Below is our order of worship for the corporate worship gathering this coming Sunday. You can view past Sunday's Worship Folders HERE, and you can listen to some of the songs we like to sing in our worship gatherings HERE. You can also find links to all past sermons on our sermons page.
Cam Riviere | Category: The Christian Life; Bible Study
This content was taken from a series of papers complied several years ago by Three Rivers Grace Church (and written by Cam Riviere) called "Taking Captive Every Thought," designed to encourage believers to pursue the goal stated in the Scriptures (II Cor. 10:5) and reiterated by the leaders of the Reformation: to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord in all areas of life. The papers therefore deal with a variety of aspects of life and how to bring them into submission to Christ. The below is article 1 from that series.
Do you believe the Bible is the infallible, authoritative word of God? If so, let me ask you another question: Have you ever read it? That is, have you read the whole thing, cover to cover? If not, then consider: How can we claim that we believe the whole Bible, when we have not read all of it--when we are not even sure what certain parts of it say?
Guest Post by Doug Wolter | Category: Parenting
Do you ever feel anxious as a parent? I do. I’ll be the first to raise my hand. I’ll raise both hands!
All kinds of things contribute to this anxiety. Our culture encourages us to work ourselves to death and work our children to death so we can be successful. But this drive to succeed and consume more and more stuff can make us spiritually sick inside. Some have called it “affluenza”.
We’re so focused on earning money and spending money, meeting deadlines and reaching goals, that we drive ourselves crazy.
Andrew Hughes | Category: The Church Community
Over the years, I have enjoyed asking people older than I am what piece of advice/insight they wish they had been given at my age. Over the years, I have gotten a lot of very helpful advice; and every once in a while, a real dud piece of wisdom-- as in the time a guy said “Don’t get enamored with having lots of stuff” to which I was expecting the next line to be something about trust in God and not being materialistic. Instead, he followed that with, “It just takes time- you have to start with nothing,” going on to show me all his accumulated “stuff of life” in his garage.
Ben Reaoch | Category: The Church Community
This past Sunday afternoon a group of men gathered to discuss biblical eldership. We will continue this study over the coming months. One key thing to understand from Scripture is that these terms all refer to the same office.
Jamen Walker | Category: Library Resources
For the book review this month, I have chosen Jerry Bridges’ Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate. This volume is a short and easy read. However, it is a book dedicated to pointing out the more subtle sins that we allow ourselves to commit. Jerry Bridges is known for his writings on holiness, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Category: Children's Sunday School
"Ponder the words of the psalmist for a minute,
Read the rest of the post here to see 5 ways you can practically do the above.
Today's Resource Friday highlight is a book we are giving away entitled When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself.
Dr Bryan Chapell, President of Covenant Theological Seminary gives this review:
"Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert are zealous to make sure that we honor the gospel not only in word but also in deed by caring for "the least of these" as Christ instructed. But how can a local church make a difference, and how do individual Christians meaningfully reflect Christ's grace, when the disparities of wealth and power in our world are so great? And how do we show material care without drifting into a social gospel devoid of spiritual priorities? When Helping Hurts explores biblical principles in terms of real-life situations to offer real help and grace-filled answers for such questions."
You can also download When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself this month for free from christianaudio.com.
If you'd like to enter to win this book, you can do so below (if you enter via Facebook, you can submit up to 4 separate entries). [Giveaway closes at 10am Monday, Feb 17th.]
Andrew Hughes | Category: Culture
Confession: I really like Facebook. Often, I spend more time than really necessary…and I’m particularly addicted to swimming in the Facebook pool too long at night before going to sleep…and then right before falling asleep, “Wait, I forgot to check out Twitter!” Hah. Come on, I know some of you do the same thing!
Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
Do you feel discouraged sometimes because you don’t see God bearing much fruit in and through you? That feeling could be reason for alarm. It could be a wake-up call that you are squandering your spiritual gifts and neglecting the things God has called you to do.
Below is our order of worship from this past Sunday, along with some of the Scriptures read and songs sung. You can view Sunday's Worship Folder HERE, and you can listen to some of the songs we like to sing in our worship gatherings HERE. You can also find links to all past sermons on our sermons page.
Logos is offering Michael Lawrence's book for free this month in ebook format. Get it here.
Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
WSC Q: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
WSC A: The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God and what duty God requires of man."
For perspective, this week we look at the Shorter Catechism question on the Scriptures. The children are working on catechism questions and answers that have been drafted in the last few decades to correspond to the questions and answers from the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which today is the catechism used by young people and adults to memorize points of doctrine in a systematic way.
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