Pastoral Ponderings

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Marriage is hard

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Marriage is hard. Whether you’ve been married for fifty minutes or fifty years, marriage is hard because people are involved. And people are sinful! So what? Should we just chuck it all? All get divorces or never get married in the first place? Absolutely not! Because a marriage lived according to God’s plan is a beautiful testimony to His grace. This Sunday as we continue through 1 Peter, we’re going to talk about how wives and husbands can live out a godly marriage. We won’t cover everything the Bible has to say about marriage, but I think you’ll find that […]

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Anarchy and a better way

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God is the God or order, not chaos. And governments are part of His plan to maintain that order. Romans 13:1-7 makes that very clear. Yet, we humans are a rebellious lot. We prefer to do our own thing. Especially those of us living as Americans. Unfortunately, there are those living here in America that have misunderstood how great it is to live with a relatively stable and peaceful government. They prefer chaos over order. They prefer riots over justice. Some are even looking for all governmental order to be overthrown. But anarchy is not God’s plan. And even when […]

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Biblical Race relations

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Race has been a hot topic in our country for a while now. This year it seems exponentially hotter! So many events, news articles and stories bombard us with race related issues. It is even affecting sports. Race relations are a big deal in our country right now. So, what does the Bible tell us about race? Many things! I won’t go into all of them here. But I will say that in our passage from 1 Peter this week, we will see a perspective on race that repeats itself throughout the Bible. We will see that in reality, there are […]

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From hope deferred to hope directed

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Have you ever hoped for something? I mean really hoped that it would happen. Hoped that you would get THAT job or THAT promotion. Or you hoped that you would get into THAT school. Maybe you hoped to be in a relationship with THAT person. Or any person. You hoped. Maybe even pleaded with God. Yet it didn’t work out the way you hoped.  Probably all of us have experienced this kind of disappointed hope at some point in our lives. It hurts, doesn’t it? Proverbs 13:12 tells us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” That’s a great way to describe […]

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Living hope

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This Sunday we’re continuing our fall sermon series from First Peter: “TCBC into a Hostile World.” This week we’re going to see that living life as an “elect exile” means resting our lives on living hope.  Just what does that mean? We’ll see where living hope comes from, how we live out this living hope, and what others have said about this living hope.  We’ll meet this Sunday at 9:28 for English, or 11 for Chinese. Please wear a mask, prepare to spread out, and come a few minutes early to have your temperature taken on the way into the building. But more than that, […]