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The Cross of Jesus Christ

The cross of Jesus Christ is the intersection of the wisdom, justice, and mercy of God. If a person wants to know what the Scriptures mean when they say, “God is love.” (1Jn.4:8), then they can look to the cross of Christ. The overarching aim in all of the apostle Paul's preaching was Christ and him crucified (1 Cor.2:2), and it should be the overarching aim of...

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The Jesus Storybook Bible, A Story of God’s Love

We and the children of our church need to know we’re loved first. Rules don't have the power to change your heart, but God’s love will. When our hearts are changed then we will fulfill the law of love to God and our neighbors. Our children come into this world in sin and spend all their time malfunctioning as image bearers. But when their humanity is changed by...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers, Petition & Priority #2

Petition: Hallowed be Your NamePriority: Worship The Triune God is the Lord who is to be worshiped in all. We draw near the throne of grace with confidence as children of promise and our hearts cry to him in reverence. He is holy, holy, holy, how majestic is his name. In this petition we should praise him, but most importantly it is a petition where we are pleading with ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers: Petition & Priority #1

Petition #1 Our Father in heaven, The Gospel Priority We are children of God by Faith in Christ Jesus, children of promise and heirs of his life. Our prayer begins with a gospel priority. Before all other matters we begin with the reality that we are children of God the Father and the rightful heirs of his kingdom. Our boldness in coming near to God in humble prayer is ...

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A Thought for the Married

The apostle Paul gave the church in Galatia this great statement regarding the doctrine of justification, “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justi...

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Tolle Lege - The Weight of Glory

Some works are worth reading more than once. One such work I would recommend to you is The Weight of Glory. It is an address or sermon that C.S. Lewis gave at Oxford University Church June 8, 1941. It was transcribed and published in a book of essays entitled Theology. It can now be found in a book, The Weight of Glory, compiled with other essays by Lewis, and edited by Wa...

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The Priorities & Sequence of The Lord’s Prayer

We are learning to pray kingdom focused prayers using the Lord's Prayer or The Prayer. In this article we are learning the priorities of the prayer and how to pray in a sequence those priorities. You may be familiar with the prayer sequence ACTS - adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. In a similar way you can learn a sequence as you pray each petition. It i...

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Corporate Prayer With a Kingdom Focus

We are learning to pursue our 2017 goals through Prayer. We looked last week at the Lord's Prayer or "The Prayer" as a corporate prayer, a prayer that directs our praying together. This week we are thinking about the "Kingdom Focus" of this corporate prayer. I do not want us to think, ‘The pastor and Session is encouraging us to pray. That’s good. I need to pr...

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Objective #1 Prayer - Part 1, A Kingdom Life of Prayer Corporately

In 2017 the Session of Christ Church set forth the following Scripture, vision, goals and objectives for Christ Church: “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,”- Ephesians 4:13 Vision: A growing church who worships, lives and does mini...

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Meditations in Devotional Times

“May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” - Ps.104:34 The psalmist has been thinking about God and his works. He has been loving God with his mind and his heart as he reflects on God’s wonderful person and works revealed. He calls these reflections his meditation and the Lord his joy. Meditation is “deep thinking on the tr...

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