Posts by Pastor Serven

Into the OPC…

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in News

This past Friday, March 20, 2015, we were received as a congregation into the Midwest Presbytery of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. We are joining with the thirty-six OPC congregations that are scattered throughout Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The installation service for our church has yet to be scheduled, but we are already incorporating many of the distinctive beliefs and practices of this fine denomination into the life of our congregation. In particular, we are working toward the establishment of local church government in our church with the ordination of...

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Talks for the Men’s Advance

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Men's Advance

This conference is going to be very rich! Check out the titles and descriptions below. I hope you can join us for the Men’s Advance (Feb. 27-28, 2015) here in Troy, Missouri. Take advantage of our “early bird” pricing by registering on or before Sunday, February 8. —Pastor Marcus Serven Key Bible Text: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” Hebrews 12:28 Friday, February 27, 2015 Session #1 (7:00 PM), Marcus Serven – “The Kingdom of God: Its King” Key Texts: Ps. 110:1-7; Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 16:18-19; Col. 1:13-14; Rev. 19:16; Rev. 20:1-3 Description: In...

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Theme for the Men’s Advance

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Men's Advance

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” Psalm 146:3-5 As the years go by it seems to me that this statement from Psalm 146 becomes more prominent in my own mind. The fundamental lesson of human history is that the kingdoms of men rise up, and then over time the kingdoms of men fall down. But, in contrast to that the kingdom of our God continues on forever and ever—because it is an eternal...

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A Meditation on Christ’s Incarnation

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Devotional

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” “He is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14 During this time of year when we naturally think of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the lyrics from this moving hymn (below) will remind you, I sincerely hope, of the simplicity which surrounds the nativity scene of our Lord. His birth place was a rough-hewn wooden stable, populated by farm animals, and with all the sights, sounds, and smells that might be commonly expected in such a place. The hymn-writer states so...

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Men’s Advance 2015

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Men's Advance

  Join us for the Men’s Advance scheduled for February 27-28, 2015. This year our theme is “The Kingdom of God” based on Hebrews 12:28, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” During this troubled time in which we now live, we are witnessing the rapid rise and fall of the kingdoms of men. Therefore, it is essential for Christians to understand the expansion and growth of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Let us remember that Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt....

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