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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Dark Days"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahahey's sermon, Dark Days,given on May 13, 2018. This past Sunday, we heard Pastor CJ open God's Word to us from the Book of Ruth. In this "most beautiful short story ever written," we see God's hand of grace in the midst of judgement, grief, and suffering. One of the ways that this book is a gift to us is that for all who are familiar with ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Do You Measure Up?"

This post is based on Riley Spring's sermon, Do You Measure Up?,given on May 6, 2018. Pastors College student Riley Spring preached a messageon Sundayfrom Luke 18. In this passage, Luke records a parable of Jesus' that highlights and contrasts two men and the posture of their hearts before God. The Phariseewho Jesus' audience would view as the good man in this storyprayed...

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Sermon Quotes | "The Angels' Song"

"In a real sense, the story of Jesus is our story, told to us and for us just as if we had been among the angels on that night near Bethlehem. What the angels announced to the shepherds that night is announced on behalf of all humanity. Their journey to see these things should be every person's journey to see what God is up to in Jesus. Their sense of amazement should be m...

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Sermon Quotes | "Simeon's Song"

"He is the one destined to fulfill the Law in every detail and to win the blessings of the covenant for his people. Where we fail and become covenant-breakers, deserving the curse of the covenant, Jesus, our champion, succeeds in his role as the New Adam, the supreme covenant-keeper. We are not merely redeemed by the death of Christ; we are also redeemed by the life of Chr...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Zechariah's Song"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Zechariah's Song,given on December 10, 2017. When I was growing up, I was deathly afraid of the dark. Unrecognizable noises made by the wind outside my bedroom window or a pile of unfolded clothes tossed haphazardly in the corner would make my head dizzy with fright. Even though I knew that my mom and dad were only a few room...

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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 would be afte...

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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 amazed at his s...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Surprise of Their Lives"

"Jesus does not overwhelm these two disciples by some spectacular revelation of himselfInstead, 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." Dinsdale Young "Jesus did this be...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Praying the Word"

This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Praying the Word, given on January 29, 2017. In these amazing verses Jesus is asked to teach His disciples how to pray. His response is not just a prayer that we should recite word for word, but a model, teaching us the fundamentals of prayer. Through Jesus words, we learn that we should pray prayers sound in their biblical ...

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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 diminish our sens...

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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 are often performe...

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Weekly Devotional | "Forgiven Much"

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 speculate that she is a prostitute given the phrase, 'a woman of the city', but the exact nature of her sin isn't importan...

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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 Dever writes of a conversation...

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