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Alive Again

We feel pressured today to believe that the universe is governed by impersonal forces, and our choices and even our destiny are but a product of electricity and chemicals. While this social thought was in its infancy in the 17th century, the framers of the Canons of Dort wrestled with Biblical revelation and human experience to find the language to say otherwise: that the Triune God is sovereign in creation and salvation. We are not governed by impersonal forces but by the grace of a personal Lord. One scripture text that reveals the gracious activity of God is Titus 3: . . . when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior . . . The sovereign God has a face. And that face is the face of Jesus. In reality, there is nothing in empirical science that excludes a personal God or proves an impersonal universe; it's just that science can't fathom God. And when have a hard time with the grace or truth of the Lord, we can look at the life of Jesus in order to be open to his saving, guiding, and promising presence. There is something irresistible about the cross and resurrection drawing you and me to the person of God - an irresistible grace.

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What Do You Carry With You?

Annual message on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

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Fully Responsible Yet Totally Unable

Part three of our study celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dort. We read from Romans 3 and Romans 8 and receive the theme that human beings are ‘Fully Responsible Yet Totally Unable.’ One reaction to the messages so far has been to ask the question of free will. The Canons address this in Head 3 / 4 focusing on how sin affects the human will and radically corrupts it. How radically have our choices been corrupted? How limited are we spiritually? It’s not that human beings can’t do any good, but that outside of Christ human beings can’t do any SAVING good. This is a message to guide us in confession and contrition with humble thanks for the forgiving love of God.

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EXPLORE GOD DISCUSSION GUIDE

Here is the text of the discussion guide for the 7 Explore God group discussions. For a hard copy contact Pastor John

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