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September 26, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Beauty of Holiness

“The splendor (or, beauty, KJV) of holiness,” is a remarkable phrase. These are not words that many people ...Keep Reading

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June 3, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Every Story Whispers His Name

Back on May 22nd, I preached from Hebrews 10:1-18. In the passage, the writer quoted from Psalm 40 to describe the offering of Christ which has done away with the need for the animal sacrifices under the Old Covenant. Here are the verses from Hebrews 10 (verses 5-10):...Keep Reading

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May 26, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Does God Punish Children for the Sins of their Parents?

During last Sunday's service, I led a responsive reading based on Exodus 34:6-7. As I read those two verses before the responsive reading, I was struck by the words at the end of verse 7, that God "visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children and children's children, to the third and fourth generation." It was not mentioned in the responsive reading, but I wondered if such a statement would be troubling, and worthy of some explanation....Keep Reading

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May 17, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

A Gospel Reminder

The following is a liturgy based on William Bridge’s A Lifting Up For The Downcast (1648), in which Bridge uses God’s self-revelation in Exodus 34 to deconstruct the objections we raise against God’s grace. There is no more wonderful question than, "Who is God?", especially in relation to compulsive sinners. Exodus 34 is God’s own answer to that question. Here is the passage of Scripture, followed by the liturgy:...Keep Reading

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February 27, 2016 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Men Born Blind

Praise God that He opens blind eyes and raises the dead!...Keep Reading

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February 19, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

God Rules Over the Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is a very familiar passage, that makes a very powerful point: God rules over all the times and seasons. That seems to be the main point of this passage: "1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...", and then the list of "times" in verses 2-8 capture the full range of human activities, experiences and emotions, from birth to death (v.2) and then everything in between....Keep Reading

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February 9, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

What Is Your Life Built On?

The Christian life is a life with roots. It's built on something; it has a foundation. That may seem self-evident (I hope it does!), but it's way too important to assume. I see this point screaming at us in the text by this little word, "Therefore," at the beginning of the sentence: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast..." That word is massive! There's a whole worldview -- a framework for thinking about your whole life -- here....Keep Reading

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June 12, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Tough Love

"I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children" (1 Corinthians 4:14). This verse, and its surrounding context, teach a very important lesson on biblical love: love is willing to say hard things for the good of the beloved....Keep Reading

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May 19, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Earnest Love at the End of the Age

"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:7-8...Keep Reading

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April 29, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Gospel Proclaimed in Job

The book of Job provides great pointers, directing our eyes toward the person and work of Jesus Christ....Keep Reading

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February 16, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Is Your Righteousness Filthy Rags?

During yesterday’s church gathering, we sang a new song, with this chorus: These guilty hands are raised, filthy rags are all I bring And I have come to hide beneath your wings These holy hands are raised, washed in the fountain of your grace And now I wear your righteousness...Keep Reading

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November 3, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Bible and Slavery

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August 18, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Cry of a Calmed Heart

Yesterday I preached on Psalm 131, and David's calm and quieted heart. I mentioned a quote from David Powlison that put some flesh and blood on what a "noisy" heart sounds like. In hindsight, I wished I would have also referred to this short meditation from Paul Tripp, which I believe is a wonderful picture of a calmed, quieted soul. It's taken from his book, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, a series of meditations on Psalm 27. This is one is titled, "Safe", and comes from Psalm 27:5...Keep Reading

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August 2, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Is it Ever Right to Tell a Lie?

As we saw in yesterday's sermon on Rahab, the New Testament looks back on her life as an example of faith. Yet as we read her story in Joshua 2, it's perplexing to see this notable woman of faith breaking one of the Ten Commandments. God clearly forbids lying, yet it's obvious in Joshua 2 that Rahab lies to the king's men who come to her home, questioning her about the Jewish spies. It begs the question: is it ever right to tell a lie?...Keep Reading

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March 10, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Hebrews 1-6: God Speaks

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February 18, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Acts 15-19: Let Christ Be the Stumbling Block

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February 14, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Acts 10-14: A Gospel for All People

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be good news for ALL people....Keep Reading

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February 4, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Acts 1-9: The Work of the Holy Spirit

Acts begins with a testimony, not to the power of man, but to the awesome power of God displayed through the Holy Spirit!...Keep Reading

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January 22, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Mark 11-16: Nothing is What We Thought

The conclusion of Mark. ...Keep Reading

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January 14, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Mark 6-10: Blurry Vision

One of Jesus' miracles is an insight into the condition of His disciples!...Keep Reading

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January 6, 2014 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Mark 1-5: The Incomparable Jesus

The first five chapters of Mark begin to show us the scope of Jesus' authority and humility. ...Keep Reading

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February 10, 2013 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Story of God Overview

The overview of God's Story shared in Sunday night's session #1, Making Disciples in the Everyday....Keep Reading

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September 14, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

What Pharisees Do

Seven marks of a Pharisee...Keep Reading

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