Deadly Ingredients of Suffering

The following five observations taken from Job 22-31 are ways that we can begin to think as we become embittered at the suffering we experience. Job 22-31 is the third cycle of conversation between Job and his three friends and gives a window into the bitterness of suffering that Job experienced. Here are five ingredients that erode a believer’s soul: We assume that God

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Divine Sovereignty

Charles Spurgeon on Diving Sovereignty “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?—Matthew 20:15 The householder says, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?” and even so does the God of heaven and earth ask this question of you this morning. “Is it not lawful for me to do what I

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Why Suffering Exists

As we study through the book of Job, we learn that suffering exists for many reasons and none of which are reasons that Job suffers. Suffering exists because sin exists (Romans 5:12). This is not the Garden of Eden. This is a cursed creation. This is not heaven. We long for the new heaven and the new earth. Suffering exists to mature God’s children

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Trials Reveal Our View of God

As we learn about suffering in the book of Job, we understand that God condemns all three of Job’s friend’s viewpoint on God and suffering. “…the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: ‘My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right…’” Job 42:7 Trials reveal faulty views of suffering. No one intentionally embraces

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Biblical Wisdom for Singles Seeking a Spouse

  From Pastor Joel’s message on Singleness this Sunday: What you are in your singleness, you will be married. Yes, it’s true by the Spirit’s power, I can grow and change over time, but my greatest need is not a removal of external circumstance, but an internal heart change. Marriage tends to compound weaknesses and character deficiencies, not cover them. Whether it’s laziness or

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Quotable Quotes from Sunday’s Sermon

I’ve had a few people ask for a few of the quotes that I used in Sunday’s message on Singleness. Here they are…

Let’s face it: singleness is not an inherently inferior state of affairs…. But I want to be married. I pray to that end every day. I may meet someone and walk down the aisle in the next couple of years because God is so good to me. I may never have another date…because God is so good to me. Paige Brown


For those of us who remain single, we might not experience the unique depth of intimacy with one person that a married friend might, but we can enjoy a unique breadth of intimacy with a number of close friends that comes from having greater opportunity & capacity than married people typically have to invest in close friendships. Sam Alberry, British Pastor

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No Way! No Growing Marriage Allow These

James 3 & 4 teach that there are four incompatible characteristics of healthy marriages: blessing tongue vs cursing tongue. (James 3:9-10) James says how can you curse at your spouse on Friday and worship on Sunday? The answer isn’t to stop worshipping. earthly wisdom vs heavenly wisdom. (James 3:13, 15, 17). Common sense is not always biblical wisdom. There are plenty of common sense values in

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Scripture Alone

We began our series on the Five Solas of the Reformation on Sunday. We started with Scripture Alone from 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:5. I have had some of our members ask for the closing applications that I gave. Here they are: Scripture alone overrules subjective guidance. Scripture alone overrules my applications of biblical principles. Scripture alone overrules my theological traditions. Scripture alone overrules

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The Peacemaking Church

Sunday I preached a message titled, The Peacemaking Church. Churches tend to be a place where conflict happens on a regular basis. The question is not if conflict comes to the church, the question is what do we do when conflict comes to the church. My outline was taken from material from Ken Sande of Peacemaker Ministries. A conflict is define as a difference in opinion

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