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Pastoral Prayer (10/25/20)

[A pastoral prayer given in one of our services right before the sermon] Praise and Thanksgiving Almighty Father, We praise you for you glorious and worthy of all worship and honor and delight. Great are your works, and you are greatly to be praised for all that you are and all that you have done. All your […]

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) on Preaching for Conversions

We take for granted that the object of the Christian ministry is to convert sinners and to edify the body of Christ. No faithful minister can possibly rest short of this. Applause, fame, popularity, honor, wealth—all these are vain. If souls are not won, if saints are not matured, our ministry itself is vain. The […]

Lord’s Day Preparation #3

The Lord’s Day is tomorrow, and it’s worth reminding ourselves of the fundamental truth about who we are. God made us with a certain function that we cannot shut off. And that function is this: Worship. We are all worshipers. We are never not worshiping. The fundamental truth about who we are is that God […]

The Proper Motive for Evangelism

Jesus is the one who sets the prisoner free, he cleanses the unclean, he’s the one who takes the outcasts and restores them to community, he’s the one who gives life to those who are dead.  He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free! His blood can make the foulest clean, […]

Why Pray for “Random” Countries in Our Worship Services?

One of the great privileges of being a pastor is leading in a Pastoral Prayer, or a Prayer of Petition, each week. It’s a time where the pastor pleads on behalf of those for whom he must one day give an account, and it’s always a weighty and joyful privilege for me. Lots of thought […]

Pastoral Prayer (10/18/20)

Praise and Thanksgiving Almighty God, we praise you for the goodness that we have received at your hand. What do we have that we have not received from you, and what have we received that is not ultimately for our good and for your glory? We praise you and offer our everlasting thankfulness that you […]

Lord’s Day Preparation #2

Tomorrow we gather together to fellowship, sing, pray, and listen to God’s word being preached. Tomorrow we gather as the covenant people of God under the banner of redemption and his declaration over us that we are righteous in his sight. Tomorrow our minds get stirred by way of remembrance that Christ is King and […]

Resources on Prayer

One of the best ways to grow in spiritual maturity is prayer. And one of the best ways to learn how to pray better is to read the prayers of others. Some people think it’s “cheating” to do so. Others think that it cheapens things if we simply pray something previously written by someone else. […]

Lord’s Day Preparation #1

I’m convinced that routines are God’s gifts to us. It’s wonderful having a kind of predictability in our daily lives. That’s not to say there aren’t lots of unexpected things that sometimes happen. But for the most part, we know when we’re to get up, arrive at work, leave work, eat dinner, and go to […]

Citizenship in the Kingdom

If you’re a Christian, that means all your sins have been forgiven, the Spirit of Christ lives in you, and you are destined for heaven and perfection. God no longer counts your iniquity against you, and all the wrath you should have endured was absorbed by Jesus Christ on the cross. Why? Because out of […]

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