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Sermon Quotes: "To the End of the Earth"

"It was the explicit aim of Jesus, in his earthly ministry, to save and gather a people of God not defined by any one race or ethnicity, or any political banner, but rather defined by faith in himself as the only Savior, absolute Lord, and supreme Treasure. Thus his mission was, among other glorious things, the end of ethnocentrism." John Piper "in Jerusalem and in all Ju...

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Sermon Quotes: "Extending the Borders of Our Neighborhood"

"There is a political or social dimension to Christianity which is simply inescapable. But, Christians should think through all things-including the nature of social or political reality-in explicitly scriptural categories." Brad Green "A Samaritan was just about the last person that anyone in Israel would expect to stop and help. In centuries past the Samaritans had defi...

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Sermon Quotes: "An End to Hostility"

"with all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. 4:2-3 "The portrait of the peacemaking Christ." John Stott "Keep in mind that the divide between Jews and Gentiles was not small or simple or shallow. It was huge and complex and deep. It was as intractable as any ethnic...

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Sermon Quotes: "In His Image"

"In a time of crisis, turmoil, conflict, a pastor, above all else needs to keep his hand on his Bible." Jeff Purswell "The importance of human beings created in God's image can scarcely be exaggerated." Thomas Schreiner "The Bible does not begin with the creation of a special race of people. When the first human is introduced into the story he is simply called 'adam', wh...

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Sermon Quotes: "Can This Be Fixed?"

"Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is unwashedAnd the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, 'Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands.'" Mark 7:1-2; 5 "Life, death, hell and worlds ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Planning in a Pandemic"

"James attributes no magical significance to the words themselves." Doug Moo "Apart from God I cannot exist; apart from me God does exist. God does not need me in order for Him to be. I do need God in order for me to be. This is the difference between what we call a self-existent Being and a dependent being. We are dependent. We are fragile." R.C. Sproul "To James the si...

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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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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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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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Sermon Quotes: "The Masterclass on Prayer"

"How we pray is as important a question as we can ever face. This prayer is a pattern for all Christian praying. Jesus is teaching that prayer will be acceptable when, and only when, the attitudes, thoughts, and desires expressed fit the pattern. That is to say: every prayer of ours should be a praying of the Lord's Prayer in some shape or formWe never get beyond this pray...

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Sermon Quotes: "Death, the Evangelist"

"We admit that we shall die, but not so soon as to make it a pressing matter. We imagine that we are not within measurable distance of the tomb. Brethren, in this we are not wise. Death will not spare us because we avoid him." Charles Spurgeon "In the dusty communities of Biblical times, scented oils and other fragrances were valuable commodities. Yet having a name that p...

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Sermon Quotes: "No Ordinary King"

"At the close of chapter 10, what do we see? The infestation of human pride like a vast forest cut down. God swings his axe, and the whole evil system falls. Bare stumps as far as the eye can see. No branches waving in the wind, no birds, no life, no movement, no sound. The world is dead. But wait. Something new appears."-Ray Ortlund Jr. "Here is a king in whose hands the...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Band of Natural Enemies"

"Behold." It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! It may be seen, for it is characteristic of real saints, therefore fail not to inspect it! It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! It will charm you into imitation, therefore note it well! God looks on with approval, therefore consider it with attention." Charles Spurgeon "Few human joys run deepe...

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Sermon Recap | Cheerful Generosity

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Paul invites the Corinthian church to experience the thrill of God's grace by participating in the act of generous giving. Prior to this passage, Paul addresses the Corinthian church's reluctance to give by drawing their attention to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, who "though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that [they] by his po...

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Sermon Recap: "A Fear To Be Desired"

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"Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, 'You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.' Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Best Day of the Week"

"Whatever it does to help people recuperate from being physically tired, this is incidental not primary." Douglas Stuart "Jesus was not abolishing the canonical authority of the Old Testament but correctly orienting it to terminate in his own authority. D.A. Carson explains that 'the OT's real and abiding authority must be understood through the person and teaching of him...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Amnesia & Deja Vu

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon,Amnesia Deja Vu,given on January 27, 2019. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations can be wonderful times of celebrating, laughing, feasting and enjoying the company of friends and family. In his sermon on Sunday, CJ reminded us that as Christians we are participating right now in the greatest celebration of them all, the...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Power to Strike and Save

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon,Power to Strike and Save,given on December 9, 2018. First, the Nile turned to blood. Then the frogs camelots of them.everywhere. Followed by the swarms of gnatsswarms of flies, and still the plagues came. Death of the livestock, boils, hail, locustsand just when the world under the sun couldn't seem to descend any further into c...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Why the Prelude?

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon,Why the Prelude?,given on December 2, 2018. On Sunday, Pastor CJ preached from Exodus 7:8-13. In this passage, Moses and Aaron appear before Pharaoh in order to appeal him to let God's people go free. Even after he witnesses the awesome power of God in action, Pharaoh's heart was hardened. Pharaoh is both a merciful warning and a...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Divine Reassurance

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon,Divine Reassurance,given on November 25, 2018. Last Sunday, CJ taught that because God sovereignly ordains all that happens, we can trust that God's good plans and purposes will come to pass. As our passage on Sunday demonstrates, not our sin, not our limitations, not even evil mighty powers, can prevent God's sovereign purpose fr...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | What to Make of a Genealogy

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, What to Make of a Genealogy,given on November 11, 2018. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ taught from the passage in Exodus which contains the genealogy of Moses' brother, Aaron. While the genealogy of Aaroncouldbe seen as an interruption of the Exodus narrative, its inclusion gives us "a hint of God's saving grace" that we don't want ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | A Strange and Eventful Journey

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, A Strange and Eventful Journey, given on October 21, 2018. Have you ever been afraid of something that other people around you weren't afraid of? Maybe it's jumping off a diving board, or sleeping in the dark, or walking into your basement. Do you ever feel silly for being afraid of something when others don't seem to be and yo...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Here I am, Send Someone Else

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Here I am, Send Someone Else,given on October 14, 2018. Have you ever been asked to do something that you really didn't want to do? Well, that is exactly what we saw in the life of Moses this past Sunday as Pastor CJ opened up God's Word to us from Exodus 4. God shared with Moses His plan to redeem the Hebrew people, who were ens...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Convincing a Reluctant Leader

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This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon,Convincing a Reluctant Leader,given on September 23, 2018. Most of us will not be called to lead a large group of people as Moses did but all of us are given important responsibilities in our family. If we are not actively trusting in the Lord, we will seek to avoid what God has called us to by making all sorts of excuses, ju...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Best and Worst of Times"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon,The Best and Worst of Times,given on August 19, 2018. This pastSunday, we saw how life changed dramatically for God's people in Egypt. At one point, Joseph was Pharaoh's right-hand-man and God's people were given gifts as they moved to Egypt to the start of this story. 400 years later, they were enslaved and worked almost to the...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Adventure Begins"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Adventure Begins,given on August 12, 2018. This pastSunday, CJ introduced us to the "most powerful adventure story of all time", the book of Exodus. This divinely inspired book is an "epic tale of fire, sand, wind, and water" that "once heardis never forgotten". As CJ taught, every masterful scene of this Old Testament go...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Divisive Person"

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Divisive Person,given on April 22, 2018. Can you think of a time when your parents warned you not to do something? What did they warn you not to do and why did they warn you not to do it? Parents are not the only ones who give warnings; if you look closely on items in our house, you will see that many things have warning la...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Timely Reminder"

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, A Timely Remidner,given on March 25, 2018. What type of reminders do your parents often give you about how to behave? Whenever my wife takes my children to the library she always reminds them of two things; she does this by asking them the question: "Ok guys, what are the 2 W's?" Our kids respond in chorus, "Walk, and Whisper"....

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Surprise of Their Lives"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Surprise of Their Lives, given on April 16, 2017. As two disciples gloomily walked the road to Emmaus three days after the crucifixion, they had no idea that they were in for the surprise of their lives. They were soon greeted by a man they didn't think they knew asking why they were so dejected. They were amazed at his s...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Painful Yet Purposeful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017. Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter's letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and exiled from their native land. Ever the pastor, Peter, writes to remind them that their suffering is not in vain; it ha...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Why Preaching"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Why Preaching?, given on January 22, 2017. In the first verse of 2 Timothy 4, Paul gives one of the most solemn charges in all Scripture: "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word." Indeed, preaching is the priority in our worship ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A New Year's Expectation"

"No man needs better company than the psalms; therein he may read and commune with friends human and divine; friends who know the heart of man towards God, and the heart of God towards man; friends who perfectly sympathize with us and our sorrows, friends who never betray or forsake. Oh, to be shut up in a cave with David, with no other occupation but to hear him sing, and...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Mary's Song"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Mary's Song, given on December 18, 2016. It was a show-stopper. Right in the middle of the flurry of events in the Christmas narrative, Mary stops to sing. It's a song of astonishment, praising God for the stunning things He has done for her. It's a song reminding us not to let our familiarity with the story diminish our sens...

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Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, From Tears to Shouts of Joy, given on October 2, 2016. Day 1: Liberation and Laughter (verses 1-2) Quotes: "It is to be feared that the psalms are by no means so prized as in earlier ages of the Church." Charles Spurgeon "Apart from . . . biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of the psalms. The l...

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Eight Great Books About the Gospel

“The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough,” wrote Martin Luther.* By God’s grace I have been a Christian for 42 years. I agree with Luther, "I still cannot hear the gospel enough. Each morning I seek to preach the gospel to myself by my study of Scripture and through the strategic reading of supplemental boo...

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True Greatness in Sports

Over the past two weeks, I’ve watched a number of the World Cup games with family and friends. These have been fantastic games, and for a variety of reasons, I’ve been more engaged in this World Cup than ever before. In watching these games there have been frequent reference to players being "great" and making "great" plays. But is that the appropriate word f...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Beautiful Unusual Miracle

Quotes from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:31-37....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars....

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Sermon Summary | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:6-13...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Consider discussing CJ's message from 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 with your family and other church members....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!...

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Sermon Summary | "A Gracious Warning"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on Mark 6:1-6...

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Reflections on South Africa

Bob and I are happy to be back in the States. Kevin DeYoung, who was also on our trip in South Africa, has recounted our time there well...

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