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Marva Dawn in A Royal “Waste” of Time writes:

This is one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible, this promise in verse 18: the more we look at God, the more we become like God.  We are transformed into the same image, Paul says, from degree of glory to another.  Oh, the wonder of it all!

It is very much like marriage or deep friendship.  People who are together a lot pick up each other’s mannerisms, their language habits, their likes and dislikes.  Isn’t it astonishing that this happens between us and God?  What an overwhelming Joy this is: the more we look at Jesus, the more we become like him!  The more you dwell in God’s presence, the more you shine.  Let us take this seriously in the days to come: Jesus shines through you–in the word and for it.

This is the greatest wonder of all: we are transformed from one degree of glory to another.  As we grow in faith, God’s community becomes more and more reflective of God’s splendor.  The more we worship together, the more we pray together, the more we study together, the more we can be the people that God has called us to be.” (118 )

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We are American and the world is our playground.  Or at least that is the way it seems in this years election cycle.  Who gave us the right to make other nations pawns in our political system, that a certain politician might gain the upper hand for the advancement of their career?  This has again been put on display in Sen. Obama’s recent travels, though he is not the first nor will he be the last.

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Why Sunday?

Why do Christians gather specifically on Sunday?  Yet, even here I realize that some churches don’t meet on Sunday’s.  The Seventh Day Adventists keep the Jewish Sabbath day which is Saturday.  Some Catholic churches provide a Saturday night Mass.  Some Protestant churches pick whatever day is suitable for the congregation and/ or people they are trying to reach.  But with this said there is something quite significant about gathering with the saints on Sunday; there is something that is unparalleled by gathering on other days.  And it is this point that I plan on pursuing. (more…)

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As a Call to Worship I have used selections from the book of Revelation and Hebrews 12:22-24 which link the worshipping community to the heavenly worship.  I often say something to the extent of, “As we gather here today, we are joining with the vast hosts in heaven and the saints that have gone before us in the worship that is constantly happening around the throne of God.”  Is that what the church does when it gathers together on the Day of Resurrection (Sunday)?  In a special way, is Heaven that much more real due to the Spiritual bond between God and His people on these particular occasions?  It seems to me that the Bible give great evidence to the point. (more…)

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I haven’t posted a schedule for the sermon, so I thought I would.  At Hope, we are looking at our worship service and the different elements contained in it.  In doing so, the hope is that we will dig into the depths and see the fulness of the Gospel, grow and be instructed as to our Reformed identity, and be pressed to live lives of gratitude and stewardship.  Below is the schedule. (more…)

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Calvin on Prayer

In his commentary on Psalm 10, John Calvin writes:

“It should always be observed, that the use of praying is, that  God may be the witness of all our affections; not that they would otherwise be hidden from him, but when we pour out our hearts before him, our cares are hereby greatly lightened, and our confidence of obtaining our requests increases.”

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