25 Surprising Marriages and Will Medicine Stop the Pain? [Book Reviews]

September 27, 2009

Another pastor mentioned to our pastor that he used one evening service a month for book reviews, in order to help his people find disciple-building material for themselves. Taking that suggestion to heart, this is our first attempt.

25 Surprising Marriages is a book that looks at 25 well-known Christians and their marriages. The focus is on the biography of the men and women as a couple. The benefit of this book is seen in its cumulative effect rather than in any one biographical sketch found in the book. Well worth reading and making some mental notes concerning what it took for these men and women to succeed (if they did) and then to make comparisons with one’s own marriage.

Will Medicine Stop the Pain? is a book that deals with problems in the inner man like depression, anxiety, brain disorders and cognitive problems resulting from head injury and the like. The book emphasizes that man is a two part being. We need to be sure that we are thinking right in our hearts. We need to be cautious about the use of psychiatric medicine because it can only deal with the emotional symptoms and can’t deal with the root spiritual causes of emotional pain.

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Christ’s Teaching Concerning Sin (4) [Basic Theology]

September 27, 2009

In this lesson we conclude looking at some categories of sin and some sources of sin as taught by our Lord. The Lord’s teaching concerning sin is comprehensive and certainly mirrors all the apostle’s taught. The teaching of the apostle’s is not inferior and no less inspired since they were chosen by God to be God’s mouthpiece in the world after the Lord departed. But the knowledge that the Lord himself teaches in concert with the apostles bolsters our confidence in the entire Biblical theology of sin.

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God’s Gospel [Romans]

September 27, 2009

Rm 4.25

The focus of this message is on what God did to Christ in order to accomplish our justification. The words of our text present a dramatic picture. God delivered over the Son [same word as ‘betrayed’ when used of Judas] because of our offenses [a word describing sin as a fall beside the road – but not just a little stumble, a collapse off the cliff]. God, in essence, threw his Son off the cliff because man threw God off the cliff long ago. And God raised his son because of our justification – to show that he was satisfied with the sacrifice and to enable the Son to intercede on our behalf.

What a God! What a Saviour!

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Changing our Face in the Community

September 27, 2009

Here is our photo album for our recent exterior upgrade.

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A long project, many volunteer hours, and a blessing to be finished.

Proverbs 13:19a The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

Charge Certain Men [1 Timothy]

September 20, 2009

1 Tim 1.3-4

Our second message in the Pastoral epistles looks at Paul’s first instructions to Timothy. In these instructions, Paul authorizes Timothy to command the teachers of the church concerning both ‘other-doctrine’ and ‘foolish doctrine’. These prohibited activities are at best distractions of the Christian faith and at worst distortions of the Christian faith. Their presence can utterly debilitate a local church.

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Christ’s Teaching Concerning Sin (3) [Basic Theology]

September 20, 2009

In this lesson we continue our look at our Lord’s teaching concerning sin. Our object in this chapter is to show Christ’s view of sin and to encourage the hearer to adopt the same view.

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Our Faith Compared [Romans]

September 20, 2009

Rm 4.23-24

As Paul draws to the conclusion of his lengthy discussion of Abraham as the model of justifying faith, he underscores the fact that Christian faith corresponds exactly to Abraham’s faith in its effect (imputation) and its object (life from death). If we believe like Abraham, we will be justified like Abraham.

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Our New Look

September 13, 2009

Here is a photo of our church building. It was taken about 3 pm, Sept 12, 2009 just after we finished the process of repainting. The process took us four weeks, many man-hours of volunteer labour, and a great deal of persistence on the part of our church folks. May the effort be rewarded with not only compliments from our neighbours (which we have received) but by opportunities for preaching the gospel to unbelieving hearts.

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By the way, here is a ‘before’ pic:

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We think the new look is a big improvement. We’ll be updating our site banner soon.

My Son Timothy [1 Timothy]

September 13, 2009

1 Tim 1.1-2

This afternoon we begin a look at the Pastoral Epistles with a biographical message about Timothy, Paul’s son in the faith. We consider the apostolic concern for the coming generation and apply it to our need to be concerned about the growth of our coming generations in the local church.

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Christ’s Teaching Concerning Sin (2) [Basic Theology]

September 13, 2009

Our lesson today continues our look at our Lord’s teaching concerning sin. In this section, we are going passage by passage through examples of specific sins our Lord condemns.

Read the notes while you listen. (See pp. 1-2 for today’s session.)

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