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Elder's Prayer - October 20, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. "[35] Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. [36] But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. [37] All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. [...

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Elder's Prayer - August 25, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. 18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the...

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Elder's Prayer - July 14, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Ezekiel was a prophet living in exile in Babylon who had a vision of Jerusalem (ch 8). In the vision, Ezekiel saw 70 leaders of Israel worshipping false gods in secret within the temple. He saw women, also in the temple, participating in a festival honoring a false god of fertility. And he saw 25 men in...

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Elder's Prayer - June 30, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. These words in Isaiah (Isaiah 43:1-7) are primarily for God's OT people, for those of the southern kingdom, Judah, and for the northern kingdom, Israel. God promises to be with them during their affliction. As other nations rule over them, God reminds them that they are his people and he will deliver th...

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Elder's Prayer - June 23, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. It is often easier to see the sins of others than it is to see our own sins. We're blind to them or we try to justify them to ourselves so that we don't see the sin or don't think that we're in fact sinning. I often think of Samson when I think of my blindness or indifference to sin. The biblical write...

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Elder's Prayer - June 9, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of my favorite lines in any hymn is from the first hymn we sang this morning, Praise to the Lord Almighty by Joachim Neander. It says: Ponder anewwhat the almighty can doif with his love he befriend thee Sometimes we get into a rut in our thinking and we need to be reminded and encouraged to p...

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Elder's Prayer - June 2, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. In each of Paul's prison epistles, he prays for the church or the individual. In each case, he will pray for their knowledge of God to increase and to become full. Everything else in their lives from their worship of God to how they live with each other day-by-day comes from/influenced by their correc...

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Elder's Prayer - January 27, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. (Prayer) Father, you are holy and to be praised. You are the one who forgives sin and who heals from disease. You redeem our lives from sin and show us steadfast love and mercy. Because you have shown goodness toward us, we can find our satisfaction in you. You have made yourself known to us your rig...

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Elder's Prayer - January 20, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. (Prayer) You are glorious and mighty. You are above all gods. You created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. Your laws, your words, can never be changed. You are the one true God. On our own, we are dead in our sins. Our minds are darkened in their understanding of you and your creation...

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Elder's Prayer - January 13, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Ephesians 2:1-7 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedienceamong whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the ...

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Elder's Prayer - January 6, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. There are times when my failures and my sins can seem overwhelming to me. I can see the consequences of my failures and of some of my sins, and that can be a heavy burden to carry, especially when I see how my failures and sins affect others. Sometimes we can spend so much time focused on the failure ...

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Elder's Prayer - October 14, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. At the beginning of John chapter 6, John records Jesus being pursued by a crowd of thousands. He had just spent the previous day teaching them and then fed them as much bread and fish as they wanted, so now they seek him out to see more signs, specifically more to eat. Instead of feeding them again, J...

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Elder's Prayer - August 26, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We studied Esther in EC today. One of the challenges with Esther is that the book never mentions God. His name is not used and he is not credited with anything. So there is some question about whether or not the book belongs in the Bible. I don't have a definitive answer for you today, but I do have a p...

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Elder's Prayer - August 19, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. How do we measure greatness? In our society, we often measure it in terms of talent greatest quarterback, greatest basketball player, greatest writer, greatest president, greatest singer or band, greatest actor. We see a person's greatness in how they use the talents that they've been given. How do we...

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Elder's Prayer - August 12, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This is our God three in one. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. All of the same character the same righteousness, the same holiness. All work toward the same goals primarily in proclaiming the good news of the gospel, which we see in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ....

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Elder's Prayer - August 5, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. There are many reasons to praise God. Rich in love, slow to anger, heart is kind. He chose us to be holy, he adopted us as sons and daughters, he is faithful to his promises, he has put his Spirit in us, he has prepared works for us to walk in. And he is longsuffering of our sin and gracious when we rep...

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Elder's Prayer - May 27, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have...

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Elder's Prayer - March 25, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. "Frail as summer's flower we flourish; blows the wind and it is gone" Recently heard the same story a couple of times in the last couple of weeks. Dick Cavett was a talk-show host in the 70s. In 1971, he has a guest on his show named Jerome Rodale, who was a publisher and a health expert. During his 30...

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Elder's Prayer - March 11, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolaters, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom ...

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Elder's Prayer - March 4, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Now that we've spent some time looking back at what God has done, let's take some time in prayer looking ahead to what God will do for his people. As we pray, we'll be praying many promises that God has made to his people. (Prayer) Father, thank you for allowing us to celebrate 20 years as a local chu...

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Elder's Prayer - December 24, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Christ the Lord is born today. It's the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christians, we aren't simply celebrating the birth of a baby, which is certainly an event worth celebrating. The birth of Christ that we celebrate at this time of year is different. T...

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Elder's Prayer - October 8, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. God created the heavens and the earth. He also created mankind, men and women, to have fellowship with him. He gave the first man and woman one commandment, which they broke, which then broke the fellowship they had with God. Because we are descendants of that first man and first woman, we are by natu...

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Elder's Prayer - October 1, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. It is interesting when a famous person dies to see the response his death gets. Does his/her life receive praise for all of the good they did? Maybe some will say that they were taken too soon. Maybe this person's life will be remembered for the change he/she brought. The question at times it is that ...

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Elder's Prayer - September 3, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I'm sure I've shared this before, but it is one of my favorite passages in Scripture. Jesus had fed the 5000 the night before, so on this day they come to find him and begin asking him questions. But after he has taught them for a while, they all leave, including some who had called themselves his disci...

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Elder's Prayer - June 25, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As parents, we want to assure our children that we love them. Sometimes we say it; sometimes we show it. I think God does similar things for us. He assures us of his love through his words and through his actions.God shows his love for us through his word, where he has made himself known. He tells us wh...

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Elder's Prayer - June 18, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Sometimes the bad things in life take our eyes off of the good things. We can get so inward focused on the bad things that happen to us and to those we love that we forget all of the good things that God has done for us. And forget the good things that God has promised to us. The apostle Paul is the bib...

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Elder's Prayer - June 11, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I'm sure this has been a difficult week for many of you. As a church, we're struggling with how to pray for and reach out to a member who is turning away from the faith. For some, you feel the weight of your own sin and you wonder if you also will turn away. Or maybe you are dealing with the consequenc...

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Elder's Prayer - June 4, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Sometimes the affliction or distress we find ourselves in life is our own fault. Because we've committed some sin, we now have to face the consequences of that sin. One of the consequences of sin that we can sometimes feel is isolation. We can feel cut off from God, from family, from friends, from the c...

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Elder's Prayer - Solid Foundation

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. At the end of Matthew 7, Jesus compares his words to a solid foundation (Matthew 7:24-25); "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Assurance

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday on the assurance of our salvation found in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Sometimes I struggle with assurance of my salvation. I see the sin in my heart, let alone the sin in my actions, and I wonder if I'm really saved at all. I fall into the trap of believing that I'm saved by grace...

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Mid-Service Comments - The Chosen Church

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Take encouragement our salvation is not of our own doing and that we are not saved to a life of solidarity, rather to a life of unity, walking together, to be like Christ Jesus, for His glory. Believer, we once walked according to the course of this world. We loved the things that they ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Why Jesus Came

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Evaluate your heart against Scripture in understanding Jesus' purpose in his first coming and how that impacts your view of our purpose in following him. Acts 7 tells us of Stephen's stoning; the first martyr of the Christian faith. At the beginning of Acts 8, we see that a man named Sau...

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Mid-Service Comments - A Repentant Sinner's Savior

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Read the passage he referenced and reflect on God's grace and mercy on repentant sinners. Read Luke 7:36-50 Are you the sinner? Would others look at you and consider you untouchable, unsavable? Or, are you like the Pharisee and you don't recognize the depth of your sin? Do you understa...

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Mid-Service Comments - Boast in Christ Alone

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below focusing on our foolish pride being broken to submit to God's wisdom, boasting in Him and not ourselves. I've mentioned before that I really like 1 Corinthians. Last week's passage is one of my favorites - primarily because it reminds me of w...

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Mid-Service Comments - Unchanging God

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below on the unchanging nature of God and how vital that is to our faith in Him. Ecc 3:14 says: I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear [or stan...

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Mid-Service Comments - Jesus and Homosexuality

Please find below Brett's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. I was skimming Facebook when I saw that someone I care a lot about liked a link. The link was p...

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How do we forgive? Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed forgiveness, biblical forgiveness, having two types of forgiveness. Read the first part again if you need to refresh your memory for the first type. This time we start with the second type of forgiveness... ... But what happens when the person who sinned against you doesn't ask for forgiveness? Either they don't know that they've sinned against yo...

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How do we forgive? Part 1

In Colossians 3, Paul explains that we become more like Christ as we put off our old ways and put on new ways. One of the ways we become more like Christ is found in 3:13: Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Sometimes bearing with , or putting up with , one ano...

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