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The Truth about Treasure (Matthew 6:19

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What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem? This is Tertullian's famous question contrasting the difference between divine truth and man-made philosophy. And it highlights the challenge of living in this world with our eyes fixed upon another. In a similar fashion, we might ask the same question about our rewards: What hath dollars to do with eternal destinies? Indeed, in a ...

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God’s Currency Exchange: How God Funds His Gospel Mission

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Over the summer, our church considered many of the things Jesus said about money. In a Sunday School series following Randy Alcorn'sThe Treasure Principle,we learned much about how to invest our lives in things eternal. This Sunday, in our Sermon on the Mount series, we will again look at Jesus's words about storing up treasure in heaven and not on earth. Reflecting on th...

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Are You Going To(o) Fast? (Matthew 6:16

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Fasting. If you have read the Bible, you've probably come across it. It's mentioned about 75 times. Maybe you've even tried to it. But what is it? Some testify to the miraculous results of this ancient practice. Others just skip over it, an impossible practice that is for "major league" Christians. And still others may be confused by the whole thing, or practice it for t...

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Fasting: A Few Common Sense Resources for an Enigmatic Practice

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As we consider the topic of fasting this week, here are a few articles and books that you may find helpful. At the end of this resource blog is also a website calledThe Common Rule,that offers some common sense practices for creating habits (including fasting) that are aimed to cultivate godliness. Articles Drinking Deeply from Our Father in Heaven: Nine Observations a...

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How to Pray (Matthew 6:5-15)

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Have you experienced the sweet hour of prayer in your daily time with the Lord, or does it seem your words just bounce off the walls and ceiling and go nowhere? In the next portion of our study of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-15), Pastor Ron Comoglio preaches on the Lord's instruction for prayer. Jesus gives elements to avoid, and aspects to embrace to ensure o...

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The Giving Show

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"Watch Me Give, Watch Me Nae Nae." The song-worthy sermon title commenced our study of the portion of the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 6. On Sunday, August 5, 2018, we began our study in Matthew 6:1-4. Do we give? We should. Jesus Christ assumes it. We are saved to do good works to glorify God. Why do we give? Jesus challenges us to examine it. Do our hearts tru...

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Gospel Motivated Giving

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Gospel-Motivated Generosity is a Mark of True Obedience For the last two months, our church has thought about Jesus' words concerning giving. In Sunday School, we have considered Randy Alcorn's helpful little book called The Treasure Principle. You can listen to the series here. This Sunday we will again consider Jesus' words about giving in Matthew 6:14. And as we prepa...

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Like Father, Like Sons: A Father-Oriented Approach to Christian Maturity (Matthew 5:43)

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"Be mature as your Heavenly Father is perfectly mature." It doesn't have the same ring as "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect," but it may be closer to the reality of what Jesus is saying in Matthew 5:48. On Sunday we finished the last of six expositions of the law that Jesus gives in Matthew 5:4348. And as Jesus addresses the topic of love and hate, we learn h...

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What Should We Think About the Imprecatory Psalms?

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Imprecatory psalms (e.g., Pss 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, 140) are those psalms which call upon God to destroy the enemies of God. They come from the anguished hearts of persecuted Israelites, and they include some of the most shocking words in the Bible. Take just a few examples. Psalm 35 provides one of the most acceptable imprecatory Psalms. V...

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The Extra Mile: Matthew 5:38-42

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The Extra Mile In a world of retaliation and self-protection, what does it look like to follow Jesus when one's security is threatened? How ought Jesus' disciples to turn the other cheek, and go the extra mile? Listen to this last Sunday's sermon, and go deeper with the discussion questions below: Matthew 5:38-42 38You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an ey...

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