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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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

August 23, 2016 by Ben King IV 0 comments

5 Reasons the Church Sings (Part 2 of 3)

This is a continuation of a three-part entry on why the church sings. Find the first installment here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Ecclesiology

July 26, 2016 by Ben King IV 0 comments

5 Reasons the Church Sings (Part 1 of 3)

Every Sunday the church gathers together and one of the main components of that gathering is corporate singing. Why do we sing together? Do we sing when we are together because that’s what we’ve always done? Or do we sing because that’s just what happens before someone gets up to preach? What reasons do the scriptures give for God's people coming together and singing as an expression of worship?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Ecclesiology

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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

March 29, 2016 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Christian and Government Part 2 - Submission and Prayer

When reading through the New Testament, there are a couple undeniable truths about the relationship between Christians and the government they are under....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living

March 17, 2016 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Christian and Government, Part 1 - First Things First

"My kingdom is not of this world."...Keep Reading

Posted in: Current Events

February 27, 2016 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Men Born Blind

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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

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

Posted in: Bible Reflection

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