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What are angels?

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There is a lot of speculation about angels in modern culture. Christmas is a good time to reflect on their role in God's Kingdom. ...

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What is Advent?

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Advent. This first season of the Christian year is a time to focus our attention on Jesus Christ’s birth and as well as on his Second Coming when he will return to redeem all of creation and rule with all power and authority. ...

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Community Group Questions | Psalm 44 | July 9, 2017

Psalm 44, "Uncensored Hearts" Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read Psalm 44 and consider these questions. TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A MASKIL OF THE SONS OF KORAH 1 O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: 2 you with...

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Community Group Questions | Psalm 7 | July 2, 2017

Psalm 7, "Song for the Slandered"  Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?   Read Psalm 7 and consider these questions.  WE ARE CHANGED BY GOD’S WORD — Psalm 7 (ESV) 1 O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge;  save me from all my pursuers and de...

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Community Group Questions | Psalm 84 | June 18, 2017

Psalm 84, "Homesick for God"  Rev. Scott Morris, Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?   Read Psalm 84 and consider these questions.  WE ARE CHANGED BY GOD’S WORD — Psalm 84 (ESV) 1 How lovely is your dwelling place,O...

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Community Group Questions | Psalm 90 | July 11, 2017

Psalm 90, "Teach Us to Number Our Days,"  Rev. Mike Ford, Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Arkansas. God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?   Read Psalm 90  and consider these questions.    WE ARE CHANGED BY GOD’S WORD — Psalm 90 (ESV) 1  Lord, you have b...

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Community Group Questions | Psalm 8 | June 4

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Community Group Questions | Galatians 4:8-20 | March 28, 2017

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Point: By the chisel of gracious conflict, Christ’s image is formed in you. I.  Gracious conflict is a tender LOVE. (4:8-20) Paul’s concern for the Galatians (8-11): Paul’s history with the Galatians (12-14): Paul’s questions to the Galatians (15-16): Galatians 4:8-20,  8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were ...

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Community Group Questions | Galatians 3:24-29; John 17:17-23 | March 21, 2017

Adoption: Community - Rev. Blake Altman Galatians 3:24-29 (ESV)24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into ...

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Community Group Questions | Galatians 3:23-4:7

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Read Galatians 3:23-4:7 The Point of the Sermon: Are you a slave of the house or a son of the Father? Paul compares those who live under the law as slaves while those who live under grace as sons and daughters, able to cry out to the Father as a dependent child cries to his parent. Community Group Questions:  Paul argues in Galatians 3:23-4:7 that identity Chris...

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The Debate Over Lent

There are good times to practice fasting and confession of sin. Lent provides such a time if it can be used as a tool not a rule for your sanctification....

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Community Group Questions | Galatians 3:1-5

The essential mark of a Christian is not how far you have progressed in sanctification, but on what you are relying to get there....

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Community Group Questions | Galatians 2:15-16

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Read Galatians 2:15-16 Point of the Sermon: There is an infinite chasm between knowing (v. 16a) that we can be justified by faith in Jesus Christ and believing (v. 16b) that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Sermon Outline:  I. What is justification? II. The Knower's Dilemma III. The Believer's Assurance Community Group Discussion Questions: Paul use...

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Community Group Questions for Dec 18 | Joshua 24

Read Joshua 24. You'll be able to listen to Sunday's sermon here.  Find a Community Group near you here.  Community Group Questions: Why do you think it was necessary fro Joshua to recount and review God's grace-filled history of Israel? Do you find the mysteries of God -- the darkness you sometimes endure -- difficult to accept? Does God's honesty of ...

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Community Group Questions - December 11, 2016

The Lord Your God is With You

Read Joshua 23.  Share Sunday's sermon here. Community Group Questions: What is the role of the church in nurturing and discipling our children, the “next generation”? Why does scripture remind believer so often to “remember”? Blake mentioned two ways of viewing the Christian life that undercuts the power of the gospel? What are those two...

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Community Group Questions, Week of October 30, 2016

Listen to this week's sermon "Cutting Edge of Grace or Judgement" Community Group Questions: Read Joshua 5:13-6:25. How have you seen God display his glory in your life in uncommon ways? The Jews categorize the Old Testament books differently than we do. They view Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Book of the Twelve (the minor prophets) as latter prophets, and Jo...

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Joshua 8 - Community Group Questions for Nov 13, 2016

This week's sermon is from Joshua 8.  Listen to the sermon here.  How would you say you feel between God’s promises, stuck in the middle of the “conquest” without knowing what to do next? What are the little things that you are tempted to leave God out of, thinking you can handle them for yourself? In what ways have you seen “serpent ...

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Joshua 22, Community Group Questions

Read Joshua 22. Community Group Questions: How have you seen 1) gracious confrontation and 2) gracious commendation of one another in the church today? Is there a fear to exercise church discipline against believers in our local churches today? Why or why not? Have you ever had a godly anxiety for things that you have seen happening in the church? How would you pract...

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Joshua 10, Community Group Questions for Week of Nov 27, 2016

Read Joshua 10 in preparation for worship. Community Group Questions for November 27, 2016: Why is the picture of Christ as a warrior so uncommon today? In what ways does Christ reveal Himself as a warrior today? Are you amazed when God answers your prayers? If so, why? In what areas of your heartland, have you given up the fight? How do the sacraments (baptism and...

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Joshua's Prayer at Gibeon

In preparing for the sermon this week, I found myself reflecting on Joshua as he came up from Gilgal to defend Gibeon against the five kings. In Joshua 10:12 he prayed: "At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the valley at A...

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Joshua 9, Community Group Questions for Week of November 20, 2016

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Joshua 9, "The Trouble with Common Sense,"  Rev. Blake Altman Community Group Questions:  Have you ever been fooled by someone and it got you into trouble? Some might call Israel’s oath keeping “eating crow.” When has your folly lead to such crow-eating dinners? How do you respond to people who say, “If God is sovereign, then why did...

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Common Question: Where is the last line of the Lord's Prayer?

Here is a brief reason why we don't see the ending ("For Thine is the Kingdom...") of the Lord's Prayer in the gospel accounts. ...

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Songs of Jesus

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This summer give yourselves permission to stop and meditate on the truth of God through the Songs of Jesus. This July and August we will explore the Psalms together in corporate worship. Many of us have read the Psalms but rarely have we meditated upon them. Practicing prayerful meditation on God’s Word will prepare us to respond in faith and repentance during Sunday wor...

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Life of the Church

We are looking this spring at the church and the implications of the church for our vitality, life, growth. When Scripture speaks of the church, it never gives us an official definition. “The Church is this….” Instead it gives us images. Pictures. Metaphors for the Church. Scripture does this to help us see that the church is not static. It is growing, m...

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Jesus' Introduction to Prayer

We saw a principle emerge from Matthew 6:5-15 last week: Resting in the eternal love of the Father leads to a consistently active prayer life.  Prayer in most religions are weighed by repetition or length. But Jesus gives us a pattern of prayer that is short and simple. Let me help you remember what we said. Muslim prayers in the Koran are poetic, very sublime but the...

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What is Advent?

What is Advent? Since the fourth century, God’s people have especially yearned for Jesus’ second coming during a four-Sunday celebration leading up to Christmas, a season called Advent. ...

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Learning to pray in a new way

Christians throughout the ages have prayed using a technique called lectio divina - a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures. Lectio divina is a latin phrase that literally means “divine reading.” This ancient practice has been kept alive in the Christian monastic tradition. It is not a mystical reading of Scripture; it is rather an extremely practical way of p...

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Caring for the Poor

Trinity's vision is what we want to see in the future. The mission is how we are going to accomplish what we hope to see. The vision motivates. The mission activates. I want you to see both side by side: Trinity’s Vision: To see grace change everything by bringing social, culturally and spiritual renewal to Owasso. Trinity’s Mission: to enjoy the Triune ...

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Private Holiness & Public Good

As I’m preparing to preach on James 2:8-26, I’m reminded of an important era in American religion that I want to share with you. One of my colleagues at the university where I was a campus minister was a friend named Paul Raushenbusch. He was the Associate Dean of Religious Life and is now the senior religion editor at the Huffington Post. We disagree on almos...

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The Gospel & Parenting

How does one live out the gospel in parenting? There is an old tale that Martin Luther once told about a drunken peasant who falls off his donkey to one side only to get back up and fall off to the other.   Christians, Luther says, are like the drunken peasant.  We fall over to license on one side, and then get back in line with the Gospel (Gal 2:14) only to fall...

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Man on Train

Some things seem so random they must be from God. Today, I was working on the Trinity Order of Worship for this Sunday while on the train from Princeton Junction to NYC. Somewhere between the Call to Worship and formatting the first song, a 40-something-year-old man in business-casual attire came up to me with his hand out and said, "Hi, I'm Steve. Do you want to talk abou...

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A New Friend of TRINITY

On the drive to NJ/NY, somewhere in Ohio, a lady from Rock Tavern, NY called my cell phone to ask where we got our church’s vision and content on the website. I told her Trinity’s story, of our many committed brother and sisters, of how Chad & Steven helped us with the design while I wrote the vision and mission. She wanted to know how we got to our underst...

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The Cultural Divide

Remember that I want this blog to be practical… but sometimes big ideas lead to extremely practical conclusions. Read ahead knowing that this post is going to get practical…eventually, I promise. This morning as I was preparing for tonight’s service, my father-in-law forwarded me a book review from the Wall Street Journal written by Bradford Wilcox, a ...

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"Are You Overly Sensitive?"

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