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Elder's Prayer - September 15, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Lord, what a privilege it is to witness Blake's baptism this morning as he obeys Christ's commandment to his church to publicly profess our faith. Just as our Lord was baptized, each of us is called to follow his example as an indication of our faith. A faith that is characterized by genuine repentanc...

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Elder's Prayer - September 8, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Listen to the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 95 as he calls us who are his sheep, to worship the Lord with Thanksgiving. Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;let us make a joyful noise to him with song...

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Elder's Prayer - September 1, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. On the other side of the Cross, long before our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to redeem us from our sins, toward the end of King David's reign, David gathered the people of Israel together for the purpose of addressing them concerning the building of a temple. It had been his desire to build a temple...

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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 - August 18, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Our Father in heaven, hallowed - holy - is your name! And yet, though your name is holy - your nature different than our own, your character perfectly pure and sinless, your existence otherworldly even predicting our own existence - yet still you privilege us by permitting us to identify you intimately ...

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Elder's Prayer - August 11, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. From the Puritan Prayer Book, The Valley of Vision, and a portion of Isaiah 25 O Sovereign God,Your cause, not my own, engages my heart, and I appeal to you with greatest freedom to set up your kingdom in every place where Satan reigns;Glorify yourself and I will rejoice.Glorify yourself, for bringing ...

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Elder's Prayer - August 6, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. From Psalm 86: 1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you--you are my God. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up...

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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 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 - 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 - 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 16, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We continue our worship this morning in prayer from Psalm 46: 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble...

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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 - May 26, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday As Christians, we regularly call out to God for his grace. We pray for each other's needs and for our own-both physical and spiritual. He alone is God and knows all our needs-yet we are called to bring all things to him, as the apostle Paul states, through prayer and supplication-with thanksgiving. Let'...

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Elder's Prayer - May 19, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday In a conversation this week with a fellow Summit Woods member, he reminded me that the proper perspective we are called to as Christians concerning our earthly possessions is one of open-handedness. We are to hold loosely to things that are in the palms of our open hands. But, what happens when we begin...

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Elder's Prayer - May 12, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday One of the challenges of living as human beings on this earth is that we all are inherently selfish. We have a tendency to want what we want when we want it and that can make for some messy relationships and circumstances, wouldn't you agree? Not just with each other, but especially with God, who is the ...

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Elder's Prayer - May 5, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday Not only should that song enliven our spirits, because, at least in my estimation, it is a great tune, but more importantly, we should be enlivened because it speaks to the assurance we have in Christ. The song reminds us that our sovereign God directs all the paths of our lives, all our ways, all our c...

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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 21, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. How do we know that Jesus tells the truth? That's what my oldest son asked me Friday afternoon while he and I were working together. How can we believe that what Jesus says is truth and not a lie? Well, I thought, this is an important question. How can we know that what Jesus said is true? The Bible sa...

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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 - March 31, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning we have witnessed the actions of one who has received the truth of the gospel: God is holy, she is a sinner, Jesus died for her sins, and by God's grace she has faithfully repented from her sins - she has purposefully turned from her sins - and now she desires to live an obedient lifestyle ...

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Elder's Prayer - March 24, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. To those of us who are believers, the passages highlighting God's initiation and purpose of our salvation should be both encouraging and humbling... 2 Timothy 1:9,10 - "[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in...

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Elder's Prayer - March 17, 2019

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Over the last several weeks, I've been considering ways in which God glorifies Himself through ways in which He reveals Himself. He reveals Himself through His word, yes, but He also reveals Himself through the medium - the "stitium", if you will - in which He has placed us. These are Creation and Reali...

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Elder's Prayer - March 10, 2019

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. My wife is diligent to instruct our children in Scripture memory. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my dining room at home, dinner was over, the boys were clearing the table, they were loading the dishwasher, and my eldest son - who wasn't getting the cooperation he thought he should be getting from his...

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Elder's Prayer - February 24, 2019

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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 - 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

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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 - 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 - December 2, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. After God's chosen people, the people of Israel, were delivered from the hands of the Egyptians, Moses and the people sang this song... Exodus 15: 1 ..."I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.2 The LORD is my strength and my song,an...

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Elder's Prayer - November 25, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we wrap up this Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it might be appropriate that we be reminded of the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Thess 5, beginning in v16 where he tells Christians that we are to - Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of ...

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Elder's Prayer - November 18, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. In the first chapter of his letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul tells them he has heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus and their love for all the saints. He says, therefore that he does not cease to give thanks for them, always remembering them in his prayers. Beginning in verse 17 as he ...

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Elder's Prayer - November 11, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. What is the Gospel? As Paul states in Romans 1, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, Titus 3:5God saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. In verse 3 of that passage, Paul reminds us that weeveryone of usneeds to be saved. W...

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Elder's Prayer - November 4, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We just sang praise to the Lord because, as the song says in verse 2, God's love is seen in Christ the Son, the Servant King, who left behind his glorious throne to pay the ransom for His own. I have to believe that when Horatius Bonar penned that verse back in the 1800's he must have had in mind, amon...

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Elder's Prayer - October 28, 2018

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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 14, 2018

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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 - October 7, 2018

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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 - 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

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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 - August 26, 2018

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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 - July 22, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. From Isaiah 52: 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." 8 The voice of your watchmenthey lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to...

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Elder's Prayer - July 15, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We believe the Lord our God is OneFather, Spirit, Son; This is our God!We believe forever He will reignLet the church proclaim: This is our God!It is our sincere and collective prayer that each in attendance this morning be capable of claiming, "this is our God!".Our God is great. He is Holy.He is worth...

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Elder's Prayer - July 8, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 95: 1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths ...

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Elder's Prayer - July 1, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we were singing this morning, I was struck with the consideration of the personal character of the God of whom we are worshiping. He is an entity unto Himself. A social entity, having community within the trinitarian nature of Himself. He has personality, even feelings. He is thoughtful, sorrowful, a...

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Elder's Prayer - June 24, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. What causes us to sometimes doubt God? We live in a world that, according to the 24 hour news cycle, is increasingly perilous. And we may certainly struggle in our personal lives with health issues or financial or relationship problems. There is no doubt that life in this world can be challenging and...

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Elder's Prayer - June 17, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Today is what we recognize as Father's Day and I find it interesting that later in the service we will be examining yet another genealogy in our text in Genesis, which of course, would mean there are fathers involved. I am not trying to spiritualize that, but studying genealogies and celebrating Father...

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Elder's Prayer - June 10, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we just sang, God is Holy. God is most high and He is most worthy-He alone is above all things. Why then do we sinful men so often seek to supplant him by attempting to claim his sovereign wisdom and authority for ourselves? This is nothing new. The story is as old as creation, when Adam and Eve sou...

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Elder's Prayer - June 3, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Father thank you for the privilege of witnessing the ordinance of baptism. Each time we do we are reminded of the gift of saving faith you give to us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. As your word tells us it is by your grace we have been saved--and not only savedbut increasingly conformed to H...

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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 - 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 - 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 - April 29, 2018

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I read each night to my three sons. We read a variety of books. And among other things, we've been reading through a book of theology. We're currently studying the theology of sin. In the book we're reading, the moral law of God is described as a dinner plate with each facet of the law imprinted, presse...

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Elder's Prayer - April 22, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We continue our worship of Him who miraculously and purposefully saved us through the reading of His word. From 1 Peter 1 and 2: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Ch...

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Elder's Prayer - April 15, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we sing those words, "Immovable our hope remains", do you know the hope of which we are singing? What gives you hope through adversity, through the mundane grind of the day to day? What gives you hope in the face of tragedy, or even in the face of death? I received a phone call from a patient a coup...

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Elder's Prayer - April 8, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. While engaging with a church-going neighbor last weekend, she informed us that she was to have open heart surgery -Mondayin fact. Sarah made the comment that the physical trial she was enduring was part of her sanctification, part of her maturing spiritually as a believer. The woman's response was that ...

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Elder's Prayer - April 1, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Who do you believe Jesus is? Do you believe him to be the Jesus the Bible portrays him to be? Do you believe him to be a mere historical figure, a good man, a good teacher, who lived once and died a martyr? Do you believe him to be a spiritual figure, a representative of God, who illusioned a life, illu...

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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 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 - 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 - February 25, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Father thank you for the gift of saving faith. As your Word tells us, it is by your grace we have been saved. And because of your grace, when we come to know you as Lord and Savior, there is a transformation that causes us to increasingly desire to obey you and to submit our lives to your will. And one...

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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 - February 11, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Assurance (affirmation of God's provision of grace),Listen to the words of the psalmist, David in Psalm 103 as he describes a believer's relationship with God and the assurance that is found in him.8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [...] 10 He does not d...

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Elder's Prayer - February 4, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Thanksgiving (expression of gratitude for God's grace) Who among us is not tempted to stand on our own perceived righteousness and good deeds? In many ways that is what our culture teaches us to value. We are taught we do things by our own strength, or to live for ourselves; pursuing earthly happiness a...

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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 - December 31, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. An angel conveys to John Jesus' words in Revelation 22:10-21:10 ... "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."12 "Behold, I am coming soon, ...

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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 - December 17, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The attributes of our "risen King" that we've been singing about this morning according to Colossians 1 - of Jesus it says: 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dom...

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Elder's Prayer - December 10, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Ephesians 2:1-101 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 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 disobedience - 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying ...

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Elder's Prayer - December 3, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. From Isaiah 42:1-12Isaiah speaks prophetically about the coming of the Messiah:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;...

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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 - November 5, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. If you are familiar with Chapter 1 of Isaiah, you know that it opens with a scathing rebuke of Judah because of its wickedness. Speaking on behalf of the Lord, Isaiah calls them a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity- who have forsaken the Lord. He attacks their worship- he says, "my soul hates...

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Elder's Prayer - October 29, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation-recognized to be this coming Tuesday-October 31-I want to draw our attention to a particular verse, that, for at least one reformer, became the hinge by which he came to truly understand God's gift of salvation.The reformer was Martin Lu...

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Elder's Prayer - October 22, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The team is making their way home from Central Asia and are right now somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next few weeks, the mission team and elders will be evaluating opportunities and conversations that were had with those in the field. They will formulate plans for how Summit Woods can be di...

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Elder's Prayer - October 15, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. A little later in the service I will be introducing our guest pastor for this morning, Mike Summers. Having heard him preach previously, I can tell I'm very much looking forward to hearing from him again. Now it's not Mike's fault, but the fact that Mike is here is a reminder that several men, including...

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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 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 - 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 - August 27, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Right now in our home, Sarah and the boys are memorizing the verses from the Psalm 19. And when I pray in the evenings with them, we extol God's greatness and His holiness, we acknowledge our sin, and we thank him for the Savior Psalm 19. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above procl...

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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 30, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 145:1-21 1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shal...

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Elder's Prayer - July 23, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 24:1-101 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who...

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Elder's Prayer - July 9, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Father, The songs we sing this morning proclaim your worthiness of being praised. You alone are the matchless King, all glorious above, our Shield and Defender, girded with praise. You are our fount of every blessing, calling for songs of loudest praise. O, to your grace how great a debtor we are! What...

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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 - 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 - May 21, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I love my three boys. Each evening I'm home we eat together, we wrestle and play, we work together, we bathe, we read, I pray with them, we go to bed. We live life together. We have life experiences together. I am more than a list of statistics to them. I am their father. I love them. I want to know the...

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Elder's Prayer - May 14, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. In our review of the Old Testament during Equipping Class, we've been considering over and again, God's faithfulness to the nation of Israel. God's faithfulness to His chosen man, Abraham - despite Abraham's lack of faithfulness, God still preserved him and his family. Jacob, the trickster and supplante...

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Elder's Prayer - May 28, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning we celebrate and we sing of God's greatness. He is greater than we can imagine! He is great and greatly to be praised! And we celebrate His history. He was and He is, the only awesome God. All the world rejoice your Creator reigns. He rules with grace, rejoice all the world rejoice! And ...

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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Follow Him (December 18, 2016)

Please find below Adam Naler's notes from the Mid-service comments from Sunday, December 18, 2016. We are posting prior comments to aid in edifying the church through these prayer lead times. We've been singing this morning of the birth of Jesus. The advent of Jesus. The coming of our Savior the prophesied Messiah, Jesus Christ. God, in the flesh, in fact. God, with us, ...

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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 - 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 - Gospel Christmas

Please find below Todd Arnold's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through the people you will be around for the Christmas and New Year holidays and look for the Gospel opportunity to be a witness for Christ our Savior. (Philippians 1:12-13)From the point of view of Rome, Paul was a captive chained to a Roman guard. But from Paul's perspective, th...

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - 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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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 - Unworthy of God's Grace

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on this prayer from the Valley of Vision and reflect on God's great love to draw us to himself when we are so unworthy. How do you reflect that love to others around you? As I pray for my own sons' salvation, I pray that God would make them capable of loving Him, and in turn capable of...

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Mid-Service Comments - Suffering

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Think through your suffering and how it impacts the body, or if you know the suffering of others in the body. How will you actively share with others or share in the suffering of someone in our Summit Woods body this wee...

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Mid-Service Comments - Who do you love?

Please find below Adam'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 insight into our true love. ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Give God all the Glory

Please find below Adam'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 Romans, specifically Romans 12 to see how we are to daily live in love, giving Glory to God. ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Ambassadors

Please find below Todd'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. Colossians 4:5-6. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your spe...

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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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Mid-Service Comments - Future Plans

Please find below Brandon'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. At different times of the year we find ourselves considering plans for the future. For some i...

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Mid-Service Comments - Who Do you Say Jesus Is?

Please find below Brandon'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. In addition, please find the below link for the sermon that Todd Arnold referenced this past...

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Mid-Service Comments - Fear

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have beendrawnto. Meditate on your the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. There are certain words that grab our attention. I think the word "fear" is one such term...

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Mid-Service Comments - Race Relations

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures Brandon has drawn us to. Meditate on your responses and help us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. Our country this past week witnessed the stirring of deep emotions surrounding race and race relations. If you'...

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