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August 9, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Why do we practice infant baptism at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church? I assume that many of you have a Baptist background, like myself. Therefore, you have many questions concerning the reasons why we baptize children who are not yet old enough to personally profess faith in Christ. First, four reasons we do not baptize infants. We d...

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August 2, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In Matthew 7 the Lord Jesus teaches that following after him is not the easy road in this life. He explains, "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Matthe...

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July 26, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Why is it so difficult to see our own faults? We tend to be able to spot what is wrong with others but when it comes to our own shortfalls and destructive patterns we remain in the dark. It reminds me of a time in college when I was driving through campus and everyone was pointing and waving at me. I wasn't sure what was happening, so I just w...

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July 19, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day As many of you know Pastor Mike Palombo is going to be a father soon. Watching him and Whitney prepare for this time has reminded me of when my first child was born. I was excited and desired to be a good father. April and I read books on parenting. We asked family and friends for their advice. However, nothing could prepare us for the reality...

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June 21, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Leland Ryken called them Worldly Saints. It is a name that might not fit your perception of the Puritans. Yet central to the Puritan movement was a quest for all of life to be conformed to the word of God. Puritanism was a movement to do what God commanded and to live for God's glory not just in the Church but in the world. The Puritans were s...

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June 14th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday we return to the study of Christian meditation as we come to Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible and it provides for us an extended meditation on the Word of God, itself. Six times in this Psalm there is direct teaching on the concept of meditating on God's word (vv. 15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 148) and many other refere...

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May 31st, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week we celebrated the ascension of Christ which occurred forty days following the resurrection. Ten days later, or fifty days following the resurrection, the ascended Christ sent upon his people the promised Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Lord Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit upon the Church so that they might ...

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May 24th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Forty days following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches us that He ascended up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father (Luke 22:59; 24:51). The ascension of Christ means that His incarnation continues. Jesus Christ is currently in heaven ruling and interceding on behalf of His Church. This past Thursday wa...

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May 17th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This past week Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, began unveiling his plan for reopening Virginia from the lockdown. We were overjoyed to see that worshipping communities have been given the green light to hold live worship services once the Commonwealth enters phase one of the reopening plan. Now, as you would expect, there are many precaution...

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May 10th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day The love that a mother has for her children is a great picture of the love that the Lord has for his people. Often in Scripture the Lord uses pictures of motherhood to describe his love and protection. In Hosea, God describes himself as a mother bear who will enact vengeance on those who stole her cubs (Hosea 13:8). In the Gospel of Matthew, J...

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