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Fasting and Prayer June 2nd @ 12pm

June Fast

Join us for our monthly Fast and Prayer on June 2nd at 12pm via Zoom....

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Pastor's Devotional John 10:14

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For this Devotional in John 10:14, Pastor David encourages us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd Who lays down His life for the sheep....

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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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Pastor's Devotional Galatians 5:1

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For this Pastor's Devotional in Galatians 5:1, Pastor Shane encourages us to live in response to Christ setting us free from sin....

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Pastor's Devotion John 10:7-9

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For this devotional in John 10:7-9, Pastor David teaches us that Jesus is the door, the only true pathway to salvation and to abundant life with God. ...

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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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Pastor's Devotional John 8:58

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For this devotional in John 8:58, Pastor David encourages us to trust in Jesus who is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promise!...

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Pastor's Devotional John 8:12 & 9:5

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In this devotional, Pastor David encourages us from John 8:12 and 9:5 that Jesus is the light of the world who has overcome the darkness....

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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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Pastor's Devotional John 6:35

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Pastor David encourages us from John 6:35 to feed on Christ Jesus who is the bread of life....

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Pastor's Devotional "I Am" Statements of Jesus

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Pastor David begins a new devo series on the "I Am" Statements of Jesus....

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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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Pastor's Devotional Proverbs 25:28

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Pastor David encourages us from Proverbs 25:28 to live self-controlled lives in the power of God's Spirit....

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Pastor's Devotional Psalm 1:2

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Pastor encourages us from Psalm 1:2 to delight in God's Word...

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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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Pastor's Devotional Proverbs 14:4

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Pastor David encourages us to see from Proverbs 14:4 that were it not for Christ entering into the messiness of this world (and our life), there would be no abundant life with Him....

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Pastor's Devotional 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

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Pastor David encourages us to remember from 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 that nothing can snatch the Christian away from the life we have in Jesus Christ because he gave his life for us....

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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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Pastor's Devotional Ecclesiastes 7:14

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Pastor David encourages us from Ecclesiastes 7:14 to trust in the Lord in the days of adversity and the days of prosperity knowing that He who is in control of all things is working for your good through Jesus Christ our Lord....

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Pastor's Devotional Philippians 1:21

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Pastor David brings needed encouragement from Philippians 1:21 who knew what it meant to be "quarantined" as he sat in a Philippian jail. Yet, because of Christ, he could say, "For to me to live is Christ, but to die is gain."...

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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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Pastor's Devotional Luke 23

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Pastor David points us to the need and appropriateness to rest from Luke 23....

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Pastor's Devotional Valley of Vision

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Pastor David shares an encouraging prayer from the Valley of Vision on the crucifixion and resurrection....

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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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Pastor's Devotional 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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Pastor David encourages us from 1 Corinthians 16:3-4 to stand firm in our faith amidst the hardships we're currently facing....

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Pastor's Devotional Psalm 42:1-5

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This video was written for Saturday, April 4th in preparation for Sunday worship, but because of technical difficulties, it didn't get posted until now. Watch as Pastor David's describes more of the pastor's reasoning for not enjoying communion together until we gather as God's people once again. His devotion comes from Psalm 42:1-5....

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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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Pastor's Devotional Proverbs 13:12

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Pastor David shares why a "hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12)...

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Pastor's Devotional Luke 12:16-21

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Hear from Pastor David as he encourages us from Luke 12:16-21...

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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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Pastor's Devotional (March 23, 2020)

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Pastor David encourages us from Proverbs 16:9 to commit our plans and our lives to the Lord....

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Pastor's Devotional #1 (3/17/20)

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Hear from the pastors as they share personal reflections from God's Word and how it stands ready to encourage us in the days ahead....

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Led by Love

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Over the last few weeks I, like you, have had more conversations and thoughts concerning the Coronavirus than I can count. It seems to be the only thing on our minds. We talk about it at home. We talk about it at work. I have family in the Seattle Washington area and I am calling them to see how they are doing. And last night the President addressed the nation concerning t...

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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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February 23, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Our Psalm for this week holds a special place in the life and history of Rivermont Presbyterian Church. As many of you know Psalm 121 is painted on the wall panel adjacent to the pulpit. The dedication inscription says, "In Loving Memory of Graham and Lena Gilmer who served this congregation from 1923-1953. Given by their children and grandchi...

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February 16, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Dick Thomson was my first pastoral visit in ordained ministry. I had recently received a call to pastor a church in Gaffney, South Carolina and it was my goal to meet all the members, face to face, including the shut-ins. I really did not know what to expect when I arrived at Mr. Thomson's apartment in the Eden Terrace nursing facility. I was ...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Our Psalm for this Sunday invites us to ask the question, "What is the nature of a blessed life?" Our culture presents us with a variety of different answers to the question of what constitutes a well lived or happy life. There is the take life by the horns approach. This says that the blessed life is one that is filled with adventure and risk...

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

Preparing for the Lord's Day James 4:6 tells us that, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." It is a theme that runs throughout God's word, those who trust in man fall but those who trust in the Lord are raised up. The men who built up the tower of Babel were cast down in humility (Gen 11:8). Yet when Joseph was unjustly casted down into prison the Lord ra...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day It took twenty-five years for the Lord to fulfill His promise to Abraham. As a seventy-five year-old man, the Lord promised to make him a father and I am sure Abraham thought that it would be soon. Yet, year after year the promise did not come to pass. His wife Sarah remained barren and the hope of a child was tested. The Lord was gracious to ...

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

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Is the world an open or a closed system? Is material existence the only reality or are there unseen spiritual forces at work in this world that have true effects on nature, history, and humanity? In the premodern world it was very difficult to conceive of a closed existence. Spiritual realities played a central role in everything from family l...

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December 22, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day When we are in a place of need we tend to grasp for anything in which to trust. This week I heard a public service announcement warning people about debt consolidation schemes. While there are legitimate debt consolidators, there are also many who see an opportunity to take advantage of those in need. A promise that all your financial struggle...

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December 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day "That is not fair!" I am not sure how children learn the concept of fairness so quickly but almost instinctively they have a desire and a hope for equity. They want to make sure that they get their fair share of the good things in life. Siblings will fight over having a just division of screen time. Children all over the world say things like,...

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December 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Longing for Peace Advent is a season of anticipation. As a people we are directed to look forward to the coming of Christ. We look first to the birth of Christ into the world to bring peace (Luke 2:14) and then to the return of Christ to establish his eternal kingdom of peace. Yet while we wait, we must feel the deprivation of what is absen...

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November 10, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Service This Sunday, Rivermont is pleased to welcome Dr. Sandy Willson to the pulpit to expound God's Word. Pastor Willson is Pastor Emeritus of Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, TN. He has been invited by the session of Rivermont to lead our men's retreat this Friday and Saturday and to preach on Sun...

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November 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:Christian Giving Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, turn your clocks back on hour. As we have enjoyed in the past, our Sanctuary Choir will be singing the Prelude before the welcome and announcements. Please arrive early to the Sanctuary to prepare your hearts for worship. It is a pervasive issue. If you make $50,...

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October 27, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training:The Preached Word His nickname was The Trumpeter of God. John Knox, the leader of the 16th century Reformation movement in Scotland and the founder of the Presbyterian Church, was truly a man who sounded forth the Word of God. In his mission to reform the Scottish Church he engaged with monarchs and statesmen, he fought the...

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Combined Sunday School - Fasting

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Join us this Sunday, October 20th, for a combined Sunday School (7th grade and up) in the sanctuary. Pastor David Weber will be teaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting as part of our fall sermon series: Spiritual Training. During this hour Pastor Weber will explain the meaning and purposes of biblical fasting, as well as, share some practical advice on fasting from...

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October 13th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Christian Meditation" In a world that is filled with endless information the discipline of Christian meditation is the most powerful practice for growth in Christ. To meditate means to give your attention to a particular topic for an extended period of thought and reflection. It means to fix your mind upon a subject to un...

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September 29th, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Spiritual Training: "Sabbath Rest" From the very beginning of creation, the Lord has ordered our time around a one in seven cycle of work and rest (Gen 1-2:2). Six days have been given for work and the activities of the world and one day has been set-apart for worship and rest. As we begin our study of the spiritual disciplines, we start wi...

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September 22, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day "Spiritual Training" Introduction What is the difference between a vital and an anemic Christian life? I think that many of us would feel that our spiritual lives are lacking in some way. We feel that there should be more depth to our faith, more stability in times of trial, deeper knowledge of God's Word, and more love and humility. Howev...

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September 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day True Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series This week we come to the end of our study of the book of 1 Peter. In these final verses Peter offers his concluding thoughts and greetings. Throughout his letter to exile Christians Peter has continually pointed to the central importance of the grace of God in Christ Jesus (1:2,10,13; 3:7; 4:10; 5:5,10). It...

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September 8, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day The God of All Grace 1 Peter Sermon Series If you have ever run on a treadmill you know that you have two display options. Your miles can count up or they can count down. For some reason I enjoy watching the numbers go down. It might be that I don't enjoy running on a treadmill very much and watching the distance I have left to run diminish ...

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September 1, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Christian Resistance 1 Peter Sermon Series Stephen Charnock once wrote, "The goodness of God makes the devil a polisher, while he intends to be a destroyer." The Lord Jesus warned his followers that the devil has come to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10), yet the Lord has come to bring life and bring it abundantly. Often, we are blind ...

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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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