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Hear, See and Think

Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it(Deuteronomy 6.1-9) God has commanded Moses to teach the Israelites the Ten Commandments, and other statutes and judgments, so that they might do them in the land where they are going ov...

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Legalism and Obedience

I wanted to take some time this week and follow up on Sunday's message. Legalism is a great evil that must be put to death. Let me take some time deconstructing itwhile holding up obedience.How do we define legalism? It is the treating of biblical standards of conduct as regulations to be kept by our own power in order to earn God's favor.It is seeking to achieve forgivene...

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A Priority: Gathering Together

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10.23-25 I wrote concerning this great section on t...

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Vineyard

What a joy it was to gather with Nahnum this past Sunday. The passage we centered around has continued to challenge me this week (Matthew 21.28-32). Remember Jesus tells a story about two sons who were asked by their father to go work in the vineyard. The first son answered his father saying, "I will not"; but afterward he regretted it and went (21.29). The second son answ...

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Parents: Be Taken Captive By Christ

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2.8 I have continued to reflect on this verse from the message this past Sunday. Paul is giving a warning to the young church in Colossae in regards to the man-ma...

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Spiritual and Physical Care

But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it (1 Corinthians 12.24b-26). The body of Christ, the Church is...

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The Glory of God and Joy

I have been joining a couple of men in our church in reading the book of John together. It has been a joy to read this gospel again. I have seen over the last week the inseparableness of the glory of God and joy, especially in chapters 12-17. First, the glory of God. In John 12.28 Jesus says, Father, glorify Your name. This was Jesus' desire and end in all things. It is t...

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Important

This week was a refreshing week. I got away to a conference with our Student Pastor, Coleman Ford. We got to break away to Minneapolis for the Desiring God Pastor's Conference. We got the great joy of sitting under teachers like Sam Storms, Eric Mason, Paul Tripp and John Piper. Needless to say, we got a truck load dumped on us. Scripture continually puts before us the ch...

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However

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the songs of Israel, "You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these...

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Humble and Contrite in Spirit

"But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word." Isaiah 66.2b Sunday we begin our month long focus on looking at a life that is completely surrendered to the Lord. This is the one that the Lord looks to, gazes upon, and has as the apple of His eye. According to Isaiah 66 the apple of His eye is those who are humble, ...

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