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God Energizes You to be Electric

May 16, 2021

Dear Saints, Last week in our evening sermon with Philippians 2:12-13, we saw that, We Will Work Out God’s Will by His Working in Us Something that Rachel brought up regarding the Greek word for work, “energize”, in verse 13 about the fact that God is working in us as the motivation to put our hands to work for Him and one another was what she just learned in her chemistry class at Southwestern College: Energy is defined as the capacity to perform work, or produce heat. Work is a force acting on an object over a distance, which causes…

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Jesus Christ is LORD!

May 1, 2021

For Lord’s Day, May 2, 2021 Dear Saints, I am planning and preparing to return to Philippians for our evening sermons this Lord’s Day. We left off with Christ’s incredible self-humiliation. But we will see next that His reward is His super-exaltation! Philippians 2:9, 11 read in part, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name … that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” There is much to be said about this verse and its implication for Christians to be encouraged…

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Linger in the Presence of the Living God

April 11, 2021

For Lord’s Day, April 11, 2021 Dear Saints, “Elijah had the kind of spiritual boldness that is only given to those who linger in the presence of the living God.” These are the powerful words from a sermon by Dr. Philip Ryken in his Every Last Word radio program, Elijah Vol. 1: “A Man Just Like Us” (available at ReformedResources.org). The message is based on James 5:17: Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years…

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His Grace Rewrote Our Story, How Sweet it Is!

April 3, 2021

For Lord’s Day, April 4, 2021 Dear Saints, I heard two things on the Christian radio this week while driving that blessed me greatly thinking about our union in Christ and identity living in Him now as new creatures free from being haunted by our pasts, which I’d like to share with you. First, in between songs, the announcer said something like this:  “Are you having a difficult day?  Worship through it.” Amen!  Days are often difficult until the Eternal Day.  Even good days have their challenges to endure until evening.  How can and do we get through? Worship Jesus. …

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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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