Christmas Joy

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Devotional

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’.” Luke 2:10-11 In his sermon on Luke 2:9-14 John Calvin proclaimed, “Since the angel invites us to rejoice at the coming of Christ, not in any ordinary way but with unbounded delight, let us make the most of the message. What can we say about this joy” If we involve ourselves in worldly pleasures and are wholly absorbed by our own wants, we will never rejoice in the grace of Christ. Let...

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Relationships within the Body

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Devotional, Rev. Serven

One of the most difficult issues in human relationships is forgiving an offense (cf. Gen. 32-33; Prov. 18:19). This is true for unbelievers in the world, and it is also true for believers within Christ’s Church. Christians, though, have a distinct advantage over those who remain in the world—we have the gracious example of the Lord Jesus Christ who forgave us so much (cf. Eph. 4:32; 1 Pet. 2:24-25; 3:18). Beyond that, we also have the Holy Spirit who dwells within each one of us and makes it possible to truly forgive past offenses (cf. 1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20). Because of these powerful truths...

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A Firm Foundation

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in Devotional, Theology

What does the Bible say about itself? To me, this is a fascinating subject because it shows the strong foundation that our faith rests upon. Moreover, it is good for us to recall that these are God’s very own words about his book and they demonstrate the self-authenticating nature of the Bible. For example, — Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” — Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” — Isaiah...

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The 6th Commandment and Anger

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Devotional, Rev. Serven

“The 6th Commandment and Anger” Matthew 5:21-26 February 14, 2010 Pastor Marcus J. Serven Covenant Family Church (RPCGA) Our Lord takes the 6th Commandment to an entirely new level in this potent passage from the Sermon on the Mount. Whereas the Jewish Rabbis taught that the 6th Commandment was only an external standard, Jesus instructed his disciples that it was an internal standard as well. In other words, if you even contemplated murderous thoughts then you were guilty of breaking the 6th Commandment. This was a shocking development for Jesus’ disciples! So much so, that following the...

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The Promise of a Messiah

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Devotional

Isaiah 9:1-7 December 20, 2009 Pastor Marcus J. Serven Covenant Family Church (RPCGA) Think about it—how many times have you not fulfilled a promise that you have made? Perhaps, you could even make a compelling excuse for not fulfilling a particular promise; (i.e.) the circumstances changed; things didn’t turn out like you first expected; you didn’t intend to fail in keeping the promise, etc. But, be honest now, if you were on the receiving end of an unfulfilled promise, wouldn’t you be upset? Sure you would! However, when the promise is fulfilled, there is great joy! The LORD made...

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The Mystery of Marriage

Posted by on Nov 8, 2009 in Devotional

“The Mystery of Marriage” Ephesians 5:31-33 November 8, 2009 Pastor Marcus J. Serven Covenant Family Church (RPCGA) With the large number of marriages that end in divorce, it seems reasonable to question the entire institution of matrimony. Some might say, “Why even bother with it?” However, as Christians we must remember that God is the One who instituted marriage between a man and a woman. The Bible teaches that God established marriage for three reasons: (1) for lifelong companionship, (2) for the bringing-up of children, and (3) for instructing us in self-sacrifice. Thus, there was and...

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