COV LIFE BLOG

Thoughts from the Winter Women’s Retreat

I don’t know about you, but for me Friday means the last day of the work week and a catered lunch at the office. It is the glorious door mat to Saturday! Friday, December 2, started like many others. I hit snooze three times before dragging myself out of bed that morning. Wiping the crust […]

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Posted on: March 14, 2017 - 6:04PM

Matthew 7:21-73 – Am I Really A Christian? Week One

I want to remind you that These People Found Out Their Mistake In A Most Terrible Way. Oh, if they could only have found it out before! Possibly, they attended a ministry that was very soothing. Or, if they heard a sermon that seemed to plough them up, they said, “The preacher is very rough, […]

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Posted on: March 2, 2017 - 10:00PM

Conclusion to Series on 1 Peter

Living in close proximity to Jesus Christ for more than three years had provided the apostle Peter the best possible example of what it looked like to live in holiness amid a hostile world. More than any other man who walked the earth, Jesus modeled that lifestyle. Peter therefore pointed his readers in the best […]

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Posted on: February 23, 2017 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 5:6-11 – The Humility In Trusting That God Cares For You

The verb, “cares,” is in the present continuous tense which here undoubtedly looks at a general truth about God. It reminds us that God always and constantly cares about us. It serves to remind us of the unchanging faithfulness and love of God. Life changes and seems terribly fickle, but God’s care is steadfast and […]

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Posted on: February 16, 2017 - 10:00PM

IMPRINT Marriage Conference 2017

There is a different kind of unity enjoyed by the joining of diverse counterparts than is enjoyed by joining two things just alike. When we all sing the same melody line it is called “unison,” which means “one sound.” But when we unite diverse lines of soprano and alto and tenor and bass, we call […]

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Posted on: February 9, 2017 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 5:1-5 – A Humble Church and Faithful Elders

To the Elders It is by no means easy for a young man to become a shepherd, and he ought not to be discouraged if he cannot become one in a day, or a year. An orator he can be without difficulty. A reformer he can become at once. In criticism of politics and society […]

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Posted on: February 3, 2017 - 7:50AM

1 Peter 4:12-19 – Rejoicing in Suffering

Dear Christian, as you experience suffering in this life, remind yourself that it is not a reason for complaint, but rather for rejoicing. That may seem counterintuitive, but we can rejoice because our suffering is of benefit to our own soul. Whatever trial we are enduring is only a “slight momentary affliction preparing for us […]

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Posted on: January 26, 2017 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 4:7-11 – Living and Loving In Light of The End

Too often, people’s main concern in thinking about the end times is how they can protect themselves. They want to be assured that they wont suffer through the tribulation; or (if they believe they will go through the tribulation) that they can somehow stockpile enough food for themselves; or that they’ll have enough material goods […]

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Posted on: January 19, 2017 - 10:00PM

Most cultures—unlike our own—expect suffering as inevitable and see it as a means of strengthening and enriching us. Our secular culture, on the other hand, is perhaps the worst in history at helping its members face suffering. Every other culture says the meaning of life is something beyond this world and life. It may be […]

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Posted on: January 12, 2017 - 10:00PM

The Confusion and Controversy of 1 Peter 3:19-20

This past Sunday was an incredibly sweet day for our faith family. Amid the testimonies, baptisms, and new members signing our church covenant, the Lord’s promise in Isaiah 55 continues to show itself true: His word going-out does not return void! Reaching 1 Peter 3:19-20 this week, we noted one scholar’s calculation of 180 different exegetical […]

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Posted on: January 11, 2017 - 4:20PM