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We know that God is love, but does He also hate? Since God is holy and just, would He be righteous if He did not hate sin? Hate is God’s reaction to sin’s rebellion and defiance. We read in the Book of Hosea, "Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.” Hosea 9:15. The psalmist writes, “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.” Psalm 5:5 and “The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.” Psalm 11:5. From the study of Scripture, we learn that God hates sin and evildoers. Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven things the Lord hates: “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes (arrogance), a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” During the Message Time this Sunday, we will be considering God’s love and yet His hatred of sin. ...

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Glenwood Community Church

25 Years | 11 August 2019 ...

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On August 1, 1994 I became the pastor of the Glenwood Evangelical Free Church. On August 14, EFCA District Superintendent Dave Martin officiated at my Installation Service. On April 30, 2000 the congregation voted to change the name of the church from Glenwood Evangelical Free Church to Glenwood Community Church. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as your pastor for 25 years. Deb and I have been blessed by the support and friendship of so many people over the years. Many who were here 25 years ago are still here today. I consider it a great blessings to partner with you in the Lord’s work on this earth. As your pastor, a verse dear to my heart is Acts 20:28 in which the apostle Paul writes, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” During the Message Time this Sunday, we will be counting the Lord’s blessings over the past 25 years. ...

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Glenwood Community Church

What is Repentance | 4 August 2019 ...

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The word “repent” in the Bible literally means “the act of changing one’s mind”. Repentance is a change of mind which leads to a changed life. Repentance is often understood to be sorrow for sin, but it is more than just sorrow. True biblical repentance goes beyond remorse and regret. It is changing our mind from unbelief to faith in the Lord. It is turning from self-will to God’s will. It is turning from sin to salvation. True repentance involves turning to God. When the prophets of the Old Covenant called people to repent and return to the Lord, they were calling for a complete turnaround involving the hearts of the people (Joel 2:12-13). John the Baptist called the people of his day to repentance. He said to the crowds, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Luke 3:8. The focus of Jesus’ ministry was also to call sinners to repentance. True repentance will result in a changed life – the fruit of repentance. During the Message Time this Lord’s Day, we will be considering the call to repentance in our world today. ...

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