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Elder's Prayer - April 28, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. My wife and I were traveling back from Houston last Sunday morning. For the first time in 20 years, we were not here to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with our church family. This absence was unavoidable, yet disappointing. Over this past week, I've given some time to consider my disappointment and I ha...

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Elder's Prayer - April 14, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Today marks Palm Sunday. The day Christ made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem before his arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. His arrival was marked by shouts of Hosanna and praises to God for the mighty works people had witnessed Jesus do. His entry was a fulfillment of OT prophecy and according to ...

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Elder's Prayer - April 7, 2019

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I've heard Rick Holland say publicly that you read a book for the purpose of finding particular sentences or paragraphs that prove helpful. I think his point is valid. I don't read an entire book for the sake of reading the whole book, I read it to discover the most impactful sentences or paragraphs or ...

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Elder's Prayer - December 30, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Here we are on the last Sunday of 2018. Doesn't seem possible another year has flown by. Some of us may be reflecting on the passing year while probably many of us are already thinking about 2019 and all that it will hold. Some in this room will experience great thrills and some will experience overwhel...

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Elder's Prayer - December 16, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I received this book, the Valley of Vision 8 years ago as a gift. It was a great gift that always sits on my desk within arm's reach. Other than scripture, I have not used any book as frequently as this one over thelast 8 years. It is filled with theologically sound and Christ-centered words of truth in...

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Elder's Prayer - December 9, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Before the Advent reading, we sang a great song - Come and Stand Amazed. It's a song some of you might not find familiar and it's probably not the song most commonly sung while caroling with friends. Nonetheless, it is a great song filled with rich theological truth. Did you catch it while we were sing...

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Elder's Prayer - October 28, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. On Wednesday of this past week, Gary Brown went to be home with the Lord. Many in this room never had the pleasure of meeting or enjoying Gary. Some in this room knew him as a dear friend who loved God's word, his people and the church. Everyone in this room should be thankful to God that He used a man ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 21, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I received a great text from my son out of the blue on Wednesday. His text started out "I think you might have heard this song but if you haven't you need to. We sang it in chapel and something just grabbed me about it today" So what's a Dad to do but stop what I was doing and listen to this song that...

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Elder's Prayer - October 7, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Over the last several weeks, our country has endured a historic ordeal attempting to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. The confirmation process has been dramatic, raucous, and divisive. We have seen both sides make passionate arguments asking for righteous judgment according to their perspectives. I ...

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Elder's Prayer - May 6, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I love singing together as a church when we gather each Sunday morning. It doesn't really matter to me who leads. Joel and Dawson both serve us so well. So it's not about who leads but it's about what we sing and the fact that we sing together. It doesn't matter what Sunday of the year it is, when we g...

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Elder's Prayer - March 18, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. 36 students and 12 adult leaders have been together since 5pm on Friday for our annual Discipleship NOW weekend. It has been a terrific time hearing from God's word and thinking carefully about how to apply God's truth in our lives. We have been exposed to outstanding teaching. Thank you to the church ...

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Elder's Prayer - January 28, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This past week marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of unborn babies across the United States. Our country has condoned the ending of millions upon millions of lives. It is heart wrenching to contemplate the magnitude of this atrocity ag...

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Elder's Prayer - January 21, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Last week Bret helped us see the necessity of a congregation's participation in the priority of prayer. Scripture calls us to regularly, routinely and even constantly be communicating with God about everything. Not much wiggle room about when or what to pray about. Our approach to God in prayer needs t...

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Elder's Prayer - January 14, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 145Great are you LORD. Thank you for the privilege and honor to call you Father while you are also our King and our LORD. What a remarkable honor. As we pray and contemplate who you are, Help us to use all of the vocabulary we can muster to describe your great activity, your greatness, and your go...

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Elder's Prayer - January 7, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Over the last week, each of us has probably found an occasion to reflect on 2017 and spend some time also looking forward to 2018. Maybe you have composed a long list of evidences of God's grace in your life this past year. Maybe you have reconsidered some setbacks or unfinished projects. Maybe you have...

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Elder's Prayer - September 24, 2017

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. It was brought to my attention this past week, that 7 years ago this church took a momentous step in voting to affirm the elder's recommendation to call Bret Capranica to be our pastor teacher. Before the church voted to affirm him, the elders had to introduce Bret to the church and express why we wer...

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Elder's Prayer - September 17, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As a church, we have just sung together some great encouragement to each other. Did you catch it? We have just declared that we should Rejoice together as a body of believers, as a church we should rejoice. Together we sang that we should Rejoice with one heart, one voice. That we should rejoice of b...

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Elder's Prayer - September 10, 2017

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Each summer, my business requires that I travel a great deal. I try not to be gone for more than 2 weeks at a time but I find myself away from home most Sundays during the summer in one of 30 or more different states I travel to each summer. So each Saturday night when on the road, I'm trying to figure ...

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Elder's Prayer - Resurrection Sunday

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I look forward to our corporate gatherings week in and week. If you are visiting with us today, we are thrilled that you are here with us today. We know you have lots of options as to how you might spend your Sunday morning, we are thankful you are here today. If you are a visitor, you shoul...

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Elder's Prayer - Sola Scriptura

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Brett is going to be preaching today on Sola scriptura - the notion that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of Christian believers. The Bible is complete, authoritative, and true. The Bible is God's Word. It is understandable. It says what it means and means with it s...

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Elder's Prayer - Vanessa Honigman Baptism

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. LORD, What an encouragement it is when we see You add to Your church through the ordinance of baptism. When we can celebrate seeing another person bow her knee in a public confession that King Jesus is indeed the King of her life and the savior of her soul. We are confident because of Your w...

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Elder's Prayer - Discipleship Now Weekend 2017

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Good to recognize the obvious this is not a normal Sunday, nor is this normal elder attire. More than 50 students and leaders have been together since Friday at 5pm. We have enjoyed excellent teaching, terrific times of singing, serious conversations about Gods word. Additionally, we worked...

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Mid-Service Comments - Grammar and Thanksgiving

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on what you are most thankful for, what is given or the one who gives. Prepositions Matter. I think they matter especially in regard to Thanksgiving. Those who know my wife well, know that she is a stickler when it comes to grammar, spelling and all things proper in our Engli...

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Mid-Service Comments - GSM Ministry

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Prayerfully reflect, pray and engage our students. Almost 4 years ago, the elders asked me to give specific shepherding care to our student ministry. I have come alongside an amazing group of fellow lay leaders who care deeply for the gospel and deeply for our students. They desperately...

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Mid-Service Comments - Trusting God in the Election

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below on our Sovereign God and trusting Him in the handling of this nation's leaders. I'm interested in politics and always have been since the early years of high school. To my Mom's chagrin, one of my college degrees is even in political science....

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