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Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church
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A Reformed and Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ.
A Reformed and Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ.

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Want to know more about the Holy Spirit?

For the next few months, we will be learning what the Spirit says about Himself in the Bible. Come and join us for class after worship. We start tomorrow!
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Celebrate the New Year at the church potluck this Wednesday. Also this week, the friday night Ladies' Bible Study will start again.
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Today at Covenant…

Worship @ 9:30 AM | Sermon: “Abraham’s Justification” (Romans 4:1-8)
Sunday School @ 11:30 AM | Kids' Classes; Pilgrim’s Progress
Worship @ 6:00 PM | Sermon: “Uzzah’s (Un)surprising Death” (1 Chronicles 13)
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This excellent reading plan will help you read through the #Bible in a year.
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Quotable Theology

At the end of every month we include a theological quote in the church bulletin. Yesterday, a quote from Michael Horton finished off our year. Take a look back and see what else was included in 2015. Have a favorite?

JAN: Matthew Poole
"They are said to be 'dead to sin,' who do not live under the power and dominion of it; who mortify sin, and suffer it (so far as they can) to have no life or power in it. Fall into it they may, but live and lie in it they cannot. It is not falling into the water that drowns a man, but it is his lying in it; so it is not falling into sin that damns a man, but it is his living in it."

FEB: Heidelberg Catechism
"Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him."

MAR: Horatius Bonar
"Never lose sight of this great truth that the evil thing in you, which is the root of bitterness to the soul, is distrust of God; distrust of the Father, who so loved the world as to give His son; distrust of the Son, who came to seek and save that which was lost; distrust of the Holy Ghost, whose tender mercies are over you, and whose work of love is to reveal the Christ of God to your souls."

APR: Heidelberg Catechism
Somehow we re-used February’s quote in April. It’s a good one!

MAY: J. Gresham Machen
"It is of the very nature of faith, strictly speaking, to do nothing. So when it is said that faith works through love, that means that through faith, instead of doing something for ourselves we allow someone else to help us. That force which enters our life at the beginning through faith, before we could do anything at all to please God, and which then strengthens and supports us in the battle that it has enabled us to begin, is the power of the Spirit of God. So in the midst of a practical world, the Christian exhibits a practical life of love—a busy life of helpfulness, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thristy, receiving the strangers, clothing the naked, visitng the sicka and the prisoners. And all that accomplished no by his own unaided efforts, not even merely by his own faith, but by the great object of his faith, the all-powerful God."

JUN: Charles Spurgeon
"To a spiritual mind nettles have their use, and weeds have their doctrine. Are not all thorns and thistles meant to be teachers to sinful men? Are they not brought forth of the earth on purpose that they may show us what sin has done, and the kind of produce that will come when we sow the seed of rebellion against God?"

JUL: Charles Hodge
"Faith is not a blind, irrational conviction. In order to believe, we must know what we believe, and the grounds on which our faith rests."

AUG: John Calvin
"To sum up, we observe that freedom is given to this end, that we may use God's gifts as he intended, with a quiet conscience and a calm mind, and that, assured of his generosity toward us, our souls may have peace and rest with God."

SEP: Peter Martyr Vermigli
"It is of great importance for us to embrace this making of the world with faith, so that the Creed may take its starting point here. Should this be taken away, the first sin will not stand out, the promises about Christ will collapse, and all the power of religion is sunk to the bottom."

OCT: John Bradford
"Lead us not into temptation.' Because of our great infirmities, and the great deception of the enemy, God has appointed this petition for his children as a remedy."

NOV: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us."

DEC: Michael Horton
"If baptism is the bath for the beginning of this journey, the Supper is the table that God spreads in the wilderness along the way."
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Tomorrow at Covenant…

Worship @ 9:30 AM | Sermon: "The Christmas Life: Hope" (Isaiah 61:1–3)
Potluck @ 11:30 AM |Soup and Salad
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A married couple reaffirmed their faith today and joined the church. God is good.
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Lot's of great short-term mission opportunities this summer around the globe—North America, Asia, Africa. Teams are currently being put together. Get your applications in soon!

http://opcstm.org/category/current-opps-global-2/
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Finding the hymn you need has never been easier.

You can see our church's hymnal online. It's fully searchable. There are even page scans, midi files, and flex-score printing options.
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You Can Help Establish a Reformed Church in Yuma, AZ!

If you’re not from #Yuma, you might be surprised to learn that 201,000 people live in the greater Yuma area. And yet, like many places in the Southwest, the closest Reformed church is a two and a half hour drive away from Yuma!

But...things are changing. There is a growing group of people committed to establishing an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Yuma. And they are meeting every Sunday at 5 p.m. to spend time together in God’s word, pray for one another, and lay the foundations for a new work.

Here's What You Can Do

If you are in Yuma, consider visiting and even joining alongside to help establish this new work. Contact Fred Ennenga (OPCYuma@gmail.com) to find our more. He’ll help answer all your questions.

If, like me, you are not in Yuma, here are three things you can do from a distance to help this work grow.

1) Pray.

Paul tells the Philippians that his ministry depended on their prayers. Prayer is no less important today. Mysteriously and wonderfully, God uses the prayers of his people to further the spread and deepen the effect of the gospel. So pray!

2) Spread the Word.

Start by liking and sharing this post. Then, think about whom you know in the Yuma area who might be hungry for a church committed to biblical doctrine, worship, government, and piety. Let them know what’s going on. They can contact Fred Ennenga for more information, OPCYuma@gmail.com

3) Donate.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can donate money to our Presbytery’s mission committee. We fell behind the needed giving by $32,000 dollars last year. Shortfalls like this make it hard to establish new works. Even though we keep trying! Contact Chris Berg (bergcb@juno.com) to find out how you can help in this way.

I hope to bring you reports of growth in the near future. Thanks for listening, praying, and sharing!

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