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May 25th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day On May 27, 1564, Reformation leader, John Calvin died. Throughout his life-time, Calvin had grown in renown. His systematic theology, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, his commentaries, his letters and his lectures were all known throughout the European continent. However, his desire was never to bring attention to his own name. It was...

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May 18th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day St. Augustine (b. 354) described the relationship between the Old and New Testament in these words, "The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed." As we continue through the book of Numbers we repeatedly see how the message of Christ is concealed within the text. This week we come to chapter 19 of Numbers, in which the Lord...

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May 11th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In verse 5 of Numbers 17, the Lord makes very clear His intentions. He says, "I will make to cease from me the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you." (ESV). The people of Israel continue to pursue the path of grumbling against the Lord. They have rebelled against His commands and they have sought to cast off His ...

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May 4th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Envy is at the heart of the sin in our passage for this coming Sunday. Envy is the emotion that we feel when we desire what someone else owns. It is when we break the tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." Korah was Moses and Aaron's cousin. He and his family had been given the most prestigious religious duties in Israel aside from the pri...

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We Need to Remember

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Memories are important and powerful, and they impact us in both positive and negative ways. More importantly, the Lord in His goodness has given us the ability to remember events in our lives to shape us and sanctify us. There are experiences in life that we never want to forget, and there are those that we sometimes wish we coul...

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April 27th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day We all use little tricks to help us remember important information and events. Maybe you write yourself notes or tie a string to your finger. In high school I would use mnemonic phrases to help me remember lists, such as the order of the planets (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas). It is easy to forget even the most important ...

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April 20th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week, in Numbers 13, we saw the report that was given concerning the land of Canaan. Ten of the twelve spies reported that the land devoured its people, it was filled with giants, and it was covered with fortified cities. Their conclusion? "We can't possibly take this land!" Nevertheless, two of the spies reported that the land was fruitf...

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April 13th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day It is amazing that people who are presented with the exact same facts or experiences can come away with such different opinions. You and your spouse go out to eat at the same restaurant and she loves it and you hate it. Same food, same service, different response. You watch a sporting event and you believe your team has been cheated by the ref...

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April 6, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday, we return to our journey through the book of Numbers and witness God's response to sibling rivalry between Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. With merciful meekness, Moses intercedes for his older sister and brother in response to God's righteous judgment against them. We'll see the beauty of our risen Savior who is gentle and lowly in hea...

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The Spectacle of the Resurrection

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The dialogue of the two criminals crucified on the crosses beside Jesus draws out the spectacle of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Let us be in awe of this great spectacle, that the innocent and dying Savior rose for our salvation and our resurrection. ...

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