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The Heart of a Pastor

If you want to see Paul's tenderness and pastoral heart for a church then you really ought to read and meditate upon his first epistle to the church in Thessalonica. This was a church that he had personally planted (Acts 17). He had a relatively brief ministry there and was forced to flee the city by night because his persecutors were looking to harm him. But as he write...

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Longing for God

"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands...

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The LORD is My Portion

Dear Westminster Family Friends, This past Lord's Day was certainly a strange one, wasn't it? Some of us were able to gather with others from the church and have worship from home. Others of us worshipped alone as a family or maybe even by yourself. I must say that our hearts were blessed as we worshipped together in our home with friends. We enjoyed a meal together an...

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Helpful Resources

There have been some excellent articles written in recent days to help give us fresh perspective on how we should think about life and the church in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic. Here are a few I wanted to pass your way: Michael Kruger, President of RTS in Charlotte, NC, has written an excellent article on how a biblical worldview will shape the way we respond ...

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WPC Action Plan Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Westminster Family Friends, Your session and diaconate held a joint meeting last night (March 17) to discuss an action plan for life and ministry at WPC for the next few weeks. The first thing we want you to know is that you are greatly loved and we are praying for you regularly. We are committed to caring for you and ministering to you as best as we can in these ...

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Updates Regarding Coronavirus & Impacts on WPC Ministries

Dear WPC Family, The Session and Diaconate are holding a called meeting this evening, March 17, at 6:00pm to pray for God's mercy and to consider a plan of action for life and ministry at WPC for the next several weeks. As I'm sure you are aware, things are in a constant state of flux right now. Please pray that the Lord will grant us wisdom as we seek to minister to ...

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Pastoral Letter Regarding COVID-19

Dear Westminster family and friends, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid." Psalm 56:3 I'm sure I had read this verse plenty of times, but it was not until I sang a little song based on this verse with a bunch of preschoolers that the truth it conveys hit me. Little children often have fears. They ...

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The Transforming Power of Biblical Worship pt. 5

After several months away from our series exploring the transforming power of biblical worship, we now return to discuss the topic of singing. In previous articles in this series we have identified five different elements that are the heartbeat of our worship services. When we gather for public worship Lord's Day by Lord's Day, Scripture demands that we: Read the Word, P...

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"The Rare jewel This Holiday Season"

Black Fridayit's a strange phenom-enon. Just hours after sitting around the table with family and giving thanks for all that we have received, a massive number of Ameri-cans line up outside shopping malls ready to scratch and claw their way past others in order to get the best deals of the holiday season. A few years ago I turned on the news the day after Thanksgiving an...

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The Transforming Power of Biblical Worship, pt. 4"

"Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day." "Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our sal-vation!" "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD." "About mid-night Paul and Si...

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The Transforming Power of Biblical Worship, Part 2

A few weeks ago during our Sunday morning service I preached a sermon entitled "A True Disciple Loves the Church." One of the points in that sermon was that a true disciple loves the church's worship. We love the church's worship because we have the great privilege of drawing near to God in worship through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. You may remember th...

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The Transforming Power of Biblical Worship, Part 3

Last month you may remember that we started to look at the elements of worship that God promises to bless for our spiritual growth in grace. We summarized those elements under five headings: Read the Word, Preach the Word, Sing the Word, Pray the Word, and See the Word. We then examined the Bible's exhortation to the public reading of Scripture. This month we'll briefly ...

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The Transforming Power of Biblical Worship, Part 1

The exact date is fuzzy, but it must have been some time in 2004. I had only recently moved back to the States from my first missionary stint in Thailand. The new pastor at our church was passionate about worship and about teaching the congregation what God's Word says about worship. He had spent significant time investing in the elders and introduced them to a book enti...

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