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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 | He Faithful Will Remain

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This post is based on Tyson Ziegler's sermon,He Faithful Will Remain,given on November 18, 2018. This week we heard from Pastor Tyson on how to continue to have real hope in the middle of real uncertainty and fear. In our passage, Habakkuk was wrestling with how to reconcile God's presence and love for His people when everything was not going the way it was supposed to ...

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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 | From Bad to Worse

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This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, From Bad to Worse given on October 28, 2018. Sometimes our faithful obedience brings hardship into our life. When this happens, it can leave us wondering if our obedience really matters or if God truly cares. Last Sunday, Pastor Brian walked us through Exodus 5 to help us think and respond biblically during difficult trial...

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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 Silence Is Broken"

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This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Silence is Broken,given on September 9, 2018. This past Sunday, Jeff told us how Moses encountered God for the first time. While Moses wasn't looking for God, God was sovereignly guiding him to this moment. God was initiating a relationship with Moses and divinely turning the page to the next chapter of the redemption st...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Story Within The Story Within The Story"

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This post is based on Steve Whitacre's sermon,The Story Within The Story Within The Story,given on August 26, 2018.Do you ever think there can't be any great work for you to do because you're just too ordinary? Well, if you're a Christian, nothing could be farther from the truth! All work for God is important and we have no idea just how much our acts of obedience can play...

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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 Test of Prosperity"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Test of Prosperity, given on July 29, 2018. King David knew prosperity. He had a powerful military, an honorable reputation, and tremendous wealth. Unfortunately, these rich blessings became a cause for turning David's heart away from the Lord. God mercifully brought David out of this dreadful state of pride, but not with...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Pilgrim's Passion"

"The Lord makes his presence known in many places, but where the people of God assemble to worship his presence may be more keenly felt." Allen Ross "Rather, they make it aplace of springs, which is a classic statement of the faith which dares to dig blessings out of hardships. But God may choose to send rain, which comes through nobody's enterprise and can bring a whol...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Soundless Word and the Saving Word"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Soundless Word and the Saving Word,given on July 8, 2018. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ taught us from Psalm 19 about the revelation and celebration available to us in both God's creation and in His written Word. Life can be busy. We live distracted not even pausing to lift our eyes up for a moment to behold the overwhelmin...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Presence of Wonder"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Presence of Wonder,given on July 1, 2018. "Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them" (Psalm 111:2). Take a minute and talk about some of God's marvelous works and how they made you feel when you experienced them. Notice that when we behold God's great works, we feel a deep sense of wonder. Wond...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Salvation Belongs to the Lord"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Salvation Belongs to the Lord,given on June 24, 2018. What is your favorite song? What words would you use to describe that song? Well, would it surprise you that of the songs in the book of Psalms, about 1/3rd of them are songs of "lament"? The ESV study bible states that the primary goal of these psalms are to "lay a troubl...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Hope Deferred"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahahey's sermon, Hope Deferred,given on May 27, 2018. Over the past few 2 weeks we've been tracing the hidden hand of God in the story of Ruth. This week our story takes a suspenseful turn as Ruth and Naomi execute a plan to get Boaz's attention and hopefully his proposal. Let's read Ruth 3 together, keeping our eyes peeled for both God's hid...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Dark Days"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahahey's sermon, Dark Days,given on May 13, 2018. This past Sunday, we heard Pastor CJ open God's Word to us from the Book of Ruth. In this "most beautiful short story ever written," we see God's hand of grace in the midst of judgement, grief, and suffering. One of the ways that this book is a gift to us is that for all who are familiar with ...

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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: "One Thing Is Necessary"

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This post is based on Josh Payne's sermon, One Thing Is Necessary,given on March 18, 2018. Have you ever been so excited about a job your parents have asked you to do or a project at school and then slowly lost your joy and began disliking what you were doing? When I was 8-years-old and my dad was throwing a top-secret surprise birthday party for my mom I got asked to ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Look Both Ways"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Look Both Ways,given on March 11, 2018. Imagine a street here in Louisville that your family frequently drives on, and then imagine having to cross that street on foot as a child alone with cars zooming by. Could be dangerous, right? This past Sunday, Pastor CJ shared with us a story from his childhood where he did just that. W...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "A Word to Young Men"

At our old house we had a number of large trees that hadn't been taken care of and had become over-ridden with vines. At first, I didn't think too much of it. The vines had green leaves, so they kind of blended in. But as time went on, I took a close look at the trees. The vines were starting to weigh the tree down, and it became clear that they would kill the tree eventua...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue,given on Feburary 18, 2018. Everyone's heard the phrase, "Practice makes perfect." So what do you practice a lot to be good at? Maybe it's basketball or ballet. Perhaps it's guitar or drums. Whatever it is, the reason you work so hard at becoming better is because you love doing it and be...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Deadly Danger of False Teaching"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Deadly Danger of False Teaching,given on Feburary 4, 2018. Think about a time when you felt scared, but then someone took care of you and kept you safe. Maybe you woke up during a thunder storm and saw lightning flash outside your window. Maybe your mom or dad came to check on you and reassure you that everything was going...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Supporting Those We Send"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Supporting Those We Send,given on January 28, 2017. This pastSunday, pastor CJ showed us that the most meaningful way we can serve our missionaries and church planting teams is by regularly praying that God would honor their proclamation of the Gospel. This high regard for consistent prayer does not cheapen other ways of supp...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Leaders Who Commend the Gospel"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Leaders Who Commend the Gospel,given on January 14, 2017. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ spoke of a special kind of leadership role in our church called an Overseer or Elder. He shared with us from God's Word that Paul had entrusted Titus with a very important assignment in a place called Crete where the early Church was in seri...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Zealous: Living to Commend the Gospel"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Zealous: Living to Commend the Gospel,given on January 7, 2017. Think about the last time you got really angry. Maybe you were mad at your brother or sister for taking something you were playing with. Maybe your friend said he (or she) didn't want to play with you. It's normal for all of us to feel angry for various reasons. ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Simeon's Song"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Simeon's Song,given on December 17, 2017. Have you ever met a police officer before? They are here to help protect people and to be sure that you and the people around you follow the law and obey the laws that are set in place. Did you know that the city of Louisville or the state of Kentucky or the United States of America a...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Global Mission"

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This post is based on Rich Richardson's sermon, A Global Mission,given on December 3, 2017. It's a statistical fact that more parties are thrown in the U.S. during the month of December than any other month. I especially like church parties because I know my closest friends will be there. In Revelation 19:6-9, John records a celebration that he witnessed in his propheti...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Revelation of God in Adoption"

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This post is based on Michael Granger's sermon, The Revelation of God in Adoption,given on November 26, 2017. Who are some people in your life who love you SO much? How do you know that they love you? Do they show you in specific ways that they love you? I'd guess you probably say that your mommy and your daddy or maybe your sister or your brother love you so much and ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Rehearsing Mercies"

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This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Rehearsing Mercies,given on November 19, 2017. What is your favorite musical instrument? Have you ever tried to learn to play an instrument yourself? Have you ever heard someone learning how to play an instrument? It may not sound so good. If you have ever tried to play an instrument yourself, you know that it takes hours,...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Singing In Sorrow"

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This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Singing In Sorrow,given on November 12, 2017. With the "most wonderful time of the year" right around the corner, many are preparing to travel near and far to gather with their loved ones. Whether by plane or by car, traveling over the holidays has its challenges; and if your family has ever traveled as mine has during this ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Joyful Journey"

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This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Joyful Journey,given on November 5, 2017. Lots of kids get excited when they think about the start of a new school year. Then, they begin to look forward to their summer vacation. Take a minute and think about the things you find yourself looking forward to. What comes to mind that you're excited about? David was going to ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Thriving In Trouble"

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This post is based on Jared Torrence's sermon, Thriving In Trouble,given on October 29, 2017. It is officially November which means that there are a lot of sweet treats right around the corner! Thanksgiving comes with family gatherings, turkey, football, and pie (my favorite!) and then soon after is Christmas with lights and ornaments, singing and presents! I think that m...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Sovereign Grace"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Sovereign Grace,given on October 22, 2017. Hey kids, did you know that God has been thinking about you for a long time? In fact, His thoughts about you go back before He created the world and everything in it. One of the sweetest doctrines, or teachings, gathered from the New Testament writings is that of divine election beca...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Postscript"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Postscript,given on October 15, 2017. As Peter closes his first letter, he shifts to a divinely inspired "postscript" that presents both a personal recommendation and his final pastoral instruction. Here, Peter takes time to highlight the care he has received from two brothers who have served him well. Silvanus has willingly ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Unexpected Delight"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Unexpected Delight,given on October 8, 2017. Grace was one of Peter's favorite words. He wanted to make sure that his readers knew that the gracious disposition of God toward sinners was the ultimate mystery in the Bible. The implications of this reality are enormous as we consider the fact that our sin deserves nothing less ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Because He Cares for You"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Because He Cares for You,given on September 17, 2017. Part of the Christian life is learning to like what God likes and want what God wants. One of the things God loves is humility. He smiles on His people when their lives are characterized by humility. Our culture doesn't understand this. Because they refuse to glorify God, ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Theology of Suffering"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Theology of Suffering,given on September 3, 2017. This week, CJ started his sermon with a question. Asking what we are afraid of leads to many answers, however the difficulties associated with suffering for the name of Jesus Christ rarely crosses the lips of a believer in our part of the world. But Peter reminds us that the...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Gifted to Serve"

This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Gifted to Serve,given on August 27, 2017. Everybody has one. Whether you've been a Christian for a week or many years, the Holy Spirit has given you a gift. When we receive a gift, we can think that gift is just for us. But God's gifts are different. When God gives us a gift it's meant to be used to care for others. It may...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The End of the World"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The End of the World,given on August 20, 2017. When people think of the end coming, they tend to get a little scared actually, they can get freaked out. But in this passage, Peter's goal wasn't to make us afraid. In fact, Peter was giving hope to people who were facing death every day by encouraging them to continue living i...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Prepared to Suffer"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prepared to Suffer,given on August 13, 2017. The Scriptures are not shy on the topic of suffering. Jesus was clear that troubling circumstances are part of life for us. But why should we suffer? And how are we to assess our suffering? Is there any reason to suffer instead of trying to get our own way? As CJ pastored us this wee...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "An Underappreciated Passage"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, An Underappreciated Passage,given on July 23, 2017. As a Christian, how do you respond to your suffering? Trials come in various forms, but is there ever any trial Christians face that is peculiar to them simply becuase they are Christians?If so, how should we prepare to respond? This week, CJ reminded us that, in one of the mo...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, In the Presence of Your Enemies,given on July 16, 2017. Suffering persecution came with the calling of Christian in the early church. In today's culture, we are no less confronted with persecution than our brothers and sisters of previous centuries. So what comes to your mind when you think of ways we should retaliate? How an...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Face to Face"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Face to Face,given on July 9, 2017. In a world with so many substitutes, where do you find yourself seeking community? With the word "community" being so loosely defined, it is easy to settle for an online alternative. Even as I write this, I am sitting in a coffee shop watching those around me experience what they would sugges...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Going Deeper"

This post is based on Mack Stiles' sermon, Going Deeper,given on June 18, 2017. When reading the gospel narratives, it is natural to wonder what it must have been like to be one of the first disciples Jesus called to follow Him. When Jesus walked along a shoreline and boarded a certain boat, we can be confident that Peter had no idea how different his life would be afte...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Savior Like No Other"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Savior Like No Other, given on June 11, 2017. As Christians living in a world marked by sin, we may suffer at the hands of those in authority who seek to take advantage of us through their position. This can occur through circumstances at our work place or in dealing with the civil authorities. But the gospel gives us hope....

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A People for God's Possession"

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, A People for God's Possession, given on May14, 2017. We live in a culture that increasingly, not just rejects, but despises what we believe. In these times the wisdom of God, given to us through Peter, also writing to a people living in a hostile world, is more needed than ever. Peter reminds us that standing strong in a god...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Take Up and Read to Feel"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Take Up and Read to Feel, given on April 30, 2017. As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we encounter something that is a surprise. God does not command us to read and study His word only out of sheer obedience. Instead, He exhorts us to engage our emotions to crave His word like an infant craving his mother's milk. Read Psa...

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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 | "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Cries from the Cross | Part 1, given on April 2, 2017. As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we are setting aside two Sundays to direct our attention toward the cross. At Calvary, Jesus hung in agony as our substitutionary sacrifice. Scripture records the last seven cries of our Savior and in this sermon CJ explores the first ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Our Marching Order"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Our Marching Order, given on March 26, 2017. Because of the glory of what has been given to us in the gospel, Peter continues with a simple, familiar command. Echoing the words he personally heard our Savior say, he reminds us that just as God loved us, we are to love one another. Read 1 Peter 1:22-25 The call to love one ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Song of Forgiveness"

This post is based on Nathan Smith's sermon, A Song of Forgiveness, given on March 19, 2017. The Psalms of Ascent are songs that the Israelites sang traveling from their homes to the Temple in Jerusalem. The songs were meant to fill their hearts with anticipation and wonder for all God had done for them. As a Psalm that reminds us of our own sin and the magnificent grac...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Something Strange and Wonderful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Something Strange and Wonderful, given on March 12, 2017. Having just celebrated the magnificent saving work performed on our behalf by God Himself, Peter now transitions. Verse 13 begins with a "therefore." In light of the unthinkable magnitude of all that God has done, this is how we, as His children, should respond. Specific...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Your Unusual Story"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Your Unusual Story, given on March 5, 2017. As Peter continues to minister to his readers, he reminds them of the wonder of their salvation. Though times might be tough, there is reason for ultimate rejoicing because of what God has wrought in their lives. Peter reminds his readers, and us, that we should never lose sight of th...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Readers"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Readers, given on February 12, 2017. As we prepare to study 1 Peter, CJ took this Sunday to introduce us to the original readers of the letter. The recipients were "elect exiles." When they came to know Christ, they became citizens of a different world. As such they were rejected and even persecuted by the citizens of ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Author"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Author, given on Februrary 5, 2017. As we prepare to be ministered to by the apostle Peter, CJ began our series by introducing us to the author of the book. Getting to know the author peaks our interest and whets our appetite for what God is going to teach us through his words. Let's spend a few moments considering the...

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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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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 | "The Lost Sheep"

This devotional is based on Christian Wegert's sermon, The Lost Sheep, given on October 30, 2016. Day 1: Lost (v. 4) Quotes: "We think living without God will lead us into freedom and liberty. We believe we are autonomous and independent without need of God or Christ. We think walking to the horizon far away from our shepherd will satisfy our soul. We think it will gi...

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Weekly Devotional | "He Gives More Grace"

Day 1: Worldly Orientation Quotes: "James personifies the entire church as the "bride" of Yahweh or Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom . . . The audience has the wrong object for a lover the fallen world system and values of the unregenerate." Craig Blomberg "The intention to be a friend of the world makes a person an ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | A Happy Ending

Review Job suffered because of his blamelessness, not because of his sin. It was to show that God is worthy of the worship of a man even when worldly goods are lost. Job did not suffer because of his sin, but he sinned in his suffering. Job's why questions lose their power when he encounters the greatness of God. "I had a million questions to ask God, but, when I met him...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks

The Complaint Job has come to the conviction that he does not live in a well-run world. What begins as a general lament before God in prayer gradually becomes a sinful complaint or charge before God, accusing him of mistreatment. If you, like Job, have suffered severely and even at times presume that you can better run the universe than God, lean in. The LORD has mercy fo...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "When God Doesn't Answer Your Why Question"

Introduction CJ begins by recapping how far we have come in Job. In short: Job's suffering Job's "why question" Job's friends' accusatory (wrong) explanation for his suffering and Job's disagreement Chapter 28 interrupts the arguments between Job and his friends. It effectively ends the ongoing debate between them and allows the author to address Job's (and our) "...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Wrestling of Job: Part 1"

Introduction Cyclical Discussions From chapters 4 to 19, the book of Job has been a series of three cyclical discussions between Job and his friends; each cycle has the same theology. His friends come with rigid, cold, cause-and-effect theologyyou do good, you prosper; you do bad, you suffer. In reality, a man's relationship with God cannot be determined by his circum...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Friends of Job"

Summary: CJ began by recapping Job 1-3. He highlighted Job's vividly described agony and explained how Job should humble us when we find ourselves complaining. Job's lament captures his fear that the worst has come to fruitionGod has abandoned him. But despite all of Job's suffering to this point, the worst may be yet to come. Satan slithers away and Job's closest compani...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lament of Job"

Summary C.J. explains that we are about to venture into one of the darkest chapters in scripture (not the darkest). It lets us into the heart and mind of Job, a man undergoing unbearable misery. We transition from Job's obedient suffering to his lament before God. Job 2:11 13 Job's friends were legitimate friends. Little did they know, they would eventually be of no h...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Cup"

Introduction Ultimately, no pastoronly the Holy Spiritcan communicate what happened in Gethsemane. The scene in the garden gives us a unique glimpse into the humanity of Jesus. Here, we encounter the mystery of the incarnation. Marvel at his humanity, but don't just marvel; be grateful! It is the basis for your salvation. Thesis Jesus' Suffering for our Sin through th...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Words and Music of Worship"

Introduction: Bob opened by explaining that singing is Biblical (Psalm 96:1-2, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16). There are 400 references to singing in the Bible, 50 direct commands to sing, and Psalms (a book of songs) is the longest book of the Bible. There are three schools of thought when discussing singing in the Church: Music supersedes the words Words by the...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lord's Supper"

Introduction Traditions teach Jesus inaugurates a unique tradition for his family in Mark 14:22-25. The Tradition of the Lord's Supper The Purpose is that we might remember the central importance of his death. "The Lord's Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regulative commemorative act inaugurated by him, dramatizes neither his birth nor h...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "How Should We Then Live"

Summary In this sermon, Brian exposits Hebrews 10:19-25, encouraging us with the foundation of Jesus' high priestly ministry and exhorting us to strive toward fellowship with God and one another. Consequently, we are shown how we should then live as faithful Christians. Foundation of Faithful Christian Living (10:19-21) The author of Hebrews is writing into a context ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Slow Motion"

Introduction (Mark 14:10-21) C.J. compares chapter 14 to the slow climb of a roller coaster before the big drop. Mark decelerates his Gospel account to prepare us for the crucifixion of Christ. C.J. highlights three key components of this passage: Outline Judas' Preparation for Betrayal (Mark 14:10-11) We see a dramatic change in mood from Jesus' anointing by Mary. ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Living Today In Light of That Day"

Jeff explains how Jesus’ foretelling of the destruction of the Temple represents the passing of the Old Covenant and the coming of the New. Although He is aware of His impending crucifixion, He is not preoccupied, but instead focuses on pastoring His disciples. This passage is meant to identify the conditions required of Jesus’ disciples to live faithfully until His re...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Question of the Day"

Earlier in the day, the religious leaders assailed Jesus with various quesitons. For instance, the Pharisees and Herodians asked a question pertaining to taxes (Mk. 12:13-17), the Sadducees interrogated concerning the resurrection (Mk. 12:18-27), and a Scribe inquired about the law (Mk. 12:28-34). However, after a day of questions, Jesus asks the question of the day—a qu...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Near, But Not In"

Summary: Jesus interacts with a scribe, who asks for clarification pertaining to the "first command above all others" (Mk.12:28). Jesus first answers by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mk.12:30). Additionally, he provides the second greatest commandment from ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

Summary : Jesus takes another step closer to the cross as a result of his confrontation with the Sadducees. The Sadducees are the chief rivals to the Pharisees politically and theologically. They are characterized by three doctrines: 1) they only affirm the authority of the 5 books of Moses (Pentateuch), 2) they disavow the doctrine of the resurrection, and 3) they deny t...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Elders: Serving Under the Good Shepherd"

Introduction (1 Peter 5:1-4): Elder (spiritual maturity) = Pastor (caring/teaching) = Overseer (governing/ruling) Elders will stand before the throne and give account for the way they served the flock. (1 Timothy 4:16). Cultural and congregational pressure exists to conform pastors to expectations rather than biblical teaching. Outline: Significance (What) Peter...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Killing the Owner's Son"

Summary: Mark chapter 11 concluded with an interaction between Jesus and the religious leaders on the topic of authority. Chapter 12 begins during the same interaction, but now Jesus moves from a discussion on authority to the telling of a confrontational parable. From the very moment that he enters Jerusalem, Jesus' approach toward opposition changes. He is now on the of...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Christ Our Mediator"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on 1 Timothy 2:1-7...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Guard"

The writer of Hebrews knew that, even as Christians, our hearts are prone to wander. That wandering can be subtle and easily go unnoticed if we are not actively guarding our hearts. This passage prepares and protects us from the tendency to wander so that by God’s grace we may be preserved to the end....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Deepening Our Joy"

Marking our two year anniversary, CJ preached from Jeremiah 9:23-24 in order to deepen our joy in the Lord's faithfulness. He discussed two facets of the passage: (1) Personal humiliation, and (2) God glorifying exaltation....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Mistaken Zeal"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:38-41....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Steady Pace and a Fixed Gaze"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Hebrews 12:1-2...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Redefining Greatness"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:30-37....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Equipped Church"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-16....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "From Desperation to Dependence"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Mark 9:14-29...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Transfiguration"

This week, CJ pointed us to the drama of the Transfiguration text in Mark 9:2-13. In this passage we see the revelation of the concealed majesty of Jesus, the Son of God....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Stunning Prediction"

In Mark 8:31-9:1 Jesus gives a stunning prediction. As the Messiah, he must suffer and die, but will conquer death through his resurrection. This leads to a description of what it means to live as a disciple of the suffering Messiah....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Eccentric Employer"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Kevin's message on Matthew 20:1-16....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Most Important Question"

At the center of the narrative in Mark’s Gospel, there are two provoking questions that serve to clarify the true identity of Jesus. Is he just a prophet or is he God’s messiah and anointed deliverer? In Mark 8:27-30, the Messiahship of Jesus is magnified: he is the Christ, the anointed one, and the king! As readers of this narrative, we are challenged to ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Signs and Sight"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:10-26....

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Worship and the Cross"

Discussion questions for Bob's message on Revelation 5...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Why Did He Do It Again?"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:1-9....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle"

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:31-37, expounding on the story of Jesus’s healing of a deaf and mute man in the Decapolis. In this sermon, we encounter the power of God in Christ and the coming of his kingdom. Below is an outline and summary of C.J.’s sermon entitled: A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "True Defilement, True Forgiveness"

This Sunday, C.J. continued our series in the Gospel of Mark. In his sermon, True Defilement, True Forgiveness, C.J. expounds for us the ultimate source of impurity and our need for Christ. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon. ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Only Assessment that Matters"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Saved By Grace"

Discussion questions for Shawn's message on Ephesians 2:1-10...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Defining Moment"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 7:1-13...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Worker Approved"

Discussion questions for Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Subtle Signs of a Glorious Savior"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:53-56...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Boys in the Boat"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:45-52...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Tell Them That Again"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

Discussion questions for Jeff's message on Mark 6:6b-30...

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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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