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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Prepared to Suffer"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prepared to Suffer, given on August 13, 2017. The Scriptures are not shy on the topic of suffering. Jesus was clear that troubling circumstances are part of life for us. But why should we suffer? And how are we to assess our suffering? Is there any reason to suffer instead of trying to get our own way? As CJ pastored us th...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "An Underappreciated Passage"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, An Underappreciated Passage, given on July 23, 2017. As a Christian, how do you respond to your suffering? Trials come in various forms, but is there ever any trial Christians face that is peculiar to them simply becuase they are Christians? If so, how should we prepare to respond? This week, CJ reminded us that, in o...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, In the Presence of Your Enemies, given on July 16, 2017.   Suffering persecution came with the calling of Christian in the early church. In today’s culture, we are no less confronted with persecution than our brothers and sisters of previous centuries. So what comes to your mind when you think of ways we should...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Face to Face"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Face to Face, given on July 9, 2017. In a world with so many substitutes, where do you find yourself seeking community? With the word “community” being so loosely defined, it is easy to settle for an online alternative. Even as I write this, I am sitting in a coffee shop watching those around me experience what...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Going Deeper"

This post is based on Mack Stiles' sermon, Going Deeper, given on June 18, 2017.   When reading the gospel narratives, it is natural to wonder what it must have been like to be one of the first disciples Jesus called to follow Him. When Jesus walked along a shoreline and boarded a certain boat, we can be confident that Peter had no idea how different his life w...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Savior Like No Other"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Savior Like No Other, given on June 11, 2017.   As Christians living in a world marked by sin, we may suffer at the hands of those in authority who seek to take advantage of us through their position. This can occur through circumstances at our work place or in dealing with the civil authorities. But the gospel gives us...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A People for God's Possession"

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, A People for God's Possession, given on May14, 2017.   We live in a culture that increasingly, not just rejects, but despises what we believe. In these times the wisdom of God, given to us through Peter, also writing to a people living in a hostile world, is more needed than ever. Peter reminds us that standing strong in...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Take Up and Read to Feel"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Take Up and Read to Feel, given on April 30, 2017.   As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we encounter something that is a surprise. God does not command us to read and study His word only out of sheer obedience. Instead, He exhorts us to engage our emotions – to crave His word like an infant craving his mother&rsqu...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Surprise of Their Lives"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Surprise of Their Lives, given on April 16, 2017.   As two disciples gloomily walked the road to Emmaus three days after the crucifixion, they had no idea that they were in for the surprise of their lives. They were soon greeted by a man they didn’t think they knew asking why they were so dejected. They were ama...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Cries from the Cross | Part 1, given on April 2, 2017.   As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we are setting aside two Sundays to direct our attention toward the cross. At Calvary, Jesus hung in agony as our substitutionary sacrifice. Scripture records the last seven cries of our Savior and in this sermon CJ explores the ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Our Marching Order"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Our Marching Order, given on March 26, 2017.   Because of the glory of what has been given to us in the gospel, Peter continues with a simple, familiar command. Echoing the words he personally heard our Savior say, he reminds us that just as God loved us, we are to love one another. Read 1 Peter 1:22-25 The call to lov...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Song of Forgiveness"

This post is based on Nathan Smith's sermon, A Song of Forgiveness, given on March 19, 2017.   The Psalms of Ascent are songs that the Israelites sang traveling from their homes to the Temple in Jerusalem. The songs were meant to fill their hearts with anticipation and wonder for all God had done for them. As a Psalm that reminds us of our own sin and the magnificen...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Something Strange and Wonderful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Something Strange and Wonderful, given on March 12, 2017.   Having just celebrated the magnificent saving work performed on our behalf by God Himself, Peter now transitions. Verse 13 begins with a “therefore.” In light of the unthinkable magnitude of all that God has done, this is how we, as His children, should...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Your Unusual Story"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Your Unusual Story, given on March 5, 2017.   As Peter continues to minister to his readers, he reminds them of the wonder of their salvation. Though times might be tough, there is reason for ultimate rejoicing because of what God has wrought in their lives. Peter reminds his readers, and us, that we should never lose sight...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Readers"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Readers, given on February 12, 2017.   As we prepare to study 1 Peter, CJ took this Sunday to introduce us to the original readers of the letter. The recipients were “elect exiles.” When they came to know Christ, they became citizens of a different world. As such they were rejected and even persecuted b...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Author"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Author, given on Februrary 5, 2017.   As we prepare to be ministered to by the apostle Peter, CJ began our series by introducing us to the author of the book. Getting to know the author peaks our interest and whets our appetite for what God is going to teach us through his words. Let’s spend a few moments con...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Why Preaching"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Why Preaching?, given on January 22, 2017. In the first verse of 2 Timothy 4, Paul gives one of the most solemn charges in all Scripture: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word.” Indeed, preaching is the priority in ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Mary's Song"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Mary's Song, given on December 18, 2016.   It was a show-stopper. Right in the middle of the flurry of events in the Christmas narrative, Mary stops to sing. It’s a song of astonishment, praising God for the stunning things He has done for her. It’s a song reminding us not to let our familiarity with the story...

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Weekly Devotional | "The Lost Sheep"

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 or Christ. We think walking to the horizon far away from our shepherd will satisfy our soul. We think it w...

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Weekly Devotional | "He Gives More Grace"

Day 1: Worldly Orientation Quotes: “James personifies the entire church as the “bride” of Yahweh or 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 f...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | A Happy Ending

Review Job suffered because of his blamelessness, not because of his sin. It was to show that God is worthy of the worship of a man even when worldly goods are lost. Job did not suffer because of his sin, but he sinned in his suffering. Job's why questions lose their power when he encounters the greatness of God. "I had a million questions to ask God, but, when I met him...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks

The Complaint Job has come to the conviction that he does not live in a well-run world. What begins as a general lament before God in prayer gradually becomes a sinful complaint or charge before God, accusing him of mistreatment. If you, like Job, have suffered severely and even at times presume that you can better run the universe than God, lean in. The LORD has mercy fo...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "When God Doesn't Answer Your Why Question"

Introduction CJ begins by recapping how far we have come in Job. In short: Job’s suffering Job’s “why question” Job’s friends’ accusatory (wrong) explanation for his suffering and Job’s disagreement Chapter 28 interrupts the arguments between Job and his friends. It effectively ends the ongoing debate between them and allo...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Wrestling of Job: Part 1"

Introduction Cyclical Discussions From chapters 4 to 19, the book of Job has been a series of three cyclical discussions between Job and his friends; each cycle has the same theology. His friends come with rigid, cold, cause-and-effect theology—you do good, you prosper; you do bad, you suffer. In reality, a man's relationship with God cannot be determined by his...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Friends of Job"

Summary: CJ began by recapping Job 1-3. He highlighted Job’s vividly described agony and explained how Job should humble us when we find ourselves complaining. Job’s lament captures his fear that the worst has come to fruition…God has abandoned him. But despite all of Job’s suffering to this point, the worst may be yet to come. Satan slithers away...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lament of Job"

Summary C.J. explains that we are about to venture into one of the darkest chapters in scripture (not the darkest). It lets us into the heart and mind of Job, a man undergoing unbearable misery. We transition from Job’s obedient suffering to his lament before God. Job 2:11 – 13 Job’s friends were legitimate friends. Little did they know, they would ev...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Cup"

Introduction Ultimately, no pastor—only the Holy Spirit—can communicate what happened in Gethsemane. The scene in the garden gives us a unique glimpse into the humanity of Jesus. Here, we encounter the mystery of the incarnation. Marvel at his humanity, but don’t just marvel; be grateful! It is the basis for your salvation. Thesis – Jesus’...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Words and Music of Worship"

Introduction: Bob opened by explaining that singing is Biblical (Psalm 96:1-2, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16). There are 400 references to singing in the Bible, 50 direct commands to sing, and Psalms (a book of songs) is the longest book of the Bible. There are three schools of thought when discussing singing in the Church: Music supersedes the words – Words...

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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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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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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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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Living Today In Light of That Day"

Jeff explains how Jesus’ foretelling of the destruction of the Temple represents the passing of the Old Covenant and the coming of the New. Although He is aware of His impending crucifixion, He is not preoccupied, but instead focuses on pastoring His disciples. This passage is meant to identify the conditions required of Jesus’ disciples to live faithfully until His re...

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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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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Near, But Not In"

Summary:  Jesus interacts with a scribe, who asks for clarification pertaining to the “first command above all others” (Mk.12:28). Jesus first answers by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4—“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mk.12:30). Additionally, he provides ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

Summary : Jesus takes another step closer to the cross as a result of his confrontation with the Sadducees. The Sadducees are the chief rivals to the Pharisees politically and theologically. They are characterized by three doctrines: 1) they only affirm the authority of the 5 books of Moses (Pentateuch), 2) they disavow the doctrine of the resurrection, and 3) they deny t...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Elders: Serving Under the Good Shepherd"

Introduction (1 Peter 5:1-4): Elder (spiritual maturity) = Pastor (caring/teaching) = Overseer (governing/ruling) Elders will stand before the throne and give account for the way they served the flock. (1 Timothy 4:16). Cultural and congregational pressure exists to conform pastors to expectations rather than biblical teaching. Outline: Significance (What) Peter...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Killing the Owner's Son"

Summary: Mark chapter 11 concluded with an interaction between Jesus and the religious leaders on the topic of authority. Chapter 12 begins during the same interaction, but now Jesus moves from a discussion on authority to the telling of a confrontational parable. From the very moment that he enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ approach toward opposition changes. He is now on ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Christ Our Mediator"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on 1 Timothy 2:1-7...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Guard"

The writer of Hebrews knew that, even as Christians, our hearts are prone to wander. That wandering can be subtle and easily go unnoticed if we are not actively guarding our hearts. This passage prepares and protects us from the tendency to wander so that by God’s grace we may be preserved to the end....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Deepening Our Joy"

Marking our two year anniversary, CJ preached from Jeremiah 9:23-24 in order to deepen our joy in the Lord's faithfulness. He discussed two facets of the passage: (1) Personal humiliation, and (2) God glorifying exaltation....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Mistaken Zeal"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:38-41....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Steady Pace and a Fixed Gaze"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Hebrews 12:1-2...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Redefining Greatness"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:30-37....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Equipped Church"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-16....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "From Desperation to Dependence"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Mark 9:14-29...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Transfiguration"

This week, CJ pointed us to the drama of the Transfiguration text in Mark 9:2-13. In this passage we see the revelation of the concealed majesty of Jesus, the Son of God....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Stunning Prediction"

In Mark 8:31-9:1 Jesus gives a stunning prediction. As the Messiah, he must suffer and die, but will conquer death through his resurrection. This leads to a description of what it means to live as a disciple of the suffering Messiah....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Eccentric Employer"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Kevin's message on Matthew 20:1-16....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Most Important Question"

At the center of the narrative in Mark’s Gospel, there are two provoking questions that serve to clarify the true identity of Jesus. Is he just a prophet or is he God’s messiah and anointed deliverer? In Mark 8:27-30, the Messiahship of Jesus is magnified: he is the Christ, the anointed one, and the king! As readers of this narrative, we are challenged to ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Signs and Sight"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:10-26....

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Worship and the Cross"

Discussion questions for Bob's message on Revelation 5...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Why Did He Do It Again?"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:1-9....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle"

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:31-37, expounding on the story of Jesus’s healing of a deaf and mute man in the Decapolis. In this sermon, we encounter the power of God in Christ and the coming of his kingdom. Below is an outline and summary of C.J.’s sermon entitled: A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "True Defilement, True Forgiveness"

This Sunday, C.J. continued our series in the Gospel of Mark. In his sermon, True Defilement, True Forgiveness, C.J. expounds for us the ultimate source of impurity and our need for Christ. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon. ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Only Assessment that Matters"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Saved By Grace"

Discussion questions for Shawn's message on Ephesians 2:1-10...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Defining Moment"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 7:1-13...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Worker Approved"

Discussion questions for Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Subtle Signs of a Glorious Savior"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:53-56...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Boys in the Boat"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:45-52...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Tell Them That Again"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

Discussion questions for Jeff's message on Mark 6:6b-30...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Consider discussing CJ's message from 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 with your family and other church members....

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