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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 2

In part two of this series, C.J. continues explaining seven lessons he’s learned in leading his family on vacation. See the first part here. 3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin Don’t forget about indwelling sin. Though you are going on vacation, you would be wise to remember that sin never does. Merely altering one’s geography doesn’t subdue or sile...

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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 3

In part three of this series, C.J. continues explaining seven lessons he’s learned in leading his family on vacation. See the first part here and the second part here. 6. Intentionally Together Family vacations are FAMILY vacations! Ultimately family vacations are about being together as a family, deepening our relationships with each other, conversing together, la...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lord's Supper"

Introduction Traditions teach Jesus inaugurates a unique tradition for his family in Mark 14:22-25. The Tradition of the Lord’s Supper The Purpose is that we might remember the central importance of his death. "The Lord's Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regulative commemorative act inaugurated by him, dramatizes neither his birth...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Lord's Supper

“The Lord’s Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regular commemorative act authorized by him, dramatizes neither his birth nor his life, neither his words nor his works, but only his death. Nothing could indicate more clearly the central significance which Jesus attached to his death. It was by his death that he wished above all else to ...

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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 1

  “It is a bad policy to forego the regular vacation.” Charles Spurgeon    You’ve probably seen the Walt Disney World brochure, the one where the family is capped with Mickey Mouse ears, standing for a photo op with the Cinderella Castle rising in the background skyline and exploding fireworks raining down to celebrate the conclusio...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "How Should We Then Live"

Summary In this sermon, Brian exposits Hebrews 10:19-25, encouraging us with the foundation of Jesus’ high priestly ministry and exhorting us to strive toward fellowship with God and one another. Consequently, we are shown how we should then live as faithful Christians. Foundation of Faithful Christian Living (10:19-21) The author of Hebrews is writing into a co...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: How Should We Then Live?

"[Schaeffer’s] purpose was to show how ideas, as they have been embraced or discarded, have shaped the rise and decline of Western culture.” Richard Phillips “What [people] are in their thought world determines how they act….The results of their thought world flow through their fingers or from their tongues in the external world. This is true...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Slow Motion

“When it comes to Good Friday the Gospels go into slow motion. They have passed over in silence whole decades of Jesus life, and even when they pick up the threads of the public ministry there are weeks and months of which they say nothing. Our printed Bibles do not, unfortunately, highlight the significance of Mark 14:17, where the evangelist introduces his account ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Slow Motion"

Introduction (Mark 14:10-21) C.J. compares chapter 14 to the slow climb of a roller coaster before the big drop. Mark decelerates his Gospel account to prepare us for the crucifixion of Christ. C.J. highlights three key components of this passage: Outline Judas’ Preparation for Betrayal (Mark 14:10-11) We see a dramatic change in mood from Jesus’ anointin...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Extravagant Devotion

“Though he had the prospect of death approaching, yet he did not abandon himself to a melancholy retirement from all company, but conversed as freely with his friends as usual.” Matthew Henry “He recommended this piece of heroic piety to the applause of the church in all ages.” Matthew Henry “The deeds and titles of many a king and emperor a...

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