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When Christ Shall Appear

Posted by Brett Toney on

In his sermon “Christ Our Life—Soon to Appear,” Charles Spurgeon wonderfully captures the tension we feel in this life. We are new creatures in Christ, yet we still are bound. Do you ever feel like those lions in the Zoological Gardens, restlessly walking up and down before...

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Tags: captivity, freedom, longing, sin

Call Upon Me

Posted by JJ Sherwood on

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” —Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble. Oh blessed verse! Is this then true sacrifice? Is it an offering to ask an alms of heaven? It is even so. The King himself so regards it...

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Tags: prayer, spurgeon, trial, trouble, psalm 50

Sin: Can't Live With It, Won't Live Without It

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Posted by Brett Toney on

Here's a blog post from author and blogger Tim Challies that I was helped by. We'll be considering these very things more on Sunday, looking at Colossians 1:15-23. Sin. I can’t live with it, but time and time again I have proven that I’m just not able to live without it. I know...

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Tags: sanctification, sin

Why Pursue a Fourth Pastor?

Posted by Brett Toney on

As mentioned in an earlier post, the elders will be bringing a recommendation at Sunday’s Members’ Meeting to approve an increase in our annual budget to allow for us to pursue a fourth pastor to serve at Five Points. Here are four reasons that have informed the elders&rsquo...

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Tags: discipleship, job descriptions, spreading

Wait for the Lord

Posted by JJ Sherwood on

“Wait for the Lord;be strong, and let your heart take courage;wait for the Lord!”Psalm 27:14 Conscious of his own weakness, David addresses himself (the verb is singular), and seeks to encourage his confidence in God. The word wait suggests that there are further trials still to...

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Tags: psalm 27, wait, trials, weakness, confidence, strength, calvin

Death, Cancer, Sin & that Glorious Day

Posted by Brett Toney on

This past Sunday I taught on Psalm 46. It was a fitting cap to the previous week—grieving with hope at the loss of Becca, spending time with my mother-in-law as she starts chemo, attending a conference for pastors on the necessity of mortifying sin. It was a week of strained emotions and...

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Building Update & New Pastor

Posted by Brett Toney on

Please join us for our next Members’ Meeting on Sunday, February 22, at 5pm. During the meeting, learn the latest news about the Planting Joy building project and covenant members will have the opportunity to vote on a new pastoral position. New Pastoral Position Mentioned at...

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Grieving Not Without Hope

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

It is with broken hearts that the elders of Five Points have to let you know that Becca Prange passed into glory this evening. We do not grieve as those without hope as we know Becca was immediately in the presence of her Savior and swimming in the ocean of God's love. Please pray tonight and...

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Tags: prayer, pranges, pray4becca

In God We Trust

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

God was David’s salvation and the strength of his life, as it was by his help that he felt himself safe, and free from the terrors of death. Certainly we find that all our fears arise from this source, that we are too anxious about our life, while we acknowledge not that God is its...

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The Things of Earth

Posted by Brett Toney on

As we come out of the din of Christmas flurry and reflect on another year for the books, we should ask ourselves why God gives us so much stuff. In The Things of Earth, Joe Rigney helps us in thinking through this. Why did [God] make a world for his own glory in Christ and then fill it to the...

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Tags: worship preparation

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