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Preparing for the Good Friday Prayer Service

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This Thursday, at 7:30 PM, will commence our church-wide call to prayer and fasting. We'll conclude this 24-hour fast at our Good Friday service at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this time is to produce a greater wonder of our Savior who was crucified and raised for our redemption, and for us to ask God to bless our ministry efforts to reach this community. As 21st century Chris...

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What's the Relationship Between the Church and Israel?

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We've recently embarked on the journey of climbing the Mount Everest of the New Testament, Romans 911. While there are difficult concepts to digest such as the doctrine of election, we need to keep in mind that this section is primarily concerned with the salvation of Israel and God's faithfulness to his promises. Paul is grieved over their rejection of the Gospel but find...

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How to Listen to a Sermon

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Have you ever considered the question, "How do I listen to a sermon?" or more specifically, "How do I come ready to hear a word from God as the Bible is preached?" Many of us haven't considered that question, because after all how hard is it to sit and listen. But in reality, it is difficult to listen. Most of us have not trained our minds to listen to a 45 min monologue. ...

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God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

In light of Sunday's sermon on Romans 8:26-30, I thought it would be helpful to provide some supplemental reading on the issue of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. On Sunday I argued that these two truths are not at odds, rather they are friends who do not need to be reconciled. What we see in Scripture is that humans do what they want to do, but in so doing they...

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Getting Ready for Missions Sunday

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Church Family, This Sunday is "Missions Sunday" and there are several things I want to keep you aware of. First, our Sunday School hour will be slightly different. Our children will hear from a some of our high school students share about their mission trip to Haiti. Our middle school and high school students will hear from a few of our young adults who went on mission to...

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Haiti Mission Trip Supplies List

The Haiti Mission team will leave on June 28th and will return on July 3rd. If you'd like to help meet some needs for the trip please see the supplies list below. As supplies are received we'll cross off items from this list. Please bring supplies to the church office by Sunday, June 25th. Thank you for your support! Supplies List Medical: Antifungal Cream (LotriminA...

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Pastoral Staff Recommendations

Oak Park Family, On Sunday, May 7th, Pastor Chase shared the Elders' desire to make two pastoral staff recommendations to be voted on Sunday, June 25th after the worship service. These two pastoral candidates would join the existing Elder body giving leadership and oversight to the affairs of the church. With the formal recommendation of the Elders, we ask the following o...

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Preparing for our 24-Hour Fast and Prayer

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This Thursday, at 7:30 PM, will commence our church-wide call to prayer and fasting. We'll conclude this 24-hour fast at our Good Friday service at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this time is to produce a greater wonder of our Savior who was crucified and raised for our redemption, and for us to ask God to bless our ministry efforts to reach this community. As 21st century Chris...

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Planning to Internalize God's Word in your Heart

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Last Sunday I challenged us, from Proverbs 2, to internalize God's word in our heart. I spoke about how we often depend too much on our smartphones or even the luxury of owning a Bible. As a result, we merely reference the Scriptures, rather than internalize them. However, Proverbs 2 shows us that when we internalize God's word through memorization and meditation, the foll...

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Five Questions About the New Discipleship Classes

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Oak Park Family, This past Sunday we shared with you about the launch of our new Discipleship Classes at Oak Park. Your pastors are extremely excited to see how God will use these classes to further grow us in the knowledge and love of Christ. With this in mind, you may still have some lingering questions. Below I seek to provide answers to the five most pressing question...

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