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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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