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Resources on Prayer | Brian Chesemore

February 3, 2017 by: Brian Chesemore

Last week I had the privilege of revisiting some great books on prayer as I prepared for my message on Luke 11.1-13. Reading on this topic is a joyful reminder of the unspeakable privilege we have as the redeemed to call God, “Father.” For me, reading on ... Keep Reading

Our new sermon series, “The Glory of the Word,” presents us all an opportunity to begin the new year with a fresh appreciation for the treasure God has given us in the Scriptures, and to renew our devoted pursuit of God through his Word. Here are some sugg... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Forgiven Much"

November 30, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Forgiven Much, given on November 27, 2016. Day 1: Jesus and the Sinful Woman Quotes: “And if you’re wondering this morning what is the nature of her sin, well we are not explicitly told. One could spe... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Now That the Election Is Over"

November 22, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Now That the Election Is Over, given on November 20, 2016. Day 1: The Voice of God (v.1-5) Quotes: “This is the plea of a loving God whose heart has been broken by his peoples’ rejection of him.&rdquo... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "The Lost Sheep"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Christian Wegert's sermon, The Lost Sheep, given on October 30, 2016. Day 1: Lost (v. 4) Quotes: “We think living without God will lead us into freedom and liberty. We believe we are autonomous and independent without need of God... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Flawless Election Prediction"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Flawless Election Prediction, given on November 6, 2016.   Day 1: A Call to Joyful Praise (v.1-3) Quotes: “Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s mor... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Saving Mercy"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, A Saving Mercy, given on November 13, 2016.   Day 1: The Word of the Lord and a Wayward Messenger (v.1-4) Quotes: “Jonah now has a second chance to learn the scandalous mercy of God.” Kevin Y... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Scandalous Mercy"

November 9, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Scandalous Mercy, given on October 16, 2016.   Day 1: Jonah’s story is a cautionary tale Quotes: “For all its orthodoxy and beauty however, this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jon... Keep Reading

Resources on Jonah | Upcoming Sermon Series

October 6, 2016 by: Chad Hester

You may remember the encouragement that CJ gave our church several weeks ago to pick a prophet to study. “As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord” James 5:10. Some of you may be able to resonat... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

October 5, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, From Tears to Shouts of Joy, given on October 2, 2016. Day 1: Liberation and Laughter (verses 1-2) Quotes: “It is to be feared that the psalms are by no means so prized as in earlier ages of the Church.&rdq... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional: "Food and Drink"

September 13, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Food and Drink, given on September 11, 2016.   Day 1: Provision from God Quotes: “The entirety of the Christian life is to be taken up with the glory of God and that includes the daily act of eatin... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional: "Leisure"

September 1, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Leisure, given on August 28, 2016.   Day 1: The Gift of Leisure Quotes: “The Creation account is God-centered, and the Creation account concludes with all eyes fixed upon God. This informs and defines... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Leisure"

August 30, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“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 genero... Keep Reading

A Theology of Work | Resources

August 26, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

Last Sunday Jeff inspired us with a thoroughly biblical vision on work. Whether you are a student, stay at home mom, or heading into the office, this message will serve you. To help us further "sanctify" this ordinary part of life, CJ asked Jeff to recommend 3 books ... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotional: "Work"

August 25, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Work, given on August 21, 2016.   Day 1: Our work glorifies God Quotes: “Our work, our jobs, our careers, the tasks to which God has called us, they are not a diversion from serving God. They are ser... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Sleep"

August 19, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Sleep, given on August 14, 2016.   Day 1: Sleep is a daily gift from God Quotes: “If one isn’t serving the Lord’s purpose and depending on his provision and trusting in his protection, the... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Prayer"

August 3, 2016 by: Bethany Payne

 This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prayer, given on July 31st, 2016.   Day 1: The Praying Christian (verse 13) Quotes: “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is [prayer]; thousands of weather-beaten vessels have found a haven the... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Patience In Suffering"

July 29, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Patience In Suffering, given on July 24th, 2016.   Day 1: Patience looks to a certain and glorious future (verse 7) Quotes: “James’ doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or gro... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "When God Crosses My Path"

July 19, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

Day 1: The Darkness of Jericho Quotes: “Zacchaeus didn’t want to change. He had no virtue. He didn’t have anything in himself that would help him draw near to the ways of God. Neither the life in the city, nor our occupations, nor our curiosity,... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotional | "Maturity in Community"

June 29, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Maturity in Community, given on June 26th, 2016.   Day 1: The Call to Maturity Quotes: “Paul is warning that the alternative to a glorious, Christ-exalting, maturing church, is to remain as a child... Keep Reading

Should you pass on bad reports? | Resource

June 27, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

The sermons from the last two Sunday gatherings have been on the power of words to either build up or tear down the body of Christ. Check out the article below for another resource on this important topic. Should You Pass on Bad Reports? by Tim Keller & David Po... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotional | "God's Unstoppable Mission"

June 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, God's Unstoppable Mission, given on May 29th, 2016.   Day 1: The Power Behind the Mission is the Holy Spirit (v1-13) Quotes: “God Himself is on a mission, and that mission is unstoppable.” Jeff... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Quarrels and Fights"

June 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Quarrels and Fights, given on June 5th, 2016.   Day 1: Relational conflict is worse than you think (4:1) Quotes: “Instead of a climate and culture of peace that would reflect the “wisdom from ab... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "The Basis for Our Service"

May 28, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Bill Berry's sermon, The Basis for Our Service, given on May 22, 2016.   Day 1: The qualification for our service is God’s grace Quotes: “The basis for our service to our God is not found in anything that is in and of... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Who Is Wise?"

May 20, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Who Is Wise?, given on May 15, 2016.   Day 1: Godly Lives Reflect True Wisdom (3:13) Quotes: “Wisdom in the first century Greek culture was everything. If you were known as wise, you were a rock st... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | Got Faith?

May 4, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional  is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Got Faith?, given on May 1, 2016.   Day 1: Dead Faith—James 2:14-17 Quotes/References: “James is not arguing that works must be added to faith. His point is that genuine biblical faith wil... Keep Reading

How to Lovingly Confront | Re-post from 9Marks

May 2, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon yesterday, CJ referred to a 9Marks article entitled How do I lovingly confront someone who claims to be converted but who lives like a non-Christian? See below for the article in its entirety. Prayerfully consider who you might be called to lov... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotional | A Happy Day

April 22, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional was written by John Cahoon and is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Happy Day, given on April 17, 2016.   Day 1: The Gift of Our Leaders Quotes/References: “Your soul needs the caring and watchful eye of a godly pastor.” CJ Mahan... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Last Word

March 31, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

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 l... Keep Reading

Holy Week Resources

March 23, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

In the busy-ness of everyday life, it's easy to let Easter sneak up on us without much thought, preparation, or meditation. Despite its centrality, we can sometimes treat it as an after thought or just another Sunday. But whether we recognize it or not and whether we prepare for it or not, the fact remains that the events we remember during the Easter season are of pre-eminent importance for the Christian (I Corinthians 15:3). As we meditate and celebrate this week, we join a community of saints around the world and throughout the ages who have been saved and radically transformed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. ... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Solution to Self-Deception

March 23, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Solution to Self-Deception, given on March 13th, 2016.   Day 1: A Wise Command with a Warning Quotes/References: “It is self-deception that merely hearing God’s Word is evidence of saving fa... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | True Worshipers Receive

March 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Bob Kauflin's sermon, True Worshipers Receive, given on March 6th, 2016.   Day 1: The Heart of True Worship—John 4:1-15 Quotes/References: “From start to finish, the Bible’s story is a story of grace; a story of... Keep Reading

"God has predestined all believers to be conformed to the image of His Son. The process toward that goal is called by various names such as sanctification, growth in grace, or transformation. This process of transformation into the image of Christ begins at our new bi... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Difference Meekness Makes

March 3, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

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... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts

February 25, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts, given on February 21st, 2016.   Day 1: Blame-shifting — James 1:13 Quotes/References: “It is critical that we distinguish between the external trial and the in... Keep Reading

Reading True Worshipers

February 18, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

Recently I had the privilege to read and discuss Bob Kauflin’s book True Worshipers, with a group of men from our church. Each of us benefitted from the book and were excited to apply it to our lives. Here’s an encouraging glimpse into how it impacted... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotion | The Great Reversal

February 17, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Great Reversal, given on February 14th, 2016.   Day 1: An Earthly Deception — James 1:9-11 Quotes/References: “We can rightly assess our earthly status only by focusing on our heavenly dest... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotion | A Generous God for a Difficult Trial

February 11, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Generous God for a Difficult Trial, given on February 7, 2016. Day 1: Our Desperate Need — James 1:5 Quotes/References: "In seasons of severe trial, Christians have nothing on earth in which to trust, and... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotion | A Radical Proposal

February 5, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Radical Proposal, given on January 31, 2016.   Day 1: Accepting our Trials | James1:1-2 Quotes/References: "James is nothing if not realistic: Life is a tale of various trials." Alec Motyer Questions t... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotion | The Lord of Psalm 23

January 19, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, The Lord of Psalm 23, given on January 19, 2016.   Day 1: God’s Faithfulness to Restore | Psalm 23:1-3a Quotes/References: “The unwavering faithfulness of the Lord calls for my absolute trust... Keep Reading

Significant Books for Pastors in 2015

January 7, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

A few years ago I wrote a post that has become a habit—collecting a list of “significant books” for pastors published during the past year. A wealth of books and the crunch of time conspire to make reading choices both frustrating (how does one choos... Keep Reading

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Prepare Him Room Advent

December 3, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

The Christmas season has arrived. In only a few short weeks, we will gather as families and friends to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This season presents a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the glorious reality that God took on flesh and d... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotion 7 | Job's Final Stand | Job 29-31

November 17, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Job's Final Stand, given on November 15, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: “When will we get there?” Read Job 29 Quotes/References: “The prolonged lament and grief in the book... Keep Reading

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This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, When God Doesn't Answer Your "Why" Question, given on November 8, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Human Futility Quotes/References: Elmer Smick sets the context for this chapter: “Since th... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotion 5 | The Protest of Job | Job 21

November 5, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Protest of Job, given on October 18, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Long Suffering Quotes/References: Christopher Ash: “Job is forty two chapters long. We may consider that rather an ... Keep Reading

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Weekly Devotion 4 | The Wrestling of Job | Job 19

October 19, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Wrestling of Job, given on October 11, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Job’s Perseverance Quotes/References: Jeff quote: “The book of Job shows us that times of suffering are... Keep Reading

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Devotionals on the Book of Job

October 12, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Several weeks ago, we began a series on the book of Job. In conjunction with the study of this book on Sunday mornings, we also want to provide you with an additional resource for studying Job. To that end, we have created short devotionals to supplement the Sunday te... Keep Reading

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Preparing for Suffering | C.J. Mahaney

August 19, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Over the past several weeks, CJ has led our church to look to our God and Savior in our grief. A few weeks ago, in his message from Habakkuk, he specifically explored how we, as christians, should respond when life doesn't make sense. Suffering is a reality in our fal... Keep Reading

What Not to Ask Someone Suffering | from Desiring God

July 28, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. referrenced an article by Nancy Guthrie titled, What Not to Ask Someone Suffereing. In it, Nancy gives some extremely helpful thoughts on what to say and not say when caring for someone who is suffereing. Here's a link to the full ar... Keep Reading

Thinking about Muslims During Ramadan

July 13, 2015 by: Jeff Purswell

We are currently 25 days into the month of Ramadan... Keep Reading

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Responding to the Supreme Court's Ruling

June 27, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Dear Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, In light of the Supreme Court's ruling handed down this week, and its significant and varied implications, the pastors want to equip each of you with resources which offer a biblical perspective. It’s our prayer that t... Keep Reading

Books for 2015

January 14, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Notable books from 2014... Keep Reading

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Heading Back to Class

August 20, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Back-to-School thoughts and questions for parents and kids.... Keep Reading

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Eight Great Books About the Gospel

August 13, 2014 by: C.J. Mahaney

“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 books about the cross. Here’s why: I awaken each day with a tendency to forget that which is most important: the gospel. Because I am prone to forget, I must create practices that will enable me to remember what I must not forget: the cross. So each day I seek to spend time in a location where I am not distracted, unhurriedly reading and meditating on Scripture and finding my way in Scripture to a hill called Calvary. I want to meditate each day on Christ and him crucified. Each day I need to remind myself of the gospel. I cannot live on yesterday’s recollection of the gospel. I need to review and rehearse the gospel each day or I will assume the gospel, forget the gospel, and prove vulnerable to all manner of temptation and sin. So here are some of the books I have read and re-read as a supplement to Scripture (providing insight into Scripture) that have been a means of grace to my soul. As I read these books I am reminded of the gospel, I experience fresh affection for the Savior, and am freshly amazed by grace.... Keep Reading

Resources for Studying Mark

June 27, 2014 by: C.J. Mahaney

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’d like to do some deeper study on this gospel. Thankfully for us, there are many wonderful resources available to guide our study. The following are three of my favorites.... Keep Reading

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Excellence, by Andreas Köstenberger

June 20, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

As I mentioned on Sunday, last week the pastors set aside the day to pray, study, and consider ways we might serve the church more effectively in the months to come. What a joy it was to begin our day with an extended time of prayer, giving thanks for each of you. We also took time to discuss various chapters assigned to us from a book entitled Excellence by Andreas Köstenberger. Because “God is the grounds of all true excellence,” the book takes the reader along a God-centered pursuit of excellence that spans our vocational callings, our moral character, and our relationships.... Keep Reading

Don’t Let Your Fathering Stop After Fathers Day

June 17, 2014 by: C.J. Mahaney

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 ... Keep Reading

Consider discussing Ryan's message from Eph. 3.14-21 with your family and other church membersâ€"both to remember and apply the word.... Keep Reading

Quotes for a Quiet Heart

August 13, 2013 by: Brian Chesemore

In Psalm 131, David teaches us how to do something very foreign to our anxiety-prone hearts--to live with a quiet soul before God. We pray CJ's message (http://ow.ly/211tcC), along with these excellent quotes, help you experience greater contentment in God's good purposes for you. ... Keep Reading

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