Author Archives: Matthew Hoskinson

Preparation for Worship (4/18/15)

Scripture to consider: Isaiah 28 1 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,     to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley—     to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! 2 See, the … Continue reading

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This Weekend at First (4/17/15)

Here’s a look ahead to what we have planned this weekend at First! Combined Adult Sunday School Class Beginning Sunday Matthew will lead a combined adult Bible class to consider church partnerships, and specifically the recommendation to affiliate with the … Continue reading

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The King and the New Israel

In today’s text Isaiah presents a second song of the vineyard. Both of them—the one in chapter 5 and the one here in chapter 27—emphasize God’s work of cultivating and protecting his people, but there is one significant difference that … Continue reading

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Preparation for Worship (4/11/15)

Scripture to consider: Isaiah 27 1 In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword—     his fierce, great and powerful sword— Leviathan the gliding serpent,     Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. 2 In that day— “Sing about a fruitful … Continue reading

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This Weekend at First (4/10/15)

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating the cross and the empty tomb! Praise God for His grace to us in Jesus! Just imagine what He will do for us and in us and through us this week! Here’s a look … Continue reading

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