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Sep 20, 2020
Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement (Part 2)
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  • Sep 20, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement (Part 2)
    Sep 20, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement (Part 2)
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement
    Sep 13, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Money
    Sep 13, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Money
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  • Aug 30, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 3)
    Aug 30, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 3)
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    1 Timothy 6:6-10

    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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  • Aug 23, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 2)
    Aug 23, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 2)
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    Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
    2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
    3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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  • Aug 16, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 1)
    Aug 16, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 1)
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  • Aug 9, 2020Thinking Biblically About Anger
    Aug 9, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Anger
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  • Aug 2, 2020“Thinking” Biblically
    Aug 2, 2020
    “Thinking” Biblically
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    2 Timothy 3:16

    16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
     
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  • Jul 26, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 2)
    Jul 26, 2020
    “Thinking” Biblically (Part 2)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 19, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 1)
    Jul 19, 2020
    “Thinking” Biblically (Part 1)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 12, 2020Discipline Needed for Holiness
    Jul 12, 2020
    Discipline Needed for Holiness
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    1 Peter 1:13-21

    13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • Jul 5, 2020Thinking Biblically About Race
    Jul 5, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Race
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    Genesis 1:26-28

    26 Then God said, “Let us make man[1] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    27 So God created man in his own image,     in the image of God he created him;     male and female he created them.

    28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Acts 17:26

    26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

    Ephesians 2:11-22 

    One in Christ

    11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[2] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[3] the Spirit.

    Footnotes:

    1. Genesis 1:26 The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam
    2. Ephesians 2:19 Or sojourners
    3. Ephesians 2:22 Or in
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  • Jun 28, 2020Thinking Biblically About Governmental Authority
    Jun 28, 2020
    Thinking Biblically About Governmental Authority
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    Matthew 22:17-21

    17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[1] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 22:19 denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

    Romans 13:1-5

    Submission to the Authorities

    13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

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  • Jun 21, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 5): The Lord Takes Care of Us
    Jun 21, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 5): The Lord Takes Care of Us
     
     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • Jun 14, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 4): The Lord Protects Us
    Jun 14, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 4): The Lord Protects Us

     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • Jun 7, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 3): The Lord Guides Us
    Jun 7, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 3): The Lord Guides Us

     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • May 31, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 2): The Lord Provides for Us
    May 31, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 2): The Lord Provides for Us

     

     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • May 24, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times
    May 24, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times
     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • May 17, 2020Why It Was Right to Cancel Public Church Gatherings
    May 17, 2020
    Why It Was Right to Cancel Public Church Gatherings
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    Matthew 22:36-40
    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
     
    Romans 13:1-7
    13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
  • May 10, 2020Life’s Most Important Race
    May 10, 2020
    Life’s Most Important Race
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    Hebrews 12:1-2

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • May 3, 2020Accessing the Power of God
    May 3, 2020
    Accessing the Power of God
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    Acts 4:23-31

    23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[a] said by the Holy Spirit,

    “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,     and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves,     and the rulers were gathered together,     against the Lord and against his Anointed’[b]

    27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

  • Apr 26, 2020Prerequisites for Revival
    Apr 26, 2020
    Prerequisites for Revival
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    Prerequisites for Revival
    2 Chronicles 7:14

    if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Apr 19, 2020The Key to Experiencing Closeness with God
    Apr 19, 2020
    The Key to Experiencing Closeness with God
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  • Apr 12, 2020The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Demonstration of the Unmatched Greatness of God’s Power
    Apr 12, 2020
    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Demonstration of the Unmatched Greatness of God’s Power
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    Ephesians 1:16-23 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
  • Apr 5, 2020God Is For Us
    Apr 5, 2020
    God Is For Us
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    Romans 8:31-39 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;     we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Mar 29, 2020A Prescription for Dealing with Stress
    Mar 29, 2020
    A Prescription for Dealing with Stress
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    Philippians 4:6-7

    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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  • Mar 22, 2020Dealing with a Crisis
    Mar 22, 2020
    Dealing with a Crisis

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    John 11:1-45 (ESV)

    The Death of Lazarus

    1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

    Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus[a] was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin,[b] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
     

    I Am the Resurrection and the Life

    17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[c] off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[d] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
     

    Jesus Weeps

    28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved[e] in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
     

    Jesus Raises Lazarus

    38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

    The Plot to Kill Jesus

    45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,

    Footnotes:

    1. John 11:6 Greek he; also verse 17
    2. John 11:16 Greek Didymus
    3. John 11:18 Greek fifteen stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
    4. John 11:25 Some manuscripts omit and the life
    5. John 11:33 Or was indignant; also verse 38
     
  • Mar 15, 2020God’s Goals for Christians at Work
    Mar 15, 2020
    God’s Goals for Christians at Work

    Colossians 3:22-4:1

    22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[1] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

    Masters, treat your bondservants[2] justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh
    2. Colossians 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12
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  • Mar 8, 2020Forgiveness
    Mar 8, 2020
    Forgiveness
    Series: (All)

    Ephesians 4:32

    32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
    English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Mar 1, 2020God’s Goals for the Home: Parents and Children
    Mar 1, 2020
    God’s Goals for the Home: Parents and Children

    Colossians 3

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Rules for Christian Households

    18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[6] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
    6. Colossians 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh
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  • Feb 23, 2020God’s Goals for the Home: Husbands and Wives
    Feb 23, 2020
    God’s Goals for the Home: Husbands and Wives

    Colossians 3

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Rules for Christian Households

    18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[6] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
    6. Colossians 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh
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  • Feb 16, 2020Become More Like Christ Every Day
    Feb 16, 2020
    Become More Like Christ Every Day

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Feb 9, 2020Forgiving Others as God Has Forgiven Us
    Feb 9, 2020
    Forgiving Others as God Has Forgiven Us
    Series: (All)

    Colossians 3:13

    13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

    Ephesians 4:32

    32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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  • Feb 2, 2020Goal #3 Become More Like Christ Every Day (Part 2)
    Feb 2, 2020
    Goal #3 Become More Like Christ Every Day (Part 2)

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Jan 26, 2020Goal #3: Become More Like Christ Every Day (Part 1)
    Jan 26, 2020
    Goal #3: Become More Like Christ Every Day (Part 1)

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Jan 19, 2020Goal #2 Don’t Be Who You Are Apart From Christ (Part 2)
    Jan 19, 2020
    Goal #2 Don’t Be Who You Are Apart From Christ (Part 2)

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Jan 12, 2020Goal #2 Don’t Be Who You Are Apart From Christ (Part 1)
    Jan 12, 2020
    Goal #2 Don’t Be Who You Are Apart From Christ (Part 1)

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Jan 5, 2020Goal #1 Be Mindful of Who You Are in Christ
    Jan 5, 2020
    Goal #1 Be Mindful of Who You Are in Christ

    Colossians 3:1-17

    Put On the New Self

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[1] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[3] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[5] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:

    1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
    3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
    4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
    5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
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  • Dec 29, 2019The History of Faith
    Dec 29, 2019
    The History of Faith
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    Romans 4:1-12

    Abraham Justified by Faith

    What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in[1] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

    “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,     and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

    Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

    Footnotes:

    1. Romans 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24
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  • Dec 22, 2019The Cost of Christmas
    Dec 22, 2019
    The Cost of Christmas
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  • Dec 15, 2019Almost There
    Dec 15, 2019
    Almost There
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    Mark 12:28-34

    The Great Commandment

    28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
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  • Dec 8, 2019Faithful Stewards of Our Talents
    Dec 8, 2019
    Faithful Stewards of Our Talents
  • Dec 1, 2019The Lord’s Super: A Special Worship Experience
    Dec 1, 2019
    The Lord’s Super: A Special Worship Experience
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  • Nov 24, 2019Faithful Stewardship of Our Time (Part 2)
    Nov 24, 2019
    Faithful Stewardship of Our Time (Part 2)

    Ephesians 5:15-16

    15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

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  • Nov 17, 2019Fan the Flame
    Nov 17, 2019
    Fan the Flame
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    2 Timothy 1:3-7

    Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You

    I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
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  • Nov 10, 2019Faithful Stewardship of Time (Part 1)
    Nov 10, 2019
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    A Time for Everything

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

    a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

  • Nov 3, 2019Don’t Worry About Anything
    Nov 3, 2019
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    Philippians 4:4-9

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[1] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[2] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 4:5 Or gentleness
    2. Philippians 4:9 Or these things—9which things you have also learned
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  • Oct 27, 2019Faithful Stewardship of Our Money: Our Giving
    Oct 27, 2019
    Faithful Stewardship of Our Money: Our Giving
  • Oct 13, 2019Honoring God as Faithful Stewards of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures
    Oct 13, 2019
    Honoring God as Faithful Stewards of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures

    Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[1] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
    2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
    3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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  • Oct 9, 2019We Are Christ’s Empowered Witnesses
    Oct 9, 2019
    We Are Christ’s Empowered Witnesses

    2019 Missions & Ministry Conference

    Guest Speaker: Ken Lewis

    Ken is a Pickens native who attended our church as a child with his parents, Willie B. & Mary Lewis. He is a graduate of Pickens High School and Clemson University. Ken received his M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored two churches in NC for over 10 years before coming to Clemson to plant Crosspoint Church. Ken and his wife, Robin, are the parents of three sons: Daniel (married to Amy), Caleb, and Matt (married to Abby). Ken is the founding pastor of Crosspoint Church, Clemson. He and Mark Welborn, another former member of our church and son of Gene & Sue Welborn, moved their families to Clemson in 2005 to start Crosspoint. God has blessed their faithfulness, as Crosspoint is now a large, growing church that is making a difference in the lives of families in the greater Clemson area and students at Clemson University. Crosspoint is also involved in planting new churches throughout the nation through the Pillar Church Network.
  • Sep 29, 2019How Can God Be Both Just and Loving?
    Sep 29, 2019
    How Can God Be Both Just and Loving?
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  • Sep 22, 2019The Calling of God’s People
    Sep 22, 2019
    The Calling of God’s People
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    Psalm 95

    Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

     Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands formed the dry land.

    Oh come, let us worship and bow down;     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God,     and we are the people of his pasture,     and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,     and they have not known my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,     “They shall not enter my rest.”

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  • Sep 15, 2019Listen Carefully to God’s Questions
    Sep 15, 2019
    Listen Carefully to God’s Questions

    Jonah 4

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[1] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

    Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the Lord God appointed a plant[2] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[3] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
    2. Jonah 4:6 Hebrew qiqayon, probably the castor oil plant; also verses 7910
    3. Jonah 4:6 Or his evil
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  • Sep 8, 2019The Danger of Anger
    Sep 8, 2019
    The Danger of Anger

    Jonah 4:1-4

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[1] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
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  • Sep 1, 2019God’s Amazing Grace
    Sep 1, 2019
    God’s Amazing Grace

    Jonah 3:3-10

    So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[1] three days' journey in breadth.[2] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

    The People of Nineveh Repent

    The word reached[3] the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God
    2. Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days' journey
    3. Jonah 3:6 Or had reached
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  • Aug 25, 2019Thank God for Second Chances
    Aug 25, 2019
    Thank God for Second Chances

    Jonah 3:1-5

    Jonah Goes to Nineveh

    Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[1] three days' journey in breadth.[2] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God
    2. Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days' journey
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  • Aug 18, 2019Rescued By God
    Aug 18, 2019
    Rescued By God

    Jonah 2:5-10 

    The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

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  • Aug 14, 2019Life’s Toughest Question
    Aug 14, 2019
    Life’s Toughest Question
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  • Aug 11, 2019Running to God in Prayer (Part 2)
    Aug 11, 2019
    Running to God in Prayer (Part 2)

    Jonah 1:17-2:10

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [1] And the Lord appointed[2] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Jonah's Prayer

    Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,

    “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,     and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried,     and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep,     into the heart of the seas,     and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows     passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away     from your sight; yet I shall again look     upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    2. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
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  • Aug 7, 2019The Providence of God
    Aug 7, 2019
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  • Aug 4, 2019Running to God in Prayer (Part 1)
    Aug 4, 2019
    Running to God in Prayer (Part 1)

    Jonah 1:17-2:10

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [1] And the Lord appointed[2] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Jonah's Prayer

    Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,

    “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,     and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried,     and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep,     into the heart of the seas,     and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows     passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away     from your sight; yet I shall again look     upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    2. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
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  • Jul 31, 2019Why Do Most People Show Signs of Being Religious and Moral?
    Jul 31, 2019
    Why Do Most People Show Signs of Being Religious and Moral?
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  • Jul 28, 2019God’s Surprising Grace
    Jul 28, 2019
    God’s Surprising Grace

    Jonah 1

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[1] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[2] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [3] And the Lord appointed[4] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
    2. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
    3. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    4. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
     
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  • Jul 21, 2019Signs of Spiritual Rebellion (Part 2)
    Jul 21, 2019
    Signs of Spiritual Rebellion (Part 2)

    Jonah 1:4-16

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[1] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
     
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  • Jul 14, 2019Real Discipleship
    Jul 14, 2019
    Real Discipleship
    Series: (All)
    Luke 9:57–62 (ESV):
    57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
  • Jul 7, 2019Signs of Spiritual Rebellion (Part 1)
    Jul 7, 2019
    Signs of Spiritual Rebellion (Part 1)

    Jonah 1:4-16

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[1] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
  • Jun 30, 2019Why Do God’s People Sometimes Run From His Call?
    Jun 30, 2019
    Why Do God’s People Sometimes Run From His Call?

    Jonah 1:1-3; 3:10-4:2

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil [1] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

     

    10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, [2] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
    2. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
  • Jun 23, 2019Responding to God’s Call
    Jun 23, 2019
    Responding to God’s Call

    Jonah 1:1-4, 12 (ESV)

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil [a] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.
     
    12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
     

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
  • Jun 16, 2019Where Are You Seeking Happiness?
    Jun 16, 2019
    Where Are You Seeking Happiness?
    Series: (All)

    Psalm 1

    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

    Blessed is the man[a]     who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,     nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,     and on his law he meditates day and night.

    He is like a tree     planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,     and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so,     but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,     nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,     but the way of the wicked will perish.

  • Jun 9, 2019The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
    Jun 9, 2019
    The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
    Series: (All)

    1 Corinthians 11:23-32

    23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a]you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[b] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[c] 31 But if we judged[d]ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[e] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
  • Jun 2, 2019The Ministry of the Believer
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Ministry of the Believer
    Series: (All)
    Tony is no stranger to our church, as he grew up in Pickens and PFBC. He has Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Tony has served as Pastor or Associate Pastor of Baptist churches in North Carolina for 35 years. Tony and his wife, Vonda, have three grown children: Walker, Jesse, and Rachel. Tony and Vonda moved to Pickens earlier this year to assist his mother, Ellen, who has been an active member of our church for over 66 years.
  • May 26, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
    May 26, 2019
    The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
    Series: (All)

    Ephesians 6:1-4 

    Children and Parents

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

  • May 19, 2019What Do You Believe?
    May 19, 2019
    What Do You Believe?
    Series: (All)
  • May 12, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 1): Husband-Wife Relationship
    May 12, 2019
    The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 1): Husband-Wife Relationship
    Series: (All)

    Ephesians 5:21-33

    21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    Wives and Husbands

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

    Footnotes:

    1. Ephesians 5:27 Or holy and blameless
  • May 5, 2019The Foundation for a Healthy Family
    May 5, 2019
    The Foundation for a Healthy Family
    Series: (All)

    Genesis 2:24-25

    24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

  • Apr 28, 2019What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life
    Apr 28, 2019
    What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life
    Series: (All)

    1 Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  • Apr 21, 2019The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
    Apr 21, 2019
    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
    Series: (All)

    1 Cor. 15:5-8

    . . . he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

    1 Cor.15:50-53

    I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. 
    We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 
     
    For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
     

    1 Cor. 15: 54-57

    When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
    “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory?     O death, where is your sting?”
    The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Apr 14, 2019God is on Your Side!
    Apr 14, 2019
    God is on Your Side!
    Series: (All)
    Romans 8: 31-39
     
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  • Apr 7, 2019Cultural Influencers
    Apr 7, 2019
    Cultural Influencers
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
    14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
     
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    Josh Jennings and his wife, Shannon moved to Sedona with their 3 kids in 2014 to start Aletheia Church. Josh has pastored churches in Kentucky and South Carolina prior to moving to Sedona. He has a passion for building relationships with people and for teaching others about Jesus Christ. In his free time, you can find Josh riding his bike, reading, or grabbing a cup of coffee.
     
  • Mar 31, 2019Who is Your One?
    Mar 31, 2019
    Who is Your One?
    Series: (All)
    Luke 5: 27-32
    27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
  • Mar 24, 2019The Key to Enjoying a Close Relationship with God
    Mar 24, 2019
    The Key to Enjoying a Close Relationship with God
    Series: (All)
    1 Peter 5: 5b-7
     
    5b Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5b-7)
  • Mar 17, 2019Until Then (Part 5)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Until Then (Part 5)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3:13-18
    13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
    15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
    16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
    17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
    18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
  • Mar 10, 2019Until Then (Part 4)
    Mar 10, 2019
    Until Then (Part 4)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Mar 3, 2019Until Then (Part 3)
    Mar 3, 2019
    Until Then (Part 3)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 24, 2019Until Then (Part 2)
    Feb 24, 2019
    Until Then (Part 2)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 17, 2019Until Then (Part 1)
    Feb 17, 2019
    Until Then (Part 1)
    Series: (All)
  • Feb 10, 2019Christians Will Enjoy a Perfect Life in a Perfect Place for Eternity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Christians Will Enjoy a Perfect Life in a Perfect Place for Eternity
    Revelation 21:1-8
  • Feb 3, 2019Christians Receive New Bodies at the Second Coming of Christ.
    Feb 3, 2019
    Christians Receive New Bodies at the Second Coming of Christ.
  • Jan 27, 2019Christians Go Immediately to Be With Jesus
    Jan 27, 2019
    Christians Go Immediately to Be With Jesus
  • Jan 20, 2019Everyone Continues to Live
    Jan 20, 2019
    Everyone Continues to Live
    Luke 16: 19-31
  • Jan 13, 2019The Ultimate Relational Resolution
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Ultimate Relational Resolution
    Series: (All)
  • Jan 6, 2019What Are You Aiming For?
    Jan 6, 2019
    What Are You Aiming For?
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 10: 31
  • Dec 30, 2018Give Your Christmas Away
    Dec 30, 2018
    Give Your Christmas Away
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 28: 16-20
  • Dec 24, 2018The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
    Series: (All)
    Christmas Eve Service
  • Dec 23, 2018Born to Save
    Dec 23, 2018
    Born to Save
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 1: 21, 1 Timothy 1: 15
  • Dec 16, 2018A Model of Commitment
    Dec 16, 2018
    A Model of Commitment
    Series: (All)
    Luke 1: 26-38
  • Dec 2, 2018Practice What You Preach
    Dec 2, 2018
    Practice What You Preach
    Series: (All)
    Romans 2: 17-29
  • Nov 25, 2018Resisting Temptation
    Nov 25, 2018
    Resisting Temptation
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 39: 6-21
  • Nov 18, 2018Awakening a Sleeping Conscience
    Nov 18, 2018
    Awakening a Sleeping Conscience
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 42
  • Nov 11, 2018Lesson’s Learned in God’s School of Hard Knocks
    Nov 11, 2018
    Lesson’s Learned in God’s School of Hard Knocks
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 39-41