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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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June 23, 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 Often living the Christian life is meant to be lived by looking back. We look back as a reminder of who God is, of who we are, and what He has done in and for us. That is absolutely vital when we face trials and suffering in the Christian life. If we don't have a good grasp of these reminders, w...

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June 16, 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 As we live the good life Christ has called us to live, people will ask us questions. Why have you given up so much to follow Christ? Why do you endure through life's challenges and suffer with such patience and persistence?They may ask an even more ultimate question: What hope do you have that c...

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June 9, 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 commenting on 1 Peter 3, John Calvin wrote, "How is it that we are overwhelmed with fear...unless because we ascribe to mortal man more power to injure us than to God to save us?" This week we will be talking about fear and in particular how we overcome the fear of man by properly fearing the...

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June 2, 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 our passage for this week, the Apostle Peter presents us with the question, "Who desires to love life and see good days?" Which of us does not want such a blessing? Who doesn't want to love life? Who doesn't want to see good days? It is human nature to desire such blessings. How then might we...

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May 26, 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 Last week we looked at the creation and the corruption of marriage in the opening chapters of Genesis. There we saw that God's original design for the marriage relationship was personal union between one man and one woman rooted in equality of nature and difference of roles. The creation culture...

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May 19, 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 Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of God, to join this man and this woman in holy marriage. The bond and covenant of marriage is instituted by God, regulated by His Word, and blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His C...

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May 12, 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 does the gospel change the way Christians work? We understand that the gospel is not to be compartmentalized to Sunday mornings and private devotions, but how does it effect our "nine-to-five" lives? In our passage for this week, Peter is speaking to how Christians are called to live when un...

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May 5, 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 the relationship between a Christian and the governing authorities? It is clear from Scripture that we are called to submit to the authorities that have been established in our lives. However, what are we called to do when these authorities act in ungodly ways? How far is our submission ...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Who is worthy to receive the grace of the Lord? Of course, we have been taught to answer such a question with a response along the lines of, "No one is worthy of God's grace." Nevertheless, we tend to treat people as more or less worthy of God's grace. We treat people with greater wealth, a better status, or a good family as worthier than some...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Easter Sunday The women who followed Jesus had an unfinished task to attend to on Sunday morning. Friday evening they had seen that the crucified body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. They had prepared spices and ointments to anoint the body. Yet evening came and they obediently rested on the Sabbath. Therefore, the ...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Palm Sunday What will be the defining hour of your life? Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus continually refers to His hour(2:4; 4:21; 7:30; 8:20; 12:23,27; 13:1; 16:32; 17:1). In this hour, He will be glorified and will bring glory to God the Father. In John 12 we come to the passage of Scripture which is commonly called the triumphal entry...

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

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What does it mean to live a beautiful life? In our passage for this coming Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls all Christians to keep their conduct "honorable" among the unbelieving world. The word translated "honorable" has a broader meaning of "beautiful" or "well ordered." Conduct which is honorable is sound and whole and beautiful. The life of a Christian should be one tha...

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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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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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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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