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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself - Matthew 3:11-4:13

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

Nate Heitzig: Tonight my message is "Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself." Let's open in up a word of prayer.

Lord, we come right now thankful for the opportunity we have to open your Word and see what it is that you would have to speak to us tonight. Lord, we come eager, ready, Lord, not just to take notes, not just to learn, but to change. God, we want to be changed tonight. And I believe that each and every person in this room has something specific that they struggle with. And, Lord, I pray that tonight you would loose the chains that Satan has on their life, Lord. You would take the captives and you would free them. You would breathe life into the lifeless, hope into the hopeless, Lord, grace to those who are imprisoned. God, I pray that tonight would be a night where people leave renewed, transformed through your grace, through your power, in Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Well, tonight we're going to talk about a subject that is never fun to talk about. It just plain stinks. There's no other way to say it. And that subject is temptation. Wouldn't it be great if there was no temptation in life? Wouldn't it be fantastic if the second you gave your life to Jesus Christ, all of a sudden temptation was gone and the Christian life was just easy? If when you woke up in the morning you just really wanted to read your Bible for two hours? If when you went to church, you just wanted to greet your brothers and sisters in Christ who were mean to you with a "Hey, I love you. Everything's okay. All is forgiven." Wouldn't it be great if you didn't desire to sin? Wouldn't that be fantastic? Hey, be honest, who in here desires to sin? Liars, all of you who aren't raising your hand.

I desire to sin when I get cut off driving in my car and somebody then cuts me off and hits their brakes on top of it. I desire to sin when I'm late for work and the speed limit says forty-five. But I know if I go sixty-five I can get there two minutes late instead of ten minutes late, I desire to sin. There's times when---preach! Right? We got a speeder in the room. There's times even--- I love my wife dearly, but there's times when my wife and I will get in a fight and I desire to take the low road instead of the high road. I desire to sin. Life is filled on a daily basis with desires to sin, and if you say otherwise, you're lying to yourself. And I think the first step to battling temptation is realizing that we have on a daily basis, pretty constantly through the day, a desire to sin. Because sin is all around.

The temptation is constantly there. Everyone faces temptation in one way or another. As a matter of fact, as a Christian you face temptation even more than before you were a Christian. So if you're too ashamed to raise your hand when I say, "Who desires to sin?" well, man, you're really kidding yourself, because as Christians the desire can be even greater because Satan targets us even more. Temptation is so dangerous, because temptation leads to sin, and sin leads to death. I'm going to say something to you tonight and it could be life changing for you. Tonight you are either dead to sin or you are dead in sin. You're dead. Which one? Are you dead to sin or are you dead in sin? We're going to hear more about that later on.

But it seems that many Christians, no matter how many times they fall, no matter how many times they get caught in that sin, no matter how many times they pray for deliverance from that sin, they get out of it for a little bit, no matter what they do, they always seem to fall back into it. Have you ever felt like that in your life? Does it ever seem like sin is just a vicious cycle that you can't get out of no matter how hard you try? No matter how many times you come up for prayer, no matter what verses you read, no matter what books you get from the bookstore on the subject, you can't get out of the cycle of sin. Temptation is there. And you might say, "No, Nate. Not me. I'm a good Christian. All those other guys that raise their hands, they're bad Christians. I'm a good Christian. I grew up in the church. I'm in ministry. I'm on staff."

It doesn't matter if you grew up in the church, if you go to church, or if you work for the church. Samson worked for the Lord, and he fell into sexual sin with Delilah. David worked for the Lord, and he murdered a dude because he had sex with his wife. Peter worked for the Lord, and he denied Christ publicly. Just because you work for the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; actually it makes you a bigger target for it. So the closer you get to Christ, beware, Christian, because Satan wants to punch you in the face. Right? That's like the way the translation should go: Satan wants to punch you in the face. Satan wants to put you down for the count. You know, the verse should say: Lead us not into temptation, because we can find it on our own pretty dang well. We don't need to be led to it. We can find it.

You don't need help. It can seem too hard to effectively resist temptation, because, well, it's temptation. It's tempting, right? Good is good, bad is bad, and temptation tempts, and the effect is devastating. By giving into temptation, you can lose in a moment what it took you a lifetime to gain. In one moment you can lose what it took a lifetime to gain. You know, I don't think it would be a stretch to say we live in a tempting world, would it? We live in a tempting world. We live in a fallen world. It seems like every year boundaries get pushed further, crimes become more shocking, the headlines become more depressing, and the moral line becomes more blurred. You know, I love---one of my favorite things to do every morning when I wake up is read USA Today. Does anyone read USA Today on their iPhones?

It's like my favorite, I think, like a guilty pleasure to do. USA Today is like the Fifty Shades of Grey of news. Like it has all the stuff that you kind of feel like, "Oh, that's like---I don't know if I should read that. That's gnarly stuff." Well, I read USA Today every day. It's my guilty pleasure. And I always tell my wife crazy news articles, crazy news stories. I'm like, "Babe, did you hear about this guy in Maryland who did this or that? Or have you heard about what's going on here?" And it's fascinating to me to get a look into what culture is like. And I get a lot of my sermon illustrations from USA Today. But here's a few top headlines from today. This is just today to give you an idea of what the moral climate is like in our country today, in our world today.

Here's what I found the top four headlines today. Number one: "Miley Cyrus Named Inspiration for LGBT Activism," "Prosecutor Gets 18 Months for Raping Teenage Boy," "Josh Duggar Breaks Silence Following Molestation Scandal," "Daughter Kills Mom and Gloats on Facebook." And that's just today. That's not like these are the worst of the year. That's just today. Every day you can find news articles like that. And let me tell you something, it's only going to get worse. I read one article online that was titled "Young Adults Struggle with Morality." And it said this: "A nationwide survey by the Barna Group indicates that Americans have redefined what it means to do the right thing in their own lives." The article continued to say, "Researchers asked adults which, if any, of eight behaviors with moral overtones they had engaged in during the past week."

And these behaviors included: exposure to pornography, using profanity in public, gambling, gossiping, engaging in sexual intercourse with someone to whom they were not married, retaliating against someone, getting drunk, and lying. And the majority of adults had engaged in at least one of those eight behaviors during the past week. And here are some of their findings from the poll: 65 percent of those polled admitted to using profanity in public, 38 percent had engaged in sex outside of marriage, 37 percent had lied. Crazy that more people are having sex outside of marriage than lying. Thirty-three percent admitted to intentional exposure to pornography, and 25 percent had gotten drunk. And here's the startling statistic.

The article concluded by saying: "We are witnessing the development and acceptance of a new moral code in America. The consistent deterioration of the Bible as the source of moral truth has led to a nation where people have become independent judges of right and wrong, basing their choices on feelings and circumstances. It's not likely that America will return to a more traditional moral code until the nation experiences significant pain from its moral choices." You know, you look at the researchers who are doing that, the article, the news story, and you're like, "Yeah, it sounds familiar, doesn't it? It sounds like a passage I know in the Bible where it says something about everyone doing what is right in their own eyes." And what does that always lead to? The judgment of God.

Throughout history God has judged cultures for doing what is right in their own eyes. And they're right. There's going to be no change until the world experiences consequences for the moral behavior that the culture is engaged in. Unfortunately, they don't realize that consequence isn't going to be a slap on the wrist; that consequence is going to be the judgment of the Lord. And so the question is: In a world like that, in a world where we judge what's right based on what we feel, in a world where you have news articles like that every day, can temptation be resisted? Can it be resisted? Is it possible? Are we fighting a losing battle? Are we going to cop out and like Oscar Wilde say, "The only way I know how to get rid of temptation is to give into it." Is that the solution? No.

The Bible says temptation can and should be resisted. The Bible promises a special blessing to the person who does so. James 1:2 says, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him." Did you know that testing and even temptation can have a positive effect on your life? It's been said Christians are a lot like tea bags, you don't know what's inside of them until you put them in hot water. And it's very true. I think temptation, testing shows us who the true Christians are and who's not quite there, who's just pretending, who's faking it. I did a message on judgment and I talked about before the judgment is meant for the church.

And I think temptation and testing shows the true believers, those who are in our midst, who are faking, those who are pretending, those who really don't have the right motives to do what they do. And in the story before us, we see how Jesus faced temptation as a man, and he show us how it's done. Let's turn to Matthew chapter 3 verse 13. And before we see the temptation, we're going to see the precursor, the prequel, if you will. John 3:13 says, "Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent him, saying, 'I need to be baptized by you, and you're coming to me?' But Jesus answered and said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he allowed him." That's funny, "Then he allowed him," like John really could have done anything to stop it.

Verse 16, "When he had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him, and suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.' " Let's stop there. We're going to get into chapter 4 in a second. But, man, you look at that story and it's like, what a triumph. Right? And I've titled point one triumphs. Triumphs. We see here in chapter 3, verse 13, one of the great triumphs at the beginning of Christ's ministry. In verse 13 it says that he came to be baptized. And as he comes to be baptized, John immediately recognizes Jesus and he doesn't want to baptize him.

And that's because, what is baptism? We talk about baptism frequently within the church today. Baptism is an acknowledgment of sinfulness and a desire to repent of it. And John, knowing that Jesus is the Son of God, knowing that he is without sin, doesn't want Jesus to make such a step, Because John, no doubt, feels like, "Jesus, if you do this, you're, like, acknowledging that you're one of us. You're acknowledging that you're a man." Jesus is like, "Yeah, that's the point. Yeah, that's why I have to do this, to identify myself as man." We know one of the basic tenets of theology is that Jesus Christ is both God and both man. And John tells us that John the Baptist saw Jesus coming and he said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!"

And so imagine John's surprise when he's like, "Hey, behold! The Lamb of God who takes way the sins of the world, who wants to be baptized for sins that he doesn't have. Wait is second, how does that work? Why are you doing that?" But it was because John recognizes Jesus divinity that he tried to prevent him, or literally "he kept trying to prevent him." So it's not like, "Hey, you can't come in here." It's like this: "Hey, hey, no, no, no. No, don't---no, don't come over here. Don't get baptized," like, "You can't do it." He kept trying to prevent him. So why did Jesus want to go into the process of water baptism? Well, most likely it's because he wanted to give an example of obedience to his followers. See, Jesus came into the world to identify with men. That was the purpose of Christ coming. Christ came to man.

No longer was Christ---no longer was God sitting on a pedestal, a throne saying, "You've got to reach your way up to me. You've got to work your way up to me. You've got to do a certain number of things to get up to me. You've got to sacrifice animals. You've got to go to the temple at this time and that time. And unless you do that, you can't have a relationship with me." The purpose of Christ coming was to identify himself with man and say, "Hey, not only do I want a relationship with you, but I want to help you." And I think this is such a great illustration, because to me this plays perfectly into what we're talking about as far as temptation. Because Hebrews 2:18, my favorite ver---one of my favorite verses in the Bible, speaking of Jesus, says, "He is able to aid those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted."

And we're going to see that temptation that he endured in just a second. But not only did he endure temptation, but he can help us with temptation, because he identifies with us. It's not like we come to Jesus and say, "Lord, I'm being tempted. Lord, I'm struggling with this." And he's like, "Stupid humans. Pfft! Temptation, what is that?" No. He identifies with us. He came on to our level. He experienced what we experienced. He submitted himself to the same thing that we submitted ourselves to--- authority of the church, undergoing baptism, authority to God the Father. He who was without sin submitted a baptism designed for sinners, so that when sinners needed him most, we could come to him. Verse 16, we see a great triumph. And this is also a great theological verse you can use when you get questions.

Verse 16, "When he had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' " Here we're given one of the few examples in the Bible that gives us a glimpse into how the Trinity all work together. There are some, who when you talk about the Trinity, will point that the Bible doesn't mention the Trinity. They'll point that the Bible doesn't talk about the Trinity, and we kind of have it confused as to what it really is. And there really isn't a Trinity. And though the term is not used, the teaching is clearly here. God said in Genesis, "Let us make man in our image."

Not "in my image," "in our image," speaking of a plurality. And here we see them in action, them---Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We see Jesus Christ being baptized, the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and alighting upon him. Which also is very much consistent with what we see in Acts of the Holy Spirit coming down and alighting upon the apostles. And then we see God the Father saying, "This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased." We see a clear picture of the Trinity. Now you gotta imagine after this happened, after Jesus had done this, after the voice of the Father had spoken audibly, meaning that not just Jesus heard it, but everyone who was there getting baptized with John heard God say, "This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.

So either they thought, "Man, I had a bad falafel today," or, "Oh my gosh, that's the Son of God!" Right? This incredible triumph, this incredible thing that God had done. You gotta imagine Jesus was like, "Yes. My ministry's finally begun. My public ministry has started." There had to be anticipation looking forward to what God was going to do. And after this glorious experience, a time of difficult testing follows. We're going to see this in chapter 4. It was immediately after this moment of blessing that a time of difficulty came. After the dove, came the Devil. Does it ever seem like that happens to you? Yeah. That's an amen, right? Preach. No, it's good. I love it. Things are going great, the world's in order, doves are descending, the world is as it should be, and then bam! the semitruck of suck hits you in the face. [laughter]

And it's like, man, I have problems I didn't know I had. And there's people that I knew that I wish I didn't know. And all of a sudden life is hard. And you say, "Wait a second, God, like, doves were descending, shouldn't you keep that happening? Like, let's keep that going." You want to pull, like, an apostle move and say, "Hey, let's just camp on this mountaintop. Let's make a temple here. Let's just stay in this area. Lord, I'll worship you so much more passionately if I can just be happy all the time." Man, I could sing "Oceans" real good what I'm not in the oceans. And then all of a sudden we're in this trial. We're in this temptation right after a triumph. Times of greatest temptation always follow times of greatest triumph. Right after the Father said, "This is my beloved Son," the Devil was there.

You know why? The Devil always opposes those who God approves. The Devil always opposes those who God approves. Let me ask you a question: Are you living your life right now in a way that would get God's approval? Heh, the Devil opposes you. One of the scariest verses in the entire Bible is when it says that Satan is like is roaring lion, going to and fro, seeking whom he may devour. Okay, I've watched Discovery Channel, and that's terrifying. Did anyone watch Discovery Channel the past few weeks? They were doing like this "Best of the Predators." They did this one show talking about lions killing cheetahs. And it was terrifying, because they show these images of these big lions, and they do go to and fro. They walk back and forth looking at their prey and licking their lips.

And then what happens is they're just walking back and forth and then bam! They're crushing, like, a baby cheetah's head and pulling chunks off of it, like, instantly. My son and I were at the zoo with my wife and Kaydence and some of our friends. And we were over with the mountain lions. And the mountain lions, it was apparently feeding time, because they were prowling and they were going to and fro. And they're walking around and they're looking out the glass, looking at us, licking their lips. My son's like, "Dad, they're hungry." I'm like, "Yeah, for you. Yeah, they're hungry. They want to eat you. They want to kill you." Look, Satan wants to kill you. Satan wants to eat you up. He wants to snap your neck. He wants to pull chunks off of you slowly until you're nothing left, until you're just skin and bones of the person you were before.

He wants to get you addicted to drugs, let you wind up in the street with nothing. He wants to bring some hot babe into your life that causes you to stop looking at your wife, so you stop and start looking at her and saying, "Oh, man, I need her," so that you lose your wife, you lose your kids, you lose your job. Satan wants to get you to cheat on your taxes, so that you can get everything taken away, and so you can curse God and blame God for it. Satan wants to kill you and he will do everything in his power to do so. He will not stop. He will not relent. He is like a roaring lion going to and fro seeking you, Christian. Prepare yourself. But---there's always a "but." You're like, "Man, this message is stupid. Hate this." But the Bible says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro . . . to show himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal."

Can I get an amen for that? Satan is going to and fro seeking how to devour you. God's searching to and fro seeking how to show himself strong on your behalf. And so that, Christian, means that if Satan's a lion, God's the zookeeper with a tranquilizer gun ready to take Satan down, ready to put him in his place. If Satan's that big, bad dinosaur from Jurassic World, and Satan wants to eat you alive, then God's the bigger, badder dinosaur that's living in the ocean that's going to come up and eat him in one bite. Now you say, "Nate, I can't do it. I can't fight the temptation. I can't fight the sin in my life." And you're right. That's the point, you can't. You finally get it. You against Satan, you're always going to lose. You go to battle with the lion, you're going to get eaten.

But you and God against Satan, Satan doesn't stand a chance. Satan's done. He's toast. He cannot prevail. Nothing in heaven or earth, principalities, or powers in this air can fight our great God. And our great God fights on your behalf. Our great God is seeking those who trust in him, those who are willing to say, "God, I can't do it. God, I'm going to stop trying to fight the battle on my own, because every time, I lose." God is looking for you when you have that kind of heart. And he says, "Hey, if you have that heart, I'm going to fight for you." And having God in your corner is better than having Floyd Mayweather. He doesn't talk as dirty, either. He'll put the Devil down for the count. He'll put him in his place as long as you call upon his name.

It is those who are obedient, those who are well pleasing to God, who are the targets of the Wicked One. And many times in our lives the most difficult trials come after the greatest triumphs. After Jesus had his mountaintop experience of being transfigured with Moses and Elijah, a demon-possessed person was waiting at the bottom of the hill. After David took down Goliath, and he was met with praise from the people, a spear was thrown at him from Saul. Samson, after he destroyed a thousand enemies, met a girl named Delilah. Peter, who boldly stood for Christ and even hacked the ear off of a soldier, only hours later was ashamed to even acknowledge Jesus. You see it in the Bible over and over again. So often their greatest trial is after their greatest triumph.

You know why? It's because our successes can cause us to feel invincible. They can make us feel like we've got it all together. And it can cause us to let our guard down. And then when temptation comes, we're not prepared for it. We're not ready for it. We trick ourselves into thinking we're some kind of super soldier for Jesus, and that nothing can get in our way. We're like, "That's right, Devil," like, "Yeah, did you see that? I went on a mission trip, a bunch of people got saved. I fed orphans. You got nothing on me." And he's like, "Oh, yeah, well, check this out." Bam! And he takes you down. Never let yourself drink your own Kool-Aid. You know, it was funny to watch LeBron James lose last night. Sorry if you're a Cavs fan. But, you know, this guy thinks he's---"Man, I'm the best," drinking his own Kool-Aid.

He gets beat by a team that hasn't been there since like the seventies. When you start drinking your own Kool-Aid, you stop preparing. You stop practicing. You stop realizing that what got you to that place in the in the first place wasn't you just being haughty and proud, it was you making a series of right decisions and right choices. And if you stop making those right decisions and right choices, what got you to that place in the first place is what's going to bring you down. It's going bring you to the bottom of that hill. So prepare yourself. In the contest between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, God personally worked in that very powerful and tangible way. God did something incredible.

Let me ask you, if you were with 450 of your worst enemies, and God consumed them in fire, you're like, "Yeah, God, could you do that maybe? It'd be awesome. I'd got some people I'm thinking of right now." If that happened to you, what kind of faith would that fill you with for like the next five years? For the rest of your life, you're like, "Man, if God did that, I'm good to go. I don't need anything else for the rest of my life." But in spite of that miraculous work of God, within a week Elijah was asking God to take his own life. So be careful about, like, "Elijah, he just wasn't . . . ." Oh, hold on. He was one of the greatest prophets in the Bible. And so if he's susceptible to it, you think you are? No sooner had Israel been delivered from Egypt than Pharaoh came pursuing them with an army.

No sooner had Paul had an abundance of revelations than he was struck with a thorn in the flesh from a messenger of Satan. The greatest tests and temptations, in the beginning and the end of a Christian's life. The greatest temptations, the greatest tests come in the beginning and the end of a Christian's life. In the beginning, because Satan wants to derail you from your walk with God. He sees that you are starting on a good path, and so he wants to derail you. He wants to make you feel like the worst is yet to come if you keep serving God. And so he hits new believers in predictable ways with heavy duty temptations, offering them all the kingdoms of the world, so to speak. He causes them to doubt their salvation.

But it's also at the end that some of the greatest attacks come, because if he can get you to fall on your last lap, he can discredit the whole race. If he can get you to fall on the last lap, then all those years of faithful running don't mean much. Satan knows the power and the influence of a life faithfully lived for God. There's a lot of those who don't finish well in the race of life. We lower our guard. We put our spiritual lives in cruise control, but we don't realize that we don't have our seat belts on. And Satan would love to scrape your dead body off the pavement. So don't put it in cruise control. Don't take your eyes off the road, because that exactly what Satan wants. You better check yourself before you wreck yourself, Christian. Better check yourself.

So, maybe you're sitting in here, maybe you're one of those people---I know I have been guilty of this---like, "Man, I know someone who really needs to hear this message." This message isn't for them. This message is for you. And every one of us has a struggle. Every one of us has a temptation. Every one of us gets tested. So stop thinking about your son or your daughter or your cousin or your brother or your coworker who really needs to hear this message, and start thinking about yourself. Start thinking about the temptation, the tests, and the trials that you are in or that you will be in soon, and check yourself before you wreck yourself. Prepare yourself for the warfare that is ahead. Hey, who in here ever forgets to wear your seat belt in the car? You're better people than I am. I constantly forget my seat belt.

I'm notorious for doing this. And for some reason I just cannot remember to do it. I just get in the car and, like, the first thing that I think of is what music do I want to listen to. And after that happens, nothing else really matters. And so my wife also rags on me because I'm a very distracted driver, and I don't wear my seat belt. So it's really, like, I better be careful. Well, the other day I was driving, a few months ago, with my mom, and we were driving around and we were doing errands. I was driving. She was in the passenger seat. And my mom is driving next to me and she randomly just starts saying, "Imminent death! Imminent death! Imminent death! Imminent death!" I'm like, "What?! Wha-wha--- Is there a tank? Are the Russians here? What's going on?"

I start freaking out, like, "Mom, what are doing? Why are you saying that?" To which she replied, "I could save your life, but you won't let me." "Stop talking in haikus. What do you mean, woman?" [laughter] And that's when I realized that my seat belt alarm was ringing out to me, and my mom was saying "imminent death" in tune to the seat belt alarm. "Imminent death! Imminent death!" I'd gotten so accustomed to hearing that sound that I didn't even hear it anymore. I just tuned it out. I didn't even hear the alarm, the ring, the chime. So often in our lives God tries to get our attention, but we become so accustomed to tuning him out, we don't even hear him anymore. And all the while he's shouting, "Imminent death! Imminent death! I could save your life, but you won't let me."

"What's going on? I'm fine. I've got it under control." Let me tell you, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself. So first point we see is the triumphs. Triumphs. Second point, we see temptations. Look at chapter 4, verse 1. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he was hungry. Now, when the tempter came to him, he said, 'You are the Son of God, command those stones become bread.' But he answered and said, 'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." '

"Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: "He shall give his angels charge over you," and, "In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." ' And Jesus said to him, 'It is written again, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God." ' And again, the devil took him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, 'All these things I will give you if you'll fall down and worship me.' And Jesus said, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve." '" Can I get an amen for that?

"Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him." Here before us Jesus shows us that temptation can be resisted and that it can be overcome. He modeled for us the way to deal with temptation. And predictably Satan hits Jesus in a perceived area of vulnerability. And that's exactly where Satan hits us in a perceived area of vulnerability, a weak chink in your armor, a weak link in your armor. He'll size you up and he'll hit you where he thinks he can bring you down. And thus victory over temptation comes from, again, being constantly prepared for it. Satan's a liar. Satan wants to cause us to question the love of the Father. Satan wants to cause us to have doubt within our minds, to think that, "You know what? This whole thing is a sham. You know what? This whole thing is fake.

"You know what? If God really did love me, I would be okay. If God really did love me, my grandma wouldn't have cancer. If God really did love me, I'd have a way better job and more money." And Satan wants to cause us to doubt, to question. And this really strikes at the root of our faith and our dependence on God. He was being tempted to doubt the Father's worth, the Father's love, the Father's provision. It was that absolute trust and submission that Satan sought to shatter. Again, I said, you against Satan, you're going to lose; you're going to get eaten. You and God against Satan, you're going to win. So what does Satan do? He'll split up the team. And if I can get Kobe by and Shaq to fight, well, then I've taken down the Lakers. "If I can get God and mankind to fight, I've taken down mankind."

And that's been Satan's goal from the beginning. And so if Satan can get in the way of your relationship with God, then all of a sudden Satan can win. Notice this too: these temptations grew in intensity. Here it was a temptation to take things into his own eyes, into his own hands. God has let you down. Abraham and Sarah found out the folly of this kind of thinking. So did Jacob. To accomplish a good thing through questionable means. It was a good thing. Yeah, it's not bad to eat food, is it? There's nothing wrong with having bread. [microphone malfunction] But it was questionable means. That was close. I thought it was out again. Questionable means to get a good thing. See, Satan realizes that a little compromise today means a big one later on. That little one lustful look can lead to an adulterous relationship.

That one-night stand can lead to a lifetime of regret. That one hit can lead to addiction. And just so you know, it's always one of whatever it is. Again, here in this passage we see, "Just have one piece of bread. Just turn one stone into a piece of bread." And that's what I always hear people say. They say, "I'll just do it once. I'll just do it once." "You know, my girlfriend and I, we really love each other. We're just going to have sex once." Let's see how that works out. "Well, you know, my friends tell me that I'm a prude for not trying heroin, so I'm just going to do it once. I'm just going to experience it once, so that I don't like it." It's always just once. It's always just one beer that leads to getting hammered. It's always just one kiss that leads to waking up feeling dirty and defiled.

It's always just one look that leads to being addicted and depressed. With one, sin's never happy, because Satan doesn't want part of you, he wants all of you. Satan doesn't want just a portion of your life; he wants all of your life. Satan won't stop when you're down; he wants you dead. He won't stop when you fall; he doesn't want you to get back up. Satan won't stop when you look; he wants you to lust. And we're always better off to obey God and trust in his provision than to impatiently and selfishly provide for ourselves in ways that disobey or compromise the Word of God. Verse 6, Satan says, "Throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give his angels charge over you. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.' "

Fascinating about this Scripture, this passage here, notice that Satan is quoting the Bible to Jesus. He's quoting Bible verses and they sound really good. They sound in context, but they're not. Again, another tactic Satan uses in your life, Satan will use Scripture in your life. Satan will use people who misquote Scripture in your life to say, "You know what? That's right. If I did have enough faith, I would never be sick." "You know, that's right. I bet if I did give that ministry a hundred dollars, I would have more money." You know, that all sounds good. That all sounds like a nice painted picture. And Satan will frequently within our lives use Scripture out of context to get us to fall into sin. With that subtle and clever twist, Satan thought he had backed Jesus into the corner.

He basically is saying, "Hey, you claim to be God's Son, prove it. Prove it. It's that simple. Prove it. I bet if you did it, everyone would believe in you. You claim to be God's Son, you claim to trust in his Word, prove it to me." Satan was saying, "If so, why don't you demonstrate your sonship and prove the truth of God's Word by putting him to a test, a scriptural test." He's basically saying, "If you won't use your own supernatural power, why don't you see if you'll let the Father use his. If you won't use your own power to turn a stone into bread, put God the Father to the test." You know, Satan is a master at Scripture twisting. And the only way to refute it is to be thoroughly saturated with what the Bible really teaches, thoroughly saturated.

That's why I love this group of people, people who are willing to come and sit through on hour-long Bible study, a verse-by-verse Bible study every week. You know, what my dad does here every week is so unique, not many pastors do that in the world, and none of them do it as well. And it's unique and it builds you up and it prepares you, so that when you hear that false teaching, when you hear that false Scripture brought out, you say, "Hey, no, no. That's not true. I know the truth. I read it myself. I heard it myself. I studied it myself." And you're prepared to refute even the greatest lies of Satan when you're prepared. Verse 8 through 10 continues and it says, "Again, the devil took him on an exceedingly high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, 'All these things I will give to you if you'll fall down and worship me.' "

Okay, I want you to get the scope of what Satan is promising Jesus, because it's huge. It's bigger than we realize. Satan now drops all his pretense. He makes one final desperate effort to corrupt Jesus. He comes up front with what has been his objective the whole time---to be worshiped. He had first suggested what Jesus ought to do for himself. Then he suggests what the Father ought to do for Jesus. Now he suggests what he could do for Jesus. Hey, you're not willing to help yourself, that's fine. You're not willing to let God help you, that's fine. Let me help you out. Let me give you what you came here for." What was the purpose of Jesus Christ coming to this earth? It was to save sinners. It was to save us. It was to save us from the power of Satan.

And Satan now offers Jesus the power over all the people that he came to save in exchange for what Jesus could do for him. In offering all the kingdoms of the world, Satan was in essence offering on a silver platter that which Jesus had come for---to purchase back that which was lost in the garden, to bypass the death on the cross. Think about that. In the garden Jesus said, "Lord, if there's any other way, show me. But if not, let your will be done." Satan was showing Jesus another way. Talk about a temptation. It was the one time that we see Jesus questioning even the plan of God was in the garden of Gethsemane where he says, "Lord, if there's any other way." Satan knew that. Jesus knew that that was coming. Jesus knew that there would come a time when he would die on the cross.

Jesus knew that was the reason for which he was sent. And here Satan was offering him exactly what he asked for on the last day of his life---another way. "Here's another way, Jesus. All you gotta do is worship me. Just bow down. Just a little bit of worship and I'll give you everything you want, everything you desire." But God's method of doing that in fulfillment of countless types and signs, pointing to it throughout the Scripture, was to be his death on the cross. Satan was offering the world to Jesus, but on his own corrupt terms, not on God's terms. That which the Father promised to the Son for his righteous obedience, Satan offered to the Son in exchange for unrighteous disobedience. Why wait? You can have it now. Travel now, pay later. But with Satan there's always strings attached.

Nothing is ever free with Satan. For Jesus, the price was worship. For Samson, the cost was his strength and his eyes. For David, the cost was his son and his testimony. For Judas, the cost was eternity. The thing is that Satan will never tell you the cost of your sin before you do it. He lets you open up the beautiful gift-wrapped sin, it explodes in your face, and then he lets you know how much that cost you. He won't tell you about the cost of sex and lust, emptiness, a lack of self-worth. He won't tell you a cost of addiction, helplessness and slavery. He won't tell you the ultimate cost of sin, your eternity. That is how Satan always operates. He promised Eve that by eating the forbidden fruit she would not die as God had warned, but, in fact, she'd become a god herself.

"For God knows that in the day that you eat from it your eyes will be open. . . . knowing good and evil." He tempts us: "Why do you set your standard so high? Why are you so prude? Don't be so legalistic. You can get what you want by cutting a corner here, shading the truth there." This same temptation, no doubt, came to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. "Hey, just bow. You don't have to mean it. You don't have to do it in your heart, just bow, and then you can save yourself from dying." Yeah, they knew this would be denying the Lord. Or Daniel, knowing that if he prayed as before, his fate could be death. Better to face that than a compromise. You know the compromise is the most lethal of satanic traps that Satan has in his arsenal. It's perhaps his most effective tool. Just lowering your guard a little bit. Dropping your standard only a notch.

Satan has never come to someone and says, "Hey, do you want to be alone and depressed? Do you want to desire to commit suicide every night? Do you want to lose your family? Do you want to lose your friends? Do you want to feel like your life has no meaning? Satan doesn't do that. Satan comes and says, "Hey, you want to have fun? Come with me. Do this." It's a temptation to lower our standard in order to extend our reach. It's a sin to endanger our integrity in order to enlarge our influence. Graham Scroggie said of compromise: "It prompts us to be silent when we ought to speak out for fear of offending. It prompts us to praise when it is not deserved, to keep people our friends. It prompts us to tolerate sin and not to speak out because to do so might give us enemies."

Temptation's there. Satan's on the prowl. Satan wants to kill us. And now to close, how to resist temptation. You know, I believe the best way to fight temptation, what I said in the very beginning, is to recognize that you're dead. Satan wants to kill you; let him know you're already dead. Satan wants to destroy you; let him know you've already been destroyed. Satan wants to pick you up and pluck you and put you in the palm of his hand; let him know you're already in someone else's hand. Let's contrast this with Romans 6. It says, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace might abound? Certainly not! How shall we who have died to sin live any longer in it? For he who has died has been freed from sin. Likewise you also reckon yourself to be dead to sin, but alive in God through Jesus Christ."

You're dead. Which kind are you? Are you Ephesians 2:1, "dead in trespasses and sin," or are you Romans 6, "dead indeed to sin"? You know, I know you can hear a message like this and say, "You know, that's pretty hopeless, Nate. You basically told me for the rest of my life Satan's going hunt me down. He's going to try to destroy me. He wants to kill me. Okay, I understand that. Satan is a creep and he doesn't like me." It sounds pretty depressing. It sounds pretty hopeless. And this is the part of the message where I'm supposed to insert some spiritual preacher quote. It's not hopeless brothers and sisters. The night is darkest before the day and a new day is coming! Can you see it? That's what I'm supposed to do there. But the truth is sin is hopeless. Sin destroys. Sin murders. Sin rapes. Sin lies. Sin sucks.

It literally sucks the life from you. Whereas, Christ gives life, Christ gives hope, Christ gives joy, Christ gives assurance, Christ gives grace, Christ gives a future. All the things that Satan wants to take from you, Jesus wants to give to you if you'll die to sin and live in Christ. If you truly believe and understand the effects of sin, then belief will inevitably lead to sanctification and holiness, or as John says, "walking in the light." But the opposite is also true. If you're belief is false, your life will not be marked by righteousness, but your life will be marked by sin. And you might be in here tonight and you might be a really good faker. You might be like Judas. None of the apostles thought Judas was who he was. He did the right things. He said the right things. But inside he constantly gave in a little bit more.

He constantly dropped his guard a little bit more until Satan was able to take over the life of Judas. Satan was able to fill the heart of Judas. If your belief is false, your life will be marked by sin. You will continually find yourself taking one step forward and two steps back. You'll be, as John says, "walking in darkness." And, friends, the light has no fellowship with the darkness. Now, again, that doesn't mean it'll be visible. The person sitting next to you right now might never know who you are inside, but Jesus does. You might have your friends fooled. You might have your pastors fooled. But you'll never fool yourself and you'll never fool God. And you might say, "Nate, how could this happen? How is that possible?" Slowly. Sin always starts slowly.

First, it begins with apathy, apathy with where God has you right now. So how do you fight apathy? Contentment. Where does God have you right now? Where does God have you right now? And let me tell you, where you might be right now might really, really, really stink. Where God has you right now might not where God wants to bring you, but it's where you are right now. And in your current situation where you are right now, do you find yourself struggling with apathy, struggling with discontentment? Fight that discontentment, that apathy with contentment given from Jesus Christ. I've used the illustration before, but if you've ever watched a Disney movie and you turn off the movie in the first twenty minutes, those movies are really sad.

Bambi's mom is on the wall of, you know, Duck Dynasty. Right? Aladdin is thrown into a big, giant monster cave. They're all sad. Nemo doesn't have a mom and he's lost in the ocean by himself. Disney movies are pretty sad in the beginning, but there's something great about a Disney movie. You know who directed the movie, and it's Walt Disney. And guess what? Walt Disney does not make sad endings. Walt Disney only makes happy endings. Christian, in your monologue right now, and your movie, which is life, right now, if you turn the TV off, it might end really sad. You might look at where you're at now and say, "How can this be God's plan for my life? Guess what? You know the director. His name is Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ only makes happy endings. He has a future. He has a hope.

He wants to bring you that hope if you trust in him. So don't be scared of what act you're in right now. Look forward to the act which is ahead. It begins with apathy. Then comes the atrophy, the wasting away of your spiritual state. The apathy, the discontentment leads you to stop trying, to stop doing, and then you begin to waste away again. I said Satan's like a lion. He wants to pick you apart till you're just skin and bones. Atrophy. He doesn't want you to go forward. And if you're not going forward, you're going backward. Satan wants to get you to stop. Again, another illustration, I've use it before, but my kids and I every once in a while will take a road trip to visit Nana. That's my wife's mom. And she lives in Orange County, California, the most beautiful place in the entire world.

To get to Orange County, California, you have to drive through Prescott, Arizona, the worst place in the entire world. Like the only cool thing is, like, a fake dinosaur that my son looks at and says, "Hey, it's a dinosaur." And he continues on with whining in the rest of the car ride. My son hates that road trip. And when we're in the middle of the desert, he wants me to stop the car and he wants to get out. If I let him do that, he will waste away in the desert. But if he trusts dad and he trusts that we're going to continue to persevere, we're not going to stop, we're not going to stay where we are, we're going to push forward, then where we're heading is Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth, the best. Doesn't get any better. The same principle is true in our life.

We say, "God, where I'm at is so hard. I'm just going to stop. Just going to rest." God's like, "Don't stop. Where we're going is really, really cool. You just gotta trust me. You gotta trust my plans for you." And, finally, comes the agony, the agony of being stuck in a state of sin. It happens slowly. At least that's how it happened in my life. There have been times in my life where I've been stuck in sin, blind to my own sin. And it never happened immediately, it was a slow progression. It didn't happen overnight, but for a long time there were moments in my life where was stuck in a state of apathy, atrophy, and, finally, agony. So where are you today? Are you dead in sin or are you dead to sin. And as we close, I just want to say this. Do you know what dead things do? Nothing. They don't do anything. They're dead.

Dead things don't fight. Dead things don't complain. They just are dead. And again, you say, "Nate, I can't do it." And, again, I said before, you're right, you can't. You finally get it. You're dead. Stop trying to fight Satan yourself and let God fight for you. When Satan comes knocking at your door, let him know, "Hey, I'm dead to sin. But I've got a buddy in here you might want to meet. His name is Jesus. He's been looking for you." [applause] You're a dead thing, start acting like it. Jesus met Satan on ground that you and I can occupy. He resisted Satan's temptations and so can we. May God help you if you're a true believer to trust his Word, to not be sidetracked by the enemy of your souls. May God help you to not run your spiritual life on cruise control, but rather finish your race.

May he help us resist the subtle, yet powerful trap of compromise. And if you're not a Christian tonight---and when I say you're not a Christian, I don't mean that you've never said a prayer. You might have said a prayer, but you might be sitting here, you are stuck in a state of apathy, atrophy, and it is leading you to agony. To you, check yourself before you wreck yourself. Don't you leave here tonight without knowing that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Maybe you say, "Nate, you know, I'm not ready to do that right now. I'm pretty comfortable. I wonder how comfortable we'll be before we stand before the Lord on judgment day when every knee will bow, when every tongue will confess, when we have to give an answer for our relationship with Christ.

And I know the tendency is to say, "I'll do it later on. I know you're right. I know I'm stuck in sin, but not yet. I just got to wait a little bit longer. I just got to do a few more things, then I'll come to Christ." What if you don't have a chance to do a few more things. What if tonight's your last night? What if tonight on your way home you get hit by a car and you end up standing before Jesus Christ? Will you be ready? You say, "You're right, Nate, but, man, I came with a friend, and I've been doing a really good job of tricking them into thinking that I am a Christian. And if I put my hand up, my cover's blown." Guess what? Your friend doesn't judge the sin in your life, Jesus Christ does that. Your friend didn't die for your sins. You friend can't get you to heaven.

Jesus Christ did that for you and only Jesus Christ can forgive you of that sin and give you a peace that you've never experienced in your entire life. So if you're stuck in your life through a series of giving into temptation through a series of compromise, tonight's the night to get your life right. Tonight's the night to repent and to know---to know that if you were to die, you would go to heaven. Lord, we thank you for your Word. We thank you for the truth that is in it, for what it reveals to us, Lord, for how it changes us and transforms us. And, God, we pray that we would be receptive. I pray for everyone here right now, including myself, Lord. Let us not harden our hearts in moments like these. Let us not say someone else needs to hear this.

Let us realize that we need to hear this, that we need to be changed, that we need to stop pretending and start being real with you and with others. As we're praying right now, if you're in here, your eyes are closed, your head is bowed and you realize right now you need Jesus Christ. Maybe this is a rededication for you and this is going to be the second or third time you've said this prayer. Maybe this is the first time you've said a prayer like this. But if you want to receive Jesus Christ in your life, you want to know that your sins are forgiven, you want to know that when you die you're going go to heaven, I want you to raise up your hand and say, "Nate, pray for me. I need Jesus in my life." Raise up those hands if that's you. Couple of you to the left. Keep them up---over to my left . . . here in the center . . . the back, to my right . . . a few more over here to the far right.

If God's speaking to you right now---in the balcony, I see your hand. If God's speaking to you right now, don't harden your heart. Don't deflect. Let God do what he wants to do. Amen, over here on my far right to the back. A lot of hearts, God's speaking to a lot of hearts. Lord, I thank you for that. I thank you for those hearts and I thank you for the person that is behind those hearts and those hands. God, I pray that you would make them---lead them to make a bold move, a bold step of faith, in your name we pray, amen. Hey, will you just stand. We're going to close in a song. And as we close in this song, as we sing this song out together, if you raised your hand up acknowledging that you need Jesus Christ tonight, I want you to get up from wherever you are. I want you to come down here to the front and say a prayer to accept Jesus Christ in your life.

"Nate, hold on a second. I'm all about the 'eyes closed and the heads bowed" thing. That I can do. Raise my hand up, no one sees me, back down. But you want me to actually go 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? These people here love you. And they're going to show you they love you by cheering for you, by clapping for you, by letting you know that what you're doing is the coolest thing in the entire world. So right now, wherever you are, come down here to the front. Be bold for Jesus Christ. Jesus died publicly on a cross for you. He wasn't ashamed of you. He didn't hang his head for you. Jesus boldly died on a cross for you. He did not take the easy way out.

Jesus could have given into that temptation. He could have said, "Yeah, I will take the easy way out." But he took the hard way. Don't take the easy way out. If Jesus is speaking to you right now, we're going to sing this song together as a church. And as we do, you come down here and you get your life right with Jesus. Let's sing together. You come. [worship music playing] I saw more hands raised, so I know there's more people that God's speaking to right now. And I'm going to give you a second. Maybe you didn't raise your hand, but you know you need to be here. You do it. You make the same decision. You know, people talk all the time with what they've got to give up to come to God. "I've got to give it up."

You've got to give up a lot. You've got to give up your shame. You've got to give up your sadness. You've got to give up your despair. You've got to give up the tragedies in your life. You've got to give up the baggage, the addictions. You've got to give up a lot of stuff, but God's going to give you a lot of stuff back. He's going to give you in place of that tragedy, joy. He's going to give you in place of that addiction, sanctification and freedom through Jesus Christ. Let me tell you, you're getting the better end of the bargain. And, number one, let me tell you what you're giving up---you're giving up hell and you're gaining heaven. And that is a good deal, friends. In business terms that is a deal you do not want to refuse. And so, if you're still waiting, I wonder what's holding you back?

What is it that's holding you back? What is it that's keeping you from going forward. This is your moment. And we'll wait for you if God is speaking to you. We're going to sing this through. You come. Maybe your friend next to you will come with you, but they just need the boldness, that encouragement of someone else doing it. So, if God is speaking to you right now, stop delaying. This could be your night to get your life right with Christ. [worship song continues to play] Amen, amen. You come. If God's speaking to your heart, you come. There's always room at the cross. Amen. Now we're going to pray right now with those who have come forward. I've already kept you guys here longer than I should have, but to be fair, my mic went out, so I'm going to blame it on that.

Um, we're going pray right now with those who have come forward. We're not going to sing anymore. We're not going to drag this out, but I always like to throw the net out one last time, because I believe there's those people who wait for that one last moment. Maybe you're late for everything. You're late for work. You're late to turn in your taxes. Better get on that. You're late for everything in life. Don't be late for this appointment. This is one appointment you do not want to miss. And so before we close, is there anyone else right now in your heart you know you need to do this? This can be the start of a whole new life for you. Is there anyone else before we pray who wants to come forward and accept Jesus Christ? Now's your time. Anyone else? Amen, amen. [applause]

God's speaking and it's not just her time, it could still be your time. Last call. Amen. Praise the Lord. Amen. Well, right now I consider it the greatest privilege in the entire world to lead you in a prayer to accept Jesus Christ, because what we're witnessing right now is the most incredible thing that we could ever witness; and that is, souls being transformed and changed. We're seeing people come forward who now we know we're going to see in heaven. And that is unique. That is special. And that's why we're clapping for you. That's why we're cheering for you, because we're excited. We're excited that you're part of the family. And so I'm going to say a prayer, and as I say this prayer, I want you guys to just come around. I want you to repeat these words after me.

And there's nothing magical about this prayer. You're not going say this prayer and all of a sudden, you know, like, you [indiscernible] or anything. It's just a simple prayer from your heart to Jesus Christ acknowledging you're a sinner, acknowledging that you have messed up, but believing that Jesus Christ paid the price for those sins, asking him to come into your life to forgive you and to give you new life. So if you're over here on the wings, I'm going to ask you guys to come in. Let's just come in, a little group circle. I don't have cooties. I won't bite you. Let's say this prayer together.

Lord, I acknowledge that I'm a sinner. I acknowledge that I messed up. That I've done things that have hurt you. But, Lord, I believe that you died for those things and I believe that you rose from the dead. So, Lord, I ask you to come into my life. Forgive me of my sin. I turn from my old life and I turn to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Give me the hope and knowledge that when I die, I'll go to heaven, and help me to walk with you, in Jesus' name I pray, amen. Let's give these guys a round of applause. [cheers and applause]

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

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

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Rise of the Cults
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Colossians 2:6-10
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Mark Macallister
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China by Mark Macallister from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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Dr. J. Vernon McGee from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/2/1989
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3 Keys to Discipleship
Hebrews 10:35-38
George Sanchez
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3 Keys To Discipleship - Hebrews 10:35-38 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/9/1989
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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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Running The Race - Hebrews 12:1-3 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/30/1989
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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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
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
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
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
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
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
John Miller
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Guest Speaker John Miller from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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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
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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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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4/2/2006
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Does God Speak Today?
Psalms 19
Scott Richards
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Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?
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4/5/2006
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Behavior vs. Bravado
1 John 2:3-11
Dave Row
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Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.
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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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Easter Sunrise Service 2006
Ryan Dobson
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Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.
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4/19/2006
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Will the real believer please stand up?
1 John 2:18-29
Dave Row
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Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?
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The Power of a Resurrected Life
Philippians 3:10
Dave Row
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What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.
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4/26/2006
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The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
1 John 3:1-9
Dave Row
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How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.
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4/30/2006
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The Doctrine of Recompense
Jeremiah 38
Pancho Juarez
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Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.
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5/3/2006
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The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
1 John 3:10-24
Dave Row
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Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.
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5/7/2006
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Will You Go Away
John 6:60-69
David Rosales
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We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?
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5/10/2006
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True or False, You Must Decide
1 John 4:1-6
Dave Row
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How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.
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5/14/2006
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Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
2 Timothy 1:5
Dave Row
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Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.
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5/17/2006
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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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5/24/2006
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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5/28/2006
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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6/4/2006
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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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
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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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3/15/2009
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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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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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11/3/2010
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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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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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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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Uprising of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Nate Heitzig
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 People are constantly finding new causes to rally behind, but we can't change society then expect people to get better. In fact, Jesus claimed the opposite—people must change before society can get better—and He demonstrated that by loving the unlovable and caring for the rejected. Pastor Nate Heitzig challenges us to be part of the uprising of love as he explains what that means and how we can live it out.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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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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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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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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7/15/2015
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
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In this special interview with Free Burma Rangers founder Dave Eubank, we hear about his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. Dave also shares about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
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8/16/2015
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The War against Worry
Philippians 4:6-8
Kevin Miller
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Worry goes to war against our faith every day. Life’s "what ifs" will beat us down and steal our attention if we let them. Thankfully, God’s Word gives us a tutorial on how to flip the script and go to war against the worry in our lives.
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9/30/2015
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The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond
Ken Mansfield
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In this special message, Ken Mansfield shares his testimony of going from being the U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records to being broken, humbled, and eventually saved by the Lord later in life. Looking back on his thirty years in the music industry, Ken encourages us to see how God weaves the events and circumstances of our lives together to ultimately bring Him glory.
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10/11/2015
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Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ
1 Corinthians 3:5-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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In this teaching, Dr. Erwin Lutzer discusses three aspects of the judgment seat of Christ—God’s fair, individual, and thorough evaluation of believers.
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10/25/2015
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Through the Eyes of a Lion
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Levi Lusko
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Lions have spectacular vision, and they are better at processing light than humans. We need to become better at processing light, opening the pupils of our soul so we can see God's plan, purposes, promises, and presence even in the midst of our problems and pain. In this message, Levi Lusko gives us four ways to see life through the telescope of faith—through the eyes of a lion.
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11/11/2015
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Standing Up in a Fallen World
Matthew 5:3-12
Nate Heitzig
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We live in a fallen and corrupt world: boundaries are being pushed further, headlines are more shocking, and moral lines are becoming more blurred. As believers, we can respond by either passively complaining about it or by standing up for the gospel. In this message from Nate Heitzig, we look at the Beatitudes, learning how to live a sanctified life in the midst of moral decay and increasing persecution.
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11/29/2015
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Genesis 13
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Sometimes one decision can lead to a multitude of bad decisions. Unfortunately, that was the case for Abraham's nephew, Lot. Teaching from Genesis 13, Franklin Graham explains the devastating effects of sin and its highest consequence—being separated from God. He also explains how we can rest in the truth that Christ came and died to save us from our sin.
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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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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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8/10/2016
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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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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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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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10/21/2017
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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 comparing it to other historical texts from the same time periods.
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