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What Did I Miss?

Whenever you are watching a sporting event or a movie with a large group of people, there is inevitably that one person who sort of wanders in and out of the room, or who arrives late, but who always expects someone to catch them up on the action when they finally sit down. I usually oblige

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Lent is More About Maturation, Less About M&M’s

As you know, the season of Lent has been buried under a great weight of superstitions and silly practices that make us want to run far far away from any association with those things. At the same time we understand that just because certain branches of the church abuse a thing – whether raising hands

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The Mother of All Sin

In the classic movie Shenandoah, Jimmy Stewart plays a hard-working family farmer from Virginia who is doing his best to stay out of the conflict that becomes the War Between the States. In one scene he offers grace before a meal, praying, “Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it.

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2015 Family Conference with Pastor Virgil Hurt

While the Christian home ought to be a warm refuge from anxiety and fear, for many Christians the home is something less than a place of happiness, fruitfulness and discipleship. While we desperately want to see our family-life transformed by the joy and love of Jesus, we often feel powerless to effect the kind of

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How to Change the World, Pt. 4

The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers does not mean only that we can pray directly to God, though it does mean that. And it does not mean only that we can read the Bible for ourselves, it does mean that. But it means primarily that we have a holy, happy duty to worship

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How to Change the World, Pt. 3

In the last entry it was proposed that mankind was created by God primarily for worship. Where do we get this idea? From the first pages of the Bible we find that God created Adam, the first man, for worship. That is, Adam’s job and the purpose of his being was to glorify his creator

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How to Change the World Pt. 2

The statement “worship changes the world” strikes most Christians as a ridiculous proposition, because for most Christians attendance at worship is not a priority. It is secondary. It is non-essential. It is not perceived to be necessary for their lives, or their salvation. It is something that is okay to do, if you feel like

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How to Change the World

How would you like to change the world? Does that sound exciting? I’m sure like most people, you don’t like the way things are.  You don’t like the darkness and the ignorance and the poverty and the sin and the death. Great, let’s get started. What are we going to do? When we ask that

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Why Study the Catechism?

Why are we studying the Heidelberg Catechism, and why is this important? Why do we need catechesis (the study of the basic principles of the Christian faith)?

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Studying the Catechism

This coming Wednesday evening, we plan to begin a weekly study on the The Heidelberg Catechism. This document is one of the confessional statements Christ Church subscribes to and is a representation of the things we hold in common and believe together. It was written in the mid-1500’s by the German Reformer Zacharias Ursinus and

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