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

The Cross and the Kingdom of Christ - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:55

The Tabernacle: God in our Midst

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The first few times I tried reading the Bible through from start to finish, the place where I ran into trouble was the section on the Tabernacle. I could get through the genealogies in Genesis, which only lasted a chapter or so at most, but the tabernacle account contains six chapters (Exod. 25-31)...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:21

Catechism Question #60

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  1. How is the sabbath to be sanctified? A. The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:19

Pastor’s Notes for Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Dear Congregation,   

This week’s Pastoral Notes are being sent by the Pastor’s wife!

Peter is spending the next few days with Rex in Yushu, and can’t send the notes from there. I’ll let him tell of his experience when he returns. Becca and I are hanging out at...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 22:12

Pastor’s Notes – Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Dear Congregation, The Great Lakes Presbytery had a profitable meeting in Traverse City last weekend. It was especially good to see how the wives of the pastors and elders have been building connections. I am hopeful that this will also help us develop better our connections across the presbytery.

Pl...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 03:41

Catechism Question #56

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Q. 56. What is the reason annexed to the third commandment?A. The reason annexed to the third commandment is that however the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment.

Deuteronomy 28:58,59 If you are not...

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Dear Congregation, It will be good to have some time to relax together at the Fall Retreat tomorrow and Saturday. One advantage of the retreat format is that many of the distractions of daily life are set aside (maybe someday we’ll ban electronic devices as well!). image The weather is looking...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 03:35

Catechism Question #55

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What is forbidden in the third commandment?A. The third commandment forbids all profaning or abusing of anything whereby God makes himself known

Leviticus 19:12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.

James 5:12 But above all, my brothers, do not...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 03:45

Pastoral Notes for Sunday, September 3, 2017

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Dear Congregation,The Deacons have asked me to announce that this Sunday’s diaconal offering will be devoted to relief efforts in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Breckinridge Update

Tonight at Village I will be making my first presentation (out of four) on R. J. Breckinridge that are designed...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:21

Order of Worship – Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Morning Worship

“You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God…”

*Call to Worship (from Psalm 115)

Pastor: Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:15

Pastoral Notes for Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Dear Congregation,   

We heard back from Lilly and we did not receive a grant from the Clergy Renewal Program. But as the session talked about it, we agreed that we didn’t care for the part of the sabbatical that would send the Wallace family away for four...

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A. These words “before me” in the first commandment teach us that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other god.

 

(Psalm 44:20, 21; Romans 1:24, 25)

The post Q. 48 What are we specially taught by these words before me in the...

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“Persons Act, Natures Are” – Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate

Peter J. Wallace

It was good to see Lewis Ayres comment today. I had some of the same concerns about the blithe use of “Nicene” – and a tendency on the part of many participants to talk as though all of the words we are using here are

Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:48

An Apology for Apologies

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In my preaching I have often distinguished between repentance and apology: repentance is where you turn from sin to God and admit your fault, while an apology is an attempt to defend yourself. I have usually said that an apology is appropriate for a mistake, whereas repentance is appropriate for sin.

But in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, Paul commends the

By Elizabeth Sunshine

I was honored to be asked to lead a devotional at the 2016 MCPC women’s tea on the topic of “books.” I asked my dad for suggestions, and he pointed me to Ecclesiastes 12:12. “My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:11

Finding Joy in Christmas

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A Facebook post from Rachel Jankovic (12/9)…

I can’t imagine that in 20 years when my kids get together they will look back in joy on the year Mom finally figured out a way to keep the snow clothes tidy. A bunch of adults sitting around, “Remember that year when everything was clean before Christmas? That was the best! I hope we

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:16

Faith Authority

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By Lindsey L. Tollefson (FenleyFlat)

 

When Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, saying, “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.”

Jesus saith unto him, “I will come and heal him.”  

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not

Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:38

What Is a Christian?

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And what is a Christian?
 
In light of all the discussions about Kim Davis and her anti-Trinitarian church, it is useful to think about how the Bible describes a Christian:
 
“And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26)
 
What is a Christian? A Christian is a disciple of Jesus. It is convenient for