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The World's Most Important Comma
Isaiah 61:2
Skip Heitzig

Isaiah 61 (NKJV™)
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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In Isaiah 61:2 we discover a tiny comma. This comma represents a 2,000-year period of time: the age of grace that we are currently living in. It is during this time that we have been saved; it's the church age, and world-wide evangelism is taking place. But we are just one day away from the end of that comma. One day that comma will become a period. At the end of that comma comes the rapture of the church and then the day of vengeance of our God on this earth.

This collection of topical teachings from Skip Heitzig includes anniversary celebrations, messages about the vision of the church, special teachings from conferences and countries around the world, and more.

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CONNECT QUESTIONS

  1. What do you think was the major point of this passage?

  2. What did God reveal to you in this passage?

  3. Is there anything that applies directly to you or to someone you know? How can you take aim at changing a negative behavior in a biblical way?

  4. Who was this passage originally directed to?

  5. How does this passage apply to believers?

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  1. Introduction
    1. A point of punctuation; a comma
      1. Punctuation is important
      2. A wealthy woman traveling overseas saw a necklace that she wanted to buy; it was $75,000
      3. A comma in Isaiah 61 and again in Luke 4
    2. We have been studying the book of Daniel
      1. Daniel sees a vision of a coming King
      2. He calls Him the Son of Man
      3. He will have a worldwide kingdom that will last forever
    3. Jesus Christ interfaced with Old Testament prophecy
      1. The prophet Isaiah tells of the coming of Jesus and calls Him the Servant of the Lord
      2. The Rescuer
      3. The long-awaited Messiah
  2. A comma between the first and second phrase in verse one
    1. These phrases depict Jesus
      1. Jesus says that these verses are fulfilled in Him (see Luke 4:16-22)
      2. Jesus stops at the comma and closes the book
      3. In the New Testament we understand that the Messiah is coming twice
      4. First coming—comma—second coming
    2. The coming King
      1. Jesus read the first part of Isaiah 61:1 and stopped at the period; He placed a period in place of the comma
      2. "Is this not Joseph's son?" (Luke 4:22)
        1. The Rabbis believed that Isaiah 61 referred to the coming Messiah
        2. They didn't want to believe this kid from Nazareth was the Messiah
        3. "Jesus went into the synagogue as was His custom" (Luke 4:16)
          1. He did that every week
          2. Would that Christians would regularly come to the church to worship
      3. There are seven descriptions of the coming King that Jesus pulls from the text in Isaiah
        1. He's going to be anointed
          1. We call Him Christ, that is not His last name
          2. Christ means messiah
          3. Greek it's messias
          4. Hebrew it's mashiach
          5. To smear with oil
        2.  He will attract the poor
          1. There were so many poor people
          2. They could relate to Jesus because He was poor
          3. He said, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (Matthew 8:20)
          4. "The common people heard Him gladly" (Mark 12:37)
          5. "Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom?" (James 2:5)
        3. He will heal the brokenhearted
          1. Brokenhearted people are not easy people to hang out with
            1. They're emotional
            2. They're pessimistic
            3. They're morose
            4. They shed a lot of tears
            5. They tell their same broken-hearted story over and over
          2.  Jesus was tender hearted around the broken hearted
          3. He reached out to them
          4. Walk softly around a broken heart
            1. They don't need long sermons and explanations, they need your presence
            2. When a tenderhearted person meets a broken-hearted person, that brokenhearted person will remember the kindness and always invite them back
          5. When parents lost their children or a woman was caught in adultery, Jesus was tenderhearted
        4. He will proclaim liberty to the captives
          1. This is the second time that Jesus is said to be a preacher
          2. Jesus talked
            1. The Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7)
            2. The Upper Room Discourse (see John 13-16)
            3. The Olivet Discourse (see Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21)
            4. Sometimes His words were filled with promise
            5. Other times they were packed full of rebuke
            6. His words were always designed to liberate—to set people free
            7. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32); and "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63)
            8. Peter said, when Jesus asked if they were going to leave Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68)
          3. Our country puts a premium on freedom and liberty
            1. Freedom of speech
            2. Freedom from tyranny
            3. Freedom of assembly
            4. Freedom of religion
          4. At the Lord's table, we testify of real freedom
        5. He will give sight to the blind
          1. Both literal and spiritual
          2. He physically healed Bartimaeus (see Mark 10:46-52)
          3. He healed a blind man in Jerusalem by making a mud ball with His own spit (see John 9:6-7)
          4. We were spiritually blind before we came to Christ
          5. John Newton wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace"that contains the refrain: "Was blind but now I see"
          6. The world around us is blind—they don't get it
        6. He will help the oppressed
          1. The bruised
          2. The crushed
          3. An oppressed person is timid, they hold back in fear, they've been burned before, they're not quick to commit now
          4. Jesus has found a place to rescue those who are oppressed
          5. Jesus never intimidates people
          6. Skip thinks back to the people in his life that he's hurt and is ashamed
        7. This list describes the church—us
          1. A messy bunch of people
          2. Knowing that should make us more patient with each other
      4. This coming King will be right on time to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord
        1. Jubilee year—a year of freedom
        2. The Messiah would come at the exact right time (see Galatians 4:4-5)
        3. Jesus often spoke of His hour (see John 2:4, John 7:6, and John 17:1)
        4. He was moving on His own timetable
      5. Jesus didn't finish the verse—He came to the comma, He closed the book, and He sat down
    3. The Conquering King
      1. The verses described after the comma in Isaiah 61
      2. "And the day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2)
      3. This is after the second coming
        1. They probably were thinking "You left the best part out; the day of vengeance"
        2. They wanted vengeance on Rome
        3. Why did they think Messiah was going to come and do that?
          1. In Isaiah it's all lumped up into one paragraph
          2. There is a literary device called prophetic foreshortening
            1. Events are predicted by the prophets without the delineation of the sequence of the events
            2. Or, events are predicted without showing the intervals of time that happened between the events
            3. From a distance it looks like all one event
            4. From a distance, the Sandias look like one, flat, solid mountain; as you get closer and closer, you see that there are several peaks separated by valleys
          3. He'll come again as a conquering King to fulfill Revelation 6-18; the day of vengeance of our God—the tribulation period
            1. Followed by Revelation 19, the return of Jesus Christ to the earth
            2. Followed by Revelation 20, the comfort of all those who mourn in Zion—the millennial kingdom
            3. Isaiah saw all this but he didn't know that the comma was a 2,000 year comma
    4. The considerable comma
      1. This comma has lasted 2,000 years
      2. Jesus made it a period
      3. Punctuation saves lives
        1. Let's eat Grandpa!
        2. Let's eat, Grandpa!
      4. This comma has saved our lives
        1. In this comma is the church age
        2. In this comma you were saved
        3. In this comma world-wide evangelism has taken place
        4. It's the age of grace
      5. We are just one comma away from the day of the Lord
      6. At the end of the comma comes the rapture of the church
      7. But we are still in the comma; do something with that comma
        1. One day that comma will become a period
        2. Jesus will return, period!
        3. Jesus will be the judge of the earth, period!
        4. God will sentence all unbelievers, period!
        5. There will never be another choice to be made after that period
  3. The Lord's Supper
    1. We do it now, during the comma
      1. We won't do it in heaven
      2. We look backward to the cross
      3. We look forward to His coming again
    2. If you do not know the Lord, do not take Communion
      1. If you do, you are advertising your own condemnation (see 1 Corinthians 11:26-32)
      2. A better option: give your life to the Lord now


Greek terms: Μεσσίας; messias, the anointed one
Hebrew terms: מָשִׁ֫יחַ; mashiach, annointed
Publications referenced: "Amazing Grace" by John Newton
Cross references: Matthew 5-7, Matthew 8:20, Matthew 24, Mark 10:46-52, Mark 12:37, Mark 13, Luke 4:16-22, Luke 21, John 2:4, John 6:63, John 6:68, John 7:6, John 8:32, John 9:6-7, John 13-16, John 17:1, 1 Corinthians 11:26-32, Galatians 4:4-5, James 2:5, Revelation 6-20


Topic: Communion

Keywords: Jesus, Isaiah, second coming, Messiah, heaven, rapture, comfort, vengeance, return

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Introduction: Welcome to Calvary Albuquerque. We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world.

Skip Heitzig: Good morning. Would you turn in your Bibles to two passages of Scripture this morning: one in Isaiah, chapter 61, that's in your Old Testament, of course; and then in the New Testament the gospel of Luke, chapter 4. You'll need it to follow along and to get the most out of it. There's a Bible near you. Isaiah, chapter 61; Luke, chapter 4.

I want to speak to you today on "The World's Most Important Comma." I've spoken before on whole books of the Bible at one time, whole chapters at one time. Typically I do a paragraph. I've confined my comments to a single verse of Scripture, even a phrase of a verse. Today I want to look at a point of punctuation—a comma, the world's most important comma. My teachers in school always used to tell me that punctuation was vital. It is important; in fact, it can be very costly.

Let me tell you a story about a woman who was, well, she was quite wealthy, and she was traveling and she was overseas and saw a necklace. She wanted to buy it. It was quite expensive; it was $75,000. Now, she could afford it, but she thought it was only right to ask her husband. So she was on her iPhone, took a picture of it, and texted her husband: "I found the perfect necklace, $75,000, may I buy it?"

Sweet of her, isn't it, to ask her husband first? "May I buy it?" He immediately texted back. The answer was supposed to read, "No,—comma—price too high." But when he texted her back he left the comma out. [laughter] You picking up on it? "No price too high." No price too high, so she thought, "How sweet of him." That missing comma cost that man $75,000.

So we're going to look at a comma and see why it is important in Isaiah 61, and then spoken again by Jesus in Luke, chapter 4. We've been studying in our series on Sunday mornings the book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel. Jesus called him a prophet. It's a book of history. It's a book of prophecy. Daniel looks forward and he sees kingdoms of the world come and go, rise and fall, conquering and being conquered.

But if you remember in the seventh chapter of Daniel, Daniel sees a coming King. A coming King from heaven to earth whom he calls the Son of Man who will have a worldwide kingdom that will last forever and ever. But what I want to show you is how Jesus Christ your Lord interfaced with Old Testament prophecy. In the book of Isaiah the prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of Jesus Christ by calling him the "Servant of the Lord." A Servant of the Lord is coming, the ultimate Deliverer, the Rescuer, the long awaited Messiah.

And in chapter 61 of Isaiah we're going to look at a few verses. It says, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God."

Now, did you notice what's between the first phrase in verse 2 and the second phrase of verse 2? "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,"—what follows that? A comma. I want you to mark that; that's the world's most important comma.

And then it continues, "And the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." Let's stop there.

So far in our reading we could see how these verses would fit with the Lord Jesus Christ. We could say, "Yeah, I see how they could depict Jesus." But we don't have to guess, because in Luke, chapter 4, these are the verses Jesus pulls out and says, "These verses are fulfilled in me." He quotes these very verses. But what he does when he quotes these verses is he stops at the comma, and he closes the book. In effect, he turns the comma into a period. Doesn't even finish the sentence of the original author, the prophet Isaiah.

Now, once we get to the New Testament, we understand why. We understand, yes, the Messiah is coming, but he's not coming just once, but twice. And so we have a sequence: first coming—comma—second coming. Certain things will happen before the comma, certain things will happen after the comma. He came the first time to do one thing; he'll come a second time to do something else.

Now, we've seen the text; we've looked at the comma. Now turn with me to Luke, chapter 4. Now, here we're going to look at these verses a little more in depth. I want you to think around three lines: the coming King, the coming Conqueror, and the considerable comma.

First of all, the King. Let's begin in verse 16, it says, "So he came," this is Luke, chapter 4, "to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.

"And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.' "—Period, not a comma.

"Then he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, sat down, and the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.' So all bore witness to him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, 'Is this not Joseph's son?' "

Now the reason they ask that question, and the reason, if you keep reading, they want to throw him over the cliff of Nazareth is because the rabbis believed Isaiah 61 referred to the coming Messiah. Here is this kid who grew up in Nazareth, now thirty years of age, coming into the synagogue, in effect, saying, "I am the Messiah." They didn't want to buy that.

Something to make a note of where we began in verse 16 of Luke 4, it says, "Jesus went into the synagogue as was his custom." That means he did it every week. Every, every weekend he was gathering for public worship with fellow Jews. I wish that would become the custom of all who claim to follow Christ, that public worship, gathering together like what we're doing here would be paramount, would be so vital, so important—it would be our custom.

Now, I know, people have different excuses like: "Well, you know, God can be worshiped anywhere. I worship God on the golf course Sunday morning." No, you don't; you worship golf on the golf course if you're doing it Sunday morning rather than being in church. Or, "Well, our church service is dry. It's sort of boring and predictable." Do you think a first century synagogue service was dynamic? But Jesus was there as an example to us honoring his Father. He came to Nazareth. He came to the synagogue. This was the coming King.

Now, there are seven things, seven descriptions of this coming King in the text that Jesus pulls out of Isaiah. Number one, he's going to be anointed. Notice, "The Spirit of Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me." We call him Christ. You need to know if you haven't known yet, that is not his last name. I've heard somebody say, "Jesus H. Christ," when they want to swear, as if Christ is his last name. As if there's like the Christ family living on whatever street in Nazareth and there's a whole bunch of the Christs, and here is Jesus as one of the family members.

That's not a name, it's a title. The Greek word Christos means Messiah; it's the Hebrew word mashiach—same word, same meaning. The Messiah, the Christ, the Christos, mashiach—all come from the word that means to smear with oil, to anoint with oil. Prophets of old would pour oil upon kings to anoint them for service. So the coming King will be the ultimate Anointed One, not smeared or anointed with oil, but anointed with the Holy Spirit controlling his life.

Second thing to make a note of is that he will attract the poor. "He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor." There were so many outcasts, downtrodden, poor people in the time when Jesus came, and they could relate to him. Jesus himself was poor. On one occasion he said, "Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." And because Jesus was that way, and lived that way, and walked among the poor, the poor they could connect with him. The Bible says, "The common people heard him gladly."

And in the early church those poor showed up. In fact, in the book of James toward the end of the Old Testament in chapter 2, verse 5, he writes, "Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those that love him?"

There's a third mark of this coming King. He's going to heal the brokenhearted as it says here, "He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted." Now, brokenhearted people are not easy to hang out with. They're emotional, they're pessimistic, morose, shed a lot of tears, tell their same brokenhearted story over and over and over again. But what I love about Jesus is that he was tenderhearted around the brokenhearted. He was tenderhearted with them, and he had a way to reach out to them.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard was to "walk softly around a broken heart." Brokenhearted people don't need long theological explanations or long sermons, they need your presence. And when a tenderhearted person finds a brokenhearted people, that brokenhearted person will always remember it and invite that person back. And so Jesus, when parents lost their children, or a woman was caught in adultery, he was tenderhearted toward the brokenhearted. He'll heal the brokenhearted.

Notice what's next on the list, the fourth characteristic: "To proclaim liberty to the captives." Now this is the second time in this text where the Messiah is said to be a preacher, one who speaks. Did you catch it? "To preach the gospel to the poor," now, "to proclaim," same idea, preach, herald, "liberty."

A lot of what Jesus did was he talked, he spoke, he gave sermons: Sermon on Mount, Upper Room Discourse, on and on and on, Olivet Discourse. Sometimes his words were filled with promise, other times packed full of rebuke—always designed to liberate, always setting people free. "You will know the truth," he said "and the truth will set you free." John, chapter 6, "The words that I speak to you, they are spirit, they are life."

When some of the disciples were leaving Jesus, and Jesus turned to his twelve and said, "You guys going to flake out as well?" Now, I'm free rendering that, of course. He didn't use those terms. But, "Will you also leave?" he said. Peter said, "Where else will we go? You alone have the words of eternal life." Words, freeing words, liberating words.

Our country puts a premium on freedom and liberty: freedom of speech, freedom from tyranny, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion. But we gather at the Lord's table and we are testifying of the real freedom that comes by him delivering us from the bondage, the shackles of sin. He'll "proclaim liberty to the captives."

The fifth characteristic mentioned right after is that he will give sight to people who are blind. And it says, "The recovery of sight to the blind." I see this as both literal and spiritual. Yeah, of course he healed people who couldn't see physically. Bartimaeus was a blind man in Jericho, Jesus opened up his eyes.

My favorite story is in Jerusalem when a man was blind and Jesus made a mud ball with his own spit and stuck it in the guy's eye. And I just gotta love that. You'd never see a faith healer trying to pull one off today. [laughter] "And then he said, 'Go wash in the pool of Siloam, and you'll come back seeing,' " and he did.

But the more than just that there is the opening of the blind eyes spiritually speaking. I was blind, you were blind before you came to Christ. John Newton wrote that great hymn: "Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind, but now I see." That's the testimony of every single believer. "I was blind; I didn't get it. I didn't understand it, but then came the day when my eyes were opened, and I saw the depth of my sin and the greatness of his love." You were blind. You're eyes have been opened.

The world around us is blind. How many conversations have you heard when you've tried to share what you believe and people say things like, "I don't get it—this whole idea of one person coming from heaven and all the sin of the world being put on him—how does that work?" Or, or, "Why do you Christians even use that word—sin? It's an offensive word to me. Of course we all have hangups, we all have issues, we all have baggage, we all have problems, but why do you use the word sin?"

Because you have to identify the disease before you get it fixed. It doesn't do any good to have a bottle of poison that just says "Undetermined Substance, or "Alternate Substance"; you gotta say this is "Poison." You have to say, "Dr. Jesus, I have this disease, cure me," and he'll do it.

Look at the next description: "To set at liberty those who are oppressed." He's going to help the oppressed. The King James uses the word "bruised." I like that—bruised. One translation calls it "crushed." He's going to help those who are crushed. He's going to set at liberty those who are crushed, bruised, oppressed.

An oppressed person is a fearful person, a timid person. It's a person who holds back. They've been burned before, they're not quick to commit now, so they hold back in fear, they're timid. I love that Jesus found a place to rescue those who are crushed, those who are bruised. In fact, Jesus never intimidated people. He didn't oppress people. I look back at my life and I think of the people I've hurt. Some episodes I'm just ashamed of. Jesus never oppressed people.

Now look at the list. Look back at these verses again. Look at who is described in this verse. You have a perfect description of the church. You have a perfect description of us. Did you get it? Poor, brokenhearted, captive, blind, oppressed—sound like somebody you know? Does it sound like you at one time, or even now? That's the church, folks. That is a messy bunch of people. Which leads me to this thought: knowing that should make us more patient with each other. You're dealing with oppressed people sitting around you, brokenhearted people sitting next to you; they're in the same pew, in the same row, in the same facility—that's the church.

There's a seventh little description in the next verse; and that is, this coming king is going to be right on time. "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." What does that mean? Well, some scholars believe that Jesus spoke these words on the Jubilee year. You've heard that term before out of Leviticus 25, perhaps.

The Jubilee year was every fiftieth year in the Jewish calendar. Something really cool happened. On the fiftieth year all the slaves were set free, all the debts were canceled, and the land that had been lost reverted back to the original owner. It's a year of Jubilee, it was a year of celebration, it was a year of freedom.

Some scholars believe that Jesus actually preached this message on a Jewish Jubilee year, which would make it significant, but we don't know that for sure. So I think it's simply safe to say that what he means by this reference in quoting Isaiah is that the Messiah would come at the exact right time.

Or as Paul put it in Galatians, "In the fullness of the time, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law." How often Jesus spoke of his hour: "My hour has not yet come." "It's not my hour." "The hour has now come, Father. Glorify your Son." He was moving on that perfect timetable.

And then—and then he came to the comma, and he closed the book, and he was done with his message, and he says, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears, in your hearing." As if to say, "I'm that guy. I'm the long awaited Messiah. I'm the One the prophet Isaiah and all the other prophets have been talking to you about. He's here. You're looking at him." That's the coming King.

The conquering King are the verses that are described after the comma back in Isaiah 61. "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,"—comma—"and the day of vengeance of our God." To comfort all those who mourn in Zion, to bring a garment of joy for the spirit of heaviness—all of that comes after, that comes the second time. Jesus didn't finish the verse. He comes to the comma, puts a period on it, closes the book, and he sits down.

And probably a lot of people in the synagogue were going, "Wait! Wait, wait, wait! You didn't finish the thought, dude. You didn't finish the verse. You stopped at the comma; you didn't even make it to the period. What about, 'and the day of vengeance of our God'? That's the best part; you left the best part out. We like that whole vengeance thing."

And here's why: the anticipation was that the Messiah is going to come and revenge the enemies that had oppressed them for so long. And at that point the Roman government with their exorbitant taxes and with their military presence was breathing heavily down their necks. So they want the Messiah to come and bring "the day of vengeance of our God," that's the conquering King. But Jesus didn't even make it to that part, he closed the book.

Why did the Jews of Jesus' day anticipate, think, believe that the Messiah was going to come and do all that? Well, because when we read the prophet Isaiah, all of the things that are predicted are just sort of all lumped up into one paragraph.

Okay, let me explain this the best I can. There's a literary device known as "prophetic foreshortening"; that's what the scholars call it, prophetic foreshortening. What that means is events are predicted by the prophets without the delineation of the sequence of the events, or events are predicted without showing you the intervals of time that happened between the events.

So when you look at the prophets of the Old Testament, you have the first coming, the second coming, the millennial kingdom, the eternal state all lumped up into one paragraph sometimes, or chapter. So from a distance it looks like it's all one event, but it's not. The closer you get to the events, you realize there's a, there's a gap here.

This is what it's like: If you drive into Albuquerque from the west, you see in the distance what mountain range as you look toward the east? The Sandias, you see the Sandias in the distance. It looks to you like one, flat, solid mountain. But keep driving. The closer you get, you start seeing shades of gray and purple and blue that show that there's not one peak but a few different peaks.

But keep going—I mean go all the way up to Tramway Boulevard. In fact, if you really want to have fun, get out of your car and walk up the La Luz Trail. Now you see there's not one mountain, there are several peaks that are separated by actual valleys. That's what we're dealing with in prophecy.

First we have the coming Savior, the coming King, the One who would die on the cross for our sins—comma—he'll come again a second time as a conquering King to fulfill Revelation chapter 6 through 18, "the day of vengeance of our God," the tribulation period upon the earth; followed by chapter 19, the return of Jesus Christ to the earth; followed by the comfort of all those who mourn in Zion, that's the millennial kingdom of Revelation, chapter 20; on into the kingdom age.

So, Isaiah saw the Messiah coming and doing all these things. What Isaiah didn't know is that that comma was a two thousand year comma. There was a valley between the first coming and the second coming. And if Jesus would have read to the end of the verse, and into the next verse of Isaiah 61, he could not have said, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." Because it won't be fulfilled till he comes a second time. You follow?

So we have the coming King, the conquering King; I want to close on these thoughts as we take communion: the considerable comma. Now, once again, this comma has lasted two thousand years. The entire church age, the entire dispensation of grace is stuck in that comma. Jesus made it a period only for that day; the rest of that verse is still unfulfilled.

I told you before about my English teachers. And my English teachers made a whole big deal about periods, and commas, and colons, and semicolons, and to this day I suffer from exactness. When somebody gives me something to read: "Hey, read this. What do you think of this?" I get hung up on punctuation because of those horrible teachers, what they did to me. [laughter]

So I say, "Well, I notice that you didn't put a semicolon." "Just read it, tell me—I don't care about that." But what you need to know is that punctuation, commas, can save lives.

Let me show you a slide. You see what I mean? Just let it, let it wash over you. [laughter] There's a comma here, right? The first sentence: "Let's eat Grandpa." Second sentence: "Let's eat,—comma—Grandpa." Two totally different meanings. The second, "Let's eat, Grandpa," is inviting Grandpa to come have a meal with you. The first is inviting others the enjoy Grandpa. [laughter] You'd give that to head hunters, I suppose.

So commas make all the—commas save lives. This comma has saved our lives. It saved our lives. Aren't you glad this is a two thousand year old comma? Aren't you glad for this comma, because in this comma is the church age, in this comma you were saved, in this comma worldwide evangelism has taken place. It's the age of grace, it's the comma, the great comma, the world's most important comma.

But you know what? We're just one comma away from the day of the Lord, the day of vengeance, the great tribulation period. At the end of that comma comes an event called the "rapture of the church," and then the day of vengeance of our God upon this earth. We are one comma away from the day of the Lord, but we're still in the comma. Do something with that comma, because one day that comma is going to be turned into a period, and it'll be all over.

Jesus will return—period! Jesus will be the judge of the earth—period! God will sentence all unbelievers—period! There will never be another choice to be made after that—period!

But today we have a comma. And in the comma we celebrate the Lord's Supper. We don't celebrate it before the comma. When Jesus came as the King the first time, he simply announced the Lord's Supper, "Do this often in remembrance of me." We're not going to take the Lord's Supper after the comma in heaven. So here in the comma, in the pause, in the gap, in the valley, between the mountain peak of his first coming and the mountain peak of his second coming is the comma where we celebrate. We look backward to the cross, we look forward to his coming again.

I'm going to pray, and as I pray I'm going to ask the communion board to come forward. They're going to distribute the elements to you. I ask you not to take them till we all have them together, then we'll close and we'll dismiss.

If you do not know the Lord this morning, do not take these. If it's not personal with you, if Jesus isn't reigning in your life on the throne of your heart, do not take these, because the Bible says you are advertising your own condemnation. Now, that's just one option.

Second option, better option is to right in the next few minutes, right now, you say to the Lord, "Lord, I give you my life. I surrender my heart and my life to you. I want to be forgiven." You give your life to Christ and then you take these elements along with all of us. Let's pray.

Father, we are so thankful for this great comma that you have given between proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord, and then the day of vengeance of our God. Isaiah didn't see it, but Jesus announced it, showed it, demonstrated it, and the New Testament expounds upon this wonderful gap of time, this comma of grace and love that we celebrate because we're in it. Our lives are in the comma, our salvation is in the comma. Thank you, Lord.

Closing: What binds us together is devotion to worshiping our heavenly Father, dedication to studying his Word, and determination to proclaim our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.

For more teachings from Calvary Albuquerque and Skip Heitzig visit calvaryabq.org.

Additional Messages in this Series

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1/21/1982
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The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
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6/27/1982
completed
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Peter's Homecoming
Mark 14
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Peter's Homecoming - Mark 14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/27/1983
completed
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The Purpose of Worship
Romans 12:1-2; Revelation 4:10-11
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The Purpose of Worship - Romans 12:1-2, Revelation 4:10-11, Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/29/1983
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Demon Possession
Luke 22:31-32
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Demon Possession - Luke 22:31-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/30/1983
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Happiness is...
Psalm 1
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1/7/1984
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Jesus Who?
Deuteronomy 11:10-16
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Jesus Who? - Deuteronomy 11:10-16 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/19/1984
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Keep Going, Keep Growing
2 Peter 1:1-11
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Keep Going, Keep Growing - 2 Peter 1:1-11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/10/1984
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The Antioch Church
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The Antioch Church from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/1/1984
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The Marathon Christian
1 Corinthians 9
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4/1/1984
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India Review
Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:19
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India Review - Acts 13:1-3, 14:19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/17/1984
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From Despair to Joy
Habakkuk 3:17-19
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From Despair to Joy - Habakkuk 3:17-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/8/1984
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The Sheep and the Shepherd
John 10
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10/21/1984
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The Decline of Discouragement
Numbers 21
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10/28/1984
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Living on the Border
Numbers 32
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Living on the Border - Numbers 32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/12/1985
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Make Up Your Mind - Today!
1 Kings 18
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Make Up Your Mind - Today! - 1 Kings 18 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/16/1985
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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2/15/1986
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi - Galatians 1:13-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/1/1986
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
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The Flesh and The Spirit - Galatians 5:16-26 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
Skip Heitzig
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
Skip Heitzig
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Hey, What's God Like? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
Skip Heitzig
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Security or Insecurity from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
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Stubborness that Alienates - Luke 15:11-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
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For a Time such as This - Esther 4:13-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
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Bringing God to the Marketplace - Titus 2:9-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/28/1987
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
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1/2/1988
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Jesus Answers Job
Job 16:19-21
Skip Heitzig
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Jesus Answers Job - Job 16:19-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1988
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
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What Sustains a Weary Soul - Job 23:8-12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/16/1988
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man
Job 40:1-14
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man - Job 40:1-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1988
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Jesus Came
Mark 1:1-20
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2/16/1989
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
Skip Heitzig
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85! - Joshua 14:6-15 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/26/1990
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Psalm 3
Psalm 3
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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
Skip Heitzig
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Connection Celebration 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
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Salvation Message from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/14/2001
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2001
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5/2/2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
Skip Heitzig
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Inreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/5/2004
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Vision Casting - Outreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Outreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/26/2004
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Special Dedication Message
1 Kings 8
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12/28/2004
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Worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4;Psalm 95
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
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When in the midst of crisis, where do you turn for comfort? Do you seek the Lord and allow Him to work through the crisis? David experienced many times of crisis, but he remembered that the Lord was his beauty and light. Pastor Skip Heitzig outlines Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis and shares the insight the Lord gave David in Psalm 27. When you are in frightening times of crisis, focus on God who is above all circumstances.
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6/25/2006
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Has God Got A Plan For You!
John 3:16
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What plans do you have for today? Tomorrow? The rest of your life? Eternity? You may not have an answer for all of these questions, and even if you do, circumstances may arise that keep you from executing your plans. But God has a plan for you and for all of humanity that is sure and steadfast. No circumstance can arise that will change the course of it. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he lays out the details of God's plan for mankind and discover how you can be part of a sure future in Him.
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7/8/2006
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure
Genesis 12:1-9
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure - Genesis 12:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/15/2006
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Trusting God for Better or Worse
Genesis 22:1-19
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Trusting God for Better or Worse - Genesis 22:1-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/30/2006
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Rekindling Our Vision
Acts 2
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10/11/2006
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Rejoice!
Deuteronomy 12
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11/6/2006
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Ready 2 Serve
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Calvary Chapel Men's Conference 2006
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5/20/2007
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25 Years—A Divine Paradox
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Many of you know by now that these verses from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians have become my "life-text". They describe the paradox of a perfect God using imperfect vessels to carry His name and perform His work. Over the last twenty-five years I have both seen and experienced God’s faithfulness. Today we stand in awe of His great work among us, in us and through us. To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
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5/20/2007
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25th Anniversary celebration, To God Be The Glory
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2/18/2008
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Abiding In The Vine - Session 4
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Southern California Regional Pastor's Conference 2008
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4/16/2008
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Why Christians Love Israel
Ezekiel 36-37
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This message is a video of the teaching, "Why Christians Love Israel" (Ezekiel 36-37) from Pastor Skip, that he taught in Israel at the Epicenter Prophecy Conference on April 10, 2008.
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9/21/2008
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Marks of Greatness - Christ's Vision For His Church
Acts 2:36-47
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11/14/2008
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2008
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12/10/2008
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Hanukkah
John 10:19-33
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3/11/2009
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Special Message from Skip in India
Nehemiah 1-13
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9/16/2009
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Why Jesus Needed to Die
Hebrews 9
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All of us have experienced spiritual slump, when we just didn't feel like worshiping. But times like that provide the perfect opportunity to walk by faith not by sight and to experience sacrificial worship. The once for all sacrifice of Jesus should stir us up to fervent praise in spite of our earthly circumstances.
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Live from the Land
Matthew 24:1-8
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Earthquakes, wars, disease; the evening news offers a frightening and fascinating look at world events. What does the Bible say about the turmoil the world is facing? What is the resolution to the conflict? Join us as we consider what Jesus told his disciples about these signs of the times, in this special message by Pastor Skip from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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5/10/2010
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Live from the Land
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Time and again, we hear that one of the favorite highlights for those on a Tour of Israel is the on-site teaching. Now you can be a part of it from your very own living room. Watch the Live from the Land TV special that aired on Monday May 10, 2010 on KCHF TV-11 as we join Pastor Skip Heitzig LIVE with a message from the Mount of Olives.
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2011
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Service with Skip Heitzig
1 Corinthians 12:12-18
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Churches across America are closing their doors. How can we ensure a thriving Christian community? As we consider what God intended for the church, we'll uncover four essentials to a healthy church: God's People, God's Principles, God's Purpose, and God's presence.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
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We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the downed plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorists who crashed these aircraft brought the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Mass confusion, anger, despair, and depression predictably followed as survivors sought to frame so devastating an event. Ten years later, we remember September 11 to honor those who died, those who have fought in the war on terror, and especially to be reminded that in the midst of a conflict-filled world, we serve a God who works His good purposes and promises to one day eradicate evil.
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11/30/2011
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Points about Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount
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Self reliance is esteemed in our culture - but it's not the example Jesus gives to us. In a life marked by continual prayer, the Son of God demonstrates His dependence on the Father. Let's consider what Jesus teaches about prayer and its role in our lives, remembering that prayer is a privilege, not a duty.
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Day of Prayer and Fasting Service
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Communication has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. In just seconds, we can now email messages, photos, important documents, and more. We easily communicate with cell phones from almost anywhere. But, what is your communication with God like? Are you responding to his invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace? Are you letting your requests be made known to Him? Remember, the Lord is willing and God has commanded that we ask, seek, and knock.
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5/6/2012
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How Does Your GPS Work?
Proverbs 3:1-8
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This passage in Proverbs is one of the most well-known and bestbeloved in the entire Bible. Believers have read it, memorized it, shared it, prayed over it, preached from it, and relied on it for centuries. Why is that so? It's simply because we all want to know God's will for our lives. Discovering God's will is one of the dominating pursuits for Christians. Let's see how it works.
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6/27/2012
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Expound Expressed
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Revealing Himself through His Word, the Lord invites us to delight in Him—to worship Him for who He is. Join us as review highlights from the book of Matthew and respond to the Lord in worship during this special expound expressed service.
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9/23/2012
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30th Anniversary: Love the Past, Live the Future
Deuteronomy 8:1-10
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In Deuteronomy 8, we learn what the Lord taught the Jewish people—to remember what the Lord had done, to know and keep the commandments, and to bless the Lord. Moses would say, "Love the Past, Live the Future." Through the text, we are reminded what the Lord had done and are given hope for what the future holds.
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Living With Vision
John 17:1-26; Acts 2:1-47
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Every life should have purpose. All people should know why they’re here and what God’s intention is for them. So should every church. This weekend we want you to discover and celebrate with us what we believe, who we are as a church, and what we do as a church body. Beyond that, we want you to know why.
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6/22/2013
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Navigating Another Year
Ephesians 5:15-17
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What is the will of God? It can seem so elusive, but in this study, we learn five things that are the clear will of God for each of us. As children of God, as a church body, let's make a pact to preach to the lost, to be set apart for Jesus Christ, to be humble, to be submissive and honoring to the people around us, and to be thankful in all things. Taught in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Not Done Yet
Joshua 14:6-15
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At 85 years old, the faithful Caleb desired to keep growing and being used by the Lord. In this passage, he takes hold of God's promises, and his story of God's faithfulness unfolds. By examining his courageous life, we learn that as time goes on, we must not slow down in doing the Lord's work; we must boldly look ahead and realize we are not done yet!
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 4
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The apostle Paul spent a large amount of time pouring into his disciple Timothy's life. And in his second letter to Timothy, he encouraged him to do the same for others. In this message, Pastor Skip Heitzig expresses the importance and process of training up responsible leaders.
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 7
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In his second letter to Timothy, Paul the apostle motivated Timothy to continue to be faithful in his ministry to the Lord. As we study 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Pastor Skip Heitzig exhorts believers toward faithfulness by sharing four helpful principles to cultivate this supreme attribute in their lives.
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iThirst
John 19:28-30
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The world is filled with Apple's i-technology, which delivers on its promise to make connectivity and information readily accessible. But there is a deeper need within everyone, a thirst to be right with God, that no app or gadget can fulfill. How ironic that Jesus, the great Thirst-Quencher, would Himself be thirsty. It was part of the great exchange—His temporary thirst enabled yours to be quenched eternally!
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9/28/2014
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Skip Heitzig Interview with David Eubank
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In this interview with Pastor Skip, Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers explained how the Lord called his family to Burma and what the Free Burma Rangers do to help people who are caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Dave's wife, Karen, also talked about the Good Life Club, the relief arm of the Free Burma Rangers that aids mothers and children, and that Reload Love, our church-wide initiative, is raising funds for.
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10/5/2014
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How Does The Gospel Work?
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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The book of 1 Thessalonians is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young church in Thessalonica, whom he commended for their faith, love, and endurance. As we study the first ten verses of this book, we learn from their bold example what evangelism looks like and what the normal flow of the gospel is: it comes to us, works in us, and then comes from us.
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12/28/2014
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Lamentations 3:22-31
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The prophet Jeremiah looked on as the city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. But even as he mourned over the destruction of his city, he realized the living God was at work. In the same way, though our world is filled with a great amount of uncertainty, we can still find certainty in the Lord and confidently tell Him, "Great is Your faithfulness."
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1/11/2015
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Living Life Together
Proverbs 18:1;Acts 2:41-47
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The word fellowship is one of the most overused and undervalued words in the church. More than a social activity, fellowship should be a spiritual activity in which we all take part. As we draw some principles from Scripture and learn from the example of the early church, we see that being in community is essential for spiritual health.
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2/15/2015
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Jesus Loves Children
Matthew 19:13-15; James 1:26-27
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The most vulnerable among us are often children. Lacking the power and means to be anything except completely dependent on parents and society, they sometimes fall through the cracks. Today we look at how Jesus loved children and consider our mandate to care for those who are most helpless. Through this message, along with a special effort by Reload Love, we aim to bring God’s freedom to many more children around the world.
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Skip's Iraq Trip Update
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As ISIS spreads throughout the Middle East, millions of people continue to flee the growing violence—and children have been hit the hardest. In this special update from the Reload Love team, Pastor Skip, Jarrett Petero, and Murray Byrne share stories and photos from their recent trip to Iraq. While there, they reached out to organizations that are helping displaced children, and they were able to share the hope and love of Jesus with the kids.
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9/27/2015
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The Power of an Invitation
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There is something special about receiving an invitation; it makes us feel wanted, special, and significant. As we examine an invitation found in the book of Revelation, we are challenged to be part of God's work as instruments of change for the gospel, and we are reminded not to underestimate the power of a simple invitation.
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10/28/2015
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Defying Normal
Daniel 1:8
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The Bible calls us to a holy defiance of the status quo—Paul the apostle said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Perhaps no one in the Old Testament did this better than the prophet Daniel. In this message, we look at four truths about the Christian life and learn how Daniel was able to rise above his society to defy normal.
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6/12/2016
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United in Pursuit
Acts 6:1-7
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Acts 6:1-7 lays out God's vision for the church. At Calvary Albuquerque, we want people fitted for heaven and outfitted for service. As with the early church, we must overcome problems by establishing priorities and participating in order to progress.
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9/18/2016
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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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4/12/2017
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Special Message from Skip Heitzig
Luke 22:7-23
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The night before His death, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. In this message, we examine the progression of that Last Supper and learn both the traditional meanings behind the meal as well as the practical life applications for us as we live under the new covenant of Christ.
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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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2/10/2019
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The Explosive Power of Real Love
John 13:34-35
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We have the opportunity to show love to those who need the expression of love the most—those who have been hurt by the hatred of others. In countries scarred by past and recent terrorism, Reload Love is arming other believers with hope and healing in the name of Jesus. Today we will examine one of the most famous sayings Jesus ever spoke and explore three components of real love—what we should do, and then how and why we should do it. My prayer is that God’s love would be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
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2/17/2019
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The Heart behind the Hand
Luke 15:1-7
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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11/3/2019
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Three Steps to a Generous Life
Matthew 6:19-24
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Today is a celebration. We celebrate what God has done through you! Your love for God, His Word, and His work are evident by your generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure. I encourage you to continue. In Jesus’ most famous of sermons, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the most practical ways to live unencumbered and fruitful lives. God works through people to change the world. The real question becomes, How do we become those kind of people?
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12/29/2019
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2019 Year in Review
Joshua 4:1-8
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The end of a year is a natural time to look back and thank God for what He has done in the past. As we pause to look back and look around, it's important to evaluate and commemorate what God has done in and through us and recalibrate our priorities. Then, we can look ahead and focus on the specifics of what God wants us to do in the future. Pastor Skip reminds us that God has proven Himself time and time again, so we can look to the future with great hope and anticipation. Watch the full service video here.
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Gather, Love, and Act: Bombard the World with Love
Hebrews 10:24-25
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Reload Love’s mission is to convey God’s love by fighting back with tenderness toward children who have been impacted by terror. For six years, Reload Love has provided trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs, and playgrounds and other safe spaces for children caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Now, the vision has expanded to include supporting church plants and in-country evangelists. On this Love Bomb weekend, Pastor Skip shares the need to come together as a family to act upon God's great love.
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3/18/2020
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Should I Be Worried?
Matthew 6:25-34
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Sure Steps for Uncertain Times
Psalm 27
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This worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus (COVID-19) did not take our God by surprise. And it won’t last forever! David talked about walking through the valley of the shadow of death (see Psalm 23), not living there indefinitely. Until then, life seems extremely inconvenient and indeterminate. So how do we proceed? By taking these five steps:
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3/25/2020
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The Quarantined Life
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Our country has become more focused on health during this COVID-19 crisis. We understand the need to stay healthy physically and mentally, but our spiritual health is more important. Cultivating a strong Christian life is akin to training the body for a marathon (see Hebrews 12:1-2). In this message, Skip Heitzig encourages you to build up your spiritual life by setting aside the busyness, constant noise, and security of this world and by putting your trust in God.
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3/29/2020
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Why Should I Suffer?
1 Peter 1:6-7
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One-third of the world population is presently on lockdown; they are restricted by their own governments and kept (by force if necessary) from gathering together in groups. Though infection rates from the coronavirus seem to vary from region to region, one thing is common to all—everyone is suffering in one way or another. But did you know that suffering can be a good thing in the hands of a good God? Consider four truths:
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4/1/2020
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God and the Coronavirus
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When a situation like the coronavirus pandemic occurs, it's only natural for us to ask questions: Why would God allow something so small to stop everything and affect everyone around the world? And what do we do now? This virus is further evidence of the fallen world we live in; this is not the world God intended to create. But this is a time in which the church can truly be the church—the hands, feet, mouth, and heart of our Savior. In this message, Skip Heitzig teaches how this current crisis can move you from acknowledging and believing in God to clinging to God.
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4/5/2020
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I Feel Your Pain!
Luke 19:28-44
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I have often been drawn to this biblical text over the years for Palm Sunday because the events indeed did take place on a Sunday and Jesus was greeted with happy song and palm branches. But in light of the present situation with the entire world suffering the spread of the coronavirus, I want to look at it through the lens of suffering: our own suffering, Jesus’ personal suffering, and the future suffering predicted. In so doing I think we will see Jesus in a very different light.
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