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Sermon Quotes: "The Pilgrim's Passion"

"The Lord makes his presence known in many places, but where the people of God assemble to worship his presence may be more keenly felt." Allen Ross "Rather, they make it aplace of springs, which is a classic statement of the faith which dares to dig blessings out of hardships. But God may choose to send rain, which comes through nobody's enterprise and can bring a whol...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Soundless Word and the Saving Word"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Soundless Word and the Saving Word,given on July 8, 2018. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ taught us from Psalm 19 about the revelation and celebration available to us in both God's creation and in His written Word. Life can be busy. We live distracted not even pausing to lift our eyes up for a moment to behold the overwhelmin...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Soundless Word and the Saving Word"

"When I feel I cannot make headway in devotion, I open the Psalms and push out in my canoe, and let myself be carried along in the stream of devotion which flows through the whole book. The current always sets toward God, and in most places is strong and deep." James Gilmour "The more diligently any one examines himself, the more readily will he acknowledge with David tha...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Presence of Wonder"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Presence of Wonder,given on July 1, 2018. "Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them" (Psalm 111:2). Take a minute and talk about some of God's marvelous works and how they made you feel when you experienced them. Notice that when we behold God's great works, we feel a deep sense of wonder. Wond...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Presence of Wonder"

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will return to you." Psalm 51:12-13 "David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord.' And Nathan said to David, 'The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.'" 2 Samuel 12:13 "Evil tastes good, but evil always leads to naus...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Salvation Belongs to the Lord"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Salvation Belongs to the Lord,given on June 24, 2018. What is your favorite song? What words would you use to describe that song? Well, would it surprise you that of the songs in the book of Psalms, about 1/3rd of them are songs of "lament"? The ESV study bible states that the primary goal of these psalms are to "lay a troubl...

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Sermon Quotes: "Salvation Belongs to the Lord"

"David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered." 2 Samuel 15:30 "My glory is an expression to ponder: it indicates the honor of serving such a mastercertainly the comparative unimportance of earthly esteem, [is] always transient and fickle." Derek Kidner "The God-centeredness of his gaze keeps him steady while his...

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Sermon Quotes: "Truly God Is Good"

"The Psalmist does not ascend into the chair to dispute after the manner of the Philosophers, and to deliver his discourse in a style of studied oratory; but, as if he had escaped from hell, he proclaims with a loud voice, and with impassioned feeling, that he had obtained the victory." -John Calvin "There were crowns for the reprobates and crosses for the elect. Strange ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Truly God Is Good"

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This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Truly God Is Good,given on June 17, 2018. We had a great opportunity on Sunday to hear Pastor Brian teach us from Psalm 73 about an all-too-common temptation we face the temptation to be jealous of the world. We saw on Sunday Asaph's struggle with looking at all the apparent fun and easiness of life from the world (everyo...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Hope Realized"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahahey's sermon, Hope Realized,given on June 10, 2018. Over the last 5 weeks, Pastor CJ has been faithfully teaching us through the book of Ruth and we have observed God's hidden hand at work in the lives of each character in the book. Pastor CJ was keen to remind us that the book of Ruth is meant to convince us of God's kindness. He taught u...

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