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Don’t You Want to Thank *Someone*: A Thanksgiving Meditation

As we enter thanksgiving week, it is good to reflect on the nature of giving thanks. Many have observed praise is fundamental to what it means to be human, yet, not all praise honors God in a way he deserves. Therefore, we should consider how we might give thanks and give thanks in a way that makes God the object of our gratitude. Ingratitude: The Arrhythmia of Man&rsqu...

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Walking Worthy: Growing in Unity and Maturity (Ephesians 4:1

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Ever wonder what unity in the body of Christ is supposed to look like? This Sunday we looked at Ephesians 4:1–16, to see how Christ builds up his church in unity and maturity. In short, through a well-tuned heart (vv. 1–3) and well-ordered doctrine (vv. 4–6), Christ, a well-supplied head (vv. 7–10), equips his church to be a well-developed body...

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Adoption and Orphan Care: More Than a Sunday Announcement

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“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27 –   Last week our church recognized Orphan Care Sunday and I shared the verse above. Clearly, our Father intends—and expects—his people to care for the he...

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October 2017 Shepherd's Letter

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Post Tenebras Lux”… “After darkness, light.” This is how the Reformers described the recovery of the gospel in the Protestant Reformation as the truths of Scripture ignited across Europe. We are thankful for God’s grace as we consider how He has built His church over the centuries, especially as we c...

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Prayer That Works: Praying to the Father, for the Spirit, to Fill the Church with Christ’s Manifold

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In recent years, few passages have captured my imagination more than Ephesians 3:14–21. That is to say, few texts of Scripture have struck me with such a vision for the need for prayer in the church and prayer for the church, and hence my own need to pray more for the church. In Ephesians 1–3:13, Paul outlines a glorious vision of the church created by Christ&...

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