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Resurrected Christ, Changed Body

If we aren't careful in our thinking about the resurrection, we might begin to think that our resurrection will be a mere re-animation of the bodies that we currently have. We might even think that the resurrection is some thing like a zombie apocalypse. Yet, Paul is adamant that although there is a continuity between our current bodies and our resurrected bodies, our resurrected bodies are of a different sort of body from our current bodies. Thus the transformation that we will undergo in the resurrection ought to inspire and motivate our current transformation as we strive for what is to come before we experience its full reality. May God grant us the grace to be transformed into the image of His already glorified Son that we might magnify His glory in our yet natural bodies. Read More

Missions Conference 2017

The goal of having missionaries come and present their ministry is not for us to evaluate their "success" in worldly terms, but to hear about what God is doing through them on the field. This then results in their joy in spending time with us and hopefully their refreshment as they have a time to rest and recuperate from the stress of ministry in a foreign culture and often under difficult conditions. May God use our time with the missionaries this weekend to bring joy to their hearts and refresh them for the next phase of ministry God has called them to. Don't miss out on an opportunity to refresh our missionaries while they are with us. Read More

Missions Conference 2017

In Romans 15:30-31 Paul asks the Romans to pray for him that his service for the church might be acceptable to the saints. He desired for his ministry not only to evangelize the lost, but also to encourage the church. I pray this prayer often for our missionaries, and as we welcome in our missionaries over the next two weekends for missions conference, I am reminded even more strongly of the need for this prayer for our supported missionaries. Missions is tough work, and when missionaries struggle to see "success" on the field, they may wonder if their service is acceptable to the saints. May we encourage our missionaries these two weeks that their faithful service is acceptable to us, and may God strengthen them to the faithfulness that gospel work demands (1 Cor 4:1-2). Read More