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Sin: The Exaltation of Ourselves at the Expense of God and Worshipping our Self-made Man creator

March 6, 2021

For the Lord’s Day, March 7, 2021 Dear Saints, First, I rejoice to report from the Renner’s that our sister and mother in the faith, after a long absence in the body (while present in the spirit and through our webcasts), Eleanor Fraire, will be back to worship with us in the body this Lord’s Day morning!  Please pray for her strength.  As noted last week in anticipation of this family reunion, we will have the Lord’s Supper after the morning service. As you know, I began working in “tent maker ministry” this week for the Alliance  of Confessing Evangelicals…

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Be Not Greedy Crabs

January 24, 2021

For Lord’s Day, January 24, 2021 Dear Saints, Recently I was watching a fishing program on YouTube with the boys.  This particular angler is especially enjoyable as he is a Christian who prays over his meals (which is often his fresh and filleted catch with a small portable cooker while on the shoreline). Something he shared was profound to me.  He began to fish for crabs in a shallow ocean runoff using his fishing pole with a fish carcass on the end of his line.  He said he didn’t need to use a hook, because the crabs just held on…

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Hold Up Your Shield of Faith Because the Devil’s Arrows Keep Flying at You

January 16, 2021

For Lord’s Day, January 17, 2021 Dear Saints, Mr. Delgado showed me a video today that was really amazing. Expert archer Lars Andersen is seen shooting 1,120 arrows in 1.4 minutes: 100 arrows in 18 seconds; 1,000 arrows in 25 seconds! What’s most impressive to me is how he can load so many arrows on the string all at once so fast before shooting. What skill. What speed to keep sending myriad piercings into the target! See the video here: This reminded us of the following Scripture: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to…

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Avoid the Fallacy of Assuming False Causes

January 2, 2021

For Lord’s Day, January 3, 2021 Dear Saints, A few weeks ago I was reminded of the logical fallacy of false causes, otherwise referred to in Latin as non causa pro causa. It is the illogical connecting of some thing or event as the cause of another thing or event simply because the one preceded the other in time.  One example or “sub category” is referred to as Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: “after this therefore because of this”.  I think we make these false reasonings all the time.  I know I do.  And it’s risky business, frankly. Here are…

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Remember to Be Thankful and Give Thanks

November 1, 2020

For Lord’s Day, November 1, 2020 Beloved, remember last week when we studied that God is love and we should thus be like Him and love Him back. We saw in Luke 7:47 that this love for God is seen in thankfulness for His forgiveness and shown in how we return to Jesus and express an attitude of gratitude. Yesterday when I picked up our “new” Honda Odyssey from the dealership service department, I was so impressed with what the staff person told me. He said the previous owner of our van was one of the most amazing clients he…

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Fear is Futile

October 11, 2020

For the Lord’s Day, October 11, 2020 Dear Saints, Today we will be studying fear again and learn it is bondage and to be cast off in the spirit of God’s loving adoption. Romans 8:15: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. I’d like to share an acronym Fernanda and I learned about this week from an educational video which I’ll share more about during this morning’s sermon: F: requent E: xagerration A: bout R: eality Is this not the truth? How…

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A Resurrection Reflection

September 27, 2020

For Lord’s Day, September 27, 2020 Dear Saints, As we close our sermon series through Matthew with the Great Commission today, I’d like to share this acronym from William Hendriksen at the end of His mammoth commentary on Matthew’s Gospel: R: ight to heaven has been secured (Rom. 8:1). E: arthly house is to be exchanged for the heavenly (II Cor. 5:1). S: ins are forgiven (Rom. 4:25). U: nion with the church above has begun (Eph. 3:14). R: equests are being heard and answered (Eph. 3:20). R: edeemer has triumphed; hence, so shall we triumph (John 16:33). E: nergies…

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