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Wholehearted Devotion - Mark 14:3-9

Taught on | Topic: devotion | Keywords: devotion, gift, negativity, disciples, nard, spikenard, alabaster, anoint

She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial. But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God.

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Wholehearted Devotion
Mark 14:3-9
Alistair Begg
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She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial. But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God.
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  1. Introduction
    1. Long way from home in Cleveland, even longer from home in Glasgow
    2. Lonely experience; only knew two pastors in America
    3. Gratitude to God
      1. Gave up family and friends for the sake of the gospel
      2. Left family behind to come to America
      3. Rejoice to be here to expound the gospel
  2. Mark14:1-9, ESV
    1. See into neighbor's windows—darkness magnifies small amounts of light
    2. Darkness serves as the backdrop to light
    3. Jesus was no longer able to walk publicly among the Jews
    4. Light shines out from the home of Simon the leper
    5. Three phrases
      1. "A woman came" v. 3 (devoted)
      2. "They scolded her" vv. 4-5 (scolded)
      3. "She has done what she could" v. 8 (commended)
    6. Devotion of two women
      1. Poor widow put her offering into the box
        1. She put virtually nothing in, yet Jesus said she put more than anyone else
        2. Disciples did not understand what Jesus was really saying
        3. Her sacrifice was measured by proportion (factor of 1 or factor of 10)
        4. Talk about something exactly opposite of what they have just learned (lesson in sacrificial giving vs. architecture)
      2. A woman came
        1. Alabaster flask, contained pure nard, very costly
        2. "Pure nerd who knows nothing about pure nard"
        3. The point is the cost
        4. An ointment used in preparation of the dead
        5. The very costly nature that brought about the disapproval of those in the room
        6. Perfume that cost an entire year's salary
        7. The monetary value was the least of the cost
        8. Alabaster flask kept by the lady
          1. Family heirloom
          2. Dowry for her marriage
          3. Used on the occasion of her own death
          4. She's pouring away her future on the Savior
          5. She was sacrificing her future and her present (social acceptability)
          6. She broke the flask – a gesture of complete abandonment
          7. Impulsive gesture?
            1. Decided on her own to do this
            2. Would not have just gone to a place like this carrying this material
            3. When she was alone, she said "I am going to go there, I am going to do this"
            4. Wonder: Did He say to Himself—did He quote Psalm 23?
          8. The action of the woman
            1. Unique in its thoughtfulness
            2. Costly in its bestowal
            3. Timely in its provision
      3. "They scolded her"
        1. Must be terrific to read this story for the first time; What happened after her action? I wonder what they did?
          1. They bowed humbly
          2. They jumped up and started dancing around the room—no
          3. Indignation, "why was the ointment wasted like that?"
          4. Hopefully, if you just let yourself go in devotion, you're not surrounded by "Eeyores" like she was
        2. John told us that Judas led this charge (see John 12:3-6)
          1. They all joined in
          2. He could not fathom why someone would waste something so valuable
          3. This was the tipping point that led him to sell Jesus for 30 pieces of silver—Judas sold himself for 30 pieces of silver
          4. They all failed to understand the kingdom of God—snorting in anger and disapproval—groaning, growling, miserable creatures—every one of them!
        3. Couldn't they have commended her?
          1. "What she is doing we ought to be doing?"
          2. "After all we're the core team"
          3. Should do a series on the ladies alone in the gospel of Mark, they are getting it while the men are standing around like a bunch of "cloth-eared nincompoops"
          4. "The spirit of these narrow-minded fault-finders is unhappily only too common. Their followers and successors are to be found in every part of Christ's visible church. There is never wanting a generation of people who decry what they call 'extremes in religion,' and are incessantly recommending what they term, 'moderation' in the service of Christ. If a man devotes his time, money, and affection to the pursuit of worldly things, they do not blame him. If he gives himself up to the service of money, pleasure or politics, they find no fault. But if the same man devotes himself and all he has to Christ, they can scarce to find words to express their sense of his folly. Saying, 'He is beside himself. He is out of his mind. He's an enthusiast. He's a fanatic.'"— J.C. Ryle
          5. The fragrance in the room testified against their calculated pragmatism
          6. If she had showed up a little early to share with the group about what she was going to do, there probably would have been no record of her extravagant devotion—they would have talked her out of it
            1. Don't get sold out for God
            2. You're gonna make the rest of us look bad
        4. Missionary biography is largely ignored in our day – young people don't know
          1. Gladys Aylward
          2. Helen Roseveare
          3. C.T. Studd
          4. Missionaries now are done after four weeks – short-term
          5. When you go there, you may never come back, you have to be prepared to stay there
          6. Missionary convention in 1910 filled to capacity vs. the Missionary convention of 2010 which wasn't a shadow of the 1910 convention
          7. C.T. Studd
            1. Born into high society in England
            2. Went to Cambridge University
            3. Played cricket
            4. His father was saved through the evangelist Dwight L. Moody
            5. He became a Christian
            6. He married
            7. Had his wife say a poem each morning, "Dear Lord Jesus you are to me dearer than Charlie ever could be"
            8. Make sure that our nearest dearest are committed to Christ more than to us
            9. He went on mission with all his multimillions
            10. He set back a portion of the money for his wife
            11. She insisted that God can take care of her and he needed to put her money in too
            12. Gave her "pot" to William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army – foundational in Booth's commitment
            13. C.T. Studd walked out and into the night, the rest is history
          8. Eric Little
            1. He died as a relatively young man
            2. School teacher in mainland China under the Japanese occupation
            3. Burned his life out for God
          9. Comfort zone
            1. Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell
            2. "I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell"— William Booth
            3. "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice that I could ever make for Him could ever be too great."—C.T. Studd
            4. Philanthropist with names all over buildings, give it away
      4. "Leave her alone"
        1. Jesus is quoting from the Law
          1. There will never cease to be poor in the land (see Deuteronomy 15:11)
          2. Jesus ties it into what they know
          3. The poor are an ongoing obligation and opportunity for ministry and grace; hence, in the story of Ruth and Boaz, glean the edge of the fields: that was the provision for the poor (see Ruth 2)
        2. Jesus makes it very clear
          1. But the disciples use it as an excuse
          2. John calls out Judas as a thief
        3. The disciples always end up on the wrong side; that's nothing new
          1. They saw someone casting out demons in Jesus' name and they told him to stop (see Mark 9:38-41)
          2. "Get these children out of here, get them back, we're doing evangelistic work…" (see Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, and Luke 18:15-17)
          3. Samaritan villages: “Not good, we didn't have a good time… do you want us to call down fire to consume them?" (see Luke 9:51-56)
        4. Are we like the woman or like the disciples?
          1. On the wrong side of the equation 60, 70, 80 percent of the time
          2. How patient is Christ!
          3. And tender to us
          4. Amazing He doesn't get an entirely new team
        5. She had done what she could
          1. Judas was about to go out into the night
          2. "What will you give me?"
          3. No true follower of Jesus is supposed to be asking this question
        6. She had done something beautiful
          1. Greek is kalos
          2. Nice and good
          3. Her act was preparing Him for burial, this was an essential part of the Jewish burial
          4. Jesus knew that the events to unfold would allow no opportunity for His body to be prepared for burial
          5. Did she know what she was really doing?
            1. Maybe so
            2. Just like one thief on the cross said, we are getting what our sins deserve
            3. The knowledge came from God; God showed him that
            4. She is a follower, God showed her
            5. And, female intuition – there is a radical difference between men and women
            6. Jesus simply explains to these "tin-heads" on her behalf, "Verily, I say to you" just like in the story of the woman with the two mites (see Mark 12:43)
          6. She had done what she could; a perpetual memorial
      5. The spirit of the Pharisee mistakes grace for waste
        1. Jesus told the story of two sons to confront those stuck in their own righteousness (see Luke 15:11-32)
        2. Elder brother said, "Why that waste on him?"
        3. Jesus said, "You don't understand grace—the wonder of what this story is all about"
        4. Did the disciples need:
          1. The Holy Spirit to come on them?
          2. The power of God to embrace them?
          3. The Holy Spirit to bring them into an understanding of these things He taught?
          4. Of course! The exact same need that we have
          5. The exact same promise of God
        5. Rash extravagance of this humble lady is known wherever the gospel is proclaimed
          1. Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico
          2. Mark 14 being fulfilled in our hearing
          3. People will be talking about her, of course they will
          4. The pathway to lasting honor is to honor Christ
  3. Closing
    1. C.T. Studd heard someone say, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Jesus will last"
      1. Couldn't get it out of his mind
      2. He wrote a poem with those two lines as the final two lines of every stanza
    2. What do you plan to do with the rest of your life?
      1. Your money?
      2. Your gifts?
      3. Sit around and harrumph and pumph when somebody sells out for Jesus?
      4. Do you want applaud or join in?
      5. Yesterday I was 16, today 60—final decade of my life
      6. Less in front of me than behind me
      7. Why do you do what you do?
    3. The woman came…
      1. With an alabaster flask of pure nard that was very costly
        1. Unique in its thoughtfulness
        2. Costly in its bestowal
        3. Timely in its provision
        4. Challenging in its impact
        5. Lasting in its memory
      2. Devoted, scolded, commended
        1. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you say about yourself
        2. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what others say about us
        3. At the end of the day there's only one thing that matters and that is what God says about us
      3. "Although he was study for his BA, he was actually studying for his AUG" (approved unto God)—Jim Elliot (see 2 Timothy 2:15)
      4. "He's no fool who gives up what he can't keep, to gain what he can't lose"
      5. That is the economics of the kingdom of God
    4. Don't be dependent of kings and presidents
    5. We are here for the kingdom, the gospel
    6. Picture in Revelation 7 of what we are here for


Greek terms: καλός, ή, όν; kalos - beautiful, as an outward sign of the inward good, noble, honorable character; good, worthy, honorable, noble, and seen to be so
Figures referenced: J.C. Ryle, Gladys Aylward, Helen Roseveare, C.T. Studd, Dwight L. Moody, William Booth, Jim Elliot
Cross references: Deuteronomy 15:11, Ruth 2, Psalm 23, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 9:38-41, 10:13-16, Luke 9:51-56, 15:11-32, 18:15-17, John 12:3-6, 2 Timothy 2:15, Revelation 7

Topic: devotion

Keywords: devotion, gift, negativity, disciples, nard, spikenard, alabaster, anoint

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Okay, before we do anything else, I want to have your best smiles, because there is no other place that I know, in the entire universe, where you can get a crowd of people like this on a Wednesday night to hear somebody teaching the book of Leviticus.

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So—I,—this is, this is, come on. Hang on. I'm going to switch it to video. This is, this is a video now. Okay, let's, let’s go, just—[loud cheering]. Yes, that's just after I finished speaking at Calvary Chapel. Yes, they really loved me. Yes, yes. Nah, I made that up. Nah, this is just—that's amazing. Okay, good. Good. Well, you can tell that I'm really jazzed to be here. It's a privilege to come. I've known about this place for a long time, and so to get a chance to actually come and see it live is something for which I am very thankful.

I am a long way from Cleveland. I'm a lot longer away and further away from my home in Glasgow. And when I came to America in 1983, on the third of August 1983, I didn't hardly—I think I knew two pastors in the entire country. Neither of them were anywhere close to me. One was in southern California and one was in Milwaukee. And I can tell you that it was a jolly lonely experience to settle into that context there in suburban Cleveland.

And now, twenty‑nine years later, I can hardly contain the sense of gratitude that I have to God for the way in which he has proved true to his Word. You know where it says that if you ever give up your family, or your friends, or anything for the sake of the gospel, which is, surprising as it will be to you—that's what I did to come to America. Everybody thinks they want to come to America; I didn't. I wanted to stay in Scotland and ah but I had to leave all my family behind.

And here I am tonight in the context of a Christian fellowship such as I can hardly imagine. And just to be able to engage with the men this afternoon, and the ladies, and then to be caught up in the praise this evening, and to have the opportunity to open the Scriptures with you now; I, I , I rejoice in the privilege. I, I esteem your pastor in the gospel, and for, for many more reasons than I will take time now to recount.

I would like to read, not from the book of Leviticus, but from the Gospel of Mark, and from chapter 14. And the songs have been well chosen this evening, I think. If they were not chosen in reference to what we're about to read, then that makes it even more remarkable than if they were. We'll read from verse 1 through to verse 9. Somebody inevitably asks, "What version of the Bible are you reading?" I'm using the English Standard Version as I, as I read this evening.

Mark 14 verse 1, "It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, 'Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.' And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, 'Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denari and given to the poor.' And they scolded her.

“But Jesus said, 'Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has been done, will be told in memory of her.' " Amen.

Well, just a brief prayer. Father, what we know not, teach us. What we have not, give us. What we are not, make us, for your Son's sake, amen.

Well, we've reached that time of year when it's possible to walk around your neighborhood and see what the inside of your neighbors' houses are really like, unless, of course, they've closed the drapes. But if they haven't, the darkness of the outside makes it possible to get a little inkling of what's on the inside. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not a Peeping Tom; I've not been going up people's driveways and you know looking in their front window.

But when the night is dark outside, it only takes a relatively small amount of light to attract us and to draw us in. And here as Mark moves inexorably towards the events of the crucifixion, the darkness of what is taking place on the outside, as it were, serves as a backdrop to all of the light and to all of the beauty that shines out from the home of Simon the leper.

The gospel records for us that the chief priests and the scribes were seeking for a way to kill Jesus. You would notice that at the beginning of the chapter: It was two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they were looking for a way to kill Him. The parallel gospels tell us that Jesus was no longer able to walk publicly among the Jews, openly among the Jews. The reason being that they had given orders to anyone who found him, to anyone who knew where he was, to let them know so that they might arrest him.

And, then, from the darkness of that surrounding context, and the darkness which is going to return in verse 10 with the unfolding story of Judas and his betrayal, it is against that dark background that what we find here in the home of Simon the leper shines out. And what I'd like to do is take just three phrases from these verses that we've read in order to help us to navigate the passage.

The first phrase is: "And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table"—here is the phrase—"A woman came." A woman came. That's in verse 3. And then, the phrase that you find in verse 5: "They scolded her." And then, in the response of Jesus in verse 8: "She has done what she could."

Or, if you wanted in just three words: The first word would be devoted; the second word would be scolded; and the third word would be commended. First of all: the action of the woman, the reaction of the group, the summation, and the commendation of the Lord Jesus. So then, let's begin by noticing the way in which this is introduced to us, with a simple, straightforward recording phrase: As he was there, at the table "a woman came."

Now, it is surely worth paying attention to the fact that in either side of chapter 13 what we have is the record of the devotion of two women. You will notice, if your Bible is open as mine is, that chapter 12 has ended with the record of the lady who came and put her offering into the box. "A poor widow," verse 42 of chapter 12, "put in two small copper coins, which make a penny." And Jesus uses that as an opportunity to instruct his disciples.

He says to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box." And his disciples, of course, would not immediately get that. How could it possibly be that a lady, who has put virtually nothing into this box, has put in more than all of the rest who have put significant amounts into the box? You see the disciples had a very difficult time understanding the values of the kingdom despite the fact that they had been on the receiving end of the instruction of Jesus, that they had seen the miracles of Jesus; nevertheless, they still did not get it.

They still did not understand what Jesus was really saying when he pointed out that the first would be last, and the last would be first. They didn't fully grasp it when he told them that he came to seek out those who were lost, the least, and the last, and the left out. And all the time he is again, and again, providing them instruction.

Of course, the answer to the question that would be in their minds is that she had put in more measured by sacrifice, not measured by amount, the sacrifice that she made, measured by proportion. Because two cents out of two cents is a factor of one. One thousand out of ten thousand is a factor of a tenth. And so, he confronts his disciples with the devotion of this lady, and then as soon as you turn to the beginning of chapter 13, you find that they're doing what many of us are tempted to do when the sermon is over, when the study is finished: talk about something exactly other than that of what we just learned.

And as they came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful buildings these are." So Jesus has just given them a lesson in sacrificial giving, and they want to talk about the architecture as soon as he has explained to them. Perhaps, it is just that reflex action that many of us know when the Spirit of God brings something home to our hearts, and immediately we're looking for some superficial way to move it, to get it far from us as we possibly can. Because we know that what we've heard is vital for us, and yet, we resist it.

Now, I say to you again that Jesus' disciples were slow to grasp these things. And so, you then have the Olivet Discourse and all of the amazing explanation of chapter 13 as some of the most demanding verses in the entire Gospel of Mark. And then you come out of that Olivet Discourse with all of the prospects of the return of Jesus, and the destruction of the temple, and all of these magnificent things. You come into the darkness of the anticipation of the crucifixion itself, and then, suddenly the door opens into the home of Simon the leper, and "a woman came."

Now, the interesting thing we're told is that she "came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly." So Mark tells us about the container. It was made of alabaster, which was a substance that in itself had some kind of an intrinsic value. He tells us about the content of it that it was made of pure nard. And he tells us about the cost of it, it was very expensive.

Now, we had a little time with some pastors this afternoon, encouraging them in relationship to the exposition of Scripture. My advice to them, if they were expounding this passage, would not be to try and impress their listeners with everything they know about pure nard; because what they know about pure nard is very little at all, except what they have read in all the books that everyone else can read. But in order to try and impress with our knowledge of Himalayan vegetation, and the kind of plants that you can find in northern India, the pastor spends in inordinate amount of time explaining the significance of this.

It would be wrong for me, then, to use in inordinate amount of time explaining why the pastor should not use an inordinate amount of time in not doing this. Because the congregation is looking at you and saying, "You are a pure; you are a pure nerd who knows nothing about pure nard. You don’t Pastor, you don't know the difference between a dandelion and daffodil, so do not waste your time on trying to explain to us about Himalayan vegetation."

What is the point? The point is the cost. The point is the cost. It was "very costly." In some of the translations it's "perfume"; here, it is "ointment." It could be that which would be rubbed in, in terms of a massaging situation. It would be that which is used in preparation for the burial of an individual.

So the point is simply this: that what this lady brought was not the kind of thing that the average lady would be carrying in her purse. It's not the kind of thing that she would have picked up at Nordstrom on the way for an evening at the house of Simon the leper. No, no. It was the very costly nature of the thing that brought about the disapproval of the people who were in the room.

Well, if you think about it, it makes sense, because perfume or ointment that costs a year's wages cannot, under any circumstances, be regarded as ordinary. Can it? No. See, so you're a sensible group. You're thinking it out. That's what you're supposed to do. Is there a husband here who has bought his wife perfume that cost him an entire year's salary? Of course not, and if you are here, I suggest you do not put up your hand, but come for counseling immediately as the time is finished.

But the monetary value of this was the least part of the cost, because this alabaster flask, as it's described, would have been in the home of a lady like this for one of two reasons. Either, perhaps—even a family heirloom—it would be kept by her as a dowry for her marriage so that all of the fragrance that is represented in it may be hers to enjoy and her husband's to explore on the time of their betrothal and wedding. Or it would be kept by a lady like this to be used on the occasion of her own death when somebody prepared her for burial. That's the significance of the cost.

What the lady is actually doing in what she does is pouring away her future on the head, on the body, of the Lord Jesus Christ. She is surrendering security, a year's wages worth, in one small alabaster flask. The kind of thing somebody would say, "Now, whatever you do, don't get rid of that because if it becomes difficult financially, you always know that you will have this to fall back on."

If that is what it was for her, she was about to say, "I will have nothing to fall back on because I am going to make this available to the Lord Jesus." Her personal plans, her aspirations, her ambitions, and not only that, she wasn't simply sacrificing future, but she was sacrificing her present.

Judging by the way in which the people react to her, her social acceptability in the moment was jeopardized by what she did. Because you will notice that she didn't just pour out a wee drop and then put the lid back on the thing, or screw the top back on. No, we're told that she broke the flask, and she poured it over his head in a gesture of complete abandonment. She knew that this would be no longer useful for any other occasion, no wedding, no funeral, not now.

Why? Because she had taken it all and she had given it to Christ. She had, if you like, been singing on the way there, "I'll stand my soul, Lord, for you surrendered, for all I am is yours." That's what she's saying in this gesture; we've been singing about it tonight.

And if the breaking of the flask is viewed as an impulsive gesture, a gesture, if you like, of self‑forgetfulness in the moment, it is clearly a self‑forgetfulness in the moment that may be traced to a premeditated decision in a silent place unseen by anyone else. She had to have decided that she was going to do this. She had to, on her own, make that commitment.

She would not have just gone ordinarily to a place like this carrying this material. So somewhere in the secret place of her life, as she reacted to all she knew of Jesus, whatever all that was—and I think it was a lot more than any of the commentators give her credit for. But when she was alone she said to herself, "You know, this is what I am going to do no matter what people say, no matter how they react to me, even if they call me a fanatic, even if they think I'm nuts. I'm going to go there and I'm going to do this," and she broke it.

I wonder when the Lord Jesus sat under the sensation of that, I wonder did he say to himself—because remember where he is, and remember where he's going. Did he say to himself—did he quote Psalm 23? "You have prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, Father, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." The action of the woman: unique in its thoughtfulness, costly in its bestowal, timely in its provision, devoted.

To our second phrase: "They scolded her.” They scolded her. Now, the trouble with knowing your Bible is that you know your Bible. You say, "That sounds, like, ridiculous." What I mean by that is this: Sometimes I wish I could read my Bible for the first time all over again, because I know the end to these stories.

But it must be terrific to be reading this story for the first time and, and you're reading down, and she came with a thing, and she broke it all over his head. And you and you maybe just look away, and then you're thinking, "I'm going look back and I can't wait to see you know what the reaction was." And so you put your hand over and say, "Now, I wonder what they did?" "And then they bowed humbly in the presence of Jesus, stirred by her devotion." Or, "And then they all jumped up and started dancing about the room and started hugging each other at such a manifold display of devotion."

And then you look down to see what it actually said, and you were like, "What?" "There were some who said to themselves indignantly, 'Why was the ointment wasted like that?' " Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. The whole place is filled—Winnie the Pooh is there with the honey, and here comes Eeyore right in the back of it, "Uh, uh, uh, uh."

Incidentally, in passing, if you ever just let yourself go for God, hopefully you're not surrounded by a bunch of Eeyores, because it's going to be tough for you. She was subjected to these angry glances, to the whispers of sharp disapproval. They regarded her action as extravagant, as wasteful, as a misuse of resources. That's all they began to say, "There were some who said to themselves indignantly."

And John tells us that Judas led this charge. They all joined in, but Judas was at front of it. He could not fathom why it was that somebody would, from his perspective, waste something so valuable. And this incident is the tipping point in the expedience of Judas that sends him out, in response to this extravagance, to sell his soul for thirty pieces of silver. Judas didn't sell Jesus for thirty pieces of silver; Judas sold himself for thirty pieces of silver.

He couldn't stand the fact that this woman would do this. And he was not alone because they were grumbling and mumbling to themselves, once again, pointing out that they failed to understand the value of the kingdom of God: Snorting at the lady as an expression of anger and disapproval, grumbling to one another, groaning, growling; miserable creatures, every one of them.

Couldn't they have commended her? Couldn't they just have said, "You know, what she's done is what we ought to be doing? After all, we're the core team, we're the group, we're his chosen twelve, and a lady is here again. We just had that other lady with the tinkling and the brass trumpets at the temple. We tried to divert that one with the talk about the temple, and that got us the whole of chapter 13. Now, we come into chapter 14, and we're at it again, and here comes another lady."

Someday I'm going to do a series on, on the role of the ladies alone in the Gospel of Mark. It is significant. The men are standing around like a bunch of cloth‑eared nincompoops, and the ladies, the ladies are getting it again, and again, and again.

Listen to what J. C. Ryle says about this kind of response, their scolding response; it's quite a long quote, but stay with me: "The spirit of these narrow‑minded fault‑finders," says Ryle, "is unhappily only too common. Their followers and successors are to be found in every part of Christ's visible church.

"There is never wanting a generation of people who decry what they call "extremes" in religion, and are incessantly recommending what they term "moderation" in the service of Christ. If a man devotes his time, money, and affection to the pursuit of worldly things, they do not blame him. If he gives himself up to the service of money, pleasure, or politics, they find no fault. But if the same man devotes himself, and all he has, to Christ, they can scarcely find words to express their sense of his folly. Saying, 'He is beside himself. He is out of his mind. He's an enthusiast. He's a fanatic.' "

Well, that stings a little, doesn't it? The broken flask, the fragrance in the room testified against their calculated pragmatism.

If this lady had shown up a little early so that she could share with the group what she was planning on doing that evening, there probably would be no record of her extravagant devotion, because they would have talked her out of it. Somebody would have stood up and said, "Not going to do it, wouldn't be prudent. Not at this juncture." Right?

There's always somebody there to say, "No, no, no, we can't get sold out for God. No, no, you don’t, you can't be doing that. No, no, no, you're going to make the rest of us look bad. Let's just keep it at a nice, moderate level. We don't need you coming in here with that stuff, smashing up a year's worth of wages and pouring it out like that. That's not good." She was scolded on account of the fact that her gratitude to Jesus caused her to give up this treasured possession, that's why they scolded her.

Now, missionary biography is largely ignored in our day. I don't find young people, I don't find teenagers reading missionary biography. I can run through missionaries of the twentieth century and be met with some of the blankest stares you've ever heard, you've ever seen in your life.

You just mention the people's names, and they look back and you like: "Who's that? What team did he play for? Was she in a band? I don't know. Who's she?" Gladys Aylward. "Never heard of her." Helen Roseveare. "Never heard of her." C. T. Studd. "C. T. what?" No, you see, missionaries, missionaries now, their pretty well done after four weeks, short‑term. "Were short‑termers." Oh, really? How does that work? Why don't you just join National Geographic and take photographs, because that seems to be what you're doing most of the time in any case.

But if you want to burnout for the gospel, if you want to sell out, there's no closed country in the world. You can go there, but you may never come back from there. When you go there you got to be prepared to stay there.

The missionary convention in 1910 in Edinburgh was filled to capacity with people absolutely totally committed to the evangelization of the world. The missionary convention in 2010 was not a shadow of 1910, and the preoccupation of people in 2010 had far more to do with wells, and AIDS, and sub‑Saharan Africa, than it had to do with telling men and women that Jesus Christ is a Savior for sinners. And people today are absolutely amazed when they run up against these kinds of things.

I mentioned C. T. Studd. I'm not going to embarrass you by asking you if you know who he was, but you know now because I'm about to tell you, and then you can, then you can Google him, and then you'll know more than I know before the evening is out. But you'll find out that he was born into high society in England. He went to Cambridge University. He was a, a cricket player for the nation of England. His father had become a Christian, I think, from memory, as a result of the evangelistic endeavors of Dwight L. Moody. He, in turn, became a Christian, and along the way married.

He had his wife say a little poem each morning when she did her devotions. He wanted to make sure that she loved Jesus very much, so that when he was dead then she would know that Jesus was her anchor. And so she had to say this little thing: "Dear Lord Jesus, you are to me dearer than Charlie ever could be." That was his name, Charles. It's kind of sweet, isn't it? It's very important. Our wives need to know that. That Jesus has to come first in our affections.

We won't stand at the bar of God's judgment holding hands. We're not going up there as couples. We're not going there as families. We will stand there alone. We need to make sure that our nearest and dearest are committed to Christ, more committed to Christ than they are to us. So Studd decides he's going to pack it in and go to Africa. He's worth a fortune, so he gives it away, except he keeps back 100,000 pounds for his wife, the one that he's taught to say the little poem.

She finds out—incidentally, a 100,000 pounds in today's money is multi‑, multi‑million dollars, okay. So she finds out he's kept a little pot for her, actually, a big pot for her. She says to him, "Hey, Charlie, what's all that stuff about Jesus and everything and meaning more to me? Why didn't you give my pot away as well?"

He said, "Well, I wanted you to be okay if anything happened to me." She said, "Well, do you think that Jesus can only look after you, he can't look after me? Give my pot away as well." And he said, "Well, who will I give it to?” And she said, "Give it to William Booth," the founder, the founder of the Salvation Army. And that, then, was a foundational piece in Booth's commitment, not only to reaching the poor with the means whereby they might be fed and clothed, but with the means whereby they might come to faith in Jesus Christ. And C. T. Studd walks out and into the night, as it were, and the rest, as they say, is history.

You have the same thing in Eric Liddell. You have the same thing in Eric Liddell. The story of Eric Liddell is not the story of the 1924 Olympics and the fact that he ran for gold. It is the story of the fact that he died as a relatively young man as a school teacher in mainland China from which he never came back. Under the Japanese occupation, died there as a teacher of those boys and girls, burned his life out for God, and people said, "Wow, you know, fair enough, but I just want to live in the comfort zone."

"Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell," said William Booth, "I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell." This is how C. T. Studd had it figured out, similar, I think, to this lady; she in prospect, he in retrospect.

He wrote in his journal: "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice that I could ever make for him could ever be too great." That's the logic of the kingdom. If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then if I were to give my entire life away, to give everything away, it could never be too great a sacrifice. You could never outgive God.

All over Cleveland and, I'm sure, all over Albuquerque as well, there are names on buildings because philanthropy is the name of the game. Gates, Buffett, the billionaires are now the philanthropists of the world. "Look how wonderful we are, giving it all away." It used to be: "Look how wonderful we are earning it all." And it didn't feel so good just earning it, so they thought, "Well, maybe we'll see how it feels giving it away." Put your name on a building and so on. Who can gainsay that is wonderful, were thankful. Every hospital and so on, that's fine.

But listen, that's not the issue. "To convert one sinner from his way is an event," said Smeaton, "of greater importance than the deliverance of a whole kingdom from temporal evil." And the woman came and they scolded her. That brings us to our third and final phrase.

Jesus, the recipient of her devotion, the observer of their reaction, now pronounces her commendation. "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them."

Jesus is actually quoting from the Law, might even be Leviticus, I can't remember. Because in the Law it says, "There will never cease to be poor in the land." Jesus is actually tying this in to what they knew from Old Testament Law. The Law itself said, "There will never cease to be poor in the land." That didn't mean that the poor should be disregarded, but rather that the poor were an ongoing obligation, and an ongoing opportunity for ministry and for grace.

Hence, you have, for example, in the story of Ruth and Boaz—remember? And Ruth goes into the fields of Boaz, and Boaz says to his men, "Make sure that you don't pick everything up on the fringes of the field so that Ruth may be able to glean the stuff that is left over. " Why was that? That was the provision for the poor. That was in order that they might be able to be the beneficiaries of the generosity of the landowner.

Jesus is making that point very clearly, but the disciples are using that as an excuse. John actually says that Judas was the one who said this, and the only reason that he said it was because he was a thief. That's what he says.

He actually calls him out. The disciples, bless their hearts, are just always on the wrong side of the equation. Aren't they? You know, here's an opportunity for them to go, "Jesus, let's all hold hands now and, and just have a great evening. This has been fantastic, and this lady—." No, no they're like, "I can't believe she did that. That's unbelievable." But, well, it's nothing new. "Jesus, we were out this afternoon and we saw a man, he was, he was casting out demons in your name, but we told him to stop."

Jesus says, "Don't tell him to stop." So one of the guys goes, "See, I told you not to tell him to stop. That was a dumb idea, tell him to stop. I told you don't tell him to stop." "You did so—you told him to stop as well. What are you talking about?" "If he's not against us, he's for us."

"Hey, get these children out of here would you, please. Get them back. We're doing evangelistic work here. Get that thing. Pardon? Yeah, like I said, 'Bring them up, bring them up.' No, closer, closer to Jesus. No, no, I'd actually like some there on his knee. That's it, yeah. Told you not to tell them to get back."

"Hey, we've just come back from the Samaritan villages, wasn't good. No, we didn't have a good time. Jesus, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" Who are these people? No wonder Jesus says, "Have I been so long with you and still you do not understand?"

Aren't you really encouraged by this? I mean, let's be honest. Everybody's going, "Yeah, I'm with the lady. I'm with the lady. Oh, yeah, I'm the alabaster jar person." "Good for you, because I'm not—I'm with these guys. I find myself in these fellows, not her. I admire her, but I'm with them."

On the wrong side of the equation 60, 70, 80 percent of the time. How amazingly patient is Christ? How kind and tender to us. How phenomenal it is that he doesn't take the whole shooting match and tell them, "You know what? I'm going to get an entirely new team. I'm dumping you. You guys are done. Forget even waiting for the crucifixion or anything, you're done right now. I'm going with a new group. In fact, I'm going with no group. I'll get another group later on."

So it's just perfect, I mean, it's par for the course. And they scolded her. And Jesus said, "What do you think you're doing? You just don't get it, do you? You flat out don't get it. She has done what she could."

Judas is about to walk out of here, out of the sunshine, as it were, out of the brightness, out of the illumination of Simon the leper's home, into the darkness. John says, "And he went out. And it was night." He's about to go out and to say, "What will you give me? What will you give me?" No true follower of Jesus is supposed to be asking that question. "What do I get out of this, if I, if I give this to you? What if I sell myself out for you?"

He couldn't stand it. "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done something beautiful." The word there for beautiful or good is kalos. Agathos is intrinsically good, kalos is beautifully good. So an injection from the nurse is agathos, but if she's a nice nurse, it might be kalos. So I could be intrinsically good, but not nice. But then I could be nice, and that's the word that Jesus uses here. "She has anointed my body. Her act of humble, costly bestowal is preparing me for burial."

Now, think about this for just a moment. This was an essential part of the burial of any Jewish person; no Jewish person would be laid in a tomb without having been anointed for burial. Jesus knows that the events that are about to unfold are going to afford no opportunity for his body to be anointed. Remember, it says that on the first day of the week the women went to the tomb with the spices to try and fill in the gaps. "She has anointed my body beforehand for burial."

Now, nearly all of the commentators, in fact, I think all of the commentators say that this lady was doing something that she didn't really know she was doing. That she was just, you know, expressing her devotion, and Jesus in his words here identifies the real significance in light of his death. And that may well be true, but it may equally well be true that she knows exactly what she's doing. Why not? Why not?

Well, how would that happen? The same way that one thief on the cross suddenly said, "We are up here getting what our sins deserve, but this man has done nothing wrong?" Where I did that come from? It came from God. God showed him that. So there's no reason to believe that the intimacy of this lady's walk with God would deprive her of a knowledge of what was going on.

Apart from anything else, you have female intuition. And I don't mean that in a, in a facetious way at all; I mean that sincerely. That the female gender, and yes, there is gender, have you heard of gender lately? There is a distinction between male and female. There is a radical difference between a man and a woman; a difference that God wrote into our very lives.

So there is no reason for us to assume that because these tin‑heads don't get it that this lady does get it. And Jesus is simply explaining, on her behalf, exactly what has taken place. "Truly," he says, "I say to you." Interestingly, that's the exact same phrase that he had used at the end of chapter 12, when he asked his boys to come and sit down and look at what has happened with the lady who has just put the two copper coins into the temple trumpet. He used the very same phrase: "Verily, I say to you, this lady has put in more than all the rest." Here we are again: "Verily, I say to you, she has done what she could."

What a wonderful phrase: "She has done what she could." And Jesus says, "What she has done will serve as a perpetual memorial of the true response to the One who became poor in order that we might become rich."

Our time has gone, and I'm going to draw it to a close, but just as I'm thinking about this: the spirit of the Pharisee mistakes grace for waste: "Why would you waste this?"

"You don't understand grace, how could it possibly be wasted?" Do you remember Jesus told the story to confront those who were stuck in their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else?

"A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth unto to me.' And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after, the younger went and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living. And there was a famine in the land, and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country who sent him into his field to feed pigs. And he fain would have filled his stomach with the husks that the pigs were eating, but nobody gave him anything at all.

"And when he came to himself he said, "I will arise and I will go back to my father, say to him, 'I've sinned against heaven, and in your sight I'm no longer worthy to be called your son. Just make me as one of your hired servants.' " And he arose and he came to his father. And when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And he started his speech: "I've sinned against heaven and . . . ." And the father said, "Hey, cut that out for now. Bring the shoes, he needs shoes. Bring the robe, he needs a robe. Get the pig, we're having a party. Start the music, we're going to dance. Let's get the thing going."

"Meanwhile, the elder brother was out in the field and he heard the singing and the dancing and he came and he said, 'Why that waste on him? Why would you waste that on him? Why would you be a prodigal God and disperse all that on him? I've been here slaving in your house all this time, and you never even gave me a miserable, little party, let alone a huge, big party. ' "

What's his problem? Jesus is teaching the Pharisees: "You don't understand. You don't understand grace. You don't understand the wonder of what this story is all about." And the disciples were as close to Christ as any twelve guys could ever be. They heard his preaching, they saw his miracles, and right up, and in, and through the crucifixion they still didn't get it.

Do you think they needed the Holy Spirit to come on them? Do you think they needed the power of God to embrace them? Do you think they needed for the Holy Spirit to bring them into an understanding of all these things that he taught? Of course, the exact same need that we have, the exact same promise of God. The self‑contained, the sensible, the scolding onlookers fade into obscurity. It's the rash extravagance of this lady, this humble lady, that is known "wherever the gospel is proclaimed."

Here were are, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mark 14 being fulfilled in our hearing, you know. Jesus says every time the gospel is proclaimed people will be talking about her. Of course they will, because long after human eloquence and human wisdom are forgotten, when the deeds and the titles of emperors and kings and presidents are completely buried in the dust of history, this beautiful, significant, and timely act will be remembered. Because the pathway to lasting honor is to honor Christ.

C. T. Studd, remember, you all know C. T. Studd: "Oh, yeah, we know—yeah, we know C. T. Studd." C. T. Studd heard somebody say this couplet, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Jesus will last." He heard somebody say that, and he couldn't get it out of his mind. And he wrote a relatively long poem on the strength of that, with the final two lines in every stanza being those two lines; in order to write it into his heart and into his recollection so that he might give all that he had and all that was his.

Loved ones, listen here tonight, there’s only one question that is left for every one of us: What are you planning on doing the rest of your life? What do you plan on doing? What do you want to do with it? What do you want to do with your money? What do you want to do with your gifts? What do you want to do? Do you want to sit around and harrumph and pumph when somebody sells out for Jesus, or do you want to applaud, or bow, or join in?

I'm sixty years old; yesterday I was sixteen. Today I'm sixty. If I run my allotted course out of Scripture, I'm in the final decade of my life. The final decade of my life. I have less in front of me then I have behind me. I'm not putting a challenge on you that I don't face myself: "What are you doing in Albuquerque on a Wednesday night? Why did you go there? Do you go there just because you like people listening to you? " It's a fair question. Why do you do what you do?

And the woman came bringing with her an alabaster flask of pure nard that was very costly. Her action was unique in its thoughtfulness, costly in its bestowal, timely in its provision, challenging in its impact, and lasting in its memory: devoted, scolded, commended.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you say about yourself. At the end of the day it doesn't actually matter what others say about us. At the end of the day there's only one thing that matters, and that is what God is going to say about us.

That is why Jim Elliot said although he was studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wheaton College, he was actually studying for his A.U.G. 2 Timothy 2:15: "Study to show yourself approved unto God." He said, "That's what I'm really studying for, I want to be approved unto God." Little did he know that within relatively short‑order, the waters of the Curaray River would mingle with his blood and with the blood of his colleagues. As he finally now lives out what he wrote in his journal: "He's no fool who gives up what he can't keep, to gain what he can't lose."

That is the economics, if you like, of the Kingdom of God. Look at this potential tonight. Look at the vastness of the world that we live in. Don't be despondent about kings and presidents. Where I come from we had an empire once, much bigger than this, it's gone. This one will go too. It's probably on its way right now, but that's not what we're here for.

We're here for the kingdom. We're here for the gospel. We're here because we have in front of us a picture in Revelation 7 of a company that no one can number, from every tribe, nation, people, and language who are gathered before the throne of God. And many of those people are our friends and our neighbors here in Albuquerque. So, let's give ourselves away.

Let's pray. Let's just take a moment and ask God to banish from our recollection anything that is unhelpful or untrue, and then ask the Holy Spirit to burn into our conscience and lives all that is of himself. It's relatively easy for us to sing the magnificent words that we've used in the precursor to our study of the Bible; it's another thing to actually live them out when we're on our own in the factory, driving the truck, working in the bank, loading the laundry, making the lunches. Show us, Lord Jesus Christ, what a privilege it is to know you, to love you, to be devoted to you. Fulfill your purposes in our lives and in this place, we pray for Christ's sake, amen.



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Rise of the Cults
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Colossians 2:6-10
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1/2/1983
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Colossians 2:6-7
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Luke 15:13-24
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3/2/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
George Sanchez
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Freedom of Forgiveness - Luke 17:1-6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/8/1995
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/1/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/2/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/30/2000
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None of These Things Move Me
Acts 20:17-24
Don McClure
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1/24/2001
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Making Failure a Friend
Luke 5:4-8
Chip Lusko
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4/17/2002
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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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4/21/2002
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Guest Speaker John Miller
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Guest Speaker John Miller from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/7/2002
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/10/2002
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians 3:17
Chip Lusko
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9/8/2002
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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10/27/2002
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A Last Days Survival Guide
Revelation 22:16-21
Scott Richards
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A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
Nelson Walker
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/10/2003
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed
Isaiah 53
Lew Phelps
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/28/2004
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
Chip Lusko
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2/25/2004
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1 Kings 12 - 14
1 Kings 12-14
Dave Row
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2/29/2004
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Guest Speaker John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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3/3/2004
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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4/28/2004
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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5/19/2004
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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7/14/2004
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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7/25/2004
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God's Perfecting Work
Matthew 5:48
Mike Finizio
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7/28/2004
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When the Found Become Lost
Matthew 6:19-24
Neil Ortiz
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11/3/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
Greg Opean
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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12/28/2005
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Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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12/31/2005
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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1/1/2006
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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1/4/2006
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Beloved, How Shall We Live?
2 Peter 3:1-13
Dave Row
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How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!
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1/18/2006
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All in the Family
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Dave Row
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Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?
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2/12/2006
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Divine Breathings
Colossians 4:1-9
Ray Bentley
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Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.
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3/1/2006
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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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3/5/2006
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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3/15/2006
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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-12
Calvary Pastors
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Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.
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3/19/2006
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Be Filled With the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18-21
John Miller
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What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.
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3/22/2006
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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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3/29/2006
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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Does God Speak Today?
Psalms 19
Scott Richards
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Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?
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4/5/2006
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Behavior vs. Bravado
1 John 2:3-11
Dave Row
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Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.
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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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4/16/2006
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Easter Sunrise Service 2006
Ryan Dobson
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Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.
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4/19/2006
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Will the real believer please stand up?
1 John 2:18-29
Dave Row
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Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?
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The Power of a Resurrected Life
Philippians 3:10
Dave Row
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What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.
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4/26/2006
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The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
1 John 3:1-9
Dave Row
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How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.
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4/30/2006
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The Doctrine of Recompense
Jeremiah 38
Pancho Juarez
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Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.
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5/3/2006
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The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
1 John 3:10-24
Dave Row
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Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.
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5/7/2006
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Will You Go Away
John 6:60-69
David Rosales
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We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?
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5/10/2006
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True or False, You Must Decide
1 John 4:1-6
Dave Row
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How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.
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Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
2 Timothy 1:5
Dave Row
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Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.
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5/17/2006
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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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5/24/2006
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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11/12/2006
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All Things Working Together For Good
Romans 8:28
John Miller
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11/26/2006
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/13/2006
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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1/7/2007
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The Solomon Complex
1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25
Levi Lusko
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1/10/2007
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The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
James 3:1-13
Dave Row
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2/11/2007
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God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
Joel C. Rosenberg
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3/21/2007
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Jesus: Dead or Alive
Dr. Steven Collins
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3/25/2007
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A Closer Walk with Jesus
Hebrews 11:6
Dave Row
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4/18/2007
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Paul's Recipe For Joy
Philippians 2
Alan Brooks
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Understanding the Times
Romans 13:11-14
John Miller
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5/23/2007
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When God Throws a Party
Leviticus 25
Chip Lusko
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5/30/2007
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Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader
Genesis 37 - 50
Dave Row
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6/3/2007
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Living for Eternity
Matthew 9:35-40
K.P. Yohannan
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K.P. Yohannan shares his passion on Living for Eternity.
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6/6/2007
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But That is Not The Way I Planned It!
Matthew 16:21-23
Nelson Walker
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6/24/2007
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He Who Wins Souls Is Wise
Proverbs 11:30
Raul Ries
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9/2/2007
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CASH will guide us to Eternity
Philippians 1:19-26
Pancho Juarez
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10/17/2007
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Eternally Tattooed
2 Corinthians 3:3
Levi Lusko
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10/21/2007
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The Great Race
Hebrews 12:1-2
Al Pittman
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11/28/2007
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Update on the Discovery of Sodom
Dr. Steven Collins
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12/2/2007
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A Down to Earth Look at Love
Isaiah 64
Dr. Bob Botsford
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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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4/9/2008
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Your Response Is Crucial
Jonah 1-4
Kevin Miller
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4/13/2008
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
Matthew 6:19-34
Bob Shank
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4/20/2008
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Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
2 Kings 6:8-17
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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The Case for the Real Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30
Lee Strobel
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Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
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10/5/2008
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The Second Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:10
Tim LaHaye
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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Will the Church Survive?
Matthew 16:18
Chip Lusko
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Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/3/2008
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When God Comes to Church
John 2:13-15
Nate Heitzig
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The Touch of Jesus
Luke 5:12-15
Chip Lusko
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


II. Jesus: The Hope In Shattered Dreams (vv. 17-24)


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land. Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel?
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Why Does the World Hate Israel and the Jewish People and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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There's an intense battle raging. Throughout history, enemies have sought to annihilate the Jews and the threat of radical Islam is growing. In this message from Joel Rosenberg, we'll consider Satan's plot to destroy Israel and consider why the world hates the Jewish people.
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Does God Love Israel's Neighbors and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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God has indeed chosen the Jewish people and given them the land of Israel, but how does He view Israel's neighbors? As we dive into God's Word, we'll see He has not given Israel license to oppress their neighbors or to create injustice. Let's listen closely to this important reminder of God's love for the world and His promises for the children of Ishmael.
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How Can the Church Bless Israel and Her Neighbors?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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As Joel wraps up the series Critical Issues Facing the Epicenter, we'll explore why Israel and the Jewish people should be important to all believers. With the return of Jesus Christ approaching, we must consider our part in blessing Israel and her neighbors and Joel will encourage us to learn, pray, give, and go. Joel also addresses questions from the congregation about current events, prophecy, and the sound interpretation of God’s Word.
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11/28/2010
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Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
Luke 19
Franklin Graham
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Are you missing something in life? Are you searching for something, unsure of exactly what it is? As he brings us this message from Luke 19, Franklin Graham challenges us to consider our standing before God: Are your sins forgiven? Listen and learn that though we are all guilty of sin, we can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.
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12/26/2010
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When Dreams Die
Hebrews 11:24-29
Chip Lusko
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If you could do anything, what would it be? Let's consider whether our dreams are man-made or God-given as we look at the example of Moses. Faith without works is dead—how can we use our gifts fully for the glory of God?
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12/29/2010
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Happier than a Clam
Philippians 4:10-13
AJ Villegas
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Are you a happy person? That's the issue addressed in this message from Pastor AJ Villegas. We'll examine our overall outlook, and consider the difference in worldly satisfaction and true contentment. We'll learn that a proper perspective of the Lord, rather than comfortable circumstances, are the source of genuine happiness.
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4/3/2011
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Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Paul
Romans 8:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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If you really want to help yourself, then you will stop trying to fix your flesh and you will start submitting to the Spirit.
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4/20/2011
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The Seven Points of Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Brian Nixon
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How can we have more effective prayer lives? Let's take a brief look at "The Lord's Prayer" and consider how God Himself has instructed us to pray. We'll gain a greater understanding of how God honors our submission, our commission, and the remission or our sins.
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5/15/2011
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Money Talks
1 Timothy 6:1-19
Bob Shank
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In this message from Bob Shank, we look at God's practical instruction about money, including getting out of debt, contentment, and giving.
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5/22/2011
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Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Sean McDowell
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What is a parent's highest calling? In this message, Sean McDowell explains the role of every believer in sharing the faith with the next generation.
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8/17/2011
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Archaeology and the Bible: What the Stones are Telling us About the Scriptures
Dr. Joseph Holden
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The Bible helps us make sense of archaeology—His inerrant Word sheds light recent discoveries. As we consider this message from Dr. Holden, we'll discover that validity of the biblical history confirms and clarifies God's Word and further demonstrates God's love for man.
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8/28/2011
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Perceiving the Will of God
Romans 12:1-2
Nate Heitzig
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Does God still speak to man? Is He interested in our personal lives? Can we know the will of God? Pastor Nate Heitzig addresses these issues and more in this message.
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8/31/2011
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Finding God on The Internet
John Blandford
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Every day, millions of people around the world search the internet for God. Learn how Global Media Outreach and online missionaries are using technology to reach the world with the gospel.
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10/16/2011
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The Thin Red Line
Joshua 2
Levi Lusko
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In this study from Joshua 2, Levi Lusko discusses God’s plan of redemption as demonstrated through the life of Rahab. We’ll learn that God’s goes before us, wants to save those around us, and is not afraid of what’s behind us.
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11/6/2011
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When a Battle Isn't a Battle
Joshua 6:1-14
Kevin Miller
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If you want to see God do the impossible, you have to believe He can, then take the steps to make it happen. Those steps may seem scary and crazy at first and people around you may not understand, but God can do things that we can't even dream up. Fight the battle knowing that it’s already won!
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11/13/2011
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Absolute Truth in an Age of Uncertainty - Q & A hosted by Skip Heitzig
Dr. Ron Rhodes
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Dr. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He regularly addresses current issues in the national media, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. Dr. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and other seminaries around the country. Jump To: Dr. Ron Rhodes Testimony | Saturday | Sunday 8:00 | Sunday 9:30 | Sunday 11:15
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11/27/2011
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
2 Chronicles 33:1-16
Franklin Graham
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Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away. He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
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12/28/2011
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Buckle Up
1 Kings 18:41-46
Ray Del Toro
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Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings 18:41-46. As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised.
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1/11/2012
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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
James 4:13-17
Neil Ortiz
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What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
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1/15/2012
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Jesus Christ, Superstar?
Philippians 2:5-11
Nate Heitzig
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While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus?
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4/18/2012
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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5/27/2012
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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9/5/2012
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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The State of the Epicenter: 2012
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel 5:5. While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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9/16/2012
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The Future of the Epicenter in Light of Bible Prophecy
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Only God knows what tomorrow holds and through our text, He communicates both warnings and encouragement about the future. Let’s heed His Word and prepare for what is to come—not only great pain and suffering, but also salvation for those who believe. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Franklin Graham is noted for using every occasion to preach the gospel, inviting people to take part in God's plan of salvation—whether on the mission field, on-site at a natural disaster, behind the microphone of a national news program, or in a church sanctuary. From the story of a blind man healed in Mark 10:46-52, Franklin delivers a powerful presentation of the good news. You too can be healed and your sins can be forgiven! Come to Jesus!
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12/2/2012
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The End of the World as We Know It
Revelation 20
Kevin Miller
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Throughout history, the question has been asked: “How long?” How long will sin go unpunished? How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready?
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Night Call
Psalm 4
Jesse Lusko
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Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart? Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call.
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
Numbers 20:1-13
Neil Ortiz
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As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers 20:1-13, the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people. As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following.
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Your Final Exam
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Mark Hitchcock
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Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. He is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church near Edmond, Oklahoma and has served as adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye. Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word.
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Church in the Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Terry Gray
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Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us. Let’s find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues.
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A Mother’s Influence
K.P. Yohannan
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As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. P. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. K. P.'s mother would say, "Our greatest privilege is to love people."
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Worry or Worship?
Isaiah 6:1-8
Dr. Nelson Walker
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In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service. As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord.
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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7/17/2013
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Special Guest Brad Stine
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What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture.
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How to be a Hero of Faith
Hebrews 11
Robert Furrow
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In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith. When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess.
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Conquest of the Cross
Romans 3:19-26
Jesse Lusko
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As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints! In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all!
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Guest Speaker Will Graham
1 Samuel 1:1-18
Will Graham
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Everyone encounters trials. We can't escape them, but we can choose how we react to them. In 1 Samuel, we read about a woman who realized that God is bigger than any circumstance. As Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord, she was filled with joy that only comes from Him. Through her life, we learn that God will sustain us through any trial and He will use our pain to further His kingdom.
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The King's Messenger
Matthew 3:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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John the Baptist was the herald of Jesus, the coming King. As he prepared to present the Messiah to the world, he preached one simple message: "Repent!" Interestingly, John preached this message to the Jews, especially those who were religious. In this study, we learn the meaning of true repentance and how that leads to true sanctification.
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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The Old Testament is packed with Scriptures that point to the coming of Christ. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord.
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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10/27/2013
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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6/8/2014
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A Person Who Is Holy
1 Peter
Raul Ries
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Peter called his fellow believers to be holy and reinforced this exhortation with an Old Testament command from the Lord. Today, there are many who walk in darkness—even believers—but as we study 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are reminded to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord. Let's consider what Scripture says about holiness, glean from examples of strong believers who came before us, and learn about the reasons for living a holy life.
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6/11/2014
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Three Relationships with the Father
Luke 15:11-31
Nelson Walker
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Jesus' parable about the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables from the Bible. But as we discover who Jesus' specific audience was, we learn that the son's warm welcoming by his father isn't the only—or even main—message Jesus was communicating. In this study of Luke 15:11-32, we learn about three types of relationships with the Father: the rebellious, repentant, and religious.
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6/15/2014
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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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In this special message from guest speaker Franklin Graham, we learn how God is using Operation Christmas Child to raise up young evangelists across the globe. Then, as we study Mark 10:17-22, we see how the rich young ruler fell short in his relationship with God: he put material things before the one true God. Franklin presents a bold gospel message, explaining how Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and is the only one who can save us.
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Uprising of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Nate Heitzig
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 People are constantly finding new causes to rally behind, but we can't change society then expect people to get better. In fact, Jesus claimed the opposite—people must change before society can get better—and He demonstrated that by loving the unlovable and caring for the rejected. Pastor Nate Heitzig challenges us to be part of the uprising of love as he explains what that means and how we can live it out.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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6/14/2015
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Matthew 3:11-4:13
Nate Heitzig
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Wouldn't it be great if temptation disappeared when you became a believer? Following the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; it actually makes you a bigger target. In this message, Nate Heitzig discusses the seriousness of sin and the hope we have when we trust the Lord to fight on our behalf.
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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
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In this special interview with Free Burma Rangers founder Dave Eubank, we hear about his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. Dave also shares about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
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8/16/2015
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The War against Worry
Philippians 4:6-8
Kevin Miller
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Worry goes to war against our faith every day. Life’s "what ifs" will beat us down and steal our attention if we let them. Thankfully, God’s Word gives us a tutorial on how to flip the script and go to war against the worry in our lives.
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9/30/2015
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The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond
Ken Mansfield
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In this special message, Ken Mansfield shares his testimony of going from being the U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records to being broken, humbled, and eventually saved by the Lord later in life. Looking back on his thirty years in the music industry, Ken encourages us to see how God weaves the events and circumstances of our lives together to ultimately bring Him glory.
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10/11/2015
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Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ
1 Corinthians 3:5-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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In this teaching, Dr. Erwin Lutzer discusses three aspects of the judgment seat of Christ—God’s fair, individual, and thorough evaluation of believers.
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10/25/2015
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Through the Eyes of a Lion
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Levi Lusko
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Lions have spectacular vision, and they are better at processing light than humans. We need to become better at processing light, opening the pupils of our soul so we can see God's plan, purposes, promises, and presence even in the midst of our problems and pain. In this message, Levi Lusko gives us four ways to see life through the telescope of faith—through the eyes of a lion.
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11/11/2015
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Standing Up in a Fallen World
Matthew 5:3-12
Nate Heitzig
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We live in a fallen and corrupt world: boundaries are being pushed further, headlines are more shocking, and moral lines are becoming more blurred. As believers, we can respond by either passively complaining about it or by standing up for the gospel. In this message from Nate Heitzig, we look at the Beatitudes, learning how to live a sanctified life in the midst of moral decay and increasing persecution.
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11/29/2015
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Genesis 13
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Sometimes one decision can lead to a multitude of bad decisions. Unfortunately, that was the case for Abraham's nephew, Lot. Teaching from Genesis 13, Franklin Graham explains the devastating effects of sin and its highest consequence—being separated from God. He also explains how we can rest in the truth that Christ came and died to save us from our sin.
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How to Change 2016
Matthew 5:13-16
Nate Heitzig
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God wants us to impact our world, not just by becoming better versions of ourselves, but by influencing our culture. In this New Year's message, Nate Heitzig explains how we can be salt to the world and a light in the darkness as we share the gospel and live a life that is visibly different.
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Time
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Steve Wilburn
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The difficulty, pains, and distractions of life can hit every one of us: from the rich to the poor and the ordinary to the popular. They can steal our joy and peace as well as devour the plans and purposes that God has for us. Steve Wilburn encourages us to not underestimate what God can do in our lives, and he challenges us to allow the Holy Spirit to use us to reach others for Christ.
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2/17/2016
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The Runaways
Luke 15:11-32
Kelly Bransford
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Repentance means being sorry enough to change. In this message, Kelly Bransford teaches the importance of going God's way instead of our own. As we look at the story of the prodigal son, we learn how God deals with us when we run away from Him.
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2/21/2016
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Courage
Steve Berger
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It takes courage to be a true follower of Christ—to trust God, obey Him, and speak His truth. Unfortunately, the church has seen a striking decline in courage. Steve Berger challenges us to find the source of our courage and to bring it back to the church so we can impact the world for Christ.
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2/24/2016
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Get Your Head Out of the Grave
Colossians 3:1-4
Mat Pirolo
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We were made to crave the things of heaven, our eternal home. As believers, we know that our future contains fullness of joy with Christ, but because the things of this earth are attractive, we can easily become preoccupied with them. Mat Pirolo teaches how we can be heavenly minded so we can make the most of our time on earth.
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How Long, God?!
Psalm 13
Nelson Walker
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Our cares and problems can often be too much to bear, and when God seems distant in those times, He wants us to call on Him and trust in His loving-kindness. Sometimes God even allows us to come to the end of ourselves so we have no choice but to rely on Him. Nelson Walker reminds us that we can trust in God's unfailing love to get us through anything.
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5/1/2016
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Walking Honestly
Ephesians 4-5
Daniel Fusco
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A recurring theme in Scripture is that life is messy, but Jesus is real. Daniel Fusco addresses this tension head-on and highlights a hope for anyone living at this intersection of life and faith. He shares a pathway set out in the book of Ephesians about how to walk honestly through the messiness of life while staying focused on the certainty that Jesus is real.
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5/11/2016
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Getting To Know You
Psalm 139
Brian Nixon
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Many people know very little about the Lord due to biblical illiteracy. God's self-disclosure of His nature can be found in His Word, and when we don't know the Bible, we lack a proper understanding of Him. In this teaching, Brian Nixon looks at three characteristics of God's nature, and we learn how we should respond with our conduct.
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5/15/2016
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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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5/29/2016
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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8/14/2016
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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9/7/2016
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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9/28/2016
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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10/12/2016
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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11/27/2016
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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12/28/2016
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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Loving God Completely
Psalm 8
Nelson Walker
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God loves us more than we could possibly understand. In turn, Jesus commanded us to love God as well. In this study of Psalm 8, Nelson Walker explains that to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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5/28/2017
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Standing In the Fire
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Tom Doyle
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Christian persecution is at an all-time high globally. But that’s not the whole story. A new Jesus movement is erupting out of the Middle East, and persecuted believers are leading the way. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, these new believers are fearless. Jesus is right there, standing with them, and the fiery furnace of today is the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
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Postcards from the Kikkar: Sodom Speaks Volumes
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible states that God destroyed the city of Sodom with fire. Dr. Steven Collins has spent the last twelve years excavating what he believes to be the archaeological ruins of this ancient city. In this message, Dr. Collins teaches that the discovery of Sodom is important because biblical archaeology is the most powerful means of demonstrating the Bible's historical authenticity.
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God of Hope
Romans 15:13
Ben Courson
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Ben Courson is the director of Hope Generation and author of three books. He is a gifted and nationally renowned speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship, and he has a national TV and radio program. His humorous, uplifting, and high-energy style coupled with a gift to communicate God’s heart is hugely impactful.
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7/12/2017
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Magic Kingdom Mindset
Psalm 8
Mat Pirolo
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Though it may seem like it at times, God is not a far-off, distant being. In this message, Mat Pirolo teaches that we live in a fantastic, beautiful universe because we serve a very real God. As we study Psalm 8, we learn that nothing expresses God's desire to be with us more than the cross of Christ.
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7/26/2017
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Starting Over
2 Kings 22-23
Jason Mills
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Productive change doesn't happen by accident; we have to be intentional about it. In this message, Jason Mills examines the life of King Josiah, a man who recognized that something needed to change in the nation of Israel and took steps to see that it was done. As we study 1 Kings 22-23, we learn the practical steps we can take to see change in our own lives.
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9/6/2017
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For King and Country
Nehemiah 4:10-14
Neil Ortiz
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As humans, we lack perseverance because of fatigue and fear. To persevere, we need to be reminded of the cause for which we are fighting. In this message, Neil Ortiz teaches that as Christians, we are called to live for God in every facet of our lives, even if our circumstances cause us to be afraid and fatigued.
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9/20/2017
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Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Romans 10:9-11
Brian Nixon
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What we think informs and influences what we do. A Christian worldview is faith in Jesus and faith that seeks to understand what God has created. In this message, Brian Nixon teaches that in order to cultivate a Christian worldview, we must be saved, be continuously sanctified, and study God's Word.
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9/24/2017
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Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, and Martin Luther
Acts 20:28-32
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Martin Luther, fearing that Germany would be next in Islam's remarkable conquests in Europe, wrote extensively about Islam and the Qur'an. He exposed Muslim intentions and spoke about the role of the church in the conflict, emphasizing the response pastors should have when threatened by this militaristic religion. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares Luther's insights and courage, encouraging us to make friends with our Muslim neighbors.
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10/11/2017
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Wasted Potential
Jonathan Laurie
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Though you can have a saved soul, you can also have a wasted life. Yet God has given you everything you need to be spiritually successful. In this message, Jonathan Laurie teaches that God has given each of His children unique gifts, and we must use them to serve His kingdom.
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10/21/2017
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Interview with Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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10/25/2017
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Worship Anyway
Isaiah 6:1-8
Nelson Walker
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When your world explodes, what do you do? The prophet Isaiah's world was turned upside down with the death of King Uzziah. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that when we face unexpected trials or hardships, our first step should be to approach our Lord with an attitude of worship.
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Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible is under attack from every direction. In this message, Dr. Steven Collins shows the historical reliability of the Old Testament by comparing it to other historical texts from the same time periods.
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Motives
Acts 20:22-24
Chip Lusko
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Fear of failure, baggage from the past, or envy of the heart are some things that can motivate us. In this message, Chip Lusko examines these natural impulses and shares the godly attributes that should motivate us to run the Christian race well.
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A Repentant Heart
Luke 13:1-5
Franklin Graham
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Our salvation requires both confession and repentance on our part. Though God loves us, He requires us to willingly turn away from our sin and toward Jesus. In this message, Franklin Graham shares that only when we are cleansed of our sin can we seek to be holy like our God.
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