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Listen, Learn, Lament and Live

Let me remind you of Pastor John’s helpful application of Ephesians 2:11-22 and add one more ‘L’ to the list. In light of the work of Christ which has killed the hostility between us and God as well as between us and one another, it has reconciled us both vertically and horizontally. We are encouraged […]

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The Ephesian’s Faith

Why did Paul thank God for the Ephesian’s faith in Christ and their love towards the saints? Pastor Toph mentioned a book by D.A. Carson called Praying With Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation which gives us a great answer. He writes,” Because God is sovereign, Paul offers thanksgiving for God’s intervening, sovereign grace in the lives […]

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Given An Identity

What is available in the gospel is absolutely staggering. There is nothing in this world that gives us the resources that are available in the gospel. One resource the gospel gives the believer is an identity. An aspect of this gospel identity is that it is a received identity and not an achieved identity. You […]

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Our Adoption Is Guaranteed

I can understand Isaiah 1:2 a little more now as a parent. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD has spoken. Children I have reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.” I can imagine the utter shock and pain that would come from the following scenario — We […]

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An Unlikely Ambassador of an Unexpected King

I loved Pastor John’s sermon title this past week — “An Unlikely Ambassador of an Unexpected King.” In Paul’s day, Ephesus could have been made up of at least 100,000 people and it was well on its way to becoming one of the largest and most important cities in the Roman Empire. Imagine the throngs […]

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Between the Ascension of Christ and His Return

First, I want to give God public thanks for all of the encouragement I received thi summer. So many of you have let me know that you were praying for the Lord to meet us in this wonderful letter. There are not too many things better than knowing how the body supports one another. There […]

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Love One Another

In our sermon this week, Pastor Lewis exhorted us with John’s words to not love the world or the things of the world because “the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). One reason we are not to love the world is […]

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See the Love of God

Pastor Lew painted the amazing picture of God’s love for us, the kind of love that we need Holy Spirit empowerment to comprehend. John begins in 1 John 3:1 with the command, “See.” I want to focus on this command. What this command “see” means is that we need to take time to meditate on […]

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Real Love is Substitutionary Sacrifice

All real love is substitutionary sacrifice. That is a profound statement that Pastor Russ dropped on us this past Sunday. Take a moment and think about the many definitions of love that are shouting like street preachers on the corners of our culture. Ask a unbelieving friend or coworker to define love for you. See […]

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The Eternal And Majestic Servant

It seems odd that we won’t be in the Gospel of John on Sunday. What began in the fall of 2015 with the eternality of the Son, finished with the portrait of him as the majestic servant. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, […]

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The Great Exchange

When was the last time you had to exchange something? Typically we don’t find value in exchanging something for that which is of a lesser value. If we can’t switch it for something higher we at least want an equal exchange. There were many characters in our passage from Sunday. There of course was Jesus […]

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Blind Leadership, Blown Leadership, Brilliant Leadership

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward. Those last two words jumped at me from John 18:1-27 this past Sunday, March 26, 2017. Here, in the darkness of blind leadership and in the failure of blown leadership, brilliant leadership pierces through the night and knocks over those who came to arrest […]

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