Did you hear what happened at Church one Sunday in 60 AD?

Hello Church Family: As a body of Christ we have the important task of staying faithful to the Truth of Scripture. One way that we can remain faithful to God’s Word is to understand the attacks that have come upon Truth of Scripture throughout history. We can know and discern present day heresies within the Church by understanding the attacks that have come upon the Church over the past 2000 years. We must set out to understand what are the modern forms of the attacks of Pelagianism, Arianism, Donatism, Gnosticism, and other heresies of history. Those heresies my be foreign to you but they still exist today. What do these look like today? Where did they come from? Where do they lead if one begins to Read more…

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Knowing the size of our eternal debt creates an eternal joy that is infinitely greater than any sin and suffering on this earth!

Hello Church Family:
What parts of the natural state of fallen humanity cling to your life? Selfishness? Strife? Profanity? Worry? Gluttony? Seriously… how has your fallen nature shown itself this week? Not only does the Fall effect us in our daily lives and relationships but we stand condemned if we were to stand without Jesus Christ who has come to be our rescue from our fallen condemned state. Jesus has come to give us the power to rise above our fallen human desires that perpetually call for us to submit, submit, submit! Our flesh says come and indulge me and in return our flesh kills us (Romans 8). The Holy Spirit of God has been given to us to conquer life destructive sins that keep us in our fallen state. We are called to rise above our fallen humanity in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Gospel, is not just for our salvation but also for our daily sanctification to overcome our fallen humanity.

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God meets us where we are but He does not leave us there

Help Church Family:  We are going to pause at Luke 7, for the next several weeks to do a series on “How the Gospel Changes Us.”  I believe that understanding how the Gospel changes us is crucial to living lives that are not held hostage to a life dominated with sin and hopelessness.  God has created us for so much more!  He has come offering hope to all of us.  Jesus has come for us to have “life abundant” (John 10:10).  

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Need any post Dorian help? And Sunday – What is an elder and what do they do?

Hello Church Family:  Well praise the LORD that He has mercifully spared our Hampstead community from a Dorian disaster!  Thank you Lord for your perfect care!  I hope that all of you have come through without damage to family and home.  If you have damage please let me know with a private message.  We would love to help in any way that we can.  Also, please join me as we pray and seek to help those in the Bahamas who are suffering greatly. Read more…

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Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Hey Church Family:  Can you imagine being in the presence of Jesus when He asked the disciples at His Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6, this question, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).  I am sure you could have heard a pin drop.
What would your answer be?  I believe this question from Jesus is also intended for us.  Jesus asks us today, “Why are you calling upon Me as your Lord, why are you calling upon Me to deliver to you My great benefits and yet you do not do what I have told you to do?”  That is a question from Jesus intended to create within us a desire to evaluate the fruit from our own lives and the lives of fellow believers for assurance and for repentance. Read more…

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One powerful reason to forgive

Hey Church Family:  Do you want the Lord to forgive you of your sins?  Then forgive everyone who has sinned against you, says Jesus.
You know when you pray the Lord’s Prayer and you get to the part that says, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12)?  Have you ever paused for a moment and thought about what you are really asking?  As we pray the prayer that Jesus gave us as an example of how to pray, in Matthew 6, He is showing us the law of forgiveness.  He is calling His disciples to be disciples who forgive continuously.  The Lord wants us to understand that forgiveness of all of our many sins that we have committed against Him will be forgiven in the the exact same way that we forgive others who are sinning against us.  This is His promise to His disciples.  We can summarize Jesus’ point this way, if we do not forgive those who have sinned against us then we will not be forgiven.  Wow!  That law of forgiveness deserves pause for us to consider those in our lives who we are presently withholding forgiveness.  One of my favorite Puritans, Thomas Watson, said it this way, “A man can as well go to hell for not forgiving as for not believing.”  In Luke 6:37, where we will be this Sunday, Jesus simply says it this way, “forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Read more…

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