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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Saturday, 13 January 2018 23:03

Salt and Light: A Robust Faith

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Our text this morning is Matthew 5:13-16 where we see Jesus use the metaphor of Christians being both salt and light. I referred to these as being the fruits of a robust faith so let us think about that a little. Salt: The salt we would be most familiar with is iodized table salt. When …

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:28

Family Readings 1/14-1/20

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Family Worship: 14 January to 20 January   Family dysfunction is the theme of this week’s reading. We will see Jacob and Esau struggle for family supremacy and, in the next two weeks,  we will watch the birth of a nation.   Monday: Genesis 22:1-24 Tuesday: Genesis 24:1-67...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:59

Beatitudes: A Life Hidden in Christ

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Background and Introductory Remarks The Sermon on the Mount is most likely a collection of Jesus’ sermons and not a single sermon. (Word Biblical Commentary). I want to say that I disagree with the commentator; I think the Sermon on the Mount is more of a Matthean example of the most common...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:43

Family Worship 1/7-1/13

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Family Worship 1/7-1/13 This is week 2 of our guided tour of the Bible. This week we will look at God calling Abraham and the beginning of a Covenant People, Israel, who is God’s beloved.   Sunday: Genesis 11:27-12:9 Monday: Genesis 13:1-18 Tuesday: Genesis 15:1-21 Wednesday: Genesis...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 07:56

A New Beginning: Family Worship Readings 12/31-1/6

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We begin our guided tour a day early so that we can have the Bible completed by 12/31/18. Below, you will find 7 days’ worth of readings along with discussion questions and a sample prayer. There is no set formula to use the materials so utilize them in whatever way fits your needs.

 

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At last we arrive at one of the most important weeks in Redemptive History! On Advent Sunday, we celebrate the Incarnation of Christ the Redeemer and we look to the future when Christ the King returns to gather His people into the Kingdom. Our readings this week will take us through the...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 03:52

Why Break the Wafer

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Years ago, a friend of mine asked me about my habit of breaking the wafer before eating communion. He pointed out that there is no scriptural mandate for doing so, and he is correct. Nothing in the Bible mandates to break the wafer, so why do it?

I got to thinking about this as I prepare to lead...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 02:53

3rd Week of Advent: the Incarnation of Christ

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In our 3rd Week of Advent Readings, we consider one of the 3 most important moments in Redemptive History, the Incarnation, the moment when the Divine Son takes on humanity. This Incarnation, is the build up to the crescendo of redemption which came at the cross. It is here, in the birth of the...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:46

NLT Christian Basics Bible Review

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As I am preparing to step into a Senior Pastor role, I find myself looking at resources for the disciples who come to church and today I would like to introduce you to one of the two Bibles newly saved disciples will be offered, the NLT Christian...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:06

NLT Reflections Journaling Bible Review

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It’s no secret that I love a wide margin Bible and in the case of the NLT Reflections Bible, these are the widest margins I have, personally, seen in a Bible, 2.25 inches. Tyndale made the margins ruled which eliminates a huge problem...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:18

Family Worship- 2nd Week of Advent

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This week we ask the question, “Who is this Jesus?” In our readings, this week, we look at 7 answers to that question.

  • Sunday- God: John 1:1-18
  • Monday- Sovereign: Mark 5:1-20
  • Tuesday- Servant: Mark 10-35-44
  • Wednesday- Healer: Matthew 9:18-31
  • Thursday- Son of God: Mark 15:20-39
  • Friday- Savior:...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:22

Spurgeon Study Bible Review

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Charles Spurgeon…The words are often spoken with reverence as if the words themselves define what it means to be a pastor. Spurgeon is often called the Prince of Preachers and deservedly so. However, there has always been one disadvantage…you cannot have Spurgeon in your living room...

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As Christians, Family Worship is essential to a healthy local church. Our first Family Worship Selection includes readings for the First Week of Advent Season. There is a selection from the Old Testament and a selection from the New Testament. This week, we are also offering 3 Discussion Questions...

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As we are preparing for the planting of Abounding Grace Baptist Church, It is important to know that Exploring the Truth will remain the Bible teaching ministry of Pastor Matt Sherro. Beginning in January, the guided study notes will reflect what is being taught in the pulpit.

Here is our lesson...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:12

ESV Systematic Theology Bible Review

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It’s not the Bible I expected…I had visions of a juggernaut along the lines of Crossway’s ESV Study Bible, a massive tome that I could literally use to beat the heathen out of someone. Instead what I got when I opened the box was more like a mini me for the ESV Study Bible. The...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 02:48

Progressive Dispensationalism: Our Theological Lens Featured

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As I am preparing for church planting in January, I want to clarify a theological position. I affirm Progressive Dispensationalism.

Tenets of Progressive Dispensationalism include:

Tenents of Progressive Dispensationalism

  1. Is not Replacement Theology; Progressive Dispensationalists assert that God will...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 11:22

Jacob’s Ladder

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Genesis 28 (NLT)

28 So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women.Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters.May God Almighty[a] bl...

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In Revelation 17 we see one of the great mysteries of the ages laid bare. Finally, the Agent used by Satan to deceive millions will be stripped of all her splendor and her filthiness will be exposed to all the world. John looks and sees that a woman (false religion) rides the beast (a false church.)...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 02:00

Jacob and Esau

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Genesis 27 (NLT)

Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”

“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.

“I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:30

paralambanō/take to oneself

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paralambanō 

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

1) to take to, to take with one’ s self, to join to one’ s self

1a) an associate, a companion

1b) metaphorically

1b1) to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be

1b2) not to reject, not to withhold obedience

2) to...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:36

Paralambano/Take to oneself

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paralambanō

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

1) to take to, to take with one’ s self, to join to one’ s self

1a) an associate, a companion

1b) metaphorically

1b1) to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be

1b2) not to reject, not to withhold obedience

2) to receive...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:34

Harpazo/Catch Away

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harpazō 

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

1) to seize, carry off by force

2) to seize on, claim for one’ s self eagerly

3) to snatch out or away

Part of Speech: verb

Usage:

This word is used 13 times:

Matthew 11:12: “suffereth violence, and the violent take it by...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 23:37

Swindoll Study Bible Review Part One: The Actual Bible

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In 1996, Chuck Swindoll and Zondervan released the Living Insights Study Bible; 21 years later is it back (sort of) as part of the NLT Family in Tyndale’s Swindoll Study Bible. I say it is sort of back because it would appear that Tyndale not only updated the translation but they also updated...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 02:00

The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

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Genesis 24 (NLT)

A Wife for Isaac

24 Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh.Swear by the Lord, the God of...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 03:47

Abraham’s Faith Tested

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Genesis 22 (NLT)

Abraham’s Faith Tested

22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.

“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the...

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