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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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Psalm 6 and our "Trail of Tears"

Eugene Peterson (1932- ), well-known author of The Message translation writes,  “Left to ourselves, we will pray to some god who speaks what we like hearing, or to the part of God we manage to understand. But what is critical is that we speak to the God who speaks to us, and to everything he speaks to us… the Psalms train us in that convers...

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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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So... What is fasting?

In response to my post on Lent someone asked about fasting.  What is it?    Pastor Blake, Thank you for this! Very informative and helpful information. I have a novice question... What IS fasting, traditionally? Is it abstaining from all food? Just meat? Anything you'll miss? Is it from Sun up to Sun down, or 24/7? And is the point to remind us to pray? ...

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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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