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Every Lord’s Day is Easter Sunday!

September 20, 2020

For Lord’s Day, September 20, 2020. Dear Saints, As we return to the Gospel of Matthew we take it up at the grave of Jesus. And we find He is risen from the dead as the firstfruits of our resurrection. Thus we celebrate today, as every Lord’s Day, the resurrection of Christ. Each Lord’s day is Easter Sunday! I’d like to share two things with you as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection. First, see these pictures of some of our flowers at the manse. They are called “The Crown of Thorns”. Notice how huge are the thorns and remember…

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Be Still Knowing God (By “Cutting Slack”)

August 22, 2020

For Lord’s Day, August 23, 2010 Dear Saints, Recently we took comfort together in a sermon on Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  We learned here that the way to have peace of heart and mind in this raging world is to know that God is on His throne. We also saw that the Hebrew word for “to be still” means to slacken one’s tight grip.  We considered the common phrase, “Cut me some slack”, which comes from docking ships and means…

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Heaven Will Have No Disappointments

June 19, 2020

For the Lord’s Day, June 21, 2020 Dear Saints, Do you often struggle with being down in the mouth over disappointments (our unmet expectations and surprises)?   Me too.  Here’s something to encourage us.  In his commentary on the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, William Hendriksen writes: “The future life will not mean the absence of hope, but it will mean the absence of disappointment.  There will be no disappointments in heaven.  Here on earth the twin-sister of hope is disappointment.  There the twin-sister of hope is fulfillment.” I have often thought and taught that in heaven we won’t need faith…

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Control Your Circumstances to Maintain Self-Control

June 13, 2020

For the Lord’s Day, June 14, 2020 Dear Saints, I see an interesting connection of wisdom with something I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, along with a small section of the Westminster Larger Catechism’s (WLC) teaching on duties required in the Sixth Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” (Exodus 20:13).  Here’s what the WLC 135 includes as required positively from the negative command: “ … a sober use of meat, drink, physick, sleep, labour, and recreations …” Why is such required in the commandment to not take the life of someone else?  Because there is wisdom in recognizing…

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How to Change the World: Ten Lessons from a Navy Seal Admiral

May 3, 2020

For Lord’s Day, May 3, 2020 Dear Saints, In two sermons last year I quoted from a renowned graduation speech by Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRraven entitled, “How to Change the World”.  I originally learned about this message last year while listening to a message by a boy in speech and debate club in which my girls participate.  I’d like to share excerpts of it with you along with some Scriptures that come to mind. 1. Make Your Bed Every Morning.  “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It…

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Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing!

April 18, 2020

For Lord’s Day, April 19, 2020 Dear Saints, This week’s e-devotion is short and sweet and silly.  But before I continue, I wanted to let you know that our church just had an article published on Reformation21 today which you might like to read and share with others: https://www.reformation21.org/blog/submit-to-the-government-serving-god-to-save-lives This week, our family came about some fun videos on YouTube that are intending to help us all feel connected and keep our spirits up while isolated from one another and our various communities.  One of the videos featured a cute young boy closing out the episode’s credits singing a familiar…

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Richard Baxter on Validity of Government Forbidding Worship Assemblies in Times of Pestilence

April 4, 2020

For Lord’s Day, April 5, 2020 Dear Saints, This week’s e-devotion and preparation for Sabbath worship comes to us again via our brother Mike Delgado’s sleuthing.  I share below what he forwarded to me by Puritan Richard Baxter on whether there are times we may omit Sabbath worship if forbidden by the government (of course, online assemblies would not have been a temporary resource as they are for us now).  Let me highlight a few things from his comments below: “It is one [appropriate and valid] thing to forbid [public church assemblies] for a time, upon some special cause, (as…

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