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  1. 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

    January 3, 2018Holiness
  2. Isaiah 66:1-2 (ESV)

    Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne,     and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me,     and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made,     and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one […]

    December 27, 2017Holiness, Pride and Humility
  3. Isaiah 40:25-28 (ESV)

    25 To whom then will you compare me,     that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:     who created these? He who brings out their host by number,     calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might     and because he is strong in power,     not […]

    October 4, 2017Holiness, worship
  4. Beginning the Book of Hebrews

    As a Christian, do you ever get discouraged? With your circumstances, with struggles, with your sin? Yeah…I do too!   Our holy and gracious Father knows you and I are easily tempted to be downcast. He knows we’re quick to shrink back from believing and living in light of His great promises and provision in […]

    September 27, 2017church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, Sermons
  5. Ephesians 5:25-33 (ESV)

    25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she […]

    November 16, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Sanctification
  6. Ephesians 5:22-24 (ESV)

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

    November 2, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church, Truth
  7. Ephesians 5:15-21 (ESV)

    15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, […]

    October 12, 2016Holiness, Ministry, worship
  8. Sexual Sin is Serious because Jesus Christ is Infinitely Glorious

    Over the last two Lord’s Days (Sept. 18 & 25), we’ve been looking at some sobering issues from Eph. 5:3-14.  Against the backdrop of the great spiritual blessings God has given His children in Christ (Eph. 1-3), and the clear call to walk worthy in light of these blessings (Eph. 4:1–5:2), Paul zeroes in on […]

    September 28, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, Sanctification, Sin
  9. Ephesians 5:3-14 (ESV)

    3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral […]

    September 14, 2016Holiness
  10. 1 Peter 4:7-11 (ESV)

    7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards […]

    August 31, 2016Holiness, love, Ministry
  11. Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)

    9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of […]

    July 13, 2016Holiness, Ministry, Sanctification, Stewardship, The Church
  12. On Grieving the Holy Spirit

    Some helpful insights about “…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph. 4:30), from C.H. Spurgeon:   “Our text, moreover, reveals to us the close connection between the Holy Spirit and the believer; He must take a very tender and affectionate interest in us since He is grieved by our shortcomings and our sins. […]

    July 6, 2016Holiness
  13. A Christian Response to the Orlando Massacre

    News of the massacre at an Orlando gay night club a little over a week ago was shocking and tragic, on many levels.  49 people killed, 53 injured, and millions upon millions horrified at such brutal, cold-blooded carnage.   Since the shooting, there has been no lack of rhetoric regarding how Christians should think and […]

    June 22, 2016Godly Speech, Holiness, Ministry, The Church, Truth
  14. Good, Hard Work

    Every Christian has been created in Jesus Christ for good, hard work!  This is clear with what Paul says in Eph. 2:10 –   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.   Paul reinforces this truth in Eph. 4:28 – […]

    June 15, 2016Holiness, Ministry, Stewardship, Training, worship
  15. Practical Vigilance

    When you’re angry, be careful!  This is the focus of Paul’s command in Eph. 4:26-27 –   Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.   Through the power of God’s indwelling Spirit, we need to be careful to not […]

    June 8, 2016Holiness, Training
  16. On Anger

    This past Lord’s Day, we began to look at Eph. 4:26-27, and the serious, sensitive topic of anger:   Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.   The heart of Paul’s exhortation is that Christians should be angry about […]

    June 1, 2016Holiness
  17. Visible Unity

    Preserving unity in the church matters because of the eternal unity of God!  This is the heart of Paul’s exhortation and explanation in Eph. 4:1-6.   1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and […]

    March 9, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church
  18. One Sovereign Voice

    The words of mankind never seem to cease.  Whether in print, through social media, over the airwaves, on a podcast, or live and in person, EVERYONE’S got something to say about EVERYTHING.  And my oh my, how the voices intensify during an election year!   Thank God for the wonderful gift of communication, and the […]

    March 2, 2016Holiness, Truth, worship
  19. Godly Attitudes and Actions

    Beloved, we find in Eph. 4:1-3 that the proper posture of a worthy walk is to have an eager readiness to do God’s will.  And as Paul makes clear, this involves embracing godly attitudes (“…with all humility, gentleness, and patience…”), and fulfilling godly actions (“…bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity […]

    February 24, 2016Holiness, Ministry, Stewardship, The Church, Training
  20. Preparing for the Lord’s Day

    As we prepare to gather again this coming Lord’s Day, let me encourage you in a few specific ways. First, take advantage of the “order of service” information we include in this newsletter.  Individually, or with family/friends, take some time in the days prior to our Sunday gathering to read through the various Scripture passages […]

    February 3, 2016church growth, Holiness, Ministry, Stewardship, The Church, worship
  21. Far-Reaching Implications of the Christian Identity

    Over the last two Sundays in our corporate gatherings, we’ve been gazing intently into Eph. 2:19-22.  What we’ve seen in this powerful passage is that as Christians, we belong to God and to one another.  As such, our identity is not determined by any earthly categories (ethnicity, socio-economic status, abilities, etc.).  To the contrary, our […]

    October 28, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, The Church
  22. The Basis of Our Identity

    We so easily lose sight of our identity in Christ!  How quickly we can forget who we are before God, and who we are in this world.  Temptations abound for us to look to things we see as the basis of our identity:  our abilities, our circumstances, our background, our relationships, our accomplishments, our approval/acceptance […]

    September 23, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Prayer, Training
  23. But Take Heart

    This past week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages in all fifty states.  A ruling from the court is expected sometime in June.   There are many significant implications which will flow from the court’s decision, and many sober things for God’s people to consider.   Among these, […]

    May 6, 2015Holiness, The Church
  24. Divine Discipline for Fleeting Foreigners

    What faith-strengthening truths flow from Psalm 39, as we heard this past Lord’s Day through Tim Ingrum’s faithful preaching!  Tim helped us see that “fleeting foreigners need divine discipline to travel light”, and thus we should respond with faith and submission to God’s loving discipline.  I don’t know about you, but I continually need to […]

    December 11, 2014Holiness, Sanctification, Truth, worship
  25. Genuine Worship Includes Gathering with God’s People

    God’s word makes clear that genuine worship which pleases Him is that which is “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:22-24), and that which encompasses all of life, all the time (Rom. 12:1-2).  With slight modification to a definition of worship offered by David Peterson in his excellent book Engaging With God, we can say […]

    October 22, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, The Church

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