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David Stertz

Yes, I’m Proud To Be An American

On this Independence Day here are three reflections as a Christian Pastor in America. First, I am proud to be an American. Of course there is such a thing as sinful pride that no Christian should embrace. When it comes to national pride, sinful national pride would include the idea that we ourselves made our country or that no other countries have anything much good to offer to the world. This sinful attitude shows up in a sneering and snobbish look toward the other nations of the earth. Christians should reject that kind of pride. We are blessed of the…

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What I’m Reading – “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.”

“The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to the Sexual Revolution” by Carl Trueman. In reviewing Trueman’s work, I want to begin not with Trueman but with Walt Disney: “Have faith in your dreams and someday Your rainbow will come smiling through No matter how your heart is grieving If you keep on believing The dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella Both Trueman’s book and the review you are reading now are a bit dense (though not as dense as some of the people he interacts with). Truerman’s 426 pages…

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Through the Bible – 2021

For a little over five years I have been listening, on a regular basis, to audio books. More specifically, I’ve listened to about 50 of them. Many of them have been quite long. I would guess, off the top of my head, that they averaged about 25 hours in length (for those counting, that means a lot of them were very long!). I have come to really enjoy the format. I find that I can focus on most of them quite well when I am engaging in various tasks. This year, I have decided to add a new audio book…

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Resuming Services

Dear Members and Friends, I am excited to announce that we are going to be resuming our services this Sunday! This includes our Sunday School, Morning Worship Service, and our Evening Service. I am looking forward to worshiping with you all again! Here are are a couple of notes to consider: 1. Please be reminded that if you are sick or have had recent significant exposure to Covid to refrain from attending services. Our morning sermons are usually posted on our website by Sunday afternoon so you can listen to them that day. In addition, the bulletin, with our order…

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Order for Home Worship – Sunday, November 22

Here is a guide for home worship for the Lord’s day – November 22, 2020. Call to Worship – Psalm 106:1 Hymn – Come, Christians, Join to Sing PDF Link Audio to Sing With   Prayer Here is an adaptation of a prayer entitled “A Minister’s Bible” from the Puritan book of prayers, “The Valley of Vision.” O God of truth, we thank you for the Holy Scriptures. We thank you for their precepts, promises, directions, and light. In them we learn more of Christ, are enabled to retain His truth, and given grace to follow it. Help us to…

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Service Update – November 18, 2020

Dear Friends, This is a brief update as to our services at Sunrise Bible Church. You can also find a video update here. We are not going to hold services through Thanksgiving. We had hoped to be meeting this weekend, but we are going to hold off one more week. The primary reason is that we have additional members or attenders who have either tested positive or are showing signs of the virus. More specifically, the virus has struck my own home. My wife Casey has tested positive and has been fairly sick for over a week. As a result,…

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Order for Home Worship – November 15, 2020

Here is a guide for home worship for the Lord’s day – November 15, 2020. Call to Worship – Psalm 28:6-7 Hymn – I Sing the Mighty Power of God  PDF Link Audio to Sing With   Prayer Here is an adaptation of a prayer entitled “Morning Needs” from the Puritan book of prayers, “The Valley of Vision.” O God, the Author of all good, we come to You for the grace another day will require: grace for its duties and events. We step out into a wicked world. We carry into it our own evil hearts. We know that…

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Services Cancelled

Dear Members and Friends, Due to heightened concerns about community spread of Covid-19 we are cancelling all services through Wednesday, November 18. We are making this decision because we care deeply about the safety of the members and attenders of our church and the communities in which they reside. We hope to resume services on Sunday, November 22nd but we will give an update before then to confirm it. Pastor Stertz is planning on releasing a sermon for this Sunday available in video and audio formats. We will have that posted on our church YouTube page, Facebook page, and church…

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Order for Home Worship – Sunday, November 8, 2020

Here is a guide for home worship for the Lord’s day – November 8, 2020. Today is a good day to reflect on God’s sovereign care and will. These are easy things to celebrate when life is good and easy. They are likely more important when life is hard and difficult. Today will be hard to not be with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But God knew this would happen and we rest in His care. With this in mind, here are a few hymns to sing, a prayer to consider, and Scriptures to read. May the Lord bless…

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SERVICES CANCELLED!

Dear Members and Friends, We want to inform you that we are cancelling all services tomorrow (November 8) through Wednesday (November 11).  In the last 12 hours we have had several members or attenders of our church tell us that they have had significant exposure to Covid and are being tested. In addition, several others have either covid symptoms or covid symptoms with prior exposure and are being tested. Several of them may have been at services while potentially contagious. We care deeply about the safety of our church members and attenders. Therefore, we are making this decision out of…

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