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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

Resurrected Christ, Sober Mind

Unfortunately, even as Christians, we often live our lives giving no consideration of the impact that the cross and the resurrection ought to have on our day to day living. When we ignore these principles or forget the impact, we are vulnerable to the lusts of our flesh and the lure of the world. Thus, many Christians live frustrated and discouraged Christian lives as they try to fight sin in their own power, but the resurrection drives us to holiness such that we can put sin to death and live lives that honor and glorify our God. May God grant us to be motivated to holiness because of the resurrection. Read More

Resurrected Christ, Living Hope

We throw the word hope around a lot. We hope our team wins; we hope to go on vacation; we hope for pizza for supper. But when the Bible speaks of hope, it speaks of something different. The hope we have is guaranteed, but unrealized. We hope in the resurrection because we know it is coming; we hope for heaven because Christ is our mediator. The resurrection and eternal life are the objects of our hope and thus we can live our lives with confidence knowing that through Christ our future is guaranteed. Read More