The Bible speaks to us from the ancient past – but it’s not to be left in the ancient past.

We read in the Bible about God’s love. Is this just something from the ancient past? Is it for us? The Bible speaks to us from the ancient past – but it’s not to be left in the ancient past. * “God so loved the world” (John 3:16) – This is for us today. He …

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Let us worship the Lord, our God.

Here are videos of the hymns that we sang at this morning's service. This post, also, includes sermon notes on "Jesus and Barabbas" and "Jesus and the dying thief." https://youtu.be/RAyKmYD2Zg8 Taking the Place of Barabbas (Luke 23:13-25) 13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have …

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Lord, it is not easy to keep on worshipping You when so many show no interest in worshipping You.

‘How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?’ (Psalm 137:4). Lord, it is not easy to keep on worshipping You when so many show no interest in worshipping You. What are we to do when our faith seems so weak and we are on the verge of giving up? …

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We think, Lord, about Your great power and Your great love, and we say, “Praise the Lord!”

“God is mighty, and does not despise any” (Job 36:5). Lord, You are great in power. You are great in love. How sad it would be if You had great love for us, but did not have the power to save us. How terrifying it would be if You had great power, but had no …

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It’s God’s Love For Us That Creates, In Us, Our Love For Him.

Through faith in Jesus Christ, we come to God, our loving, heavenly Father. In Christ, we see God's Fatherly love. Enjoying God's Fatherly love - This is more than our entrance into God's family through faith in Christ. It's living as a member of God's family. It's discovering how much we are loved by God. …

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When we think of God’s great salvation, let us say, “Praise the Lord”, and let us give all the glory to God.

We are not to pray to God with superficial words that don’t mean very much to us. Our prayer is to be a real cry from the heart: ‘Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord’ (Psalm 130:1). We are to ‘cry for mercy’ with a deep awareness of how sinful we really …

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Let God’s love flow freely in your own heart. Let it flow, from there, into the lives of others.

Luke 14:1-35 Let God's love flow freely in your own heart. Let it flow, from there, into the lives of others. Receive Christ and share Him with others. When the Gospel says, 'Come; for all is ready', there must be no excuses (17-20). When you share Christ, let there be no barriers (1-6, 12-14, 21-24). …

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To those whom we serve, we say, “We say, “We are your servants, but you are not our lords.” Jesus is our Lord.

Numbers 8:1-26 The Levites were 'set apart' for God (14). They were 'a gift to Aaron... to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting... ' (19). We are to work together as a team. 'Yield yourselves to God... ' (Romans 6:13): Help each other to be better servants of …

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Jesus was handed over to be crucified – but He wasn’t taken by surprise.

"At that time, the Son  of Man will be handed over to be crucified" (Matthew 26:2). Jesus was not taken by surprise. He knew what He was letting Himself in for. He knew why He had come to earth. He knew what He had come to do. He knew the purpose of His life. "You …

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People still need to hear the Word of the Lord.

'Keep quiet' - There is a guilty silence which comes from disobedience (Judges 18:18-20). When God's people remain silent, things go from bad to worse - 'Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint'. We must not be 'disobedient to the heavenly vision' (Judges 18:30; Proverbs 29:18; Acts 26:19). Chapter 19 warns us: …

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Berkouwer’s Contribution to the Ecumenical Movement

The challenge of the  theological  discussion of the doctrine of the Church extends far beyond the bounds of Protestantism. E. Schlink emphasizes that “the Reformation Churches … do not take ecumenical discussion seriously unless they are prepared to enter upon discussion with the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church” (The Coming Christ and the Coming …

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