Month: July 2013

Why God Allows Suffering — Psalm 73 and 77

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Pastor Horner is out of the pulpit for several weeks so we will be posting sermon materials from a series he preached in 2008.  The series was entitled “Is it okay to ask…?”  Each week, we considered questions most followers of Christ have asked at one time or another.  Hope you find it helpful!

July 20, 2008

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Divided hearts and failed prayer

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All of our pursuits are futile until we have set our hearts resolutely to know and enjoy a growing personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our hearts cannot want the satisfactions and comforts of the world mare than we want peace with God.  When our hearts are divided between God and the world, even our prayer lives can bring no sense of contentment.

Sister Teresa of Avila, a saintly woman of prayer from the 16th century recognized this and wrote of the impact it has on prayer.

220px-Teresa_of_Avila_dsc01644“During all that time (the time of pursuing satisfaction in something other than Christ), I had still the courage to pray.  I say courage, because I know nothing in the whole world that requires greater courage than plotting treason against the King, knowing that He knows it, and yet continuing to frequent His presence in prayer.  I spent more than eighteen years in that miserable condition, attempting to reconcile God and my life of sin.”

For many followers of Christ in modern times, the pull of the world is so great, and our hearts and minds so easily fooled, that we hardly recognize that we are just “saying our prayers” when we think we are praying!  Until our hearts are resolved to follow Him out of sin and impurity into righteousness and holiness, we will simply be attempting the impossible.  Only God can make a heart ready to pray and seek Him wholly!  What a penetrating call for holy people to approach a holy God with our whole hearts so that we can be wholly satisfied in Him!

How important is Christ to you?

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cslewis“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

C. S. Lewis
(God in the Dock:  Essays on Theology and Ethics)

Following Jesus Christ can never be a side-line, peripheral past-time of life.  Following Him means living for Him, whole-heartedly, in everything and in every way.

Why We Believe Jesus is the Only Way (part 2) — Romans 3:21-31

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Pastor Horner is out of the pulpit for several weeks so we will be posting sermon materials from a series he preached in 2008.  The series was entitled “Is it okay to ask…?”  Each week, we considered questions most followers of Christ have asked at one time or another.  Hope you find it helpful!

July 13, 2008

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Love the NC Mountains!

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What’s not to love about a place where you can find an alpaca farm and a herd of Scottish Highland cattle within two miles of each other?  And all this by a rushing river, lush green mountain views and brilliant blue skies accented by mounds of clouds!

Vacation has been great!

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What a lovable face! Goofy, but lovable!
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Bangs are making a fashion comeback…who knew it started with Scottish Highland cattle!

Why We Believe Jesus is the Only Way — Romans 6:5-11

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June 29, 2008

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How Do I Hear from God (part 2) — Proverbs 4:1-9

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June 15, 2008

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How Do I Hear from God? (part 1) — 1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3

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Pastor Horner is out of the pulpit for several weeks so we will be posting sermon materials from a series he preached in 2008.  The series was entitled “Is it okay to ask…?”  Each week, we considered questions most followers of Christ have asked at one time or another.  Hope you find it helpful!

June 8, 2008

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Psalm 150: A Night of Praise — Providence Worship Team

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On June 23, 2013, the worship team at Providence invited the church to come together for a night of musical praise.  For those present, it was an evening not soon forgotten!   The Spirit moved throughout the night to exalt Jesus Christ in a glorious way.

This week, a video of the evening has been made available on Vimeo.  I have watched and re-watched it several times already, each time marveling at the matchless mercy and grace of the Lord.  Each song and testimony affirms the greatness of God and the wonder of Christ.

The worship concert lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes.  If you can, watch it all!  But if that is not possible, there are some amazing moments not to be missed…”The Alabaster Box” sung by Shauna Nelson (31 minute mark), “I Will Bless Your Name” sung by Kristie Sylvester (48 minute mark), “Revelation Song” sung by Meg Skipper (55 minute mark) and “I Stay Amazed” sung by Shauna (1:11 mark).  There are many others that will stand out as you watch more, but I have been blessed by this great gift by Allen Lowe and our worship team.  They have allowed the Lord to show His glory in this great worship experience.

This year our focus is to make much of Christ.  That happened in a wonderful way that special evening!

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Psalm 150:  A Night of Praise