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Well, what a delight it is to be with the First Pres family. And in many ways, a feeling like this whole weekend has been something of a family reunion seeing so many faces, familiar faces, from the years that my wife, Christy, and I and our children had the privilege of serving in your midst, or maybe more properly, being served by you in the midst of...

Rooted

We are in a section toward the end of the letter now where Paul is applying to the Colossians’ lives the implications of what it means to be united to Jesus Christ, to be “in Christ.” Last time, beginning in verse 18 of chapter 3 through verse 1 of chapter 4, Paul spoke about the Christian family, the household, and the implications of being united to Jesus for...

If you were with us this morning you remember we began to think about the subject of revival. We have a Sunday between stewardship season and Thanksgiving and Advent, which begins next week, and so I thought we'd take time, morning and evening, to think about this important subject that's been a growing conviction of mine that true revival is the great and pressing need of the church...

Rooted

I picture myself almost as though we were walking past Paul's room and his door is slightly ajar and you can hear him on his knees pleading for the Colossians in chapter 1 verses 9 through 12. We're eavesdropping on the apostle Paul at prayer. And we get a real sense, don't we, of the heart of this man for these Christians whom he has never met personally...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

Well, we were treated to, what I understand now is one of the top three greatest hits of the Day School play catalog, the “Barnyard Praise” of the kindergarten! That was a first for us. And just as an aside, thank you, Gary and the staff, everybody at the Day School. This is such an amazing ministry of our church and we were just, Callie and I were...

I want us to see three things from this passage this morning. I want us to see first the love of Jesus, secondly the sympathy of Jesus, and finally the instruction of Jesus. The love, the sympathy, and the instruction of Jesus.

Well, tonight we’re going to try to descend down into the depths of a very profound mystery, the central mystery of the Christian faith, as we listen to the Lord Jesus pray from the cross. Actually three times – we only read two of His prayers – but three times He prays. He lifts up His voice in prayer as He hangs in agony between two criminals. Three...

God Reigns

I was reading something this week about military disasters and the author offered a definition of a military disaster. He said there are three parts of the definition of a military disaster. The first part is chronic mission failure; your forces fail to achieve their objective. The second part is successful enemy action; your forces fail but the enemy succeeds. And the third part is the total denigration...

I had the privilege a few days ago of teaching the Bible lesson to the children from Neighborhood Christian Center as they meet during the summertime in our church. And I asked the question, I started off the lesson of asking the question, “What is the most frequently mentioned animal in the Bible?” The first answer that came up was, “sheep.” And they were right. And...

Let’s pray!

Almighty, all gracious, all loving, all knowing God, unless You had given to us of the Holy Spirit, unless the Holy Spirit so works in power and glory and mercy and grace, we live and labor and listen, even this morning, in vain. So come and do what You alone can do for the glory of the Father alone. In...

If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6.  I have been teaching through the Sermon on the Mount in the Young Seekers Sunday School class this quarter, and I didn’t feel like I spent an appropriate amount of time on the Lord’s Prayer this past Sunday, so I wanted to double back around and spend some more time focused in on this passage...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

Well if you have your Bibles we can turn together to Colossians chapter 4.  We’ll be in verses 2 through 6 tonight.  This is the last section of the body of this letter to the Colossians before we get to some personal remarks from Paul next week.  I had a member of the church, Vic Clark, told me once of his nephew who works for Rolex and he...

Gospel Pattern: Old Testament Stories & The Grace of God

If you would turn with me to Daniel chapter 6 or you can look there on your handouts.  Martin Lloyd-Jones once said that “everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.”  Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer, and yet prayer is a vital component of the Christian life.  It’s a vital component of how God works in us and nurtures...

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