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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 onl...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Global Mission"

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This post is based on Rich Richardson's sermon, A Global Mission, given on December 3, 2017.   It's a statistical fact that more parties are thrown in the U.S. during the month of December than any other month. I especially like church parties because I know my closest friends will be there. In Revelation 19:6-9, John records a celebration that he witnessed in ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Rehearsing Mercies"

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This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Rehearsing Mercies, given on November 19, 2017.   What is your favorite musical instrument?  Have you ever tried to learn to play an instrument yourself?  Have you ever heard someone learning how to play an instrument?  It may not sound so good. If you have ever tried to play an instrument yourself,...

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Sermon Quotes: "Rehearsing Mercies"

“Forgetfulness buries in our hearts the innumerable benefits of God.” John Calvin “[Forgiveness] is the first gift of God to the penitent. But it is not the last. It is merely the opening of the house of mercy.” William Plummer “David dwells on the truth that God forgives sin and eventually will remove all suffering and diseases. When we ask...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Singing In Sorrow"

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This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Singing In Sorrow, given on November 12, 2017.   With the “most wonderful time of the year” right around the corner, many are preparing to travel near and far to gather with their loved ones. Whether by plane or by car, traveling over the holidays has its challenges; and if your family has ever traveled ...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Joyful Journey"

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Joyful Journey, given on November 5, 2017.   Lots of kids get excited when they think about the start of a new school year. Then, they begin to look forward to their summer vacation. Take a minute and think about the things you find yourself looking forward to.  What comes to mind that you’re excited abo...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Thriving In Trouble"

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This post is based on Jared Torrence's sermon, Thriving In Trouble, given on October 29, 2017. It is officially November which means that there are a lot of sweet treats right around the corner!  Thanksgiving comes with family gatherings, turkey, football, and pie (my favorite!) and then soon after is Christmas with lights and ornaments, singing and presents!&nb...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Sovereign Grace"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Sovereign Grace, given on October 22, 2017.   Hey kids, did you know that God has been thinking about you for a long time? In fact, His thoughts about you go back before He created the world and everything in it. One of the sweetest doctrines, or teachings, gathered from the New Testament writings is that of divine e...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Postscript"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Postscript, given on October 15, 2017.   As Peter closes his first letter, he shifts to a divinely inspired “postscript” that presents both a personal recommendation and his final pastoral instruction. Here, Peter takes time to highlight the care he has received from two brothers who have served him well....

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Unexpected Delight"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Unexpected Delight, given on October 8, 2017.   Grace was one of Peter's favorite words. He wanted to make sure that his readers knew that the gracious disposition of God toward sinners was the ultimate mystery in the Bible. The implications of this reality are enormous as we consider the fact that our sin deserves n...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Resist Your Adversary"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Resist Your Adversary, given on September 24, 2017.   Have you ever faced a bully? You know, someone who tries to intimidate you? When you think of facing a bully, how do you feel (sad, angry, depressed, frightened)? How should our perspective change knowing that Jesus has already beaten the most ferocious bully we c...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Because He Cares for You"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Because He Cares for You, given on September 17, 2017.   Part of the Christian life is learning to like what God likes and want what God wants. One of the things God loves is humility. He smiles on His people when their lives are characterized by humility. Our culture doesn’t understand this. Because they refus...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Theology of Suffering"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Theology of Suffering, given on September 3, 2017.   This week, CJ started his sermon with a question. Asking what we are afraid of leads to many answers, however the difficulties associated with suffering for the name of Jesus Christ rarely crosses the lips of a believer in our part of the world. But Peter reminds...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Gifted to Serve"

This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Gifted to Serve, given on August 27, 2017.   Everybody has one. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a week or many years, the Holy Spirit has given you a gift. When we receive a gift, we can think that gift is just for us. But God’s gifts are different. When God gives us a gift it’s meant to be u...

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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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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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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Empowered Will to Obey"

This post is based on Rick Gamache's sermon, The Empowered Will to Obey, given on July 30, 2017.   This week, Rick Gamache served us by helping us consider the balancing inherent in the Christian’s sanctification. He focused on both the work we are to be doing and the work God is accomplishing in us. In thinking about this with the picture of a high wire ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Peace That Empowers Mission"

This post is based on Bill Berry's sermon, The Peace That Empowers Mission, given on April 23, 2017.   The disciples were huddled in the Upper Room. Fear had overcome them. Even though they had seen their Risen Lord, persecution from the religious authorities dominated their minds. Suddenly Jesus stood in their midst and gave them the words they most needed to hear&...

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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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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 2"

“. . . his identity contracted to the point where the whole truth about him was that he was the sin of the world. He was carrying it, heaven held him answerable for it, and he was it. It was here, all of it, in his body (1 Pet. 2:24), being condemned in his flesh (Rom. 8:3); because of it he was a doomed and ruined man, korban, devoted to destruction. God’s pur...

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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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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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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Painful Yet Purposeful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017.   Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and exiled from their native land. Ever the pastor, Peter, writes to remind them that their suffering is not in...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "What Hath God Wrought"

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, What Hath God Wrought, given on February 19, 2017.   The recipients of Peter’s letter were suffering. Many had lost their homes and friends and were forced to live in poverty in a foreign land. What a difficult time for these Christians! Peter begins his book by calling these suffering saints to remember what God h...

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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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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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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 | "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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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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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Expectation, given on January 8, 2016. The second half of Psalm 27 reminds us that even for those who seek after God there are times of difficulty and darkness. David feels fear and even worries that God might abandon Him. But in the end, he remembers God’s love for him and resolves to wait on the Lord’...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Jesus' Birth"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Jesus' Birth, given on December 25, 2016.   Christmas is a time where we often grow sentimental. We hear the story of Jesus’ birth and think thoughts shaped by years of tradition. Our stories and songs put in our minds images of a silent peaceful night, stoic shepherds, and a helpless babe in a manger. It is time to...

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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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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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Weekly Devotional | "Now That the Election Is Over"

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.” David Prior “The Lord draws their attention to his gracious saving acts in the hope of restoring t...

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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 | "A Flawless Election Prediction"

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 moral will, saving intentions, His truth, and His Christ are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The ...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Saving Mercy"

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 Youngblood “I would imagine that in this room there are some of who may have tried, maybe even recent...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Scandalous Mercy"

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 Jonah’s character.” Kevin Youngblood “Jonah needed to be humbled, for even though God had m...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

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.” Charles Spurgeon “Apart from . . . biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Evangelism

This devotional is based on Matt Gray's sermon, Evangelism, given on September 25, 2016. Day 1: Who is God? Quotes: “The power of God unto salvation is located in a message, the message of the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ; all that he was and all that he did to reconcile sinners to a holy God.” Matt Gray “If we don’t start with God, we ...

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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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Weekly Devotional: "Food and Drink"

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 eating and drinking.”Brian Chesemore “Now if we ponder to what end God created food, we shall find ...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Sleep"

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, then all one’s efforts are vain. All one’s efforts are ultimately worthless.” C.J. Mahaney ...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Prayer"

 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 there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to make for it with all sail.” Charles Spurgeo...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Patience In Suffering"

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 growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “Patience has a specific object, pa...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "A Sobering Surprise"

Day 1: An Announcement of Condemnation Quotes: “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...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Maturity in Community"

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-like church, an immature church. It is to remain in the vulnerability of the newborn state; it is to be le...

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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 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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Weekly Devotional | "Quarrels and Fights"

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 above” that James referenced in 3:17, and the presence of peacemakers he referenced in 3:18, there is i...

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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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Weekly Devotional | "Who Is Wise?"

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 star. To the first century Greek, wisdom had everything to do with your learning and your skill of speech. Rh...

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Sermon Quotes: "Who Is Wise?"

“This Christian meekness involves a healthy understanding of our own unworthiness before God and a corresponding humility and lack of pride in our dealings with our fellowmen.” Douglas Moo “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with acute brain and skillful tongue; but his effect, nevertheless, in any committee, in any church, in any grou...

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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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Weekly Devotional | Got Faith?

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 will inevitably be characterized by works.” Doug Moo Questions and Reflections: Compare this passa...

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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 | A Happy Day

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 Mahaney “Our concern today is to give all our energy to you, serving you, watching over you to prepare yo...

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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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Weekly Devotional | The Solution to Self-Deception

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 faith and that it is sufficient to satisfy God.” CJ Mahaney “No matter how extensive one’s...

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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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Weekly Devotional | True Worshipers Receive

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 God’s initiative to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves by offering us unmerited mercy and und...

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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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Weekly Devotional | Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts

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 internal temptation” CJ Mahaney “The stakes are high here. Suffering will either leave you a muc...

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Weekly Devotion | The Great Reversal

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 destiny” Jeff Purswell Questions to Consider: Have you ever been disillusioned by the world because...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Summary | "A Safe Journey"

Introduction The book of Psalms should be treasured Spurgeon thought the Psalms were undervalued in 1882—how much more today! You will experience no emotion that has not been expressed in the psalms. This psalm was chosen with Rebecca Stephenson in mind. Rebecca’s husband Wade Stephenson passed away three weeks ago. It is a Song of Ascents Ps...

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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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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "God Is Able To Keep You

Summary After reading this Doxology, H.B. emphasized the Father’s ability to keep you when you cannot keep yourself. He proceeded to summarize the rest of Jude’s letter beginning with a call to arms by taking a stand for the Gospel of Truth, warning the Church of false teachers, and concluding with an appeal to the Saints to persevere. Our attention was then ...

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Sermon Summary | "The Final Chapter"

What about 16:9 – 20? What is textual criticism? Textual criticism: the science of studying all the known copies of a document to discover what the original said. A science that clearly shows God’s generosity to us in preserving his word. Far more manuscripts exist of the NT than of Tacitus (3 manuscripts) and Josephus (120 manuscripts), and the manuscrip...

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

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

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: How Should We Then Live?

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

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Slow Motion

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

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Slow Motion"

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

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Extravagant Devotion

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

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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 Power of Weakness

"The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ. We do not have the ability in ourselves to accomplish the least of God's tasks. This is a law of grace. When we recognize it is impossible for us to perform a duty in our own strength, we will discover the s...

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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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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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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Near, But Not In"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:28-34...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Christian's Response to Difficulty"

Quotes from Rick Holland's sermon on Romans 5:3-5...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

“His enemies are relentless and they attack him in waves. Wave upon wave, delegation upon delegation approaching him to attack him publicly, discredit him so he might lose the popular support of the people, while they privately plot and plan how to kill him.” Sinclair Ferguson “The point is that belief in the resurrection is absurd since it leads to ridi...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Killing the Owner's Son"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:1-12...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Planned for Prime Time"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 11:11-25....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Triumphal Entry"

“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.' It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days had arrived; the climactic activity of his life was about to begin.” Sinclair Ferguson “At this...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Wisdom from Above for 2015"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on James 5:13....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "But Now I See"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:46-52....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Why He Came"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:35-45....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Christ Our Mediator"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Simply Astounding"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:32-34...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Rich Man and Discipleship"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:17-31...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Divorce and Discipleship"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:1-12...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "This Is Serious"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:42-50...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Deepening Our Joy"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Jeremiah 9:23-24...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Mistaken Zeal"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon 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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Greatness Redefined"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:30-37...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Equipped Church"

Quotes from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-26...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Stunning Prediction"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:31-9:1...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Transfiguration"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:2-13...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Signs and Sight

During the Sunday sermon, C.J. read two excellent quotes....

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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 | "Worship and the Cross"

Sermon summary from Bob Kauflin's sermon on Revelation 5...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Worship and the Cross

Quotes from Bob's message on Revelation 5....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Why Did He Do It Again

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon 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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Sunday Sermon Quotes [True Defilement, True Forgiveness]

Sermon quotes from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 7:14-23...

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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 Summary | "The Only Assessment that Matters

On Sunday, C.J. preached from 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5, in order to address the recent graduates of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College as well as the church body as a whole. Below is an outline and summary of his sermon, The Only Assessment that Matters....

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Only Assessment that Matters]

Quotes C.J. used in his sermon 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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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Saved by Grace]

Quotes from Shawn Woo's sermon 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 Summary | "A Defining Moment"

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:1-13, where the motif of hostility escalates between the religious leaders and Jesus. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon, "A Defining Moment"....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Defining Moment]

On Sunday, C.J. used several superb quotes to further exposit the passage from Mark's gospel....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Worker Approved]

Quotes from Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Subtle Signs of a Glorious Savior]

On sunday, C.J. read two excellent quotes during his sermon. ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Boys in the Boat]

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. quoted several excellent Bible scholars whose words served to magnify the glory of Jesus Christ. ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Feeding the Five Thousand]

This past Sunday, C.J. read several excellent quotes to expound this passage about Jesus feeding the five thousand. ...

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Sermon Summary | "Tell Them That Again"

A summary of C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars....

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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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Sermon Summary | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:6-13...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!...

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Sermon Summary | "A Gracious Warning"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on Mark 6:1-6...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"

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

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Sermon Summary | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"

Summary of Ryan Fullerton's sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21...

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Sermon Summary | "The Mysterious Gospel"

This past Sunday, we had the joy of welcoming Dave Odom, who serves as the lead pastor at Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Something Realer Than Real]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word! ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Living for the King of Glory]

This past Sunday, Bob gave a sermon titled "Living before the King of Glory" on Psalm 24. Here are some quotes he shared....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Beginning of the Gospel]

On Sunday C.J. introduced our church's first gospel series in Mark. Let's pray that in this season we will see and behold the beauty of our Savior and King. And sermon quotes, like the following, will be provided not only stir your memory but inspire your own study of the Gospel according to Mark....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Evangelism and a Sovereign God]

Sunday we took a break between sermon series to explore the important topic of evangelism. Here are several quotes from Jeff Purswell's sermon, "Evangelism and a Sovereign God" that we pray stir your soul for the privilege of evangelism....

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