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Sermon quotes: "The Joyful Journey"

“The essence of this city is its unity.” New Bible Commentary “What Jerusalem was to the Israelites the church is to the Christian. Here are his closest ties, his brethren and companions.” Derek Kidner “People who would never get along outside the church love one another inside it.” Tim Keller “The people of God should pray for ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Sovereign Grace"

“The subject of predestination, which in itself is attended by considerable difficulty, is rendered very perplexed, and hence perilous, by human curiosity, which cannot be restrained from wandering into forbidden paths. Let it, therefore, be our first principle that to desire any other knowledge of predestination than that which is expounded by the word of God, is no...

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Sermon Quotes: "Postscript"

“Silas was an influential person in the early church…yet his highest commendation is that he was a faithful brother. Silas was such a man-content to take a subordinate place and faithful to carry out the responsibilities that fell to him. The church desperately needs men like Silas who will work quietly in the supportive roles of Christian ministry.” Rob...

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Sermon Quotes: "Unexpected Delight"

“The grace of God is love freely shown toward guilty sinners, contrary to their merit and indeed in defiance of their demerit. It is God showing goodness to persons who deserve only severity and had no reason to expect anything but severity. Once a person is convinced that his state and need are as described, the New Testament gospel of grace cannot but sweep him off...

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Sermon Quotes: "Resist Your Adversary"

“Worry is condemned, but watchfulness is demanded.” Edmond Hiebert “One of the most dangerous things in the world would be to think that we are not in any danger, which is the mistake Peter made.” Phil Ryken “Satan cannot ultimately destroy a Christian believer. But he is well able to destroy our assurance and our joy-our pleasure in the gos...

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Sermon Quotes: "Because He Cares For You"

“The temptation of the younger is impatience with the elders not perceiving the wisdom of the elders.” Peter Davids “With such power and status at his disposal, we might have expected him to defeat the devil in an immediate and flashly confrontation, and to devastate Judas with an unstoppable blast of divine wrath. Instead, he washes his disciples feet, ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Shepherding God's Flock"

“The elders are to serve, not for their own satisfaction in the job, but as glad volunteers in God’s service.” J.N.D. Kelly “The greatest threat to your ministry, dear brothers, is that you lose your joy in God.” John Piper “The elder has authority; he is called to exercise a shepherd’s oversight. Christ the Chief Shepherd (5:4) ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Theology of Suffering"

“The lack of opposition to the twenty-first century church should be a matter of concern.” Robert Mounce “When we suffer as Christians there is a sense in which we share in the sufferings of Christ. We partake of his sufferings, not by contributing to his atonement, but by following in his steps (2:21). As we suffer for Christ, we are linked to him. Our ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The End of the World"

“The end of all things is not a veiled phrase that means ‘the last moment of each of your lives.’ It is the end-the climax of human history that reveals the goal and purpose of the entire sequence of events from Adam to the return of Christ.” Robert Mounce “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousan...

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Sermon Quotes: "Prepared to Suffer"

“The memory of their sinful past was to serve as a sharp goad against any tendency to relapse into that kind of living. The memory of the ignominy of their own past conduct was to undergird the readers present suffering for righteousness. A good sober backward look at the consequences of their past self-gratification should motivate them now to orient their lives aro...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Perplexing But Glorious Passage"

“A wonderful text is this, and a more obscure passage perhaps than any other in the New Testament, so that I do not know for a certainty just what Peter means…I cannot understand it and I cannot explain it. And there has been no one who has explained it.” Martin Luther “Our willingness to suffer for the sake of Christ is grounded in the wonder of ...

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Sermon Quotes: "An Underappreciated Passage"

“Christians should not think it strange that they are called to endure persecution. Yet they must understand that suffering is not the opposite of blessing. Jesus had declared those to be blessed who suffer for righteousness (Mt. 5:11-12). That word of Jesus is more than a promise. It pronounces blessing. Those who will receive a heavenly reward are already blessed b...

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Sermon Quotes: "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

“The instruction and practice of Jesus and the apostles goes beyond a friendly disposition to active prayer and intercession. The great desire of Christians must not be revenge but for God to grant the gift of repentance to those who do not know him.” Edwin Blum “Christians are free from vindictiveness because they trust God’s justice; but they are...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Humble Husband"

“…is not an analytical knowledge or religious insight…but personal insight that leads to loving and considerate care, whether in the bedroom or in other activities of marriage.” Peter Davids “It is quite a mistaken belief that, because a member of the family works for his living outside the home, he can treat it like a hotel when he comes h...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Beautiful Wife"

“She served her husband as her master, and did all she could to win him for You, speaking to him of You by her conduct, by which You made her beautiful…Finally, when her husband was at the end of his earthly span, she gained him for You.” Augustine “Biblical submission is the divine calling of the wife to honor and affirm her husband’s ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Savior Like No Other"

“How did ancient slavery differ from modern slavery? Or more specifically, what distinguished Greco-Roman slavery from New World slavery? In the first century, slaves were not distinguishable from free persons by race, by speech, by clothing; they were sometimes more highly educated than their owners and held responsible professional positions; some persons sold them...

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Sermon Quotes: "Honor the Emperor"

“They carry another passport; they are on pilgrimage to the city of God.” Edmund Clowney “Good deeds, even though they may be misrepresented and defamed for the moment, are still the best answer to the opposition of a hostile world.” Robert Mounce “A Christian’s obligation to obey the law does not depend upon the moral virtue of the ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Church and the Outsider"

“It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches. We even seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land, to become goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this, we shall prosper.” Charles Sp...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Good and Pleasant Experience"

“Behold.” It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! It may be seen, for it is characteristic of real saints, therefore fail not to inspect it! It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! It will charm you into imitation, therefore note it well! God looks on with approval, therefore consider it with attention.” Charles Spurgeon “...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Surprise of Their Lives"

“Jesus does not overwhelm these two disciples by some spectacular revelation of himself…Instead, he interprets the Scriptures for them.” David Garland “I should have imagined that the Risen Lord would be independent of the Bible. But no! He cleaves to it with all the old affection. He came up from the grave and hastened to the Holy Book.” Di...

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Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

“All of us treasure the final words of those we love or admire. But Jesus actual final words during his earthly life were not, in fact, collected in one place to form a farewell address. They are scattered in seven different places, three in the Gospel of Luke, one in Matthew and Mark, and three in John. They are not remotely like any other final words ever recorded ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Your Unusual Story"

“Which means that Christ, the Son of God in heaven, has been contemplating his suffering and his death for us for centuries. Indeed as far back as the plan of salvation reaches in the mind of God, so far back has Christ been willing and ready to give himself for our sins. You were not loved for just a bloody moment of sacrifice in history. You have been loved for end...

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Sermon Quotes: "Meet the Readers"

“In Greco-Roman eyes this person (a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus) was rejecting the gods of the community and undermining the welfare of the city, and he had become antisocial (‘a hater of humanity’) and atheistic. The person was sometimes tolerated but also was often treated according to the local perception of their having become antisocia...

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Sermon Quotes: "Why Preaching?"

“These words are Paul’s legacy to the church. It is impossible to read them without being profoundly stirred.” John Stott “So when that Word is re-announced, there is a sense in which God, who revealed himself by that Word in the past, is re-revealing himself by that same Word once again.” Don Carson “Preaching is of the very essence o...

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Sermon Quotes: "A New Year's Expectation"

“No man needs better company than the psalms; therein he may read and commune with friends human and divine; friends who know the heart of man towards God, and the heart of God towards man; friends who perfectly sympathize with us and our sorrows, friends who never betray or forsake. Oh, to be shut up in a cave with David, with no other occupation but to hear him sin...

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Sermon Quotes: "Mary's Song"

“Sometimes bad theology breeds reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character.” D.A. Carson “In contrast to the prose dialogue, which is spoken between characters and passively observed by the audience, the songs ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Forgiven Much"

“Luke’s depiction of the wiping, kissing and anointing with imperfect tenses, which he often uses, allows the narrative to run in progression from one act to the next: ‘She was wiping, kissing and was anointing.’ The impression is that each step took some time. One can imagine the impression it made at the meal.” Darrell Bock Our friend Mark ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Now That the Election Is Over"

“To catch the argument one has almost to pretend that Yahweh is firing questions at the prophet’s hearers. ‘Was liberation boring? Does release from years of servitude make you yawn? Is the Exodus wearisome? Yahweh makes a point of taking them through this review of grace so that they ‘may know the righteous acts of the Lord.’” Dale Ralp...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Flawless Election Prediction"

“Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint. The biblical writers compel us to read the world from this perspective, to see it in relation to the mora...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Scandalous Mercy"

“For all its orthodoxy and beauty this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jonah’s character.” Kevin Youngblood “How perverse Jonah was. Living in a favored nation where spiritual light had been shone only because of the great mercy of God, he had come to assume that Israel deserved grace, whereas others had ill-deserved it. What a perversi...

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Sermon Quotes: "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

“It is to be feared that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the Church.” Charles Spurgeon “Apart from biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of the psalms. The language of poetry doesn’t easily connect in a sound-byte culture. The psalms call for time, not tweets-time to read, ponder, pray, digest. It’...

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Sermon Quotes: "Sports"

“Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal; but unlike us he is great. The Bible never lets us lose sight of God’s majesty and his unlimited dominion over...

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Sermon Quotes: "Laughter"

“The Bible is predominantly a serious rather than a funny book. Yet it would distort the Bible to suppress the humor that is present…Either to underemphasize its humor or overemphasize it distorts the Bible. Although the Bible is predominantly serious book, one of its points of humanity is its humor. The humor of the Bible is not the rollicking type but the su...

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Sermon Quotes: "Leisure"

“We were not made, nor are we redeemed, to live without leisure.” J.I. Packer “The Biblical idea of a rhythm in life supports the view of leisure as non-work time or activity that refreshes and restores.” Paul Heintzman “A divine generosity that requires leisure for its appreciation (1 Timothy 6:17).” J.I. Packer “The same pleas...

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Sermon Quotes: "Sleep"

“I am convinced that we have drifted from the true focus of God’s activity in this world. It is not to be found in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary, the everyday.” Michael Horton “Many Christians have an inadequate theology of ordinary life. God conceals Himself, often in things we would least expect--a crucified criminal, a book, water, brea...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Rescue Mission"

“We cannot but be struck by the fact that James speaks of the concerned believer as ‘bringing back’, ‘saving’ and ‘covering’ the sins of the one in error. Surely these are things only God can do? Only God forgives sins, saves us from them and gives us the gift of repentance by which we return from our personal far country. How can ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Prayer"

“When James says, ‘Do not swear’, it is not coarse or vulgar speech he prohibits but invoking God’s name to guarantee the reliability of what a person says.” Douglas Moo “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is prayer, thousands of weather beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to ma...

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Sermon Quotes: "Patience In Suffering"

“James doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “The farmer who prepares a field, sows seed, and then waits for a crop is a very natural illustration of patience. He can do little to effect the outcome but must wait and pray for the right rain at the right time. In Palestine,...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Sobering Surprise"

“He speaks to the non-Christian for the benefit of the Christian.” Craig Blomberg “James looks with divine foresight and sees the dark hurricane cloud of the Day of the Lord about to strike them down.” Peter Davids “The rich will lose everything they have devoted themselves to and everything they have relied upon. Theirs will be the despair ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Common Lie"

“Men today are just the same as when these words were first written. We still find people saying what they are going to do today, tomorrow, or in six months time, at the end of another year, and perhaps still further. I have no doubt there are persons here who have their own career mapped out before them pretty distinctly, and they feel well nigh-certain that they wi...

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Sermon Quotes: "He Gives More Grace"

“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” Richard Sibbes “James personifies the church as the bride of Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom. The audience has the wrong object for a lover--the fallen world system and values of the unregenerate.” Craig Blomberg “The intention to be a friend ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Quarrels and Fights"

“One of the joys of biblical ministry comes when you are able to turn on the lights in another person’s dark room. People usually don’t see their desires and lusts. Souls are cured as the ignorant and self-deceived are disturbed by the light of God’s analytic gaze and then comforted by the love that shed substitutionary blood to purchase the inexpre...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Tongue and Turmoil"

“Our tongue is only the tip of the iniquity iceberg. The proof that all humans are inescapably flawed is right between our teeth.” Douglas O’ Donnell “Teachers are more susceptible to judgment than others because they regularly engage in that activity which is the hardest to keep from sin-one’s speech.” Doug Moo “We ask ourselves...

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Sermon Quotes: "Got Faith?"

“They are not antagonists facing each other with crossed swords; they stand back to back, confronting different foes of the gospel.” Alexander Ross “Paul denounces the idea of salvation by dead works; James rejects salvation by dead faith.” J.I. Packer “Both James and Paul view good works as a proof of faith—not the path to salvat...

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Weekly Devotional | The Last Word

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Last Word, given on March 27th, 2016.   Day 1: Jesus’ Love Quotes/References: “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to, view themselves first and foremost as loved by him, not as those who love him. This is a common feature of those he has loved. They think of themselves as loved by him, not firs...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Last Word"

“The chapter is one of the most remarkable in the New Testament. For grandeur and simplicity, for pathos and solemnity, nothing was ever written like it.” J.C. Ryle “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to view themselves first and foremost as loved by him not as those who love him. This is a common feature of those he has loved. They think of themselves...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Solution to Self-Deception"

“With this exhortation we find ourselves right at the heart of James pastoral concern and v22 is rightly the best known verse in the letter.” Doug Moo “No matter how extensive one’s scriptural knowledge, how amazing one’s memory, it is self-deception if that is all there is. True knowledge is the prelude to action, and it is obedience to the ...

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Remembering Jerry Bridges | C.J. Mahaney

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Jerry Bridges passed away. The following is a tribute to this dearly beloved father in the faith.  "Remembering Jerry Bridges" by C.J. Mahaney...

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Weekly Devotional | The Difference Meekness Makes

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Difference Meekness Makes, given on February 28th, 2016.   Day 1: The Anger of Man — James 1:19-20 Quotes/References: “If Christians studied and applied this command alone (verse 19), the tone and content of communication and conversations on the internet would change immediately and dramatically. ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Meekness Makes"

“Another reason for a book on the new birth is to help followers of Christ to know what really happened to us when we were converted. It is far more glorious than many think it is. It is also more glorious than I think it is. It is wonderful beyond all human comprehension. The new birth is not a work of man. No human being makes the new birth happen. No preacher and ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Generous God for a Difficult Trial"

“Not till we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our littleness, distrusting our own thoughts and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.” J.I. Packer “Wisdom is the means by which the godly can both discern and carry out the will of God.” Doug...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Radical Proposal"

“To count testing as a joy is a truly radical proposal. How can a trial be regarded as a joy? And can it be regarded as ‘altogether’ or ‘all’ joy?” Don McCartney “Frankly, many of us would prefer that this passage were not in the Bible. But it may also be one of the most profound and crucial for truly mature Christian living.&rdqu...

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Sermon Quotes: "Numbering Our Days in 2016"

"This community lament has some unspecified disaster as its background.” ESV Study Bible “It was composed on one of the occasions when the people of God were being struck dead as a judgment on their sin.” Eric Lane “He alone is self-existent. God is the only one who can say, ‘I am who I am.’ The grand difference between a human being a...

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Sermon Quotes: "James' Take on Job"

“About 95 percent of the book of Job is poetry. Chapters 1,2 and part of chapter 42 are prose. Almost all the rest is poetry. But so what? Well, poetry does not speak to us in the same way as prose. Poems ‘are always a personal take on something, communicating not just from the head to head but from heart to heart’ (J.I. Packer). A poet can often touch us...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Happy Ending"

“After nearly 40 chapters of tempestuous poetry, the return to the simplicity of prose and the idyllic setting in which the book had opened rounds off this masterpiece, one may feel, to perfection.” Derek Kidner “In some deep way it is necessary for it to be publicly seen by the whole universe that God is worthy of the worship of a man and that God&rsquo...

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Sermon Quotes: " The Offense of Christmas"

“Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.” J.I. Packer “When God chose a human father for his Son, he chose a man who would be righteous and kind, qualities that reflect God the Father himself.” Ligon Duncan “He was saddened and perplexed when he learned that she would become a mother before they had been actua...

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Sermon Quotes: "Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks"

“‘Had I been present at creation I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.’ Those words are attributed to King Alphonso the Tenth, King of Spain in the thirteenth century, nicknamed ‘Alphonso the Learned.’ Alphonso was not the first human being to think he could run the universe better than God. The learned ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Meet Elihu"

“The artistic skill of the author of these chapters in sustaining the tension in Job, and also in preparing us carefully for the final word from the Lord, is unsurpassed.” David Atkinson “We have heard Job’s passionate last stand. We are waiting for the Lord. These chapters give us space between Job and Yahweh. They illustrate, just by being there,...

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Sermon Quotes: "When God Doesn't Answer Your Why Question"

“This is not the question of the armchair religious or philosophical dilettante, enjoying a stimulating debate. This is the agonized question of the wheelchair sufferer who feels he or she desperately needs an answer. In chapter 28 we stand back from the pain and the debates to ask why God will not answer the question, ‘Why?’” Christopher Ash &ldqu...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Protest of Job"

“Job is forty two chapters long. We may consider that rather an obvious observation... But the point is this: in his wisdom God has given us a very long book, and he has done so for a reason. It is easy just to read or preach the beginning and the end and to skip rather quickly over the endless arguments in between as if it wouldn’t much mater if they weren&rsq...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Friends of Job"

“We might think the testing of Job is over. But alas, there is one final test, perhaps the toughest. Satan slithers away, while Job’s closet companions cozy up.” Douglas O’ Connell “These friends came unto him under pretense of consolation, and yet they tormented him more than did all his sufferings.” 1560 Geneva Bible “The theol...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Lament of Job"

“Job 3 is a very important chapter for contemporary Christianity. There is a version of Christianity around that is shallow, trite, superficial, ‘happy clappy’. It is a kind of Christianity that, as has been said, ‘would have had Jesus singing a chorus at the grave of Lazarus.’ We have all met it-easy triumphalism. We sing of God in one song t...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Testing of Job"

“The book of Job tells the story of a good man overwhelmed by troubles. He is stripped of his wealth, his family, and his health. He does not know why God has done this to him. Only the reader knows that God is trying to prove to the Devil that Job’s faith is genuine. Upon this simple plot an unknown writer of superlative genus has erected a monumental work. Th...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Safe Journey"

“It is to be feared, that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the church.” Charles Spurgeon “In the Psalms you meet God where you are.” David Powlison “None of this Psalm addresses God; all of it brings good news about God to the human listener.” John Goldingay “Protection by God, under the watchful eye of Go...

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Sermon Quotes: "When Life Doesn't Make Sense"

“Sharing in suffering probably unites our hearts together in Christ more than any other aspect of fellowship.” Jerry Bridges “It will take faith to wait patiently for God’s plan to unfold, but the righteous believe that God will accomplish it. The phrase ‘but the righteous shall live by his faith’ is quoted in the NT to emphasize that p...

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Biblical Productivity | In All Thy Ways

In All Thy Ways My tendency is to charge into the day intent on getting stuff done, attacking my to‐do list motivated by self sufficiency rather than by humble dependence upon the grace of God revealed in the gospel. And given the active presence of pride and self‐sufficiency in my life, it is imperative for me at the outset of each day to devote time to humbling mys...

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Biblical Productivity | Just Do It

The Procrastinator Within If I am busy, I must be productive, right? A busy man is a faithful and fruitful man? Nope. Busyness is no guarantee of productivity, faithfulness, or fruitfulness. But why? What distinguishes a fruitfully busy schedule from a non‐ fruitful busy schedule? I think it comes down to two important points: understanding our sin and understanding ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Cup"

“Since it would not be possible for any believer, however experienced, to know for himself all our Lord endured in mental suffering and hellish malice, it is clearly far beyond the preachers capacity to set it forth to you. Jesus himself must give you access to the wonders of Gethsemane; as for me, I can but invite you to enter the Garden.” Charles Spurgeon &l...

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Biblical Productivity | Confessions of a Busy Procrastinator

Lazy? Not me. I’m busy. Up early, up late. My schedule is filled from beginning to end. I love what I do and I love getting stuff done. I attack a daily to‐do list with the same intensity I play basketball. Me lazy? I don’t think so! Or at least I didn’t think so. That is, until I read about the difference between busyness and fruitfulness, and realize...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 5

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   The Modest Woman’s Allegiance Remember Jenni from the beginning of the chapter? A friend graciously confronted her concerning her immodest dress, and encouraged her to take a closer look at what God&r...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 4

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   A Word to Fathers Dads, I want to urge you to take responsibility for your daughters’ dress. Fathers are absolutely essential to the cultivation of modesty. When a young lady dresses immodestly, it us...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 3

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   A Pastor’s Concern It’s been almost two thousand years since Paul penned his letter, but 1 Timothy 2:9 remains a pastoral concern. Today the issue is immodest and sensual clothing more than ost...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 2

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   The Appearance of the Modest Woman What do humble, modest clothes look like? First Timothy 2:9 tells us: “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel . . . not with braided hair and gold or p...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 1

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.    When it comes to fashion, I’m deliberately out of step. I don’t care if what I’m wearing is trendy or not—in fact, it’s my goal to resist the influence of others (from Par...

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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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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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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: What Attracts Jesus' Attention

“The test of liberality is not what is given, but what is left.” James Brooks “The scribes are ostentatious and the crowds are rich and extravagant; but by contrast this ‘one poor widow’ contributes two of the smallest coins in circulation. In purely financial terms, the value of her offering is negligible-and unworthy compared to the sums of...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Empty Tomb and the Risen Christ

“How interesting that God didn’t select the Sabbath (Israel’s holy day) as the resurrection day. Instead he chose the next day to be the new holy day. He chose Sunday to be the day we worship his Son (the Lord’s day). Perhaps he chose a new day because a new era was breaking into world history; a permanent cavity was torn in the cosmos to create an ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Question of the Day"

Earlier in the day, the religious leaders assailed Jesus with various quesitons. For instance, the Pharisees and Herodians asked a question pertaining to taxes (Mk. 12:13-17), the Sadducees interrogated concerning the resurrection (Mk. 12:18-27), and a Scribe inquired about the law (Mk. 12:28-34). However, after a day of questions, Jesus asks the question of the day—a qu...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Question of the Day

“The scholars and scribes may have been finished with all their questions for Jesus, but Jesus still had one last question for them. It was really more like a riddle, and its answer unlocks the mystery at the heart of the universe.” Phil Ryken “After a day of questions comes the question of the day.” Ralph Martin “Jesus is now quietly leadin...

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Eight Great Books About the Gospel

“The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough,” wrote Martin Luther.* By God’s grace I have been a Christian for 42 years. I agree with Luther, "I still cannot hear the gospel enough. Each morning I seek to preach the gospel to myself by my study of Scripture and through the strategic reading of supplemental boo...

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True Greatness in Sports

Over the past two weeks, I’ve watched a number of the World Cup games with family and friends. These have been fantastic games, and for a variety of reasons, I’ve been more engaged in this World Cup than ever before. In watching these games there have been frequent reference to players being "great" and making "great" plays. But is that the appropriate word f...

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Resources for Studying Mark

What a joy it has been thus far to preach and worship our way through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings. I have been deeply affected by each glimpse of and encounter with the Savior we have experienced through this Gospel. I don't want this series to end and I am proceeding as slowly as possible! As we’re nearing the midpoint of our sermon series, perhaps you...

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Honoring Buddy Sturgeon

One of the (many!) highlights of this past Sunday morning was McKenna’s testimony, honoring her father Buddy Sturgeon for Fathers Day. There are many children who could have stood and honored their father for Fathers Day, and I was very encouraged to hear of Buddy’s example of leadership, manhood, care, and service to his family. I hope you sense the pleasure...

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Don’t Let Your Fathering Stop After Fathers Day

What a delightful Fathers Day we enjoyed together as a church yesterday. Who didn't feel the pleasure of God as McKenna Sturgeon honored her father? And thanks to Bethany Payne for the creation of the very cool and very masculine gift honoring fathers yesterday: duct tape and a Snickers bar! Exactly what real men want on Father's Day! I'm sure every father felt deeply than...

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Jake Simmons' Testimony

One of the great joys of being in church together is hearing the stories of God’s saving grace in one another’s lives. On a recent Sunday morning, Jake Simmons shared his testimony of conversion. I hope Jake’s story reminds you of God’s mercy in your life. || Jake Simmons Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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A statement from C.J. Mahaney

For nearly two years now, I have remained silent about a civil lawsuit brought against various parties including myself. During that time, many have urged me to respond publicly and address the accusations against me. These pleas have only intensified over the last week in light of reports of testimony in a recent trial. I look forward to the day when I can speak freely. F...

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Reflections on South Africa

Bob and I are happy to be back in the States. Kevin DeYoung, who was also on our trip in South Africa, has recounted our time there well...

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