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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 Humble Husband"

“…is not an analytical knowledge or religious insight…but personal insight that leads to loving and considerate care, whether in the bedroom or in other activities of marriage.” Peter Davids “It is quite a mistaken belief that, because a member of the family works for his living outside the home, he can treat it like a hotel when he comes h...

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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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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 | "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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