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Elder's Prayer - April 10, 2022

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This weekend has been our annual DNOW event for our student ministry called Grounded Student Ministry or GSM. It has been great weekend. The Ministry of the word has been excellent. Our Student Leaders have seized countless opportunities to deepen discipleship relationships with the students. Thankfull...

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Elder's Prayer - March 27, 2022

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We have been singing God's truth to each other this morning. Let's continue considering this same truth as we pray. Please join me in prayer. Father God, we know as believers and as a church, we will go through various trials, distresses, sufferings, disappointments, and pains. Even as your children, w...

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Elder's Prayer - March 13, 2022

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. My prayer today is based on Psalm 51. A Psalm of David after he had sinned with Bathsheba. Let's pray. Father, each of us need to plead with you to forgive us of our sin, just as we see David call upon you for forgiveness. He said "Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According t...

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Elder's Prayer - March 6, 2022

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. My prayer today has been inspired by a prayer guide used by a pastor in Ukraine over the last couple weeks. This Pastor has been housing people in the church basement because it is safer than their apartments above ground. He has been hosting a nightly prayer meeting for his congregation along with thos...

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Elder's Prayer - October 31

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I'm going to use the first 11 verses of Titus 3 as the basis of my prayer. Let's Pray. Father you inspired Titus to write, "Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2 to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every cons...

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Elder's Prayer - October 24

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Heavenly Father, we just sang of your greatness. This greatness is not newly achieved but has been so forever. You are an eternal immutable God without beginning of days or end of life. You are eternally the same which is hard for us to grasp with everything around us changing at an increasing pace and ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 17

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. TheTrinity Valley of Vision Prayer Book Three in one, one in three, god of my salvation,Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit, I adore thee as one Being, one Essence,
one God in three distinct Persons, for bringing sinners to thy knowledge and to thy kingdom. O Father, thou hast loved me and ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 10

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. A Psalm of Praise. 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. 3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with timbrel ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 3, 2021

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Heavenly Father, we love you, but not as we should. You are perfectly worthy of our love, yet we are tempted to place our love and hope in objects that are temporal and tangible. Objects that are attractive and alluring even though these objects are small, capricious, arbitrary and consistently unsati...

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Elder's Prayer - March 14, 2021

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I've adapted my prayer this morning from Grace Baptist Fellowship. I'm going to underscore some ways in which we might struggle in our humanity contrasted with how God reveals himself in scripture. My hope is that it will cause our hearts to marvel at the sufficiency of God, especially in light of our n...

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Elder's Prayer - February 21, 2021

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Since 5 o'clock Friday evening, there have been 37 students spending nearly all of their waking hours here at church. We are wrapping up our annual Discipleship Now weekend for our 7th -12th grade students this morning. It could not have happened without the 16 adult leaders devoted to discipling studen...

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Elder's Prayer - March 8, 2020

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday Let's continue to Praise the Lord as we consider His word and pray to Him. Before I pray, I'm going to read Psalm 90, a prayer of Moses. It will shape my prayer afterwards. A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. [1] Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. [2] Before the mountains we...

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Elder's Prayer - March 1, 2020

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Today marks our annual Discipleship NOW weekend for our students. The event started Friday evening and concludes with our morning gathering today. The weekend is filled with biblical preaching, singing, small group discipleship, service, and relationship building activities. On behalf of our student le...

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Elder's Prayer - October 27, 2019

Elder's Prayer

We just sang a song based on Psalm 62. I'm going to read that same Psalm and then pray based upon it. Psalm 62: [1] For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. [2] He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. [3] How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? [4] ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 13, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. In an effort to serve this body better and be a more faithful shepherd, I read a small book this week. Small books are my favorite kind of book. The focus of this book was on prayer - not so much on private prayer but instead focused on the vital importance of corporate prayer. What we are preparing to ...

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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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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

Elder's Prayer

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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