"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

Sermon Prep (LM)

October 21, 2018

We are pausing our God Meant It for Good series this Sunday for our Bible conference Pray Like This: The Lord’s Pattern for Prayer. We will be working through the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) in five sessions. Friday evening will kick off with a panel discussion on practical helps for more effective praying. Then Saturday […]

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October 14, 2018

Last Sunday, in Genesis 44-45, we saw Joseph’s brothers come to true repentance and Joseph was standing ready to save them. This week, in Genesis 46, we’ll see Joseph relocate Jacob and all of his family in Egypt, and the LORD will reassure Jacob saying, “Do not be afraid to go… I myself will go […]

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October 7, 2018

Last week we saw Joseph put his brothers through a series of tests to reveal whether or not they had truly changed since the days they had sold him into slavery and lied about his death (Genesis 42-43), and so far it’s looking good. But in Genesis 44-45, we’ll see that Joseph has one final […]

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September 30, 2018

Although we have called these weekly posts Sermon Prep, they are really intended to be more than just an encouragement to prepare ourselves to hear God’s word that will be preached. Their purpose is to prepare us to come as active participants (not passive recipients) as we gather to worship together. Singing is another way […]

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September 23, 2018

Can you remember the last time you prayed like this (Psalm 13:1-3)? Maybe you’re praying this right now. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?       How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all […]

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September 16, 2018

I was encouraged recently by something Richard Baxter wrote about the responsibility of preachers to first have their own hearts warmed by God before trying to warm the hearts of others. I think a minister should take special pains with his heart, before he is to go to the congregation: if it be then cold, […]

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September 9, 2018

Our God Meant It for Good series will continue this Sunday with Genesis 38. Matthew began his Gospel by recounting the line of promise from Abraham to David to Jesus. The pattern goes like this: Abraham was the father of Isaac, And Isaac the father of Jacob, And Jacob the father of Judah and his […]

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September 2, 2018

This Sunday we will begin our final section of Genesis and have entitled this last series God Meant It for Good, taken from the final chapter when Joseph looked his brothers (who had sold him into slavery!) in the eyes and declared: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for […]

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August 26, 2018

This Sunday Jackson will be wrapping up our Praying Together series with a sermon on Asking Together, from John 14:12-14 (and related passages). We can start asking together this week, in anticipation of all the ways God might work among us this Sunday. Tony Payne’s short (but incredibly practical) book called How to Walk into […]

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August 19, 2018

This Sunday Randall Gruendyke will be continuing our Praying Together series with a sermon on Giving Thanks Together, from select passages. This is God’s clear will for us, Grace: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).” This is not easy. It’s a […]

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August 12, 2018

This Sunday will be week two in our “Praying Together” series. Erik Thoennes will be preaching on Hungering and Thirsting for God Together from Psalm 63. “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there […]

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August 5, 2018

This Sunday we will begin a four-week preaching series called “Praying Together.” As we have been studying Genesis, you may have noticed that one of the earliest marks of those who are God’s people is “calling upon the name of the Lord.” And as we recently read in our Take Up Your Sword reading plan, […]

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July 25th, 2018

This Sunday will be a reflection service, where we look to the congregation to encourage one another with testimonies of how God has used the latest section of Genesis in our lives. Did a sermon impact you just when you needed it? Encourage our church family to walk by faith by sharing. How can you […]

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June 27, 2018

Last Sunday, we began to see a different Jacob emerging from these years of hard work and waiting. God has slowly been teaching him that his confidence does not lie in his own scheming and striving, but in the Promise Maker and Promise Keeper who goes with him. He had met his match in Laban, […]

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June 20, 2018

Our text this week will be Genesis 30:25-31:55. Last Sunday we saw how God began to fulfill the first part of His Bethel blessing, multiplying Jacob’s offspring to eleven sons and a daughter. This week we’ll see God begin to work out the second part of His promise. “I will bring you back to this […]

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June 17, 2018

Our text this week will be Genesis 29:31-30:24. Jacob had heard his father, Isaac, speak this word of blessing over him: “God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples (Genesis 28:3).” And later, he had heard the voice of the Lord Himself confirm the […]

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June 10, 2018

This week, Erik will be preaching from Genesis 29:1-30. Where we left off with Jacob, God had graciously spoken these words over him: “I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have […]

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June 3, 2018

This Sunday, Kenny will be preaching from Genesis 28:10-22. Jacob had thought he’d been so clever. His deception had worked and he had received his father’s blessing, but not without serious consequences. His brother plots to kill him so Jacob runs into exile while Esau remains in the land. With a 500-mile journey ahead of […]

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May 27, 2018

This Sunday, Jackson will be preaching from Genesis 26:1-33. Before Esau and Jacob were born, God had ordained: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger (Genesis 25:23).” That Jacob would receive the blessing, […]

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May 20, 2018

This Sunday, Randall Gruendyke will be preaching from Genesis 26:1-33. Just as the Lord had promised his father Abraham, so He promises Isaac, “I will be with you and will bless you.” And just as his father Abraham wavered in his faith, so does Isaac. Through Jesus, we have obtained the same unshakeable promise. And […]

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May 13, 2018

Last Sunday we returned to Genesis and our series, A Faithful God for a Fallen People. If you weren’t able to be with us for the reading service, you can listen to it here. This week Erik Thoennes will be preaching from Genesis 25:19-34. Once again, the Lord blesses a barren woman, this time Rebekah, […]

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May 6, 2018

This Sunday we are returning to the book of Genesis and picking up where we left off with God’s plans to bless all the nations of the earth through the one man, Abraham. Here’s where we left the bookmark: Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full […]

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April 29, 2018

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 CORNITHIANS 15:58   Remember what we’re supposed to do when reading scripture and we encounter the word “therefore”? We […]

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April 22, 2018

As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:22   You just read the most exciting and thrilling and hopeful words that could possibly be written – ever. We will rise again. Death does not have the final say. Jesus does. He who was raised from the dead […]

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April 15, 2018

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:17   Notice that Paul does not say “if Christ had not died upon the cross, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection of Jesus has huge implications for our salvation. […]

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April 8, 2018

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” JOHN 3:13-15 Each year, Easter seems to […]

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April 1, 2018

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 15:13 What could possibly promote hope more than knowing that Jesus rose from the dead? This coming Sunday, we get reminded all over […]

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March 25, 2018

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ZECHARIAH 9:9 What an amazing Old Testament heads-up! An event was predicted that would elicit great joy for God’s people. A king – righteous and […]

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March 18, 2018

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. HEBREWS 4:12 This coming Sunday will be a reflection service when we look to you, the congregation,  to encourage one another […]

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March 11, 2018

“You will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.” GENESIS 15:15 It is said cynically that in this life only two things are certain –  death and taxes. When Abraham’s life was still not yet half gone, God told him of his eventual passing. And 10 chapters later, […]

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March 4, 2018

Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord… who had led me by the right way… GENESIS 24:48 The “I” speaking here is Abraham’s oldest servant. The “right way” that he mentions is the remarkable finding of a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. And the worship flowing from a grateful heart is in response […]

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February 25, 2018

All these people were still living by faith when they died. HEBREWS 11:13 ‘Til death do us part. It’s a well-known part of the marriage vows, hinting at the eventual reality of becoming a widow or widower. This coming week in our Genesis preaching series, Abraham faces the challenge of burying his 127 year-old wife […]

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February 14, 2018

Some time later God tested Abraham. GENESIS 22:1 Does that verse make you tense up? We know as Hebrews tells us, that “the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” So why Abraham? And why now? Hasn’t he already been tested enough? Jon Bloom, a staff writer […]

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February 11, 2018

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17 They had waited for what seemed like forever, and now, at last, Isaac was born to a very old Abraham and Sarah. This time when Sarah laughs, it is the kind of laughter that […]

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February 4, 2018

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. HEBREWS 12:1-2 Remember back in Genesis […]

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January 28, 2018

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? JEREMIAH 17:9 The Bible is full of examples that back up this claim. Adam and Eve, Saul, David, Uzziah, Samson, Judas, Demas. We probably don’t need the Bible to bear out this truth – our own lives have proven it to […]

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January 21, 2018

“Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” GENESIS 18:17 He didn’t, as we found out last week. God and Abraham negotiated over the point at which the city would be spared, but the righteous were too few. It was too late. The sin of Sodom had become the point at which […]

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January 14, 2018

“Even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”  LUKE 11:8 When is the last time you could be accused of shameless audacity in regards to your prayer life? What is […]

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January 7, 2018

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ACTS 17:11 Why is Luke so enthusiastic about the Berean believers? Apparently they delighted not only in the hearing of […]

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December 24, 2017

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger…” LUKE 2:7 The angel Gabriel had said that this baby of Mary’s would be great and be called the Son of the Most High. He would be given the throne of his father David, reigning over a kingdom that would never end! So given […]

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