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Elder's Prayer - July 28, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning marks a momentous Sunday this summer in the life of our Church. God has been kind to us. Pastor Bret and family began their sabbatical the 2nd week of May. Since then, we had two guest preachers and 8 that God raised from our own Church family. Two of them preached twice. One of us who did...

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Elder's Prayer - July 21, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I consider one of our Church members to be a guru when it comes to Trucks. Not your F-150's that make you feel like you are a man, but real trucks 18 Wheelers and the trucks with wheels that are taller than an average man. He has driven trucks in extreme weather conditions in the remote parts of the co...

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Elder's Prayer - July 7, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This past Thursday, on July 4th, we celebrated our 243rd Independence Day. I want to take this opportunity to help us fulfill a Scriptural command to pray for those in authority. Let's pray. Our loving Heavenly Father, We praise you almighty God for you are omniscient and omnipresent. We praise you t...

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Elder's Prayer - February 24, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Father of glory, We praise you and thank you for choosing to redeem these unworthy servants of yours before the foundation of this world. Thank you, Son of God, for forgiving our sins and for the gift of righteousness. God, our Father, please bless us with a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the ...

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Elder's Prayer - February 17, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The auto company Ford has been touting their military grade aluminum body trucks for a few years now. One of the reasons I assume is because of the low weight and thus it could translate into more gas mileage. Aluminum weighs 168.46 pounds per cubic feet. Iron weighs 491.09 pounds per cubic feet. Silve...

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Elder's Prayer - February 10, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. You may have heard this old proverb: "For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,For the want of a horse the rider was lost,For the want of a rider the battle was lost,For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail." There...

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Elder's Prayer - February 3, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. If I say that, my Wife and I missed being at Summit Woods the month of December, that would be an understatement. Every time we travel internationally for an extended period of time, part of hearts long and pant for this fellowship. Our Spotify playlists were very helpful. But our souls are usually very...

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Elder's Prayer - September 30, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the men that God used to strengthen me in my Christian life, week after week on Sundays, sometimes even during the week, one who influenced my theology to some extent, does not even know of me. I have never met him because he was born in 1674 and passed away in 1748, the year that John Newton, th...

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Elder's Prayer - September 23, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. What a great song, reminding us to be alert, focus on Christ's coming as the ultimate Judge of all the earth and our joyful union with our Lord and Savior bearing the holy scars. In God's providence, He has exposed me to the final days and the celebration of life afterwards for both believers and unbel...

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Elder's Prayer - September 16, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I hope and pray that our study on 1 Corinthians and especially this section chapters 12-14 is being beneficial to your souls as it is to mine. We learned that, "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good" in 1 Corinthians 12:7 "To each" is referring to every Christian who is ...

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Elder's Prayer - September 9, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I have been thinking about Job, the Old Testament saint, for the last few days or so. Even as someone who is not Job or his immediate family, none of what has happened to him and the circumstances that led up to it, simply did not make sense unless we focus on God and what He has said in response to Job...

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Elder's Prayer - September 2, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. O God of Grace, You have imputed our sins, transgressions, and iniquities upon the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) who was our substitute and have imputed His righteousness to our soul (Romans 5), clothing us with a bridegroom's robe, decking us with jewels of holiness (Isaiah 61:10). But in ou...

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Elder's Prayer - May 20, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Last Sunday, during the call to worship, Pastor Bret read Psalm 19 as he opened the worship service. I was thinking, after reading Psalm 19, no one would walk away questioning the love that David had for the Lord and His word and how he used that to hate sin in his life. When David described the unique...

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Elder's Prayer - May 13, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. God had blessed me with a wonderful praying mother aptly named Mary and a loving spouse Carol who regularly intercedes that God would help me overcome sin, that I would remain humble and stand approved before God. I stand before you by the grace of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit and the prayers of th...

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Elder's Prayer - February 18, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the most powerful passages in all of Scripture regarding unconfessed sin is found in Psalm 32. In Psalm 32 David describes the contrast between confessed and unconfessed sin and its effect on the sinner -- beginning in verse 1: 1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is co...

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Elder's Prayer - November 26, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We praise you God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for creating this ever-expanding and mind-blowing universe. Thank you for creating our forefathers Adam and Eve and through them us in your own image (Genesis 1-3). Thank you for putting eternity within our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We ...

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Elder's Prayer - November 19, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning I would like to lead us in prayer based on Ephesians 4 for our church Summit Woods Baptist, our partners together in the gospel, Evanston Baptist, and Central Baptist. Let's pray. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly places even as He c...

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Elder's Prayer - November 12, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the ways we love our Redeemer back as we just sang, while on earth as we wait for eternity would be to obey His commandments. In the Scriptures, anytime the phrase "with all of your heart" has been used, it is only used in the context of divinity: YHWH (LORD) or God (Elohim) or Lord (Kurios : ko...

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Elder's Prayer - August 20, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. He was born in Kroppenstaedt Germany on September 27, 1805. He was a contemporary to many of the names that we would recognize. He did follow up work for D. L. Moody, preached for Charles Spurgeon as pulpit supply, and inspired the missionary faith of Hudson Taylor. This man's name was George Mueller. ...

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Elder's Prayer - August 13, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The Lord in His gracious providence keeps bringing to my mind Ephesians 5:10 which says, (and)try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Colossians 1:10 (so as to) walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1 T...

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Elder's Prayer - August 6, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I was disappointed with my heart's response to a situation this past week. I was a bit troubled in my spirit with my frustrations and anger. As I was thinking through, I realized that every day, God gives me a clean slate and I promptly return to my folly of sin as if I learned nothing from the previous...

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Elder's Prayer - July 16, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Blessed Father and our God Almighty, you are the source of our happiness, our maker, benefactor, and sustainer. Your hand leads us in every situation of our lives with no exception and meets our needs. While we are not guaranteed another day, we are guaranteed to receive new mercies from you if, by your...

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Elder's Post - July 2, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. 241years ago, on July 4, 1776, theDeclaration of Independence was approved and adopted by the Congress. We will be celebrating that coming Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. I would like to lead us in prayer for our country. It's rather long. May God help you stay with me as I pray through various things. Let's p...

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Elder's Prayer - May 7, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the things our holy God has graciously done for us is to provide us a means in Christ that we are reconciled with Him. As His children who have been reconciled with Him through Christ, we are called to apply this gospel in every area of our lives. Romans 12:1-2 begins with "Therefore I urge you"...

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Elder's Prayer - Pursuing Holiness

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Last Sunday, Bret talked to us about "The Spiritual Purity of Kingdom Citizens". He took us to the book of Leviticus to show us the base for the call for spiritual purity:Leviticus 19:2b, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. (Cross Reference: Leviticus 11:44a-45 1 Peter 1:16) I ...

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Elder's Prayer - (December 25, 2016)

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer Christmas morning, December 25, 2016, Christ is God in human flesh. We are sending prior comments that were not posted to the blog to aid in edifying the church through reflection of these prayer lead times. During one of the 7 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas when they both were running for ...

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Elder's Prayer - Killing Sin with the Sword

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday regarding killing sins in our life with the deadliest Sword every made, the Word of God. I am more susceptible to some of the sins in a recurring fashion if my heart isn't guarded by the word of God. One of those sins is "Covetousness". I covet material things. I covet Brainiac things. I covet au...

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Elder's Prayer - God's Blessings Are Not Easy

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday regarding the false doctrine of an easy and abundant life is the sign of God's blessing, rather we are marked by suffering, sacrifice, self-denial and adversity as we are made more like the one who modeled this life for us, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. One of the biggest lies many prosperity ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Faithfulness

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday on the faithfulness of God and it's power in our Christian lives. The gravity like factor that keeps us going on our Christian life is the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end 23 they are new every morning...

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Mid-Service Comments - Christ-like Prayer

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Evaluate your prayer in light of Jesus Christ and seek to be more like Him in every way, especially prayer. Last Sunday, Brother Rob exhorted us to "give thanks to God" for anything we are thankful for. I hope that you got to practice that around the dinner table or in your personal prayer ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Social Issues and the Gospel

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Prayerfully reflect on the issues, Scriptures, and prayer below. I was praying for the social evils of the day such as abuse, trafficking, slavery, abortion, murders, and wars. My heart became very heavy and I didn't know how to pray any further and my mind wandered off to an event that hap...

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Mid-Service Comments - Martin Luther

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Prayerfully reflect and give thanks for God using a man in such a way to preserve His Word for His Glory Alone. Martin Luther The Reformation "This man is famous as a reformer, theologian, professor, translator, prodigious author, and polemicist (meaning an excellent Orator). He is well k...

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