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Being lost is not fun. It leaves us confused, maybe even scared. On this particular account, the disciples are out in the sea and they’re not exactly lost - they know the sea - but they are definitely off course. But they’re not just physically off course, as we’ll look at in the passage this morning, they are spiritually off course. But what we’re going to look at...

Good morning and happy New Year. I trust you don’t think it’s too premature for me to go ahead and wish you a happy New Year. After all, we’re only about twelve hours out from it becoming 2018. It’s sort of hard to believe that another year has come and gone and we’re about to start another year in just a matter of hours. Whenever New Year comes...

My wife, Wendy, recently pointed me to an interview done several years ago with now the late American author, Pat Conroy. In this interview, he was telling the story of one of the times when one of his books had become a best-selling book. It had sold over 5 million copies and Hollywood came to him and said, “We’d like to make a movie out of your book.”...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

If you would, open up your Bibles to Colossians chapter 3.  We have some Bibles in the back of the room if you need one of those; help yourself.  Colossians chapter 3.  Well obviously we must not have advertised as well this week as we did last week for Tim Keller or else I’m sure the crowd would have been just the same!  Not that my feelings are...

This coming Sunday will be our stewardship Sunday for our 2015 budget. To discover what the Bible says about stewardship, the best place to start is with the very first verse of the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” As the Creator, God has absolute rights of ownership over all things. Nothing else in the Bible, including the principle of stewardship, will make...

If you would, open your Bibles to John chapter 21, John chapter 21.  If you’re using one of our pew Bibles that reading can be found on page 906.  John chapter 21.  I’ll remind you that our senior minister David Strain is on vacation and so this would be a good time to remind you to be praying for him.  He works hard and he’s earned a good...

Life Toward God

This episode is the recording of a Question and Answer event with our Senior Minister, David Strain. Members from the church submitted questions concerning theology, culture, and the church. Some of the subjects that came up included homosexuality, assurance, and sanctification. 

What a glorious night we had here at First Presbyterian Jackson this past Lord’s Day evening. It was an evening designed to bring praise and worship to our Lord Jesus Christ. It was an evening designed to celebrate together God’s gracious provision of a new Senior Minister. Celebrating and worshipping were exactly what we did as we installed David Strain to his new office of Senior Minister.

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I am so pleased with the announcement that David Strain has been unanimously nominated by our Pulpit Committee to be our next Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church. This will now be put to a vote by the congregation on March 30 and is subject to Presbytery approval on May 6. I am absolutely confident the Pulpit Committee worked hard and reached the correct decision. The following was...

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

If you would, either open your Bibles or look on that sheet that’s on the back table and we’re going to turn to Luke 19.  And we’re going to look at the first ten verses of Luke 19.  As you’re turning there, let me just set the stage for you a little bit.  Jesus is in Jericho.  He’s about an eight hour walk away from Jerusalem, so just...

Though being without a Senior Minister is not ideal, one of the blessings we have had lately is the presence of some very fine men filling the pulpit for us here at First Presbyterian Jackson. I have been thankful and blessed by every sermon here in 2014. This coming week is no exception. We are delighted to welcome The Reverend Paul Levy to our pulpit starting...

Though it is true our dear friend Ligon Duncan is no longer our senior minister, I wanted to tell you something very exciting about his ministry to us. We have been working a long time getting the entire catalog of his preaching ministry during Ligon’s tenure as our senior minister available online. This project involves converting sermons stored on audio cassettes to a digital format. So far this...

As you are well aware, we have had several changes in staffing around here since January 1st. Along with Ligon leaving, we had to say goodbye to Billy Joseph last week. I wrote to you recently about Gary Sinclair joining the staff, and I am looking forward to you getting to know Gary and his family. Another change the New Year brought us here at First Presbyterian Church...

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