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A Helpful Article

I was blessed to read this blog post by my friend Eric Davis this morning. It was an encouraging testimony to the truthfulness of God's word. Check it out, I trust you'll be blessed also.



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Read with Me, Week 6

This week we find a helpful summary of the biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Climbing above the confusion of modern misunderstandings or misrepresentations of the Holy Spirit, Packer takes us up to cruising altitude and gives us the 30,000 foot view of what the Bible reveals about the blessed third member of the Trinity. In short order he covers the procession of the Spirit from the Father and the Son, the sending of the Spirit by Jesus, and the role of the Spirit in and among God's people.



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Read with Me, Week 5

As you read chapter 5 this week, you may notice that it is very doctrinal. Packer basically summarizes the doctrine of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Now, he does it very helpfully. He even draws out some implications for living at the end of the chapter, showing that we must be humble like Jesus (Philippians 2:1-11). But the question lingers, is that the only applicational value for the doctrine of the incarnation? Does applying the incarnation simply mean I "live incarnationally", move into a slum, and help the poor?

While those are valid and good applications (think pioneering missionaries), I believe there is much more that we can draw from the doctrine of the incarnation. 



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Read with Me, Week 4

How can we know that we are truly knowing and worshiping God rightly? This is a question that John Calvin sought to answer in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Answering this was a difficult task.



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Knowing God, Week 3

What does it mean to know someone? And what does it require to know a person?

Sometimes, I think, in our fast-paced and anonymous society,we are losing our knowledge of what it means to truly know others. In Luke 10, Martha had to consider these questions.



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A Christian's Thoughts of God

 



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Knowing God, Week 2

This was a great chapter. It was convicting and encouraging. I hope that you will be encouraged as well as you read this week. The greatest thing in life is knowing God. My prayer for you is that you will be "increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10).

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Knowing God, Week 1

Thanks for joining us for "Read with Me", the "unofficial" book club at Valley Chapel. Unofficial? Well, we aren't passing around sign up sheets and there are no grades. You may be unofficially tested though... when someone stops you in the hall at church and asks about what you read this week!

Our desire is for this to help you become complete in Christ and to equip you for the works of service that God has especially planned for you (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:12; Ephesians 2:10). Reading good books that grow us in the knowledge of God is one way we pursue this.



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Read with Me

This Sunday we announced a new discipleship opportunity at Valley Chapel. Our desire is to provide more avenues for our church to be exposed to God's Word and good books that teach us more about God and His Word. This is one way that we can practically seek to "set our minds on things above" (Colossians 3:2). 

 



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Pray for Us!

Prayer was a vital part of the life and ministry of Paul. He didn't simply exhort Christians to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), he also did this himself and modeled what prayer for other Christians should look like (Colossians 1:3-12; Ephesians 1:15-23). He lived what he prescribed. 

But prayer was also vital for Paul in another way. He knew that he needed the prayers of others. He felt this need and asked often for other believers and churches to pray for him. 



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