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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig

Matthew 8 (NKJV™)
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
27 So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

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

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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.

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: What a blessing to be here with you guys. So excited to study the Word of the Lord together. Go ahead and turn in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 8. We're going to be in verses 23 to 27 tonight as we study the Word of the Lord together. But let's open up right now in a word of prayer. Lord God, we come before you right now, Lord, with open hearts, God, open hearts because we know that you're go to speak to us tonight, Lord, in a real and relevant way. We know that your Word is living, God, that it reveals, Lord, truth to us as we study it, Lord. And so I pray that as we open your Word tonight, God, that you would speak truth into our hearts, Lord that you would cast out fear that you would cast out shame, Lord.

I believe that there's a lot of people here tonight who are going through a lot of different things, God, and I believe you want to work mightily in their midst. And so, God, I pray that you would speak tonight, that you would encourage, that you would give hope. And, Lord, that as we leave here, Lord, we'd leave changed, different than when we came in, different because we have a relationship with you the living Savior, in Jesus' name we pray, amen. Well, hey, I've titled tonight's message "A Storm Is Coming," "A Storm Is Coming." And I know that's not a very encouraging title, is it? It's like we would rather the title be "A Storm Is Leaving," or "A Storm Is Passing," but the title tonight is "A Storm Is Coming."

See, many Christians have this mistaken idea that once they come into a relationship with Christ, once they make a commitment to Jesus and they walk in the center of his will, that they're in for smooth sailing, that somehow a prayer to accept Jesus Christ is the cure-all remedy for any suffering within our lives. And so we say a prayer, we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, and then we expect to get hooked up with a bunch of cool stuff. And we're like, "Hey, God, where's my Ferrari? Where's my six-figure job? Where's that winning lottery ticket? Where's all this great stuff that I'm supposed to get?" Thinking that somehow God's obligated because of this relationship that we have with him. But anyone who's walked with the Lord for any amount of time knows that that's just not the case, is it?

Now, certainly, knowing and walking with Jesus Christ will help us to avoid certain storms and problems in life, but be aware that a different set of storms are on their way. I want to give you guys a truth tonight. And it's a truth that most pastors wouldn't say. It's a truth that you probably don't want to hear, but here it is: a storm is coming. Pain is coming into your life. Tragedy and pain are on their way. If you're not experiencing it now, then you're bound to experience it soon. You say, "Wait a second, this isn't 'positive and encouraging K-LOVE.' What's going on here? Where's Skip? I want him back here. This guy's telling us that pain's on the way. That's not nice. That's not cuddly. That's not what I want to hear in church." But let's be honest, it's not a surprise, is it?

I tell you that and it's hard to hear, but it's not a surprise, because we all know that life is full of pain. We all know that pain and suffering are part and parcel within this life that we all experience. But that doesn't make it easier. It doesn't make the pain sting less. And here's the thing with pain: it never stops, does it? It seems like we're in this horrible storm, we're in this calamity, and we're fighting so hard to get through it. We've got faith that God will pull us through it, and we finally get through it, only to have something even worse come our way. We're like, "God, what's up? Like, give me at least a couple of years of a mountaintop, and then I can experience the week of the valley, but I can't experience valley after valley." Jesus made this clear when he said, "In this world you will have tribulation."

He didn't say, "In this world you might have tribulation," "In this world there's a slight possibility that things are going to get tough every now and then"; he said, "In this world you will." It's a promise. "You will have tribulation." But he says, "But be of good cheer." Basically he says, "Hey, this life's hard, pain's going to come your way, but be happy." "Wait a second, 'Be happy'? How can I be happy when pain comes?" And this is why he continues on, he says, "Because I have overcome the world." He says, "Christian, life's hard, pain's coming your way; but be of good cheer, because I have overcome this world." This world is painful, but be happy, because God through the power and the resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the world.

So that someday when you die, you're going to enter into paradise with Jesus Christ and experience pleasure forevermore, and that's good news. Can I get an 'amen' to that? [applause] That is good news. This world is tough, but there's something better coming. This world is hard, but we have hope, and we believe that surely God is in control of our lives as Christians. And so we ask the question: Why does he allow these storms? Why does he allow these hardships and these trials within our lives? James 1:2 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. And perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." He says, "Consider it pure joy."

I guess a modern translation would---"Get stoked out of your mind when trials and tribulations come. When pain hits your life, get excited. When pain comes into your life, don't hide under the bed and curl up in the fetal position, instead greet pain and say, 'Awesome, what does God have in store for my life through this situation? What does God want to teach me? How does he want to grow me? How does he want to strengthen me through this situation? What lessons can be learned here?' "Let me ask you this: When's the last time that you approached your pain with that kind of a response? When's the last time calamity came into your life and you said, "God, what do you want to do through this? What do you want to accomplish through this situation within my life? What do you want to teach me?

"How do you want to strengthen me? How can I grow?" Now look, I'm not saying that pain isn't hard to deal with, because it is. And I'd be lying if I said, "You know what? This is really easy, so just be super happy whenever it comes." That's not what I'm saying, because pain is hard, pain is difficult. That's why it's called pain, not ice cream. It's hard. And I'm not telling you to be some kind of, like, sadomasochistic person and say, "All right, pain. I'm so excited!" That's not what I'm telling you. Look, everyone loves the yellow brick road until the flying monkeys carry you to the Wicked Witch of the West's castle. We like sunshine and blue skies, not clouds and gloom. And when they come, we say, "God, don't you know that my life isn't supposed to look like a horror movie?

"It's supposed to look like a Disney movie, #HakunaMatata, #UnderTheSea, #LetItGo. I mean, come on, God, I want to be singing happy songs." Sometimes we think that life with the Shepherd should be like Bambi skipping through fields playing with bunnies and cute skunks. Well, guess what, friends? Bambi's mom gets shot by Phil Robertson and stuffed. That's the reality of life. That's the cold, hard truth. Life is hard. Life's difficult. And you say, "Well, Nate, what about Jeremiah? Jeremiah said, 'For I know the thoughts that I think of you, says the Lord, thoughts of good, not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.' What about that?" I want to give a truth that I think could revolutionize your life and revolutionize the way you go through pain.

And here it is: sometimes in God's good plans for us, bad things happen. Sometimes bad things happen within these good plans that God has for us. All you have to do is look in the Bible to see that. God had great plans for David, plans for him to be a king, plans for him to prosper Israel. And, yet, he had a crazy king chasing him around throwing spears at him trying to kill him. He could have said, "God, where's your promises?" God has a good plan for David, but bad things happened. God had a good plan for Isaiah and Jeremiah, and bad things happened within their lives, which is where we get some of these verses. God had a good plan for Elijah, and yet a crazy queen tried to hunt him down and kill him. And he wanted God to strike him dead.

God has great plans for his people, but sometimes in those great plans bad things happen. And that's because valleys, storms, and trials are a part of the Christian life. Charles Spurgeon said this---it's beautiful. If you can write it down fast enough, you should, otherwise you should google it later on---"The Christian gains by his losses. He acquires health by his sickness. He wins friends through his bereavements, and he becomes a conqueror through his defeats. Nothing, therefore, can be injurious to the Christian, when the very worse things that he has are but rough waves to wash his golden ships home." What a beautiful image that is: the trials in the Christian's life are but waves pushing their golden ships home. Christian, you and I are on a journey and we're headed home.

This is not our home. We're headed home, and the trials, the tribulations that we experience in this life are but waves pushing us ahead towards our ultimate home which is heaven. The very storm in your life that you're terrified of is exactly what God wants to use you to bring to safe shores. The very storm in your life that you're terrified of is exactly what God wants to use to bring you to safe shores. You know, when I was living in California, I took up surfing, and I love surfing. Anyone in here surf? Anyone? I mean, we're at the beach, but we've got no ocean. Well, if you've ever had the chance to surf, it's exhilarating, but it can be scary. Because especially when big waves come in, when a big storm comes in, it creates a tide that as the waves hit they go under and it pulls everything back out to the ocean.

And so when a big storm comes and when big waves come, you can very quickly get pulled out a couple hundred yards into the ocean without even realizing how fast you've gone out there. And it's kind of scary to be stuck out on a surfboard in the middle of the ocean when there's big waves coming. But there's something you learn when you surf, and that is that the big waves are your friends. Because no matter how far out you are in the storm, no matter how difficult the storm seems, the bigger the wave, the closer that's going to get you to shore. And if you finally want to get in at the end of a long surf session, you look for the biggest wave you can find, and if you catch that wave, you're going to get safe to the shore. The very waves that you're scared of are the very waves that God wants to use.

So, my question for you tonight as we go through this: What's your wave? What's your storm that you're in right now? And you're in this situation, you say, "There's no way God could use this within my life." Maybe you're going through a divorce and there's no hope in sight. Maybe you've lost your job and it doesn't seem like you're going to get one any time soon. Maybe your kids aren't walking with the Lord and it pains and destroys you every time you see a Facebook post or an Instagram post of them living in sin. I don't know what storm it is that you're going through in life, but I believe that that very thing that you're going through in life is something that God can use within your life. God can use the storms and the trials.

God is in control and he has a work that he wants to do in your life, so don't recoil when you see the storm clouds building. Let's read Matthew 8 verses 23 through 27 as we see this story come true within the disciples' life. In verse 23 it says, "Now when he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But he was asleep. And his disciples came to him and awoke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! For we are perishing!' But he said to them, 'Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?' Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, 'Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey him?' "This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.

I love seeing the power of God in the bleakest of circumstances, and I think this is something that will give us hope. But as we read this, I want to keep something in mind: this was a serious storm. You know, we see movies about this and we kind of picture this little storm and the boat kind of rocking back and forth, and every now and then a wave hits over and the disciples get a little bit wet. And they're like, "Oh my gosh! This is my Gucci robe, don't get it wet." Like, we kind of idealize it and think that it wasn't as bad as it was. This was a serious storm. Keep in mind that a lot of the guys on this ship were seasoned fishermen. And this storm caused seasoned fishermen to fear for their lives. These guys weren't "row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream" kind of fishermen.

These were "we're going to need a bigger boat" kind of fishermen. They were guys who braved the storm. Mark's gospel tells us the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was filling up. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, and this will put the fear of the Lord in you: "And a whirlwind revolving from below upwards swept down onto the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in great danger." Basically, they were drowning. They were drowning and Jesus was sleeping. How many of you have felt that way in a trial before? You're like, "God, I'm drowning. God, I'm lost. I'm hopeless. There's no way out. There's no blessing in this trial. Where are you? You don't hear me. You're not listening to me. You're not providing for me the way I thought you would."

"You're not coming through the way I was told you would. Are you asleep? Are you even there?" Does it ever seem like God is asleep in your time of need? Know this: he isn't. The Bible says, "He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps." And I want to be clear here. We can't read more into this story than is there. Jesus wasn't sleeping because he was mad at the disciples. Like, "Man, you know what? You guys haven't been very faithful. I asked you guys who I was, and you guys thought I was a prophet, and so I'm just going to sleep and let you guys drown." No. That's not what he was doing. He wasn't sleeping because he was trying to show them some kind of a lesson. He was sleeping simply because he was tired. Keep in mind that Jesus was all God, but he was also all man.

Jesus was exhausted from the day's activities. Keep in mind, Jesus was kind of in a touring schedule, if you will, of miracles. He was going from place to place, going on mountaintops, preaching the gospel, performing miracles, ministering to large groups of people. On top of that, he didn't have a car or an airplane to take him from place to way of place. He was walking. He was on his feet all day, getting very little rest, pouring himself out. And you know what? Ministry can be tiring work. It can drain you on the inside. Who in here's ever been on a mission trip before? For those of you who have been on a mission trip, it's exhilarating, it's exciting, but at the same time it is tiring. And every night you get off the mission field, you just want to crash. You just want to conk your head.

You just want to get out of the world for a little bit and get some sleep. And when you get home from a mission trip, it's even worse. You feel like you could sleep for a week. Ministry is tiring work. You know, when I finish teaching either here at Calvary or at Renovate on Thursday nights, I feel energy and excitement, but also extreme fatigue. You know, growing up with my dad, seeing him preach every Sunday, he would always get down from the pulpit and I'd say, "Are you tired, Dad?" "No. I'm good. I'm doing well." And inevitably you'd sit on the coach and after about thirty minutes he's out. He's gone. And then finally he wakes up and kind of feels guilty for sleeping, which I don't know really understand why. And then he feels like he has to do yard work.

And so it's like, "Okay, I'm going to go mow the lawn while I'm kind of lethargic and drooling." [laughter] Ministry's tiring work. It wears you out. When you give an invitation for people to receive the Lord, you feel a drain spiritually, and a great spiritual battle rages, especially in the moment of service. And even if we don't understand the significance of the moment, the devil certainly does. And those who are involved in Christian service know of the potential drain that it can bring. But this also gives us an insight into Jesus' human nature. Jesus, just like us, felt sorrow, he felt hunger, he felt joy, and he felt physical weariness. He was so sleepy, so weary, that in spite of the fact that he was soaked to the bone, lying on wooden planks, he was able to sleep soundly and deeply.

Think about it this way: Who in here's ever had, like, maybe a really fun weekend? Maybe you went camping. Or maybe you were hanging out with your friends really late; you were watching a movie. And you just had a really, really fun time, but it was a really exhausting time. And after that weekend, after that fun time, you go home and you fall asleep and it's almost like you're in a coma. Anyone ever had that kind of a sleep where you're just gone? Nothing wakes you up. You wake up like thirty-six hours later in a panic, like, "Where's my socks?" [laughter] I don't know why that's what you're looking for after you've slept for thirty-six hours, but you are. There's nothing that can wake you up when you're exhausted.

Now, let's say you get a good night's rest, you wake up at nine o'clock in the morning, and you have a leisurely day. You just kind of go around and you run some errands. And then you come home and you get in bed and you go to sleep early. Maybe you go to sleep at nine o'clock. I don't know if that's early for you or late for you, but for me that'd be early. So you go to bed early. If you've had a lot of rest, a lot of sleep, and an easy day, anything wakes you up, right? You hear a cricket and it's like, "What's that? There's a robber." Everything wakes you up. You're on the edge of your bed. You can't seem to get a good night's sleep for the life of you, because you've had so much rest. Well, Jesus had had a pretty long week. He was pretty tired.

And he was so deeply, so soundly asleep that nothing could wake him up, but the moment that his children cried out to him, he responded immediately and powerfully. And I think this is such a beautiful picture of God's love towards us. We see Jesus, and Jesus is---despite what else is going on in the world, he's kind of tuned it out. He's resting, he's sleeping, but the second his children call out to him, he's there. So when we're going through our trial, when we're going through our pain, and we feel like Jesus is asleep, first of all, he's not, because now he's in heaven and he never sleeps nor slumbers, just as the Word of God says. But the second we as his children call out to him, he is there ready and willing to help us in the hour of our need, no matter what we are going through.

Though the howling of the wind was there, though the howling of the wind did not wake him, the cry of his people did. And what's their cry? Verse 25, I love it. Verse 25, their cry, their prayer is profound. It's theologically deep. "Lord, save us!" What a simple yet effective prayer, isn't it? I think a lot of us think that we have to get really liturgical when we ask God for help, and that if we're going to pray to God in an hour of need, the only way God's going respond to us is if we have at least five Scripture references within our prayer. And we gotta make sure to mention the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If we leave one of them out, we're only going to get like two-thirds of the help we need. And we think we've gotta be really theological when we're making these prayers of help towards God.

But sometimes the most simple prayers, the most effective prayer---"Lord, help me! I'm drowning. Lord, help me! I need you." Remember, several of these twelve disciples were seasoned fishermen, and so you can be sure they did everything that was in their power to get out of this mess. This was their last resort. Who in here has kids? Okay, who in here was a kid? [laughter] If you're not raising your hand, you're asleep, and I'm watching you. [laughter] It's like a kid doing something bad and not wanting to wake up mom and dad. If you're a kid, or if you have kids, you've experienced this. Mom and dad are asleep, the kid does something they shouldn't do, and they don't want to wake up mom and dad, because they're scared of the consequences.

I'm going to share with you a story, and please don't judge me after this. When I was a kid, I had a very vivid imagination. I still do, but when I was a kid I had a really vivid imagination. I always pretended to do different things. I've told some of these stories before. There's a million of them. Someday I'm going to write a book about these stories. But when I was I kid, my friend Ryan and I were playing some kind of a game that involved guns. I don't know if it was army or James Bond or what it was, but it involved guns and shooting each other, that's all I know. And I wasn't satisfied with squirt guns painted black. I needed to step it up a notch and feel something a little bit more extreme. And so I had this BB gun that was a gas-powered BB gun. Right? I already hear the "Ohhh." You guys know where this story is going.

So I made sure that it was empty. There was no BBs in there. We were just playing a friendly game of "shoot each other." Nothing wrong with that. And so I have this BB gun, all the BBs emptied, and I come up to my friend Ryan, and I point it right at his temple, and I pull the trigger, and there was a BB in the chamber. Don't worry, I haven't been to jail. You don't need to report me to the authorities. He didn't die, but a BB was lodged inside his temple. And my mom had been migraining for the past twenty-four hours and she was asleep inside and didn't want to be bothered. And so my friend Ryan, the second it hits him, shrieks. "Ahhh!" And he's screaming and he's crying and it looked a lot worse than I said it did. But I was like, "Dude, it's okay. It's fine." He's like, "We gotta go tell your mom. We gotta wake her up."

I'm like, "No, we can't wake her up. I'm gonna get hurt a lot more than you getting shot in the head with a BB gun if we wake her up." And so I refused to wake her up. And I said, "Look, I've got a Swiss army knife with some tweezers. I think I can pull it out." I've seen Dr. House. I know how this whole thing works. I can fix the situation." [laughter] That was stupid, but him letting me do it was even more stupid. So we went up to the bathroom and I pull out these little tweezers, which really get out---they really don't even get out a splinter. Let's be honest, they really don't work very well. But I tried to get a smooth silver BB out of my friend's head with it. And so I'm sitting there trying to pull it out, and he's kind of bleeding and he's kind of crying.

And I'm kind of shushing him, tell him to stop it: "Stop crying, my mom's gonna wake up." And then, finally, I've gotta admit, like, "Ryan, it's not coming out. We gotta go to the hospital." "What!? We gotta go to the hospital?" "Yeah, it's not gonna work." So I've gotta open my mom's master bedroom doors, and I come in and all the blinds are closed, because she's, again, sleeping. She's had a migraine for twenty-four hours. What's even worse than waking up your parent who's sleeping, is your parent who's sleeping and is migraining. It's even a worse story. So I kind of nudge her, "Hey, Mom." "Yeah, what's up, Nate?" "So, I kind of shot Ryan in the head, and there's a BB in his temple. And I tried to pull it out with some tweezers, but it didn't work." Oh my goodness, you can imagine how that went.

It was not a good summer for me after I shot my friend Ryan in the head. You know, I can just imagine the disciples' conversation before they wake Jesus up. Like, James is all---"Peter, you better fix this. If Jesus wakes up, he's going to be so mad at you." And John's like, "Yeah, Peter, Jesus is sleeping and you know how he gets when he doesn't get his rest." And then Peter responds, "Well, you guys are the 'Sons of Thunder,' storms are your specialty. You make it stop. If we don't fix this, we're going to be grounded for weeks, and he's never going to let us take the boat out by ourselves again." I could imagine their conversation. But finally, after exhausting all other efforts, they had nothing or no one to turn to but to him. And they were exactly where God wanted them to be.

You know, sometimes the Lord has to bring us to a place of absolute desperation before he can get our attention, and that's exactly what he did with these disciples. Sometimes God's got to take a proverbial baseball bat to our knees to get us on our knees. And God's loving, God's caring, but after a certain amount of time he's got to play hardball and he's got to find alternate ways to bring us to our knees. You know, when I moved to California, before I moved I was going here to a school and I was comfortable. I was enjoying my time with my friends and I was getting involved in a lot of sin that I shouldn't been getting involved with. I was going to parties. I was drinking alcohol. I was doing things that no high school kid should do.

I was going into what I thought was going to be the best years of my life, going to high school with my high school friends, thinking it was going to be so great. And then I moved to California, again, thinking it was great, and realized how quickly I was out of my comfort zone. And I spent most of my junior and senior year by myself in a hall, eating by myself, and crying myself to sleep because I didn't have any friends. And that was difficult, it was hard, but yet it was through that situation of being pulled out of my comfort zone that God brought me to my knees. And I realized that I never would have turned to God, because I was relying on my friends, I was relying on my popularity, on the things that I had, on the people that I knew---not on God. And sometimes God has to do that with us.

Sometimes we rely so heavily on where we're at, on what we have, on who we are, on who our friends are. And we're so comfortable in our bubble that sometimes the only way God can get our attention is by popping our bubble, is by bringing us to our knees, by taking all those things that we so relied on away from us, so that we have a clearer picture and a clearer view of God. When the renowned atheist Voltaire died, he cried out, "I'm abandoned by God and man! I will give you half of what I am worth, if you will give me six months' of life. Then I should go to hell; and you will go with me. O Christ! O Jesus Christ!" You know, for someone who was an atheist, it sounded like he had a pretty deep conversation with God before he died. Many turn to the Lord after everything else has failed.

Maybe for you it's a break up of a marriage, the loss of a job, a serious sickness, the death of a loved one. Thomas Watson said, "When God lays men on their backs, then they look up to heaven." What a great picture that is. But notice that when we're in that time of suffering, when God brings us to our knees and we have nowhere else to turn, instead of saying to us, "You got yourself into this situation, now you get yourself out," instead of telling us that we should fix our own problems, God lovingly welcomes and receives us when we come on his terms. Remember it was Jesus who portrayed God as an older man willing to lose his dignity and run to his prodigal son and smother him with kisses when he had sinned so greatly.

You know, if Jesus himself hadn't given us such a portrayal of God, it would almost appear irreverent, wouldn't it? It would almost appear blasphemous---Jesus portraying God as an old man losing all dignity, so quick to forgive, smother his son in kisses, so quickly receive him back. But that is exactly how God feels towards us. Christian, I want you to know it doesn't matter what situation you're in, and it doesn't matter if you've gotten yourself there. It doesn't matter if the pain and suffering that you're in right now is consequence for your sin---Jesus still loves you. He longs for you. When he sees you in pain, he doesn't delight and say, "You're getting what you deserve. You should have listened to me. I knew this was going to happen. Maybe now you'll learn your lesson."

Look, God is not your punk, older brother who delights in giving you wedgies. God sees you in pain and all he wants to do is hug you. All he wants to do is hold you. All he wants to do is smoother you in kisses and tell you that "It's going to be okay. We're going to make it through this. We're going to make it to the other side, just trust me." But sometimes in God's good plans, bad things happen. If you feel ashamed that you have doubted his power or his love, remember that even the greatest of saints have at times forgotten their heavenly Father as they have been overwhelmed by their pain. The psalmist cried out, "Why do you stand afar, O Lord? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" Even Isaiah was concerned with God's inability, as he saw it, to help his people.

He said this in Isaiah 51:9, "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the days of old." Do you realize what he's basically saying? He says, "God, you're asleep, wake up! Stop being so lazy. Stop slacking off. Do what you promised to do." Again, great men that when pain, when suffering came into their life, it eclipsed their view of God. Like the disciples in the storm, he wondered where God was in his hour of need. Maybe you feel that way about God right now. You may be facing a storm and it seems that there is no way out. It seems hopeless. But it doesn't matter what situation you're in, restoration can be found. Maybe your finances are falling apart. Maybe you cheated on your spouse or maybe your spouse cheated on you.

And you're in a relationship that you believe there's no way God could restore that relationship. Maybe you did something you weren't supposed to do at work, and you say, "There's no hope." I want you to know, Christian, there is hope. Now, that doesn't mean that you don't have to face the consequences of your sin, but restoration with God is never too far away. So it doesn't matter where you're at, what situation you're in, restoration with God is available. Now, I do want to point something out that the disciples did right: they called out to him. It might have taken them a while, but they finally called out to him. The Bible says, "Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you." When Mary and Martha saw that their beloved Lazarus was sick, they sent word to their Lord: "He that you love is sick."

Scripture tells us that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble." When the people griped and complained about Moses' leadership, he cried unto the Lord. When Hezekiah received a threatening letter from a king who wanted to take his life, he spread it before the Lord. When John the Baptist was beheaded, his disciples went and told Jesus. See, the point is that we must call upon Jesus in these moments of distress. We must cast our cares upon him. You know what? Most of us would like to avoid the storms of life. Let's be honest. If you could avoid the storms of life, would you? Raise your hand. Be honest. I know I would. As much as I have learned things in the storms, if we could avoid them, we would. We would avoid pain like car accidents, if we could.

If suffering was an app, we'd delete it. If it was a Facebook friend, we'd unfriend it. If suffering was a jelly bean, it would be the buttered popcorn jelly bean, right? Nobody's digging through the bottom of a barrel to find those puppies. They're going in the trash. If you like buttered popcorn jelly beans, I'm praying for you. Nobody likes suffering. But remember that God has his purpose in the storms that he allows us to go through in life. Where there are no trials in life, Christian, there are no triumphs. Where there's no trials, there's no triumphs. Think about your pain. Look back at your past and the pain that you've gone through, and look at how strong God showed himself on your behalf. Who in here has gone through some painful situations only to come out of it stronger and better realizing how great God is?

That's group participation---everybody. We've all gone through some form of pain in our life, only to come out of it and say, "Man, God taught me something through that. God did something in my life through that." Question: Why are we so quick to forget that when we go in the next trial? Seems like the second God pulls us out and shows us something great, the next trial we go into we say, "God, where are you? You're never there." What about last time? "Okay, well, that was an exception." We're so quick to forget the provision of God, and yet God always shows himself faithful. Think about it. I want you to think about your life, I want you to think about your past, and next time you go into a storm, I want you to remember God. I want you to remember what God has done in your life.

Instead of focusing on what God should do in your life, focus on what God has done in your life. Focus on where he has brought you from, instead of where he should bring you to. Focus on his love, his care. I guess I could say it this way: I've got ninety-nine problems and a God who can fix them all. God can fix every one of your problems. No matter what it is, no matter how small it is, no matter how big it is, God can fix all of your problems. And through each one we can discover a different facet of God's character. We can discover his provision, his foresight, his grace, his love, his mercy. We've gotten more from Paul's prison house blues than from his worship songs to the third heavens. We get encouragement from when he was in prison dealing with pain.

We get incredible verses that we could have never gotten had Paul had a perfect life. Let's see what Jesus did in the lives of the disciples as they faced their storm. In verse 26 we see Jesus' response to their cry for help. He says, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" This strikes me, because before Jesus rebuked the storm, he first rebuked his disciples. And we look at that and say, "Well, that doesn't seem right. I mean, the disciples came, they called out to him. They finally fell to their knees and they cry out for help to God, and the first thing he does is criticize them? I mean, come on, they were drowning. They were in despair." Better to weather the storm than to face the correction of Jesus. I want to point something out though: he didn't rebuke them because they woke him up.

He wasn't cranky because he didn't get enough sleep. He wasn't mad because they didn't bring bacon and eggs when they woke him up. He wasn't mad at them because of being woken up. He rebuked them because they were fearful, because they were fearful. Their fear showed a lack of faith. You know, a lot of us think that faith means having faith that nothing bad is ever going to happen, faith in God that everything's going to be okay, faith that things are going to go our way. But there's a higher faith; and that is, a faith that waits on God's timing and deliverance out of the storm; a faith that says, "It's all right, because he's here with me"; a faith that says, "It doesn't matter what I go through in this life, because I can know as a child of God that God is seated on the throne high and lifted up."

"That the angels are forever proclaiming his glory, and no matter what happens in this earth, he's in control." He's in control. That is where hope is found---in the fact that he is in control. In spite of all his words about trust and faith, and that there was really no reason that they should worry, that they should truth trust in him, in spite of all these great parables that he had delivered up to this point, they were gripped by fear. Had they forgotten his words just a couple days before on the Sermon on the Mount? In Matthew 6:27 Jesus said to the disciples, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" They had just heard that. And I'm sure that when they heard that they were, like, "Yeah, that's right. That's a good word, Jesus. I'm gonna write that down. I'm gonna get a tattoo of that someday.

"That's just really---that's encouraging. I can live by that." But now they're like, "Um, Jesus, literally, we can add one hour of our life right now by worrying. Literally, we're going to die in an hour if you don't help us. So that whole little idiom about not worrying, yeah, it doesn't really matter now, because now we need you." Fear eclipses our view of God. If I were to ask you right now: "Do you believe that God is good?" "Yeah." "Do you believe that God is powerful?" "Yeah." "Do you believe that God is big? Do you believe that God loves you?" "Well, yeah, Nate, I agree with all those things." But if I ask you those same questions when you're going through a trial, when you're going through the most difficult situation of your life, you might have some different answers.

"Do you believe that God is good?" "Well, not as good as I thought." "Do you believe that God is powerful?" "A little bit." "Do you believe that he's big?" "Sometimes." "Do you believe that he loves you?" "I'm not sure." Fear eclipses our view of God, but know this: God wants to eclipse our view of fear. Fear eclipses our view of God. When we look at God through the lens of fear, it skews the situation, it taints our view of God. But when you look at fear through the lens of God, you realize that fear has no place in the Christian life, that the devil has no hold on you, that although you walk through the valley of shadow of death, he is with you. That deserves an "amen." Can I get an "amen" for that? When you look at fear through the lens of God, it becomes really small. It becomes insignificant. It's the great equalizer.

And we really haven't learned something until we've applied it in real life. And the problem of their fear was based on their lack of faith. They were fearful because they were faithless. And he was saying, in effect, "Haven't you seen enough of my power? Haven't you experienced enough of my love to know that you're perfectly safe with me? You should know by now that because of my power, I can help you, because of my compassion, because of my love, I will help you." And I feel like God says the same thing to us. Again, I said the next time you go through a trial, don't think about what God should do, but what God did do the last time you were in trouble. Because God says to us, in effect, "Don't you trust me by now? Don't you trust that I'm taking you somewhere good, not bad?"

Who the in here's ever done a road trip to Disneyland? Oh, good. Happiest place on earth. Well, my kids love Disneyland and if they could kiss Mickey Mouse, they would. They adore Disneyland. They adore everything about it. And we've done a couple road trips to Disneyland before. But you know what's really tough about going to Disneyland is you've got to go through Arizona. I don't particularly like parts of Arizona. It's hot. It's a desert. There's a bunch of dried up lava in part of it. I don't understand what's up with that. There's dinosaurs on the side of the road. It's not a very enjoyable place, especially when you're with two kids driving for twelve hours. It's even worse. Oh, when we're going to Disneyland, my kids often times on the way through Arizona will scream their heads off: "Dad, I want to get out! I want to go home!"

They're so mad, they're so angry, because they don't believe that I'm doing what's beneficial for them. Now, if they would just trust me, they would realize that they're going to Disneyland, they're going to the happiest place on earth. And if they will just weather through the journey, there's something great for them in the end. The same is true with Christ. We're on the road trip, we're on this journey, and at times the places that we're at, the places that we find ourselves in feel a lot like a desert. And we say, "God, why would you lead me here? How is this your provision? How is this your plan for my life?" And he's in the front seat and he says, "If you'll just trust me, if you'll just give me a little bit more time, you're going to see where we're going." It's a lot better than Disneyland.

It's not the happiest place on earth, it's the happiest place ever, because it's not on earth, it's heaven. God promises to see us through whatever storm we face in life. And Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and our strength, our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way, though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah." Peace. No matter what happens, we will not fear, because we know the Savior. When there was a horrendous storm at the sea another time, the disciples began to fear for their lives again. And you would have think that they would have gotten a clue at this point. You know, two storms on the sea, kind of a pattern here, but, again, they fear for their lives.

They're going crazy, they're scared, they think they're going to die, but then there's Jesus coming to them. On the very waves they feared would drown them is their Savior. Christian, if you're trying to look for God in your circumstances right now, you're trying to look for God in your pain, look on the pain. Look on the waves that you fear are going to drown you, because coming through that pain is Jesus Christ. The very waves that threaten your life, bring your Savior, bring your help, bring your hope. And so next time you go through that pain, look for Jesus, look through the fog, look through the wind, look through the rain, and look for your Savior.

G. Campbell Morgan said, "He is coming. It's too dark for you to see him, but he is coming. He cannot leave you alone to perish. And mark this, he is coming over the waves that you are most afraid of. The very waves that threaten to buffet and break you into pieces are the pavement for his blessed feet." The very waves that threaten to crush you are the pavement for his blessed feet. You don't serve and follow a God who's disinterested in your life. He is compassionate, he is caring, he is concerned, and he wants to help. And maybe you can't feel or see God's presence right now, but that doesn't mean he's not there. If you go out tomorrow afternoon and it's overcast and it's rainy and it even feels a little bit cold outside, and you can't see the sun, and you say, "The sun no longer exists. I don't feel its warmth. I don't see it with my eyes, so that means it's gone."

Well, try laying out in a bathing suit in that sun for twelve hours and see if the sun exists. You'll find out really quickly that it does as you have to put aloe vera on your body for the next week. Sometimes you'll burn even worse. Or try it with gravity, you're going to get something a lot worse than a sunburn. He is there, not because I feel him, but because he promised to be. And sometimes God calms the storms and sometimes he walks through them with us. And I think both are good, but I think we expect God to calm the storms more than we expect him to walk through it with us. So when the storm comes, we expect deliverance from the storm.

When God says, "My plan for this storm in your life isn't to deliver you from the storm, but it is to walk through the storm with you, to teach you something through the storm, to help you be strengthened through the storm, to benefit you through the storm," it's kind of like working out. I don't work out, obviously, but anyone who does work out knows that a spotter is always pretty helpful when you're lifting weights, right? A spotter is helpful. It's helpful to have somebody who's stronger than you that can stand over you and help lift the weight for you. Now, the spotter's goal isn't to pull the weight off of you after you've done it one time and let you go on your way. No. The spotter's goal is to help you get through the weight, get through the repetitions that you need to get through, so that you can be strengthened by doing so.

And so the spotter will stay with you, at least a good spotter will. He's not going to let go of the weight, let it fall on your neck, and laugh at you; but at the same time he's not going to pull it off and put it to the side. He's going to help you. He's going to lift it for you. There was a time when I worked out, and I worked out with somebody who was a lot stronger than me. And, honestly, when I did that and he'd always push me and make me lift more weight than I could. And it was funny, because whenever we would do a bench press, it was really him doing a bicep curl more than it was me doing a bench press. [laughter] There was very little strength on my part and a whole lot of strength on his part. That's God.

We're in our trial, we're in our pain, and we think it's so hard, when really God's doing most of the heavy lifting for us. He's walking through it with us. He's not pulling the weight off of us and putting it to the side; instead he's helping us get through it for our benefit to strengthen us, to speak to us. Isaiah 43:2 says "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." But no matter what storm you're going through, no matter how intense and severe it is, know this---and this is where I want to come to a close here---your storm will ultimately come to an end. Every storm has an ending. Now, maybe that ending means for you passing from this life into the next.

Maybe that's going to be the end for your storm, but what a great ending for your storm. What a great surprise you have at the end of that storm when you meet your Savior face-to-face. Every storm has an end. Every storm, no matter how severe it is, will pass, and hopefully we will have learned something through it, because another one is surely on the way. As we see in Jesus' conclusion on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:24, he says, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against it; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

"But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against it, and that house fell with a great crash." The storm is coming. The storms will come for both believers and nonbelievers. The rain will fall and the wind will blow, but it is only the child of God who has the promise of God's presence in the midst that he will work all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. There's one important thing to not lose sight of in this story, and Mark supplies us with a very essential detail. In Mark 4:35 he says, "Let us cross over to the other side."

He calms the storm, but before he calms the storm, he tells the disciples before they even encounter the storm, "Let's cross over to the other side." That meant that they were going to make it. That meant that before the storm even came, they knew that they would get through it. Now, he didn't promise, "Let's go to the other side and have a really smooth sail," "Let's get to the other side and have s'mores." No. He didn't promise smooth sailing, but he did promise safe passage. It was the devil who was telling them, "You're going to die. There's no hope. There's no way out of this. You're going to drown." Satan would like to whisper in your ear tonight, "You're not going to make it. You're going to fall away. There's no way out of this circumstance. There's no way out of this situation. There's no hope for you."

But if you stand on the promises of God, you know that's not true. If you stand on the promise that we said before in Jeremiah, that God has a future and a hope for you, blessings of good and not of evil, if you believe that God truly will work all things together for good for those who are called according to his purpose, if you believe in those truths, then you know that no matter how rough the waves get, you're going to make it to the other side. Jude 24 says, "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling." Philippians 1:6 says, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which began a good work in you will finish it." Hebrews 12:2, "Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." One closing thought: it's only the believer that can hear the Lord say, "Let's cross over to the other side."

Only the believer can hear the words, "You're going to make it," not putting their faith in some contemporary view of karma or of things happening to you that are good if you do good things to other people, or some trite ideology of who God is, when that's really not his character or his future. Look, sometimes life is hard. Sometimes the storm comes. Sometimes there isn't a happy ending around the corner. But there doesn't need to be, because it's not the journey that matters, but it's who is traveling with you and what the destination is. I began by saying a lot of us would prefer to have our lives look like a Disney movie. And I think I've shared this before, but I want you to know tonight that your life is a Disney movie.

And you say, "Well, yeah, my life is the part in the Disney movie where Bambi's mom dies. I relate to that part, but I don't relate to anything else. I don't relate to any truth of that." But what I mean by that is this: in a Disney movie, no matter how depressing it starts out, no matter what kingdom is turned to ice, or no matter what cuddly animal gets thrown into prison or gets shot by a hunter, no matter what happens in the beginning of a Disney movie, you always know that a Disney movie is going to end well. Why? Because it's made by Walt Disney, and Walt Disney only makes happy endings, right? No matter how bleak the circumstance looks, no matter what whale Pinocchio is in, no matter where the hero is or where their circumstances are leading them, you know there's going to be a happy ending, because you know who the director is.

Christian, no matter how bleak your life looks, no matter how dark your life looks, you know there's a happy ending, because your director is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ only makes happy endings. Amen? [applause] And so I think it's time for us to trust the director. I think it's time for us to trust the driver. Instead of sitting in the backseat screaming our heads off as we go through the desert, I think it's time for us to sit back, relax, and trust that no matter what we go through in this life, we have hope because we know Jesus Christ, because we know where our destination is, and that can give us hope. Let's pray. Lord, we thank you for your Word. We thank you for the truth that is in your Word, Lord, for what it reveals, for how it changes us, Lord, for the hope that it gives us.

That no matter what happens in this life, Lord, we have hope in you, because we know that you love us, because we know that you care for us. And as we're praying right now, if you're here tonight and you don't have a relationship with Jesus Christ, maybe a friend invited you or maybe you've been coming for a while to check it out and you don't have a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Maybe at one time you said a prayer to accept him into your life, but things have changed, life has gotten in the way and you're no longer walking with him. And maybe you're here tonight and you're looking for something. You're in pain, you're in tragedy and you say, "Nate, I need something. I need some kind of a hope do get through this." The only thing in this life that is going to give you that hope is Jesus Christ.

And if you don't know right now that if you were to die tonight, you would go to heaven, I want you to leave here knowing. The Bible promises a peace that surpasses all understanding, but that peace that surpasses understanding comes from our hearts being guarded by Jesus Christ. And if your heart isn't being guarded by Jesus Christ, you can't experience that peace. And so if you're here tonight and you say, "Nate, I need that peace. Nate, I need a relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to know that when I die, I'm going to go to heaven. I want to have a joy that doesn't go away tomorrow morning." If that's you tonight, and you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, I want you to just raise your hand up. You're saying, "Nate, pray for me. I need Jesus in my life." Just raise your hand up.

Amen. Amen. Anyone else? If God is speaking to you tonight---maybe you're here and you want to rededicate your life to him. Maybe you relate with somebody who's in a storm and you're doubting God right now. And you realize tonight that you need to put your faith in God that you need to trust in him no matter what storm comes your way. If that's you, I want you to raise your hand up. You're just saying that you want to give your life back to Christ, you want to walk with him once again. Amen. Well, if you raised your hand up, I want you to just say this prayer after me. Say it in your heart. Say it to Jesus.

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. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for you, in Jesus' name I pray, amen. Amen. Let's give those people who said that prayer a round of applause. [applause]

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

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

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Rise of the Cults
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
Walter Martin
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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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Guest Speaker 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
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/30/2000
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None of These Things Move Me
Acts 20:17-24
Don McClure
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1/24/2001
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Making Failure a Friend
Luke 5:4-8
Chip Lusko
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4/17/2002
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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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4/21/2002
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Guest Speaker John Miller
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7/7/2002
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/10/2002
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians 3:17
Chip Lusko
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9/8/2002
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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10/27/2002
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A Last Days Survival Guide
Revelation 22:16-21
Scott Richards
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A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/10/2003
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed
Isaiah 53
Lew Phelps
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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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
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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12/28/2005
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Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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12/31/2005
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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1/1/2006
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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1/4/2006
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Beloved, How Shall We Live?
2 Peter 3:1-13
Dave Row
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How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!
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1/18/2006
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All in the Family
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Dave Row
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Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?
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2/12/2006
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Divine Breathings
Colossians 4:1-9
Ray Bentley
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Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.
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3/1/2006
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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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3/5/2006
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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3/15/2006
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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-12
Calvary Pastors
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Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.
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3/19/2006
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Be Filled With the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18-21
John Miller
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What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.
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3/22/2006
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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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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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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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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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11/12/2014
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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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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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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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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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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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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A Lesson in Followship
Matthew 16:24
Nate Heitzig
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Jesus was a great leader because He was a great follower of His Father. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn to die to self so we can live for Jesus and go where He directs us.
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11/27/2016
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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Loving God Completely
Psalm 8
Nelson Walker
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God loves us more than we could possibly understand. In turn, Jesus commanded us to love God as well. In this study of Psalm 8, Nelson Walker explains that to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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4/5/2017
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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4/9/2017
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Bring It
Matthew 9:18-26
Nate Heitzig
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We all carry heavy burdens in our life: burdens of pain, sorrow, and sin. In this message, Nate Heitzig teaches that we as Christians are not victims of chance, but rather we are God-led individuals who must bring our burdens to the Lord through prayer.
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Let It Go
John 12:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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We were created to worship. Some people worship money, power, or themselves. But there is nothing in this world worthy of our worship except Christ. In this message, Nate Heitzig challenges us to let go of our doubt, fear, and faithlessness and give it to God.
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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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7/2/2017
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All About the Numbers
Matthew 9:35-38
Nate Heitzig
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A person's worth is determined by the image in which they were created: the image of God. In this message, Nate Heitzig gives us some principles about sharing our faith, reminding us that as Christians, we are called to tell others about Jesus.
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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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