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Elder's Prayer - December 10, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Ephesians 2:1-101 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience - 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying ...

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Elder's Prayer - December 3, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. From Isaiah 42:1-12Isaiah speaks prophetically about the coming of the Messiah:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;...

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Elder's Prayer - November 26, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. We praise you God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for creating this ever-expanding and mind-blowing universe. Thank you for creating our forefathers Adam and Eve and through them us in your own image (Genesis 1-3). Thank you for putting eternity within our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We ...

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Elder's Prayer - November 19, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning I would like to lead us in prayer based on Ephesians 4 for our church Summit Woods Baptist, our partners together in the gospel, Evanston Baptist, and Central Baptist. Let’s pray. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly places even a...

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Elder's Prayer - November 12, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the ways we love our Redeemer back as we just sang, while on earth as we wait for eternity would be to obey His commandments. In the Scriptures, anytime the phrase "with all of your heart" has been used, it is only used in the context of divinity: YHWH (LORD) or God (Elohim) or Lord (Kurios : ko...

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Elder's Prayer - November 5, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. If you are familiar with Chapter 1 of Isaiah, you know that it opens with a scathing rebuke of Judah because of its wickedness.  Speaking on behalf of the Lord, Isaiah calls them a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity- who have forsaken the Lord. He attacks their worship- he says, “m...

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Elder's Prayer - October 29, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation-recognized to be this coming Tuesday-October 31-I want to draw our attention to a particular verse, that, for at least one reformer, became the hinge by which he came to truly understand God’s gift of salvation. The reformer w...

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Elder's Prayer - October 22, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The team is making their way home from Central Asia and are right now somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next few weeks, the mission team and elders will be evaluating opportunities and conversations that were had with those in the field. They will formulate plans for how Summit Woods can be di...

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Elder's Prayer - October 15, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. A little later in the service I will be introducing our guest pastor for this morning, Mike Summers.  Having heard him preach previously, I can tell I’m very much looking forward to hearing from him again. Now it’s not Mike’s fault, but the fact that Mike is here is a reminder tha...

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Elder's Prayer - October 8, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. God created the heavens and the earth. He also created mankind, men and women, to have fellowship with him. He gave the first man and woman one commandment, which they broke, which then broke the fellowship they had with God. Because we are descendants of that first man and first woman, we are by natu...

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Elder's Prayer - October 1, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. It is interesting when a famous person dies to see the response his death gets. Does his/her life receive praise for all of the good they did? Maybe some will say that they were taken too soon. Maybe this person's life will be remembered for the change he/she brought. The question at times it is that ...

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Elder's Prayer - September 24, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. It was brought to my attention this past week, that 7 years ago this church took a momentous step in voting to affirm the elder’s recommendation to call Bret Capranica to be our pastor teacher.   Before the church voted to affirm him, the elders had to introduce Bret to the church and expres...

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Elder's Prayer - September 17, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As a church, we have just sung together some great encouragement to each other.  Did you catch it?  We have just declared that we should Rejoice together – as a body of believers, as a church we should rejoice.   Together we sang that we should Rejoice with one heart, one voice.&nb...

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Elder's Prayer - September 10, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Each summer, my business requires that I travel a great deal. I try not to be gone for more than 2 weeks at a time but I find myself away from home most Sundays during the summer in one of 30 or more different states I travel to each summer.  So each Saturday night when on the road, I’m tryin...

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Elder's Prayer - September 3, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I'm sure I've shared this before, but it is one of my favorite passages in Scripture. Jesus had fed the 5000 the night before, so on this day they come to find him and begin asking him questions. But after he has taught them for a while, they all leave, including some who had called themselves his disci...

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Elder's Prayer - August 27, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Right now in our home, Sarah and the boys are memorizing the verses from the Psalm 19.  And when I pray in the evenings with them, we extol God’s greatness and His holiness, we acknowledge our sin, and we thank him for the Savior… Psalm 19. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and...

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Elder's Prayer - August 20, 2017

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. He was born in Kroppenstaedt Germany on September 27, 1805. He was a contemporary to many of the names that we would recognize. He did follow up work for D. L. Moody, preached for Charles Spurgeon as pulpit supply, and inspired the missionary faith of Hudson Taylor. This man’s name was George Mue...

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Elder's Prayer - August 13, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. The Lord in His gracious providence keeps bringing to my mind Ephesians 5:10 which says, (and) try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Colossians 1:10 (so as to) walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God...

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Elder's Prayer - August 6, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I was disappointed with my heart’s response to a situation this past week. I was a bit troubled in my spirit with my frustrations and anger. As I was thinking through, I realized that every day, God gives me a clean slate and I promptly return to my folly of sin as if I learned nothing from the pr...

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Elder's Prayer - July 30, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 145:1-21 1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shal...

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Elder's Prayer - July 23, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Psalm 24:1-101 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who...

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Elder's Prayer - July 9, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Father, The songs we sing this morning proclaim your worthiness of being praised.  You alone are the matchless King, all glorious above, our Shield and Defender, girded with praise.  You are our fount of every blessing, calling for songs of loudest praise.  O, to your grace how great a d...

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Elder's Prayer - July 16, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Blessed Father and our God Almighty, you are the source of our happiness, our maker, benefactor, and sustainer. Your hand leads us in every situation of our lives with no exception and meets our needs. While we are not guaranteed another day, we are guaranteed to receive new mercies from you if, by your...

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Elder's Post - July 2, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. 241 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and adopted by the Congress. We will be celebrating that coming Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. I would like to lead us in prayer for our country. It’s rather long. May God help you stay with me as I pray through vario...

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Elder's Prayer - June 25, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. As parents, we want to assure our children that we love them. Sometimes we say it; sometimes we show it. I think God does similar things for us. He assures us of his love through his words and through his actions.God shows his love for us through his word, where he has made himself known. He tells us wh...

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Elder's Prayer - June 18, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Sometimes the bad things in life take our eyes off of the good things. We can get so inward focused on the bad things that happen to us and to those we love that we forget all of the good things that God has done for us. And forget the good things that God has promised to us. The apostle Paul is the bib...

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Elder's Prayer - June 11, 2017

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Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I'm sure this has been a difficult week for many of you. As a church, we're struggling with how to pray for and reach out to a member who is turning away from the faith. For some, you feel the weight of your own sin and you wonder if you also will turn away. Or maybe you are dealing with the consequenc...

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Elder's Prayer - June 4, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Sometimes the affliction or distress we find ourselves in life is our own fault. Because we've committed some sin, we now have to face the consequences of that sin. One of the consequences of sin that we can sometimes feel is isolation. We can feel cut off from God, from family, from friends, from the c...

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Elder's Prayer - May 21, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I love my three boys.  Each evening I’m home we eat together, we wrestle and play, we work together, we bathe, we read, I pray with them, we go to bed….  We live life together.  We have life experiences together.  I am more than a list of statistics to them.  I am t...

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Elder's Prayer - May 14, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. In our review of the Old Testament during Equipping Class, we’ve been considering over and again, God’s faithfulness to the nation of Israel. God’s faithfulness to His chosen man, Abraham - despite Abraham’s lack of faithfulness, God still preserved him and his family. Jacob, the...

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Elder's Prayer - May 28, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. This morning we celebrate and we sing of God’s greatness.  He is greater than we can imagine!  He is great and greatly to be praised! And we celebrate His history.  He was and He is, the only awesome God.  All the world rejoice your Creator reigns.  He rules with grace, r...

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Elder's Prayer - Solid Foundation

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. At the end of Matthew 7, Jesus compares his words to a solid foundation (Matthew 7:24-25); "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but ...

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Elder's Prayer - Resurrection Sunday

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. I look forward to our corporate gatherings week in and week. If you are visiting with us today, we are thrilled that you are here with us today. We know you have lots of options as to how you might spend your Sunday morning, we are thankful you are here today. If you are a visitor, you shoul...

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Elder's Prayer - Sola Scriptura

Elder's Prayer

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Brett is going to be preaching today on Sola scriptura - the notion that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of Christian believers. The Bible is complete, authoritative, and true. The Bible is God’s Word. It is understandable. It says what it means and means wit...

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Elder's Prayer - May 7, 2017

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. One of the things our holy God has graciously done for us is to provide us a means in Christ that we are reconciled with Him. As His children who have been reconciled with Him through Christ, we are called to apply this gospel in every area of our lives. Romans 12:1-2 begins with “Therefore I urg...

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Elder's Prayer - Vanessa Honigman Baptism

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. LORD, What an encouragement it is when we see You add to Your church through the ordinance of baptism. When we can celebrate seeing another person bow her knee in a public confession that King Jesus is indeed the King of her life and the savior of her soul. We are confident because of Your w...

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Elder's Prayer - Pursuing Holiness

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Last Sunday, Bret talked to us about “The Spiritual Purity of Kingdom Citizens”. He took us to the book of Leviticus to show us the base for the call for spiritual purity:Leviticus 19:2b, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. (Cross Reference: Leviticus 11:44a-45 & ...

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Elder's Prayer - (December 25, 2016)

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer Christmas morning, December 25, 2016, Christ is God in human flesh. We are sending prior comments that were not posted to the blog to aid in edifying the church through reflection of these prayer lead times. During one of the 7 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas when they both were running for ...

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Elder's Prayer - Killing Sin with the Sword

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday regarding killing sins in our life with the deadliest Sword every made, the Word of God. I am more susceptible to some of the sins in a recurring fashion if my heart isn’t guarded by the word of God. One of those sins is “Covetousness”. I covet material things. I covet Brainiac ...

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Elder's Prayer - God's Blessings Are Not Easy

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday regarding the false doctrine of an easy and abundant life is the sign of God's blessing, rather we are marked by suffering, sacrifice, self-denial and adversity as we are made more like the one who modeled this life for us, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. One of the biggest lies many prosperity ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Follow Him (December 18, 2016)

Please find below Adam Naler's notes from the Mid-service comments from Sunday, December 18, 2016.  We are posting prior comments to aid in edifying the church through these prayer lead times.   We’ve been singing this morning of the birth of Jesus. The advent of Jesus. The coming of our Savior the prophesied Messiah, Jesus Christ. God, in the flesh, in fa...

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Mid-Service Comments - Faithfulness

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday on the faithfulness of God and it's power in our Christian lives. The gravity like factor that keeps us going on our Christian life is the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end 23 they are new every morning...

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Mid-Service Comments - Assurance

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday on the assurance of our salvation found in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Sometimes I struggle with assurance of my salvation. I see the sin in my heart, let alone the sin in my actions, and I wonder if I'm really saved at all. I fall into the trap of believing that I'm saved by grace...

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Mid-Service Comments - The Chosen Church

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Take encouragement our salvation is not of our own doing and that we are not saved to a life of solidarity, rather to a life of unity, walking together, to be like Christ Jesus, for His glory.   Believer, we once walked according to the course of this world. We loved the things that...

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Mid-Service Comments - Why Jesus Came

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday.  Evaluate your heart against Scripture in understanding Jesus' purpose in his first coming and how that impacts your view of our purpose in following him. Acts 7 tells us of Stephen's stoning; the first martyr of the Christian faith. At the beginning of Acts 8, we see that a man nam...

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Mid-Service Comments - A Repentant Sinner's Savior

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Read the passage he referenced and reflect on God's grace and mercy on repentant sinners. Read Luke 7:36-50 Are you the sinner? Would others look at you and consider you untouchable, unsavable? Or, are you like the Pharisee and you don’t recognize the depth of your sin? Do you un...

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Mid-Service Comments - Gospel Christmas

Please find below Todd Arnold's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through the people you will be around for the Christmas and New Year holidays and look for the Gospel opportunity to be a witness for Christ our Savior. (Philippians 1:12-13)From the point of view of Rome, Paul was a captive chained to a Roman guard. But from Paul’s perspecti...

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Mid-Service Comments - Christ-like Prayer

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Evaluate your prayer in light of Jesus Christ and seek to be more like Him in every way, especially prayer. Last Sunday, Brother Rob exhorted us to “give thanks to God” for anything we are thankful for. I hope that you got to practice that around the dinner table or in your pers...

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Mid-Service Comments - Grammar and Thanksgiving

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on what you are most thankful for, what is given or the one who gives.   Prepositions Matter. I think they matter especially in regard to Thanksgiving. Those who know my wife well, know that she is a stickler when it comes to grammar, spelling and all things proper in our...

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Mid-Service Comments - Social Issues and the Gospel

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Prayerfully reflect on the issues, Scriptures, and prayer below. I was praying for the social evils of the day such as abuse, trafficking, slavery, abortion, murders, and wars. My heart became very heavy and I didn’t know how to pray any further and my mind wandered off to an event th...

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Mid-Service Comments - GSM Ministry

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Prayerfully reflect, pray and engage our students. Almost 4 years ago, the elders asked me to give specific shepherding care to our student ministry. I have come alongside an amazing group of fellow lay leaders who care deeply for the gospel and deeply for our students. They desperately...

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Mid-Service Comments - Martin Luther

Please find below Sam Karl's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday.  Prayerfully reflect and give thanks for God using a man in such a way to preserve His Word for His Glory Alone. Martin Luther & The Reformation “This man is famous as a reformer, theologian, professor, translator, prodigious author, and polemicist (meaning an excellent Orat...

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Mid-Service Comments - Boast in Christ Alone

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below focusing on our foolish pride being broken to submit to God's wisdom, boasting in Him and not ourselves.   I've mentioned before that I really like 1 Corinthians. Last week's passage is one of my favorites - primarily because it reminds m...

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Mid-Service Comments - Trusting God in the Election

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below on our Sovereign God and trusting Him in the handling of this nation's leaders. I’m interested in politics and always have been since the early years of high school. To my Mom’s chagrin, one of my college degrees is even in politi...

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Mid-Service Comments - Unchanging God

Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on these texts and the prayer below on the unchanging nature of God and how vital that is to our faith in Him. Ecc 3:14 says: I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear [or stan...

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Mid-Service Comments - Unworthy of God's Grace

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Meditate on this prayer from the Valley of Vision and reflect on God's great love to draw us to himself when we are so unworthy.  How do you reflect that love to others around you? As I pray for my own sons’ salvation, I pray that God would make them capable of loving Him, and in tur...

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Mid-Service Comments - Suffering

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Think through your suffering and how it impacts the body, or if you know the suffering of others in the body.  How will you actively share with others or share in the suffering of someone in our Summit Woods body th...

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Mid-Service Comments - Who do you love?

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to insight into our true love. ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Give God all the Glory

Please find below Adam's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on Romans, specifically Romans 12 to see how we are to daily live in love, giving Glory to God. ...

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Mid-Service Comments - Ambassadors

Please find below Todd's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. Colossians 4:5-6.  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let yo...

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Mid-Service Comments - Jesus and Homosexuality

Please find below Brett's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. I was skimming Facebook when I saw that someone I care a lot about liked a link. The link was p...

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Mid-Service Comments - Future Plans

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. At different times of the year we find ourselves considering plans for the future. For some i...

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Mid-Service Comments - Who Do you Say Jesus Is?

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture. In addition, please find the below link for the sermon that Todd Arnold referenced this past...

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Mid-Service Comments - Fear

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures we have been drawn to. Meditate on your the word and examine your heart and pray for us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture.   There are certain words that grab our attention. I think the word &ldqu...

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Mid-Service Comments - Race Relations

Please find below Brandon's notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Think through these comments and read the scriptures Brandon has drawn us to. Meditate on your responses and help us to come together as one body under the authority of Scripture.   Our country this past week witnessed the stirring of deep emotions surrounding race and race relations. I...

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