Praying Through Trials [Psalm 27:1-14]

August 28, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 08/28/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, pastor

Key Text: Psalm 27

Description:

Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me… I shall be confident.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Josh Peglow takes the pulpit to share a Psalm, a prayer, a very raw and vulnerable cry to God from King David. And while this psalm demonstrates fearless trust, courageous confidence, and unwavering faith… it also shows us something else: David is scared.

“Please don’t leave me Lord.”

It’s hard to imagine someone of his stature feeling this way… and yet, he does. And by God’s grace it is recorded for us as an example to pattern and learn from — an encouraging imperative.

For as David concludes:

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord,
In the land of the living.

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Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

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Notes:

  • CONFIDENCE in Trials (1-3)
  • CONVICTION in Trials (4-6)
  • PRAYER in Trials (7-12)
  • PATIENCE in Trials (13-14)

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The Pilgrims Hope [1 Peter 1:3-5]

July 17, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 07/17/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, pastor

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:3-5

Description:

I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not

first loved me,

or been willing unless thou hadst first made me so.

O that such a crown should fit the head of

such a sinner!

…And so goes —but a stanza of— a rich, Truth-soaked Puritan Prayer.*

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, in his first official sermon as pastor, Josh Peglow takes to the pulpit to illuminate a marvelous hope — a marvelous truth —  we find in scripture. 

It’s a truth and hope that shows us that God is to be blessed for His work in bringing about an unassailable salvation to His heavenly people. 

And the Puritan Prayer? Well, it encapsulates this reality beautifully:

Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,

wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,

and make me ready for my departure hence.

Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this

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stormy sea.

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Notes:

  • ORIGIN of our Hope (3)
    • source
    • cause
    • means
  • PERMANENCE of our Hope (4)
    • preserved
    • reserved
  • REALIZATION of our Hope (5)
    • unwavering
    • unveiling
* “The Mover” from The Valley of Vision.

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Pastoral and Congregational Charge [Hebrews 13:7, 17]

June 12, 2022

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Date: 06/12/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:7, 17

Description:  

To be a pastor is, indeed, a high calling.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how the Bible clearly lays out the duties and responsibilities of a pastor to his flock, along with the duties and responsibilities of the congregation to their pastor.

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This morning Scandia Bible Church has the honor of ordaining Joshua Peglow to the office of pastor.

In light of this historic ordination for our church, today’s sermon serves as a charge: both pastorally and congregationaly… instructing all in the meeting of their duties before Christ.

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Trust God, Not Man [Jeremiah 17:5-8]

March 27, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 03/27/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Jeremiah 17:5-8

Description:

Thus says the Lord,

Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind

And makes flesh his strength,

And whose heart turns away from the Lord.

For he will be like a bush in the desert

And will not see when prosperity comes,

But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,

A land of salt without inhabitant. [Jeremiah 17:5-6]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow returns to our pulpit and opens the book of Jeremiah… a book that addresses a point we all struggle with: putting our trust in man versus God.

Why?

Because Jeremiah struggled with it too.

For Jeremiah exhorts that the Lord says:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord

And whose trust is the Lord.

For he will be like a tree planted by the water,

That extends its roots by a stream

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And will not fear when the heat comes;

But its leaves will be green,

And it will not be anxious in a year of drought

Nor cease to yield fruit. [Jeremiah 17:7-8]

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Notes:

  • MISPLACED Trust (5-6)
    • isolates
    • takes life
  • Trust in Almighty GOD (7-8)
    • provides life
    • provides protection
    • makes fruitful

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Ambassadors of the Light [Ephesians 5:7-14]

February 13, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 02/13/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Ephesians 5:7-14

Description:

Like one beggar showing another where to find bread, that is who we are as Christians.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to preach on our call to be Ambassadors of the Light.

We’re not here to shame others for their wrongdoings — our list is just as long.

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But rather, we are called, in the way we act and the words we speak — though we may stumble (and even more so because we do) — to show others, as an act of love, the Bread that sustains and saves us.

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Notes:

  • REFLECTING who we are in CHRIST (7-8)
    • our PAST identity
    • our identity NOW
  • a POSITIVE response (9-10)
    • FOLLOWING the Truth
    • APPLYING the Truth
  • a NEGATIVE response (11-12)
    • Avoid EVIL
    • EXPOSE its Severity to Unbelievers
  • The Testimony of Christ in the CHILDREN OF LIGHT (13-14)
    • making All Things VISIBLE
    • AWAKENING the Sinner

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Hearing from Christ [Luke 10:38-42]

January 16, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 01/16/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 10:38-42

Description:

[Cell phone ringing]

Avg Guy: I don’t have time to talk to anybody!… Quick! Answer this for me.

SBC Host: Hello. Average Guy’s phone.

[garbled phone voice]

SBC Host: It’s Jesus.

Avg Guy: Tell Him I’m too busy.

Are you too busy to hear from Christ?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches through the familiar account of Mary and Martha.

Recall that Mary was the attentive one — the one who set everything aside, and sat at her Lord’s feet, to hear from Him.

Martha was the busy one, filled with overwhelm and a touch of sister-directed resentment, scurrying about to serve Him.

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It’s easy for us to read this passage and assign misdirected priority and attention onto Martha. But this ultimately isn’t about what Martha should or shouldn’t have done: it’s about what you… and what you would do.

For there is no greater priority in the Christian life than hearing from Christ.

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Notes:

  • An Opportunity to Commune With Christ (38)
  • The Opportunity Accepted (39)
  • The Opportunity Neglected (40)
  • The Lesson Taught (41-42)

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Affliction and The End of Ourselves [2 Corinthians 1:8-11]

December 12, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 12/12/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Description:

[Writing Vignette]

SBC Host: [writing] Dear family and friends. What a year it has been! Billy is growing up so fast. He started soccer and singing in the choir. Sally — not to be outdone — has taken up ballet, and found that she, too, enjoys singing. Of course, we all felt the bump in the road when our family suffered an affliction that was so great that it caused us the despair of life. We enjoyed our annual family vacation, though, down at the lake this summer….

Avg Guy: Whoah!! Wait! What happened!? “The despair of life”???

You can’t just gloss over something like that. You need to give us details! 

SBC Host: Why? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul didn’t.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches out of the book of 2 Corinthians to show us that God uses trials to cause his people to stop trusting in themselves and, instead, in Him alone.

It’s not that he doesn’t want us to communicate our needs with others — He does. After all, it’s part of His plan of how we support each other.

But the main thrust of what we’ll learn today is that while we can suffer for all sorts of different reasons — and we will — (even a great apostle, such as Paul, is not immune) it’s when the despair becomes so great, that we humbly face the reality that, in and of ourselves, we have nothing to give.

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Our burden is so excessive that we are beyond our strength.

While this can be a disconcerting place to be… It’s a good place to be.

Because as we put our trust and reliance in Him, we see God go to work… to establish His glory.

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Notes:

  • SEVERITY of Affliction (8)
  • PURPOSE of Affliction (9a)
  • DELIVERER of Affliction (9b-10)
  • BENEFIT of Corporate PRAYER in Affliction (11)

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Mimic the Mature [3 John 1:9-12]

August 15, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 08/15/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 3 John 1:9-12

Description:

Avg Guy: As Christians, we must choose carefully who we imitate.

SBC Host: —Wait a minute… Are you trying to imitate *ME*??

Avg Guy: Well, ya.

SBC Host: Okay. Try it with less whine, then. Like this:

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and opens the book of 3rd John to show us that God has provided mature believers… (Okay, now your turn)

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Avg Guy: …as an example to encourage our sanctification.

SBC Host: (It’s a start).

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Notes:

Choose Carefully who you Imitate…

  • A NEGATIVE Example: Diotrephes (9-10)
    • the Character of a BAD example
    • the Behavior of a BAD example
    • the Indictment of a BAD example
  • A CALL to Imitate the WORTHY (11)
    • the Command to Imitate
    • the Test
  • A POSITIVE Example: Demetrius (12)
    • the Universality of a GOOD example
    • the Integrity of a GOOD example
    • the Approval of a GOOD example

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Reconciled by God and to God [1 Colossians 1:21-23]

June 20, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 06/20/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 1 Colossians 1:21-23

Description:

Avg Guy: I’m a pretty good person. I’m not THAT BAD.

SBC Host: Oh but, according to 1 Colossians 1:21, you ARE that bad.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the Pulpit to give Pastor Monty some much needed Father’s Day “hammock time” and shares with us that outside of Christ, we are enemies of God… because sinners sin.

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Our only chance — our only hope — is to get right with God… a task of utter impossibility, by us… but by His grace, He has done all the work FOR us.

All we must do is to be willing to be reconciled.

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Notes:

  • Our NEED for Reconciliation (1:21) [past]
    • Where we were
    • How we were
    • What we did
  • The MEANS of our Reconciliation (1:22a) [present]
    • the incarnate God
    • the death of Christ
  • The PURPOSE of our Reconciliation (1:22b) [present]
    • To present us Holy
    • To present us Blameless
    • To present us Beyond Reproach
  • The PERMANENCE of our Reconciliation (1:23) [future]
    • It is Active
    • It is UNmovable
    • It is based on the One True Gospel

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Only God Can Triumph in Hopelessness [1 Samuel 5:1-12]

April 18, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 04/18/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 1 Samuel 5:1-12

Description:

Avg Guy: There’s nothing we can we do! It’s hopeless.

SBC Host: Well, you’re right about the first part.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back our guest preacher, Josh Peglow, who reminds us that in times of apparent hopelessness, believers should never despair.

For the hand of the Lord will accomplish His will, and we can trust Him no matter how desperate the situation may seem.

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Notes:

  • Men Sometimes Seem to Triumph Over God (5:1-2)
  • When God Defends His Glory (5:3-10)
    • Against False Religion (3-5)
    • Against Sinful Man (6-10)
  • God’s Glory Vindicated (5:11-12)
    • The Hand of the Lord
    • The Weakness of Man

Living with Eyes on the Finish Line [Philippians 1:9-11]

April 11, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 04/11/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Philippians 1:9-11

Description:

The Bible says that no one — only God — knows when Christ will return. So, if that’s the case, what should we occupy ourselves with in the meantime?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and shows that while the Bible doesn’t tell us when Christ will return… it does tell us what to do — what to do with excellence.

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Notes:

  1. Discerning Love (9)
  2. Righteous Character (10)
  3. Christ Empowered Fruitfulness (11)
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The Priority of Forgiveness [Mark 2:1-12]

March 7, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 03/07/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Mark 2:1-12

Description: Mankind’s greatest need is forgiveness — the forgiveness that is made possible only in Christ Jesus.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to show us that forgiveness was Jesus’ message and mission — transcending even great physical need.

For only Christ has the authority to forgive… and when He does, it results in the praise of God.

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Notes:

  1. FORGIVENESS Preached (1-2)
  2. FORGIVENESS Unexpected (3-5)
  3. FORGIVENESS Proved (6-11)
  4. FORGIVENESS Praised (12)
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The Sermon to the Hebrews: “a first century podcast” [Hebrews 1:1 — 13:25]

January 24, 2021

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Date: 01/24/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 1-13

Description: If podcasting is roughly defined as “time-shifted media,” and modern scholars believe that the book of Hebrews was actually a sermon instead of a text… then one could argue that the Bible’s “delivery” of the book of Hebrews is one of the earliest podcasts!! [spoof “Epistle Podcast”]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow answers the last minute call to stand behind the pulpit as Pastor Monty nurses a disabling case of lumbago and shares with us that the public reading of an entire text in this way was how it was done in the earliest days of the church.

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Actually, all the New Testament epistles were meant to be read aloud to the congregation and then passed on to neighboring churches… a practice that promoted a unity of understanding in that together everyone could receive the message, The Word of God.

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Wisdom in Action [James 3:13-18]

January 10, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 01/10/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: James 3:13-18

Description: 

Avg Guy: Oh to be wise. Wisdom is such a good thing!

SBC Host: It is… if the source is right.

Avg Guy: Huh?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit and shows us that wisdom — as the book of James lays out — can come from above… or from below.

And therefore, the child of God must be on guard to desire and pursue true Christian wisdom which eschews prideful strife and promotes peace.

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Notes: 

  1. God Wants Us to Exemplify Peaceful Wisdom (13)
  2. Counterfeit Wisdom Produces Strife (14-16)
  3. Godly Wisdom Produces Peace (17-18)

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The Transformation of Grace [Titus 2:11-14]

October 18, 2020

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Sermon Notes

Date: 10/18/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Titus 2:11-14

Description: 

Driver: Hey Grace… How do I get to Christian Living?

Grace GPS: Getting directions to Christian Living. … Starting from Salvation, with the grace of God, drive straight and continue on the narrow path for a lifetime with sobriety, righteousness, and godliness. Along the way, avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts, as you look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Driver: Thank you.

Grace GPS: Happy to help!

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and takes us to the book of Titus where we are reminded that when we need direction, “Grace” is there!… the grace of God… for it instructs us how to live, points us toward our coming hope, and grounds us in the work of Christ.

Ultimately, what we find is that the grace of God transforms us.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 43

Notes: 

  1. Foundation of Grace (11, 14)
  2. Instruction of Grace (12)
  3. Expectation of Grace (13)

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Giving Christ His Due [John 3:22-36]

August 16, 2020

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Sermon Notes

Date: 08/16/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: John 3:22-36

Description: 

“He who comes from above is above all…”

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at pulpit and reminds us that Christ must remain preeminent in our lives: He must increase, but [we] must decrease.

We all struggle with the inclination to exalt ourselves, but as believers, we must be willing to see ourselves abased to see Christ glorified.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 34

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Notes: 

The Reasons That Christ Must be Exalted (John 3:31-36)

  1. The Creator contrasted with His creatures (31).
  2. His message is from God and in the power of the Holy Spirit (32-34).
  3. God the Father loves and honors Him (35).
  4. Christ Himself is the object of faith and the hinge of men’s destiny (36).

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The Foolishness of the Cross [1 Corinthians 1:18-25]

March 15, 2020

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Sermon Notes

Date: 03/15/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Description: 

Average Guy: The Cross? The Cross is a joke! It’s for fools. It lacks any intellectual fortitude or logical reasoning. If I’m going to believe in such a fairy tale, I need some solid proof.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit to share a concept in the the Bible that at first to the believer may seem incredulous (and wrong): the Cross as foolishness.

But that’s exactly how God wants it to be seen. His intent is to turn conventional wisdom on its head. For as we begin to understand why He wants it this way, we begin to see the depth and richness of His power through it.

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…And then we begin to realize where the foolishness really lies.

 

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And the Creeps Crept In [Jude 1:17-25]

September 22, 2019

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Sermon Notes

Date: 09/22/2019

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Jude 17-25

Description: 

False Teacher: Hello everyone, my name is Bob.

Group: Hi Bob.

False Teacher: …And I’d like to convince you of my heresy and drag you all down to hell with me.

Group: (various responses of interest)

SBC Host: If it were only that obvious.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to bring us a timely message from the book of Jude:

We must be on guard and “contend earnestly for the faith” because “certain persons have crept in unnoticed.”

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He goes on to warn that they will draw many with their engaging personalities, slick style, and ability to turn a phrase… drawing them into a subtle trap of deception, with the sole purpose of leading you away from the pure Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Paul’s Prayer for Understanding [Ephesians 1:15-23]

April 21, 2019

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Sermon Notes

Date: 04/21/2019, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Josh Peglow, brother in Christ

Key Text: Ephesians 1:15-23

Description: He is risen! … and indeed, He is risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday from Scandia Bible Church, 2019, and we want to welcome you to our Sunrise Service Sermon, as our church gathers in its tradition for this special time at the lovely waterside home of Elder Keith Barker. Music this morning being provided by our church family.

And our Sunrise Service message… being delivered this time by Mr. Josh Peglow…. a member of our church body and brother in Christ.

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Notes: Understanding God…

  1. What is the HOPE of His calling?
  2. What are the RICHES of the glory of His inheritance in the saints?
  3. What is the surpassing greatness of His POWER toward us who believe?

Listen to the 2019 Easter Sermon — delivered by Pastor Monty Simao


Lessons from a Thief [Luke 23:33-43]

February 17, 2019

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Sermon Notes

Date: 02/17/2019

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 23:33-43

Description: One on the right and one on the left. And in the middle… Jesus.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit to deliver a message about the two thieves that hung next to Jesus on the day of His crucifixion — two criminals nailed to their own crosses on either side, one hurling insults, the other ultimately calling Him Lord.

If you think about it, the scene — in many ways — depicts that of the world: you’re either with Him or against Him.

Which thief are you?

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Notes: What the Penitent Thief knew, that we too need to know…

  1. knew Jesus is God
  2. knew his own GUILT before God
  3. knew Christ was NOT guilty
  4. knew Christ has the POWER to SAVE
  5. knew Christ is KING

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