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Leviticus: The Holiness of God Print E-mail

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Every book of the Bible is about God.  Every book is about Godís relationship with man: how that relationship has been broken and the story of God redeeming that relationship.  Thus, every book in the Bible points to Jesus as Savior and Lord.  And they all call for us to turn from our sins and believe in Him as such.  These themes are all gospel themes: God as Creator, man as fallen, Christ as Redeemer, and the response of repentance and faith.  This good news is what the Bible is about.  Every book points us to this message.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 )
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Psalm 119:113-176: The Word: The Delight of My Soul Print E-mail

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You must delight yourself in God.  God commands you to find your joy in Him.  Listen to what the Bible says: Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart (Psalm 32:11).  Delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4).  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4).  These Scriptures command us to delight ourselves in God.  He is to be our treasure and our joy.  And make no mistake, the Scriptures are talking about our affections and our emotions.  These are not commands to merely agree with the statement: ĎGod is my joy and my treasure.í  No, delight is the command.  Joy in God is the duty of the Christian.  We must have joyous affection for the Lord.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 )
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Psalm 119: Sanctity of Human Life: The Word and our Fight for Life Print E-mail

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We have come a long way in our fight for life.  This is true in our country.  The statistics reveal that in the last twenty years, abortions have decreased in the US.  The number of abortion clinics has drastically been reduced while the number of pregnancy resource centers has steadily increased.  We still may not be winning the war, but many battles are being won.  This is also true for us locally.  We are a few weeks from seeing the Pregnancy Resource Center of Sikeston open its doors.  Our Church has been and continues to be a great supporter of the PRC, which excites and humbles me.  We are a community of faith that is laboring to end abortion in our country in real, practical ways, whether it be supporting adoption or opening the PRC.  I am thankful for God's grace in how far we have come.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 January 2015 )
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Psalm 119:57-112: The Word: The Comfort in my Affliction Print E-mail

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Where we turn in affliction reveals what or who we believe to be the source of our comfort.  Many turn to a parent or a spouse or a friend, who can all be good sources of encouragement.  Some turn to food or alcohol or some other vice, which are not so good.  So what about you?  If you need comfort, if you need hope in a desperate situation, where do you turn?  Remember when the Apostle Paul was in prison for sharing the gospel towards the end of his life.  He wrote a letter to Timothy to encourage him and give him some instructions regarding his captivity.  Paul asks for Timothy to bring him some items when he comes to visit.  Anybody remember what he asked for?  When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments (2 Timothy 4:13).  Paul apparently needed a coat because he was cold and some books to maybe help pass the time.  But above all, he wanted the parchments.  What do you think were on these?  There seems to be little dispute that Paul was asking Timothy to bring him the Scriptures.  In his affliction in prison, Paul sought the comfort of the Word of God.  And he is not the first to seek comfort there.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 January 2015 )
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Psalm 119:1-56: The Word: The Hope for my Heart Print E-mail

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We often think about reading the Bible this time of year.  We want to forget the failures of last year, embrace the promise of a new year, and have a plan to be more faithful in our Bible reading for the year.  Yet, there is a nagging voice in the back of our head that says: ĎYou donít want to read the Bible this year.  Why even try?  Youíll give up around March or April, so what is the point of even starting?  Besides, its boring and hard to understand, so why spend time on it?í  The truth is that we have all had those thoughts as we think about reading the Bible.  So I want to start this year by encouraging you to not listen to that voice.  We are going to spend the month of January working through Psalm 119 and my prayer is that the words found in this Psalm will inspire us and give us a true hunger and desire to meditate on Godís Word.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 January 2015 )
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Psalm 118: Let Those Who Fear the Lord Say Print E-mail

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Psalm 118 is a celebration of Godís Ďsteadfast loveí (hesed).  The psalmist is calling for Godís people to rejoice in Godís great love for them.  Look at what he says in the introduction in verses 1-4.  The psalmist calls on Israel to speak of Godís steadfast love.  He calls on the priests, the house of Aaron, to do the same.  And he calls on us, those who fear the Lord, to join in the chorus as well.  We are all to rejoice in Godís great love.  Yet, if we are honest, we might be tempted to think: ĎWhy should I join in?  What evidence of Godís love have I experienced in my life?í  The psalmist will go on to give testimony of how Godís steadfast love has been evidenced in his own life and in the life of Israel.  I want us to consider the evidence he provides and then come back and see how he encourages us to respond.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2015 )
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