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A question that comes up when we talk about membership

January 24, 2008

A few weeks ago I mentioned a couple questions people sometimes ask us (elders) when we talk about the importance of church membership. I would like to mention another frequently asked question that sometimes comes up in a discussion about church membership. Q. Shouldn’t we show love to unbelievers even though they aren’t part of…

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Joel Osteen, and discerning true faith in Christ

January 23, 2008

Some weeks ago, Pastor Craig preached a couple of sermons on God’s ingredients for a grace filled life, and drew a comparison to the views of author and preacher Joel Osteen, along with some comments in his best-selling book, Your Best Life Now. As this video reveals very clearly, Osteen is notoriously “safe” (and sadly…

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Weekly Bible Readings – Jan 21 thru Jan 27

January 18, 2008

Here are this week’s readings. We finish the sermon on the mount, get to read about the conversion of the Apostle Paul, are encouraged in the Psalms, and read about the history of God’s dealings with Jacob, who is renamed Israel. Enjoy your reading, and make sure you are keeping it practical by considering applications…

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Weekly Bible Readings – Jan 14 thru Jan 20

January 11, 2008

I’ve decided to add at least one question for reflection in each category, in order to facilitate understanding and application for everyone each week, no matter how many sections you have committed to reading. You shouldn’t feel obligated to comment on every section though. Don’t forget to encourage others through posting your comments, reflections, applications…

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More help for hallowing and hoping in Christ

January 9, 2008

Yesterday I offered some help for learning to hope in Christ. I’ll repeat the first two suggestions and then continue right on into the third. First, pray for it. We are told to pray “hallowed by your Name.” Second, look long and hard and frequently at the beauty of the crucified and risen Christ. Read…

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How do we get and maintain a Christ-centered and Christ-hallowing hope?

January 8, 2008

This past Sunday we studied 1 Peter 3:13-17. In this passage Peter is equipping believers for life in a hostile world. Our supreme responsibility (in preparation for life a hostile world) is to set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts. To prepare ourselves for a hostile world, we could study theology and apologetics (the…

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Weekly Bible Readings

January 4, 2008

At the end of every week, we will be posting Bible readings for the next week–there will be 50 weeks of readings in all. Each entry will have six days worth of readings in four different categories. One category will be the gospels. The second category will be the New Testament history and epistles. A…

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The King who would be Man – the Incarnation of Christ

December 22, 2007

Last year at Christmas we sang the hymn, “The Coventry Carol.” Here is the third verse of that hymn. Herod the King, in his raging, Charged he hath this day; His men of might, in his own sight, All children young, to slay. That hymn is named after the city of Coventry, England, where the…

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Frequently Asked Questions about Church Membership

December 20, 2007

Perhaps you or someone you know has asked one of the following questions about church membership. Q. Did the early church really have formal membership? Many Bible teachers say there was membership in the New Testament church. Other Bible teachers go further when they teach that the early church practiced a formal membership in local…

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Encouragement for those who change slowly

December 12, 2007

I’ve been re-reading John Piper’s book, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. I would like to share with you some Scripture and some of Piper’s insights from chapter 15 of the book which greatly encouraged me. I hope God will encourage you too. Piper says, “One of the greatest heartaches in the Christian life…

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How does a sermon for husbands apply to those who are not husbands?

December 4, 2007

On Sunday, I preached a message to husbands about how to be good husbands. 1 Peter 3:7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that…

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Jesus Christ died in your place – The encouragement of Substitionary Atonement

November 29, 2007

Here is a great extended quote from John Stott’s book, Basic Christianity (p. 92-93), outlining and describing the nature of and importance of truly believing in Christ’s sacrificial death on behalf of men. It begins with a quote of one of the many very clear verses of Scripture that state this doctrine in no uncertain…

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