago a German Monk nailed ninety-five points for debate upon a church door. While Martin Luther only expected a lively discussion, the Lord used this act to ignite the fires of revival, the Protestant Reformation. At the heart of this revival was a recovery of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are not saved by ...

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October 20, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Union with Christ is short hand for describing the relationship that Christians have with their savior. It means that we have been so joined to Christ that we have a new identity, that we have been forgiven and that we have spiritual life that all flows from our Savior. As a result of this union, whatever Christ does, affects us. If He dies, w...

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October 13, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day We do not often speak of the session of Christ. We speak of His incarnation, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. Yet those have all taken place in the past. What is Jesus Christ doing right now? The theological term for what Christ is doing right now is session. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God ruling this world with all p...

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October 6, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Puritan John Preston once commented that, "To be in Christ is the ground of all salvation." It is from our union with Christ that every aspect of salvation flows. Our election, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification all flow from being joined to Christ by God's grace. This week, we will begin a three week study of unio...

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Reminder: Low Country Boil

This is a reminder that we will have our Low CountryBoil Tonightat6:00 pmatREPC! To reserve your spot, call the church office at 846-3441 or sign up on line...

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September 30, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Weekly Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information...

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September 22, 2017 - The Cupola Express

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This week's Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information....

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September 15, 2017 - Preparing For The Lord’s Day

Have you ever been trapped? Maybe when you were a child you got your head stuck in the banister. Or, as an adult you have been locked in a room by accident or stuck in traffic for hours. It is a rather helpless feeling to be trapped. To know that unless someone comes to rescue you, you have no hope of freedom. This week we will continue our study of Colossians focusing on ...

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Announcements and Information - 9/8/2017

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Announcements SEPTEMBER 10 GETTING TO KNOW RIVERMONT Beginning September 10th, from9:45 am to 10:40 amin Room #203 (during the Sunday School hour), Pastor Brett and Pastor Ron will host an eight-week introductory class about the life, mission, and ministry of Rivermont EPC. This class is designed for the curious, as well as for those desiring to pursue formal membership ...

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September 8, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Have you ever struggled to be free of a besetting sin? Something that you desired to leave behind but for some reason could not stop yourself from doing? We all struggle in this way. Yet as Christians our response is not the same as the world's response. To be free from the power of sin we do not look to the law but rather to the power of the gospel. This week we will cont...

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September 1st, 2017 Cupola Express

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Preparing for The Lord's Day What captivates you? What fascinates you and engrosses your mind? Is it a hobby? A financial, academic or career goal? A political philosophy? A pleasure? A fear? This week we will continue our study of Colossians picking up at Colossians 2:8-10. Here the Apostle Paul warns the Colossian church not to be taken captive by the powers of this wor...

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The Cupola Newsletter for September, 2017

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View the fullCupola newsletter for September (PDF)...

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The Cupola Express for August 25, 2017

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Preparing For The Lord's Day The church in Colossae had come under the influence of false teaching and the people were in danger of being deceived. The heart of the false teaching relates to the relationship between the law and good works in the life of Christians. Do Christians need Christ plus the law to walk in obedience and holiness? If not, how are Christians to matu...

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The Cupola Express for August 4, 2017

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P R E P A RIN G F O R T H E L O R D ' S D A Y With God's blessing for Rivermont EPC, I often marvel at the passion and unity that we enjoy in the Gospel. As a covenant family, we remain humble and excited in Jesus Christ as we keep our eyes on Him and embrace His word. With attention to Colossians 2:1-5, we'll continue our series entitled "The Supremacy and Sufficienc...

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