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Entries Tagged as ‘From Pastor Tedd’

You Can’t Claim A Promise

Published May 5, 2014

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.  — ISAIAH 41:10  By Barnabas Piper, Content Marketing Strategist at LifeWay Christian Resources In 1964 my grandfather shared this verse with my father as he was preparing to move away to college. As I grew up, my father shared it with me often as well – when I started at a new junior high school, when I left for missions trips, and when I […]

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Truth is in Jesus ~ Contending for the Faith

Published March 31, 2014

  “At its root, support for homosexual behavior is not simply a different interpretation of Scripture; it is a rejection of Scripture itself.”   Contending for the Faith – Four Realities to Consider Regarding Homosexual Behavior Below are excerpts from an essay written by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor in East Lansing, Michigan. Many Christians are willing to say homosexuality is wrong, but they’d rather not argue about it. Why not broker an “agree to disagree” compromise? Why can’t we be “together for the gospel” despite our differing views on gay marriage? Why is this issue any different? 1. Approving of […]

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Christianity and Liberalism

Published March 3, 2014

Back in 1923, J. Gresham Machen wrote a little book, ‘Christianity and Liberalism.’ I won’t take the time to give you all the details surrounding the impetus for writing it, but Machen was contending for what he believed to be the faith delivered once for all to the saints (Jude 3). Below are a few excerpts which help me understand what, I believe, is worth contending for. (Italics added for emphasis) The modern liberal preacher reverences Jesus; he has the name of Jesus forever on his lips; he speaks of Jesus as the supreme revelation of God; he enters, or […]

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Thinking Biblically About Manhood, Womanhood and Marriage

Published February 3, 2014

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Dear Church Family: A recent e-mail exchange with a friend regarding their living choices reminded me how easy it is to get drawn into arguments which aren’t winnable, and discussions of which the Bible is clear aren’t open for discussion. I spent hours on my response only to send a brief note referring them to the timeless truths of […]

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Truth is in Jesus

Published December 30, 2013

Casting myself on the Only God who can save me from the Only God “Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors.Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’… Truly I have spoken, truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” — […]

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Coming in 2014…

Published December 30, 2013

I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God, which was given you in Christ Jesus… — I Corinthians 1:4  As we prepare and look forward to a new year together as a church family, know Dawn and I thank our God for you – for many things. For your encouraging words, for your generosity, for your curiosity and delight in the Bible, for your desire to have the person and work of Jesus Christ boldly proclaimed, for the support and encouragement amongst yourselves, for your faithfulness. There are many evidences of God’s grace having been given […]

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Words of Worth

Published December 2, 2013

Several years ago one of my sisters and brothers-in-law took my father’s Bible and copied all of   his hand-written notes within. They compiled it into a little booklet entitled ‘Words of Worth.’  Below are a few excerpts… “Man is not his own maker. Therefore, he must not be his own master.”     – Leonard Ravenhill There is always chaff where you have wheat, but there shouldn’t be more chaff than wheat!     – Anonymous Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid […]

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Never Try To Teach a Pig To Sing

Published October 30, 2013

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. –  Philippians 3:1  I have a very good friend who is having a major impact on me because he is a man who rejoices! And he reminds and encourages me to rejoice.I don’t know about you, but like the Philippians I have to be reminded to rejoice in the Lord. I have to make a conscious decision to be happy in Jesus — to be glad in the Lord. Paul writes that to be reminded […]

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On Poached Eggs, Seeing the Sun, Scribbling and What Lies Ahead

Published September 30, 2013

I delight in the reality that as our Lord builds His church He raises up men and gives them insight that others might have hope & be encouraged. One such man who has encouraged me is CS Lewis. Like every other man the Lord gives to His church, Lewis was limited & imperfect. Nevertheless it’s difficult not to find some nuggets in his writings that give off a holy echo of the abiding Word. I trust you will be encouraged by the following. “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about […]

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God’s Love: Forever Savingly Sufficient For Sinners

Published September 4, 2013

The love of God! Writers of the Bible seem to strain to find the words to describe and measure His love for humans. His love is unfailing (Ex. 15:13). It endures forever (Ps. 136). It reaches to the heavens (Ps. 36:5,6). Over the centuries, preachers and poets have taken their turn trying to describe what is almost incomprehensible. We’re often the better for their efforts. In recent years however, it’s become common to describe God’s love as being ‘unconditional.’ As I mentioned in the Aug. 25 church service, I’m not keen on the term. Below are some observations as to […]

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