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02
Aug 2010

Mark 5:21-42 Faith in the God-Sent King Introduction: In this text we have two severe crises and one great need in the midst of these crises. The great need is to have faith that Jesus Christ is the God-sent King whose Kingdom triumphs over all kingdoms. On the surface it may seem that the great need is to be delivered from a crisis, and in both of these instances the external crisis was resolved. But the deeper crisis in the lives of these two people and the disciples is the crisis of......

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28
Jun 2010

Mark 3:22-30 Prejudice that Blinds to the Power of God! The text we will be looking at today is Mark 3:22-30. Between the text of last week and this week’s text are verses 7-19 which introduce what some would call the “later Galilean ministry of Jesus. The earlier ministry was prior to the religious leaders plot to bring about his death. The later Galilean ministry occurs after that plot and continues through 6:6a....

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21
Jun 2010

Mark 3:1-6 1Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness......

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07
Jun 2010

Jesus Meets the Greatest Human Need Mark 2:1-12 Mark 2:1-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.  3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.  4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening,......

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31
May 2010

In this text we will be gleaning from Jesus’ encounter with a societal outcast – someone who has been pushed to the edge of a stable life in the city. Listen to this unusual story: Mark 1:40-45 40 ¶ And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.......

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30
May 2010

Already a Kingdom in which the King offers redemption through his death and resurrection; not yet a kingdom in which redemption is applied to all of creation. Already a Kingdom which one sees and enters through repentance and faith (John 3:3-5); not yet a kingdom which one sees with the physical eye. Already a spiritual kingdom in which the King rules over the hearts and lives of his subjects, not yet, a geo-political kingdom in which all the universe is in subjection to His righteous rule. Already a kingdom in which the......

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06
Apr 2010

The resurrection of Jesus and the promise of the believer’s resurrection offer the ultimate hope in the midst of a world of despair. We are caught between two resurrections — pushed by one in the past and pulled by one in the future. The resurrection of Jesus Christ vindicates His claims to be the Messiah; our future resurrection will ultimately vindicate our faith in Him as the Messiah. What our hope is not! As far as many are concerned, we now live in world without meaning, without promise, without hope — a......

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23
Jan 2010

How Does the Gospel Transform Us? Dr. John P. Davis The question of how spiritual transformation takes place is perhaps one of the more perplexing questions of Christianity. Misunderstanding the nature of spiritual transformation has disastrous consequences, such as pharisaical pride, dark despair, and even abandonment of Christianity. These sad consequences reflect either a neglect of the gospel or confusion on what the gospel actually is and accomplishes. A clear grasp of the gospel displaces pride, overcomes despair, and grounds one firmly in the love of God. The gospel is primarily about......

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13
Jan 2010

At the beginning of this New Year, I am asking all of those associated with Grace Church of Philly to reflect often on Psalm 67 and 2 Corinthians 9:8 and to consider memorizing these passages. Psalm 67:1-7  May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah  2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.  3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!  4 Let the nations be glad and sing......

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10
Dec 2009

We sought for glory in the work of our hands Only to find our souls demand A greater glory Beyond the reach of human might In Christ alone is the joyful sight Of greater glory Our sin produced a life of waste But the gospel of grace offers a taste Of future glory Now empty souls languish no more But on eagle’s wings rise and soar For His greater glory He’s coming back for you and me Soon heaven and earth will only be For his greater glory All nations will come......

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