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Bible Reading Plans, 2013

December 28 2012 at 5:44 pm 1 Comments

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As we like to share each year around this time, Scripture reading—a steady intake of God’s Word—is pivotal to the stability and growth of every Christian. Reading the Bible according to a defined schedule is an option that helps many people. Like the physical necessities of our lives, spiritual needs require a proactive plan. As John Piper has said, “Nothing but the simplest impulses gets accomplished without some forethought which we call a plan.”

We cannot improve upon the excellent post Justin Taylor has put together—Reading the Bible in 2013. It includes links to a variety of plans including ones specific to ESV, links to books to have on hand as “helps,” and a chart to track where you are in the biblical storyline.

Check out Justin’s post, pick an approach that’s right for you, and enjoy God’s Word this year!


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Review and Apply: What Christmas Creates: Generosity

December 26 2012 at 9:11 am 0 Comments

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In his sermon this past Sunday, Robin Boisvert preached the fourth and final part of our What Christmas Creates series, entitled “Generosity.” Reading from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Robin reminds us that the generous giver, motivated by and rooted in the gospel, produces abundant righteousness and strengthens the bonds of Christian love.

Options for reviewing the message:

Watch the sermon online.
Listen to a downloadable MP3 of the sermon.
Read and review the PDF version of the study guide.

Questions for reflection and application:

1. Take time to read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

2. In 2 Corinthians 8-9 Paul is raising support from gentile Christians for impoverished Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. What does this say about the Gospel? What are some implications for our time?

3. What thoughts or fears hinder me from being more generous with others? How does Christ’s generosity toward me address those hindrances?

4. What steps can I take to be more radically generous toward others with my money, time, and resources?

5. What three specific ways do I want to grow in Christ-motivated generosity?


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Review and Apply: What Christmas Creates: Compassion

December 18 2012 at 1:55 pm 0 Comments

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On December 16, Joshua Harris preached “Compassion,” part three of our What Christmas Creates series. From Psalm 103:8-14, he taught how the incarnation reveals God’s compassion toward us and how this reality must shape the way we relate to others.

Options for reviewing the message:

Watch the sermon online.
Listen to a downloadable MP3 of the sermon.
Read and review the PDF version of the study guide.

Questions for reflection and application:

1. Take time as a Care Group to read Psalm 103:8-14 and
Hebrews 4:14-16.

2. Is there a particular person or group that you currently struggle to show compassion to? Why?

3. How does Jesus Christ’s compassion toward you help you cultivate compassion toward this person or group? What practical steps can you take toward showing Christ’ compassion for this person or group?

4. What is one way I can actively demonstrate Christ-imitating, Christ-motivated compassion to others?

5. How does it make you feel knowing that we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin? How does the incarnation shape the way that you show compassion to others?


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Association with Sovereign Grace Ministries

December 17 2012 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments

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For the past 18 months, Covenant Life Church has been going through a time of testing which we see as an expression of the Father’s loving discipline.  Various circumstances have led us to evaluate ourselves and consider how God is calling us to grow.  While we can already see ways in which God has used this experience to teach and help us as a church, it has not come without pain and loss. It has been challenging in many ways.  One of the most difficult aspects of this time has been realizing we find ourselves going in a different direction from that of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), the organization that was launched within our church and whose leaders have played a foundational role in the life of our church. 

Over the past year there has been a growing clarity for our pastoral team that our differences with the leadership of SGM make it difficult for us to remain as a member church. After much prayer and sober consideration, the pastoral team presented their perspective and proposed disassociation from SGM to the members of Covenant Life Church at a members meeting on November 4.  On December 12, 2012, the members of Covenant Life Church affirmed the pastors’ decision to end our formal association with SGM.

As we close this chapter on our church’s history, we are saddened that we cannot remain in formal association with leaders and churches we dearly love and have counted as close partners for many years.  Yet we are grateful that our unity goes far deeper than institutional association.  We are united by faith in the same Lord, a bond that is not and cannot be broken.  We are sincerely thankful for the vital role the leadership and churches of SGM have played in helping us be a church that treasures the gospel.  We will be ever grateful to those leaders of SGM who played a foundational role in establishing and building this local church.  They will remain dear to us as brothers in gospel ministry, and we anticipate cooperating in future ministry endeavors, even though the nature of our partnership has changed.  We pray that this next season in ministry for SGM and Covenant Life Church will be as fruitful as ever as we press forward in the mission God has called us to in the days ahead.

—The Pastors of Covenant Life Church


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End-of-the-Year Contributions

December 17 2012 at 12:39 pm 0 Comments

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A word from the finance office: To be credited to the 2012 tax year, donations must either be received by Accounting or postmarked by midnight, December 31. If you’d like to drop off a contribution to the church, please leave it in a sealed envelope marked “Accounting Office” with the church receptionist between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day of the week.  As a reminder, the church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday.

If you have any questions about charitable contributions, please don’t hesitate to contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the church office.


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Christmas Eve Services: December 23 & 24

December 12 2012 at 2:22 pm 1 Comments

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Christmas Eve Services

Join us for Christmas Eve Services on December 23 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Please invite family and friends!

Life isn’t easy. Maybe you’ve faced hurt or disappointment in the past year, or you’re going through it now.  Have you wondered where God is in the process? Maybe you’ve been thinking about connecting with God or people who might be able to help…

This season, seize the opportunity to step away from the holiday pressures and pace.  Enjoy an evening designed to bring the promise and relevance of the Christmas message into focus for you—what it means, and how it can produce lasting change in our lives.

Sign language interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard of hearing during the Monday, December 24 service.


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