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
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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Friday, 28 April 2017 02:01

Beauty, a poem

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By Lena Wallace

Some people think Beauty is Youth Perfection Flawless skin Shining locks of hair, no gray to be seen Perfect health Perfect makeup Perfect smile Perfect body, smooth, shining… Do you know what Beauty is?

I know elderly women Who wear their gray hair like silver crowns Their...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:15

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

This week we are looking at part three of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genes...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:34

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

This week we are looking at part two of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 00:22

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

This week we are looking at part three of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis 29:1-31:55 — Jacob in Paddan-Aram

Genesis...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 22:08

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

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This week we are looking at part two of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis 29:1-31:55 — Jacob in Paddan-Aram

Genesis 32:1-37:...

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:12

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is no section called “the...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 23:12

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is no section called “the...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:20

Welcoming Audrey

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By Elizabeth Sunshine

A few weeks ago, for the second time I had the tremendous privilege of introducing a child to my church in Chinese. The Lynn family, who are members of our church, just adopted a daughter from China. Her name is Audrey. Since I studied Chinese in college and used it regularly...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 09:20

Welcoming Audrey

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By Elizabeth Sunshine

A few weeks ago, for the second time I had the tremendous privilege of introducing a child to my church in Chinese. The Lynn family, who are members of our church, just adopted a daughter from China. Her name is Audrey. Since I studied Chinese in college and used it regularly...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 10:45

Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

Genesis 20

Genesis 20 functions as something of an interlude. The story of Abraham and Abimelech sounds something like a repeat of the story of Abraham and Pharaoh. It is particularly striking because Sarah is now nearly 90 years old — at least, if the...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 02:45

Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

Genesis 20

Genesis 20 functions as something of an interlude. The story of Abraham and Abimelech sounds something like a repeat of the story of Abraham and Pharaoh. It is particularly striking because Sarah is now nearly 90 years old — at least, if the...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 11:51

Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

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We are back to our regular family worship with Genesis 12-19 this week. With all the things happening over the last couple weeks (band concert, congregational meeting, etc. — along with sickness) we didn’t do much family worship.

On the one hand,...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 03:51

Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

We are back to our regular family worship with Genesis 12-19 this week. With all the things happening over the last couple weeks (band concert, congregational meeting, etc. — along with sickness) we didn’t do much family worship.

On the one hand,...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 10:05

Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

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At some point in these early chapters I call attention to the literary structure of the book of Genesis. The phrase “These are the generations of…” signals a new section of the book. And as the phrase suggests, the following story is...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 02:06

Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

At some point in these early chapters, I call attention to the literary structure of the book of Genesis. The phrase “These are the generations of…” signals a new section of the book. And as the phrase suggests, the following story is about...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 12:43

Family Worship Intro

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Family Worship

I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice — which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust that it can be fruitful for...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 04:43

Family Worship Intro

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Family Worship

I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice — which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust that it can be fruitful for...

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