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September 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We hope and pray that you are encouraged and strengthened by the grace of God as we move deeper into the book of Ephesians this fall. It has been encouraging over these last few weeks to see Christ exalted above all things, and then to see the promise of the immeasurable riches of grace that God in His kindness has given to us in His Son. When...

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Our Mission Trip to Iceland: A Sunday Morning, Coffee House Update

On Facebook, I've had a chance to share a few updates from our mission trip. Today, as we get ready to go to church (at 2pm UTC), we are stopping in a local coffee shopthe Flagship Coffee House of the North Atlanticand stopping to give a brief update on our trip. So, here are six highlights from the trip. Six Highlights from Iceland The Landscape The first thing to me...

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Looking Forward to Jesus

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Yet Another Prediction Is Christ returning today or tomorrow?Many people are talking about it thanks to yet another group announcing their conjectures based on mathematical gymnastics and astronomical mysticism. As of now, the deadline for Christ's return has been announced as scheduled for sometime between now and sundown on Saturday, September 23 in Israel. If not by th...

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What is the Protestant Reformation?

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Five-hundred years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This action launched a series of disputations about the Bible, the gospel, and the churchto name only a few. In time, Luther's action would be considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. But whatisthe Protestant Reformation? And why do we need...

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The Warfare Worldview of Ephesians

When was the last time you prayed against the devil? Or, attributed your physical pain or emotional vexations to a demonic spirit? If it has been some time (or never), it's probably because you live in 21st Century America, where the evils of the worldmoral and naturalare explained by biological factors and scientific calculation. But if you lived in 16th Century Europe, ...

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What good is a book Club?

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What goes through your head when you hear the words, "book club"? For me it has conjured up a list of images including but not limited to: A bunch of scholarly men in tweed jackets, sitting in an Ivy League study, smoking cigars, nursing glasses of Scotch and pontificating on books that I've only lied about reading. I imagine the discussion being more of a competition...

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Preaching the Psalms Canonically: A Postscript

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Instead of a Sermon Discussion guide this week, I've written up something of a Post-Script to the Psalms, a few reflections on reading and preaching the Psalms as one unified book. For the PDFs of each book, seeBook 1,Book 2,Book 3,Book 4,Book 5. Hopefully, in the next few days I can publish the bibliography of resources (books, chapters, articles) that I found useful in r...

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Great Commission Prayer: Gathering to Pray, Praying for Our Labors

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give go...

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