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September

Rewire

Paul, you will remember, has been defending his ministry. He would not take a salary from the Corinthians. Some of them felt that was grounds to begin undermining his ministry. They could not control him, you see, if they couldn’t pay for him. And so they began to insinuate that perhaps Paul ought not to be trusted. “He’s not a real apostle, after all.” And so for most of chapter...

Back in 1999, my dad had to have some serious heart surgery. And one of my great memories growing up with my dad was grilling steaks with him and eating ribs. That all went away! After heart surgery, he had drastic changes to his diet. But I've been interested in that ever since, and I read a study recently from Dr. Edward Miller, who is the CEO and...

Rewire

We’ll be focusing on verses 15 through 18. You can find they’re on page 957 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. You will remember, if you’ve been with us, the story so far. Paul is responding to a letter that has reached him from Corinth raising a number of practical and theological questions that were troubling the believers there. And beginning last week, we saw Paul defending his...

Well as a child of the 1980s – it’s been a while since we’ve had an 80s reference, so que is up! As a child of the 1980s, the big movie when I was growing up was Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and he played the Marty McFly character. So if you’ve ever seen the movie, Marty McFly is the cool guy. His dad is...

Rewire

Last time in chapter 8, if you were with us, you will recall Paul was responding to a problem presented to him by the Corinthians in their letter to him. The problem was food offered to idols. And as he worked through that problem, he articulated a timeless principle. The principle is, that love constrains liberty. That is to say, though we may know the truth, knowing the...

Blog Entry on Sep 1, 2017

PCA Disaster Relief for Harvey and Irma: Mission to North America Disaster Response is in contact with local leadership at numerous PCA congregations in the impacted area. The Diaconate of FPC Jackson remains in contact with MNA to determine how we can best help now and on an ongoing basis. The most immediate need is for funds to provide supplies. Please consider giving directly to MNA to fund these efforts by...

August

Rewire

Let me again welcome you if you are visiting. We’re so glad you’re here. I know some of you are students returning or you’re family members with your children coming to college. We’re so glad that you are here. If we can serve you in any way at all, please will you let me know? I’ll be at the back as you leave, the North State Street entrance. I’d love...

Sermon on Aug 27, 2017

John 6:44

If you have your Bibles, please take them and turn to the gospel of John, chapter 6; you’ll find it on page 892. If you’re using a pew Bible, 892. Just one verse tonight, but I’ll read beginning at verse 41 of John chapter 6. Before we hear the Word of God, let’s go to Him in prayer.

Our Father, we long for the...

Rewire

 In our morning services, we’ve been working through 1 Corinthians together. And in chapter 7, we’re in the second half of chapter 7 this morning, Paul has been responding to some questions the Corinthians have asked him about singleness and marriage. He’s concluding this part of his discussion about singleness and marriage in the last chunk of the chapter, verses 25 to 40. You’ll find it on page...

When four-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch moved to Colorado, she did what any sensible new homeowner would do. She found the nearest police officer and asked him promptly to check the home for monsters. She'd done her own spade work but wanted to make sure there were no monsters. So Officer Bonday of the Colorado Police Department showed up at her house and walked through with little Sidney to make...

I came across a book this week, started flipping through it – Junk. The subtitle of it was, “Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff.” Junk was the first title of the book, written by Alison Stewart. And here’s the deal. She was talking about how much stuff we have, how much abundance we have in this culture we live in, so much so that, she says this. “Self-storage has its...

The action all takes place – a rather familiar story – it all takes place at a dinner party in the home of a Pharisee, a religious leader of the time, a Pharisee by the name of Simon. It was customary among Pharisees, especially on the Sabbath Day after Sabbath worship, to bring a guest of honor home and have a large Sabbath meal with your Pharisee friends...

Rewire

Now you may remember that Paul has been dealing with the tangled, confused thinking of the Corinthians, particularly in the area of sex and sexuality. And so chapters 5 and 6, Paul dealt with one extreme of this problem at Corinth where there were those who, though they’ve come to join themselves to the church and professed faith in Jesus, nevertheless had a very hard time indeed leaving...

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