Devotionals


May 5, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 05, 2021

  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gath...

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April 28, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 28, 2021

  Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. Isaiah 48:10, 11   God is jealous of his glory. We hav...

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April 21, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 21, 2021

  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise ...

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April 14, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 14, 2021

  “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17 “Now the Lord appointed a plant and made it come over Jonah that it might be a shade over his head to save him from...

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April 7, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 07, 2021

  “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, ‘Lord, he whom you l...

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March 31, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 31, 2021

  “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your ...

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March 24, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 24, 2021

  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28   Perhaps there is no war that has shaped this country of America more than the Civil War. One hundred and fifty y...

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March 17, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 17, 2021

  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of...

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March 10, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 10, 2021

  And you were dead in the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our f...

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March 3, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 03, 2021

  Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Psalm 106:47 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; f...

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February 24, 2021

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
February 24, 2021

  For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read th...

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February 10, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 10, 2021

  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet wi...

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February 3, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 03, 2021

  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with th...

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January 27, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 27, 2021

  And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to Him and saying, ‘Give me j...

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January 20, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 20, 2021

  I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I ...

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January 13, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 13, 2021

  “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You return man to dust and say, ‘Return, O children of man!&rsqu...

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January 6, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 06, 2021

  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take yo...

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December 30, 2020

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 30, 2020

  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 One of the dangers we have as Christians is we can become too familiar with our Bibles and with prayer. You have heard that saying, “Familiarity can...

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December 23, 2020

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
December 23, 2020

  Open to me the gates of righteousness that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected ha...

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December 16, 2020

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 16, 2020

  “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not ...

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December 9, 2020

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 09, 2020

  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.&rs...

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December 2, 2020

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 02, 2020

  Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the living creatures saying as with a voice like thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to Him, and He went out c...

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January 15, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 15, 2020

Ephesians 2: 1, 4 and 8 What one word would you choose to describe what makes the Christian faith different from every other faith? Grace! Dr Packer once said, “If you had one word to unlock the meaning and significance of the New Testament it would be the word grace&rdquo...

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December 18, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 18, 2019

Psalm 90: 1-12 The psalms are at the heart of our Bible and they deal with heart issues. There is probably no place where the heart gets exposed as in the psalms. They are a reminder that we live in a broken world, full of tears, groans and sighs. This psalm, like many psalms, a...

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December 4, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 04, 2019

Psalm 88 This is a psalm of lament, or grief – not a happy psalm. We wouldn’t really want to begin every prayer meeting with a psalm like this. We notice, however, that while these psalms start out in a negative way there is eventually a break-through. The psalmist h...

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October 2, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
October 02, 2019

Seven Lessons from the Puritans (from Puritan Theology by Mark Jones and Joel Beeke)  Focus on Christ: that’s the way you should think of them-Christ was their greatest treasure. If you read some of the Puritans you can see that’s the case.John Owen has a ...

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September 4, 2019

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
September 04, 2019

Ephesians 3:14-21 The context of this passage, in the first thirteen verses, Paul lays out his calling as an apostle to preach to the Gentiles. The church in Ephesus prays for and supports him. From verse fourteen through nineteen, he prays for them. Then he closes in verse twen...

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August 28, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 28, 2019

Psalm 46 God is a God of truth. This is important to remind ourselves in this postmodern age, when people tell us that there are no absolutes. It doesn’t matter what you believe. What I believe, I believe. What you believe, you believe. What’s true for me is differen...

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August 7, 2019

By Mark Bauer
August 07, 2019

Acts 13 Notice in this passage that it is the Holy Spirit who sets apart Saul and Barnabas (v 2). He is actively involved in sending out these men as missionaries to do His work. What are they called to do? Are they called to do whatever their own minds design? No, we see back i...

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July 24, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 24, 2019

Acts 2:42-47 Where in the Bible can we go to teach God’s people about commitment to the church? The church is likened to the bride of Christ, a family, the army of God – all connotate commitment. In Acts 2 the Spirit came; it is the birth of the New Covenant communit...

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July 3, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 03, 2019

Philippians 3: 8-11 In Sunday school we’ve been reading the classic work “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer. This book is probably his most well-known book and in it he argues that our greatest ambition in life is to know God. The church father Augustine also said, &...

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June 26, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 26, 2019

Exodus 3: 1-6 In this familiar passage, Moses is face to face with God. We call this Old Testament manifestation a theophany. (Read Ex 3: 1-6) The most amazing thing about prayer is that we get to talk to God. We see how amazing it is when we realize who God is. Who is He? From...

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June 19, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 19, 2019

1 Corinthians 11:1 See how Paul begins his epistle, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” He says something similar in Philippians 3: 17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” Ag...

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June 5, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 05, 2019

Matthew 5:1-11 This is a good passage to see a composite of the children of God. “The Godly Man’s Picture”, a book by Puritan Thomas Watson, sketches out a picture of several characteristics of a godly man or woman. In typical Puritan fashion, he has twenty-fou...

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May 29, 2019

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
May 29, 2019

Philippians 1: 3-11 One theme that becomes apparent when we read the book of Philippians all the way through in one sitting is prayer. This theme is one we focus on when we talk about missions and the work of Gospel proclamation. Tonight, we are going to pray for the persecuted ...

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May 15, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 15, 2019

Psalm 61 “Why Do We Pray?” I have one question to prime the pump of our praying: Why do we pray? How many reasons can we give? We pray because we need help for our personal needs. We pray because God expects us to pray. This is evident in Jesus’ teaching His di...

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April 24, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 24, 2019

2 Timothy 2:8 “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel”. When preaching from this passage last Sunday, I quoted one of the Puritans who said, “Faith has a good memory.” That means, Christians make good ...

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April 17, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 17, 2019

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10  A few weeks ago, we talked about what distinguishes Christianity from every other religion – the fact that we worship a Triune God. The god of Islam, Allah, is not a three-person god, and Hindus worship 3 million gods. We worship one God, who h...

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April 3, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 03, 2019

Ephesians 6:10-20 We can certainly say that Christianity is like no other religion. To prove this, we can start with God Himself. Any of His attributes show that our God is incomparable. If someone from another religious background were to visit our church, what difference would...

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March 20, 2019

By Mark Bauer
March 20, 2019

Psalm 4 As we read this psalm, we sense that David is facing distress. In verse 1, he recalls his past distresses, and he seeks relief. Looking over this entire psalm, it appears this distress is very intense. It is causing him to even deal with anger. Verse 4, “Be angry, ...

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February 27, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 27, 2019

Mark 10: 46-52 Dr. Stott has suggested that perhaps the most neglected ingredient in Christian discipleship is the cultivation of hearing, or the listening ear. He says, “Bad listeners do not make good disciples.” The Lord used to say, “He who has ears, let him...

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February 20, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 20, 2019

Matthew 6: 25-34 When we think of the greatest dangers to prayer, we may think of the Devil or the world, which is no friend to grace, but the greatest challenge is our own sin. What are some sins that keep us from praying? Certainly, laziness could be on the list. Taking our cu...

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February 6, 2019

By Mark Bauer
February 06, 2019

  John 15: 7 & 8 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” As we read this promise we might be tempted ...

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January 23, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 23, 2019

  Mark 4:35-41 What comes to mind when we read the story of the disciples in this passage is that they are desperate and in a high degree of panic. We can understand why: they are in a life-threatening situation beyond their capabilities. It is a storm they cannot handle. ...

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January 16, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 16, 2019

1 Corinthians 7:35 “Undivided Devotion” The Puritan Richard Steele wrote a whole book on this one text addressing the subject of prayer. He spoke of the undivided devotion of prayer. We all agree that prayer can be a difficult spiritual discipline, but what would you...

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January 2, 2019

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 02, 2019

1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 Thinking about the New Year, I thought this an appropriate passage for our meditation. Here Paul puts the Christian under the metaphor of a runner and the Christian life under the metaphor of a race. Everyone of us is running; we are in a race. It isn&rsqu...

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December 19, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 19, 2018

Proof of the Incarnation We often thank God for his death and resurrection, but perhaps not as much for his birth, for the incarnation. That word incarnation comes from the Latin. It means “in flesh”. It is a staggering miracle. Dr. Packer argues it is the ...

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December 5, 2018

By Mark Bauer
December 05, 2018

John 17 We are going to focus tonight on Jesus’ prayer in John 17 to help us learn better how we should pray. First, we see that Jesus’ prayer is focused, not so much on Himself, but on how He may glorify God in doing the work God has given Him. In verse 1 Jesus says...

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November 28, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
November 28, 2018

1 Thes 5:14-18 Why give thanks? The simplest answer, from this? text, is because God commands us. It is a Christian’s duty, but that’s not all God says. He graciously gives us reasons to encourage us and motivate us to give thanks. Psalm 107, “it is good to giv...

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November 7, 2018

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
November 07, 2018

1 Timothy 2: 1-8 Tonight, we are paying particular attention to two specific words in this passage: all and every. They are adjectives that help inform how we ought to pray for the world and others. These are the same words used in John 3:16, used in this passage ...

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October 24, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
October 24, 2018

Psalm 150 The last five Psalms begin with a note of praise. Give me five ‘P’ words that should shape our prayers.  #1 Praise – we can argue this from the Lord’s Prayer. It begins with God’s greatness and holiness; also, the last five psalm...

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October 3, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
October 03, 2018

Psalm 139: 1-18 Four Doctrines to Shape Our Prayer Life  Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones said a lot about prayer. I quoted him last Sunday, “What a man is on his knees, that he is and nothing more.” He called prayer the noblest of activities and believed the best posture...

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September 19, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
September 19, 2018

Acts 14: 19-22 We can deduce from our Bibles that the Christian life is not going to be an easy one. Jesus made this very plain. What is the figure that He used to underscore the pain and suffering of the child of God? Six times He uses the cross: pick up a cross. He wanted...

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September 5, 2018

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
September 05, 2018

Matthew 21:18-22 This passage comes after Jesus’ triumphal entry. He had left Jerusalem and was returning to the city. The imagery here is clear. Using the fig tree, Jesus is teaching us that wherever there is true life, there is fruit. And wherever there is the appearance...

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August 29, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 29, 2018

Romans 8: 26 If I were to ask what is the most crucial doctrine when it comes to prayer, what would you say? The doctrine of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It should shape our Christian lives more than anything else. The doctrine of the Trinity is probably...

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August 22, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 22, 2018

Matthew 6: 9 We are returning to look at the most famous prayer in the world, which is probably uttered millions of times daily. Jesus obviously wanted us to pray this prayer frequently. He says, “Pray in this way”; at least take hold of the principles found here. I...

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August 15, 2018

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
August 15, 2018

Humble Prayer: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10  I’ve been meditating on this passage where Paul is talking about the supernatural privileges he’s had. He starts by telling how he was taking up by the Spirit and was with the Lord, a supernatural experience. In verse 7 he b...

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July 25, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 25, 2018

Exodus 20: 1-18 Arguably the most important words in the Bible regarding ethical and moral behavior come from this passage. When we think of the Ten Commandments we ought to think of it as a wonderful gift from God. What would this world be like had these commandments not been w...

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June 27, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 27, 2018

Luke 18: 1-8 This familiar story is a parable the Lord told. We often stress that prayer is difficult, a struggle. We could argue that from this very parable. Jesus understood that when it comes to prayer we have to practice perseverance. Where else in our Bible’s could we...

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June 20, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 20, 2018

Matthew 6 – A Focus on the Lord’s Prayer We would all agree that if there is one area where Christians all need encouragement it is with regard to prayer. Spurgeon said, “The common sin of God’s people is slackness in prayer.” He said, “If the...

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June 6, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 06, 2018

2 Thessalonians 1: 3 & 4 Remember the church in Thessalonica was a fairly young church. Paul and his other missionary companions had to flee due to religious persecution. So, Paul is concerned with how they are doing. He begins this second letter similarly to how he begins t...

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May 30, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 30, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22 This last chapter is full of imperatives. Paul begins his epistle like many others reminding us what Christ has done for us, emphasizing Gospel indicatives- based on what God has done, this is how we should live - Gospel imperatives. I want to focus on ...

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May 16, 2018

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
May 16, 2018

1 Peter 5:6-11 “Watch and Pray” The theme I want to focus on tonight is Watch and Pray, the command we receive from Christ in Mark 14:38. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This same conc...

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May 2, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 02, 2018

Ephesians 6:10-20 Remember how Ephesians begins. It couldn’t begin on a more positive note, beginning with all the blessings we have in Christ. He ends the epistle on a realistic note, reminding us that we are engaged in warfare. Notice, he uses corporate language. This is...

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April 25, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 25, 2018

John 8:31-36 This past Sunday Pr. Ibrahim dealt with the Confession chapter 21, on Christian Liberty and the conscience. The framers of the confession place this chapter right after the one on the Gospel. It is only because of the Gospel that we are set free. Christ is the great...

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April 18, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 18, 2018

It should never cease to amaze us that God delights in our prayers. We are to delight in Him, but He delights in our prayers. One way to show that we delight in God is by praying. If we had only one place to go in our Bibles concerning prayer, where would you go? One good place ...

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April 4, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 04, 2018

Matthew 6: 9-15 As Calvin once said, “You will never understand who you are unless you have first understood Who God is.” What can we learn about God from this prayer? First, God is our Father (v9). What else can we learn about His character? God is sovereign (v10)...

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March 28, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 28, 2018

Psalm 2 When you think of the images of God in Scripture, what comes to mind? We think of God as our Father; that is a beautiful picture of God. There are other images: Shepherd, Rock, Stronghold, Lion. Isaiah uses the image of a Mother with her children. One image we might n...

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March 21, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 21, 2018

Romans 5:1 & 2 “Paul continues to expound the great doctrine of justification by faith, showing the outcome of those who have believed in Christ. If we look back at chapter3:24, he picks up that word justified again but also, as in chapter 5, he uses the phrase, &lsquo...

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March 7, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 12, 2018

Matthew 6:9 This passage is different than Luke’s version where Jesus says, “Pray this.” It is almost as if in Luke’s account He is saying, “Pray these very words.” But in Matthew it is more broad in the sense pray like this, or according to t...

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February 7, 2018

By Mark Bauer
February 07, 2018

Psalm 86: 1-13 – A prayer of David David here makes a petition and then follows it with the reasons why he is able to make the petition. In verse 1 we see, “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy.” As David prays to God he acknowledges ...

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January 24, 2018

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 24, 2018

1 Peter 5:6-8 What are the two questions regarding identity that we need to be constantly asking as Christians? One is, “Who is God?” and the other is, “Who am I?” It was Tozer who said, “What comes to your mind when you think of God is what is most...

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