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Rewire

Paul has been talking about the nature and the boundary, the limits, of Christian freedom. The Corinthians had written to him asking for advice about a particular problem that was especially pressing in the culture in which they lived. Food, meat was often sold in the market as surplus to requirements after having first been used in the sacrifices of the pagan temples in the city of Corinth. And so...

What is it that drives you? We’re going to come back to that question in just a little while, but for now, what motivates you? Why do we do the things that we do and pursue the goals that we pursue? What occupies our thoughts when we have moments when we are not distracted? It seems like a pretty basic question, doesn’t it? But I would guess that...

The Search for Significance, Security, and Satisfaction

Psalm 16 is a prayer for security. It was written almost 3,000 years ago by King David. He is asking God to protect him and deliver him from threatening circumstances. “Preserve me, O God?” he prays in verse 1. “My flesh dwells secure,” he is able to say in faith in verse 9. David is looking for security from God. And what I want to do as we consider Psalm...

God Reigns

Over and over again we’ve heard this particular warning every hurricane season; we heard it at the last hurricane that was threatening the east coast just recently from the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, you remember. “This storm will kill you,” he said. The message was clear. “Listen to the evacuation warning. Get yourself and your family to safety. This storm will kill you.” And yet this time...

As you are sitting down, please take your Bibles and turn together to the letter of James, towards the end of the New Testament. It’s found on page 1011 if you are you using the pew Bible, 1011. We’ve been working our way through the book of James this summer and more properly, the first chapter of the book of James, and we’re in verses 17...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

Again if you’re a visitor, welcome! Good to have you with us. We’re glad you’re here. We’re studying through the New Testament book of James. It’s toward the back of the New Testament there; it’s found on page 1011 if you’re using a pew Bible, 1011. And we’ll be studying together this evening James chapter 1 verses 9 through 12. James 1:9-12. Before we listen to...

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, as we come again before Your Word, we recognize our own impoverished condition in which we need to humbly implore You for the aid of the Holy Spirit to understand. And so we pray that the Spirit would cause Christ to increase and the one who speaks to decrease, all for Your glory. We ask it in...

First let me say thank you. Wiley and I, we were kind of laughing about how ridiculous this all is. It’s like y’all put the kids in charge of church today! And it is; it is funny! But I really did, in two ways, before anything I wanted to say thank you, and first on a personal level. I love this church. It’s amazing to look out and...

1 John

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 5. Today we come to the end of our study of 1 John. This is the epilogue of the book, from the 13th verse of this chapter to the end: John's final words, his parting words, an afterword to us in which he sums up some of the great emphases of...

Exodus

The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn Exodus 11:1-10

If you’d take your Bibles and turn with me to Exodus, chapter 11, we come now to the final plague. Let's hear God's Word.

"Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that, he will let you go from here. When he lets you...

Exodus

Exodus 10:21-29 The Ninth Plague: Darkness

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to direct your attention to the end of Exodus, chapter 10, picking up in verse 21. Today we come to the penultimate plague of the next to the last of this series of ten plagues.

We have seen three triads of plagues so far. The first three, the middle three...

Exodus

Eighth Plague the Locusts Exodus 10:1-20

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 10. We come tonight to the eighth of the ten plagues. As we do, you know that we are already in the last triad. There are three three’s in the plagues. Plagues one through three, four through six, and seven through nine bear certain similarities...

Exodus

The Sixth and Seventh Plagues: Boils and Hail Exodus 9:8-35

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with to Exodus, chapter 9. We’ve worked through the first five plagues now, and it may be good to pause and review some of themes we’ve seen so far. First of all, we’ve emphasized on a number of occasions that the plague represents God’s redemptive...

Exodus

The Fifth Plague: Death of Livestock Exodus 9:1-7

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 9. We have studied the first four plagues now. After tonight we’ll be halfway home. And this is perhaps a good time to pause and review some of the great things that we have seen, and some trends that have already become...

Exodus

The Third and fourth Plagues: Knats and Flies Exodus 8:16-32

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 8, as we continue to work our way through the various plagues of Egypt. We’re going to look at two tonight, both having to do with insects of some sort, the third and the fourth plagues. We’ve seen a number...

Exodus

The Second Plague – Frogs Exodus 8:1-15

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 8. For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at this cycle of plague accounts, which begins actually with the encounter in Exodus 7, verses 8 through 13 between Moses and the magicians or sorcerers of Egypt. In that particular encounter in...

Exodus

The First Plague — The Nile Turned to Blood Exodus 7:14-15

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, Chapter 7. Tonight we're going to be looking at verses 14 through 25, in preparation for that you may allow your eyes to run back to verses 8 through 14 where we were the last time we were together. Exodus...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 31:1-21 The Flight to Canaan

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 31. Last week's study provides the backdrop for the events which will occur here in the first half of Genesis 31. Indeed the whole of Genesis 31. And so as you turn to Genesis 31, you may want to sneak a peek at Genesis...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Call of God

The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)

Part I

Genesis 12:1-9

The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham) — 1. The Call of Go

If you would look with me at God's word in Genesis, chapter 12. We’re going to attend tonight to verses 1 through 9. We, of course, are beginning the life of Abraham at this juncture. We have seen the preface to this great book set forth in the...

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