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The Beautiful Church and the More Beautiful Church

The Beautiful Church and the More Beautiful Church “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecc 3:11a) The church is beautiful. Clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, she bears the splendor the God-Man. Filled with the Holy Spirit, her members display love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Marked by […]

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A God Who Exposes Our Sin: Haggai 1:3-6

A God Who Exposes Our Sin (1:3-6) 3 Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet,  4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?  5 Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.  6 […]

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A SPEAKING GOD: Haggai 1:1-2

A Speaking God (Haggai 1:1-2) ESV  Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of […]

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The God Who Rules Over History: Haggai 1:1

1. A God Who Rules Over All History (1:1) ESV  Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to […]

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Haggai 1 Sermon

Here’s the audio and sermon note for my sermon on Haggai 1 “Build the House!” preached at Cross of Christ Fellowship in Naperville. Haggai 1: “Build the House!”Intro: 586 B.C.: temple burned to ground and Jews carried to exile in Babylon     -In 539 King Cyrus frees the Jews and allows as many interested to go […]

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Book of Haggai Study

Recently, we had an event where members of our church read through the whole book of Haggai aloud and then used questions to better understand the text. We called it ‘hot dogs and Haggai.’ Here’s an outline of our time together: PRAY READ HAGGAI OUT LOUD Some Questions to Work Through Together in Small Groups: […]

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Is My Suffering Due to My Sin?

Today there seems to be an aversion to the suggestion that some of our suffering may be due to our own sin. This is partly justified. We see the error of Job’s friends, who believed Job’s suffering was due to his sin (it was not). We hear other people’s insensitivity by suggesting that a puzzling […]

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Haggai and Christ

How does Haggai 1 point to (find its fulfillment) in Jesus? 1 Jesus is the Word from God. In Haggai 1, we see that God sent Haggai his prophet (1:12) who spoke God’s words to God’s people (1:1-3, 1:7; 1:13). Today, we no longer expect or need a prophet from God because “in these last […]

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Ps 63:3 Sermon Outline

Here are the notes from sermon on Psalm 63:3 preached at Cross of Christ Fellowship in Naperville. Audio here.  Psalm 63:3 “Rejoicing in God’s Love” Part 2: JOY IN GOD SERIES SERMON 4 Intro: If I asked you, what is better than everything else, what would you say? What the greatest joy in your life?     […]

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7 Wonderful Truths About God’s Love

Christians often sing and speak about the love of God. But what is God’s love like? What is the nature of God’s love? 7 Wonderful Truths about God’s love : 1. God’s Love is Part of His Very Nature: 1 John 4:8 “God is love” God, within His very nature, is love.  The Father loves […]