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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 9:8-34. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Even in the face of indisputable evidence, unbelief is unable and unwilling to believe and trust God.

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 9:1-7. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: When the Light of the world (Jesus) shines, the blind see.

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From the fertile imagination of C.S. Lewis comes the classic depiction of a senior demon, Screwtape, writing to a junior demon, Wormwood, under his supervision. Lewis gives his readers a look inside Satan’s schemes and devices against God’s people. In each chapter, we encounter different demonic tactics used to lead us astray. Written in 1961, it’s still as contemporary as it was then.

While I found The Screwtape Letters engaging and easy to read, it was also convicting. Not a few of Satan’s schemes are a little too close for comfort. I heartily recommend reading the book, but get ready to see yourself in it. Tolls lege!

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Month in Review

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In September…

We watched the Hillsboro Hops defeat the Eugene Emeralds in their season finale at Ron Tonkin Field. As usual, we had a great time! The Hops won all four games we saw in person this year (4-0).

We spent a day in Tillamook visiting very, very dear friends. We had good coffee, toured a dairy, saw the progress on a new office and shop being built, ate good food, and had encouraging fellowship.

We received 19 new members at Cross Creek Bible Church! Praise God for His goodness and provision!

We celebrated National Cheeseburger Day by having Tillamook cheeseburgers at Burgerville.

We attended a reunion of people who worked at Mervyn’s at Vancouver Mall. We had good food and got caught up at the Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground, Washington.

We watched the Portland State Vikings football team go 3-0 for the first time in 15 years with a 31-0 win over the Western Oregon Wolves at Providence Park. Thank you John & Stacey!

read What is Faith? by J. Gresham Machen – a classic exploring the biblical definition of faith and what it means to us.

read What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile. Church membership has gotten a bad rap for far too long. Mark Dever’s 9Marks organization is trying to change that, among other things. Anyabwile’s book is part of the 9Marks series of books.

read The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink. Today’s church needs a deeper and more expansive knowledge of God more than anything else. This book can help that happen.

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This quote from J.C. Ryle didn’t make it into my sermon of several weeks ago titled “Who’s Your Father?” on John 8:37-47. As part of His conversation with the Pharisees, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father” (verse 44).

There is a devil! We have a mighty invisible enemy always near us – one who never slumbers and never sleeps – one who is about our path and about our bed, and spies out all our ways, and will never leave us until we die. He is a murderer! His great aim and object is, to ruin us forever and kill our souls. To destroy, to rob us of eternal life, to bring us down to the second death in hell, are the things for which he is unceasingly working. He is ever going about, seeking whom he may devour. He is a liar! He is continually trying to deceive us by false representations, just as he deceived Eve at the beginning. He is always telling us that good is evil and evil good – truth is falsehood and falsehood truth – the broad way good and the narrow way bad. Millions are led captive by his deceit, and follow him. Both rich and poor, both high and low, both learned and unlearned. Lies are his chosen weapons. By lies he slays many.

These are dreadful things; but they are true. Let us live as if we believed them. Let us not be like many who mock, and sneer, and scoff, and deny the existence of the very being who is invisibly leading them to hell. Let us believe there is a devil, and watch, and pray, and fight hard against his temptations. Strong as he is, there is One stronger than him, who said to Peter, “I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not,” and who still intercedes at God’s right hand. Let us commit our souls to Him (Luke 22:32). With such a being as the devil going to and fro in the world, we never need wonder to see evil abounding. But with Christ on our side, we need not be afraid. Greater is He that is for us than he that is against us. It is written, “Resist the devil, and he shall flee from you.” “The God of all peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” (James 4:7; Romans 16:20)

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