First Presbyterian Church

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Where No One is Worthy

Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2017 at 3:05 PM

   Recently someone said to me that he didn’t feel worthy to go to church and that his being there would be a farce, since he didn’t feel like he belonged in church. His outlook is not all that uncommon among people.

   Especially in a town such as ours with its many historic and beautiful church buildings, it is easy to fall into a line of thinking that church and worshiping God are only for people with their act tog...

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The Message of Christ: Faith and Repentance

Posted by Ryan on November 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

   This week in Wednesday Night Bible Study we considered Chapter 15 of the Westminster Confession of Faith: Repentance unto Life. Repentance is integral to the Christian life; Martin Luther wrote in 1517, “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

   In fact, repentance was at the heart of the message Christ procl...

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The Christian's Duty to the Civil Magistrate

Posted by Ryan on November 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

   A couple of weeks ago in our adult Sunday School class we considered the Fifth Commandment, which teaches us how we are to live under all lawful authority. God in His word teaches us that He is the one who establishes and puts in place all authority and rulers. As such, he commands His people (and all people) to honor all those who are in authority.

   The Christian does not have the right to disregard or dishonor a...

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Faithfully Giving to the Kingdom of God

Posted by Ryan on November 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

We are in the midst of the "Holiday Season." We’ve said goodbye to Halloween, Reformation Day, and Guy Fawkes Day; Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Years Day will be here before you know it.

Thanksgiving Day falls right in the middle of the Holiday Season. Quite often today Thanksgiving has become the perfunctory day that stands in the way of “Black Friday” when we all rush out to ...

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Beware "Forrest Gump Spirituality"

Posted by Ryan on July 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of us have probably seen the 1994 Tom Hanks hit movie, Forrest Gump in which the titular character shares his experiences and reflections on life and society with various people on a Savannah park bench.

As the story goes on, Gump often shares with us little insights and maxims from his mother, which invariably begin, “Mama always said...”

For many who...

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Does the Bible Have All the Answers?

Posted by Ryan on January 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Recently, I received an email from the priestess at a congregation my family attended while I was growing up. In her weekly email she made the point that the Bible does not, in fact, have all the answers.

She went on to say that since the writers of the Bible didn’t know about “artificial intelligence or AIDS or the Human Genome Project or socialism or Big Box Stores,” and so on it can’t provide all the answers.

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The Deacons Called by Christ

Posted by Ryan on January 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

   In the sermon on Sunday we looked at the Bible’s qualifications for the office of deacon in I Timothy 3. The Lord Jesus Christ sets a very high bar for those whom He calls to the office of deacon.

   As we consider deacon nominations, it’s important to remember that it is Christ who calls the deacons. The qualifications listed in the Scripture are there so we can distinguish the men that Christ has already called.

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Are You Backing the Right Horse?

Posted by Ryan on October 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

   Throughout the world, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is persecuted. From California and Michigan to China and Mongolia to Kenya and Cornwall, Christians are targeted for oppression, violence, and harassment by those who hate God and His people.

   This has always been the case. In Gen. 4, Cain murdered Abel because Abel had saving faith in God and Cain hated him for it. The book of Esther shows - in large part - the failur...

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What Kind of Messiah?

Posted by Ryan on October 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

   Last week as we finished our study of Psalm 22, I mentioned that the Jews had rejected Jesus because he was not the kind of Messiah that they wanted.

   The First Century Jews, like the “Zionists” of the last Century, were looking for a national, military hero to be their messiah. They wanted a messiah who would ride in on a big horse at the head of a great army that would “kick the bums out.” The Jews o...

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Judging, Discernment, and Applying God's Word

Posted by Ryan on September 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

   On Sunday night we had some very good discussion on some of the various components of the Christian life. One of the things that we discussed was “judging.”

   Sometimes you will hear people say something to the effect of, “It’s not for us to say...” Somehow Satan has inserted into Christian circles the idea that Christians are not to “judge.” After all, Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:...

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