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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/26/2022

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The J-Curve will help you process the suffering of life and see it’s purposes. Click the link to watch.


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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 3/7/2022

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Morning Meditation

Exodus 3:12

[12] He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

The sign that God has sent Moses will not be revealed until after the people of Israel have been brought out of Egypt. Trust and obey. Trust Me first, then I will affirm with a sign.

The battle to trust and not fear is a common battle to all. I believe God is trustworthy even when I don’t know how it’s going to work out and why He would send such weak people to do such difficult tasks. Oh wait…because it’s for His glory and not man’s.

I often send these out via text message to some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Below is a response from one of them.

“It’s a strange form of trust. What if you were climbing a mountain and I passed you down a rope and told you to trust your weight to it, but was also clear that by that I did not mean that the rope would certainly not break (it might) but only that even if it did break, as you fell to the depths, you would have the sudden feeling that this was alright, and perhaps better than making it to the top anyhow? God promises that if we trust him all will go well, but by that he does not mean that it will go as we wish. He means it will go as he wishes and that we will come to believe that to be best for us, however it may differ with our own wishes. We know the Israelites wished to stay in Egypt. They said so. But God gave them what they did not want because they trusted him.”


Morning Meditation

Genesis 47:4

[4] They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to *sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”

One might think that Jacob had not been sojourning previous to arriving in Egypt. Yet, he had been living in the the land of Canaan that God had promised to give the descendants of Abraham.

Yet, when Pharaoh asked him how old he was, he replied: Genesis 47:9

[9] And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.”

He described his entire life as “the years of my sojourning.” Maybe this means nothing or maybe he was looking beyond this life and this land. Maybe he had his eye on Beth-el!


Morning Meditations

Genesis 41:51

[51] Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”

If we could keep in mind that on that Day, God will make us forget all our hardships then we might live differently in this foreign land. We are just sojourning here.

Let us be fruitful now in the land of affliction: Genesis 41:52

[52] The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Help me remember because I easily forget.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 12/12/2021

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Unless we see the context of Isaiah, it will be hard to make much of the promises of Advent. The unfaithfulness of humanity is in clear contrast with the faithfulness of God. The light of these promises show up in the darkest of times. That’s why it’s necessary to notice the darkness our eyes have often gotten used to.

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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/1/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.18-31 Part 2

Prelude

Announcement and Greeting

Call to Worship

Revelation 5

Hymn No. 47 “Fairest Lord Jesus”

Pastoral Prayer (as we prepare to come to the table)

Hymn No. 656 “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

(Lam. 3:24)  24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Hymn No. 506 “In Christ Alone”

Sermon John 14:18-31 Part 2

Lord’s Supper

Benediction Hymn No. 668 “Doxology”


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/25/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.18-31 Part 1

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship—Psalm 77

(Ps. 77:1-20) I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.  2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.  3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah  4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  5 I consider the days of old, the years long ago.  6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:  7 “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?  8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?  9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah  10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.  13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?  14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.  15 You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah  16 When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.  17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.  18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.  20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 

Hymn No. 68 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Prayer for Students, teachers, staff and schools

Hymn No. 28 “To God be the Glory”

(Heb. 10:19-23) 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hymn No. 339 “Standing on the Promises”

Sermon—John 14:18-31 Part 1—Promises Made

Hymn No. 338 “Wonderful Words of Life”

Benediction

(Rom. 8:33-39)  33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.