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Present: Experiencing the Joy of God’s Presence in Sacred Places (Ps. 63) Chris Altrock – 8/23/15

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Present

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Present Two weeks ago I began this series by exploring a statement of David’s in Ps. 16: in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11 ESV) David connects the two topics which stand at the center […]

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Present: Experiencing the Joy of God’s Presence All Day, Every Day (Ps. 16) Chris Altrock – 8/9/15

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Present

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Present We begin a new series this morning. And I want to start by reminding you of two very simple joys in life. Joys that all of us have experienced. David mentions both of these in Psalm 16. In this psalm, David draws our memories […]

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The Truth About Life: A Case for Church (Rev. 1:12-20) Chris Altrock – 6/14/15

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life I met Jerry on a Sunday afternoon in the oldest neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX. He and I had gathered with a small group for Sunday dinner at the home of Steve and Lindsay. Steve preached at a nearby congregation. He and his family of five practiced a ministry of presence in this racially and economically diverse neighborhood. After devouring Lindsay’s pot roast, we pushed back from their long wooden plank table and shared stories. Most of our tales had a common theme: church. Steve and I preached for churches. A married couple at the table were training with Pioneer Bible Translators so they could take the church and its Book to others. Jerry and his wife taught the junior-high students at their church. We listened while Jerry discussed his desire to share Jesus with his patients and bring them to church. As a cancer doctor, he intersected the storylines of peoples’ lives in some of their most challenging chapters. Jerry believed God had called him to not just treat their bodies, but their hearts and souls as well. Still, he explained, he hadn’t been sure how to do this. He noticed another doctor who modeled one approach. This physician aggressively evangelized patients, sometimes explicitly telling them they didn’t have long on this earth and, unless they changed, they didn’t have a shot at heaven. Not only was the method ineffective, it was unethical. A visit from members of the medical board ended his pugnacious proselytizing.     

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The Truth About Life: Cloudy Forecast (Rev. 1:4-8) Chris Altrock – 6/7/15

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Truth About Life A British scholar recently interviewed 1,000 young women between the ages of 13 and 20. [i]  She summarizes the result of those surveys with one word. Do you know what that word is? What one word describes young women in the […]

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