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Evangelistic Petitions

Join us in praying for the following: Our personal witness to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers For a proper balance of contempt for this world and a love for God's kingdom. May the motivating force for our whole life, including evangelism, be our love for God. Guard us against the temptation to water down the gospel and make it more acceptable to maintain popular...

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How to Live for God’s Glory

"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever." The Westminster Shorter Catechism How does a person glorify God? No question is more practical or more significant. The supreme purpose in life for any man or womanfor anyone who has ever been born into this worldis to glorify God. That is what living is all about. Glorifying God is the end result of the Chri...

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Returning to Corporate Worship

Greetings to my Higher Ground Church Family Visitors! Life has been turned upside down since we last held service on March 15, 2020. Our faith and commitment to Christ has been challenged as the world around us has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have made every effort to maintain the spiritual care of our members through the posting of weekly sermons, prayers, ar...

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Not by Works of the Law

"We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified" (Galatians 2:16). Righteousness leads to eternal life (Ps. 119:40; Prov. 21:21), but not righteousness d...

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Prayers for Wise Living

Thank you for joining us weekly to pray over the following items: Show us how to turn away from all sinful alliances with the world; let nothing rival our pursuit and love of God. Enable us to be more thoughtful about our speech and let it be marked by appropriateness and dignity. May we daily praise God for giving us insight into ALL things through His Word. ...

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Following Christ

by Mark Dever Have you ever been tempted to surrender control of your life to any of Christ's enemies? As Memorial Day in the United States, we remember those who've fought to establish and defend the freedoms we enjoy. And from the surrender of Fort Ticonderoga to the surrender of Germany 170 years later, surrender has always meant to submit to a new master. When y...

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Salvation in Christ Alone

What Is theGospel? "I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my coursethat I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God" (v.24). - Acts 20:24 Since Jesus' proclamation of the Gospel involved telling people that "the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mark 1:1415), His commissioning of the dis...

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Prayers for the Purity of the Church

Thank you for joining us weekly to pray over the following items: Help us to remember that our chief end in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. May the Holy Spirit show us how to savor God in our affections. Enable us not to respond with regret or go into rage when God's providences are not what we desire. Let us delight more in God and less in ...

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Holy Habits

What isSanctification? Nathan Bingham Have you ever asked yourself, "What is sanctification?" The Reformation Study Bible's theological article on "Sanctification" provides a clear and conciseanswer. According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Q. 35), sanctification is "the work of God's free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of Go...

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What is Justifying Faith?

What is justifying faith? I shall show,

(A) What it is not. It is not a bare acknowledgment that Christ is a Savior. There must be this acknowledgment, but that is not sufficient to justify. The devils acknowledged Christ's Godhead. "Jesus the Son of God." There may be an assent to divine truth, and yet no work of grace on the heart. M...

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10 Ideas: Living the Gospel in Your Home


"If the gospel is central to your life, it also must be central in your family." By Janel Breitenstein A couple of weeks ago I made a phone call to my 4-year-old that I wished I didn't have to make. After yelling at him that morning, I didn't do a truly heart-repentant job of apologizing. Whether he realized it or not, I had still been so madand focused on his own er...

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Giving & Stewardship

Financial Stewardship Studies in Luke A SELFISH REQUEST READ: Luke 12:13-21; James 4:1-5 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." (Luke 12:13) John Grisham's novel The Testament opens with the dying words of a man who will soon be parted from all his money. These are his last thoughts on earth: I'm ...

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Persevering in Prayer

Thank you for joining us weekly to pray over the following items: For us as a church to daily lay aside our own ambitions and desires to see God's kingdom advanced in this world. May we as a church seek opportunities to reach out to our fellow members and encourage or serve them in a tangible way. Help us to not grow slack in the discipleship of our children during our ...

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Faithful In Prayer and Our Personal Witness

Thank you for joining us weekly to pray over the following items: Enable us to be HAPPY, THANKFUL and PRAYERFUL in our faith at all times. May we be kept spotless in our integrity both in soul and mind. Help us to be more intentional in our efforts to go forth and make disciples. To have courage and not fear to share the message of the cross with boldness...

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