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The pastors, elders, and churches comprising the Common Slaves would like to extend an invitation for you to join together with us for an evening of praise and worship rooted in the tradition of the Reformation this coming Sunday evening, November 25th, 4:30 PM, at Quamba Baptist Church, located in the heart of the metropolis of Quamba, Minnesota.

Pastor Joe Reed from Lewis Lake Covenant Church will be preaching Christ in You, the Hope of Glory from Colossians 1:27.

The ladies at Quamba are preparing a meal to follow, so stick around and enjoy a rollicking good time of food and fellowship with saints from across the rural communities and churches of Central Minnesota.

The Gospel’s Hope for Fallen Minds

God created this world and all that is in it. He rules and reigns still. He declared his creation “good.”

Since Adam and Eve rebelled against God and came to know by experience the fruits of sin, life in this world has been fallen and cursed by God. From the moment we are born we are dying. Our physical death may lie in our future, but in respect to favor and life before God, we are already dead. This is true of each and every one of the 7-8 billion people on this planet bearing the image of God. Nothing works as it should. Plans fail, interpersonal conflicts arise, nations rage, and even the best inventions are often weaponized to cause pain and destruction.

Even our minds are enslaved to the corruption of a sin-filled world. Continue reading “The Gospel’s Hope for Fallen Minds”

The Common Slaves fall conference will be held on October 26, 2018 at Lifespring Church in Crosby MN. This year’s theme is “Sound Minds and Soul Care,” and will address matters of the mind, including the necessity of clear thinking in a confused culture, the powerful mental medicine found in the “ordinary means of grace,” ministering to those in crisis or tragedy, and an in depth look at John Newton’s pastoral ministry to the chronically, disablingly depressed poet William Cowper. We hope you’re able to join us as we hear from pastors in our network who have been ministering the ointment of the word to wounded hearts and minds for decades. More information can be found on our conference page here

Alice: Missing

On the seventh day the child died… David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 2 Sam. 12:19b-20

The record of King David losing his infant son was never too far from my mind during Alice’s final weeks. The passionate prayers and sorrows before death, followed by a seemingly immediate return to “normal” life sort of laid out a simple pattern for me that I hoped to follow.

The night Alice died, after I’d lifted her lifeless, already stiffening body off our bed, carried her through the kitchen, out the front door, and set her in the back of that shiny black minivan, laid her on a cot that was far too big for her little body, kissed her cool forehead one last time, pulled up the zipper of that adult size bag – after all, this ride wasn’t designed for kids – I walked back into the house where my Dad was seated at the table, and with reference to David that I knew he’d understand, I said to him, “Time to take a shower and eat something.” Continue reading “Alice: Missing”

A Special Event for Pastors and Elders

A Special Event for Pastors and Elders (and all aspiring pastors and elders)

With Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Monday, July 9, 9 am-3 pm

The Landing Church, Duluth, 214 2nd St. Proctor, MN, (218)729-2950

Schedule:

Session 1: The Almost Inevitable Ruin of Every Minister and How to Avoid It

Q&A

Lunch

Session 2: The Preparation of the Preacher

Q&A

Suggested Contribution/person: $25

RSVP suggested: email office@TheLanding.church

Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for 10 years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Don’s books include:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian life

Spiritual Disciplines for the church (with James M. Boice)

How can I be Sure I’m a Christian (with John MacArthur)

Praying the Bible

Family Worship

 

Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

This Sunday Evening (June 24) @ 4:30, Lifespring Church in Crosby will be hosting a a time of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ken Carlton from Providence Church, Cross Lake,  will be preaching.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Lifespring Church

http://www.visitlifespring.com

30 Hallett Ave

Crosby MN 56441

Alice in the Palace

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:15-16

Consider… the happy condition of a Christian! He has his best things last, and therefore in this world he receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are “later” good things, hard plowings yielding joyful harvests. – Spurgeon, ed. by Alistair Begg

Continue reading “Alice in the Palace”

Alice: Dishonor

“I didn’t think I could love her more,
but now that her eyes are crossing and she can barely move…
I love her more.” – Michele

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame… Romans 5:2b-5a
Continue reading “Alice: Dishonor”

Combined Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

On Sunday Evening (April 29) @ 4:30, Bethany Bible Church in Big Lake will be hosting a Worship gathering of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ivan Fiske will be preaching from I John 2.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Eric Anderson

 

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