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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on Philippians 1:3-5. What follows is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Paul thanked God for the Christians in Philippi and prayed for them, especially because of their partnership in spreading the gospel – and he made sure to let them know it!

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 21:15-17. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: If God has graciously forgiven your sins, you will love Him greatly and serve others gladly.

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Just before his seventieth birthday, missionary to India William Carey wrote,

I am this day seventy years old, a monument of Divine mercy and goodness, though on a review of my life I find much, very much for which I ought to be humbled in the dust; my direct and positive sins are innumerable, my negligence in the Lord’s work has been very great, I have not promoted his cause, nor sought his glory and honor as I ought, notwithstanding all this, I am spared till now, and am still retained in his Work, and I trust I am received into the Divine favor through him.

Carey, the father of modern missions, recognized two important truths: on the one hand our sin, sinfulness, and guilt before God, and on the other hand the matchless, incomparable, and invincible grace of God offers to us in and through Jesus Christ. Carey didn’t “fall off the horse” on either side by giving emphasis to one over the other.

Believers in Jesus Christ are at one and the same time sinful (see Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10-18; 3:23) and justified (Rom. 3:21-26; 4:1-8; Gal. 2:16).  It’s honest and truthful to admit it.

Jerry Bridges, in The Discipline of Grace, wrote, “We should always view ourselves both in terms of what we are in Christ, and what we are in ourselves, namely, sinners.” If we don’t, we become either paralyzed by our introspection or proud in our self-righteousness.  Open-eyed candor, honesty, and humility is what should characterize us.

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I had the privilege of preaching on the subject of thankfulness this morning. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We have many reasons to be thankful, and have the obligation to make our gratitude to God and other people.

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I had the privilege of preaching on John 16:1-4 this morning. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus warns His disciples that they will be persecuted in order to prevent apostasy, instill courage, give explanation, and to remind us of His faithfulness and truth.

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Holy Week weekend is the perfect time to express my profound thanks and gratitude to the Lord for everything He’s done for me.  The Lord Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to His Father – a life that I could never live; died a sacrificial death for my sins as my substitute – a death I should have died; and victoriously rose again from the dead to prove that He is who He claims to be and that He accomplished His mission – to save His people (including me) from their sins. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Psalm 136 (“The Great Thanksgiving”). Here is a one-sentence summary of my sermon: We ought to give thanks to God at all times, in all places, and in all circumstances, because of His character, creation, redemption, and provision.

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