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Preparing for Worship - July 12, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our Adult Sunday School Class will not meet this week. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Christian Meditation - Psalm 1

I just opened Facebook on my phone. Another building on fire. Another minister talking about the need for a new denomination. Another murderous slaughter of Christians in Nigeria. Another plague sweeping Africa. Another marchin another cityhijacked by looters. Another Supreme Court ruling. And another storm coming tomorrow. Another rant from friends concerning masks on bot...

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Not Wasting the Crisis - Part 2

Last week, we considered the biblical understanding we are to have when faced with trials of any kind. In his sovereignty, God allows his people to experience suffering, and he intends it for our good. He is like a master at the potter's wheel who shapes and works the clay until it is formed according to his intended purpose. He removes the debris that weakens the vessel a...

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Not Wasting the Crisis - Part 1

In the midst of a crisis, myfirst inclination is probably not far from yours"God, when will this be over so that I can return to my normal routine?" Discomfort is not the norm for the American church. We are quite unfamiliar with prolonged suffering. It is in times like these that the Spirit begins to stretch us as believers. During times where the rubber meets the road, w...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 4

It hangs above my mantle. I see it every time I leave my house or enter my living room. I need to see it. I need to be reminded. The word is seared into the old barn woodtetelestai.The full reality of this Greek word can't be expressed in the English language. What Christ announced in his final breaths has everlasting implications for mankind. We read it in the English, "i...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 3

My father is a repetitive man. He owns the dad jokes. He loves to tell the same jokes over and over, and his enthusiasm does not wane with each repetition. He laughs at each joke as if it's the first time it has ever been told. He has other repetitive statements that we love to poke fun at him for. "Son, be careful on this road, it is a speed trap." This particular stateme...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 2

Those who know me wellknow that my memory is a fickle thing.Ask my wife what transpires in the secondsprior to placing our order at a drive through.All the orders of the family are clearly stated in the car, and as soonas I arrive at the the squawk box to place the order, all I can manage is a blank stare. In one moment, I forget every orderand can barely remember what it ...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness

I remember well the morning of February 5, 2010. The nurse practitioner came in around 6:30and woke my wife up. She walked us through a list I will never forget. She told us that Jonah, born the day before, had a high bilirubin count and would need to remain in the NICU. She went on to say that he had an irregularity that would need minor surgery in a couple of months. Her...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 6

The fifth membership vow asks, "Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?" There is no doubt thatsubmissionanddisciplinehave negative connotations in our current culture. Two images pop into my mind when I hear those words. One is of a bully holding your arm behind your back and demanding submission ...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 5

We arrive at the fourth vow having gone through a series of building blocks. Each vow reveals basic tenants of the Gospel. We covered the sinfulness of man in the first vow, and it is in our sinfulness that we are made aware of our own inability to save ourselves. We should despair if it weren't for sovereign mercy that takes us from sinfulness to salvation. The second vow...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 4

In the year 1776, the United States was changed forever. We would no longer be a group of colonies, for in the stroke of signatures at the gathering of the 2ndContinental Congress, a nation was born. What began as insurrection in 1775, was codified by declaration in 1776. Men were called to arms, and in doing so, soldiers had to take an oath swearing "to be true to the Uni...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 3

The first vow leaves us in a state of extreme vulnerability as sinners who justly deserve God's wrath and who are without hope save in his sovereign mercy. Jonathan Edwards knew this perilous position of sinners when he penned these words in his famous sermon,Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, "There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment, out of Hell, but t...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 2

The Church is made up of all kinds of people. There are those who have been Christians their entire lives and those who are brand new to the faith. There are those who feel as if they are barely hanging on and those with vibrant faith, who are in a season of deep growth. In any given congregation, all of these people live together in community. It is God's design for his C...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 1

I once had the privilege of waiting at the airport with a group of friends for the arrival of three special people. Two had left for China, but three were on the return flight. And their friends and family members stood around in anticipation of greeting the newest family member who had been recently adopted. Not only did this family grow in number, but a new member would ...

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