Parents and children! – Ephesians 6:1-4


Parents and children! – Ephesians 6:1-4
By Pastor Lee Hemen
March 26, 2017

A child rebelling is as old as well couples having children. Some think that it is worse today than years ago, but it probably isn’t it just may seem that way. However, there has become a shift in how children are disciplined. The issue is not in whether a parent spanks or not but rather in the teaching that there are consequences for one’s actions. Consistency in parenting has degraded in our society and it has infected the school system as well. There are actually folks who think it is harmful to tell a child “no” or to hold them accountable for their behavior. This is simply not true nor is it emotionally healthy for the child to not know their boundaries.

When we look into the pages of Scripture we can sometimes be hard pressed to…

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The Christ is Bigger than Christianity | Center for Action and Contemplation

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 The Christ Is Bigger than ChristianitySunday, March 26, 2017 And in everything that I saw, I could perceive nothing except the presence of the power of God, and in a manner totally indescribable. And my soul in an excess of wonder cried out: This world is pregnant with God! —Angela…

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Hope in Suffering: Studies in Romans 5:3-5 Part 2

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Hope in Suffering Part 2

Romans 5:3-5

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Purpose: There are three truths we need to know in order that we might not be crushed during suffering in our lives so that we would have hope in our suffering.

  1. We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)
  2. We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)
  3. We need to know that God loves us greatly (v.5) 

Last time we went over the first point, “We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)

Today we will look at the second point:

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Loved by God, Called to be Holy – Romans 1:6-13


This weeks sermon is from last Sunday morning in St Peters as we looked at Romans 1:6-13 and considered the fact that we are loved by God and called to be holy.

I used this quote from Calvin to sum up –

Here a rich truth presents itself to us, to which I shall briefly refer, and leave it to be meditated upon by each individual: Paul does by no means ascribe the praise of our salvation to ourselves, but derives it altogether from the fountain of God’s free and paternal love towards us; for he makes this the first thing — God loves us: and what is the cause of his love, except his own goodness alone? On this depends our calling, by which in his own time he seals his adoption to those whom he had before freely chosen.

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Quick Reminder: Avoid worship of false gods

Disciples of hope

  • But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation. Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 10:10-12)
  • “And on that day,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will erase idol worship throughout the land, so that even the names of the idols will be forgotten. I will remove from the land both the false prophets and the spirit of impurity that came with them. Zechariah 13:2
  • Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the…

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Review of Glinert, The Story of Hebrew |

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Story of Hebrew’ is a scholarly, engaging history of the language (Jonathan Kirsch, The Jewish Journal).One of the curiosities in “The Story of Hebrew” by Lewis Glinert (Princeton University Press) is that the author manages to write a history of the Hebrew language without using a single Hebrew letter in the text,…

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March 26, 2017: Verse of the day

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The Progress of Salvation

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined … and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (8:29a-b, 30)

In delineating the progress of God’s plan of salvation, Paul here briefly states what may be called its five major elements: foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification.

It is essential to realize that these five links in the chain of God’s saving work are unbreakable. With the repetition of the connecting phrase He also, Paul accentuates that unity by linking each element to the previous one. No one whom God foreknows will fail to be predestined, called, justified, and glorified by Him. It is also significant to note the tense in which the apostle states each element of God’s saving work. Paul is speaking here of the Lord’s redemptive work from…

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Maturing Faith

Susan Irene Fox

Children call each other names;

if wrong, refuse to take the blame.

They make their choices out of fear

instead of knowing Love is near.

They do not know God’s saving grace

nor understand His full embrace.

When we love God with all our mind,

we grow as Spirit does remind

us of our Father’s forgiveness,

His mercy and His tenderness.

God’s great delight is when we see

His lavish love for you and me.

As we mature in Godly love

we keep our thoughts on things above.

There is no punishment in Christ;

He told us this. To be precise,

no condemnation then or now;

adoption – His eternal vow.

While here on earth our lives we pass

in houses that are made of glass.

Thus stones of retribution thrown

will only make our Father groan

as pebbles surely tossed right back

will make our fragile houses crack.

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Sunday Praise and Worship: #Jesus

This Thing Called Life . . .

The song “Jesus” sung byChris Tomlin is a beautiful praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. As you sing along with it, think about the many attributes and names of Jesus. Here are just a few:

  • Almighty
  • Creator
  • Alpha and Omega
  • the Word
  • Lamb of God
  • Jehovah

My favorites are included in the lyrics to this song:

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ).
“When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
—John 4:25-26

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said,
for we ourselves have heard Him and we know
that this is indeed the Christ, theSavior of the world.”
—John 4:42

I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my Rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

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