July Pastors Newsletter

Summer is officially here! It has been a long spring with a lot of rain and I think most of us are ready for the summer heat. July always seems to be an exciting month at Hope Church and this July will be no different. The Ice Cream Social is always a great annual event […]

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Hymns That We Must Keep

Over the past 30 years, there has been a flood of modern worships songs that have found their way into evangelical churches. Some of these worship songs are incredible and truly God-glorifying, while others, not so much. In this midst of this movement, it is my contention that we must not let go of the […]

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7 Probing Questions

Constant self examination is entirely necessary for a healthy and growing walk with the Lord. Paul told the Corinthian believers to “examine yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5) and we too must follow that godly counsel. Here are 7 probing questions that I found challenging and convicting and I’m sure you will too. 1. Did I spend […]

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Another Puritan Prayer

LORD JESUS, Give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach; Help me chastely to flee it, and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone. Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground of my rest, the spring […]

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The Gospel According to Paul

What is the Gospel? There is perhaps no clearer explanation of the gospel than in these first four chapters of Paul’s epistle to the Roman’s. Pastor and author Greg Gilbert suggests that we need to ask 4 crucial questions: 1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable? 2. What is our problem? In […]

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GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

I continue to work my way through Jerry Bridges excellent book called Transforming Grace. Bridges is a great writer with a deep love for God and it shows in his writings. Perhaps his best known book is The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold around 1.5 million copies. Check out what he writes in chapter […]

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What is Grace?

It will be much easier to answer the question of “what is the gospel?” when we can answer the question “what is grace?” I have just started reading Jerry Bridges book called Transforming Grace and I decided to include a section from the preface of the book. “The grace of God is one of the […]

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What Is The Gospel?

In his helpful little book, fittingly titled “What is the Gospel?” Greg Gilbert tackles this critical question. In his introduction, Gilbert gives a sampling of how some have answered this question. “The good news is, God wants to show you his incredible favor. He wants to fill your life with “new wine,” but are you […]

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A Church Covenant

Church Covenant of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and […]

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O Church Arise

Last week in one of my blog posts, I was lamenting the fact that many Christians don’t understand that we are in a battle and that the enemy is at war against us. One of the ways this is reflected is in our contemporary worship music. In generations past, it was not hard to find […]

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