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righteousness

  • The Counselor Has Come To You (John 16:7-14)

    10-9-sermon

    It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor (or Advocate) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince (or convict) the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they […]

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  • Life Together To The Glory Of God (Philippians 1:1-11)

    1-10 sermon

    Philippi was established as a ‘gold rush’ city. It was named after Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Some historians described it as a gate between Europe and Asia. ” In a series of battles there in 42 B.C.E., Mark Antony and Octavian (‘Augustus’) conquered the forces of the assassins of Julius Caesar, […]

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  • Walking In War (Ephesians 6:10-20)

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in […]

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  • The Community of the Righteous: Refreshing Rest

    The book of Romans was meant to establish peace between the believing Jews and Gentiles in two ways: By highlighting the mercy of God to both (salvation, justification, sanctification and righteousness), and by showing them their mutual obligations of service. Before Romans 12, Paul wrote about the importance of holy living.  Next, Paul shifted his […]

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  • The Evidence of Righteousness: Service (Romans 12-15)

    How do we know beyond doubt that we have truly entered into this grace-gift of “life in Christ?”  In the face of all kinds of opinions about what constitutes true Christianity, how do we know if we truly are “in Christ”… and how do we evaluate our own walk? If we listen to the patter on […]

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  • Sanctification: A Parable (Romans 6-8)

     CHAPTER ONE: The Ruins* You live in a broken, run-down house. You’ve been here as long as you can remember. You know nothing else. For a while you were able to at least keep it looking nice on the outside, but it’s always been falling apart. The landlord seemed like a great guy at first. […]

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  • Justified (Romans 2-5)

    Have you ever tried to justify yourself? “The sun was in my eyes.” “My alarm didn’t go off!” “I had questions about my homework assignment but it was late and I didn’t want to bug you or my classmates…”  Justification is what happens when we give a reason for something we did. In a deeper […]

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  • Righteousness (Romans 1-2)

    I suspect you’d agree with me that a life of ease is what most of us want. If given a choice, I’d take a life of abundance: good health, adequate finances, trouble-free relationships, and cars that never rust! But despite our wants, the reality is that life has a fair amount of trials and difficulties that […]

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