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The Final Days of Jesus: A 40-Day Reading Guide

This week marks 40 days until Resurrection Sunday. While some celebrate with Lentand others do not, we should all prepare our hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. To help in that endeavor, let me encourage you to pick up and readThe Final Days of Jesusby Andreas Kstenberger and Justin Taylor. A few years ago I put together a 40-day read...

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“In the Lord”: Children, Obedience, and the Gospel (Ephesians 6:1

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In Ephesians Paul calls the church to walk in wisdom by the power of the Spirit. This includes children. And in this week's sermon, we saw how children in the Lord (believing children) are motivated to obey and honor their parents. Indeed, in only three verses (Ephesians 6:13) there are a lot of things to consider, especially with the way Paul uses Exodus 20:12 to motivat...

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How to Apply the Land Promise to Children: A Case Study in Ephesians 6:1


In Ephesians 6:13 Paul calls believing children (i.e., childrenin the Lord)to obey (v. 1) and honor (v. 2) their parents. In verse 1, Paul gives the motivation, "for this is right," and in verses 23, he motivates children with the fifth commandment, 'the first commandment with a promise.' And importantly, the promise says, "that it may go well with you and that you may liv...

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The Drama of Marriage: What Christ and the Church Teaches Husbands and Wives (Ephesians 5:22

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Few things in life are more delightful and more difficult than marriage. And this week, as our church, returned to the book of Ephesians we picked up Paul's Christ-centered teaching on marriage. You can find the sermon online. Below there are discussion questions with additional resources that include some preliminary thoughts on marriage that fed into this weeks sermon. ...

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The Enduring Goodness of Marriage


With his characteristic biblical insight and cultural engagement, Tim Keller's book on marriage,The Meaning of Marriage,is filled with wisdom and encouragement. Aimed at marrieds and singles considering marriage (and singles who have sworn off the institution), Keller provides a helpful look at God's design for marriage. Importantly, he spends the first chapter considerin...

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Learning to Love One Another: The Gospel, Racial Reconciliation, and Burden-Bearing (Galatians 1

In recent years, it's been hard to miss our country's rise in racial tensions. Or maybe we are just seeing what's been there under the surface all along. Our country seems overwhelmed by all kinds of racialized sentiments.And in the church, Christ's multi-ethnic bride continues to bear the scars of deep-seated racial division and hurt that goes back decades and centuries. ...

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Nine Spiritual Disciplines from Charles Octavius Boothe (1845


As we finish up a month-long study on the personal and public spiritual disciplines, and this Sunday we turn to consider the subject of racial reconciliation, I want to share a book I've recently read: Plain Theology for Plain People by Charles Octavius Boothe (18451924), edited by Walter Strickland. In what follows I will introduce the man and his work, as well as the nin...

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True Religion Defends Life Against Abortion (James 1:19-27)


Since 1973,60 million babies have been killed through the legal practice of abortion. Tragically, the legal nature of abortion doesn't change its lethal nature, nor does it change the fact that abortion unfairly targets minorities in our country. In other words, abortion is not unjust in general; abortion's injusticespecifically targets black and Hispanic babies. Since 20...

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Abortion: The Witness of the Church throughout History


Scripture is clear on defending the life of the unborn, but so is church history. As we approach Sanctity of Life Sunday, here are a few quotes from church history. From the first century to the twenty-first century, care for orphans and the unborn is a priority of the church (see James 1:2627). (Many of these quotations listed below were collected from printed material f...

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Prayer: From Dust to Life


Review and discussion questions for Sunday's sermon on Psalm 119:25-32....

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