with our friend Rev. John Yates of The Falls Church! Children’s answer in italics)
What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Take some time today, tomorrow, and Saturday – read the passage for this upcoming Sunday at Christ Church. Pray that the Lord will open your eyes, ears, mind, and heart to what He would have for you as we gather on the highlight of our week!
Keeping the Peace Genesis 21: 22 – 34
 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do.  Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.”  And Abraham said, “I will swear.”  When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized,  Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.”  So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.  Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.  And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?”  He said, “These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that this may be a witness for me that I dug this well.”  Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.  So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.  Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.  And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines. (Genesis 21:22-34 ESV)
Rev. Kevin DeYoung Sr. Pastor of University Reformed Church East Lansing MI
Q: How can we be saved?
Children’s answer in Italics
A: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.
On an occasion, I gather on Fridays some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church, culture, sports and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind,I don’t necesarily endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.
Brexit: Tensions emerge over UK-EU trade negotiations
UK and EU politicians have given very different accounts of how the UK’s Brexit negotiations should proceed.
The EU’s Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, says the UK cannot begin negotiating trade terms with the bloc until after it has left.
“First you exit then you negotiate,” she told BBC Newsnight. read more
A week after historic floods, West Virginia faces new reality (USA Today)
In the wake of the historic flooding last week in West Virginia that killed 26 people, the American Red Cross has sent hundreds of workers to the mountain state.
Both temporary employees and volunteers are helping local rescue and emergency teams to clean the debris from the flood that caused thousands of residents to evacuate from their homes and businesses. read more
A LEADING ANGLICAN THEOLOGIAN EXPOSES THE ‘THIRD WAY’ MYTH (GAFCON News)
There can be no compromise on issues that affect our eternal destiny. The myth of the ‘third way’ on the doctrinal issues concerned with human sexuality has been exposed by Dr Martin Davie and in this article Canon Charles Raven shows that it cannot provide a faithful way forward for the Anglican Communion. Read more
Area ’51: Tribe’s streak ties club record (Mlb.com)
TORONTO — It has been 65 years since Cleveland has experienced something like this.
Powered by an electric 14-strikeout performance from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled off a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, matching a franchise record with 13 wins in a row. Cleveland also won a baker’s dozen in 1951, and in 1942 before that. One more win and this Tribe team will be in uncharted waters. read more
Song of the Week! The Battle Hymn of the Republic!