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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz

Genesis 37 (NKJV™)
1 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
6 So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
7 "There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
8 And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me."
10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?"
11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 Then his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here I am."
14 Then he said to him, "Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me." So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem.
15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?"
16 So he said, "I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks."
17 And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.
19 Then they said to one another, "Look, this dreamer is coming!
20 "Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what will become of his dreams!"
21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him."
22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"--that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.
24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.
26 So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
27 "Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened.
28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes.
30 And he returned to his brothers and said, "The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?"
31 So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood.
32 Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?"
33 And he recognized it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces."
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his father wept for him.
36 Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.
Genesis 38 (NKJV™)
1 It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her.
3 So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er.
4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan.
5 And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him.
6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD killed him.
8 And Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother."
9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD; therefore He killed him also.
11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, "Remain a widow in your father's house till my son Shelah is grown." For he said, "Lest he also die like his brothers." And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
12 Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, "Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep."
14 So she took off her widow's garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face.
16 Then he turned to her by the way, and said, "Please let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"
17 And he said, "I will send a young goat from the flock." So she said, "Will you give me a pledge till you send it?"
18 Then he said, "What pledge shall I give you?" So she said, "Your signet and cord, and your staff that is in your hand." Then he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
19 So she arose and went away, and laid aside her veil and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not find her.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, "Where is the harlot who was openly by the roadside?" And they said, "There was no harlot in this place."
22 So he returned to Judah and said, "I cannot find her. Also, the men of the place said there was no harlot in this place."
23 Then Judah said, "Let her take them for herself, lest we be shamed; for I sent this young goat and you have not found her."
24 And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, "Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry." So Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned!"
25 When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, "By the man to whom these belong, I am with child." And she said, "Please determine whose these are--the signet and cord, and staff."
26 So Judah acknowledged them and said, "She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son." And he never knew her again.
27 Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, "This one came out first."
29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, "How did you break through? This breach be upon you!" Therefore his name was called Perez.
30 Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah.
Genesis 39 (NKJV™)
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
6 Thus he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7 And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."
8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
9 "There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.
11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside,
12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside,
14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
15 "And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside."
16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home.
17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, "The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me;
18 "so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside."
19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, "Your servant did to me after this manner," that his anger was aroused.
20 Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.
21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.
23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.
Genesis 40 (NKJV™)
1 It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.
2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker.
3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined.
4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.
5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man's dream in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation.
6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad.
7 So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"
8 And they said to him, "We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." So Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please."
9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me,
10 "and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.
11 "Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."
12 And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days.
13 "Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.
14 "But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.
15 "For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon."
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head.
17 "In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head."
18 So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days.
19 "Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you."
20 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
21 Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.
22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Genesis 41 (NKJV™)
1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river.
2 Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.
3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.
4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good.
6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.
7 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream.
8 Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.
9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day.
10 "When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker,
11 "we each had a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
12 "Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream.
13 "And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him."
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it."
16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river.
18 "Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.
19 "Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt.
20 "And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows.
21 "When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.
22 "Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good.
23 "Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.
24 "And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me."
25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do:
26 "The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one.
27 "And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine.
28 "This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do.
29 "Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt;
30 "but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.
31 "So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe.
32 "And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
33 "Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 "Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years.
35 "And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
36 "Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine."
37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?"
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
40 "You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
47 Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly.
48 So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them.
49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.
50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him.
51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: "For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house."
52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
53 Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended,
54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do."
56 The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.
57 So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands.
Genesis 42 (NKJV™)
1 When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at one another?"
2 And he said, "Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die."
3 So Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.
4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "Lest some calamity befall him."
5 And the sons of Israel went to buy grain among those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, "Where do you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!"
10 And they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.
11 "We are all one man's sons; we are honest men; your servants are not spies."
12 But he said to them, "No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land."
13 And they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more."
14 But Joseph said to them, "It is as I spoke to you, saying, 'You are spies!'
15 "In this manner you shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.
16 "Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies!"
17 So he put them all together in prison three days.
18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, "Do this and live, for I fear God:
19 "If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses.
20 "And bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die." And they did so.
21 Then they said to one another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us."
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us."
23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.
24 And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
25 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man's money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them.
26 So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there.
27 But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack.
28 So he said to his brothers, "My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!" Then their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, "What is this that God has done to us?"
29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying:
30 "The man who is lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 "But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
32 'We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father this day in the land of Canaan.'
33 "Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'By this I will know that you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, take food for the famine of your households, and be gone.
34 'And bring your youngest brother to me; so I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. I will grant your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'"
35 Then it happened as they emptied their sacks, that surprisingly each man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said to them, "You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me."
37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you."
38 But he said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave."
Genesis 43 (NKJV™)
1 Now the famine was severe in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food."
3 But Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, saying, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"
4 "If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
5 "But if you will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"
6 And Israel said, "Why did you deal so wrongfully with me as to tell the man whether you had still another brother?"
7 But they said, "The man asked us pointedly about ourselves and our family, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?' And we told him according to these words. Could we possibly have known that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?"
8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones.
9 "I myself will be surety for him; from my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
10 "For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time."
11 And their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man--a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
12 "Take double money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight.
13 "Take your brother also, and arise, go back to the man.
14 "And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!"
15 So the men took that present and Benjamin, and they took double money in their hand, and arose and went down to Egypt; and they stood before Joseph.
16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my home, and slaughter an animal and make ready; for these men will dine with me at noon."
17 Then the man did as Joseph ordered, and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
18 Now the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, "It is because of the money, which was returned in our sacks the first time, that we are brought in, so that he may make a case against us and fall upon us, to take us as slaves with our donkeys."
19 When they drew near to the steward of Joseph's house, they talked with him at the door of the house,
20 and said, "O sir, we indeed came down the first time to buy food;
21 "but it happened, when we came to the encampment, that we opened our sacks, and there, each man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight; so we have brought it back in our hand.
22 "And we have brought down other money in our hands to buy food. We do not know who put our money in our sacks."
23 But he said, "Peace be with you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.
24 So the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed.
25 Then they made the present ready for Joseph's coming at noon, for they heard that they would eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth.
27 Then he asked them about their well-being, and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"
28 And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves.
29 Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
30 Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there.
31 Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, "Serve the bread."
32 So they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked in astonishment at one another.
34 Then he took servings to them from before him, but Benjamin's serving was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank and were merry with him.
Genesis 44 (NKJV™)
1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack.
2 "Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain money." So he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
3 As soon as the morning dawned, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys.
4 When they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for good?
5 'Is not this the one from which my lord drinks, and with which he indeed practices divination? You have done evil in so doing.'"
6 So he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.
7 And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do such a thing.
8 "Look, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?
9 "With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves."
10 And he said, "Now also let it be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and you shall be blameless."
11 Then each man speedily let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his sack.
12 So he searched. He began with the oldest and left off with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
13 Then they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city.
14 So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on the ground.
15 And Joseph said to them, "What deed is this you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?"
16 Then Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found."
17 But he said, "Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave. And as for you, go up in peace to your father."
18 Then Judah came near to him and said: "O my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord's hearing, and do not let your anger burn against your servant; for you are even like Pharaoh.
19 "My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?'
20 "And we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, who is young; his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children, and his father loves him.'
21 "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.'
22 "And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
23 "But you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more.'
24 "So it was, when we went up to your servant my father, that we told him the words of my lord.
25 "And our father said, 'Go back and buy us a little food.'
26 "But we said, 'We cannot go down; if our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we may not see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
27 "Then your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons;
28 'and the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn to pieces"; and I have not seen him since.
29 'But if you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.'
30 "Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life,
31 "it will happen, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. So your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
32 "For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father forever.'
33 "Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.
34 "For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?"
Genesis 45 (NKJV™)
1 Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
4 And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to me." So they came near. Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
5 "But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
6 "For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
7 "And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 "So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 "Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph: "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry.
10 "You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children's children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have.
11 "There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine."'
12 "And behold, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
13 "So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here."
14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15 Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
16 Now the report of it was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brothers have come." So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well.
17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan.
18 'Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.
19 'Now you are commanded--do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come.
20 'Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"
21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them carts, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them provisions for the journey.
22 He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.
23 And he sent to his father these things: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey.
24 So he sent his brothers away, and they departed; and he said to them, "See that you do not become troubled along the way."
25 Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father.
26 And they told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood still, because he did not believe them.
27 But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
28 Then Israel said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."
Genesis 46 (NKJV™)
1 So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2 Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob!" And he said, "Here I am."
3 So He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
4 "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes."
5 Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the carts which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6 So they took their livestock and their goods, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him.
7 His sons and his sons' sons, his daughters and his sons' daughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.
8 Now these were the names of the children of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben was Jacob's firstborn.
9 The sons of Reuben were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
10 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman.
11 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
13 The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puvah, Job, and Shimron.
14 The sons of Zebulun were Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
15 These were the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Padan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the persons, his sons and his daughters, were thirty-three.
16 The sons of Gad were Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
17 The sons of Asher were Jimnah, Ishuah, Isui, Beriah, and Serah, their sister. And the sons of Beriah were Heber and Malchiel.
18 These were the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob: sixteen persons.
19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife, were Joseph and Benjamin.
20 And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him.
21 The sons of Benjamin were Belah, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
22 These were the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob: fourteen persons in all.
23 The son of Dan was Hushim.
24 The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
25 These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob: seven persons in all.
26 All the persons who went with Jacob to Egypt, who came from his body, besides Jacob's sons' wives, were sixty-six persons in all.
27 And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy.
28 Then he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out before him the way to Goshen. And they came to the land of Goshen.
29 So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.
30 And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive."
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and say to him, 'My brothers and those of my father's house, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me.
32 'And the men are shepherds, for their occupation has been to feed livestock; and they have brought their flocks, their herds, and all that they have.'
33 "So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?'
34 "that you shall say, 'Your servants' occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,' that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians."
Genesis 47 (NKJV™)
1 Then Joseph went and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; and indeed they are in the land of Goshen."
2 And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
3 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers."
4 And they said to Pharaoh, "We have come to dwell in the land, because your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
5 Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6 "The land of Egypt is before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock."
7 Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old are you?"
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."
10 So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
11 And Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
12 Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with bread, according to the number in their families.
13 Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
15 So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed."
16 Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock, and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone."
17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year.
18 When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is gone; my lord also has our herds of livestock. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands.
19 "Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate."
20 Then Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh's.
21 And as for the people, he moved them into the cities, from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other end.
22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy; for the priests had rations allotted to them by Pharaoh, and they ate their rations which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their lands.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, "Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
24 "And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones."
25 So they said, "You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants."
26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh's.
27 So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the length of Jacob's life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
29 When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, "Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Egypt,
30 "but let me lie with my fathers; you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place." And he said, "I will do as you have said."
31 Then he said, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. So Israel bowed himself on the head of the bed.
Genesis 48 (NKJV™)
1 Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, "Indeed your father is sick"; and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And Jacob was told, "Look, your son Joseph is coming to you"; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3 Then Jacob said to Joseph: "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4 "and said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.'
5 "And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 "Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7 "But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."
8 Then Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said, "Who are these?"
9 And Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place." And he said, "Please bring them to me, and I will bless them."
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!"
12 So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near him.
14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
17 Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
18 And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."
19 But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."
20 So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!'" And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.
22 "Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."
Genesis 49 (NKJV™)
1 And Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
2 "Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father.
3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it--He went up to my couch.
5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place.
6 Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.
8 "Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's children shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes are darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk.
13 "Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon.
14 "Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens;
15 He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves.
16 "Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse's heels So that its rider shall fall backward.
18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!
19 "Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph at last.
20 "Bread from Asher shall be rich, And he shall yield royal dainties.
21 "Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words.
22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.
27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil."
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing.
29 Then he charged them and said to them: "I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 "in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial place.
31 "There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah.
32 "The field and the cave that is there were purchased from the sons of Heth."
33 And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 50 (NKJV™)
1 Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him, and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
3 Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,
5 'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am dying; in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.'"
6 And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father's house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering.
10 Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with a great and very solemn lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his father.
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a deep mourning of the Egyptians." Therefore its name was called Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
12 So his sons did for him just as he had commanded them.
13 For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial place.
14 And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.
15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him."
16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, "Before your father died he commanded, saying,
17 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you."' Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants."
19 Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
20 "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
21 "Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
22 So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.
23 Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third generation. The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph's knees.
24 And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here."
26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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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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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.

Neil Ortiz: My name is Neil, last name Ortiz. I serve as one of the pastors here. Thankfully I see so many familiar and friendly faces out there. If you and I haven't met, I want to greet you in the name of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. I gotta tell you, I'm so grateful for the peace that I always feel after 21 years of coming to gather with this body of Christ, every time I even get near this premises I feel a peace come upon me and I'm so grateful for that, and you're all a part of the that, so thank you so much for that. I'll tell you what; we're going to get into God's Word tonight. We're going to be in Genesis, chapter 37 to start with and as you're turning there would you please allow me to lead us in a word of prayer.

Lord God, you are so, so good to us. You have given us so much, and so, Father, we humbly ask that by your Holy Spirit you would meet with us here tonight, that you would feed our souls, that you would encourage our spirits. And then for having made the sacrifice of gathering together like this as a family, Lord, you would visit with us and enable us each to be better men and better women for having spent time with you and with one another in your great name tonight. We're so grateful, Father, for all that you lavish us with. We again ask for you to feed us this evening, in the name of our great Savior Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

An epic fail---some of you know what that is. For those of you that don't, an epic fail is like the coup de grâce of all failures. It's an utterly abysmal failure. You might even say it's a catastrophically unsuccessful attempt at accomplishing something. In fact, our world is full of photographs, videos online where you could find people failing in the most bizarre ways. You can literally spend hours going through epic fail compilations on YouTube, and some of you have seen some of those things that I'm referencing. You see, these are the kind of things that happen and the response of the person who failed or for any of the witnesses is something like, "Oh, no!" or "What just happened?!" some kind of stunned disbelief.

Or it can even go all the way to the other end of the spectrum to uncontrollable laughter. You see, some of you are familiar with the recent story in the news---perhaps seeing video or photographs of it---of a 10 million dollar yacht, 90 feet long, being placed into the water for its maiden voyage but experiences a mechanical failure and, unfortunately, doesn't make it in the water before it tilts on its side with six people in it and it never, ever gets to sail. There's other times where you might see a lumberjack felling a tree. And he had every intention for that huge tree to go one direction and it goes the opposite direction crushing a house or a car or a garage. There's tons of these where people are trying to load a motorcycle or a car or a truck onto a trailer and they fail miserably.

The vehicle falls off the side or doesn't even make it up the ramp perhaps. So these are what modern vernacular refers to as "epic fails." Now, if I could just give you some encouragement, please don't go online and look for these things. I'll tell you what, there's a point to which it's embarrassing and perhaps you'll feel uncomfortable like I did, taking either a laugh at somebody's misery. Or you're going to discover that a lot of times when these things happen, especially on video, it brings out the worst in people, whether it's expletives of unbelief, or a further encouragement to continue something even if it's damaging to oneself. But either way, whether it's extreme laughter or inciting deep pity, these epic fails are not unfamiliar to us as Christians.

In fact, when we read the Scripture, we're going to find out, because God is so honest about those that are referenced in the Scripture, even many of main characters of the Bible, that this Book is full of epic fails. In fact, there's some men and women that have their own epic fails compilation just straight from the Scripture. The most easy that comes to my mind is Peter. You see, in the first years of walking with God he had an epic fail compilation of biblical proportions. Our mind goes to that time where Jesus beckoned him to walk on the water. And initially it started out just fine, but eventually he took his eyes off of Jesus and placed it on the tumultuous waves. And what happened? He began to sink.

If we had video of that, that would be a moment where we say, "Oh, man, total epic fail." Then there was the other time on the eve of the most excruciating time of Jesus' life as he invites three of the disciples to be with him in this elite group in the garden of Gethsemane asking them to watch for who he knew was coming for him while he went off to pray. And not once, not twice, but three times he and the two others fall asleep. Finally, the third time Jesus says, "Could you not watch and pray even once?" It's too late now, my betrayers are coming for me." And then not too long after that when Jesus' sufferings were beginning a prophecy that Christ told him came true. He said, "Peter, you're going to deny me three times before the cock crows."

And sure enough he denied knowing Jesus three times in the hour which Jesus could have used his support the most. And perhaps even more embarrassing, the first two times that Peter denied him it was with two young girls. Epic fails, yet, in time we discover that even these failures were redeemed by God to eventually bring out the best in Peter. You see, what we see in Peter's life is what we see repeatedly in any life that God is actively involved in through a person, a man or a woman, yielding their life to Christ; and that is, a beautiful fusion of failure and God's providence whereby "God works out all things to work for the good," that precious promise that we find in Romans 8:28.

What is God's providence? Well, God's providence could be described as his extraordinary intervention through natural means in the ordinary occurrences of life. Or you could put it another way by saying that God's providence is his working supernaturally naturally in each of our lives. You see, with God's providence in mind, which I believe is what the man we're going to look at tonight in more detail also possessed, was an awareness of God's providence when it came to God working everything together for good, even when we can't recognize that God's actually using all of it. And that brings us to the man of the hour for this evening, and that's going to be Joseph.

Again, out of Genesis, chapter 37, we look at his life, and for these first 30 years, his, like Peter, looks to be an epic fail compilation. You see, during this time he was criticized harshly, he suffered treachery, he yielded to inequity, unfairness, and he endured apathy. Yet, we're going to discover that because of God's providence he was able to experience, much like Peter, that his life amounted to an epic feat. He was able to achieve victory in God's kingdom and in God's economy. Yet, for those first 30 years it seemed like he couldn't catch a break. You see, unlike Peter, all of the failures we're going to look at in Joseph's life were not his fault. They weren't of his own making or of his doing.

Most of us are familiar with Murphy's Law, right? "If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong." As we read of Joseph, we come up with "Joseph's Law," that if something could happen unfavorably to this man, regardless of how faithful he was being to God, it seems as if it was going to happen. You ever known someone like that, they just can't seem to catch a break? And perhaps some of you yourself feel like that describes you. Wherever you find yourself at in life, young, old, be encouraged tonight as we consider Joseph. As we're going to go from chapter 37 and skim all the way through to chapter 50, we're going to look at 14 chapters of Scripture. In doing so we conduct an audit, an official examination in Joseph's life.

And you know what we're going to find out? He comes out clean. He comes out clean. Consider the fact that one quarter of the book of Genesis is devoted to the life of Joseph, and yet there is not one negative thing recorded in Scripture about this man. It's exceptional. There's only one other person in Scripture, other than Jesus of course, where nothing negative is recorded about them, and that would be the man Daniel. We're going to discover that Joseph lives an exceptional life despite great adversity. And we're going to discover that in his life too God worked it all together for the good. So we should be encouraged tonight that even in our lives God is in control through his providence. We're going to discover that God, every step of the way, had Joseph exactly where he wanted him to be.

And we too can take heart having the same confidence that wherever we find ourselves in life right now, we are right where God wants us to be. So as you open your Bible to the thirty-seventh chapter of Genesis, we're going to look at first how it was that this man was criticized harshly. Chapter 37, verse 1, we begin. "Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. And this is the story of Jacob. Joseph, at this time being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock along with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. Now Israel, that would be Jacob, "loved Joseph more than all his other children, because he was the son of his old age."

"He made him a tunic of many colors. But when he brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.' And his brothers said to him, 'Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?' And so they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words."

"Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, 'Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.' And so he told it to his father and his brothers; and this time his father rebuked him and said to him, 'What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?' And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind." We see here that for no fault of his own he was enduring harsh criticism. Let's consider exactly why. First off, he was being criticized harshly for simply being born second to the last. He was the firstborn of Rachel who, incidentally, was Jacob's preferred wife, and that made him special in Jacob's eyes.

He was also criticized harshly because he happened to be, through no fault of his own, the one son that his father loved more than the rest. Now, granted, that wasn't very wise on Jacob's part. And yet, at the same time, Joseph didn't have anything to do with that. Next we see he was treated poorly, unfairly, criticized harshly, simply for being committed to leadership as a young man. How do we know that? Well, first off, there's an issue of the robe that his father had made for him. You see, this wasn't just any robe. It wasn't just any nice piece of clothing for him to wear, this was believed to be a robe that would mark him as the future head of the family. In fact, this kind of robe was the robe that would normally be given to the firstborn.

Why would Israel give this to Joseph? Often times we hear from sermons that it's simply because he liked him more, but I want to propose to you some other considerations tonight. Perhaps as Jacob looked at Joseph he saw something in him that also a captain and a Pharaoh would see in Joseph in the coming years. He saw somebody, perhaps, in this son that he didn't see in the other sons. And, consequently, he wanted to establish him as the one who was going to lead this clan, lead this tribe going forward. And, consequently, he also wanted to make the statement very clear and he did that by giving him this robe and having him wear it, even if the brothers weren't warm to that, even if they didn't like him for it.

Then you have an issue of his dreams. Now this too has often been presented in one particular way, and I want you to consider it from another angle perhaps. He's given these dreams, he then shares these dreams with his brothers. It doesn't sound good, does it? It comes off, perhaps, as if he's baiting them and as if he's goading them. Yet, as I mentioned earlier, the Bible never says anything negative about Joseph. And, in fact, it never even ascribes pride to him, not even when he's relaying the information that he gathered in these dreams. So rather than just think that he was just being arrogant, cocky, bigheaded, the very things that his brothers probably hated him for, I want you to consider that perhaps he was very sincere in receiving these dreams as a message from God.

You see, we find out later in his life that on two other occasions he was a very gifted interpreter of dreams. Better yet, to understand it better, he was very attuned to the voice of God when it came to God interpreting a dream for him and then passing that information on to those people who dreamed the dream. So he received this information from God, and believing that it was just perhaps a message from God that they needed to hear, he goes ahead and shares it. This may in fact be one of the very early indications of a very consistent pulse in Joseph's life of how much he was mindful of God at all times. In addition to what the dreams say, let me add something else that I really appreciate about Joseph; and that is, anybody who's been in leadership knows that it comes with great responsibility.

So that, on the one hand, it's not all glory and it's not all benefit, but it carries with it great responsibility for the lives of other people. So, perhaps, Joseph received this information via his dreams and he is with enthusiasm willing to be God's leader to lead his clan, if that's in fact what God wants. I appreciate his willingness to take on this great responsibility and the difficult task of leadership. He's also being criticized, not just for the robe, not just for his dreams, but also for simply doing his job. We read in the latter part of verse 2 that he was a messenger who brought a bad report to his father about two of his brothers. We find out later in verses 12 through 14 that he was tasked with being in charge of his brothers.

In fact, his father sends him out to find out the state of affairs of the flocks. You see, this was their family business. The livestock that this family owned and how they cared for them and how they took them out to pasture was where all of their wealth as a family was wrapped up in. And so as part of the family business Joseph stayed back, but was sent by his father to go bring back a report. Perhaps one of those qualities that made his father want to entrust to him the leadership of the family was that of trustworthiness. You see, he looked at Joseph and he knew that Joseph's reports would be dependable, reliable.

In fact, contrast Joseph's life of integrity with the life of his brothers---as some of know the story and what happens next, for the rest of you who don't, you're going to find out---and what you discover is Joseph obviously was much more conscious of God, much more holy in his living than his brothers. So what happens now? Well, his father rebukes him in verse 10. And then we see that his brothers, as we read, hated him and then even envied him in verse 11. I believe all of this was simply because Joseph was a man who had a pure heart. I believe a lot of his actions came simply as a result of him being innocent, even to the point of being blissfully ignorant of how his family would respond to him.

So he's criticized harshly for things that were out of his control, things that were given to him, position that he was given, responsibility that he was afforded, but he didn't do anything wrong. He was just being who God made him and was following orders, doing his job. But as it is right now, his young family life and his young professional life aren't starting out so great. In fact, right now he's looking like an epic fail when it comes to being a brother and when it comes to being a leader in this family. He's experiencing something that many of us have experienced; and that is, that the people closest to him, that undoubtedly he loves the most, are being very harsh in criticizing him.

And such might be your situation like Joseph at work, or like Joseph within your family. And it's very difficult when this happens, because with work and family is where we spend most of our time. And the constant drum beat of judgments and criticisms can put a unique stress upon any life that can lead to great insecurity. You see, when we hear these criticisms, often we begin to think, "What am I doing wrong?" It produces a paranoia in many and they begin to question the certainty of their situation. So how was it that, as we continue to read, Joseph didn't skip a beat? He went on being who he was and doing what God called him to do.

How do we endure criticism and also be that same way? Well, consider the fact that one of the reasons why I marvel at the quality of life that so many of the men and women of the Old Testament lived, as compared to lives that many of us live, is that they didn't have the Bible like we have the Bible. Their lives are recorded, like in this case, in the Bible. So at times they had the books of the law, but they didn't have the entire Old Testament, and they surely didn't have a New Testament, but we do. And for our benefit I want to bring to our attention a principle out of the New Testament that will enable us to endure these harsh criticisms; and that is, the principle of leading a quiet life, a quiet life.

Would you please turn with me to First Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 11; First Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 11. As you're turning there, I want to let you know that this quiet life that we're called to live, it's not a silent life, but it's a life that isn't distracted with the sinful chatter and activity of meddling in others' lives and business for whom we're not responsible. So, First Thessalonians, chapter 4, beginning in verse 11 we read the Holy Spirit through Paul telling us as believers: "Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you," just like we told you. It's a requirement to lead this quiet life. You see, this quiet life speaks of one that is getting along with those around them.

They're not being contentious. They're not inciting conflict with others. But, rather, they are one who has a restful, peaceful tranquility of the inner man as they stick to their job or task. Furthermore, it speaks of an inner peace and a confidence that comes from a resolve and a confidence in God knowing who he has made you and knowing what he's called you to do, and you continue on being that and doing that even in the midst of adversity. The corollary to this condition of a quiet life is that these mind their own business. You see, there's no record as we read of Joseph's life and his inner action with his brothers, even though they hated him and envied him, there's no record of him becoming argumentative with him, or with them rather, or defensive.

Not only that, but he never apologized for who God had made him. There's no indication that he felt any kind of shame for wearing the robe that was given to him, nor for shying away from the work that the God had called him to. He simply pressed on living this quiet life of confidence in God, for who God had made him, and for what God had called him to do. That's how he endured this harsh criticism. Well, next we're going to see that it gets worse for him. He suffers treachery, treachery. As we go back to Genesis 37, beginning in verse 18, we read, "Now when they [his brothers] saw him afar off, [this is after his father had sent Joseph to find out the state of affairs and bring back report to him that his brothers] saw him from afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him."

"And they said to one another, 'Look, the dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, "Some wild beast has devoured him." And we shall see what will become of his dreams!' " These guys were bitter about these dreams and they felt they were going to put an end once and for all to what this young man had told them about them bowing down to him any time in their future. Verse 21, we continue, "But Reuben heard it, and he delivered Joseph out of their hands, and said, '[No, no, no, no.] Let us not kill him. Let us shed no blood, but cast him into a pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him'---that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father."

Don't throw him in the pit dead, throw him in the pit alive. And in verse 23, "So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. And they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; and there was no water in it. And they sat down," at that point, "to eat a meal." They were just going to have a meal. They figured they're taking care of this problem child. Let's continue. "Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt."

"And so Judah said to his brothers, '[Hey,] what profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.' And his brothers listened. Then Midianites traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph down to Egypt." So apparently the Ishmaelites came, the Midianites came, they took the highest bid. It went to the Ishmaelites and he was sold into slavery. Human trafficking is what these brothers now become involved in. This would be epic fail number two. He's betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery.

When it comes to betrayal, disloyalty, infidelity, whether it's through a confidence breached, a disappointment of a friend not coming through as promised, perhaps it's even the flagrant betrayal of infidelity in a marriage, or even being disowned by family, or as in Joseph's case sold by his family. This kind of betrayal can bring a bitterness to life that can be absolutely paralyzing, the reason for which Charles Spurgeon put this way, quote, "Reproaches from those who have been intimate with us, and trusted by us, cut us to the quick; they are usually so well acquainted with our particular weaknesses that they know how to touch us and where we are most sensitive, and to speak so as to do us the most damage."

It's not looking good for Joseph. Let me advance the story a little bit in order to get to where we need to go in our understanding of what's going on. He's sold to the Ishmaelites. The Ishmaelites make their way to Egypt and from there they sell him to a man named Potiphar. Potiphar was an officer of Pharaoh, a captain of the guard. And he's believed to be the leader of the personal security detail of Pharaoh. You might say, Pharaoh's own Secret Service. During this time that he worked under Potiphar we discover that he excelled, he was promoted. In fact, I'm going to take us to Genesis, chapter---let's see here. Go to Genesis 39, beginning in chapter 2. Chapter 38 doesn't advance the narrative of what's going on in Joseph's life, so we jump to verse 2 of 39.

And we're going to read a few verses here about how it was that he excelled under this man's leadership. "The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he had in the house of his master, uh---was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had put under---and all this he had he put under his authority. So it was, from that time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field."

Thus he left all that he had in Joseph's hand," to the point that "he didn't even know what he had except for the bread which he ate." He didn't concern himself with anything that was going on in his stead, in his responsibility, because he knew Joseph was such a trustworthy man. You see, he goes from being sold out of a caravan to now being in a castle. He was actually in a good arrangement. We might say, though he was still a slave, it could have been a lot worse. But there was very fortunate conditions in being sold to Potiphar. So, the point I want to get to is this: he was just betrayed, and you would think that the man would be paralyzed after this, good for nothing; yet, he's working within Potiphar's household and excelling.

How was it that the treachery he experienced didn't cripple him or paralyze him? How was it that he wasn't fully disabled by experiencing this? Well, again, we have the blessing of a New Testament principle that I want to take you to; and that is, forgiveness sucks out the paralyzing poison of bitterness. We read this in the New Testament out of Ephesians, chapter 4, beginning in verse 31. If you would, please turn there. Ephesians 4 verse 31, here the Holy Spirit through Paul writing to the church in Ephesus tells us that we are to "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ has forgiven you." And from this principle we discover that the key here is obedience to the Lord by forgiving others.

And in order to do this it begins with the perspective that God has forgiven each of us an insurmountable debt. And inasmuch as all the poison of our sinful life has been sucked out through the forgiveness of Christ, in our forgiveness of others it too will suck out the poison of bitterness that would otherwise paralyze us. You see, don't turn here, but I want to read to you a few words of Jesus himself out of the gospel of Matthew where he speaks about the importance of forgiveness. In chapter 6, verse 43, he begins by saying, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to though who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and even persecute you,"---why?---"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."

You see, it's part of what it takes to stay on the team. To be like your Father in heaven requires this kind of forgiveness. Now, this kind of forgiveness doesn't mean that you forget. You see, such treachery is impossible to forget. So forgiveness isn't forgetting as much as it is choosing, determining, committing to no longer hold the offense against the person who has betrayed you. Now, if these words of Christ that we just read weren't enough, Jesus then motivates us by consequence. You see, earlier in that same chapter out of Matthew 6, we read these words from him: "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don't forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive yours."

It's absolutely essential that we forgive. And we see here that Joseph was a man who had forgiven. Now some might say, "You know what, Neil? This is what I think happened: I think that the betrayal so affected him, it angered him. It made him so consumed with hatred for his family that he turned all of those feelings inward into his work and that's what made him excel." I would beg to differ with that, because we see later on in his life that he forgives his brothers, and it was a natural outgrowing of this constant condition of his heart that not only was forgiving, but it was consistent in keeping fellowship with God. It was that consistent fellowship with God that we see ultimately is what pulls him through these first 30 years of his life.

So here we are, after being criticized harshly, suffering the betrayal of being sold into slavery, just when we think his life is turning upward and he's excelling within Potiphar's company, things get worse. He encounters more trouble, this time through Potiphar's wife. Here we find that this man had to yield to inequity, unfairness. He couldn't fight it; he had to just endure it. Again, let's go back to Genesis 39. Beginning in the latter part of verse 6 we read a little bit about Joseph, that "he was handsome in form and appearance," and Potiphar's wife took notice. We continue, "And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, 'Lie with me.'

"But he refused and he said to his master's wife, 'Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?' " You see, there again we see this constant pulse of Joseph's mindfulness of God, all throughout his life never losing sight of God and God's involvement, God's oversight of him. Verse 10, "So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her."

"But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, 'Lie with me.' But he left his garment in her hand, and he fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, 'See, he has brought us a Hebrew---he's brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.' So she kept his garment with her until his master came home.

"And then she spoke to him with word like these, saying, 'The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.' And so it was, when his master heard these things that his wife spoke to him, that 'Your servant did to me after this manner,' that his anger was aroused." It gets worse. He's now having to endure epic fail number three: the unfairness of a false accusation that ultimately led to an unjust sentencing. He was then placed in prison. At this point in reading about his life, you say, "Enough is enough!" As a son, he simply obeyed his father and was despised, betrayed, and sold.

As a slave, he had obeyed God and honored his master with faithful, hard work that was extremely effective, and once again he gets the short end of the stick. This isn't fair. And as many of us know, being treated unfairly can lead to developing extreme anger and deep hatred toward those that we believe are discriminating against us, cheating us, being unjust or unfair to us. Now, again, God has given us a way to endure this. In fact, would you please turn with me to First Peter chapter 2 verse 19. As you're turning there, we're going to come to the New Testament principle articulated in this passage that God is fair and just and he sees everything and he knows everything. And it is in that that we have to take comfort and confidence.

First Peter, chapter 2, beginning in verse 19, and this passage we read Peter saying, "Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is [actually] commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But [rather,] when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in his steps: 'Who,' " referring to Jesus, " 'committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth'; who, when he was reviled, he didn't revile in return; when he suffered, he didn't threaten, but [rather] he committed himself to him who judges righteously."

That last part is the key to all of this: "committing yourself to him [God] who judges righteously." How does he judge righteously? Because God knows all things. God knows the truth about your life and he knew the truth about what happened with Joseph here. Not only does God know everything, he is fair and he is just. The key here is to trust that God knows the truth about our lives. And that when we're in a situation like this, rather than responding with anger or hatred, perhaps taking matters into our own hands through retribution, that is not the way forward. Just as a side here, I want to refer back in our minds at least to when Joseph was sold into slavery.

You see, during the time that we read in chapter 37, there's no indication that he resisted what was going on. Yet, we do find a little bit more information about that time from chapter 42, verse 21. You don't have to turn there, but I just want to read it to you. The brothers were talking amongst themselves. "And they said to one another, 'We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear him.' " Therefore the distress that they were experiencing at that time, they believed came upon them because they didn't listen to their brother's appeals. You see, when life is unfair and unjust, it doesn't hurt if given opportunity to try to present a case for fairness.

Yet, in the situation that Joseph was in, he knew that it wasn't a situation that he would be successful in. We find out now that, not slavery, but imprisonment was to be his experience for the next few years. You see, in Genesis chapter 39 verse 20, the second part of that, we see that he was put into prison where the king's prisoners were confined. Now, let me just point out something that I find very interesting. It says that once Potiphar found out about this he was angry. It says "his anger was aroused," but the Scripture doesn't indicate that his anger was directed toward Joseph. Now we would assume that it would be. Yet, consider also that a bit of background regarding the history of Egypt at this time tells us that adultery was punishable by capital punishment.

He should have been executed, but he wasn't, rather he was put into prison. You see, it could have been a situation where Potiphar is figuring, "I can't do nothing and make my wife out to look like a liar." And, yet, perhaps the fact that he did not execute Joseph was an indication that he knew his wife, and perhaps his wife was someone he didn't feel that he could trust. So as a result he imprisoned Joseph and he puts him in this unique part of the prison where the king's prisoners were confined. I want you to consider this when you think about what ends up happening to Joseph later on. As he worked with Potiphar as security detail for the Pharaoh, he was able to mingle amongst the noblemen, the royalty of Egypt.

Now even as a prisoner with those who were imprisoned that also were tied into Pharaoh, through these two opportunities he was learning the manners and customs of Egypt, perhaps by overhearing and by observing he was learning ways that would come to be a benefit to him later on when it came to the management job that God would afford him as we continue to read on. So now he's in prison and, again, not crippled by this lack of fairness, but rather again he excels. Let's look at verse 21 of chapter 39 which says, "But [again] the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and he gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison." And what happened? "The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all of the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing."

"And the keeper of the prison didn't look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the Lord was with Joseph; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper." Perhaps now is when everything will start to turn around for this man. Yet, again we have one more epic fail that we need to consider; and that is, as time goes on he ends up having to endure apathy, somebody who overlooked him, didn't care for him. You see, what we read in the continuing verses is that as he was in charge of all the prisoners there came a day where two new prisoners were admitted: one was the chief butler and the other was a chief baker, both chief butler and baker to Pharaoh.

Obviously they had done something wrong and there was an investigation going on. While the investigation was taking place they were in the prison and Joseph was put in charge to take care of them also. Well, a morning comes where Joseph, in going to care for them, looks upon their faces and he sees that they're sad. And he asks, "Why are you so sad?" And they say, "Because we each had a dream that was troubling to us, and we don't understand what these dreams mean." And so Joseph then says, "Is not the Lord the interpreter of dreams?" Again, an evidence of that constant pulse of Joseph being mindful of God. And so he begs the first, the chief butler, to tell him the dream, and so he does.

And so after he tells him the dream Joseph interprets it and he says to the chief butler, "You're going to live." And the chief butler is excited about that and so is the baker. The baker then hearing of that favorable interpretation says, "Interpret mine as well." And at the end of the relaying of the dream, Joseph interprets it and he tells the chief baker, "You're going to be executed." And sure enough it happens just like he interpreted. With this in mind, let us now go to Genesis, chapter 40, and begin in verse 14. And this is where we begin to understand how he had to endure being forgotten. Chapter 40, verse 14, this is right after he interprets favorably for the chief butler.

He says, "You're going to live," and as a result of living he shares these words: "Would you please remember me when it is well with you. Would you please show kindness to me; could you make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house?" He goes on to share a little bit more of his story. He says, "For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and I've also done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon." "Could you put in a good word for me? Could you help get me out of here?" Well, unfortunately, as your eyes drop down to verse 23, after the chief butler was released we read: "The chief butler did not remember Joseph, but rather forgot him." Epic fail number four---forgot him.

You see, the chief butler didn't seem to care enough to remember. In a sense it's not that he did anything to Joseph other than doing nothing for Joseph. And being forgotten, being overlooked, not considered, all of these can sting and produce a great resentment in any man or woman, whether being overlooked from a boss or an employer, overlooked for a promotion. They selected somebody else instead of you. Or perhaps being overlooked by family, you're not considered where when everybody wants to go out to eat. They never ask you where you want to go. They don't ask you how you want to spend holidays. Or perhaps you live in a house where you feel like you don't really have family members, you have roommates, and the people you live with come off as if it really doesn't matter if you lived or died.

You feel overlooked. And now he's being overlooked by someone who he felt had become a friend. You know, when we're overlooked like this, one of the things that's really difficult about it is we consider the people that aren't considering us, and eventually we begin to turn our attention to God feeling as if he too has forgotten. Yet, you would think that maybe this fourth blow would have crippled this man. Yet, in Joseph, again, we find no record of acrimony, no animosity, no spitefulness, or despair, no vengeance. Furthermore, there was no self-reliance or self-determination that if, "Hey, if they're not going to take care of me, I'll take care of myself."

There's no indication that he made an effort to take matters into his own hands and try to make his own situation better, other than being faithful to God and working hard. We find out later that Pharaoh then needs an interpretation of a dream that he had. And yet again, Joseph without skipping a beat presents himself to hear from God and properly interpret that dream. How is it that this man can endure all of these epic fails and not become bitter, incapacitated, angry, resentful, vengeful? Well, there's a verse that a lot of us are familiar with. It's Isaiah 26 verse 3, which says this: "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon you, because he trusts in you."

You know that consistent pulse that I keep referring to of Joseph's mindfulness to God and of God? That's what kept him in perfect peace no matter what it was that he was suffering. He was in prison during this time, and, you know, sometimes a marriage can feel like a prison, or a job can feel like a prison, or even a living situation can feel like a prison. We live with these thoughts: "When am I going to be noticed so that I can be appreciated? When am I going to be noticed so that I can be rewarded or perhaps even liberated?" It's not wrong to want those things, but we always have to be careful to know that it's wrong when we make these things requirements, because God may not grant those to us.

And so we come here, again, to a consideration of a verse out of First Peter. I'm going to ask you to not turn there for the sake of time, but I'll just read it to you. Because it's in this verse that we find this principle that will help someone get through a period of time and experience where they do feel like they're being overlooked. And that is out of chapter 5, verses 6 and 7, which read: "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all of your cares upon him, for he cares for you." You want your reward? You want your liberation? It's through humility.

In chapter 41, verse 12 of Genesis, we read that the chief butler when talking to Pharaoh about the person he finally remembers after a time had gone by that can interpret dreams, he makes a confession: "I blew it. I was supposed to remember this guy, but I forgot." And in telling Pharaoh of Joseph, he refers to Joseph not as a prisoner but as a servant. Consider these words of Spurgeon about us as God's servants: "Ministers are servants; they are not guests, but waiters; they are not landlords, but laborers. Let us remember that we are servants in our Lord's house. And don't forget the words of our Lord who said, 'Whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.' So therefore let us be willing to be doormats at our Master's entrance-hall."

Our lives, through humble servanthood, should be other people's access into God's presence, being able to see God and experiencing God through us as we are humble servants. When it comes to recognition, we need to know that it's God who makes people to overlook us or to notice us. You see, Psalm 75:6 says, "For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: And he puts down one, and exalts another." So far with these epic fails, four, maybe five, if you're counting the two times he was sold as a slave, so far Joseph has had all the right responses, which lead us to consider the sweet fact that eventually after 30 years he's able to achieve some victory.

You see, his life, which looked like an epic fail compilation, ended up resulting in an epic feat. How do we know that? Well, as I mentioned, Pharaoh then has these incredibly disturbing dreams. He dreams of seven fine looking and fat cows emerging. And after those seven emerge, seven gaunt and ugly cows emerge, and those gaunt and ugly cows devour the seven fine looking and fat cows. And then he has another dream in which there's one stalk of grain that has seven plump heads, and after that another stalk that's thin with seven heads also emerges and it consumes that plump stalk of wheat. Now as a leader and as a manager, there was something about these dreams that vexed Pharaoh.

He was greatly disturbed. He didn't know what to do with it. And so he called all of his magicians and anyone who he felt could interpret the dreams within his empire, and none of them were successful. And so there it was that the chief butler sometime remembered a man who can interpret dreams, and he brings Joseph to interpret. Joseph then interprets the dreams. Not only does he interpret the dreams as there being seven years of feast, seven years of plenty upon the land, which are going to be followed by seven years of famine, he goes on to tell Pharaoh giving him instructions as to the kind of man Pharaoh's going to need to lead the task of making sure that Egypt prepares properly for those seven years of famine that are coming upon them after seven years of plenty.

Consequently, what happens is finally, finally, the man experiences some vindication. Look with me, if you will, at chapter 41, beginning in verse 38. We read: "Pharaoh says to his servants," after Joseph tells him of the kind of man that's going to be needed to lead this charge, he says, " 'Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?' Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Inasmuch as God has shown you all of this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.' And Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.' "

On that note, I want us to think back to those dreams that he had as a young man, perhaps as a 17-year-old. What ends up happening is his father and brothers become hungry after the seven years of plenty when the famine has hit the land. And Jacob hears of there being grain in Egypt and sends his sons to go get some grain. And in Genesis 43 verse 6 we read that when Joseph came home, this company of his brothers were brought to him into his house and they bowed down before him asking for grain. There was the fulfillment, in part, of his dream---the brothers had bowed down. At this time Joseph recognizes them and he takes them through a series of tests, them not recognizing him. They didn't know it was him.

And it brings us to Genesis 45 verses 3 through 8 where, after these series of tests to see if their hearts had actually changed, discovering that they had, we read: "Joseph [finally] says to his brothers, 'I am Joseph; does my father still live?' But his brothers couldn't answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence," shocked. So, "He says again to his brothers, 'Please come near me.' They came near him. And he says, "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years,' " he's about 39 years old now, " 'the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.' "

But don't worry, brothers, all of this happened because "God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. And so now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.' "You know what this brings to my mind? Psalm 33 verses 18 and 19, which says, "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him," Joseph feared him, "on those who hope in his mercy, and deliver their soul from death, to keep them alive even in the midst of famine." Looking back for Joseph, all of it now made sense. God's providence is fully on display.

Every seeming epic fail had Joseph placed exactly where God wanted him to be every step of the way so that eventually he would be put in this position to save many. Let's close with a consideration of Genesis 50 verses 18 through 21. You see, now what happened is his father died and the brothers have become very insecure, thinking, "Maybe Joseph has not yet killed us because our dad was alive. Now that Dad is dead, he's going to take us out." So their sin had bred great insecurity in their lives, and yet we find Joseph again being consistently godly. "Then his brothers also went and fell down before Joseph's face, and they said, 'Behold, we are your servants,' "

"Let's just set the record straight. We get it. We are we are bowed down to you." "Joseph said to them, 'Don't be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but [the whole time] God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them." Friend, what is your epic fail? What are you feeling like when it comes to the criticism you're experiencing, or the ways in which you've been betrayed, or how it is you're having to endure unfair treatment, whether from family or in the workplace?

And how is it that you're having to endure being overlooked? Because of God's providence and because of his sweet promise like that of Romans 8:28, that God through his providence is able to "work all things together for the good to those who love him and to those who are call the according to his purpose," we have nothing to worry about. God will always be victorious. God can never lose. God is not intimidated. God will not be overcome. God will always succeed. Not only as he did here through Joseph, but also the promise the same for us. You see, his life ended up being an epic feat. Let me summarize it this way: in Genesis chapter 12 verse 3 there was a promise given to his great-grandfather that through him the entire world would be blessed.

And so God had to have a plan to save this family's life that they wouldn't die in the famine. And so he sent Joseph. And because he had a plan for Joseph, that meant he had a plan for this family, that family that would become a nation. After three to four hundred years later they would become in number of about 2 million, and eventually God would lead them out of Egypt. Not only that, it would be through this line that Messiah would eventually come. So not only were millions, perhaps, of lives saved because of Joseph's faithfulness, but you and I through the salvation that comes through this bloodline Israel have our salvation in Jesus Christ.

So what about your life? Is it going to be an epic fail compilation or are you going to trust that when it's all said and done God will make it an epic feat? Consider this: What sufferings of yours that are brought on by others who mean evil against you, is God intending for good? Or to put it another way: whose salvation might your present sufferings be for? Family members? Coworkers? Friends? Maybe even neighbors? Trust that God has his purposes to accomplish in the midst of your sufferings, through his providence, as he intends it ultimately for a greater good. Let's pray.

Father, you know us. You know us well. And so, Father, you know our weaknesses, our frailties, you know, Lord, us intimately. You know those of us who are being constantly criticized in some setting. You know each of us, Lord, who are perhaps having to persevere through having been betrayed. Lord, I'm sure there's some of us who've had to endure being overlooked or being treated unfairly. Father, through Joseph's life and his example, please give us the encouragement we need in order to persevere, trusting in your sweet providence, that you do in fact work all things together for the good. And even when others intend evil for us, you intend it for good. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen.

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.


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Rise of the Cults
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
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12/11/1982
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12/15/1982
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Colossians 2:6-10
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1/2/1983
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Men As Trees
Mark Macallister
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5/22/1983
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Secret of Greatness
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7/28/1983
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China
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10/25/1984
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2/2/1989
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3 Keys to Discipleship
Hebrews 10:35-38
George Sanchez
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3/9/1989
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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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4/30/1989
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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6/25/1989
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The Devastation of Discouragement
Psalm 73
George Sanchez
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8/10/1989
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
John 13
George Sanchez
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11/9/1989
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Be All That You Can Be
Colossians 2:6-7
George Sanchez
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2/11/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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7/2/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
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1/13/1991
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The Need For True Repentance
Luke 15:13-24
George Sanchez
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9/15/1991
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Personal Diligence
2 Peter 3
George Sanchez
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10/23/1991
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
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Desert Years
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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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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
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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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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
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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
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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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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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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
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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
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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
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker 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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4/2/2006
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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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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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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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5/14/2006
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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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5/28/2006
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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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6/4/2006
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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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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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4/22/2007
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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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4/2/2008
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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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4/6/2008
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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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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5/28/2008
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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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11/12/2008
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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
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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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12/7/2008
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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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3/4/2009
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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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11/4/2009
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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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11/29/2009
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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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1/20/2010
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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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5/5/2010
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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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6/9/2010
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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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8/18/2010
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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
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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11/14/2010
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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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Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
Luke 19
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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11/25/2012
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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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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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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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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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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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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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8/24/2014
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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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8/27/2014
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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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11/12/2014
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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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11/30/2014
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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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1/18/2015
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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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2/22/2015
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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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2/25/2015
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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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3/18/2015
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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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7/8/2015
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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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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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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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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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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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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