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May 3rd, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Psalm 148 is the third hymn in the final five Psalms that make up the final doxology of the Psalter. Each of these five final Psalms call for worship of the Lord. Psalm 150 concludes, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Psalm 148 calls upon not only those things that have breath, but upon all things in all of the created order to...

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April 26th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day As we have been isolated in our homes over the last several weeks it has given us an opportunity to reflect upon the nature of the gathered Church. So often we take for granted the blessing of joining with one another for Sunday worship. We have a hard time articulating what is unique or special about the gathered body compared to small groups...

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April 19th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day How are you to rest when you are on the run? Our Psalm for this Sunday, Psalm 3, tells us that it was written by King David while he was on the run from the rebellion of his son Absalom. Yet in this Psalm where David is on the run, we also read in verse 5, "I lay down and slept" If you read the history of this rebellion you will see that Absal...

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April 12th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Impossible means that it can't happen, by definition. An impossible mission is one that is not even worth spending your time on. You can't make a triangle a square. It is impossible. You can't make black white. You can't go back in time. You can't make "a" equal "b" and "a" not equal "b" at the same time. These are things that are impossible. ...

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April 5th, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In Philippians 4 the imprisoned Apostle Paul says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." It seems a strange command for him to give when his own situation is so dire. However, that is what makes the command so powerful. For we can rejoice even in the midst of our suffering as Christians. We have in the Lord Jesus Christ the ...

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March 29, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day How do you move from lament to praise? To lament is to give voice to your hardships and struggles. It is to call out in distress and frustration to the Lord. When we enter into periods of suffering it is only natural for us to lament all that we are enduring. Nevertheless, as God's people we are called to move from lament to praise, from distr...

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March 22, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day It is every Pastor's worst nightmare. You come to preach your sermon and there is nobody in the sanctuary! Throughout my years as a pastor I have had such fearful dreams yet this week it came to pass. But in a way that I could never have foreseen. Last Saturday the Pastors and staff met together to decide if we would hold a public worship serv...

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March 15, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Psalm 23 begins with a powerful and meaningful confession of faith, "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want." Guidance, provision, and protection of life are entrusted to the Lord God alone who cares for his people as a shepherd cares for his sheep. The title of shepherd was given not only to those who literally cared for sheep, but in the ...

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March 8, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day As the father of five young children I have seen the following situation play-out in a variety of ways throughout the years. A young child has a birthday party. There is cake, ice cream, and decorations. There are fun activities and favors for all present. And, of course, there are gifts for the birthday boy or girl. Despite all of the fun, th...

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March 1, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day It is common to express one's experience of guilt as being weighed down or burdened by the emotion. One might think that it is merely an expression, but research suggests that people who have feelings of guilt literally feel heavier. There is a true physical feeling of carrying a weight when one's conscience is sounding the alarm. To alleviate...

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