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So Psalm 120 to 134 is a section in the Psalter, in the Psalms, that’s often called “The Song of Ascents.” Each one of the psalms has the little title at the beginning that says, “A Song of Ascents,” and there’s fifteen of them in total. We’re just going to look at one of them today; Psalm 121. And there’s three lessons that we’re going to learn from...

Rewire

Paul, you will remember, has been dealing with the problem of division in Corinth and it’s a problem that has reared its ugly head in different ways as we’ve worked through the book together. There’ve been divisions over leadership. Some were boasting in their favorite preacher and others in a different preacher. There were divisions over economics and lawsuits among believers. There was even division over which foods...

What is "The Peace of Belonging"? Well, maybe we should start by defining, "What is belonging?" Let me tell you where I want to go in this sermon today. We want to talk about what is belonging, we want to talk about what belonging looks like, and then we’ll finish with asking the question, “Why does it matter?”

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

A 1989 movie, Casualties of War, which starred Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn, told the story of a group of soldiers during the Vietnam War who committed a horrible crime, and one of the soldiers, played by Michael J. Fox, Private Eriksson, witnesses this crime but doesn’t participate in it and doesn’t do anything to stop it. And there’s this scene in the movie where his conscience begins...

This is God’s Word and by it, He intends to shape not only our thinking but the affections of our hearts and this is what we’re trusting Him to do. With that in mind, let me tell you where I’ve been thinking and studying over the past several weeks, even months. For whatever the reason, the Lord has had Emily and me both reading and talking, marinating and...

Rewire

So as I said, this is Paul’s spiritual biography of the Corinthian believers. Here’s what grace has done in them, is doing in them. Here’s what grace may yet be doing or may yet still do among us. And as we look over these six verses, I want to highlight four aspects in particular of the Christian life that we find here that Paul celebrates in the Corinthians...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

Something Callie and I were laughing about the other day, or this just may be way too silly, but ridiculous nursery rhymes. Okay? So one of them that we all know is, “Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop…” Now I am a fairly young dad, but I’m pretty sure in all the “Parenting 101” books I read there was never a suggestion nor a direction to get kids to...

In 1968, at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, the final event was the marathon. There was an Ethiopian runner who had entered into the stadium. He was the first one to enter there and he finished the track and ran across the finish line and won the race. But about an hour behind him, there was a man by the name of John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

As you’re sitting down, if you have a copy of God’s Word I invite you to turn to the book of James. We’re studying through the New Testament book of James in the evenings this summer. If you’re a visitor, a warm welcome to you again. We’re so glad you’re here; glad you’re with us. We find ourselves in James chapter 1 verses 19 to 25...

Behold, A Throne

Please take a copy of the holy Scriptures and turn with me in them to Revelation chapter 3. Revelation chapter 3 at verse 1. You’ll find that on page 1029 in our church Bibles. We’re reading the message of the risen Christ now to the church in the city of Sardis. You will recall, if you’ve been with us over these weeks as we’ve studied the...

Behold, A Throne

So far we’ve considered two of the common threats to the spiritual vitality of the church addressed in this part of the book of Revelation. In Ephesus, the church had lost its first love. It had entered a period of spiritual declination. It remained theologically orthodox; it was busy serving, but its love and its passion for Christ had been obscured and lost sight of and neglected. And...

How to Live in the Last Days

As you’re being seated, please turn with me in your Bibles to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians chapter 2 in verse 17 through chapter 3 and verse 5 is what we’ll be studying tonight. We’re making our way through a series called, How to Live in the Last Days, and one of the things we’ve noticed about what the New Testament teaches about the...

The stewardship committee of the diaconate each year designates this as Stewardship Sunday so I think it would be helpful to understand that Stewardship Sunday is not the ecclesiastical equivalent of NPR Drivetime. This is not a fundraising telethon. No matter how long it may feel to you as you listen, I promise the sermon really will not go on and on and on until you give more...

Next Lord’s Day Evening we will be, I think as Tree said to you and as it says in the bulletin, we will be at the Twin Lakes campground for our dinner on the grounds and our evening worship service out there. I know that will be a wonderful evening. I hope you’ll all plan to come and join us for that. And then the Lord’s Day following...

Last Things

How you think about what happens at life’s end and what happens afterwards shapes how you think about life here and now, doesn’t it? The value and the importance of life, in no small measure, depends on your view of things like death, judgment, heaven, and hell. And so for the next few weeks we are going to take time to consider together the Bible’s teaching on those...

New Community

Please take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6. Ephesians chapter 6. If you have one of our church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 979. Once you have the Scriptures opened before you, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

O Lord, Your Word is a light to our path...

New Community

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy, inerrant Word in your hands and turn to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, which you will find on page 979 of our church Bibles. Once you have the Scriptures opened before you, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

Lord our God, there are times, we confess, when our world in its sin...

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...

Please turn with me in your copy of God’s Word to Psalm 130. And as you all are turning there I would be remiss if I didn’t offer just a few thank-yous as I stand here. First, to the session of this church, it’s a privilege that your session takes serious to guard this pulpit and so your invitation to me to preach here is one I take...

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