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Sermon Quotes: "Ground That Doesn't Shift"

"People have suffered. They've been afraid. The ground on which they stand has shifted." Peggy Noonan "Through the blessings of grace, walking with Jesus is no longer a forced march of meritbut a willing response of love, gratitude, and thanksgivingOur job is not to repeat Christ's work but to honor it. We do so by trusting the adequacy of his grace and responding to it w...

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Thoughts from the Psalms | Jeff Purswell

On Sunday Jeff encouraged us from Psalm 103 where the psalmist helps us take our eyes off of our present circumstances and fix them instead on what is true and enduringGod and overwhelming generosity to us. Listen again and look away from the uncertainties and distractions to what is certain, what is unchanging, what is never failing. ...

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Thoughts from the Psalms | Jeff Purswell

In this week's call to worship, Jeff addressed us from Psalm 33 and drew our attention to a cosmic reason to praise God: His sovereignty over all that is.For those who are His, for us, God's wise and loving and unshakable sovereignty is the best news. This is our Goduniquely sovereign, unswervingly devoted, lovingly attentive to those that He has made His heritage, His ver...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Worrier's Guide to the Pandemic"

"Part of humility is willingness to patiently wait for things according to God's timetable." Edmond Hiebert "Worry is a stealth sin. It doesn't feel like sin." Ed Welch "Worry is a form of pride because when believers are filled with anxiety, they are convinced that they solve all the problems in their lives in their own strength. The only god they trust is themselves. W...

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Thoughts from Isaiah | Jeff Purswell

This week during our livestream, Jeff encouraged us from Isaiah 26:3-4. Listen again and be encouraged by "the bedrock claim that God is a rockunmovable, unchanging, undaunted in His zeal to accomplish all His purposes." ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Prophet for a Prolonged Pandemic"

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"The Bible never says, 'God is wrath.' We must provoke him to wrath. But we need not provoke him to love, for that is his glorious name." Ray Ortlund Jr. "God is at work in the worst of times. He is at work doing a thousand things no one can see but him." John Piper "The most beautiful spirit of submission found anywhere in Scripture." O. Palmer Robertson "Habakkuk reso...

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Day of Prayer | COVID-19

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Today our family of churches is setting apart time for extended prayer related to COVID-19. We hope you'll join us. Allow these prayer points to assist you in going before our generous heavenly Father to pray. ...

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