Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Church Year Is Not Formalism

Writes Pastor Tim LeCroy: It is not dead religiosity. No, when conceived of properly and with the proper pastoral leadership, observation of the church year can provide an antidote to the poisons that this world delivers to us and which … Continue reading

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Advent and Term Limits

“There is a new King in town,” and the good news for us is that there is no term limits. The bad news for those who reject God is that there is no term limits. –Sunday Sermon

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Advent means Christ dressed himself in human flesh and became man for us that we might become true humans for him. But Advent also entails a fuller picture. The Advent signifies past, present, and…

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The Gospel Defined and Clarified

Rev. Jeff Meyers writes: The Gospel can’t just be that God saves sinners or that he’s gracious and justifies those that have faith. That’s always been true. It wasn’t NEWS in the first century. The Good News, according to Apostles … Continue reading

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The Intrusion of Advent

In Advent, Christians embrace the groaning and recognize it not as hopeless whimpering over the paucity of the present moment but as expectant yearning for a divine banquet that Jesus is preparing for us even now. In Advent, the church … Continue reading

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Jamie Foxx’s Messiah

During the Soul Train awards telecast last night, Jamie Foxx declared his undying allegiance to his Messiah. But this is not the Creator of Heaven and Earth confessed by the apostolic church, rather, as Foxx enthusiastically declared: ”First of all, give an honor … Continue reading

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Sermon: Prayer, Time and the Transformation of the World, Part II, I Timothy 2:1-4

Text: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Manna from Heaven

This marks the end of the Pentecost Season, and thus the end of the church calendar. The Psalmist says that “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to His name forever.” This is a day to … Continue reading

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On the Role of Worship

Toby Sumpter elaborates on the purpose of worship: You see, this is actually the first work of the Kingdom here. This is where we lay our ambush; this is where we perform the great air war. This is where we … Continue reading

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Thankful For God’s Deliverance

What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort (H #2)? First, how great my sins and misery are; second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery; third, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Prayer, Liturgy, and Time, I Timothy 2:1-2, Part I

People of God, we are coming to the end of the Church Year. In two weeks we begin the journey of Advent. Advent is a season of expectation and hope for the Christian. We will walk through the expectations of … Continue reading

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Exhortation: A Life of Thanksgiving

Spurgeon once wrote: Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness. We are a people skilled in the art of complaining. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we give you thanks and praise that you have again fulfilled your gracious promise, that while the earth remains, seed-time and harvest will not fail. We bless you for the kindly fruits of the earth … Continue reading

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The Ecclesiology of America’s First Calvinist Pastor

…someone or few must needs be appointed over the assembly (for)…determining of all matters, so in this royal assembly, the church of Christ, though all be Kings, yet some most faithful and most able, are to be set over the … Continue reading

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A Cross-Centered Gospel?

Andrew Sandlin offers a sober critique of this defeatist and incomplete model of gospelizing: Jesus is incapable of commiserating with a life of defeat.  He can only lead us from defeat to victory.  Jesus knows no other way. Too many Christians … Continue reading

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The Saints of Providence Church in 2012

 

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R.C. Sproul Jr. and the Kuyperian Commentary

I have always enjoyed reading my good friend, R.C. Sproul Jr. over the years. He is witty, sharp, and biblically astute. So I am glad that he has joined Kuyperian Commentary as Special Contributing Scholar. Here is his first post.

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The Salvation of God

Lowell Green concludes his excellent analysis of Reformed interpretation of I Timothy 2:4: The dire consequences of claiming human freedom in spiritual matters are staggering. Thereby, salvation is wrested from the hands of God and placed into uncertain human hands. … Continue reading

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Luther’s Interpretation of I Timothy 2:4

There is a great history of Reformed interpretation of I Timothy 2:4. In this one verse the question of human will, the extent of the atonement, and the desire of God for the salvation of man comes to play. Luther, … Continue reading

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My Translation of I Timothy 2:1-4

Here is my translation for this Sunday’s Thanksgiving Text: 1 -This is of great importance, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men, 2 -On behalf of kings and all the ones in … Continue reading

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22nd Family Advance Conference Speakers

Uri Brito, Rich Lusk, & Gregg Strawbridge

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Localist Dominion

Like many of you, I was following closely as the results came in last night. The “respected” pundits who predicted a landslide win for Romney are now being predicted upon as to the relevance of their predictions. Obama’s “vengeance voting” strategy won. And … Continue reading

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22nd Family Advance Conference

Thursday, November 8 6:00 pm                 Registration 7:00 pm                 Leadership in the Kingdom -Gregg Strawbridge Friday, November 9 8:30 am                 Fellowship/Book Sales 9:00 am                Pastor as Father -Rich Lusk     … Continue reading

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Election Prayer

‎”Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be … Continue reading

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Baptism Exhortation for Sophie Leonard and Ephraim Brito

Grace, Mercy, and Peace be with You from God our Father, and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Scripture reading this morning is from Matthew 3:16-17: And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the … Continue reading

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Psalm 148, From Heave’n All Praise the Lord

Here is a recording of Psalm 148 from one of our Psalm-Roars last year. Spurgeon on Psalm 148: Assuredly he has made you, and, if for nothing else, ye are bound, upon the ground of creatureship, to adore your Maker.

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The Proof for Postmillennialism

David Field writes: Evangelical defeatism is a failure of historical perspective. After all, the statistics are out there. It took 1400 years for 1% of the world’s population to become Christians, and then another 360 years for that to double … Continue reading

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Brothers, We Should Stink!

Thabiti Anyabwile is at it again. According to Thabiti: These days pastoral ministry has become more glamorous, fabulous, fashionable than ever. We hear nowadays of pastors driving expensive cars or being chauffeured, owning private jets, and living in opulent mansions. Once … Continue reading

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Like a Bad Tooth

John Gil elaborates on Proverbs 25:19: Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. (Proverbs 25:19 ESV) It is not good to put confidence in any man, not in princes … Continue reading

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Kathy Keller on Rachel Evans

If you want a satisfying response to Evans, look no further. As Keller concludes: Rachel, I can and do agree with much of what you say in your book regarding the ways in which either poor biblical interpretation or patriarchal … Continue reading

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