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Rooted

On Sunday mornings we have slowly been making our way through Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. Our teaching theme, you may remember, this year is “Rooted” - learning to live from our union with Christ. And you will perhaps, at least I hope, have begun to see that’s actually a pretty good summary of the central concern of the letter of Paul to the Colossians. He...

In 2 Corinthians 3, verse 18, Paul says that, “we all with unveiled faces beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” Okay, so you see what he’s saying? Beholding the glory of God and being transformed into His likeness go together. To the degree that you behold His glory, to that same degree you are...

I told Billy after he preached last week on the previous section, that I went back and I underlined a few phrases in my Bible because they stuck out to me, they stood out to me as he explained that passage. And the phrase is the phrase that we see in verse 23, “wait eagerly.” That’s actually one word in the Greek. And it’s the same word that...

Veiled in Flesh

Over these weeks of Advent so far, we have walked with Mary through the events of Christ’s first coming and listened in as the angel, Gabriel, announced to her, her miraculous pregnancy. We went with Mary on her journey last Lord’s Day Morning to visit cousin Elizabeth in the hill country of Judah and we saw the explosive joy that characterized their meeting. You remember Elizabeth was so...

 John chapter 1 begins with those famous and staggering truths about Jesus Christ. That, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have beheld his glory, as of the only son from the Father.” It’s almost as if John is beginning his gospel with a hymn of...

We’re on the doorstep of our Mission Conference as Gabe reminded us. Our theme this year for the conference is “Deep and Wide.” You’ll receive something in the mail from the church, a Mission Conference booklet, with a letter of explanation, even a pledge card, an invitation to engage, to pray, to invest yourself, even to sacrifice for the sake of this mission that is rooted in this...

Prepare Him Room

I remember as a fairly new believer attending the parish church in the village on the outskirts of Glasgow where I grew up for our midnight service one Christmas Eve. It has been a cold and gloomy night as I walked down the street from my family home to the church. We spent the next happy hour singing the praise of God, singing carols by candlelight, praising Him...

God Reigns

As a family, one of our favorite things to do is to visit the national parks of this great country. And before each trip, you know, we try to find out as much detail about each of the parks as we can, particularly about the wildlife in the parks. We want to, we talk about which animals we really want to see while we’re there. And every day...

God Reigns

George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted the first ascent of Mount Everest. They disappeared only 800 feet from the summit on the eighth of June, 1924. To this day, the question of whether they actually attained the summit or not before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally managed it in 1953, remains unsettled. Among those who have doubted their success is Hillary himself who famously said, “If you...

Behold, A Throne

Well, some of you will remember, as I said before we took our break at the beginning of the summer we were working through the letters of the risen Christ to the seven churches of Asia Minor with which the book of Revelation opens. And they offered a penetrating, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of life in these seven representative congregations. These were churches struggling with false teaching. For some...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

Full disclosure! Shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but I’m not too much of a reality TV guy. If you are, it’s okay, not judging, but one show that did catch my attention a few years ago was the show, Undercover Boss. And the whole premise of the show was the boss, the CEO of a multimillion dollar corporation, everything from Subway to Circle K, Burger King, would...

Advent Songs

The passage this morning is, you might say, somewhat like a mountain. It begins, the ascent, the climb begins in verse 8. Here’s the level ground at the foot of the mountain. A mundane pastoral scene shepherds tending their flocks, watching over them in the night. But then, from there our road begins very quickly to mount to higher elevations. The angel of the Lord appears to them...

The Word Became Flesh

This morning we are taking a short break from our ongoing studies in the book of Exodus to capitalize on the opportunity afforded by the Advent season and together to think in a sustained and concentrated way about the significance of the first coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And this year, our thinking will be directed by the prologue to the gospel according to John. ...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Colossians chapter 1.  Colossians chapter 1 beginning in verse 24.  We are in the midst of a series on Paul’s letter to the Colossian church and the title of this series is “The Preeminence of Christ.”  This is our Fall, midweek series, and this is a letter written by the apostle Paul to encourage a relatively young church that was...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 10, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor Who Loves His People”

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to read to the end of that chapter and then into the first few verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 10, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor Who Loves His People”

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to read to the end of that chapter and then into the first few verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 16, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (1): Holy Father”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Let us worship Him!

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn...

Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility, Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding: A Study of Philippians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 8, 2007 Communion Sunday

Philippians 1:21-26

“To Be or Not to Be”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Philippians chapter one, verse 21. For a number of months now we've been studying Paul's letter to the Philippians, and for the last month we've been looking at Philippians 1:21, which we...

Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility, Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding: A Study of Philippians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 1, 2007

Philippians 1:21

“The Gain of Death”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

I'd invite you to turn with me to Philippians, chapter one, verse 21. We've been in this verse for a month; we haven't gotten to the second half of the verse yet.

There's good reason for that. The comfort that we all look for — and surely we look for...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 30, 2006

Ephesians 4:25-28

“Lying and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please take your Bibles in hand, and turn with me to Ephesians 4. We’re continuing to work through this great passage together, and you’ll remember that last week the Apostle Paul was exhorting us not to live as if we were not Christians, not to live like the...

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