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Junk and Judgment

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Joel Eidsness is the pastor of Walnut Hill community Church in Bethel, Connecticut.He decided to take his seven year old daughter on an unusual date.They visited the town dump. Backing his Oldsmobile up against the mound of refuse, he placed his daughter on the roof, and with pencil and paper, they...

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PSALM 2: FOUR VOICES OF PSALM 2

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Yet have I set My King in Zion on My holy hill of Zion" (Psalm 2:6, NKJV) Every book has these 3 basic parts, beginning, middle and end. In Psalm 1 and Psalm 2 we are introduced to the Psalter, and we can identify 4 distinct voices. FOUR VOICES OF PSALM 2 VOICE 1: (v.1-3) The Nation of Israel cast off restraint from God. The psalmist's amazement at the plans of...

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9/11 Anniversary

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. I love anniversaries.I love reflecting on events that happened years earlier.Some of them can be painful; like the 20 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, others are joyful; my 7-year-old grandson Nico Hornok was born on September 11, 2014. 68 years ago an article appeared in the Sal...

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Pillars of the Past and for the Future

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A fitting hymn for our celebration Sunday is Thomas Obediah Chisholm's hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. Chisholm was born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. He received his education in a little country schoolhouse, and at age 16 began teaching at the same school. He became a Christian at age 27, and with no college or seminary training was ordained to the Me...

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PSALM 1: A PSALM OF TWO WAYS

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But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night(Psalm 1:2, NKJV) As I continued reading and studying the Psalms, I truly enjoyed how our former Pastor Ken Hornok described Psalm 1. Pastor Ken expanded on these 5 main points, Separation from the world, Situated on the waterSaturated, Sanctified, and Satisfied by the Word of God. The go...

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Praying for the Persecuted

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. No one can deny that in the wake of our withdrawal of remaining American troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban retaking cities previously liberated from their barbaric tyranny, the country has slipped back beneath the dark waters of fear and oppression. Today, the Taliban are armed to the teeth ...

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There is a Fountain Filled with Blood"

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This Sunday as we continue looking at the back story of some of the great hymns of our faith and their scriptural bases for those hymns; today we focused on "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood". There is no greater or more eternally important theme in all of Scripture than that of the shed blood of the sacrificial substitute. For example, when Paul writes in Romans 3...

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PSALMS (PART 2)

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Now David himself says in the book of Psalms", Jesus (Luke 20:42a, NKJV). In the last post we explored the beginning of the Book of Psalms, today we conclude our study by reviewing some of the events that led to the writting of some Psalms. We also need to understand the characteristics of Hebrew poetry Religious lyric poetry expressing emotions Evocative language wi...

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