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Sabbath Part Two

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2.1-3 To continue from last week, let's g...

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Christ's Baptism is the Gospel

The baptism of Christ is a pivotal event, one that shows us fulfillment of prophecy and the character of our Lord. It reminds us that all has been done for us in order to know and be with God. There is nothing we can do on our own to fulfill the righteousness that is lacking in us. It also sets forth an example for the church to follow. ...

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Sabbath Part One

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2.1-3 I remember a conversation recently ...

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Do Something

The longer you look at Jesus the more you will want to serve Him in this world (N.T. Wright). I could not agree more. This is why the writer of Hebrews says, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus (12.1-2). We must look intently at the real Jesus. This is one of the reasons we are taking a journey through Matthew's Gospel. We wan...

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Pastoral Rest and Recharge

A few months ago the elders prayed about giving me four weeks away from pastoral duties. They have given me the month of July to take off from my regular duties. The elders believe that I should be teaching 44 weeks each year and that I should periodically take personal time to spend with my family. In addition to that I should also have some time to study and prepare for ...

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God with Us

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us." Matthew 1.23 The conception, birth and coming of Jesus is the essence of Christianity. Both mysterious and miraculous is the conception of Christ by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. We call this the incarnation, which literally s...

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Part of the Church: Friction and Fallout

I am not a big fan of the negative. I do not like to harp on it, nor discuss it. I am a half glass full kind of guy. So, to voluntarily write on friction and fallout as part of the church is not necessarily a thrilling topic for me, but a necessary one. In fact, Paul writes to the church at Corinth saying, For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear...

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Glorifying God in My Work

Paul says the overarching priority of a Christian's life is that in Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3.17). The phrase, do all in the name, refers to both representing another or being empowered to do so. So, in whatever we do in word or deed it is Jesus we are representing and by...

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Hear, See and Think

Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it(Deuteronomy 6.1-9) God has commanded Moses to teach the Israelites the Ten Commandments, and other statutes and judgments, so that they might do them in the land where they are going ov...

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Legalism and Obedience

I wanted to take some time this week and follow up on Sunday's message. Legalism is a great evil that must be put to death. Let me take some time deconstructing itwhile holding up obedience.How do we define legalism? It is the treating of biblical standards of conduct as regulations to be kept by our own power in order to earn God's favor.It is seeking to achieve forgivene...

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