Andrew Hughes | Category: The Christian Life
When it comes to resolutions, no person has “resolved” in history like the man Jonathan Edwards. Over the years of 1722 and 1723, he penned 70 resolutions, being only 19 years old at the time. If you read through these, as I hope you will, you will be struck with the immeasurable degree of richness that flows from the thought of such a young man. This man’s thought will compel you to think deeply about life, your motives, and eternity. As an example of such…
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Andrew Hughes | Category: Christmas
What is Christmas really about?
It might seem clear that it's not really about Santa, reindeer, elves…or...candy canes, snowmen, stockings, wrapping paper, or even angels with halos.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements; Mission
A few weeks ago, our church body had the privilege of taking part in ALIVE 2013, an event that serves the homeless of Pittsburgh, run by Living Ministry.
Jamen Walker | Category: Library Resources
This book, along with many other resources, is available in our church library. Search our library database here.
This month, I have chosen to review The Potter’s Freedom: A Defense of the Reformation and A Rebuttal to Norman Geisler’s Chosen But Free. This book is written by James R. White. He is the Director of Alpha and Omega ministries, has taught various courses in seminaries, has authored several Christian books, and is an apologetics debater. White’s book is a lengthy and involved read. However, the benefits are well worth taking the time to digest all that White has to offer on the subject. He takes much time to lay a biblical foundation for all his arguments and to quote verbatim from Geisler’s work.
This gem by White is a masterful exegesis of passages of the Bible relating to the topic of predestination and Calvinism. It is his response to the antithesis book, Chosen But Free. Geisler takes the position of a “moderate Calvinist.” However, this position is a “straw man” that really does not exist. We are faced with only two choices: either believers come to Christ because they are God’s chosen vessels or man can choose to come to God through believing in Christ of his own accord. Geisler attempts to fuse these two views. It makes for a confusing task indeed.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Christmas
While Santa and God both have a standard of right and wrong and both know whether you are living up to that standard, the gifts they give are based on something altogether different. Santa gives gifts based on whether you are naughty or nice. God gives gifts to the naughty themselves. Santa gives gifts to those who are good. However, God’s gifts are the only hope you have of ever being good. Santa teaches moralism. Christ teaches grace. While getting something for being nice is certainly an enjoyable thing, getting a gift when you deserve the opposite is an overwhelming thing. So in the midst of receiving and giving gifts this week, let each one be a reminder that the gift of Christ was an act of astounding grace, not a reward for being “nice,” and be thankful that God doesn’t act like Santa.
For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:6-10)
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.
Laura Miller | Category: Resources
Paul took his books seriously. "When you come," he wrote to Timothy, "bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments" (2 Tim. 4:13). Tools for the calling of teaching, discipling and raising up believers. Isn't that what we're doing as parents and teachers? Is it a natural inclination for you to give away your books and make more recommendations -- lists of recommendations -- for others to read? What better way to verify the truth: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)?
Ben Reaoch | Category: Sunday Follow-Up
The sad irony of embracing God’s sovereignty is that we can become prideful in our “superior” understanding. How ironic! And how sad! The very doctrine that reveals our absolute dependence on God and should cause us to despair of any hope in ourselves . . . how tragic that something such as this could be hijacked in a sinful way to become a source of pride. My admonition to all those who see the beauty of God’s free grace in salvation is this: Romans 9 should make us humble.
Laura Miller | Category: Resources
HEROIC FAITH OF HOSPITALITY
Every once in a while a book comes along that forces you to rethink some important stuff. Who can come to Christ; what you’ve done in the way of establishing principles and guarding and protecting your children against evil and falsehoods; how you practice the commands of Christ and how crucial some of the seemingly inconsequential commands are to the fabric and fiber of the life of the church – and more personally, in the lives of believers. You realize you’ve backed strongholds, given no thought at all to whether they are compatible with Scripture or merely reflect adherence to talking points, and a bullet train has come barreling down the tracks, leaving splintered presuppositions in its wake.
What this book has done to me is drive me to make a confession.
Last week, we highlighted the Barbara Reaoch's family devotional, Why Christmas?
Last year we were able to give away a whole box of these and we have 7 copies still left over that we are giving away again!
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Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
What a wonderful thing to remember in the advent season that Christ’s coming to earth has brought reconciliation between God and sinners.
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
There are few things Christian parents desire more than that their children would have right and godly attitudes about Christmas: appetites less fueled by materialism and hoarding gifts, hearts more focused on Christ, the Gift. It’s not a new wish. People have complained about the commercialism of the season for a long time, and wise parents recognize the temptations and traps laid all about their children by the marketplace.
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