Devotionals


Aug 3, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 03, 2022

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our...

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July 27, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 27, 2022

Philip said to him, “Lord show us the Father, and it is enough for us”. Jesus said to him “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Phillip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the father’? Do you ...

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July 20, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 20, 2022

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut ...

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July 13, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 13, 2022

There is a paperback book by Thomas Watson, one of the Puritans titled, A Godly Man’s Picture. He gives at least 24 characteristics or distinctives of a godly man. Some of them are: A godly man prizes Christ. A godly man is a man of humility. A godly man is thankf...

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July 6, 2022

By Pastor Mark Bauer
July 06, 2022

As we come to pray let’s consider three encouragements for us to pray. First God’s knowledge. As we think of God’s knowledge, in Psalm 139 we are reminded of God who knows us, each of us. He knows us perfectly, he knows us personally. We read, “Oh L...

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June 29, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 29, 2022

Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24 The Christian life is put under a lot of different images. There ...

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June 22, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 22, 2022

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but d...

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June 15, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 15, 2022

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut ...

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June 8, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
June 08, 2022

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her ...

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June 1, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 01, 2022

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give ...

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May 25, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 25, 2022

"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would ha...

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May 18, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 18, 2022

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fe...

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May 11, 2022

By Pastor Mark Bauer
May 11, 2022

After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the d...

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May 4, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
May 04, 2022

"Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings...

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April 27, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 27, 2022

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears ...

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April 20, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 20, 2022

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” ...

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April 13, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
April 13, 2022

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Gi...

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April 6, 2022

By Pastor Mark Bauer
April 06, 2022

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, ...

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March 30, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 30, 2022

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genes...

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March 23, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 23, 2022

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 If I asked the question what’s the most important thing we need to remember when it comes to prayer? I think there is a pretty simple answer. We need to remember who God is, right...

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March 16, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
March 16, 2022

“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar, if their enemy besieges them in the land at their gates, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your peopl...

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March 9, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 09, 2022

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Gi...

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March 2, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
March 02, 2022

“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me b...

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February 16, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 16, 2022

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may...

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February 9, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
February 09, 2022

“But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. B...

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February 2, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
February 02, 2022

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I wil...

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January 26, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 26, 2022

“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...

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January 19, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
January 19, 2022

“At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a...

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January 12, 2022

By Pastor Gordon Cook
January 12, 2022

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:6,7 I think we would all say that prayer should be the easiest thing in the world, but...

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January 5, 2022

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
January 05, 2022

“Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for ...

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December 29, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 29, 2021

“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but del...

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December 22, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 22, 2021

Psalm 119 This psalm is something of a love poem. The word love pops up fifteen times or so. The focus is upon God’s Word. It is a love poem with respect to his love for the word of God. You can see that in verse 47, “For I find my delight in your commandments whi...

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December 15, 2021

By Pastor Mark Bauer
December 15, 2021

“…The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 I was thinking back to this past Lord’s Day when Pastor Cook took us back to the life of David. In 2 Samuel 8 we have the account of many of David’s victories. In ...

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December 8, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 08, 2021

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the c...

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December 1, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
December 01, 2021

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear ...

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November 24, 2021

By Pastor Mark Bauer
November 24, 2021

"This is what the Lord GOD showed me; behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings. When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, 'O Lord GOD, please forgi...

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November 17, 2021

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
November 17, 2021

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good wo...

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November 10, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
November 10, 2021

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs he returns to the eart...

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November 3, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
November 03, 2021

“Then Job answered the Lord and said, ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did no...

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October 27, 2021

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
October 27, 2021

“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished...

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October 20, 2021

By Pastor Mark Bauer
October 20, 2021

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 For our meditation this evening, I’d like us to take a few m...

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October 13, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
October 13, 2021

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” Psalm 130:1-...

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October 6, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
October 06, 2021

“Men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1 Jesus is letting us know that when it comes to prayer there is a danger we could lose heart. When we lose heart we often find that we either become rather careless or our prayers get muted or we even stop ...

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September 29, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
September 29, 2021

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cos...

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September 22, 2021

By Mark Bauer
September 22, 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 one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, ...

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September 15, 2021

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
September 15, 2021

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the ...

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September 8, 2021

By Mark Bauer
September 08, 2021

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my please for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for...

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September 1, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
September 01, 2021

“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in...

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August 25, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 25, 2021

"Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at the table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive oi...

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August 18, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 18, 2021

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and ...

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August 11, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 11, 2021

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, h...

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August 4, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
August 04, 2021

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in C...

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July 28, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 28, 2021

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cos...

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July 21, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 21, 2021

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” Selah ...

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July 14, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 14, 2021

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing....

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July 7, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
July 07, 2021

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Bles...

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June 30, 2021

By Pastor Bernard Ibrahim
June 30, 2021

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, b...

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June 23, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 23, 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!” For a thou...

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June 16, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 16, 2021

"For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked."  Psalm 73:3,   This is a psalm about a man who is suffering. When we suffer there is always the temptation that we focus on those who are not suffering like we are. You can begin to ques...

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June 9, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 09, 2021

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’    And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your k...

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June 2, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
June 02, 2021

 "Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the ...

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May 26, 2021

By Pastor Gordon Cook
May 26, 2021

  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.&nb...

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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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