Corporate Worship: Salutation and Introit

Dear Church Family, In the first installment of this series on corporate worship, we examined some basic principles that inform worship in the Christian church. And, last time, we discussed some of the important aspects of preparing for worship – things that would help God’s people in preparing to enter

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Corporate Worship: Preparing for Worship

Dear Church Family, In last week’s email, I addressed some general principles of corporate worship. This week, I would like to delineate some recommendations in preparing for worship. At the beginning of our corporate worship service, we have a time designated in the order of worship as “Silent Preparation for

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Corporate Worship: Principles

Dear Church Family, As we come to the end of this first month of the new year, I am beginning a series of (hopefully) weekly emails on the corporate worship of the church. My aim will be to first enumerate and define a number of the foundational principles concerning the

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Well-pleased!

Dear Church Family, In the sermon on Christmas Eve, we considered Jesus’ Person from Luke 3:21-22 – specifically, how in His baptism, it is revealed that Jesus is both fully God and fully man. We saw how the declaration which God the Father speaks from heaven to Jesus at His

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Christmas Weekend Services.

Dear Church Family, Here is the information for our services and sermons this weekend, on Christmas Eve and Sunday morning at Hill Country Church (PCA). Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Who: All are invited to join us in celebrating the incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (Children are welcome

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Exhortations of Gospel Preaching

Dear Church Family, In our Christmas sermon series from the Gospel according to Luke, we’ve looked at Mary’s Praise and Zacharias’ Prophecy. Here is our schedule of sermons: December 5     Mary’s Praise (Luke 1:46-55)December 12   Zacharias’ Prophecy (Luke 1:67-79)December 19   John’s Preaching (Luke 3:7-18)December 24   Jesus’ Person (Luke 3:21-22)December 26  

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Deac Committee

Dear Church Family, A couple of months ago in September of this year, we began the second of three phases of our plan to work toward becoming an established (or particular church) with our own local body of elder. We’re calling this second phase, “Building Infrastructure.” A volunteer survey was

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The Bread of Life

Dear Church Family, Over the years, I have received questions about the kind of bread that ought to be used in communion. Specifically, should the bread that we use be leavened or unleavened? By way of a brief explanation, it should be noted that whether the bread in the Lord’s

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I Observe that You are Religious in All Respects

Dear Church Family, In Sunday school this past week, we were discussing how pagans have sought to divine the will of God as recorded in Scripture. One of those uses was “teraphim.” This Hebrew word is usually translated in the Bible as “household idols” or “household gods” (e.g., Genesis 31:19; 2

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Remembering 9/11 & the Sovereignty of God

Dear Church Family, Dear Church Family, Remembering 9/11 This past weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s one of those days in the history of our country of which people ask, “Where were you when it happened?” For me, I was a chaplain

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