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Pursuing God's Word | Resources for Reading Scripture in 2017

Our new sermon series, “The Glory of the Word,” presents us all an opportunity to begin the new year with a fresh appreciation for the treasure God has given us in the Scriptures, and to renew our devoted pursuit of God through his Word. Here are some suggested resources to encourage you in that great pursuit.   Scripture Reading Plans Many things go u...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents

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 | "A New Year's Resolution"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Resolution, given on January 1, 2016. During this time of New Year’s resolutions, Sunday’s sermon reminded us that there is “one thing” that we should set our hearts on accomplishing this year: to gaze upon the beauty and majesty of God. Read Psalm 27:1-6. In verse 3, David says, “Th...

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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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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Joseph's Story"

"Thursdays Thoughts for Parents" use scriptures, discussion questions, and reflections from the sermon each week to help parents engage their kids and delve further into application. We pray that these posts will serve parents as they train their children in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord"...

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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 o...

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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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