Resources from 2016

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Feb 7, 2016

From Servants to Friends

Originally titled: "The World, the Church, and the Victory"

Series: That You May Believe…

Scripture: John 15

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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain—Psalm 127:1.

Our commission chairman, Russ Pfeifer, an engineer extraordinaire, knows all about bridges. If the concrete’s not properly constituted, over years, structures crumble. Steel bars can bend and shatter, but well-crafted constructions can last for years…

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Feb 28, 2016

The Lord’s Delight

Dr. Michael Reeves preaching

Isaiah 61:10 – 62:5

Scripture: Isaiah Isaiah 61:10–62:5

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Before Dr. Bruce McDowell, Elaine Pennel and Samuel Kent left for Liberia on March 12, I had a chance to interview Bruce about the trip and what he hopes God will accomplish.

I hope you'll take 13 minutes to watch the video so that we as a church might better lift up the team before the Throne of Grace.  God has…

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Mar 11, 2016

Changing the World?

By Deborah Yao, Global Outreach Commission Member

Series: 2016 Easter Sacrificial Offering

 

I recently received a letter from a family friend in the Congo. He was a doctor in the Philippines, where I am from, who left a lucrative career to be a missionary in Africa. In the letter, he described a wrenching decision that he recently had to make. His funding had decreased, prompting him to seek a university job in another African country. But it would mean…

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You have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:2

During the last couple of months, our parishes have been meeting for Tenth Vision Nights to hear from Liam about the vision he and our session believe God has for Tenth Church as we move forward by faith.  

You can watch Liam’s presentation in a 29 ½…

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A recent update from Pastor Bruce ...

“Our team in Liberia is having a great time. Today I baptized 20 and yesterday 4. Have 2 days of pastors’ conference starting tomorrow.”

 

This was a quick aside at the end of an administrative email, which perfectly highlights Pastor Bruce’s understated attitude about his role in the Kingdom. But…

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What comes to your mind when you think of our church?

Some of you will think of Tenth’s building: a beautiful sanctuary with new flooring and carpeting, plus classrooms and meeting rooms. Others will think of worship services that includes a particular type of teaching and music that helps us to worship. Still others will think of excellent ministries like the Bible School, Special Needs…

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On March 27, I began a series entitled The Church at Work. In that Tenth Press, I encouraged you (and me) to reach out to one another, build up one another, visit one another, and come alongside one another. Living out our faith this way is the work of the church.

Someone asked Jesus the question, “What must we do to do the works…

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Tenth Church has been blessed since it was established in 1829 with Christian men commited to the clear exposition of the Bible. Our Resource Library archives sermons by Tenth pastors and guest preachers from more recent years.  Sermons are searchable by various criteria.  

Listed below are sermon series by Dr. Liam Goligher, our senior minister. For live sermons, please consult our Preaching Schedule for times and…

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Apr 27, 2016

Grace Notes

Life Together as a Church

Series: Grace Notes

Note No. 1

 

My first acquaintance with Tenth Church was walking through the front doors to the Narthex and being greeted by two friendly and cheerful deacons. The greeting was usually the same: “Good morning, so glad to see you on this Lord’s Day.” That may have been said many times to many people, but it seemed so personal to me..

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By Dr. David Apple, Director of Mercy Ministries

 

Several years ago, Tenth’s Missions Conference brochure said:

We are a sent people witnessing to salvation in Christ and participating to build up the Church.

Our mission ...

(a) begins in worship

(b) ministers in evangelism and compassion

(c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship

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May 13, 2016

Grace Notes

Life Together as a Church

Series: Grace Notes

Note No. 2

 

When I first began attending Tenth, I knew nothing about reformed Christianity. I am forever grateful to the friend who first brought me here in 1998. I have been blessed by the rich teaching, meaningful and beautiful music.

On a more personal level, I have been blessed by the love and prayers of the congregation through difficult times…

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May 20, 2016

SMI 2016: He Makes All Things New

Medical Campus Outreach looks forward to its Summer Medical Institute

 

By Holly Favino, SMI Director

I am happy that this is my fifth year participating in the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI).

SMI is a project run by Medical Campus Outreach (a ministry of Tenth) in partnership with Esperanza Health Center (a Christian medical center in North Philadelphia). Christian medical and nursing students will live and work June 25–July 16, 2016, in the…

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Jun 5, 2016

Why Believe in a Good God in a Cruel World?

Preached on the Occasion of Maranatha Seniors' Graduation

Scripture: Luke 13: 1-5

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Jun 14, 2016

Grace Notes

Life Together as a Church

Series: Grace Notes

Note No. 3

 

When I first began attending Tenth, I knew nothing about reformed Christianity. I am forever grateful to the friend who first brought me here in 1998. I have been blessed by the rich teaching, meaningful and beautiful music.

On a more personal level, I have been blessed by the love and prayers of the congregation through difficult times…

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“. . . this church opens wide her doors and offers her welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” For over thirty years now, our homeless and poor neighbors have learned to respect and love the hospitality and welcome they receive through Tenth’s mercy ministry.

When did the mercy ministry start? “Tenth Mercy”—i.e., ACTS—began in 1984 with a Thanksgiving dinner attended by forty homeless men and…

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Members often ask me how I am able to oversee so many ministries, write articles and books, train deacons, consult with other churches, and more. My answer is that I’m merely doing my best and using my gifts to honor God. I also try to make all of our ministry opportunities convenient, specific and measurable so anyone can participate. Because of that, ministry is shared by the…

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“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf [banquet] with hatred.”

That is what Proverbs 15:16 says about hospitality. At Tenth’s Mercy Dinners we provide both the love and the banquet for our homeless guests. Our hospitality offers an elaborate dinner and a commitment to provide a welcome, a relationship, and the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who…

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Nov 13, 2016

The God Who Cares

For the 2016 Fall Missions Festival: A Kingdom on the Move

Series: Global Outreach Conference: 2016

Scripture: Jonah 4: 1-11

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Nov 13, 2016

How Does It Spread?

For the 2016 Fall Missions Festival: A Kingdom on the Move

Series: Global Outreach Conference: 2016

Scripture: Romans 15:18–24

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Nov 29, 2016

Tenth's 2015 Annual Report

Discover More About God's Work Among Us

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Psalm 92:4

 

Tenth Church's 2015 annual report* is now available online and in our lobbies. The password to open it online was sent to members and regular attendees by email on June 3.

The report includes information from ministries, commissions, and committees. It also includes…

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Tenth Church's 2016 Nominees and Combined Budget is now available online. The password to open it online was sent to members and regular attendees by email.

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