Monthly Archives: December 2009

Anno Domini 2009…

May the God of all grace fill you with His Spirit as you end another year. Rejoice and be glad for the King of Kings is the Lord of time and history. He will be with you even to the … Continue reading

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Jesus and Ressurection in Luke 2

Editor’s Note: This is a brief excerpt from Sunday’s Sermon, January 3rd, 2010 at Providence Church in Pensacola, Fl (CREC) Why three days? Is it possible that this is a prefiguring of the resurrection of Christ on the third day? … Continue reading

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Loyalty in Luke

Jesus answers the question of loyalty in Luke 2. When asked about his whereabouts, Jesus answers that dealing with His heavenly Father’s business was more important than dealing with his earthly father’s business. As Green observes: Luke has staged this … Continue reading

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It is necessary…

In Luke 2:49, the author stresses Jesus’ response to Mary’s inquiry about his whereabouts. Jesus’ answer is one of “must-ness.” Hendriksen notes that “the fact that his entire life was controlled by the divine ‘must’ (indicates that he) was in … Continue reading

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The Preaching of the Word of God in the Liturgy

Speaker: Pastor Uriesou Tenorio Brito Date: 12/27/2009 More audio from Providence Church Pensacola Topic: Exhortation Price: FREE Download Outline

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The Future of the Blogosphere…

Trevin Wax concludes: Where will blogging go in the 2010’s? I’m not sure. I suspect that the initial stage of the blog wave is over. What we are seeing now is the maturation of the blogosphere, as blogging continues to … Continue reading

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Jesus the New Samuel

Jesus experienced the various stages of human growth. Luke’s account echoes I Samuel 2. Jesus is the greater Samuel.

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Jesus and Learning

The apocryphal writers were fond of treating the human nature of Jesus like the divine nature of Jesus. They attributed omniscience and mighty powers to the human nature of Jesus.  But Luke tells us what the author of Hebrews confirm: … Continue reading

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Ministering to the Dying this Christmas…

CREC minister Toby Sumpter reflects on their labor to the dying this Christmas: I don’t know her name, but she is barely alive in the shrunken shell of the body God gave her. She lays under blankets and peers out … Continue reading

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Jamies Soles’ Music

I met Jamie at the CREC Council Meeting in 2008.  It was then when I purchased my first Jamie Soles’ CD. Since then, I have added two more to my collection. My daughter listens to him everyday and our family … Continue reading

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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent

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Merry Christmas!

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Exhortation

People of God, Christmas can be summarized by that phrase in verse 37: For nothing is impossible with God.  How can a virgin conceive? How can a barren woman in her old age conceive? This is all a part of … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Note: Christmas and Lordship

In the last few years The New York Times has been publishing several articles on Christmas and religious displays. In one article published in 2004, the author complains about the lack of Christian themes in modern Christmas music, while another … Continue reading

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New Covenant Theology and the Decalogue, Part III

Part I, Part II Editor’s Note: Thanks to Greg Gibson for some helpful insights and quotes. Preface Covenant and Dispensational theologians have long debated the issue of continuity and discontinuity. Barcellos notes that New Covenant theology is ” a recent … Continue reading

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Calvin the Arian?

Leithart writes: Clarke’s account of the Reformed tradition is hardly fair; as Richard Muller has shown (Christ and the Decree), the Reformed tradition has always affirmed that election is “in Christ.”  Yet, Clarke may be right to wonder if, when … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright on Roman Catholicism

The good bishop says Protestantism is a much better alternative than Rome. In describing Rome’s view of authority he writes: Rome is a big, splendid, dusty old ocean liner, with lots of grand cabins, and, at present, quite a fine captain … Continue reading

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Infant Faith

In my sermon this past week I argued that John’s leaping in the womb (Luke 1) is a sure sign that God does not need a certain IQ before He can grant faith. He works even in the unborn (brethos). … Continue reading

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Postmillennialism and the Long View

Leithart writes: The church will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever transcend the cross.  Whatever we say about “latter day glory,” we can’t forget that we follow a crucified and risen Savior to the end.

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On-Line Article (s) I Read Today, XV

(NYT) Whose Christmas is it? by Michael Feinstein As Jews, Christians, Muslims, Mormons, Buddhists and everything in between, we are all more alike than we are different. That’s something to celebrate. Note: This type of sentimental, pluralistic non-sense is to be … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Leaping for Joy at the Table

Every week when we come to this table, we are declaring that Jesus is King, and that His kingdom has a real, physical, tangible presence in the world. Every week as we come to this table, we are declaring that … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Reading of God’s Word

Brothers and sisters, the reading of God’s word is the very voice of God. It is no secret that the modern church has abandoned the importance of the public reading and hearing the word of God. This is one of … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Beatus vir qui non abiit Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, * nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart and Wendell Berry

Leithart concludes: Berry is right that the Bible contains no “contempt or hatred for nature,” and he is right that the Bible instructs us to care for a world that is a gift.  Contact with untouched creation is a good … Continue reading

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Luke 7:18-28; Advent: A Triumphal Prophet

Download Outline Order of Worship Speaker: Pastor Uriesou Tenorio Brito Date: 12/13/2009 Type: Sunday Sermon Topic: Sermon Sermon, Uri Brito, “A Triumphal Prophet”, Luke 7:18-28.

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Devotional: The Hope of the World

Editor’s Note: This is a short devotional delivered at Trinitas Christian School in Pensacola. The Season of Advent teaches us that Christ comes again and again for us, and He will come again at the end of History for us … Continue reading

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Religion and Society

Some in the Reformed world insist in divorcing religion from society. This view of the world minimizes the importance of baptism in the life of the Church. Baptism not only marks entrance into the Body, but it is also a … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: He Must Increase

We have heard in these past sermons about the work of John the Forerunner. He plays a significant role in redemptive history. John himself is beheaded for speaking the truth to political figures. He does not see the death of … Continue reading

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New Identity

Baptism gives us a new identity. Leithart observes that “a non-priest becomes a priest through the rite of ordination, a single man becomes a husband through the wedding ceremony, a public citizen gains public authority by inauguration,” so too the rite … Continue reading

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Inner vs. Outer Man

The point, as Leithart observes,  is not that there is no distinction between “inner and outer.” The idea is that there is no “impermeable membrane between my inner life and outer life.” What happens within us come to outer expression and … Continue reading

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