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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig

Matthew 7 (NKJV™)
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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

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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.

Calvary Albuquerque is regularly host to special guest speakers. This series includes messages from many great Bible teachers including; Pancho Juarez, Mike Finizio, Don McClure, Bill Welch and others. These messages can be purchased as CDs from our online store, or by calling 1-800-922-1888.

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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.

Nate Heitzig: Well, good evening Calvary. Great to be here with you guys. A special greeting from my dad. He just got back from Poland and Georgia and he is drained. He's at home tonight resting from jet lag, so big greeting to you guys. He wanted to let you know that he loves you and that next week we'll be together once again in Expound studying the Word of God together. But tonight I have the privilege of leading you guys in a Bible study, so turn in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 7. We're going to be in verses 21 to 29 tonight. But before we read that, before we get into our study, I was upstairs in my office praying and God just laid a super random verse on my heart.

And I wanted to read it to you guys and just pray over you as a congregation as people who might be going through difficulties this week, and maybe this speaks to some of you. Psalm 73 verse 1 says, "Truly God is good . . . , to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped." And I believe that there might be some of us here tonight who feel that way this week. Maybe we feel like we've come here to church and our feet have almost slipped, we've almost fallen. But I want to you know tonight, that above everything else, God is good. God is good to those who are pure in heart.

So I would encourage you, church, as we come together that we would pray for pure hearts, that we would pray for open hearts to hear the Word of God, and that God in turn would be good, that he would speak to us tonight, that he would refill us, that he would encourage us, and that we would leave here changed. Amen? Amen. Let's pray. Lord, we come before you now thankful for the opportunity to study your Word, because, Lord, we believe that your Word isn't just a book, but it is living, it is sharper than any two-edged sword, and it cuts deep into our lives. It changes and transforms us from the inside out.

And so, Lord, as we come into your presence, we ask that you would do just that, that you would change us, that you would speak to us. And, Lord, that we would build our lives founded upon your love for us, in Jesus' name we pray, amen. Again, tonight we're in Matthew chapter 7 verses 21 to 29, and I've titled tonight's message "God's Building Code," "God's Building Code." You know, everybody as a set of values that they live by, a set of rules and regulations, things that you were taught from a very young age that you live your life by.

Has anyone been taught things as a child that you still live by to this day, a certain list of principles that you still live your life by to this day that you were taught as a child, a set of beliefs, a philosophy, a foundation, if you will? Well, as we're going to see tonight, there are two foundations that we can build our life upon, there's two options, there's two paths, there's two directions that we can go: one that will hold us up, not only in this life, but eternity as well; and one that will not sustain us, but rather will crumble beneath our feet. And as we're going to see tonight, a final test of what our foundation is will come in the hardships in life. The final test of where our foundation is will come in the hardships of life.

See, it's in times of testing, it's in times of hardship, in times of pain, in times of sorrow that we see what we're really made of, that we see what we're all about, that we see where our faith is. Look, anyone can raise their hands and sing, "Ten thousand reasons for. . " when everything's great, right? When everything's fantastic, it's like, "Yeah, man, I've got a great job. I've got a lot of money in my bank account. I've got a smoking hot husband or wife. I've got . . . . Everything's going my way. Man, I don't have 10,000 reasons, I've got a million reasons. [singing] One million reasons . . . ." We're like, "Yeah! I can relate to that. I feel that way."

But what happens when you or your loved one gets diagnosed with cancer? What happens when that smoking hot husband or wife cheats on you? What happens when you get fired from that really great job? What happens when you get a notice that your bank account is overdrawn? See, it's in times of hardship, it's in times of pain that we really see what we're made of. Question: To who or what do you turn when life gets hard? Do you turn to your friends? Do you turn to your family? Do you turn to alcohol? Do you turn to entertainment? Do you turn to ice cream? "Oh, man, things are really hard. I need some Ben & Jerry's." [laughter]

What do you turn to when life gets hard? When you hear bad news, where's the first place you go? Because that is what you're building your foundation on. A TV news camera crew filming the widespread destruction of a hurricane in Florida approached the owner of the only house that was left standing in a neighborhood. A hurricane came, wiped out the entire neighborhood. One house was left standing. And they approached this man, the owner who was cleaning up the front yard. And they asked him this, they said, "Why is your house the only one still standing? How did you manage to escape the severe damage of the hurricane?"

And this is what he said, "I built this house myself. I also built it according to Florida state building code. When the code called for two-by-six roof trusses, I used two-by-six roof trusses. I was told that a house built according to code could withstand a hurricane. I did, and it did! I suppose no one else followed the code." Understand this: God has a building code for your life. God has a set of rules and regulations, a plan that he says, "If you build your house according to my code, if you build your life according to what I've said, what I have put in the Word of God, when the biggest storms, when the biggest hardships come, your house will still be standing. When all the other houses fall down, yours will be the only one that's standing."

Is your house built according to God's building code? When chaos strikes, when the storms of life hit, is your house left standing, or are you left picking up the pieces, saying, "Where do I go from here? What do I do now? What's the next step?" Well, I'm going to encourage you even if you're here tonight and you have not been building your house according to God's building code, it's not too late. Even if your house is left in that state, if your life is in a place where you say, "Man, Nate, I've got nothing left. I don't know where to go. I don't know what to do. My marriage is falling apart. My bank account is destroyed. I lost my job. My family doesn't love me. I don't know what to do," it's not too late.

As we're going to see tonight, even if your house has fallen down, God can rebuild it. God can renovate the house that you live in now. God can renew the situation that you're in now and bring hope into your life. What are you building on right now, today? What are you putting your hope in, today? And if you don't know, just look at what you do when tragedy strikes. As I said before, who do you turn to? Because what you turn to when tragedy strikes is what you're building your foundation on. See, if your foundation, if our foundation is truly built on Jesus Christ, then when pain comes, we will automatically turn to him. It'll be instinct.

Think of it this way: when you were a little kid running through the house doing terrible things, kicking your brother or sister, knocking down plants, biting the dog---should be vice versa, but I've seen my kid do it, so don't question me---biting the dog, when you're running around doing crazy things and you fall down and you scrape your knee, what's the first thing you do automatically because it's instinct? "Mooommy!" Right? Or, "Daaaddy!" You call out instinctually to mom and dad, because that is where your hope is found. You know that when you call out for mom and dad, they're going to come and they're going to make the boo-boo all better. They're going to put a Band-Aid on it.

They're going to put some weird ointment you don't know how to pronounce on it. They're going to make it feel okay. They're going to kiss it and it will be all better. You know what blows my mind? That no matter what injury my kids have, if I kiss it, it's all better. [laughter] It doesn't make any sense to me. I wish it worked for me. I wish that, like, if I had, like, a really broken bone, like, "Hey, honey, will you kiss it? Okay, good, I don't have to go to the doctor now." But seriously, my daughter can fall down and hit her head so hard that there's a bump the size of a golf ball on her head. And I'll say, "Kaydence, do you want daddy to kiss it?" And cry, and she'll say , "Uh-huh," and I'll kiss it.

And immediately she's like, "What? I'm okay. I didn't fall down. I don't have a bump on my head." "Yes, you do, Kaydence." "No, I don't. I'm fine." It's incredible what a mom and dad can do in that situation. It's the source of comfort for her. When you fall down in life and you have a lot worse than a bump on your head, do you run to God the same way you would run to mom and dad? When you're in pain, when you're hurt, when chaos strikes, do you cry out, "Dad! Help me! I fell. I'm hurt. I need you. Fix it." Because God is overflowing with love, with grace, that he so desires to give to his children in abounding mercy, if we'll just come to him, if we'll just ask him, if we'll just rely on him.

God promised that if you build your life according to his code, nothing will knock it down. So are you building your life according to God's building code? First Corinthians 3:9 says, "For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light."

The phrase "expert builder" is the term which we get architect from, architect. I want you to understand something tonight: God is the architect of your life, and not just the architect of your physical life. Yes, he formed you in your mother's womb, but God is the architect for where your life is heading. He has the trajectory, a direction, a designed plan, a well-thought-out, articulate plan for what your life should look like, for where he wants you to go. He's given you a blueprint, which is his Word. He's given us a foundation, which is our relationship with him. He's given us resources to build with, which include our time, our energies, our resources, our talents and gifts energized by the Holy Spirit.

And how we go about this is of the greatest importance, because he said each one should be careful how he builds. You're building a house, church, you're building a structure, a structure which is your life. Are you being careful how you're building that structure? Are you approaching it through prayer, through a relationship with God? The word "builds" is a word from the original language speaking of a continuous action, a continuous action. So it could be better translated: "Each one should be careful how he continuously builds." See, your life isn't built, your life is being built. Your life is in the building process, it's not done yet.

And you have choices as you're building your life to make wise decisions or to make poor decisions, to build according to God's code or to build according to the world's code. Are you being careful how you're building? Are you giving a careful consideration? Are we building our lives, and if so, on what foundation? Well, Jesus addresses this subject in his closing words on the Sermon on the Mount. Let's read Matthew, chapter 7, starting in verse 21:

"But not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?' And I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!'"

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."

"But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Let's stop there. Jesus here in the end of the Sermon on the Mount leaves his followers with some somber words. The Sermon on the Mount was the greatest message ever preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived, by Jesus Christ. And he gave his followers some incredible words, some words of comfort, some words of encouragement, some challenging words, some words to live their life by. And he closes out by leaving with them with some somber words, some words that, no doubt, they thought about after he shared them. Jesus deals here with a person who is deceiving himself. He turns from false prophets to false professors, from unsound teachers to unsound hearers.

These closing words of Jesus stand as a warning to people in churches today who claim to be his followers, but who have no real relationship with him. You know, this is a timely message from Jesus. I think we have never lived in greater times than when this is true. So many people who go to church, who sit in the very pews next to us, singing the same songs, praying the same prayers, giving in the same offering, but not really knowing God, not really knowing him. Now, they think they know him, and that's clear from our passage. They think they have a relationship, they think their house is strong, and yet they don't have a real relationship with him.

And be careful, because it might not be the person next to you---you're sitting next to someone and you go, "Yeah, that's right. They need to hear this message. This person sitting next to me, they totally think they're a Christian." Hold on a second, the Sermon on the Mount Jesus also told us not to point our fingers at other people. It might not be the person next to you, maybe it's you. Maybe you're the one pretending. Maybe you're the one who comes to church week in and week out pretending that you have it all together, but never having a real relationship with Jesus. And the key is to determining what our lives are really built on is found in the clear and simple direction of not only hearing the Word, but by doing the Word.

Church, are you hearers or are you doers? Do you have God's building code, you're just not using it, or are you actively using what God has given you? As you come to church, do you notice your life changing as a result? Do you notice yourself fleeing from sin and running to righteousness? As you look at your life right now, is your life more marked by sanctification, or is your life marked by sin? If you look at your life and it's marked by sanctification, awesome. That means you're building on a firm foundation. That's good news. If you see yourself slowly being more transformed into the image of Christ that means you're doing what you're supposed to be doing.

But if you look at your life and you say, "You know what? I've been a Christian for 17 years and I don't think things are much different. The only thing that's different is I come to church. I can sing, like, six songs without looking at the screen. I have a 'What Would Jesus Do?' bracelet. And I have a Bible cover that says, "FROG, Fully Rely on God. I'm a believer." If that's the mark of sanctification in your life, then beware, there's a good chance that you're pretending. Now, I can't judge that. I can't tell you, "Well, okay you're a pretender, believer, pretender." I can't do that. But you might be a hearer of the Word and not a doer. We aren't just called to listen to the message, we're called to do it.

Think of it in sports---anyone a fan of sports? Anyone play sports in high school, any kind of sport? Okay, like 50 percent athletic here. That's okay, you should still get it. When you're in sports in high school, you have a coach. And that coach's job is to look at how you play that sport and tell you what you're doing wrong and tell you what to do better. Now, if you're in that sport and you constantly hear that coach tell you, "Don't do this. Don't do this. Don't do this," but you just hear him and you never do what he said, how effective are you going to be in that sport? Not very effective. You can't just be a hearer, you have to be a doer.

If you're just a hearer, eventually that coach is going to say, "Okay, I'm done with you. You're off my team. I'm doing to get someone who can listen to me, someone who can actively do what I've told them to do." The same is true in our relationship with Christ. Jesus doesn't want people just standing there with open mouths like, "Uh-huh, okay," and then they never listening to him, never doing what he's instructed us to do, never following the direction he's given us. He wants doers of the Word, those who hear what he said and put it into action. You know, ironically recent polls show that 86 percent of people in America claim to be Christians, 86 percent.

I would bring up a lot of other statistics of what Americans believe to show that those statistics of Christians probably aren't accurate, but that's beside the point. Even a cursory glance at the moral condition of our country would cause us to question such a claim. But when we look at what the Bible says about believers, we would have to conclude that people either have no idea of what Christians are, like literally none of what Christians are, or they truly are deceiving themselves, and that breaks my heart. They think they're Christians. They honestly believe they're followers. That's because they're hearers, not doers, and they're hearers barely. Right?

They hear verses like, "The Lord is my shepherd . . ."---"Oh, green pastures, still waters, oh, it's so great." They hear those verses, they forget the verses that say, "Deny yourself and take up your cross," "Leave your mother and father, follow me." They don't hear verses like that, let alone do verses like that. They just hear the warm and cuddly parts. They miss the truth. So either they don't know, they're deceiving themselves, or even worse, they're just outright lying. They say, "I'm a Christian. I love Jesus Christ," with no intention of changing their lives, no intention of actually following him. Look at verse 21. Jesus says, "'Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven.' "

It would appear that these people were quite orthodox in their faith. What does that mean, they were "orthodox"? Well, basically they were religious. They went to church. They were good people and they did good things. They knew what the Bible said. As a matter of fact, it says that they cast out demons and they prophesied. Hey, when was the last time you cast out a demon? When was the last time you prophesied? Okay, you get my point. They were good people. The community looked to them and said, "Man, those guys, they're beyond just believers, those guys are filled with the Spirit. Those guys are doing awesome things."

This wasn't the person sitting in the back during the church service with their arms crossed: "I hate Christians." It wasn't them. They didn't have, like, black makeup on their eyes. They didn't wear vampire teeth. They weren't scary looking. This was the person in the front row with their arms raised, singing as loud as they could. They're passionate, they're excited, they love Jesus---at least that what they say. Jesus didn't criticize them for what they did or what they said. It's not like Jesus hates miracles, like, "I hate miracles. I hate prophecy. I want more people to be demon possessed." That's not what Jesus is saying.

He's not looking at them and saying, "I hate passionate worship," but rather he's questioning, not what they're doing, but their motives. Look, it's great to do wonders and prophesy in his name, if it's done with the right motive. Paul said, "If I have the gift of prophecy, and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." See, these people weren't just intellectual believers. They weren't just the people who would say, "Even the demons believe and tremble." No. It went beyond intellectual faith, beyond just believing.

There was an element of feeling involved. There was an element of excitement in what they do, excited about God and worship, passionate, joyful. But in spite of their excitement, in spite of their apparent orthodoxy and emotion, they did not know him. Church, this should scare us. This should scare the snot out of us. This should terrify us when we read a verse like that, because this shows us that we can have all the outward signs of a passionate, strong relationship with Christ, we can deceive everyone, even ourselves, and not have a real relationship with Jesus. Notice their response. Look in the Matthew chapter 7 verse 22, " 'Many will say to me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, have we not cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?" ' "

They aren't like, "Okay, God, you caught us." That's not their response. God doesn't judge and they say, "Oh, okay. You were right, God. You knew it all along. I was pretending the whole time." No. They genuinely in that moment when they're questioned by God believe they were saved. They genuinely believed that because of the great things that they had done, because of their passionate, exuberant sacrifice that they were saved. They had deceived themselves. This should warn us that we can come to church, we can know the Bible, we can sing the songs, and we can even do so with passion and joy and still not have a real relationship with Jesus.

This reminds us that a seed sown on rocky ground that shoots up really quick, that looks so exuberant, so passionate, can actually not result in salvation. And this breaks my heart, because I've seen this so many times. I've seen people, countless people give their lives to Jesus Christ, and they do so with joy, they do so with passion. And for the first few weeks all they can do is come to me and tell me, "Nate, man, I just got to go out and preach the gospel. It's so exciting. I just love worship. If you could see the things that God's doing in my life, if you could see how God is using me---this is what I want to do forever. I just want to be an evangelist. I'm gonna be a missionary."

And they get so excited, so gung ho. And then a year and a half later I'll look at their Facebook and I just see profanity. I see that they've slipped back into a lifestyle even worse than they were at before, even cursing God, hating God. You see them harping on Jesus. And you just see a dramatic change in this person who at the time seemed so passionate, so filled with joy, and then you look at where they are now. It shows that just the outward signs of salvation doesn't mean that someone is actually saved. Verse 23, Jesus replies to these people and he says, "'And I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!" ' "

"I never knew you." To "know" is a word that spoke of intimacy. It's not just "know" like, "Hey, I know you." "Do I know you?" "I think I saw. . . "No. It's intimate knowledge. It's a word frequently used to describe marital intimacy. Jesus said the Good Shepherd knows his sheep intimately, intimate knowledge. Verse 23 he says, "You who practice lawlessness!" This is a word in the Greek that speaks of a continuous regular action: "You who continually and habitually practice lawlessness and sin." Look, the goal of this message isn't for you to go home and doubt your salvation for two weeks. That's not the goal of this.

I don't want you to go home and think, "Okay, I really thought I was a Christian. I really thought I loved Jesus, but I sinned. I practiced lawlessness. I'm going to go to hell!" That's not the goal of this. That's not the purpose of this. He's saying, "Those of you who continually and habitually walk in sin." Though a believer will sin, he must repent and ask for God's forgiveness and keep on pursuing righteousness. Question for you tonight: Are you continually and habitually practicing sin, or are you continually and habitually practicing righteousness? Because you can't do both. You can't have both present within your life. What is your life marked by? Is it marked by sin and every now and then you get your life together?

Every now and then you rededicate your life and you think, "Okay, this will get me by for a few months, now I can go back to my old life"? Because that's not true sanctification. That's not true salvation. That's an emotional response. Every now and then you realize how bad your life is, and so emotionally you come and you try to get your life right, only to go back to your old lifestyle? Or is your life marked by righteousness, marked by a pursuit of God, a love for Jesus Christ, a desire to see his will made supreme within your life, and every now and then you mess up? Friend, that's called being a human. That's called humanity. You're never going to reach a point where you're not going to mess up.

You're always going to be, as we said before, building that house. It's never going to be complete. Till the day you die you're going to be building that house. You're going to be dealing with sin. But your life should not be marked by that sin, your life should be marked by that sanctification, by that building process. This person that Jesus is speaking to wouldn't acknowledge their sin. They're self-righteous, self-righteous because of their activity, and thus they will never deal with sin. Because of their activity in the church, they never got their heart right. Because they didn't look at their heart, they looked at all their action.

They said, "Man, I'm not that bad. I'm a good person. Look at what I do. Look at all the Bible verses I know. Look at the songs I know how to sing. I told my friend to come to church. I gave them an Easter Sunrise card. I'm a good person." They've judged their life, not off their heart, but off of their activity. They weren't looking at their hearts, they were looking at their actions. Verse 22, I read it a second ago, let's go back. "'"Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?" '" You know, we can look at this, and, again, as I said before, I've never cast out demons, at least not that I know of. I've never performed miracles. I've never made a blind man see.

And so we can look at this and say, "How did they do this if they were false believers?" If they were false believers, how do they have such power? Well, there's three options, and I'm going to give you all three and let you decide. Number one, it could very well have been God's power. Remember God put his words in Balaam's mouth even though he was wicked, even though he was perverse, even though he didn't do good things. God used him in spite of him. God is known to work in power in spite of us. Look at Judas. Judas was with Jesus and the disciples for the entirety of Jesus' earthly ministry and the disciples never questioned him, which shows that he was probably doing great things.

He was probably sharing the truth. He was probably seeing cool things happen in his midst. Now, does that mean that anyone that Judas shared the truth with isn't going to heaven because Judas wasn't really saved? No. God used Judas in spite of Judas. At times God moves in power in us in spite of us. So, it could have been God's power. Number two, it could have been Satan's power. Jesus told us in the last days, "False christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect." The Antichrist and his sidekick the false prophet will perform lying wonders, lying wonders.

By the way, that will be so convincing that even people who genuinely love Jesus Christ and who are the elect will be doubting: "Are they really Jesus?" It'll be so convincing that even the elect will say, "I can't tell. Are they really a Christian or not? Is that really Jesus or not?" So it could have been the Antichrist. Third, it could have been false claims. It could have been that the prophecies, the miracles, the exorcisms were staged, that they were faked, that they were contrived. It was like some guy saying, "Okay, when I do this, you fall back and pretend like you can walk. Okay, we're going to put a fake cast on you, and I'm going to, like, say like a weird, 'Shonda la, shonda la, shonda la, I want a Honda la.' I'm going to cut it off and then it'll look like you had a fixed hand. That's what we're going to do."

So it could have been faked. It could have been God, could have been Satan, could have been faked. Whether it was works themselves, were done by God, or otherwise, is really beside the point; the result is the same. These people did not belong to him. They didn't really recognize him as Lord despite their profession. You know, one thing that blew my mind this year, one of the biggest news stories, the missing Malaysia flight. I'm sure everyone heard about this and saw this. Craziest thing ever. I mean, I've lost my car keys. I might have even lost my car, I don't know, [laughter] but losing a plane, that's insane, right? Well, did you hear about the imposters on the Malaysian flight? This was really crazy.

Apparently four people who were on Flight 370 had false passports. They shouldn't have been there. They looked like they belonged there. They acted like they belonged there. They even carried a document they used claiming that they belonged there. But they did not belong there. They were imposters. They were liars. They were pretenders. Unfortunately, many Christians are the same. They look like they belong. They act like they belong. They have a seat in the church. They even carry around a document, a Bible, claiming that they belong there. But they do not belong because they are imposters. They're liars. They're pretenders.

The words from a cathedral in Lübek, Germany, beautifully reflect our Lord's teaching here: "Thus speaks Christ our Lord to us: 'You call me Master and obey me not. You call me Light and see me not. You call me the way and walk me not. You call me life and live me not. You call me wise and follow me not. You call me fair and love me not. You call me rich and ask me not. You call me eternal and seek me not. If I condemn you, blame me not.' "Describes lot of Christians. We say a lot about Jesus. We tell a lot of people how great he is, but we don't live it. It's just words. We're not hearers---we're not doers, we're hearers.

Verse 24, "'Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.' "These words are addressed to hearers. These are people who have an interest in spiritual things, those who claim to be Christians. And these words are significant because they go to our roots, to our foundation. And in order to bring this clearly into view, Jesus presents us with a comparison: two men are building a house. Jesus loves to use illustrations, that's why you can tell he was a great preacher. But he presents us a picture of two men who were building a house. They both had the same desire. They both desired a house that they could live in with their families.

They both wanted the same thing. They both thought about the same thing. They were both interested in the same thing, yet, despite these similarities, the outcome of each house was very different. It also appears that these houses were near each other, because they were subjected to the same tests, they were subjected to the same situation. The rain fell, the storms came, and both houses experienced the same outcome. They experienced the same situation. The only real difference is in the foundation that they were built upon. You know, it's quite possible that these houses were identical: the same floor plan, the same color, the same landscaping, the same everything. In fact, superficially they could have appeared exactly the same.

They could have appeared exactly the same. The only difference is the foundation: one was built according to God's building code, the other was built according to the world's building code. You know that story I shared with you at the beginning about a hurricane and the man who had his house standing? That was hurricane Andrew in 1992. And I was reading an article "The 20-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew" in 2012, and it was really interesting because they were saying how much has changed in 20 years in the Florida state building codes. Not much has actually changed in the codes, but in the way they enforce the codes.

See, at the time in 1992 when the building codes were what they were and that man's house was left standing, part of the code required that your roof was secured with nails, or it was latched down in some way. Well, what they found is that many people didn't follow that code. Many people simply had their roof sitting on top of their frame. It wasn't latched down. There were no nails securing it. So when the hurricane came, those roofs became projectile missiles. They were lifted off and they were sent through the air hitting cars, hitting people, causing massive damage. They looked exactly the same as every other house.

They appeared to be on the way that they were told to be on, and yet they were different. They didn't follow the code. All because these people looked like they had done it right, but they hadn't. The only way to know what the foundation looks like in someone's life is to observe what happens when the storm comes. They might look like they've got it all right. They might look like they've got it all together. They might look like every other Christian. But the only way to tell is when the storm comes. Look, I can't look at your life and tell you that you're built on a bad foundation. I can't examine your life and tell you, "Man, you know what? When the storm comes, you're going to fall, bro."

I can't do that. God hasn't given me that power. It'd be really cool if he did, but I can't do it. The only way I can know is when the storm hits your life. The only way I can see your heart and your foundation is when chaos strikes, because that's when you can truly see beneath a person's exterior and to where their heart really is. You know, I've learned a lot about myself through pain, through chaos, through sadness, through difficulties. I've learned things about myself through difficulties that I look back and thank God for that pain, I thank God for that chaos, because through that chaos I became a stronger Christian. Through that chaos I realized there were parts of my life that were inconsistent.

I realized that there was areas in my life that weren't up to God's building code. And it was only through that chaos that God revealed it to me. Nothing else could have done it. No person could have done it, no situation could have done it, except that chaos. And so because of that, I can thank God for the chaos, thank God for the pain. This is the description of the true believer and the pretend believer. They sit side by side in the same pews. They go to the same church. They hear the same sermons. They sing the same songs. Yet, one is pure and one is pretend. When I was a little kid, I loved to pretend. Did anyone else like to pretend when you were a kid? Pretending was the best, okay?

When I was a kid we had just the regular Nintendo, so I didn't pretend by sitting in front of a TV playing games all day long like Modern Warfare. That wasn't how I pretended; I actually did it. So it's like I watched Indiana Jones and I was like, "I'm going to be him. I'm going to get a bullwhip and a hat and I'm going to whip my dog. I'm going to go around---I'm gonna cause chaos. I am Indiana Jones." Right? I pretended and I became that person. I loved pretending I was Indiana Jones, Hans Solo, James Bond, a ninja, a soldier. Every day I was something different. I probably had multiple personalities. Well, one day I was pretending to be 007. And I was on the run from some evil spies, and these evil spies really wanted to get me.

I was in the zone. I had like---and I kind of carried it a little bit too far. I was literally a kid where I'd put on, like, the suit and the tie and I'd walk around with a gun, and I really got into it. And if my mom talked to me, and she called me anything but 007, I would not respond to her. So I was 007 and I was running away from the spies and I was really into the moment. As I was running away, the spies, if they got me, they were going to torture me. So I was running really fast and I came over to a wall in my backyard and there was a twelve-foot drop. But I couldn't let the spies get me, so I had to jump off that wall. But I was 007, so everything was okay.

And I jumped off that wall, and when I hit the bottom, I realized I was Nate Heitzig and I was seven years old. [laughter] And I realized it very painfully when my chin hit my knee and I bit my tongue halfway in the center, hanging by a thread, almost off. [laughter] And so I come inside with my tongue halfway hanging off, bleeding. And my mom is like, "Nate, what happened?" "I'm James Bond," [laughter] clearly. Good choices. The point of this story is simply this: if you pretend for long enough that you are something, eventually you'll believe it. And when that happens, it can lead to catastrophic results. See, the problem was that I genuinely believed I was James Bond and so I could jump off a big wall.

But I realized in a difficult way that I wasn't. If you pretend you're a Christian for long enough, eventually you'll believe it, but eventually your house will fall down, eventually you'll die. And then you'll realize that you're not who you thought you were. And let me tell you, that's a bad time to find out. You don't want to realize you're just pretending when you're falling off a twelve-foot wall. If you're pretending, eventually you will either be renovated by the saving power of Christ, or you will be condemned. Albuquerque over the last ten-fifteen years has changed a lot. They've done a lot of renovations. Our previous mayor had a real heart and a desire to change the downtown area.

And so he went through the downtown and he judged each building on the state that it was in, and some he renovated and turned into cool, new things, and others he condemned and he tore down. And he based his decisions based on what state they were in. God does the same. We can either be renovated and made new in the redemption of Jesus Christ, or we can be condemned and torn down. But the determination of which one will be true for your life is your decision. No matter what your life looks like, no matter how bad or how painful it is, if you ask Jesus Christ, he will come in and he will renovate it. He will tear out the studs that aren't holding it correctly, he'll replace the drywall, and he'll make your life look brand new.

But if you don't, if you refuse, you don't let Jesus do that, eventually he will condemn your house, he will condemn your life, and it will be torn down. Let's ask a question: Why are some believers pretending? Why do some believers pretend? I mean, think about that. Think about the people who are in this room, people who faithfully come to church, who faithfully read their Bible. They spend countless hours a week sitting in church. They spend their time, their resource, their energies pretending to be Christians. Why do some believers pretend? Well, I would say this: they're in a hurry---not literally, but figuratively---in their life. They don't have time for architects. They don't have time for instruction.

They want it now. They want it immediately, all the benefits of the house without sacrifice. And many people live their lives this way, looking for shortcuts, looking for a quick fix, unwilling to simply sink their roots into Jesus and abide in him. They're tossed to and fro by every wind of teaching, or their own fluctuating emotions, and at the heart of it is self. They want the blessing of God, but they don't really want God. They want happiness, but not holiness. They want provision, but they're unwilling to make sacrifice. They want the Word spoon fed, but they don't take the time to search the Scriptures. And when the storms come---and they will---their house will crumble. And these are the people we see falling away.

Again, they're like the seed on rocky ground, there's no root, so when trial and persecution comes for the gospel's sake, they wither. They're building their lives on the wrong foundation. In contrast, the true believer takes time to carefully lay the foundation. They're following God's building code. They don't want it quickly as much as they want it to last. They don't allow their emotions to control their life. They desire deeper growth, more knowledge, more wisdom, as the Word says, they "hunger and thirst for righteousness." They don't act like a know-it-all; they remain teachable, pliable in God's hands. Paul said, "Not as though I have already attained . . . I press on." I love that. "Not as though I have already attained . . . I press on."

I press on. The house isn't done yet. I'm not finished. I'm not through. God's plan, God's purpose for my life isn't done yet. I'm not standing by like I've got it all together. I'm building. I'm expanding. I'm progressing. What foundation are you built upon? Are you a pure believer or are you a pretend deceiver? Look, I can't make that determination. I wish I could. I wish God gave me, like, telepathy and I could look into your mind and say, "Hey, I know. Yeah, I hear." I wish I could tell each and every one of you what your state with Christ was like. That'd make it so much easier, but I can't do that. Only you can answer that question. Only you can look at your life. Only God speaks to you in the quiet of your heart in moments like these.

And only you can make that determination of what you're going to do. Are you a pure believer or are you a pretend deceiver? Are you following God's building code or are you taking the easy way? It comes down to how you react when that storm comes. Verse 25, Jesus says, "'And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, because it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and doesn't do them, it's like the man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.' "

Christian, if you're not currently experiencing the storms of life, you're going too soon. That's one thing we can all agree on, right? Storms come. Pain comes. If you're not in it right now, you're probably going to be in one soon. So when "the rains descend, when the floods come, when the wind blows and beats on your house," are you going to fall or are you going to stand? And the outcome of that situation determines and is depended on what you're doing now, what you're doing now. When the storm comes, it's too late. What you do now, how you prepare for the storm determines what happens in the storm. A day will come when every life is tested, a day when every person will face judgment.

And one thing we see from the collapse of this house is how foolish false righteousness or being a pretend believer really is. Jesus said, "I'd rather you be hot or cold, but if you're lukewarm, I'll spit you out of my mouth." Whether we like it or not, the storms will come, the flood tides will hit. Sometimes it will be tidal waves of temptation, other times it will be the slow eroding effect of subtle methods. It can hit hard with persecution, with diversion, tragedy, a major disappointment. Satan will vary his attacks, but it will hit us in some shape or form. Hardship, difficulty, and death will hit every life. And when the sun is shining and when the skies are blue, building our lives on something other than the guidelines in God's Word is tempting.

It can be really appealing when things are great, but there's only one way to be ready for a storm, and that is if we build on Jesus Christ and his teaching. If we're not just hearers but doers of the Word, we'll stand. A day will come when every life is tested, a day when every person will face judgment. And these storms will not deter but rather determine us to sink our roots more deeply in him if we're built on a firm foundation. "For no other foundation can be laid that than which is laid." "Realizing that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." So as we close tonight, what are you building on today, religion or Jesus?

Are you only hearing or are you both hearing and doing? You decide what foundation you're built on by your reaction to his Word. And so I close with that question. And it's a question I ask, but it's a question I want each and every one of you to ask yourselves. How has your life changed since you've come to Christ? How are you different than before? If the only thing that's different is outward appearances, there's really not a lot different. What we're looking for is heart change, a change in desires, a change in passion, a change in what you love, what you desire to do. And on that day when we stand before the Lord, when the storm comes, lets us not hear: "Depart from me; I never knew you"; let us hear: "Well done, good and faithful servant.

Well done, good and faithful servant. You took the time. You pressed in. You followed the code. You followed the Word, the plans that I gave you. And because of that your house is strong. Your house will stand." Let's pray. Lord, we thank you for your Word and the truth of your Word. That, Lord, it searches us, it searches our hearts, and, Lord, it changes our hearts. It doesn't just expose sin, it doesn't just expose evil, it changes, it transforms. And, Lord, I believe there is a lot of different circumstances and situations in this room, people that are dealing with different things. Lord, some of them are broken, they're hurting, they're going through a storm in life, and, Lord, they don't know how to get through it.

They don't know where to go or where to turn. And they feel that rain descending, and they feel those floods, they feel the wind hitting their house, and they don't know how much longer they can last. Lord, I pray that they would press into you, they would lean into you. And, Lord, there are those who are here today who are just pretending. Lord, their house looks like it's strong. Their relationship with you looks like it's good. And maybe it's looked like that for a long time. Maybe they've been pretending for a long time. But deep down in their heart they feel your Spirit calling them. A storm is coming and, Lord, you want to come into their life and you want to renovate their life. You want to change them from the inside out.

You want to give them the strength they need to get through the storms, the power they need to weather the chaos, and only you can do that. And as we're praying right now, as our eyes are closed and our heads are bowed, if you're here tonight, you're willing to admit, "Nate, I don't have a real relationship with Jesus. If I were to die tonight and stand before God, I feel like he would tell me to depart. My relationship with him isn't founded on truth, it's founded on a lie." If you're willing to admit that tonight, and you're willing to say that you want to stop pretending, you want to start living for Jesus, you want to be a real follower, a real believer that can weather the storms, that turns to him in times of chaos knowing that you have a hope in Jesus Christ, and knowing that when you die you're going to go to heaven.

If that's you tonight and you want to make that decision to accept Christ and have your life changed and transformed, I just want you to raise up your hand. And you're saying, "Nate, pray for me." Amen---over to my left; towards the back. Anyone else? Just raise up your hand. If God is calling you, respond to him---to my right. Anyone else? Up in the balcony, I see your hand. Jesus can come in to any situation and fix it and change it and transform it. The only situation he can't come into is the one you're unwilling to let him. So whatever you're going through tonight, wherever you're at in life, Jesus Christ wants you. He wants a relationship with you.

And it doesn't matter what the person next to you thinks or the person behind you thinks, all that matters is what Jesus Christ thinks. So, if you don't know that when you die you're going to go to heaven, you leave here tonight knowing. Anyone else? Just raise up your hand and say, "I want to know." Amen, over to my left, a couple more of you. Well, Lord, I thank you for those hands, Lord, hands acknowledging that they need to have a relationship with you, God. Lord, I pray that, Lord, that it wouldn't just be a seed caught on rocky ground that sprouts up for a moment, but that it would be a seed that lands on fresh soil, that it would be a house built on a firm foundation, they would rise and they would have a strong relationship with you, in Jesus' name we pray, amen.

I'm going to ask you to stand. We're going to close and we're going to sing a chorus of this song. And as we do, I'm going to ask you if you raised your hand, whether you're in the balcony, down here, in the family room, if you're outside, if you raised your hand, I'm going to ask you to make a bold statement of faith and get up from wherever you are and come down here and say a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. You say, "Nate, hold on a second. I love the hand raised with the eyes closed. I'm all about that. But I don't want to get up and I don't want people to see me." We've been talking about tonight having a real relationship with Jesus Christ, a firm foundation in Christ.

This is a chance for you to cement your faith, to have a firm foundation, to realize that "I'm not doing this for people, I'm doing this for God. I'm not doing this for the person next to me, I'm doing this for Jesus Christ. He's the one who died for my sin. He's the one who's forgiving me." And so right now I'm going to ask you to come down from wherever you are, come down here to the front, and say a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. You come now. We'll wait for you. [applause] [worship music playing] We'll wait for you if you're still coming down in the balcony or the family room, we're going to wait for you for a second longer.

Even if you didn't raise your hand, but you realize in this moment you need to get your life right with God, maybe you need to just rededicate your heart to him, start afresh, start anew, we'll wait for you. This is an important decision that you're making. I don't want you to go home tonight feeling the same way you do every night. I don't want you doubt. I want you to know that when you die you're going to go to heaven, because we're not promised tomorrow. We're only promised right now. And if you were to drive home tonight, if you were to get in a car accident, and tonight was the night that you were to meet Jesus face-to-face, would you go to heaven or would you go to hell? I want you to be sure tonight.

I want to you know that if you were to die tonight that you're going to go to heaven. So you leave tonight being sure, you leave tonight knowing, you leave behind the doubt, you leave behind the fear, and you walk in faith with Jesus Christ. He's calling you now. You come to him. You've been running for too long. Your house has been falling apart for too long. Let God renovate your house. Let him transform you. Let him restore you. We're going to sing this one more time. If God is calling you, heed his call and come to him. You come now. [worship music playing] Amen. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to lead you guys in a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. People are clapping for you because we're excited.

The Bible says when one person gives their life to Jesus Christ, there's a party in heaven, [cheers and applause] and so we're just joining the party. And we're not going to sing this song again. We're not going to drag this out till ten o'clock at night. This isn't going to be like a Pentecostal healing service or anything, don't worry. But before we close, even though we're not going to sing this anymore, I always love to throw the net out one more time. Jesus asked Peter after a long night of fishing and catching nothing, "Hey, do it one more time. Throw it out on this side this time." And those fish that had been waiting finally came. And maybe you're a last-minute person. Maybe everything for you is last minute.

Maybe you show up to work late---amen. [applause] There's still time for you. [applause] Maybe everything for you is last minute. There's always time to come to Christ. There's always time. And so is there anyone else here before we say this prayer that right now God is talking to you? Amen! Amen! It doesn't matter if you're the first one or the last one. Forgiveness is found at the foot of the cross and everyone needs it. Anyone else before we close in prayer. Praise the Lord! Anyone else? Amen! Amen! Praise the Lord! [applause] This is your night. This is your night. Amen. All right. Well, I'm going to lead those of you who have come forward right now in a prayer, and it's a simple prayer.

There's no magic way to say it, and if you miss one word, it didn't work and you're going to have to do it again. It's simply a prayer that you're going to say from your heart to Jesus Christ acknowledging that you're a sinner, that you've messed up, but believing that Jesus Christ died for those sins, that he rose from the dead. And because of that resurrection from the death, he can come into your life, and he can resurrect your life, and he can give you new life in him. And so I'm going to ask you to say this prayer out loud after me. And I'm going to ask you to mean it from your heart. Say it to Jesus. You're not saying to me, you're not saying to the people around you, you're saying to him. This is your night.

Let's say this prayer together: Lord, I know that I'm a sinner. I know that I've done many things that have hurt you, but, Lord, I believe that you died for those things, and I believe that you rose from the dead. So, Lord, I ask you to come into my life. Forgive me of my sin. I turn from my old life and I turn to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Transform me. Change me. Help me to live for you, in Jesus' name I pray, amen. 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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11/21/1982
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Rise of the Cults
Walter Martin
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
Walter Martin
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
Walter Martin
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12/11/1982
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Christian Science
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12/15/1982
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Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin
Colossians 2:6-10
Walter Martin
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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
Mark Macallister
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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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8/26/1990
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10/14/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
George Sanchez
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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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Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1992
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/2/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
George Sanchez
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Freedom of Forgiveness - Luke 17:1-6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/8/1995
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/1/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/2/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/30/2000
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None of These Things Move Me
Acts 20:17-24
Don McClure
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1/24/2001
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Making Failure a Friend
Luke 5:4-8
Chip Lusko
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4/17/2002
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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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4/21/2002
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Guest Speaker John Miller
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7/7/2002
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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7/10/2002
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians 3:17
Chip Lusko
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9/8/2002
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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10/27/2002
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A Last Days Survival Guide
Revelation 22:16-21
Scott Richards
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A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
Nelson Walker
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/10/2003
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed
Isaiah 53
Lew Phelps
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/28/2004
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
Chip Lusko
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2/25/2004
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1 Kings 12 - 14
1 Kings 12-14
Dave Row
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2/29/2004
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Guest Speaker John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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3/3/2004
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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4/28/2004
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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5/19/2004
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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7/14/2004
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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7/25/2004
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God's Perfecting Work
Matthew 5:48
Mike Finizio
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7/28/2004
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When the Found Become Lost
Matthew 6:19-24
Neil Ortiz
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11/3/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
Greg Opean
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
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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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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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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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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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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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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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11/12/2006
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All Things Working Together For Good
Romans 8:28
John Miller
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11/26/2006
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/13/2006
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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1/7/2007
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The Solomon Complex
1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25
Levi Lusko
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1/10/2007
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The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
James 3:1-13
Dave Row
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2/11/2007
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God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
Joel C. Rosenberg
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3/21/2007
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Jesus: Dead or Alive
Dr. Steven Collins
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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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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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4/9/2008
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Your Response Is Crucial
Jonah 1-4
Kevin Miller
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4/13/2008
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
Matthew 6:19-34
Bob Shank
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4/20/2008
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Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
2 Kings 6:8-17
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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The Case for the Real Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30
Lee Strobel
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Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
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10/5/2008
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The Second Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:10
Tim LaHaye
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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Will the Church Survive?
Matthew 16:18
Chip Lusko
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Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/3/2008
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When God Comes to Church
John 2:13-15
Nate Heitzig
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The Touch of Jesus
Luke 5:12-15
Chip Lusko
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


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