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10714 N SECOND ST. Machesney Park, IL 61115

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Weakness and Waiting

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know?    Have you not heard?The Lord is the everlasting God,    the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary,    and his understanding no one can fathom.29 He gives strength to the weary    and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary,    and young men stumble and fall;31 but those who hope in the Lord    will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;    they will run and not grow weary,    they will walk and not be faint. In this sermon, we learn the counterintuitive…

A Well-Ordered Church

1 Peter 5:1-14 1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of…

Unsurprised by Suffering

1 Peter 4:12-19 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or…

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The Joy We Will Experience in the New Heaven and the New Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 5: The Joy We Will Experience in the New Heaven and the New Earth Rev. 21-22 What will eternal life be like? Whatever else we might say about eternal life in the new heaven and the new earth, it will be place of great joy. How could it not be if the curse has been removed, along with every trace of suffering, sin, and death?…

Eternity in the New Heaven and the New Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 4: Eternity in the New Heaven and the New Earth Rev. 22 We keep using the word eternity. What does it mean though? With respect to God, the term refers to the fact that he exists outside of time and therefore doesn’t have a beginning or an end. When it comes to the new creation, we often think of it in similar terms – time…

The Joining of Heaven and Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 3: The Joining of Heaven and Earth Rev. 21:1-7 As we had a chance to discuss earlier, God is omnipresent. That is, he is present everywhere at all at once. Nevertheless, it is clear God manifests his presence more powerfully at certain times in certain places. We call the place where God most powerfully manifest his presence heaven.[i] Yesterday we talked about the idea many…

The Renewal of the Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 2: The Renewal of the Earth 2 Peter 3:3-14 We noted earlier that eternity will share the same fundamental physical/material structure as the current universe. That is not to say there won’t be significant differences though. Sin corrupted the original creation. But God intends to renew/restore it. The most dramatic picture of that process comes from Peter: The Lord is not slow in keeping his…

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