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Veiled in Flesh

On this second Sunday in Advent, we are continuing to consider the Christmas story through the lens of the experience of the virgin Mary. It is a fascinating and, I think, important fact to notice that both at the beginning of the story of Jesus’ first coming and at its conclusion, both at the incarnation and at the resurrection, the first witnesses are women. At a time when the news is filled...

Veiled in Flesh

Well, this morning is the first Sunday in the Advent season, so we are taking a break for this season from our usual studies in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians as we are reminded of the meaning and the significance of the birth of the Lord Jesus and as we celebrate together His first coming. We're taking a break to consider the message, the meaning of the...

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...

God Reigns

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures and turn with me once again to the book of Exodus, chapter 20, as we continue to examine the teaching of the Ten Commandments together. We have looked at the first four commandments and we looked at the Sabbath command last Lord’s Day, which brings us to the fifth commandment and the beginning of what’s...

Our Scripture tonight is from Psalm 126; Psalm 126. It’s in your pew Bible on page 517-518 so if you’d turn with me there. And before I read, let us go to the Lord together in prayer. Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, we pray that You will strengthen us by Your Spirit through Your Word this evening. Give us eyes to see Christ by faith....

New Community

Now let me invite you please to take in your hands a copy of God’s holy, inerrant Word and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, the book of Ephesians, chapter 3. We return again to the prayer of the apostle Paul which we had begun to consider last Lord’s Day in verses 14 through 19 and then God willing next Lord’s Day we’ll...

If you have your Bibles with you or perhaps one there in the pew pockets in front of you, turn with me if you would now, to Psalm 92.  Psalm 92.  You can find it there on page 498 in your pew Bible.  As you’re turning there, allow me to say what an honor it is to stand before you and open God’s Word with you tonight.  As...

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter 27.  Genesis chapter 27.  It begins on page 21 in the church Bible.  And before we read, something to consider.  This passage we are about to read, it may feel very distant from us.  This is a strange passage.  Someone after the eight-thirty service said, “That was a strange passage for Thanksgiving week.”  It’s a strange passage, but...

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter 12.  Genesis chapter 12.  It’s also printed on the prayer sheet.  We are in between a summer series and a fall series; I think the fall series will start two weeks from today and our time’s going to be tonight in Genesis chapter 12 verses 1 through 9. 

Genesis 12 and the DNA of...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Now if you would please take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn to the Old Testament scriptures to the prophecy of Zechariah, chapter 14.  Zechariah chapter 14.  You’ll find that on page 800 if you’re using one of the church Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word let’s turn to Him together as we pray.  Let’s pray.

O Lord, this world,...

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now let me invite you to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me please to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Philippians chapter 1.  If you are using one of the church Bibles you’ll find that on page 980 - Philippians 1, page 980.  Before we read let’s turn to the Lord together in prayer and ask for His help.  Let us pray.

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Glad to be here with you tonight to open God’s Word.  If you would, take your copies of God’s Word and turn to Psalm 67, or you can look on the back of the prayer guide; it will be printed on there.  Psalm 67.  And before we read God’s Word let’s go to Him in prayer and ask for His help.

Our Lord and...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

January 6, 2013

“Not by Bread Alone Blessed are Those Who Walk in the Word”

Psalm 119:1-8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you do have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119 as we begin a new series together in this wonderful psalm. Last year, as we were finishing our way...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 28, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Pauline Prayer Request”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

A very appropriate hymn for this Lord's Day. Four hundred and ninety-five years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five points of debate on the church door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Five...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 28, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Pauline Prayer Request”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

A very appropriate hymn for this Lord's Day. Four hundred and ninety-five years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five points of debate on the church door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Five...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 21, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Early Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, if you’ll look with me at the last two verses in that chapter. You will notice immediately it's just one sentence; these two verses comprise...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 21, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Early Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, if you’ll look with me at the last two verses in that chapter. You will notice immediately it's just one sentence; these two verses comprise...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 146, the first of the final hallelujahs of the Psalter. These psalms supply us with the substance of the praise that we will be giving to God forever. In that day, when we stand before Him for the first time to begin never-ending worship, none of us will say, “Lord, I wish the preacher...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles with you, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 144. This psalm draws on phrases and words and ideas found in a number of other psalms, at least four, but puts them together in a unique way. It's a royal psalm; a psalm of David. It's a psalm for he and his successor kings lifted up in petition to the Lord...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 26, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Parting Request, Greeting, Charge, and Blessing”

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we come to the end of this letter, we've studied it all along under the rubric of “Living Life...

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