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The Power of Weakness

People are attracted to power. We crave it for ourselves, or we are drawn to those who seem have it like pilot fish to a shark. Just take a quick look at human history (or current events!), and you'll see people who were willing to sacrifice justice or integrity in order to keep or gain power. Nor are Christians immune to the lust for earthly powerjust take a quick look at...

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Order of Service: September 23, 2018

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who diedmore than that, who was raisedwho is at the righ...

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Order of Service: September 16, 2018

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadf...

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9 Observations on the Sabbath

We have been talking about our work of evangelism for a while, so this Sunday I plan to look at the idea of rest. Our sermon text will be Exodus 16, where God first teaches Israel to observe the Sabbath as a way to rest on God's promises. The Sabbath is a difficult topic, because Bible-believing Christians often disagree on how the Sabbath applies to us today. I hope to fo...

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What is the Gospel Plan?

This Sunday, we'll be talking about God's gospel plan. I might use the word "story" instead of "plan." It's essentially the same thing. A plan is just a story, written in future tense. Stories are important. Without stories, facts and figures are just isolated points of data with no significance. Stories are what give shape and meaning to our lives. Even the Bible is ...

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Another Incomprehensible Sermon

A few weeks ago I preached on the incomprehensibility of God. The key concept there is that God is infinite, so we cannot understand Him fully (even though we can know Him truly). This Sunday I plan to preach on the holiness of God, and as I began preparing for that I came across the following quote from A. W. Tozer, under the heading "We Cannot Understand Holiness." I su...

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This Sunday's Sermon Will Be Incomprehensible

I know what you're thinking. How is that different than any other sermon Jared has preached? But I assure you, this time will be different. This Sunday, instead of focusing on what we know about God, I want to think about how much we don't know about God. I figure I am just as qualified as anyone to talk about things no one knows anything about. Throughout this sermon ser...

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What Is a Xenophile?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “hospitality”? Maybe you think of hosting dinner parties, or Martha Stewart. Maybe hospitality means always having home-baked cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade on standby in case someone drops by. Or, maybe you’ve been thinking about hospitality in the church context. ...

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Christ First in our Relationships

“When God wants to form our character, He doesn’t give us a to-do list. He puts us in a community with fellow believers where the image of Christ is stamped onto our being.” ...

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JOY

Sorrow for sin is a good and necessary part of repentance. And repentance is necessary for change. But sorrow is not our strength. The joy of the Lord is our strength....

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PEACE

Peace is a complex topic in the Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about peace, and some of it is confusing. On the one hand, Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and at His birth the angels come singing “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14). But on the other hand, Jesus warns His followers, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to br...

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On Pastor Apprectiation Month

So how can you appreciate your pastor? Walk in the truth. Live your life in a way that puts the truth of Christ on display. There are many ways to do this. ...

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Whoever Receives One Such Child...

Jesus says in Mark 9:37, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives no me but him who sent me.” The way we care for children reveals what we think about Jesus, and ultimately what we think about God....

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The Resistance

A few times in youth group we’ve played a game called “The Resistance.” The premise is that we’re members of a resistance group that is working to overthrow a corrupt, totalitarian regime. But a couple of the players are secretly spies working for that regime. The object of the game is to figure out who the spies are before it’s too late. It’s all about cer...

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The Emotional Mandate

I’ve been thinking about the importance of emotions in the Cristian life, and especially in worship. Some Christians have emphasized emotional experience to the point that almost no attention is given to right doctrine or right practice. Others, reacting against that trend, are suspicious of or embarrassed by any display of emotion in worship. However, God didn’t ju...

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Go and Send and Pray

We don't sing very many songs about our mission as a church. It's not our fault--there aren't too many good songs out there on that topic. And, we certainly want our worship to be centered on what God has done, not what we are to do. But, if part of the purpose of singing is to teach and admonish one another (as Colossians 3:16 tells us it is), then we certainly should sin...

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November Song of the Month

a href="http://thousandtongues.bandcamp.com/album/merciful-to-me" data-mce-href="http://thousandtongues.bandcamp.com/album/merciful-to-me"Merciful to Me by Reformed Praise/a Twice in the book of Matthew, Jesus says that those who would follow Him must take up their own crosses (Matthew 10:38-39; 16:24-28). These are strong words. Jesus was shamed and tortured to death, an...

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October Song of the Month

lt;a href="http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/album/from-age-to-age" data-mce-href="http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/album/from-age-to-age"gt;From Age to Age by Sovereign Grace Musiclt;/agt; Come to church this Sunday. The worship will be epic. Literally. According to Merriam Webster, an "epic" is"a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds o...

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Children's Resources

We have recently added (or are in the process of adding) some books to our Book Nook that we believe are helpful resources. Since the most valuable and effective children's ministry is what happens in the home, we want to equip parents with the best resources we can find. If you haven't started a family devotional time yet, these books make it easy to start--all you need t...

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September Song of the Month

Our September song-of-the-month is "Complete in Thee." The hymn text is from the 19th century, while the tune is more recent (but still sounds like a hymn tune. You can listen to it here. Looking at the chorus, might seem strange to sing the words, "glorified I too shall be." There is a sense in which only God is worthy of glory, and He does not share that glory (Isaiah 4...

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By This, We Know Love

By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16 ESV This year, the kids in our Vacation Bible School will learn about a simple message: God loves us, so we should love each other. Love is a tricky thing to define. Many people today seem to think that it means simply accepting someone as they are, ...

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June Song of the Month: Let the Nations Be Glad

[1] May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah[2] that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.[3] Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! [4] Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah[5] ...

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Jude: Some Related Articles

Suggested articles for further reading on the subject of the past Sunday's sermon....

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A Sheepish Tale

Once upon a time, there was a pack of wolves. Not just any pack of wolves, but the most vicious and deadly pack of wolves ever to roam the countryside. They had ruled the land unopposed for countless generations, chasing down the fastest of the rabbits, outsmarting the smartest of the foxes, bringing down the most majestic of the elk, laughing in the face of the grizzliest...

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May Song of the Month: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

My favorite song for the start of a worship service is also this month's Song of the Month: "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy." Maybe you're used to thinking of this as a song of invitation. And it probably has been used most often at the end of a sermon or evangelistic service, sung while waiting for people to come forward. But for me, this old hymn is a powerful reminde...

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April Song of the Month

Since we celebrate Easter this month, we'll be featuring a song that celebrates the resurrection of Christ. April's song of the month will be "Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!" by Keith and Kristyn Getty along with Ed Cash. You can listen to it by clicking here, and read brief interview with Keith Getty about the song, along with the lyrics,here. The song is also feat...

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March Song of the Month: Not In Me

Our song for the month is "Not In Me." You can listen to it and read the words by clicking here, and read lyricist Eric Schumacher's explanation of the backstory and meaning of the song here. This modern hymn is a meditation on Luke's Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and t...

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Song of the Month: By Faith

February's song of the month is By Faith, a meditation on Hebrews 11 & 12....

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