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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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Testimony | Aaron & Andrea Beane

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Aaron and Andrea Beane. Aaron is a student at the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and the Beanes are preparing to plant a church in North Carolina along with Joshua and Michelle Earl. The Lord has done marvelous things in Aaron and Andrea's lives and we are so grateful to have them at SGCL during this season....

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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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Testimony | Brian Yang

A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Brian Yang. Brian has been a member of our church since 2015 and had previously served as an undergroud church minister in South China for 14 years. What a joy to hear about the abundant grace that God has poured out on Brian's life. We are so grateful that he is a member at SGCL! Brian Yang Testimony fro...

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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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