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Dec 24 2014

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How Emmanuel Brings Hope To Christmas Grief

December 24, 2014 | By

On Sunday, while my wife Leeza and I were cleaning up around the house, I passed by our Christmas tree and noticed a new ornament for the first time. Leeza is wonderfully creative and sentimental and had handmade an ornament with Bethany’s name on it. Bethany is the daughter God blessed us with for 9 months in the womb and 30 brief minutes outside the womb (you can read more about our journey with Bethany at jerelandleeza.com). This might sound bad, but I don’t generally think about Bethany that often these days. However, when I saw this ornament on Sunday I was stopped in my tracks and just stood there flooded with emotion. I felt robbed of being able to spend this or any other Christmas with her. Read More

Q45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

December 21, 2014 | By

No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

One Year Bible 2015

December 20, 2014 | By

Jesus said, “I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). We hope in 2015 to receive such joy by reading through God’s Word together. God’s Word, along with His Spirit and His people are the means by which we grow as disciples.

The One Year Bible Reading Plan, borrowed from our friends at The City Church, acts as a survey of God’s great drama of redemption by including key chapters that move along from beginning to end the story of God’s work in this world. You’ll gain a solid understanding of and appreciation for the overall storyline of the Bible, seeing how it all point to God’s King, Jesus. Here’s how it works: Read More

Q44: What is baptism?

December 14, 2014 | By

Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church.

Q43: What are the sacraments or ordinances?

December 7, 2014 | By

The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.

Q42: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?

November 30, 2014 | By

With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Q41: What is the Lord’s Prayer?

November 23, 2014 | By

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Q40: What should we pray?

November 16, 2014 | By

The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

Q39: With what attitude should we pray?

November 9, 2014 | By

With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

Q38: What is prayer?

November 2, 2014 | By

Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.