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Sermon Reflection: Genesis 16

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The question that rattled around in my head as I listened and reflected on Pastor Justin's sermon this week was "What promise?" Before I expand on that, let me take a few steps back to explain how I ended up where I am in my thinking. In this Series,The Gospel According to Abraham, we have returned to Genesis and have begun tracing the story of Abraham from his calling ou...

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Baseline Faith

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"Our baseline faith is weak, wavering, broken, and often desperate, but God is tenacious in His assurance. He will reveal Himself in the everyday mundane, or the forty years of wandering in the desert, or enslavement in Egypt."...

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Signs of Faithfulness Between Already and Not Yet

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"So while I continue to live in fear of being found out, I am reminded that Christ has already fully redeemed me, and that my value comes exclusively from Him. That value is completely independent of anything I might offer or pretend to offer, and that in fact is says more about His love and his grace if I acknowledge that I really had nothing to offer to begin with."...

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Letting Go of Control

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"We NEED Christ. In Christ we can have hope that we don’t need control; that his blood was and is enough."...

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Living in Light of God's Promise

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"Like Lot, I am buffeted by the circumstances of life because I treasure the stuff I have been given rather than the giver."...

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Genesis 12:10-20

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"We are all longing to be loved. We long for something steadfast enough to put our trust in... but we are broken, and our relationships pay the price. God’s love is not the same, it isn’t’s resolute, more than we could ever hope or dream of."...

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Tents and Altars

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Abram is an example to us as he boldly listened to God, as his self sufficiency was “scrubbed away” in the belief the Lord had refined in him that God is good and He is for us....

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The Chaos Monster

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"Wisdom knows that every moment is pregnant with the presence and glory of God in the midst of time marching on." ...

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The Time is Near

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Augustine wrote in hisConfessions, "What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know; but if I wish to explain it to one who asks, I know not." I think this is a most astute observation of time, for I spend all my waking moments oriented around time - I wake up at this time; I go to work at this time; I spend this amount of time doing this task; I wasted this amount of time ...

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Thoughts on Elder Training

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The Book of Church Order (BCO) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) defines the form of government to be used by City Pres and each of our sister churches across the PCA. Chapter 24 of the BCO defines the process to be used for the nomination, instruction, election, ordination and installation of ruling elders at individual PCA churches. I completed this process the...

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