Advent Resources - 2013

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A Prayer of Saint Patrick

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As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Learn more about the prayer here.

Learn more about (not actually a saint) Patrick from these online resources:

What Is the Good News?

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The good news is Jesus. And the good news about Jesus which we announce is that he died for our sins and was raised from death. In consequence he reigns as Lord and Savior at God's right hand and has authority both to command repentance and faith, and to bestow forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Spirit on all those who repent, believe and are baptized. And all this is according to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. It is more than that. It is precisely what is meant by "proclaiming the kingdom of God." For in fulfillment of Scripture God's reign has broken into the life of men through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This reign or rule of God is exercised from the throne by Jesus, who bestows salvation and requires obedience. These are the blessing and the demand of the kingdom.

Discipleship Class Audio

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My Salvation

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  • Now when my time came and I placed my faith in Jesus, God instantly granted me a great salvation.
  • He forgave me of all of my sins, past, present, and future.
  • He made me His child, adopting me into His family.
  • He gave me the gift of the Holy Spirit, who gives me God's power, who pours out God's love within my heart, and who tenderly communicates to my spirit that I am a child of God and an heir of eternal glory in heaven.
  • In saving me, God also freed me from slavery to any and all sins.
  • I no longer have to sin again, for sin's mastery over me has been broken!
  • In saving me, God also justified me, and being justified through Christ, I have a peace with God that will endure forever.
  • In justifying me, God declared me innocent of my sins and pronounced me righteous with the very righteousness of Jesus.
  • God also allowed His future and present wrath against me to be completely propitiated by Jesus, who bore it upon Himself while on the cross.
  • Consequently, God now has only love, compassion, and deepest affection for me, and this love is without any admixture of wrath whatsoever.
  • God always looks upon me and treats me with gracious favor, always working all things together for my ultimate and eternal good.

Are You Registered To Vote?

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Conclusions from James 4:11 - 5:6

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Here are the concluding points Pastor Richard listed at the end of his sermon on Sunday:

  1. Don't speak evil of others.
  2. Don't judge others.
  3. Do live out the law of Christ (speak and act like one who has been shown mercy).
  4. Don't boast abut the future (you don't control it).
  5. Do remain dependent and humble before God.
  6. Do make your living honestly and fairly, with generosity.
  7. Don't indulge yourself without regard to those in need around you.
  8. Don't lose an awareness of the times (the Lord is returning).

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James Bible Studies

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Grace Bible Church has developed a series of inductive Bible study guides that can help you uncover and apply the truths of God's Word. They offer these downloadable studies online for free.

Why not work through their 12-lesson Bible study on the book of James as we study the book in our current sermon series? Study it with your small group, with your family, or on your own.

There are versions for adults, college students, and families with kids.

Let me know how you plan to use the study guides.

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