Who Preaches to You?

Who preaches to you? Those were the words that were silent to everyone else around me, but seemed to speak with a deafening volume in my own mind. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2.6, “It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” A pastor must be feeding upon the word personally before he dares to lead

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August 5: Offertory Meditation

This past Sunday we looked at John 1:19-34: Behold the Lamb. Message can be found here. Below is the Offertory Meditation. I will glory in my Redeemer Whose priceless blood has ransomed me Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails And hung Him on that judgment tree I will glory in my Redeemer Who crushed the power of sin and death My

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Grace Upon Grace

This past week we worked through John 1.16 “For of His fullnes we have all received, and grace upon grace.” What does the phrase “grace upon grace” mean? Martin Luther expressed it this way: The sun is not dimmed and darkened by shining on so many people or by providing the entire world with its light and splendor. It retains its light intact. It

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Gospel of John: Behold Your God

This Sunday we begin a new series titled, The Gospel of John: Behold Your God. John states the purpose of his Gospel, “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) I look forward to our first series as a church family

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Striving Together

This past Sunday we looked at Philippians 1, Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel. As Christians we instinctively understand our role to work together as a church family to reach our community for Christ. But, what does it look like if we are to strive together or partner together for the Gospel’s advancement? I suggested that Philippians 1 reveals four ways to assess

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Grace Life Values #3

relational living for Gospel advance We understand that if the Gospel of Jesus is going to advance in our community it will happen one person at a time. We value intentional, relational living to advance the Gospel. We encourage relationships with people that are seeking or are even hostile to the Gospel. We seek to follow Jesus’ practice by befriending people the religious world

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Grace Life Values #2

transparent, grace-based community The Christian life was not meant to be lived in isolation. The local church was designed by God to reflect His character in a world that desperately needs someone(s) to reflect the holy unity of the living God. The Scriptures reveal we need brothers and sisters in Christ for encouragement, accountability, and caring for one another. We attempt to accomplish this

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Grace Life Values #1

careful Christ-centered teaching We believe the Bible gives us all answers to life’s confusion. But the Bible is more than an answer guide to life’s tough questions. Christianity is about Jesus. The Bible reveals Jesus (John 5:39). As soon as we as a church family assume certain truths, we believe we begin to lose those very truths or, at least, their value in comparison

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