Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – June 23

8 Rules For Growing In Godliness: Rule #7: Fellowship With Godly People “An ember left alone will soon grow cold, but embers set close together will continue to glow, to burn brightly, and even to set others ablaze. Christians resemble embers, for we, too, must be set close together to thrive. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise” (Proverbs 13:20), …

Sermon Preview – Week of June 19

I will be out of town this Sunday, visiting family in West Texas. James D’Souza will be preaching this week and the preaching text will be Psalm 119:1-8. Please pray for James this week as you prepare your hearts for congregational worship. You can read his sermon preview below… Do you ever struggle with figuring out how to translate what …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – June 16

8 Rule For Growing In Godliness: Rule #6: Redeem Your Time “The fact that we enter and leave this world empty-handed reminds us that there is nothing we actually own. Rather, all we have has been entrusted to us by our Creator who made it, owns it, and distributes it according to his good pleasure and good purposes. Our bodies, …

Sermon Preview – Week of June 12

Our preaching text this Sunday will be John 3:1-15. Jesus is in Jerusalem for the Passover festival and during these festivals the city of Jerusalem swells some three or four times beyond its normal population. The point is, there are a lot of people in Jerusalem at this particular time. Jesus isn’t just another traveler among thousands of travelers. Jesus …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – June 9

8 Rules For Growing In Godliness: Rule #5: Pondering The Brevity Of Life “This life is a race, a race against time, a race to become like Christ as we sprint toward Christ. Even the greatest believers will still be laden by sin as they cross the finish and receive their crown. The holiest saints will still be stained with …

Sermon Preview – Week of June 5

The preaching text for congregational worship on Sunday will be John 2:13-25. We are still at the very beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. From Cana in Galilee, where Jesus has performed his first miracle (turning water into wine), he and his disciples travel south to Jerusalem. They go to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, as was the custom of the day. As …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – June 2

8 Rules For Growing In Godliness: Rule #4: Watch For Temptation “No Christian wants to be tempted, yet every Christian will be tempted. In fact, every Christian will inevitably endure times of grueling temptation, when the opportunity to sin and even the desire to sin are nearly overwhelming. The Bible promises that temptations will arise from within and from without, …

Sermon Preview – Week of May 29

This Sunday our preaching text will be John 2:1-12. Having worked through John’s account of the calling of the first disciples, we venture into John’s account of Jesus’ first sign or miracle. This begins a public ministry that will carry us through to chapter twelve. Again, we should remember that John has been very clear about his purpose in reporting …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – May 26

8 Rules For Growing In Godliness: Rule #3: Think Holy Thoughts “Only a mind that has been pierced by God’s light and dazzled by a sight of Christ can desire something so selfless, so noble. The mind’s renewal depends upon the practice of thinking holy thoughts, of deliberately applying the light of God’s Word so it can search our hearts …

Sermon Preview – Week of May 22

This Sunday our preaching text will be John 1:35-51. This is John’s account of the calling of the first disciples. And, while it contains less detail than Matthew, Mark and Luke, it provides powerful insight into this most important time before Jesus’ public ministry begins. All of us encounter different things, people and circumstances every day. Sometimes those encounters are …