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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The End of the World"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The End of the World, given on August 20, 2017.   When people think of the end coming, they tend to get a little scared – actually, they can get freaked out. But in this passage, Peter’s goal wasn’t to make us afraid. In fact, Peter was giving hope to people who were facing death every day by encour...

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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 | "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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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 | "A Humble Husband"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Humble Husband, given on July 2, 2017. This week CJ drew out two commands from this verse for the Christian husband, a verse that is “dense in content and comprehensive in application”. He encouraged us to live with our wives with a continual desire to know them and to understand them. Also, we were commanded...

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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 | "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 | "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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