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Leesburg, VA 20176

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Posts by Rev. Dave Dorst, Associate Pastor

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PHPC in the Leesburg Christmas Parade

Potomac Hills will have a float in the Leesburg Christmas Parade this year, Saturday, December 13th at 6 pm.  We will have a gingerbread house on a truck with Christmas music playing, and we'll have many volunteers handing out candy and invitations to church.  Sign-up on the City if you'd like to help.  There will be a decorating and planning time the week b...

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Sunday: September 28, 2014

Well, it finally happened. The basketball group I play with on Tuesday & Thursday morning descended into fisticuffs this week. On top of a heated discussion over a foul call, two guys started calling each other names and the next thing we know one of them is in a headlock but with one arm free to throw punches. A few of us pulled them apart, and things diffused quickly...

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Sunday: August 31, 2014

This week we have the privilege of hearing from another of our Ruling Elders, Rick Behrens. He'll be preaching on Jesus' first trial before Caiaphas, the high priest, and the Council. Matthew tells us that they "were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death." That's a fascinating thing to consider and ask ourselves if we do the same: "Do I lis...

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Sunday: August 24, 2014

This week I'm preaching on the account in Matthew 26 (all four Gospels record it) where Judas leads the armed posse to arrest Jesus and betrays Him with a kiss, only to provoke Peter into lashing out with his sword in defense of His Lord. One disciple with evil intent gives what is usually a kind gesture, and the other disciple with good motives resorts to brutal violence....

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Sunday: August 17, 2014

We have the privilege this week of hearing from one of our Ruling Elders, Dave Kamienski (aka "Coach K"), preaching this week's sermon on Matthew 26:31-46. The passage covers Jesus' prediction of Peter's denials, His sorrow in the Garden, and His rebuke of the sleeping disciples. It's a great passage to put ourselves in the middle of an intense situation: how would you fee...

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Sunday: July 27, 2014

"We were ruined in our sin / We were guilty and undone / When Your love reached down with sovereign hands /And beckoned us to come. And when Christ our King returns / We'll meet saints we've never known / And forever we will be amazed / That You made us Your own. You have loved us like You love Your Son / We are heirs with Christ, bought by His blood / Oh how great the lov...

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Sunday: July 13, 2014

I am so glad to be back from the Bahamas Mission Trip. If you haven't seen the pictures on Facebook, the team will be giving a presentation this coming Sunday during the worship service. It was a great trip that we're hoping to return to next summer! I'm excited to be the Interim Pastor while Dr. Dave is away on Sabbatical. Having worked side-by-side with him for over 12 ...

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Sunday: June 8, 2014

This Sunday's text will see Jesus turn His full attention to the problems with the scribes and Pharisees. They've been badgering Him with manipulative questions for several chapters, and He's been perplexing and silencing them with His answers. In Matthew 23, Jesus warns the people to avoid imitating Israel's religious leaders, and goes for an all-out verbal attack on thei...

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Officer Ordination and Installation

Having passed their oral and written exams, given their testimonies, and been voted into office by the congregation, James Murphy and Josh Weitz will become our newest Officers in June. Their ordination and installation service will be on June 1st. Please attend to support them, and find time to give them encouragement in their new roles (James as Ruling Elder and Josh a...

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Congratulations to our 2014 Grads

Congratulations to our High School and College Graduates! We have High School graduates who will be heading off to Radford, Grove City, George Mason, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, NOVA, and the Navy. We have College students graduating from Grove City, Randolph, Patrick Henry, and James Madison....

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Sunday: May 25, 2014

There are a few types of people I'm uncomfortable around -- one is the skeptic, that guy who's always giving you a reason, a rationale, or a hypothetical situation showing why what you said / think / believe is obviously wrong (and subtly calling you an idiot in the process). The other person who makes me uncomfortable is the know-it-all, the legalist, that guy who asks a...

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Sunday: March 30, 2014

Ten years ago I led our teens on a retreat with a couple other churches to Concord Retreat Center. The Retreat was a bit different than all the other ones I led because we decided to throw everyone off by doing things backwards. So, we started the day with a campfire and s'mores, then had a talent show, which ended with dinner, followed by free time, then lunch, then a mor...

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Sunday: February 16, 2014

Another Men's Retreat come and gone, another great time of solid teaching, recreation and fellowship. Thanks so much for the Men's Ministry team putting together the weekend. Hugh Whelchel, the former president of RTS-DC, was our speaker, and he gave us a solid framework to see how the work that we do has meaning in God's continuing story of redemption. As Luther said, "th...

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Sermon Excerpt: 3 Types of Christians

Biblical commentator, Dan Doriani suggests that even though America is supposedly over 75% Christian, you can explain this phenomenon through 3 labels: 1) Cultural Christians, 2) Convenient Christians, and 3) Committed Christians. Cultural Christians are Christians in the sense that they check no other slot on the religion questionnaire. “We’re not Jewish...

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Sunday: January 12, 2014

For those who braved the weather this past Sunday night, wasn't that a wonderful celebration of all that God has done in this church? Thank you so much to Rick Behrens for all your work coordinating the event, to Shane Morris for editing the fantastic testimony video, to Jed Faroe's for the slide show, to Katie Murphy for publicity, to Kathy Dorst for decorations, and for ...

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Sunday: December 29, 2013

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! If you got a Daisy Red Rider BB Gun with a compass and stock and a thing that tells time, please don't shoot your eye out! So, we went to see the new Hobbit movie Saturday, and were really enjoying the first hour and a half. But with an hour left in the film, they shut down the projector and gave us readmission tickets because of tech...

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Missions: Celebrate Missions Night (9/15)

Celebrate Missions Night An evening of food, fellowship, and short-spots about God's work through PHPC. Short-spot presenters include: Connie Merton - Honduras Trip Matt Bowles - RUF at George Mason Dave Dorst - Queens Mission Trip Jonathan Batluck, Ben Hammer - Fairmont, WVA Marcy Hefner - Haiti When:   Sunday, September 15 from 5:00 - 7:30 PMWhere:  ...

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Kinnaman Memorial Postponed

Dear church family, Rosanne Kinnaman's memorial service has been postponed. Please continue to pray for Thom's health....

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College: Thursday Night Small Group

College Students Small Group - Date: Thursday, July 25th - Location: Pugh's house (Leesburg, VA) - Time: 7:30 PM - Email: ddorst@potomachills.org (for more details)...

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June 9, 2013

"School's out for the summer!" That song is cranking loud at my house, and I'm sure we're not the only ones excited. I hope your summer is shaping up to be a good mix of rest, family time, pursuing some life goals, and spiritual growth. And even though school is out, we'll still be looking for you at Harper Park Middle School every Sunday morning. I hope that you ...

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College Ministry Summer Nights

The College Group will be meeting throughout the summer on most Thursday nights. For the full schedule, go to the College Ministry page under the "Connect" tab....

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Men's Ministry: Nationals Game

Men of PHPC, we're going to a Nationals game on Saturday, April 27th! They'll be playing the Cincinnati Reds, so it should be a great game seeing last year's NL East champs playing the NL Central champs. We'll be leaving from the church office in carpools at 11:00am (game time 1:05pm)....

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March 13, 2013

“Prayer involves struggle, but the struggle is not that of persuading our God. Rather, it is the struggle involved in being subdued by God, coming out of the dark and secret places in which we have been hiding the truth about ourselves, and laying the whole of our lives before him... Even as Christians, we have an instinct to hide from the Father, both because he is ...

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Summer Mission Trip (NYC)

July 13-20, 2013 Potomac Hills is sending a Mission Team to New York City to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. We’ll be partnering with Mission to North America and two churches in Queens and Brooklyn. Sign-up by May 15th. ...

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September 19, 2017

Well, the sabbatical’s over and I’ve been back to work for five weeks. It’s been busy and exciting to get back to work on the different areas of ministry that I lead, and now I’m looking forward to getting back in the pulpit......

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April 17, 2012

I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday, as I was away last weekend with the High School MODGNIK Retreat...

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January 25, 2012

We're back to Genesis this week, picking up the story of the deceiver, Jacob. By chapter 30, Jacob has a very full family, but still works for his father-in-law......

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August 3, 2011

In Gen. 15:7-21, Abram wants to know about this land he's supposed to possess. God responds in a bit of a funny way- he tells Abram to kill some animals and then puts him to sleep. What is going on in this strange passage, and why does someone like R.C. Sproul say that this is one of the most reassuring passages in all of Scripture? There are some amazing layers to this...

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July 5, 2011

It was great hearing Jeff Lee preach at Potomac Hills for the first time last week. The sermon was a great introduction to the immensely important person of Abram/Abraham......

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May 18, 2011

As I'm writing the sermon for this Sunday, I'm also getting ready for the Officer's Retreat this coming weekend. I look forward to all the Retreats I go on every year......

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May 3, 2011

It's Youth Sunday week again! This is the one service a year when the teens take over all the aspects of the worship service, and remind us that not only are they the church of tomorrow but also part of the church today. It's always a joy to see them using their gifts in the service and living out their faith as they read Scripture, pray, sing and worship......

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April 6, 2011

We've covered some ground with our study of Genesis so far- creation ex nihilo, the creation and marriage ordinances, the fall, the first murder... This week's Scripture text, the second half of Genesis 4, tells us about Cain's descendants and about Seth......

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March 3, 2011

I hope that you're enjoying the Genesis sermon series as much as I am. There is so much good stuff to study and reflect on! This week I have the privilege of preaching on Genesis 2:18-25, the very familiar passage......

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November 24, 2010

True Thanksgiving for God's blessings should refocus our perspective and priorities. We should realize that we deserve nothing but punishment and judgment, yet we are given the rewards of a King's son. All we have is from God, and any complaint we have makes us look like Dudley in the Harry Potter books......

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