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Praising God for His Love

"Not to us O LORD, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness" (Psalm 115:1) Today (3/31/2022) by God's love and grace, I passed my oral examination of my dissertation on God's love in 1 Corinthians 13! There is still some work to do on my final paper but "just a few hours" so I am set to graduate on May 8th with my D. Min. in Expository Preach...

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God’s Goodness in the Loss of A Spouse


In the past 13 months (January 2021 to February 2022), there have been 12 in our church family who have lost their spouse. Many of those were from old age, but one of those was in his 40s and another in his 50s (car accident and heart attack). Last Sunday I preached on the sovereign goodness of God (link here), and I wanted to share more on that below. Ps 119:68 says to G...

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Kids, Communion, and Corporate Worship

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Encouraging and Helping Your Children in Worship All children are welcome in our worship services. We love that God has blessed us with many young families, and little ones! The following are some helps for parents who want to help their children understand worship and how to "listen with understanding" (Neh. 8:3) Young children and singing The joyful noise of chi...

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Lenehan Funeral and Memorial Services


Below are various videos from Officer Lenehan's services as well as links at the bottom to other tributes and his own testimony. Police Funeral:Tuesday, February 1st at 10am. Below is the TV recording of the entire service. Pastor Phil speaks at the 13:30 mark and Jason Hill speaks at the 1 hour and 23 minute mark. His Sergeant and team speak at the 49:30 mark and his ...

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Remembering Ty Lenehan as His Church Family

Remembering Ty Lenehan

Friday morning, January 21st, Ty Lenehan sadly and suddenly went to be with the Lord in the line of duty. A newer believer and member of our church (Gold Country Baptist in Shingle Springs), Ty was the officer of the Elk Grove Police Department in the fatal motorcycle collision on highway 99.Pray that God would comfort his wife Jessica and their two kids aged 15 and 13. Th...

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Pacific Justice Institute Town Hall - February 2


I am very impressed with Pacific Justice Institute as on organization and Kevin Snider in particular, who wil be speaking Wednesday night. They have don a lot of good working during the pandemic for churches and Christians. This will be helpful info for people concerned about the below topics. Pacific Justice Institute is presenting at a Town Hall on Wednesday, February 2...

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The Attributes of God - Recommended Reading

God's Attributes

A.W. Tozer wrote that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” (Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy). I am convinced that our affections are driven by our understanding of who God is. That’s so important because we attend to those things that we love… we pay more attention to them than anything else....

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Kids Christmas Choir Song - "Isaiah 9:6-7" (Corner Room Music)

We are a go for our "2021 Kids Christmas Choir"! See below for Sunday instructions For those who have been rehearsing our "Isaiah 9:6-7" song, kiddoswill line up along the walls of the auditorium just before the service with Tara Wilkendorf (2nd-6th; left side wall facing stage), and Jaime Layton (K-1st; right side wall facing stage). The congregation will sing an o...

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Jonathan Edwards on Heaven "A World of Love"


For the first part of this blog series click here How Heaven Is a World of Love The final sermon of Jonathan Edwards in his series on 1 Corinthians 13 (Charity and Its Fruits) focused on heaven.Hisdiscussion of abiding love in heaven is among the clearest and most compelling sermons I've ever read, and it rejoiced and refreshed my soul. Entitled "Heaven is a World of Lo...

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Jonathan Edwards on Miraculous Gifts in 1 Corinthians 13:8


In my last Sunday sermon hereI mentioned this message by Jonathan Edwards. For the first part of this series of blogs, click here Jonathan Edwards preached during the revival known as the Great Awakening where the Spirit of God moved mightily in the American colonies in the 1730s-1740s. During that time he preached a series focusing on the fruit of the Spirit of love (cha...

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