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Uprising of Love - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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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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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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Are we as the church to focus on bringing about social change with marches, boycotts, and protests? Are we to be more inclined to protest than to pray? Are we more interested in boycotts than we are in the salvation of family and friends? The world says if we change the structure of society, people will get better, but Jesus taught that if He changes the hearts of people, the result would be a better society. What is monumentally important is that Jesus changes the hearts of people by His love. He does this primarily through His church, as we love others as He loves them. Instead of focusing on an uprising of politics or even Christian rights, let us focus on starting an uprising of love. From 1 Corinthians 13, we consider what the love of God is and what it is not, so that we as the church can fulfill God's most important mission. As the church, has our attention on what is momentarily important diminished our passion for what is monumentally important? Discuss what this means to you.

First, we consider what love is. First Corinthians 13:4-7 is the most comprehensive description of love in all Scripture. It focuses on what love is and what love does, as well as on what love is not and what it does not do. Love doesn't just talk—it walks. Read 1 John 3:18. What does this mean to you? Love doesn't just make you feel something; it makes you do something. In essence, 1 Corinthians 13 is a portrait of Jesus. Our goal should be to demonstrate this kind of love.

  • We find that love is patient, literally long-tempered (see v. 4). Love's patience is the ability to be inconvenienced or taken advantage of by a person over and over again. We are to patiently love those the world hates, touch those the world shuns, and go to those the world avoids.
  • Also, love is kind (see v. 4). If patience will take anything from others, kindness will give anything to others. It is active goodwill. It not only feels generous; it is generous. It not only desires change; it works for it. As Christians, we do not need to sacrifice our convictions for kindness. We can still follow what the Bible says and love people from all walks of life. As a matter of fact, if we don't love people from all walks of life, then we are not following what the Bible says. Think of one person you can actively show God's patience and kindness to, and do it. Begin small (see Zechariah 4:10), and let God's love grow in you.

Now, consider what love is not.

  • Love does not envy—it's not jealous (see v. 4). There are two kinds of jealousy. The first wants what someone else has. The second, which is worse, is to wish others did not have what they have. This is more than just selfishness, because it desires evil toward someone else.
  • Love does not parade itself (see v. 4). If jealousy wants what someone else has, bragging is trying to make others jealous of what it has.
  • Love does not behave rudely (see v. 5). True love has manners. "If that offends them, then that's their problem," we may say, but love cares about others and is mannerly. We might not understand why people do what they do, but they're still people—people created with care and precision in the image of God—and all people deserve respect. Read Micah 6:8 and Zechariah 7:9-10. How can we begin to live like this?
  • Additionally, love is not provoked; that is, it's not aroused to anger or sudden outbursts (see v. 5). Love guards against being irritated or upset by things said or done against it. How do you guard yourself in these tough situations?
  • Furthermore, love thinks no evil (see v. 5). The word used here is a bookkeeping term that means to calculate, to enter into a ledger a permanent record that can be consulted when needed. According to this, if you keep a list of someone's wrongs yet claim to love them, do you really love them?

Love is not a lot of things, but let's wrap up with a few thoughts on what love is. Here's a key thought: love "believes all things" (v. 7). It believes the best of every person. It is not suspicious or cynical. If someone is accused of wrong, love considers him or her innocent until proven guilty. Is there someone who believes the best about you even when you mess up? How do you learn to love like that and then teach it to someone else?

Finally, love endures all things (see v. 7). It refuses to give up, surrender, stop believing, or stop hoping. Love will simply not stop loving. May God help us to be loving Christians, and may Calvary be a loving church.

Adapted from Pastor Nate Heitzig's teaching

The BIG Idea
Love is not a passing emotion, but a constant devotion.

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Hello and welcome to this teaching from Calvary Albuquerque. We're excited to hear from our special guest speaker Pastor Nate Heitzig who serves as Executive Creative Administrator at Calvary Albuquerque. Our prayer is that this message strengthens your relationship with the Lord. If it does, we'd love to hear about it. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. And if you'd like to support this ministry financially, you can give online securely at calvaryabq.org/giving. We invite you to open your Bibles to First Corinthians, chapter 13, as Nate begins the message "Uprising of Love."

Nate Heitzig: Hey, turn in your Bibles to First Corinthians, chapter 13, we're going to be in verses 4 through 7 this morning for a message I've titled "Uprising of Love." But right now let's open up in a word of prayer. Lord God, we come before you right now, Lord, with excitement, with joy, Lord, joy for the opportunity that we have to hear from your Word. And, Lord, we believe and we know that your Word is living, sharper than any two-edged sword, and that it reaches deep into our hearts and it changes us from the inside out. And so, God, this morning we ask to be changed. We want to leave here with a greater and deeper love for people than when we came. And, God, I pray that you would help us to have the kind of love that you have, in Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Hey, before we dive into our message, I want to ask you a question that pertains to what we're talking about today. And the question is this: How do I genuinely love people that I don't genuinely love? That's a serious question. How do we genuinely love people that we don't genuinely love? Because, let's be honest, there's people in our lives that we have a hard time loving, aren't there? There's people that we have a difficult time loving, that we have a difficult time showing love to, and yet we are called to genuinely love people. Amen? That was pathetic. Come on. [laughter] We're called to love people. Amen? We're called to love people. We're called to show love to people, and yet there are people that it is hard to love. I think even more so there's people who are hard to like, aren't there?

There's people who it's difficult to show love to, difficult to show grace to. There's people that aggravate you. There's people who frustrate you. There's people who get on your nerves. There's people who take advantage of you. There's people that live lives that you don't agree with. It's really hard to love and even like people, and yet we're called to love them. So the question we're going to ask today and the question we're going to answer today is: How do we genuinely love people that we don't genuinely love? You know, it seems like in our culture today every group has some kind of a revolution or an uprising. There's always a new cause. There's always something new to support, something new to promote. And you see this on Twitter, on Instagram all the time.

There's the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There's the "post this to ten of your friends" and you're going to have a good day. There's a million different causes, a million different revolutions that are happening in our culture. And in generally each group has a day of awareness, a day to bring awareness to their cause. The 99 percent occupied Wall Street. The LGBT community has their "Gay Pride Days" and even some theme parks around the country have "Gay Days." In 2013 thousands of people marched with their hands in the air for Trayvon Martin. Even the Oscars were about causes this year? Who watched the Academy Awards this year? Oh, my gosh, right? Bleeding hearts of humanity unite. It was like one cause after the next.

I was watching it and I was, like, am I watching a presidential State of the Union address or am I watching an awards show? I mean, seriously, what does some of these causes have to do with a Birdman, honestly? I was watching this and I was baffled. And I actually read one news article, NBC wrote this, they said, "Academy Awards Winners: Speeches Were All About Causes." And it said, "Everybody with a statue had a cause. Over and over the winners of the Academy Awards used their acceptance speeches to call attention to social injustice, mental health, and political debates." And as I was watching it, I got to a point where was I was like, "Dude, just take the statue and say thank you. You're not running for presidency, you're accepting an award."

But we live in a world that loves to make a difference. We love causes. And now that we live in the social media world, we have this new phenomenon known as slacktivism. Who's ever heard of that, slacktivism? Slacktivism basically enables people to feel like they're making a difference without ever doing anything to make a difference. They can sit at home and post about making a difference without having to actually do anything about it. And every celebrity is a part of some charity, right? Every celebrity wants to start a charity. That's the new thing in Hollywood. It's, like, gotta have a Rolex, a Bentley, and you have to start a charity, so it makes you popular. And so I did a little research and I found some popular charities that celebrities are a part of or started.

And here's a few of them: Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Pink, and Woody Harrelson are People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and Nicole Kidman started and stand for March of the Dimes. Mariah Carey is behind the Fresh Air Fund. Muhammad Ali founded Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, as if they really need encouragement to do that. Bono and Nicolas Cage are big advocates of Amnesty International. Chuck Norris founded Kickstart for Kids, and there is a Chuck Norris joke somewhere in there, but I'm not going to touch it 'cause it involves kicking children. [laughter] And, finally, Lance Armstrong, of course, founded Livestrong, which really should have been called "live stronger with steroids." [laughter]

The world's obsessed with causes, obsessed with uprisings, with revolutions. And sometimes as Christians I think that we have a tendency to do the same. Let me ask you this: Should we as the church focus on bringing about social change? Should our focus be on marches, on boycotts, and on protests, or should it be on something more? We live in a day and age where people say, "Hey, if you change society, people will change as well. If you change the political structure, people will change. If you change the economic structure, if we can get rid of poverty, if we can get rid of hunger, people will change. If you can change society, you can change people." But Jesus, in essence, says something different. He says, "If you can change people, society will get better."

Jesus says, as we saw last week, that it starts in the heart. Don't get the cart before the horse. Stop trying to change society and start changing people. It starts with us. It starts with us. It starts with our love. If we change, if our hearts change, and if we in turn love people, and see their lives change, then society will get better. Stop trying to address the symptom and address the real issue. Now, at times we speak up and we make a difference and that's good. I'm not saying that we shouldn't do everything we can to protect the innocent, to stand for righteousness. That is good, and we should always be willing to stand for righteousness, to voice what is right, to fight against what is wrong.

But my question for you is this: Has your attention to what is momentarily important diminished your passion for what is monumentally important? Has your attention to what is momentarily important---what's in the news, what cause, what thing it is that people want you to be concerned about. Has your attention to what is momentarily important diminished your passion for what is monumentally important, to see lives changed, to see lives transformed? It's easy, very easy for us as Christians to let the temporal get in the way of the eternal, and we should never let that happen within our Christian lives. Are we more inclined to protest than we are to pray? Are we more interested in who is in the White House than who is here in God's house?

Are we more interested in boycotts than we are in the salvation of family and friends? Have we lost our first love? God's people are called out of this world system. Jesus said, "They are not of this world, just as I am not of this world." Now, does that mean that we are to isolate ourselves from this world that we are to shun the world that we are to not love the world? No. I believe the opposite is true. I believe that we are called out from doing things the way the world does. We're not called out from loving the world, but we're called out from doing things the way that they do it. Jesus loved those the world hated. Jesus touched those the world shunned. Jesus went to those the world avoided, including those the religious system rejected. He loved those. He went to those. He touched those.

We are called out from operating as the world does, including the way the world gets things done. The way to get things done isn't necessarily through a new cause, isn't through a new structure, a new world order. The way to do it isn't by starting a new uprising or a new revolution. Instead of focusing on an uprising of politics, an uprising of Christian rights, let's focus on starting an uprising of love. And let's join this uprising, and let's not be slacktivists, let's be activists. Let's get involved. Let's do something, instead of just say something. Anyone can say something, but it takes guts to do something. It takes guts to go above and beyond just hearing something. It takes guts to live something. And I believe God has called us to do that. It's one thing to say, "I love you," it's another thing to show someone that you love them. Amen?

Those of you who are married know this very, very well. It's one thing to tell your spouse, "I love you," it's another thing to show them "I love you." Love goes a lot deeper than words. Love needs to mean something within our lives. And attending church is not a spectator sport. If there is one thing that should clearly characterize the church, it is this---love. Jesus said, "By this all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." And that describes love that is seen. He says, "The world will know you are my disciples by your love for one another." The world can't know unless they see. The world can't know unless they're shown. And so if the world is to know that we are disciples, if the world is to know that we are Christians, then we've got to start showing love.

It can't just be something we hear about in church. It can't just be something we wear Christian T-shirts about, that we sing songs about, that we wear a "what would Jesus do?" bracelet about. It can't just be something that we idealize and wish and dream of. It's got to be something we show. It's got to be something we live. The question is, are you? Is it a part of your life? Let's read First Corinthians, chapter 13, starting in verse 4. It says, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; love does not behave rudely, it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, it thinks no evil; love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."

We're going to see two things this morning on this uprising of love: number one, we're going to see what it is; and, number two, we're going to see what it isn't. First let's look at this: What it is. Here in this passage in First Corinthians 13 we have the most comprehensive description of love in the entire Scripture. And what's important about it is it doesn't focus on what love is so much as on what love does, on what love does and on what love doesn't do. See, love's more than an idea. Love's more than a topic that's sung about in Beatle's songs. Love is more than a warm and cuddly feeling you get when you see somebody that you have affection for. Love's more than an idea and love is something that does. Love is active, not abstract. Love doesn't just talk, it walks.

Love is fully love only when it acts, only when it acts. Love doesn't just make you feel something, love makes you do something, 'cause love is a verb. It's a verb. If all your love does is make you feel sorry for people, if all your love does is make you feel bad about people, if all your love does is make you feel things but it never makes you do anything, then it's not really worth much. It doesn't really affect much. Again, let's relay this into a relationship. If you're in a relationship with somebody, you're married or you're dating, it's one thing the wake up every day and say, "Hey, I love you." But if you live your life not showing any form of love, not ever having any practical outworkings of love, it doesn't mean much if all you do is say it, does it?

Now take the reverse---if you show love, if you wake up every day and you seek to find ways to show your love for the other person, and you seek to serve them, you seek to put them above yourself, you look for the practical outworkings of love, then when you say "I love you," it means a lot more, doesn't it? This is the part when all the husbands and wives are nudging each other. [laughter] Love means a lot more when it's shown than when it's said. We need to demonstrate our love. First John 3:18 says, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but indeed and in truth." Let's not just talk about it; let's show it. Our loves should show this kind of love---I'm sorry, our lives should show this kind of love. When we look in the mirror of truth, we should see love.

As we read this passage in First Corinthians 13, we should see ourselves in this passage. We should relate to this passage. Do we? As you read this passage, do you see yourself? Do you see your character traits within this passage? I want you to do something really quick. I want you to read this passage again with me and I want you to replace the word "love" with your name, and let's see how we measure up. And I'm going to do it with you, because I'm in the same boat. Nate suffers long and is kind---to most people, unless he's had a rough day. [laughter] Nate does not envy---unless he sees something really cool. Nate does not parade himself and is not puffed up---unless he really did a good job. Nate does not behave rudely, does not seek his own, is not provoked, and he thinks no evil---except about really bad people. [laughter]

Nate does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth. Nate bears all things, he believes all things, he hopes all things, he endures all things---unless he's had a really rough day. I don't know about you, but I read that list, I look at myself in light of that, and I realize I've got a lot of work to do. I realize there's a lot of room for growth in my life. There's a lot of opportunity for me to focus on how to be a better Christian, for me to focus on how to display love better. And I also realize something else---there is only one name that can take love's place; and that is, the name of Jesus Christ. There is only one name that can be substituted for "love"; and that is, the name at which every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. That is the only name that can be substituted for love. There is no other.

And, in essence, First Corinthians 13 is a portrait of Jesus Christ. But, Christian, here's the good news. It's not a cop-out for you. It doesn't mean, "Okay, I could never show that kind of love, so I'll just leave that to Jesus. He's the one who's supposed to do that." No. That's not the case. His love can be your love if you let it. His love can be your love if you let it. Even on our greatest day our love alone cannot atone, but his love is enough on its own. Even on our greatest day when we think we're really good, when we think we're really righteous, when we think we've got it all together, our love alone cannot atone. As the prophet said, "Our righteousness is like filthy rags." It doesn't amount to much. Our love on its own cannot atone, but his love is enough to cover a multitude of sins.

His love is enough to infiltrate the hearts of every single one of us and let his love be shown through us. At the same time the goal of the Christian is to be conformed into the image of his likeness. Again, his love can be your love if you let it. Our goal should be to demonstrate this kind of love. Our goal should be to wake up every day and say, "How can I show this kind of love a little more," not cop out and say, "There's no way I can do it." But each day wake up and say, "How can I demonstrate this love to the people within my life? Not just the people I like, not just the people I get along with, but the people who drive me nuts, the people who don't like me, the people who are mean to people, the people who hurt me, the people who take advantage of me. How can I show this love to them?"

Let's look at this in verse 4 and see how we can have this love. Verse 4 says, "Love is longsuffering," or another translation says, "love is patient" or "long-tempered." This word is very common in the New Testament and it's almost always used exclusively towards being patient with people rather than being patient with circumstances or events. Okay, this isn't the kind of patience that perseveres through a long line at Disneyland. This is the kind of patience that perseveres through the people that are in the line at Disneyland with you; the screaming kids, the nagging spouse, the angry people who cut you off in the front of the line, the people who are hitting you in your legs with strollers. This is the patience with people, not the patience with circumstances.

And here's the idea: love's patience is the ability to be inconvenienced or taken advantage of by a person over and over again. Love's patience is the ability to be inconvenienced or taken advantage of. Do you have someone in your life that takes advantage of you all the time, they're always taking advantage of your grace, taking advantage of your love, taking advantage of your hospitality, taking advantage of your generosity? Do you have someone in your life you have a hard time being patient with? Look, it's easy to love those who love you. It's easy to be patient with those who don't require much patience. It's easy to be longsuffering with those who don't really make you suffer. But what about those in your life who hurt you?

What about those in your life who make you suffer, those in your life who it seems like all they're ever doing is saying something that jabs you, something that pains you, something that hurts you? Maybe it's your son or your daughter and you feel like the only time they call is when they need something and they need money, they need to be bailed out of a situation. You feel like they're always falling back into sin, and you have such a hard time loving them. You have such a hard time being patient with them. It's easy for you to write them off, but God has called you to be longsuffering and love them. Maybe it's your husband or your wife, and you feel like they never show you the practical outworkings of love. They're never showing you that they genuinely care about you, that they genuinely love you.

Instead all they're ever doing is pointing out the flaws in you. They're not encouraging you. They are not exhorting you. They're only picking you apart. Maybe you feel like it's your boss: that your boss is always out to get you; that he doesn't want to see the best in your life, but he wants to see the worst; that he's giving you unfair tasks. Maybe it's your friend that you've had since you were a kid, and it seems like anytime he's in trouble, they always end up in your front doorstep, and you just wish that they'd get it together. Who is it in your life that you have a hard time being patient with? Who is it in your life that constantly takes advantage of you over and over and over? Your call is to love them again and again and again, not to stop, not to quit, not to throw in the towel, but to keep on loving.

Stephen's last words were those of patient forgiveness. In Acts, chapter 7, he said, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Is that your response when someone sins against you? It's not my response. My response probably more frequently is, "Lord, enact vengeance upon them." Right? If someone hurts you, you're like, "Lord, I just wish that you'd take care of them, just---I trust you, so just take 'em out, [laughter] just really knock 'em upside the head, really make them feel bad." I was driving, I saw a bumper sticker, it said, "Don't get mad, get even." I think that's our response sometimes; we want to get even. If they hurt us, we want to hurt them. If they took something from us, we want to take something from them.

How many times have you heard a Christian say, "Hey, don't worry, they'll get what they deserve. They'll answer for their sin." Do you realize what a terrible, horrible thought that is for a Christian to have? In essence, we're saying in a smug way, "Hey, don't worry, they're going to hell." Seriously, that's what that kind of a response and attitude is. "Hey, don't worry, they'll be judged for their sins. Hey, don't worry, they'll get what they deserve." Hey, can you imagine for a second if every one of us got what we deserved? I'd go to hell. That's for sure. The reality is if each one of us were judged for what we deserved, we would all go to hell, because Romans says, "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands. There is none who does good."

We are all sinners, we have all fallen, and we are all deserving of God's judgment. And yet he doesn't judge us according to our works; he judges us according to the works of Christ on the cross. Amen? There is beauty in that truth, Christian. [applause] And here's the thing, it's really easy for us to view ourselves in light of that truth and say, "Oh, yeah, I'm forgiven. I'm going to sing songs. 'By your stripes [we] are healed'---not this guy next to me, but me." [laughter] Why don't we view other people in light of that wonderful truth that we view ourselves in all the time? View other people with that kind of longsuffering love. Thank God we don't get what we deserve. As he lay dying, Jesus' concern was for the murderers that were nailing him to the cross, not for himself.

This is the love that Jesus spoke of that turns the other cheek. Its primary concern is for others, not itself. Look, it's easy to think about yourself. You were born doing it. You don't have to try. It's the way of the world. It's hard to think about others, especially when others are hurting you, when others are wronging you. Because Jesus doesn't just say to care for others generally, but care for others who are hurting you, care for others who are wronging you. Look, your call as a Christian isn't just to not wish judgment upon the people that hurt you, your job as a Christian isn't just to not wish condemnation on the people that are hurting you, but your job as a Christian is to wish blessing upon the people that are hurting you, to wish fortune on the people that are hurting you, to reply to a curse with a blessing.

Matthew 5:38-39 says, "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you do not resist an evil person." But he takes it a step further. "Whoever slaps you in your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone sues you to take away your tunic, give him your cloak as well." Look at that. If someone sues you to take away your tunic, if someone hurts you, wrongs you, Jesus says don't just let them have your tunic, "give them your cloak as well." Reply to their cursing with blessing, reply to their antagonism with love, and watch how their lives and your life are changed because of it. Here's the takeaway for you: love doesn't react to the wrongs of others, it allows others to wrong itself.

It's easy for us to react to the wrongs of others and say, "Man, get it together. You're sinning. You're messing up." But it's easy for us to react to those wrongs, to overreact to those wrongs sometimes. But love doesn't react to the wrongs of others; love allows others to wrong itself. It says, "Look, you can hurt me, you can wrong me, you can speak evil about me, you can defame me, but I will not stop loving you. I will love you, I will forgive you over and over again until the day that I die." This is the polar opposite of the secular thinking of this day where everyone wants their rights. The slogan of the day is, "What about my needs?" Burger King tells you, "Have it your way." Capital One asks you, "What's in your wallet?" Allstate wants to let you know that "You're in good hands." Me, me, me. I, I, I.

I want to make sure I am okay, that I'm taken care of. We don't forgive anymore; we get vengeance. We sue. If our significant other hurts us, we want to hurt them back. We want them to feel what we're feeling. If our friends wrong us, we don't talk to them for a month. If we hear something about someone that we don't like, we'll talk about them behind their backs. But love is patient. Love is longsuffering. It allows itself to be wronged over and over again, and even after love is left with nothing, it still loves, still loves. It keeps going, keeps pushing forward. This is the uprising of love. Not operating as the world does, not getting things done the way the world does, but loving those the world hates, touching those the world shuns, going to those the world avoids. That is what love is. That is what God wants us to demonstrate. Amen? Amen.

Verse 4 continues and says love "is kind." And here's the idea: if patience will take anything from anyone, kindness will give anything to anyone. If patience will take it, patience will receive it, kindness will give it. Or from in light of what Jesus said in Matthew 5, if patience has its tunic taken away, kindness will give its cloak away. If patience has its tunic taken away, kindness will say, "Hey, let me demonstrate now my love for you and give you my cloak." Kindness is the practical demonstration of patience. It is active goodwill. It not only feels generous, it is generous. It not only desires change, it works for it. It works for it. Look, we've got to work for change. It's one thing to desire change, it's one thing to say, "Man, I want to see change. I want to see new, good things happen," but it's another thing to work for it.

Remember I mentioned slacktivism. What this basically is, is this is when people take to Twitter, they take to Instagram, they take to Facebook, and they will post repeatedly for any cause or campaign. They will fill up a bucket full of ice water, they will dump it on their head, and they will be all into it. They'll challenge people to do the same, but they won't give any money towards the cause. They don't mind posting about it, they don't mind getting excited about it, but they never go out and get their hands dirty. They don't give any money. They don't volunteer. All they do is say, "Hey, this is really important, so important you should do it," so they can feel better about themselves. We need to work for change. We need to work for love. This is one of the goals of Connect Groups, to take what we're learning and to live it.

Do you know throughout the series we are challenging all of our Connect Groups---we have around a hundred across our campus. We're challenging each Connect Group to pick a different group of people that we're teaching on and find practical ways to show them love. Because it's one thing to say, "Hey, love homosexuals," it's another thing to show homosexuals love. And so we have groups all around Albuquerque that are demonstrating love towards homeless people, towards broken people, towards murderers, towards criminals, towards addicts, towards homosexuals. I'm part of a Connect Group, and let me just tell you, it's changed my life. I absolutely love being a part of my Connect Group. And the group that we chose, we said, "Who will no one else choose and let's choose them."

So we chose prostitutes, and we are finding practical ways to go out and minister to prostitutes. And so we're planning events to go out and show these women who are so often shown love for one night and then never again that Jesus Christ loves them endlessly and relentlessly, and he wants a relationship with them, and that there are people who love Jesus that want to show them care and want to show them love. Love needs to be demonstrated to the world. What are you doing to demonstrate that love? What are you doing to meet and help the needs of others---not yours, but others. If love is only learned, but not lived, love is a lie. If love is only learned, if love is only talked about at church, but is never taken outside of these doors and lived, then it's a lie. It's not truly part of us.

And God is our supreme model in this. It says in Romans 2:4, "Do you think lightly of the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness and goodness of God leads you to repentance?" "God demonstrated his love for us in that while we were still sinners, he died for us." What do you do to help others' needs? You know, one thing that has blown me away about our new series is how revolutionary, how inspiring, and how surprising this simple message that Jesus Loves People is to people. How they're so surprised, how they're so taken aback, how they're so inspired when we say such a simple message that Jesus loves people.

It seems like the second we started say saying Jesus loves homosexuals, and Jesus loves prostitutes, people in our church were saying things like, "That's right, he does," and, "I never thought of it like that." It's the most basic truth of the Bible, and yet it's a truth that is so often forgotten. And it made me realize something: the first thing we forget is the most simple thing. We're so quick to forget the most simple thing. And the longer we immerse ourselves in religion, the more prone we become to forgetting what made it work in the first place. What makes it work isn't knowing a bunch of theology. What makes it work isn't going church. What makes it work isn't wearing Christian paraphernalia. What makes it work isn't serving in a ministry. What makes it work is that Jesus loves people so much that he came to die for those people.

That's what makes it work. And that should never be a truth we forget, church. [applause] But we can become so caught up in events, in services, in theology, and in ministry, that we forget about ministry. And the minute we become so comfortable in our pews that we forget about people, we perish. We can get so comfortable coming to church, sitting in our seat, singing the songs we like---"I won't sing that one, but I'll sing that one"---and yet never taking what we're learning and letting it change the way we live. And one of the reasons this series has resonated with people is because we aren't trying to be clever, we're not trying to promote an event, we are simply stating the most basic, yet powerful truth that we know how; and that is that Jesus loves people.

And people are realizing you don't need to sacrifice your convictions for compassion. You don't have to sacrifice your convictions---what you belief, what you know to be true, what the Bible says---for compassion. You can still follow what the Bible says and love people from all walks of life. As a matter of fact, if you don't love people from all walks of life, you aren't doing what the Bible says. You're not fulfilling your call as a Christian. And for me this feels like a return to what made me excited about ministry in the beginning: seeing people excited and passionate about the simple gospel, not fighting and bickering about specific doctrines; seeing Christians more focused on how to make others feel comfortable, instead of how to make themselves more comfortable.

I found myself personally more focused on my own character, my own motives, and my own application of God's Word than others. My dad said the very first week of this series, "If God's love has flowed into our lives, it ought to flow out of our lives." And I believe the opposite is just as true: If loves is not flowing out of our lives, it's questionable whether or not love has truly flowed into our lives. If love is not flowing out of your life, you need to take a real, good, deep look at your heart and see if love has truly flowed into your life, if love has truly changed your life. Because the best way you can tell if a tree is alive, is by what kind of fruit is coming out of it. And if the fruit coming out of your life is filled with hate, filled with judgment, filled with malice, filled with condemnation, there's a disconnect.

The fruit that comes from our life should be filled with love, should be sweet to the taste, should make people want to be around us, not flee from us. So first we saw what it is; now we're going to see what it isn't. Look at verse 4, says, "Loves does not envy" It is not jealous. And here's the first of eight negative descriptions of love, what love is not. Now there are two kinds of jealousy; one is to want what someone else has. If they have a better car, a better house, even a wife or a husband, we secretly, or maybe not so secretly, wish we had the same. We see what they have and we say, "Man, I just really want that. I want to have what they have." And the problem is that when we see this person on a day-to-day basis, we become more focused on what they have than on how we are to love them.

We boil inside. It fills us with anger, not love. But there's an even worse kind of jealousy; and that is, wishing that they didn't have what they have. And this more than just selfishness, this is desiring evil on someone else, desiring pain on somebody else. Think about the story where we hear of Solomon being brought a baby by two women, each woman claiming that the baby is her own. And Solomon, being filled with wisdom says, "Okay, hey, the way to solve this is to cut the baby in half. You can have the legs; she can have the torso." That's what he said, more or less. And, of course, the real mother begins to sob. She freaks out. She says, "No, no, no. Whatever you do, don't hurt the baby, just don't hurt the child. She can have the baby, just don't the child," willing to sacrifice what she loves most.

And yet the woman who had envy, the woman who had jealousy in her heart, who wanted what she didn't have, she was willing to let that baby be murdered just so that the other lady couldn't have it. She said, "If I can't have it, I don't want anyone else to." It's extreme, but that's the attitude that we can sometimes have. Do you feel that way about someone right now? Maybe someone who has exactly what you want. Maybe they even have what you've been praying for, and every time you see them, it fills you with anger. It fills you with selfishness, with jealousy, and you just wish they didn't have it. You just wish think experienced the same pain that you do. You know, most likely that person probably wants something they don't have as well.

And there will always be someone out there doing better than you, somebody with more money, somebody with a better relationship, somebody with the things that you want in life. You can either live with it and "be content with such things as you have," or you can be eaten up and destroyed by jealousy. James 3:14 says, "If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but it is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing." Verse 4 continues and says, "love does not parade itself," that is to say, love does not brag. It doesn't parade its accomplishments.

Bragging is the other side of jealousy. Jealousy is wanting what someone else has; bragging is trying to make someone else jealous of what you have. "Hey, look at my stuff." Maybe you've got a friend who's been wanting a new car for a long time and God blesses you. You get a big tax refund check and so you go out and you buy a new car. And first person you call is your buddy who wanted a new car. "Hey, guess what I got---a new car. Come on, you want to ride in it? Smell it---that smells so good, like new car. What? Your car smells like old Doritos; this car smells like leather." [laughter] We want to push it in their face. "I bet you wish you could have this car, don't you?" Bragging about our accomplishments, parading ourselves.

There's also another end of this: love doesn't remind a person of the great sacrifices you've made for them. You know, some people want to talk about all the sacrifices they've made for you. Husbands do this to their wives sometimes. "You don't know what I've sacrificed. You don't know the work that I put in, the hours that it put in so that you can be happy." Moms will do this too. "I carried you in my belly for nine months. You don't know what I sacrificed for you! [laughter] You should love me more." Look, love will never make someone feel bad for what they've had to sacrifice. Love always seeks to lift people up. If you're ever going to talk about the things you've done for somebody, don't use it in a way where you talk about what they've sacrificed, use it in a way where you talk in joy about what you're able to give them. And never use it as ammunition to make them feel bad about what they're currently doing.

Don't focus on what you've sacrificed; focus on the One who has sacrificed it all for us. When we focus on his sacrifice, it makes it so much easier to just love people. Verse 5 continues and says love "does not behave rudely." True love has manners. And I'm not talking about the kind of manners where a guy will open the door for a girl at a movie theater, although that is very lost in our culture today as well. But having manners, having a mannerly love is lost in our culture. Today people say, "If that offends them, that's their problem." No, no, no. If it offends them, it's your problem. The gospel is offensive enough. We don't have to add offense to the gospel. Instead we need to bring the gospel in love and grace, caring about others, being mannerly.

Sometimes just because we know what we can say doesn't mean that we should say it. And it drives me nuts how rude Christians can be. How we can go to a girl who's just had an abortion, who's obviously going through an incredibly emotion situation, who doesn't know how she's going to handle what she's just done, and we can go to her and look at her in her face and say, "Murderer." Is it true? Yes. But is it what she needs to hear? No. Couldn't be further from what she needs to hear. Or how we can be in the mall and see two homosexuals walking around holding hands. And we can look at them and say---just loud enough---"That's so disgusting." Is it true? Yes. But guess what? All sin is disgusting, including our judgment and including our unforgiveness.

How we can see a homeless person asking for money and we can pridefully say in our hearts, "Get a job." We don't know where they've come from. We don't know what they're going through. We don't know if they've tried to get a job or if they can't. Here's the truth: we might not understand why people do what they do, but they're still people, people created with care and precision in the image of God. And people---all people---deserve respect. They deserve respect. [applause] They deserve to be honored. They deserve to be treated more than just what they do. They deserve to be treated based on who they are, who God created them to be, on the beautiful creation that God has made each one of us to be.

If you treat people with respect, regardless of what they believe, how they are dressed, or what they look like, you'll be amazed at the doors it will open for you to speak truth and love into their life, the conversations it will start from simply showing respect and to honor people. Verse 5 continues and says love "is not provoked" to anger; that is, to arouse to anger or a sudden outburst of anger. Let me ask you, are you an angry person? Are you prone to "putting people in their place," as you might like to say, going on tirades, going on rants on social media, yelling at people when they do something wrong to you, getting mad at people when you feel like the service they've exhibited to you isn't equal to what you deserve? Are you a person who's prone to outbursts, who's prone to anger?

Loves guards against being irritated, upset, or angered by things said or done against it. Ephesians 4:26 says, "Don't let the sun go down on your wrath," or your anger. This continues on in verse 5, it says love "thinks no evil," or literally, "love takes no account of evil." It's a bookkeeping term that's referenced here, and it means to calculate, to enter into a ledger or a permanent record that can be consulted when needed. I know I'm guilty of this. Maybe you are as well. It's easy to walk around with a ledger, whenever somebody wrongs you to just tally that up in this little book. And you'll let that book stack up and stack up and stack up until you need to use it. And then you pull it out and you say, "Hey, you've done this, and you've done this, and you've done this."

And you're keeping a ledger of wrongs, you're keeping on account of evil. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love thinks no evil. You know, it's crazy how cynical Christians can be. When we hear about a celebrity coming to Christ, we can so easily write them off, say, "There's no way it's going to stick. Have you heard their song lyrics? Have you seen the movies they've been in? There's no way it's real." No wonder so many celebrities turn away. They probably don't feel loved or accepted by Christians. When we see the same person coming forward each week, it's so easy to think, "Can they just get it together already? When's it finally going to work?" When we stop talking to our friends and family, because we think they've just gone too far. It leads us to verse 7. It says love "believes all things."

Love believes the best of every person. It is not suspicious. It is not cynical. If someone is accused of something wrong, love will consider them innocent until proven guilty. You'll stick up for them, not say things like, "I saw that coming. I knew they were trouble." Verse 7 says love "endures all things." Love refuses to give up. Love refuses to surrender. Love refuses to stop believing or stop hoping. Love will simply not stop loving, ever. If there's one thing that should characterize the church, it is love. And yet if you were to ask most sinners if the church loved them, you'd be lucky to get a simple no. You'd probably get laughed at. You'd probably get cursed at. If you were to go to a prostitute, a homosexual, and someone who committed an abortion on the street and say, "Hey, do you think the church loves you?"


I bet you'd be really saddened by their response. I bet you'd be heartbroken by their response, by the bitterness they have because of all the Christians that is have shown them the opposite of love, because of all the Christians that have shown them hate, that have shown them fear. It shouldn't be surprising, though it is, when Christians love people. We're known more for our rejection of certain people than our respect for all people. We're known more for our cruelty than our compassion. We show more harshness than we do humanity. And this brings up the question asked in the beginning: How do I genuinely love people I don't genuinely love? Well, I want to leave you with two things this morning. I believe these two things will help you (if you put them into practice) love anybody within your life, even the worst.

Number one, consider; and, number two, compare. Number one, consider, consider them through the eyes of Jesus. Remember, as I said earlier, as he lay dying Jesus' concern was for the murderers that were nailing him to the cross, not himself, as he cried out, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But forgive them." When someone sins against you, consider them like Jesus did. Say, "Lord, forgive them, for they know not what they do." You can't expect somebody's who's lost to know the way home. You can't expect somebody who's in darkness to see the light. And you wouldn't get mad at a blind person for bumping into you on the street, would you? You wouldn't turn around and say, "Hey, watch where you're going." No.

Hopefully you would in care and love help them. You'd show concern for them. You'd say, "Hey, can I help you find the way home?" Consider them through the eyes of Jesus. Consider that they are lost. Consider that they're in darkness. And as you consider them, it will help you to love them. Consider them as Jesus would with patience, kindness, and grace. Allow yourself to be taken advantage of over and over again just as Jesus did. And, secondly, compare them. We're told in our culture comparison's a bad thing, don't compare yourself to anyone else, and usually I would agree, except in this situation. I think it's good for us to compare our sins to others, to compare our spiritual bank account to others.

Take a minute and think about all the sins you've ever committed from the time you were a little kid to now: the things both outward and the things inward; the thoughts that you have; the things that you think; the things you don't want anyone else to know about; the things you don't want to person front of you, the person behind you, the person next to you to know about; the things you're ashamed of. As you look at that, you'll realize very quickly that your list outweighs anyone else's. If I were to offer you one dollar for every sin that you could point out in anyone---both outward and inward---who would you choose? If you wanted to be rich, you'd choose yourself, because you can see it all, inside and outside.

And as you compare your spiritual bank account to the world's, you realize that you're more spiritually bankrupt than anyone else. You realize, like Paul, that you're the chief of sinners. And as you realize that you're worse than everyone, it becomes much easier to love anyone. As you realize you're worse than everyone, it becomes much easier to love anyone. And the reality is that we are the "anyones." And Christ loved us and we as Christians are called to love one another, and we as Christians are called to love the world. My prayer is that God would help us to be the loving Christian that he's called us to be, and he would help this to be a loving church. And my prayer for you is that if you have not been forgiven of your sins, if you're carrying around bitterness, or anger, or perhaps you are the judgmental Christian.

You are the one who's constantly pointing out the flaws in others, who isn't letting love flow out of their lives. And as you think about this, my question for you is: Has loved flowed in your life? My prayer is that you would receive that love, you would be forgiven, you would walk with Christ. Let's pray. Lord, we thank you for your Word. We thank you for the truth that it reveals, God. And, God, we want to show love. We want to show love to everyone. We want to show love to the world. We want to give it all for you, give everyone everything we have for you, and see the world changed and transformed by an uprising of love. And, Lord, I pray right now for anyone here right now.

Lord, who as we just talked about this, all the sins they've committed from when they are a kid to now, Lord, as they look at their lives they realize they're broken, they realize that they're sinful, and that there's no excuse in the world that can justify their sin. Lord, I pray that you'd show them that you love them, that we love them, and that you want a relationship with them. And I pray for those in here, Lord, who are self-righteous, those who have lived their lives judging others, but never really judging themselves. I pray that you would, God, bring them to repentance.

And as we're praying right now, as we have our eyes closed and our heads bowed, if that describes you, if you're here today and you need to be forgiven of your sin, you realize right now in this moment that you're a sinful person, but you realize that Jesus Christ loves you, that he came to this earth, that he died for you. If that's you, and you want to accept Jesus Christ, I want you to raise up your hand right now. And you're saying, "Nate, pray for me. I need Jesus in my life. I need to be forgiven." Amen. In the front to my left; a couple of you on the side. Put your hand up and keep it up, so I can see it. Over here in the middle to the left; in the back to the left; over to my right, in the middle; couple here to the right section.

Wherever you are, raise your hand up. If you're in the balcony, the family room, you raise your hand up. In the back, towards my left---anyone else? Maybe you're here and you've been a judgmental person. You realize that as much as you proclaim to love Christ, your actions speak louder than your words, and you want to rededicate your life to him, you want to be forgiven. and you want to start forgiving others. If that's you and you want rededicate yourself to him, you raise up your hand. Amen. Amen. Hands across the room. Lord, I thank you for these hands that have acknowledged their need for forgiveness, and, God, I pray that you would help their words, God, to affect the way they live. They wouldn't just want change, but they would live for change, in Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Hey, will you stand with me. We're going to close and we're going to sing a chorus of this song. And as we do, I'm going to ask that if you raised your hand up acknowledging you need Jesus, either for the first time or for a second time; that you get up from wherever you are, you come down here to the front, and you say a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. And you might say, "Nate, I was all about raising my hand up when no one could see it, but you want me to actually take a step of faith, you want me the walk forward and have people see me?" I do and here's why: If you can't stand up for Jesus Christ in a room full of people that love him, how are you going to do it in a world that hates him? Jesus Christ died on a cross for you publicly, and now's your opportunity to publicly profess his name. You come now. We'll wait for you. You come. [worship music playing]

I believe there might still be more in here who need to make this profession of faith in Jesus Christ. It might be your first time. It might be your second time. This might be a repeated occurrence for you, but either way the heart condition is the same. You need Jesus Christ. He wants to forgive you of your sins. And I don't know what you're scared of. I don't know what's holding you back. Maybe it's the person next to you. Maybe they're just as scared as you are. Maybe they need to make this decision as well, and all they need is someone next to them to take that bold step, and maybe they'll follow you. But either way, it doesn't matter what the people next to you, in front of you, or behind you think about you, all that matters is what Jesus thinks about you.

Because your friend didn't die on the cross for your sins, Jesus Christ took that place. And there was nothing on heaven or earth that could hold him from going to that cross for you. Don't let anything hold you back from coming here and making the profession of faith in Jesus Christ. And you might say, "Nate, I've got time. I don't want to do it now. I'll do it later." You're not promised later, you are only promised now. We don't know when our time will come. We don't know when we'll die. We don't know when we'll meet Jesus. But when we do, are you ready to answer to him? Are you ready to give an account to him for the way that you lived your life? This is your opportunity. If you don't know that when you die you're going to go to heaven, you leave here knowing. We're going to sing this through one more time, and if God is calling you, you come now. You come. [worship music playing]

Amen. Hey, let's give these guys a round of applause one more time. We're so excited for you. I want you to know there's no judgment in this place, there's only love. And we're not going to sing this song through any more times, but I always like to throw out the net one last time for those who are procrastinators, for those who always hold out to the last minute, they always wait till there's no more time left. Look, there's still time for you to accept Jesus Christ. There's still time for you to be forgiven of your sins. And I want you to know it doesn't matter what you've done. There's no judgment in this place. We love you. We care for you. And we're going to clap for you.

We're going to cheer for you. We've got more coming right now. Give them a round of applause. If God is still calling right now, you come. You don't need music to do it. All you need is a willing heart to be forgiven. Anyone else before we pray? Amen. Amen. You come. Praise the Lord. Keep coming. Let's-let's get it loud in here for these guys. [cheers and applause] Praise the Lord. God is working in your hearts and we're so excited to witness it and be a part of it. Right now I'm going to say a prayer, and I'm going to ask those of you who have come forward to say it after me. It's a simple prayer. It's a prayer you're going to say from your heart. You're going to say it to Jesus. And as you say it, there's nothing magical about it, there's nothing special about it, except that it's from your heart and it's to Jesus Christ.

Amen. Keep coming. Praise the Lord. [applause] Amen. Thank you for joining us. So as we say this prayer, I'm going to say it with you, and I want you to say it out loud after me, and I want you to mean it from your heart. Let's say this together: Lord, I know that I'm a sinner. I know that I've done many things that have hurt you. But, Lord, I believe that you died for those things, and I believe that you rose from the dead. So, Lord, I ask you to come into my life. Forgive me of my sins. I turn from my old life and I turn to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to live for you, in Jesus' name I pray, amen. Let's turn it up. Praise the Lord.

Closing: We hope you've enjoyed this special service from Calvary Albuquerque featuring our guest speaker Pastor Nate Heitzig. How will you put the principles you learned into action? Let us know. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. And just a reminder, you can give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/giving. Thank you for listening to this special message from Calvary Albuquerque.

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Rise of the Cults
Walter Martin
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
Walter Martin
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12/11/1982
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12/15/1982
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Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin
Colossians 2:6-10
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1/2/1983
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Men As Trees
Mark Macallister
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5/22/1983
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Secret of Greatness
Mark Macallister
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China
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10/25/1984
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Guest Speaker Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
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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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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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The Worthiness of Christ - Luke 5:1-11 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/25/1989
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The Devastation of Discouragement
Psalm 73
George Sanchez
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The Devastation of Discouragement - Psalm 73 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/10/1989
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
John 13
George Sanchez
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships - John 13 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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Be All That You Can Be - Colossians 2:6-7 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/11/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/2/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/26/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/14/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
George Sanchez
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Gods Purpose In Redemption from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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The Need For True Repentance - Luke 15:13-24 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/15/1991
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Personal Diligence
2 Peter 3
George Sanchez
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Personal Diligence - 2 Peter 3 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/23/1991
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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
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
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
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
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
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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
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
Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
Nelson Walker
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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
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
Franklin Graham
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/28/2004
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
Chip Lusko
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2/25/2004
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1 Kings 12 - 14
1 Kings 12-14
Dave Row
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2/29/2004
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Guest Speaker John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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3/3/2004
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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4/28/2004
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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5/19/2004
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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7/14/2004
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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7/25/2004
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God's Perfecting Work
Matthew 5:48
Mike Finizio
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7/28/2004
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When the Found Become Lost
Matthew 6:19-24
Neil Ortiz
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11/3/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
Greg Opean
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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12/28/2005
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Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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12/31/2005
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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1/1/2006
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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1/4/2006
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Beloved, How Shall We Live?
2 Peter 3:1-13
Dave Row
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How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!
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1/18/2006
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All in the Family
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Dave Row
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Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?
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2/12/2006
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Divine Breathings
Colossians 4:1-9
Ray Bentley
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Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.
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3/1/2006
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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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3/5/2006
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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3/15/2006
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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-12
Calvary Pastors
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Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.
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3/19/2006
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Be Filled With the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18-21
John Miller
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What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.
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3/22/2006
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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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3/29/2006
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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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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4/16/2006
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Easter Sunrise Service 2006
Ryan Dobson
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Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.
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4/19/2006
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Will the real believer please stand up?
1 John 2:18-29
Dave Row
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Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?
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The Power of a Resurrected Life
Philippians 3:10
Dave Row
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What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.
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4/26/2006
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The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
1 John 3:1-9
Dave Row
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How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.
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4/30/2006
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The Doctrine of Recompense
Jeremiah 38
Pancho Juarez
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Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.
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5/3/2006
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The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
1 John 3:10-24
Dave Row
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Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.
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5/7/2006
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Will You Go Away
John 6:60-69
David Rosales
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We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?
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5/10/2006
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True or False, You Must Decide
1 John 4:1-6
Dave Row
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How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.
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5/14/2006
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Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
2 Timothy 1:5
Dave Row
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Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.
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5/17/2006
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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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5/24/2006
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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5/28/2006
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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6/4/2006
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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11/12/2006
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All Things Working Together For Good
Romans 8:28
John Miller
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11/26/2006
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/13/2006
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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1/7/2007
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The Solomon Complex
1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25
Levi Lusko
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1/10/2007
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The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
James 3:1-13
Dave Row
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2/11/2007
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God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
Joel C. Rosenberg
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3/21/2007
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Jesus: Dead or Alive
Dr. Steven Collins
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3/25/2007
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A Closer Walk with Jesus
Hebrews 11:6
Dave Row
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4/18/2007
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Paul's Recipe For Joy
Philippians 2
Alan Brooks
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4/22/2007
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Understanding the Times
Romans 13:11-14
John Miller
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5/23/2007
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When God Throws a Party
Leviticus 25
Chip Lusko
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5/30/2007
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Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader
Genesis 37 - 50
Dave Row
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6/3/2007
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Living for Eternity
Matthew 9:35-40
K.P. Yohannan
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K.P. Yohannan shares his passion on Living for Eternity.
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6/6/2007
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But That is Not The Way I Planned It!
Matthew 16:21-23
Nelson Walker
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6/24/2007
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He Who Wins Souls Is Wise
Proverbs 11:30
Raul Ries
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9/2/2007
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CASH will guide us to Eternity
Philippians 1:19-26
Pancho Juarez
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10/17/2007
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Eternally Tattooed
2 Corinthians 3:3
Levi Lusko
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10/21/2007
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The Great Race
Hebrews 12:1-2
Al Pittman
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11/28/2007
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Update on the Discovery of Sodom
Dr. Steven Collins
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12/2/2007
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A Down to Earth Look at Love
Isaiah 64
Dr. Bob Botsford
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4/2/2008
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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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4/6/2008
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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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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5/28/2008
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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9/28/2008
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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
Greg Laurie
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11/12/2008
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Will the Church Survive?
Matthew 16:18
Chip Lusko
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Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/3/2008
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When God Comes to Church
John 2:13-15
Nate Heitzig
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12/7/2008
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The Touch of Jesus
Luke 5:12-15
Chip Lusko
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2/8/2009
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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3/4/2009
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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3/8/2009
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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11/4/2009
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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11/29/2009
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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1/20/2010
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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5/2/2010
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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5/5/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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5/12/2010
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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6/9/2010
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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6/27/2010
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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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6/30/2010
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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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7/25/2010
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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8/18/2010
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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9/12/2010
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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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11/7/2010
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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11/13/2010
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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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11/14/2010
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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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11/14/2010
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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
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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
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Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away. He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
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12/28/2011
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Buckle Up
1 Kings 18:41-46
Ray Del Toro
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Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings 18:41-46. As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised.
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1/11/2012
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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
James 4:13-17
Neil Ortiz
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What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
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1/15/2012
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Jesus Christ, Superstar?
Philippians 2:5-11
Nate Heitzig
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While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus?
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4/18/2012
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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5/27/2012
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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9/5/2012
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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9/12/2012
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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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7/21/2013
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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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7/24/2013
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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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7/28/2013
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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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7/31/2013
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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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10/16/2013
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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10/27/2013
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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12/29/2013
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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6/4/2014
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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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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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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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11/12/2014
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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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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1/18/2015
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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2/22/2015
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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2/25/2015
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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5/27/2015
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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6/14/2015
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Matthew 3:11-4:13
Nate Heitzig
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Wouldn't it be great if temptation disappeared when you became a believer? Following the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; it actually makes you a bigger target. In this message, Nate Heitzig discusses the seriousness of sin and the hope we have when we trust the Lord to fight on our behalf.
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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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7/8/2015
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
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In this special interview with Free Burma Rangers founder Dave Eubank, we hear about his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. Dave also shares about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
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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
Franklin Graham
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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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1/3/2016
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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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3/2/2016
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How Long, God?!
Psalm 13
Nelson Walker
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Our cares and problems can often be too much to bear, and when God seems distant in those times, He wants us to call on Him and trust in His loving-kindness. Sometimes God even allows us to come to the end of ourselves so we have no choice but to rely on Him. Nelson Walker reminds us that we can trust in God's unfailing love to get us through anything.
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5/1/2016
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Walking Honestly
Ephesians 4-5
Daniel Fusco
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A recurring theme in Scripture is that life is messy, but Jesus is real. Daniel Fusco addresses this tension head-on and highlights a hope for anyone living at this intersection of life and faith. He shares a pathway set out in the book of Ephesians about how to walk honestly through the messiness of life while staying focused on the certainty that Jesus is real.
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5/11/2016
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Getting To Know You
Psalm 139
Brian Nixon
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Many people know very little about the Lord due to biblical illiteracy. God's self-disclosure of His nature can be found in His Word, and when we don't know the Bible, we lack a proper understanding of Him. In this teaching, Brian Nixon looks at three characteristics of God's nature, and we learn how we should respond with our conduct.
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5/15/2016
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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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5/29/2016
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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8/14/2016
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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9/7/2016
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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9/25/2016
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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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9/25/2016
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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9/28/2016
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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10/12/2016
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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11/27/2016
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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12/28/2016
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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Loving God Completely
Psalm 8
Nelson Walker
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God loves us more than we could possibly understand. In turn, Jesus commanded us to love God as well. In this study of Psalm 8, Nelson Walker explains that to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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5/28/2017
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Standing In the Fire
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Tom Doyle
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Christian persecution is at an all-time high globally. But that’s not the whole story. A new Jesus movement is erupting out of the Middle East, and persecuted believers are leading the way. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, these new believers are fearless. Jesus is right there, standing with them, and the fiery furnace of today is the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
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Postcards from the Kikkar: Sodom Speaks Volumes
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible states that God destroyed the city of Sodom with fire. Dr. Steven Collins has spent the last twelve years excavating what he believes to be the archaeological ruins of this ancient city. In this message, Dr. Collins teaches that the discovery of Sodom is important because biblical archaeology is the most powerful means of demonstrating the Bible's historical authenticity.
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God of Hope
Romans 15:13
Ben Courson
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Ben Courson is the director of Hope Generation and author of three books. He is a gifted and nationally renowned speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship, and he has a national TV and radio program. His humorous, uplifting, and high-energy style coupled with a gift to communicate God’s heart is hugely impactful.
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7/12/2017
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Magic Kingdom Mindset
Psalm 8
Mat Pirolo
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Though it may seem like it at times, God is not a far-off, distant being. In this message, Mat Pirolo teaches that we live in a fantastic, beautiful universe because we serve a very real God. As we study Psalm 8, we learn that nothing expresses God's desire to be with us more than the cross of Christ.
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Starting Over
2 Kings 22-23
Jason Mills
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Productive change doesn't happen by accident; we have to be intentional about it. In this message, Jason Mills examines the life of King Josiah, a man who recognized that something needed to change in the nation of Israel and took steps to see that it was done. As we study 1 Kings 22-23, we learn the practical steps we can take to see change in our own lives.
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9/6/2017
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For King and Country
Nehemiah 4:10-14
Neil Ortiz
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As humans, we lack perseverance because of fatigue and fear. To persevere, we need to be reminded of the cause for which we are fighting. In this message, Neil Ortiz teaches that as Christians, we are called to live for God in every facet of our lives, even if our circumstances cause us to be afraid and fatigued.
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9/20/2017
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Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Romans 10:9-11
Brian Nixon
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What we think informs and influences what we do. A Christian worldview is faith in Jesus and faith that seeks to understand what God has created. In this message, Brian Nixon teaches that in order to cultivate a Christian worldview, we must be saved, be continuously sanctified, and study God's Word.
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Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, and Martin Luther
Acts 20:28-32
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Martin Luther, fearing that Germany would be next in Islam's remarkable conquests in Europe, wrote extensively about Islam and the Qur'an. He exposed Muslim intentions and spoke about the role of the church in the conflict, emphasizing the response pastors should have when threatened by this militaristic religion. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares Luther's insights and courage, encouraging us to make friends with our Muslim neighbors.
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10/11/2017
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Wasted Potential
Jonathan Laurie
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Though you can have a saved soul, you can also have a wasted life. Yet God has given you everything you need to be spiritually successful. In this message, Jonathan Laurie teaches that God has given each of His children unique gifts, and we must use them to serve His kingdom.
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Interview with Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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10/25/2017
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Worship Anyway
Isaiah 6:1-8
Nelson Walker
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When your world explodes, what do you do? The prophet Isaiah's world was turned upside down with the death of King Uzziah. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that when we face unexpected trials or hardships, our first step should be to approach our Lord with an attitude of worship.
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Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible is under attack from every direction. In this message, Dr. Steven Collins shows the historical reliability of the Old Testament by co