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Virtual Sunday Class | Fear Not! | Session 2

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Join us for session 2 of our virtual Sunday Class, "Fear Not! A Worrier's Guide to Peace and Rest." In this session, Rich Humphrey reminds us of the truth that overcomes our fears. Find the outline and previous sessions HERE ...

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Sermon Summary | "A Rare Jewel in a Pandemic"

In this passage, Paul rejoices in the gift the Philippian church has sent, not because of what he has physically received but because of their concern for him, and then reveals the secret to true contentment. C.J. drew our attention to these 3 facets of Paul's contentment: It was learned, it was not dependent on circumstance, and it was found in Christ. Through many severe...

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Thoughts from the Psalms | Jeff Purswell

Yesterday Jeff Purswell encouraged us from Psalm 84 during our call to worship. Listen again and be encouraged that although we are in a season of longing until we gather again, make no mistake, God is with usthe God who forgives our sins, the God who calms our turmoil, the God who carries our burdens, the God who comforts us in our affliction. When everything seems shaken...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Rare Jewel for a Pandemic"

"I am drawn to people who suffer without murmuring. Especially when they believe in God but never get angry with him or criticize him. It seems to me that not murmuring is one of the rarest traits in the world. And when it is combined with a deep faith in God-who could alter our painful circumstances, but doesn't-it has a beautiful God-trusting, God-honoring quality that m...

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Day of Prayer for the Nations

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Over the past few weeks we have joined Sovereign Grace churhces around the world to pray for our healthcare professionals and our frontline workers. Today, we are joining together to pray for the nations. We hope you'll join us! You can find some specific things to pray for in this blog post....

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Virtual Sunday Class | Fear Not! | Session 1

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Coronavirus. Political turmoil. Threats to religious freedoms. Stock market volatility. Cancer. Texting drivers. It's no wonder that so many Christians live in the grip of fear, worry, and anxiety. But the gospel transforms terrified into trusting, weak-kneed into steel-spined, anxious into intrepid.Fear Not!is a class to help worriersfrom the chronically fearful to the oc...

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Thoughts from the Psalms | Jeff Purswell

This week during our livestream, Jeff encouraged us from Psalm 16 and pointed us toward the goodness of God even in the midst of this pandemic. Listen again and be encouraged! ...

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Sermon Summary | "The Most Important Question in a Pandemic"

Why do tragedies happen? It can be tempting to think great suffering is the result of serious personal sin. God is just and there are clear consequences for persistent and unrepentant sin, but these verses speak to another reason for disaster: an incentive to repent. The observer should be asking: "Why wasn't I one of those slaughtered in the atrocity?" The kindness of God...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Most Important Question in a Pandemic"

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"This is not a season for sentimental views of God." John Piper "Jesus calls on the crowd to reflect on their skills of discernment. Living in Palestine, they can decipher the weather by checking the wind and the clouds. If the clouds are coming from the west and the Mediterranean, they know rain is coming. If the wind comes from the south off the desert, they know it wil...

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Day of Prayer for Frontline Workers

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Two weeks ago, our small denomination dedicated a day of prayer for healthcare professionals who are serving on the frontlines in caring for the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because there are other men and women working daily on the frontline to serve us, even at their own risk, we wanted to dedicate this Friday, April 17 as a Day of Prayer for Frontline Workers. You...

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Virtual Sunday Class | Commissioned Session 5

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Join us for session 5 of our virutal Sunday Class! This week, Josh Pannell teaches us about how to answer tough evangelism questions. You can find the outline here. ...

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Emerging Nations Newsletter | April 2020

Things To Pray For In April By Dave Taylor on Apr 03, 2020 09:00 pm 1 Corinthians 8. 1-5, 'We want you to know brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches in Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme p...

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Sermon Summary | "Easter in a Pandemic"

John 11:1-44 displays God's provision and solution for death in the person of Jesus Christ who is the resurrection and the life. Like Lazarus, Christians have the joy and privilege of identifying as those who are loved by Jesus. In the midst of suffering and delay, God always has a divine purpose as he works all things for our good and for the glory of the Son. Jesus' love...

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Sermon Quotes: "Easter in a Pandemic"

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"The chapter is one of the most remarkable in the New Testament. For grandeur and simplicity, for pathos and solemnity, nothing was ever written like it." J.C. Ryle "Those who Jesus has revealed himself to view themselves first and foremost as loved by him not as those who love him. This is a common feature of those he has loved. They think of themselves as loved by him, ...

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Virtual Sunday Class | Commissioned Session 4

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Join us for session 4 of our virutal Sunday Class! This week, Samuel Johnson teaches us on our method of evangelism. You can find the outline and outreach flyer for this class here. ...

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Sermon Summary | "Persevering in the Pandemic"

In his sermon on James 1:2-4, CJ highlighted the reality of trials, their divinely designed purpose, and our God-glorifying response. Trials are an inevitable part of life, but rightly understood, they are meant to test our faith and to produce steadfastness. God is present in our trials, and He is "getting work done." CJ encouraged us to let our trials have their full eff...

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Holy Week Resources

In the busy-ness of the events, changes, and trials of quarantine life, it could be easy to let Easter sneak up on us without much thought, preparation, or meditation. Despite its centrality, we can sometimes treat it as an afterthought or just another Sunday. However, the events we remember during the Easter season are of pre-eminent importance for the Christian (I Corint...

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Sermon Quotes: "Persevering in the Pandemic"

"By placing trials in this position of prominence in the letter, James suggests that the tough times the believers were facing were a key reason for his writing to them." Doug Moo "Profound good in our lives often emerges in a crucible of significant sufferingThe endurance of faith is one of the Spirit's finest fruits-and you only learn to endure when you must live throug...

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To Stream, or Not to Stream? | Jeff Purswell

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Over the past few weeks, our pastors have spent many hours in prayer and discussion about how to best serve our congregation during this time of social distancing. Shortly after we streamed our first service, Jeff Purswell wrote a blogpost for Sovereign Grace Churches titled: "To Stream, or Not to Stream: Considering Sundays in Seclusion". In it, he explains our pastors de...

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Day of Prayer for Healthcare Professionals

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As we all know, the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the world is putting significant demand on the healthcare professionals caring for the sick. We are grateful for these men and women who are working on the front lines to serve those most in need. Mark Prater, the director of Sovereign Grace Churches, has invited all of us to join together tomorrow (...

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Virtual Sunday Class | Commissioned Session 3

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Join us for session 3 of our virutal Sunday Class! This week, Andrew Maples teaches us on the topic of developing a heart for evangelism. You can find the outline for this class here and all previous classes and outlines here! ...

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