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A Witness to Bear (John 21:15-25)

I. What About That Guy? Every parent or sibling will recognize the question posed by the Apostle Peter in verse 21: “Lord, what about him?” Perhaps a dad pulls one of his sons out of the house for some yard work, only to hear the retort, “What’s wrong with your other children? Why they can’t […]

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The Forsaken King (Mark 15:34)

I. The Week of All Weeks! Palm Sunday is a whirlwind. A Super Bowl of Sundays. In this last leg of our Lenten journey, we scan the dizzying heights of the Triumphal Entry and the chasm of the Cross. We lend our voice to the “Hosannas,” but to the “Crucifies,” too. Jesus said that if […]

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Bold Speech & Our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)

I. Anchored in Christ, Persevering Together! Pop quiz! Who remembers what our congregational theme is for this year? That’s right, “Anchored in Christ, Persevering Together.” We could not hope for a better summary of what that looks like than Hebrews 4:14-16. It is a short, explosive tour de force of the powerful underpinnings of the […]

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The Christian at War (Romans 7:12-25)

I. Who Is This and What Does It Mean for Us? We’re about halfway through our Lenten journey this year, and if you’re at all taking this seriously, asking the Lord to show your great need and the Savior’s great work anew, you probably need some encouragement. Romans 7 brings us that encouragement this morning. […]

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Ash Wednesday: Praise the Lord, Oh My Soul!

In a popular sense, how do people often think of Lent? And by popular sense, I mean those who probably haven’t actually taken part it in it. But nonetheless, Lent is seen as… Drudgery Duty Formality “Forty days to feel guilty” (Bishop John Guernsey) Christian Joy But what if we saw Lent as surest, most […]

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Lenten Meditation: The Pride of Life (1 John 2:16)

A Lenten meditation on 1 John 2:16, given by The Rev. Justin Clemente at Lenten Family Prayer, March 2, 2021, New Creation Church (Anglican) Each year in Lenten Prayer, we focus on one of the seven deadly sins. Tonight we focus in on pride. I want to look specifically at John’s descriptive phrase, “the pride of […]

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Things Into Which Angels Long to Look (Heb. 1:3-14)

We get a little gem at the end of our passage today that says, “Are not [angels] all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” The apostle Peter enlarges on this thought. In 1 Peter 1, Peter is discussing the greatness of the of the gospel, […]

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On Sickness: Reflections on Illness & the Christian

In my adult life, I’ve tried to make an intentional habit of reflecting on the meaning of illness, as well as God’s sovereign and good purposes, in these times of dependency and limitation. Admittedly, I have not suffered much in my life, and there are others who could write, and have written, much more profound […]