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Pastor Jon | Encouragement, News, & Updates

Dearest Christ Church Family, Warm Friday greetings in the name of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As the days and weeks of quarantine roll on, it's easy for our hearts sink a bit. It's difficult to be physically separated from those whom we cherish, and to feel the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps, like me, you've found David's words echoing in your he...

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He Descended Into Hell

He Descended Into Hell Have you ever wondered what is meant by this little four word clause in the Apostles' Creed: "He descended into Hell?" When Christ died on the cross his body went into the grave, his spirit into the hands of the Father, and his suffering was over (Luke 23:43, 46). This raises questions, however, concerning the article "He descended into hell." What ...

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Worship & the Means of Grace

When Christians assemble for worship on the Lord's Day they participate in what is by far the most meaningful and consequential activity in the body of Christ. Worship is the highest calling of the believer. It is the center jewel on the crown of Christian discipleship. It is the verdant pasture in which Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd, feeds and nourishes His sheep. Worsh...

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Missions, Church Planting, & The Invisible Hand of God

Missions, Church Planting the Invisible Hand of God Church planting is full of surprises. Some of them come wrapped in unpleasantness. Indeed, launching a new church plant is not for the fainthearted! But most of the surprises are deeply encouraging. They remind us that while obstacles may be numerous, God is faithful and Christ will build His Church (Mt. 16:18). Indeed,...

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Charleston Shootings & the Sovereign Grace of God

Charleston Shootings the Grace of God Our beloved Charleston community is full of tears and profound sadness today after the detestable and violent murders at the historic Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street. Dylann Roof, a twenty-one year old, attended the church's prayer meeting for an hour before opening fire on the congregation. Roof brutally murdered nine people, i...

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Foundations of a Welcoming Church

Foundations of a Welcoming Church We all like to feel welcome, don't we? Whether it's at home, school, work, church, with friends, or on the athletic field, it's an encouragement to be warmly welcomed by others. Alternatively, it is a real discouragement to be overlooked, ignored, or shunned especially at church. Many of us have had the experience of visiting an unwelcom...

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Seven Reasons Why We Do Not Delight In God

Seven Reasons Why We Do Not Delight In God Andrew Gray (1634-56) was a gifted Scottish preacher who died and went to be with Christ at the tender age of 22. He left a deep impression on all those who knew him and heard him proclaim God's truth. James Durham once said that with his preaching "he could make men's hair stand on end." Gray's sermons are published by Reformati...

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God's Law & the Christian

Alan Jacobs, in his delightful little book entitled The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), challenges the notion that reading good literature improves a person's character. He quotes the eighteenth-century scientist G.C. Lichtenberg who wrote, "A book is like a mirror: if a [donkey] looks in, you can't expect an apostle t...

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Taking Vows Seriously

TAKING VOWS SERIOUSLY Our lives would be much better off if we simply took our vows seriously. The breakdown of marriage, family, and faith can easily be attributed to a lack of faithfulness to important vows. We are quick to make them, but slow to keep them. We are guilty of making piecrust promiseseasily made, easily broken. Followers of Christ, however, should take vow...

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The Real Struggle

THE REAL STRUGGLE The foundational doctrines of election and predestination may be troubling to those who have never been seriously exposed to them. Perhaps you have been thinking to yourself, "The doctrine on the sovereignty of God in election cannot be right. The God I have known and worshipped all of these years would never elect some unto everlasting life and pass ove...

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