But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:06

"You Are a Chosen Race" -- 1 Peter 2:1-12

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The Fourth in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter

Many of the elect exiles to whom Peter is writing have been forcibly removed from their homes, often because of their faith in Jesus Christ and for refusing to worship pagan deities.  These exiles are undergoing a difficult time of trial and testing.  They possess a heavenly citizenship and a

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, on the occasion of the ordination and installation of new deacons and elders:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Sunday, 21 February 2016 16:46

Friday Night Academy Audio

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 Here's the audio from Friday night's Academy lecture on the Reformed doctrine of the two kingdoms, entitled "In the Land of Nod: Which Came First? The Family or the State?"

 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:15

"This Word Is the Good News" -- 1 Peter 1:13-25

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The Third in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you are also a citizen of the heavenly kingdom.  Our heavenly citizenship also means that we are, in a sense, resident aliens in the land in which we live (in our case, the United States of America).  In light of our dual citizenship, the question

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the fifth in a series on the Book of Daniel:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:07

"The Salvation of Your Souls" -- 1 Peter 1:1-12

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The Second in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter

Why does God allow his people to find themselves as aliens and strangers in their own land?  How do Christians find joy in times of trial and suffering?  What purpose can there in suffering such as this?  Peter will seek to answer these questions by pointing his struggling readers and

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Sunday, 07 February 2016 16:59

Friday Night Academy Audio

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:18

"Elect Exiles" -- 1 Peter 1:1-12

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The First in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter

Presumably, most of us are US citizens–either by birth or by naturalization.  American citizenship entitles us to all the benefits and privileges of living in the United States.  Yet, our national citizenship also carries with it the responsibilities of being an American–we vote, we

Sunday, 31 January 2016 16:52

"Ten Times Better" -- Daniel 1:17-21

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

The Sixty-Fourth and Final in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Jesus has but a few final words for his disciples before he ascends into heaven.  That night on which they celebrated the Passover together now seems so long time ago in light of all of the things which have happened since.  Jesus has since been arrested, tried,

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the second in a series of sermons of the Book of Daniel.

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

The Sixty-Third in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Jesus was not only alive three days after being crucified, but he was now appearing to his disciples.  And he was appearing to them in a resurrected body which was transformed into an imperishable body, no longer subject to human frailty, or even death.  In allowing his

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the first in a series of sermons on the Book of Daniel

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:42

"Peace Be With You" -- John 20:11-29

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The Sixty-Second in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

After studying Jesus’ messianic mission for many weeks, we now come to an entirely new phase of Jesus’ ministry–his post-resurrection appearances.  In the remaining verses in John’s Gospel, it becomes clear that the fundamental nature of redemptive history

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24) in preparation for our series on Daniel

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 09:30

"He Must Rise from the Dead" -- John 20:1-10

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The Sixty-First in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Easter Sunday is a day of joy and celebration for Christians because it is on this day we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and the grave.  The very fact that God raised Jesus bodily from the dead means that Jesus’ has accomplished our salvation by satisfying the holy

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Olivet Discourse (Part One) as background for our upcoming series on the Book of Daniel:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

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Church members and readers of this blog often ask me about annual Bible reading plans--especially at the New Year when folks endeavor (dare I say it, make a resolution) to be more faithful about Bible reading.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

Ligonier has a great list of plans:  Ligonier Bible Reading Plans

ESV.org has a good list as

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The Sixtieth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Jesus was dead. If there were any doubts, the spear thrust into his side confirmed the obvious. The end of the day was drawing near, and according to Jewish law, Jesus’ body must be buried before sundown. The women devoted to Jesus, along with his mother Mary, have watched the

Sunday, 27 December 2015 14:34

"The Tender Mercy of Our God" -- Luke 1:57-80

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Sunday, 20 December 2015 16:19

"God, My Savior" -- Luke 1:39-56

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 09:57

"It Is Finished" -- John 19:16b-30

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The Fifty-Ninth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

It is easy for Christians to talk about the death of Jesus in the abstract.  We study and debate the nature and the extent of the atonement.  We speak of the cross as the basis for our salvation because through Christ’s suffering we find the forgiveness of sin–Jesus

Sunday, 13 December 2015 15:40

"The Son of God" -- Luke 1:26-38

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:16

"It Was About the Sixth Hour" -- John 19:1-16a

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The Fifty-Eighth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Who would have ever thought that one of the most significant events in human history would play out in a Roman military headquarters in Jerusalem, in a trial presided over by a man (the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate) who is at first curious about Jesus’ presence before him, then