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July 12, 2020 Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Perform a Google search of "phobias" and you'll find an almost endless list of conditions characterized by fear. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Atychiphobia is the fear of failure. Anthrophobia (not introversion, incidentally) is the fear of people. I'm convinced I have an 'unnamed' phobia the fear of losing control. Sometimes, I fear losi...

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July 5, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day What happens when we stop meditating on the Word of God? We cannot simply shutdown our thoughts or unplug our mental motor. Our thoughts will continue to meditate on everything else around us: our needs, our wants, and other's prosperity. As we meditate on the prosperity of others, our meditation can easily take us to a dark place of destructi...

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June 28, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday as we gather for worship we will take a break from our series on The Psalms and be reminded what God has done for us in Christ by looking at Titus 3:1-11. In this passage Paul commands us to obey authorities and be kind to unbelievers. He recognizes the pride we may have as the people of God and reminds us what we were once lik...

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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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June 7th - Preparing for the Lord's Day & A Call to Lament, Fasting, and Prayer

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Preparing for the Lord's Day What is man? In some way or another we have all been face with this question over the past week and a half. For we have been confronted with a blatant disregard for the sanctity of the life of a fellow human being. We have been reminded of the pain and the struggle of racial tension that continues to plague our nation. We have seen how this ...

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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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