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Sunday: June 29, 2014

Well, we're finally back from the PCA's General Assembly in Houston, TX (Joanne and I had to stop in Baton Rouge on the way back so I could baptize my granddaughter Emma!). General Assembly got all their business done, and as usual, it was great to see a lot of old friends. We passed three major items (which I'll talk more about on Sunday). First was a Child Abuse Awarenes...

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Dr. David Silvernail: Sabbatical

Help! My Pastor's on Sabbatical! You need to keep going to church while I'm on sabbatical this summer. There, I said it. Preachers and congregations can get attached to each other, and it's a precious thing when it happens. Many of us have painful anecdotes of pastors and congregations marked by mutual distrust, apathy and even hostility. So when we find a church where ...

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Sunday: June 15, 2014

Wow, hard to believe it's almost halfway through June. Where has the time gone? As I get older, it seems that the time goes by faster. And I think there's some truth to that. I was telling someone today that it seems like we were just at General Assembly (GA) and yet here I am flying out Sunday night for another General Assembly. This year we're meeting in Houston, Texas (...

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Sunday: June 1, 2014

We have another special Sunday coming up this week. We have the privilege of ordaining James Murphy to the office of Ruling Elder and Josh Weitz to the office of Deacon. They've been nominated and elected by you and been through (survived?) a thorough training program which prepared them to pass a Session examination on English Bible, The Westminster Confession of Faith, T...

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Sunday: May 11, 2014 (Mother's Day)

It's an exciting time in the life of our church. We have a number of college graduates in May, high school graduates in June, and we'll recognize them all on Sunday, May 25th. And don't forget about our Memorial Day picnic that Sunday. We have an Officer Election on Sunday May 18th, so that morning during Sunday School we'll get to hear each candidate give their testimony ...

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Sunday: May 4, 2014

Wow, it's hard to believe the month of May is upon us. It will be a busy month for the church. We celebrate the Lord's Supper this Sunday, May 4th; Mother's Day on May 11th (James Murphy will be preaching!); Officer Elections and Testimonies on May 18th; and a Memorial Day Picnic on May 25th. I imagine that Jesus' last days were pretty busy too. And yet, in the middle of a...

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Sunday: April 20, 2014 (Easter)

There's a lot going on this week. For starters, it's Spring Break for many of you, which for most people is a good thing. A chance to get away, unwind, relax, or merely break the routine for a few days. On the other hand, we also have TAX DAY this week, which makes most people groan. Then we have Maundy Thursday (Maundy comes from the Latin word "Mandatum," which means "co...

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Sunday: April 13, 2014

This week we celebrate Palm Sunday. Matthew 21 begins with the familiar story of Jesus' Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We have cheers, hosannas, waving palms, and all the honor that comes with what everyone expected to be a King's Coronation. And yet, in a matter of days, the cheers turned to jeers, the hosannas turned to hatred, and the waving palms became slapping hands...

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Sunday: April 6, 2014

Is Spring finally here? Are you afraid to hold out hope for actual warm weather? Maybe it's just another April Fool's joke with cold and snow making another visit in the near future. When it's been a long winter, it's a little hard to hope for Spring? When it's been a long season of isolation, it's a little hard to hope for relationships? When it's been a long season of wi...

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Sunday: March 23, 2014

Did you ever pick teams on the playground? Perhaps it was for kickball, or football, or maybe capture the flag? You have two captains who pick teams and everyone wants to be picked first. And usually the strongest, fastest, most athletic people get picked first. And after a while of choosing sides, there's one player left (probably a small, non-athletic kid with black horn...

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Sunday: March 16, 2014

Well, Forbes Magazine has tagged us again. They recently listed (again) Loudoun County as the wealthiest county in the United States. So that makes us the wealthiest county in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. And all this time, you had no idea you were so rich. Well, apparently you are! Spend it wisely! Even if you didn't know you were rich (or...

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Sunday: March 9, 2014

This week we're going to talk about a passage that's often misinterpreted and misused. Matthew 19 starts out with Jesus' hard teaching on marriage and divorce. Living in a time where people get married for all sorts of reasons (mostly wrong), define marriage in a variety of ways (mostly wrong), and break up marriages through a multitude of means (mostly wrong), it's hard t...

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Sunday: March 2, 2014

How are you doing? Kind of a strange way to start a weekly thought, I know, but it's a common question. We usually ask it when we see someone we know, like when we arrive at church on Sunday morning, but often it's just another way to say hello. We don't really want to know how you're doing -- not really......

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Sunday: February 23, 2014

It's good to be back, though upon returning to the office today, I felt so far behind with all the work that needs to be done. Whenever I've been away, upon my return, I always feel like I need to visit 10 people, call 20, write 30, complete all sorts of administrative tasks, and prepare to preach & teach three times on Sunday, and so on and so forth. Perhaps you feel ...

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Sunday: February 2, 2014

So, I hear there's a big game today. People are making plans, breaking their normal routine, spending lots of money, and going to great lengths to make it a really fun night. Some are even suggesting we make Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday - though they really want Monday morning off so they can sleep in. But in the midst of all this celebration, there are people who ...

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Sunday: January 26, 2014

So, have you warmed up yet? I know some of you love the snow and cold, but there are some of us who are less enthusiastic about "winter weather." I hope you're "weathering" the cold okay -- if you do have any needs related to the extreme cold, please contact our Deacons for assistance. Also, it would probably be a good idea to join us for our first Fellowship Lunch of the ...

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Sunday: January 19, 2014

Wow, hard to believe its 2014. I've been so busy it just sort of arrived on my schedule without being too noticeable. That's not the case for this week's passage, Matthew 17:1-8, which shows us "The Transfiguration of Christ." The Transfiguration was such a stunning event. It was impossible not to notice. In fact, years and years later, the apostles were still talking abou...

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Sunday: December 22, 2013

I thought the Christmas choirs -- both children and adults -- did a great job last week. If you'd like the hear the children again, the first five minutes of the sermon podcast are a recording of their songs. You can go to our website or iTunes to listen again. This week we have the great joy of receiving our Communicant's Class for communicant membership in the church. Th...

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Sunday: December 15, 2013

Sometimes it's hard to see how this Christmas season, filled with messages of joy and peace, seem to have a whole lot to do with the messages we're hearing from Matthew. More than one of you have asked why I wasn't preaching special Christmas messages this year. And it's clear that my reply -- that the entire Gospel of Matthew is a Christmas message -- is confusing to some...

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Sunday: December 8, 2013

As I said last week, I love Advent and the whole Christmas season. I enjoy Christmas movies and Christmas music (yes, we start early, deal with it). I enjoy seeing all the lights and decorations people put around their homes. Just a sentimentalist, I guess. I like almost all of the Christmas traditions, both in the church and at home. I like Advent Wreaths and Christmas Ca...

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Sunday: December 1, 2013

"I'm dreaming of a White Christmas ..." -- yes, it's that time of year again! The Christmas season is one of my families favorite times of year. That's not too unusual, I hope -- for we love the buildup to Christmas as much as the actual day itself. One reason for this is because, over the years, we have tried to stress the season of Advent leading up to the celebration of...

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Sunday: November 24, 2013

Well, it's Thanksgiving Week and that means we're supposed to stop and give thanks for something more than the ability to shop until our brains hurt! Seriously, what are you thankful for this year? Beyond the usual " I'm thankful for my family, friends, pets, etc " (which are all good things), but what new or unique thing happened in your life this year that you should be ...

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Sunday: November 17, 2013

Thank you for praying! As most of you know by now, our daughter Rebecca delivered her firstborn son, George, three months early last Sunday. George is a teeny-tiny 1 lb, 6 oz, but he's doing well; as is Rebecca. The words I've heard used to describe George this week are "spunky," "scrappy," and "a real fighter" -- which leads me to believe Rebecca may need a lot more praye...

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Sunday: October 27, 2013

This week we're back in Matthew 13, looking at another well-known parable of Jesus. This one looks simple on the surface, but as with most parables, seems to have a deeper meaning the longer you look at it. Once again, Jesus is using the parables to separate people into followers and non-followers, believers and unbelievers, friends and enemies. This is what makes the para...

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Sunday: October 20, 2013

This week we're in the middle of Matthew 13, at a unique passage where Jesus explains why He's preaching in parables. And it seems that He's intentionally making it hard for people to understand (I've been accused of doing that too!). Why would He do that? Wouldn't you think that He would want to make it easier for people to understand? The parables often seem simple at f...

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Sunday: September 29, 2013

We had a wonderful Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Rose Kinnaman last Saturday. Thanks to all of you who came out. It was much appreciated. And we're hearing great reports about the Youth Retreat last weekend. Simple descriptions like "Fantastic! Amazing! Powerful!" Ask one of the teens who went to get the whole story. This week we're nearing the end of Matthew ...

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Sunday: September 22, 2013

I just got back from a Presbytery Retreat with Dave Dorst and Jeff Lee (Tom Rubino was sick X;{) and was encouraged to hear how God is working in Potomac Presbytery. Another new church starting up in DC (Grace Mosaic), Matt Bowles starting RUF-I at George Mason, and getting to hear Dr. Mike Ross of Christ Covenant PCA in Charlotte teach on Hebrews. It was good. With that s...

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Sunday: September 8, 2013

What a great Sunday we just had -- starting the new Sunday School year, the Lord's Supper, a great picnic (apologies to half the people I didn't get to talk to), all that and heaven too! Thanks to Tom Rubino for organizing the picnic and to everyone who helped out. This week we start Matthew 12 and watch as Jesus breaks all the rules. Whaaat??? Yep, there's a radical side...

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Sunday: September 1, 2013

Wow -- it's hard to believe that summer's almost over! Where did the time go? Can't I get away and go to the beach one more time? For most of us, the everyday routine returns with Labor Day. And with that change in season comes two things we despise -- and yet we seem to subconsciously crave -- and that's hecticness and tiredness. We live in Northern Virginia, the land of ...

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Article: THE GOOD NEWS OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

THE GOOD NEWS OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY Sitting here in my book-strewn office, having just opened my third Diet Coke with Lime, and daydreaming about the various ministry responsibilities on which I’ve fallen behind (and that would be all of them), I’ve come to the realization that many of us in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) have missed the recent Good Ne...

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Sunday: July 7, 2013

This week we're finishing Matthew 9 and we're looking at several seemingly unrelated issues -- compassion, prayer, and evangelism. And yet, in Jesus' view, they are closely connected. In this passage, Matthew 9:32-38, Jesus is smack in the middle of His "Healing/Gospel/Kingdom" tour, and we're told how He felt compassion for the people ... for their helplessness ... fo...

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New Members Class: Saturday, July 6

July 6, 2013 | 9:00pm â€" 5:00pm Email: Dr. Silvernail if you want to come but haven't signed up just yet! New Members Class 9am - 5pm Lunch provided Location @ Church Office ...

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Sunday: Dr. Paul Kooistra (MTW)

We're taking a break from Matthew this week as we have the great privilege to hear from Dr. Paul Kooistra, the Coordinator for Mission to The World (the missions agency of the PCA). Dr. Kooistra will be speaking about MTW and the state of missions around the world during a combined teen/adult Sunday School, and then he will be preaching from James during the worship servi...

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Weekly Thought: May 22, 2013

Well, after looking at one of the most well-known stories about Jesus last week, this week we're looking at one of the least-understood stories about Jesus -- the casting out of demons at the end of Matthew 8. Why two demon-possessed men? Why send them into pigs? Why is Jesus in a Gentile area? And why didn't the people there like Him? Lots of questions and very few a...

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Weekly Thought: May 19, 2013

This week we're looking at one of the most well-known stories about Jesus -- calming the storm in Matthew 8. But a couple of odd things stand out. First of all, we know that at least four of the disciples were fishermen, so why would they ask a carpenter to help them? And second, Matthew says that the disciples marveled, Mark indicates that they were filled with fear, a...

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May 1, 2013

This week we're starting Matthew 8 and see Jesus performing a number of healings, which raises all kids of questions. Furthermore Jesus seems to connect these healings to having faith. And yet faith is something that is commonly misunderstood. Dr. John R.W. Stott writes about this, "The idea of spiritual growth is foreign to many people, not least in the area of fai...

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April 25, 2013

This week we're wrapping up Matthew 7 and will be looking at a series of contrasts -- narrow vs wide gates, good vs bad fruit, knowing vs not knowing the Lord, and being wise or foolish builders. It's all very interesting, but what do we do with it? I mean, we all hope to make the right choices and really hope that God will bless us for it, but it that what this passage is...

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April 12, 2013

This week we're moving into Matthew 7 and Jesus' famous words, "Judge not, that you be not judged." Now Christians have spent more time arguing over what these words don't mean than what they do. They don't mean we're not to discern between good and evil (obviously). The command not to judge does not mean Christians are to adopt the sins of the world in their own lifestyle...

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April 3, 2013

This week we're back in Matthew 6 and will be finishing up the chapter. This passage is all about anxiety and worry and what does it mean to have faith in those moments when your palms are sweating and your lips are quivering and it's hard just to stand up. We all face it and, perhaps because it's so common, Jesus has something to say about it. But it may not be what you t...

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March 28, 2013

Authentic Christianity -- the Christianity of Christ and His apostles -- is supernatural Christianity. It is not a tame and harmless ethic, consisting of a few moral platitudes, spiced with a dash of religion. It is rather a resurrection religion, a life lived by the power of God....

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Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service: Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church & Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 7PM. Service will be at: Ketoctin Covenant Pres. 441 East Main Street, Purcellville, VA....

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March 21, 2013

So what do these three things (The Triumphal Entry, Treasures in Heaven, and March Madness) have in common? I'm not really sure, but I'm working on it. However, I do know that one of the most repeated sayings during March Madness is “Win or Go Home.” It refers to the reality that this is a single elimination tournament. When a team loses, they’re elimina...

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March 3, 2013

As Christians we are called to turn the other cheek when persecuted and hated. This is not an easy task, but Matthew 5:38-48 requires us to be humble and meek in the face of persecution. God will give us the strength. We need only to ask....

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January 31, 2013

This week we'll be looking at one of the most famous passages in the Gospel of Matthew -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- otherwise known as the Beatitudes...

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January 16, 2013

This week we're taking a break from Matthew to celebrate the Ordination of Jeff Lee to the Gospel Ministry. We'll have the privilege of hearing his ...

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January 10, 2013

This week we'll be starting Matthew 4. Dr. R.C. Sproul writes about the following about this passage, "Having come into the world to save His people, Jesus begins His ministry when He identifies with God's......

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December 19, 2012

It's the Fourth Sunday in Advent this week and we'll be finishing Matthew 2. This section is all about Christ fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament. However, it also contains the short, but horrific, passage......

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December 13, 2012

It's the Third Sunday in Advent this week and we'll be starting Matthew 2 and we're going to look at some of the main characters of the Christmas story...

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December 5, 2012

It's the Second Sunday in Advent this week. Advent is a time of waiting that takes place for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a time of anticipation and reflection before we celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God With Us. This week ...

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November 28, 2012

Well, we're moving into my favorite time of the year with the start of Advent this Sunday. The church year starts with Advent and the coming of Christ......

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November 6, 2012

Well, as you know by now, this has turned into a very difficult week with the loss of our beloved friend, Dr. Bonnie Libby. As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, it's only the second day since I was notified with the sad news of her passing...

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November 1, 2012

Well, this week suddenly got very busy. I taught at RTS on Wednesday and preached at the RTS Chapel service today. We also have a New Member's Class on Saturday ...

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October 23, 2012

Well, this week in Colossians 4:2-6 we're learning about how we talk to each other and how we talk to those outside the church. Scriptures say that our tongues have the power of...

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September 27, 2012

Well, now that we're getting to the end of September, I hope everyone's back into the regular routines of life. It's a busy time for most of us...

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September 12, 2012

This week is going to be another great week. We'll be looking at Colossians 2:11-15 and the question of what does it mean to be "in Christ"? That's a phrase Paul uses a lot in Colossians...

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September 6, 2012

It's a big week! The Sunday after Labor Day is one of my favorite Sunday's of the year. How come? I'm glad you asked. BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S BACK!!! We've had so many wonderful new folks come in the last six months...

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August 30, 2012

It's another special week as we will begin the new Sunday School year. We'll have two adult Sunday School classes -- Tom Rubino and Frank Pugh will be teaching a class...

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August 23, 2012

It's another special week as I have the privilege of baptizing Rory Moss! It's been quite the year for baptisms! This week we will be continuing our series on the New Testament Book of Colossians ...

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July 11, 2012

This week we're taking a break from Genesis to celebrate the Ordination of Tom Rubino to the Gospel Ministry...

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July 5, 2012

After being away at General Assembly and a week's vacation visiting family, it's good to be home and be with my church family again ...

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May 31, 2012

This week we have the privilege of having Rev. Jack Howell bring God's Word to us. Jack is the Senior Pastor of Trinity PCA in Norfolk, VA, and has been very involved with ...

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May 24, 2012

This week we are finishing up Genesis 43. Jacob and his family were going through a terrible time...

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May 17, 2012

This week we are up to Genesis 43. Joseph's brothers are now returning to Egypt as they have run out of food. But this time there's some unique changes in how they approach the situation...

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May 3, 2012

This week we are back in Genesis. We'll be looking at the end of chapter 41 and the rise of Joseph......

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April 11, 2012

This week we'll be looking at Genesis chapter 39 and the famous scene of Joseph being tempted by Potiphar's wife. Struggling with temptation is part of the human condition......

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April 4, 2012

This week we get to celebrate Easter! I'm asking everyone in our church to help us reach out to others by doing a few simple things...

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March 28, 2012

This week we get to celebrate Palm Sunday together as we begin Holy Week leading up to the best day of the year -- Easter! ...

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March 21, 2012

This week it is our privilege to have Dr. Michael Kucks bring God's Word to us as we look at the famous story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. And this text confronts us with a number of questions......

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March 13, 2012

This week we are finally moving into the story of Joseph, the last of the Genesis patriarchs. However, Genesis 37 starts with a less than flattering portrait of the young Joseph......

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March 7, 2012

This week we are going to face one of the more boring passages in Genesis. Genesis 36 is all about Esau and his descendents. Yes, it's another genealogy passage -- how exciting! However, this one's a little different because......

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February 22, 2012

This week we are going to face one of the more difficult passages in Genesis, if not the whole of Scripture. Genesis 34 is all about an assault and the violence of revenge. I'm reminded that the Bible doesn't pull any punches......

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February 13, 2012

So, anyone wrestle with God this week? Of course you did ... and some of you even realize it! Now that Jacob's finished wrestling, he has to go and face Esau......

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February 1, 2012

Well, we're back in Genesis this week, at the beginning of Genesis 32. Here we see Jacob packing up and moving back home. But on the way he gets the news that Esau is waiting to meet him ... ...

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January 12, 2012

Sooooo ..... How many of you woke up to Leah this week? If you didn't understand that, go to our website and listen to last Sunday's sermon. It's brutally clear that......

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January 4, 2012

This Sunday we're going to celebrate the Lord's Supper together. It's a great time to focus on what Christ means to us at the start of this New Year......

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December 28, 2012

This Sunday we're going to start the New Year! And since everyone's going to bed early the night before, AND since we have no Sunday School this week, then no one has an excuse not to make it. It's easy, right? Of course......

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December 21, 2011

Wasn't the Christmas Choir marvelous last Sunday? We have so many talented people! This Sunday we're going to continue our series on Advent from the Book of Isaiah......

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December 14, 2011

This Sunday we're going to continue our series on Advent from the Book of Isaiah. In Isaiah 9, the Prophet Isaiah has told us about the Coming of the Light, the Coming of the Son, and now he tells us about the Coming of the King......

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December 7, 2011

This Sunday we're going to continue our series on Advent from the Book of Isaiah. In Isaiah 9, the Prophet Isaiah has told us about the Coming of the Light, now he tells us about the Coming of the Son......

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November 30, 2011

This Sunday we're going to continue our series on Advent from the Book of Isaiah. At the beginning of Isaiah 9, the Prophet Isaiah draws our attention to......

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November 23, 2011

This Sunday we're going to take a break from our series on Genesis as we start the Advent Season. But Genesis and Advent are not unrelated since God the King is directing the events of human history......

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November 15, 2011

This Sunday we come once again to the well-known story of Jacob and Esau. We're in Genesis 27 this week, which includes the story of Rebekah helping Jacob to deceive his father.......

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November 2, 2011

This Sunday we come to the well-known story of Jacob and Esau. One commentator writes, "Jacob is a troubling character in the Old Testament......

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October 20, 2011

Wow, it's been so busy lately. As you may have heard, the Session voted unanimously to extend a call to Tom Rubino to be our new Assistant Pastor. I called Tom immediately after the vote and he very graciously accepted the terms of the call......

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October 13, 2011

It's another big week. This week we're looking at Genesis 23 which begins the transition from the life of Abraham to the life of Isaac. It's an odd story of Sarah's death and burial. When Sarah died, Abraham demonstrated his faith in a remarkable way......

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October 5, 2011

It's a big week. We have 19 students and 6 adult leaders heading off to the Fall Youth Retreat at Ligonier Camp in Pennsylvania this weekend. Please remember to pray for them......

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September 28, 2011

Wow, October already. It seems as though 2011 has just flown by. Though I'm told it only seems that way because I'm getting older. I doubt it seemed like time was flying by for Abraham and Sarah......

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September 8, 2011

The Session has now interviewed the five candidates for Assistant Pastor and it's clear that there are a lot of talented men willing to serve the church. We will be spending the next few weeks in prayer......

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September 1, 2011

Hey, this is a big week for our church, but the action is mostly behind the scenes. The Assistant Pastor Search Committee has forwarded the names of five strong candidates to the Session......

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August 24, 2011

Hey, this week I'm back in the pulpit and we'll be looking at Genesis 18. It's been a hectic summer for so many of us and I want to take a moment to thank Jeff Lee, Dave Dorst, Dr. Dave Dorst, and Frank Pugh for filling the pulpit this summer. I pray God used them to nourish your souls this summer......

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August 17, 2011

Thanks to Dr. Dave Dorst for filling the pulpit on short notice last Sunday. This coming Sunday Joanne and I will be out again as we (for the fifth and final time) take one of our children to college for the first time. We'll be moving into a new season of life this year as we won't have any kids living at home......

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August 11, 2011

We have a unique opportunity this Sunday to hear from Dave Dorst's father, who is also Dave Dorst. Dr. Dorst will be preaching on Genesis 16 and the next step in Abraham's journey......

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July 27, 2011

It's communion this Sunday, which is always a special time for our church. It's a time of professing our faith with our words and renewing our faith in the act of coming to the Lord's Table. So this is a good week to talk about faith......

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June 22, 2011

This Sunday we're looking at "The Return of Faith" from Genesis 11. D.A. Carson, in his book The God Who Is There, writes, "What has taken place ... between Genesis 3 and Genesis 12 ... is not particularly pretty......

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June 2, 2011

This Sunday we're taking a break from Genesis and are welcoming Tito Padilla, our missionary in El Paso, Texas with the MTW border ministry. We've been supporting Tito for about 12 years now and......

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May 25, 2011

This Sunday we're looking at "Blessings and Curses" from Genesis 9. This is a controversial passage that is often used to make the wrong points. It mentions drunkenness, nakedness, and slavery......

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May 12, 2011

This Sunday we're looking at "Re-Creation: The Restoration" from Genesis 8. There is a sense in this chapter of starting all over again, of Noah serving as a new Adam, and the land blossoming as a new creation. Much of Genesis 8 comes to us as an echo of Genesis 1......

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April 26, 2011

This Sunday we're looking at "Righteousness Amidst Corruption!" from Genesis 6. Dr. John R. W. Stott celebrates his 90th birthday this week. He's probably been the most influential evangelical in the world in my lifetime. I also think he exemplifies this quote......

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April 20, 2011

Maundy Thursday is the last night of Jesus’ earthly life. It is one of the major events of His life. This night takes up more Scripture than any other single day in the Bible. This week, commonly called Holy Week, is the height of Biblical revelation. One third of Jesus’ teachings focus on this week. One third of his works took place during this week. On...

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April 12, 2011

This Sunday we're looking at "The Man Who Was Not!" from Genesis 5. It's also Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, leading up to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ......

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March 30, 2011

In our series on the Book of Genesis we've now finished Genesis 1--3, the foundational chapters of the Bible. So far we've learned a lot about God and Man, Sin and Forgiveness, Judgment and Redemption, Adam and Christ. But there's a lot of the book left to go!...

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March 23, 2011

This Sunday in our series on the Book of Genesis we're looking at "The God Who Promises!" from Genesis 3:15. As we learned last week this is the "first gospel" and what many consider the foundational verse of the Bible......

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March 16, 2011

This Sunday in our series on the Book of Genesis we're looking at "The God Who Judges!" from Genesis 3. We're going to look closely at what we learn from Genesis about the Fall and what that teaches us about God and ourselves. Rev. Mark D. Vander Hart teaches at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. He has written......

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March 9, 2011

This Sunday in our series on the Book of Genesis we're looking at "The Man Who Rebels!" from Genesis 3. We're going to look closely at what we learn from Genesis about the Fall and what that teaches us about God and ourselves......

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February 23, 2011

This Sunday in our series on the Book of Genesis we're looking at "The God Who Rests!" We're going to look closely at what we learn from Genesis about the Sabbath, about rest, and what those things teach us about God......

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February 17, 2011

This Sunday we continue our series on the Book of Genesis entitled, "The God Who Is There!" This week we're looking at "The God Who Makes!" We're going to look closely at what we learn from God's Creation. We make a lot of assumptions about creation -- often without thinking about them......

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February 8, 2011

This Sunday we have the privilege of hearing from Rev. Gary Yagel. Gary leads Family Builders, Inc., a ministry focused on building up strong Biblical families. He'll be speaking at our men's retreat this week on "The Battle for the Masculine Heart." He'll also be teaching the adult Sunday School class this week and then bringing God's Word to us during the worship servi...

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February 1, 2011

This Sunday we continue our new series on the Book of Genesis entitled, "The God Who Is There!" This week we're looking at "The God Who Speaks!" And what does it mean, unlike all the pagan religions of the time......

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January 18, 2011

This Sunday we continue our new series on the Book of Genesis entitled, "The God Who Is There!" This week we're changing our focus from God to Man and seeing how God's creation of Man affects our view of the Sanctity of Life and the Persecuted Church......

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January 11, 2011

This Sunday we begin our new series on the Book of Genesis. I've entitled the series "The God Who Is There" because often we think the Bible, and in particular the Book of Genesis, is about us......

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January 4, 2011

This Sunday we close out the short series on "The Songs of Christmas" with the story of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2. There is more to learn......

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December 22, 2010

This morning I read the following from Dr. Don Sweeting, "It is usually little moments, experiences or phrases in the Christmas season that bring the biggest, most treasured spiritual insights. For me, they might come from......

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December 14, 2010

Christmas makes a remarkable historical claim -- the most audacious claim ever made. The claim is that God became man and dwelled among us -- that the Word became Flesh -- that the baby in Bethlehem's manger is the Creator of the world in human flesh, bringing salvation to His people......

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December 8, 2010

In 1833 the familiar Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" was first published and is still popular today. Many people miss the meaning of the first line because they leave out the comma between "merry" and "gentlemen." This is not a song about "merry gentlemen," but rather an exhortation to godly men......

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December 1, 2010

After worship this Sunday we have our long awaited "For Such A Time As This!" Celebration Luncheon at the Holiday Inn. We'll hear lots of testimonies about how people's lives have been changed at Potomac Hills, along with a video (new ending!) and our 2010 slide show......

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November 16, 2010

This week we're finishing up the Book of Esther (Now that didn't take so long, did it?). Chapter 9 of Esther establishes the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Jews set a day aside, like our day of Thanksgiving......

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November 10, 2010

This week we're back in Esther. Chapter 8 of Esther is long and seems somewhat tedious, but it hides two great principles of redemption. The first one is more obvious......

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November 2, 2010

This week we're taking a break from Esther to celebrate the Ordination of Dave Dorst to the Gospel Ministry. We'll have the privilege of hearing his twin brother Jonathan bring us God's Word. It's going to be a special time in the life of our church......

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October 26, 2010

I found this great quote in our daily devotional based on the Book of Esther. "The Bible is not full of saints on pedestals. Instead, in it we find deeply flawed and sinful people that God still chose to use. Moses stuttered. Jacob swindled......

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October 19, 2010

I found this great quote that reminded me of the Book of Esther. "God's not looking for sterling silver tea sets. He's looking for rough-and-tumble clay pots -- the kind that can be used everyday. He's looking......

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October 13, 2010

This week we're back in the Book of Esther. The author Jerry Bridges writes about the issue that this part of Esther brings out in all of our lives, "God's sovereignty doesn't do away with our duty to act responsibly and prudently on all occasions....

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October 4, 2010

This week you have the privilege of hearing Elder Mark Barber preaching on 2 Kings 5 and the story of Naaman. Please pray for him. This is one of the most famous of all the Elisha stories ...

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September 27, 2010

We're entering our fourth week in the Book of Esther and we're getting to the theme verse for the book this week. This is a defining moment for Esther. It's unlikely that any of us will ever be in Esther's dire predicament, but every one of us facing defining moments in our lives. ...

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September 22, 2010

We're entering our third week in the Book of Esther and we'll start to get a better picture of God at work. As we look at chapter 3, we see that Haman's resentment grew into bitterness. He became embittered not only with Mordecai ...

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September 15, 2010

We're entering our second week in the Book of Esther and we'll start to get a better picture of God at work. I've entitled this series For Such A Time As This! ...

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September 8, 2010

Well, Revelation is over (I hope you found it worthwhile) and this week we're starting a new series on the Book of Esther. The challenge of Esther is figuring out who's the main character of the story! One commentator says, "Divine secrets of transformation await you in this life-and-death saga from Esther's pre-Islamic Persia....

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August 18, 2010

This week we have the privilege of hearing from Jed Faroe, ...

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