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Luke 1:57-80: Zechariah’s Song of Praise

Do you ever rehearse mistakes you have made in your head? Things you said but wished you had not? Imagine with me for a moment the thoughts that might have filled Zechariah’s head during his wife’s pregnancy? Would he chastise himself over and over for having questioned Gabriel, God’s messenger? Would he wordlessly beg God…

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Sermon Notes: The Promise of a King

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32 In…

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Sermon Notes: God Forms a Nation

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Abraham Kuyper, Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power, for He created all things, and by HIs will, they were created…

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Sermon Notes: The Kingdom Restored

Our pastor, Paul Kemp, continued on Sunday with the theme, The King and His Kingdom. He reviewed the past week’s sermon on the pattern of the kingdom established in Genesis 1, God’s rule through God’s people over God’s place. In that review, he shared the creation mandate: We were created to live and thrive under…

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Salt Between Us

Breathing the salty air this morning as I read scripture and ponder the goodness of our God. Then I checked my Twitter feed to see what was happening worldwide. One of my favorites said she was reading in Leviticus – which I read recently. But as I followed the rabbit trail of tweets and replies,…

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The Promised Land (#6 Deuteronomy)

Today I continue to ponder God’s relational presence with the nation Israel as they entered the promised land as recorded in Deuteronomy. Just to recap, God built a beautiful garden in which to dwell with his creation, but sin entered the world. God promises a rescuer in due time and He initiates His redemptive plan….

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