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Standing Up in a Fallen World - Matthew 5:3-12

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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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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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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.

Lord God, we become before you this evening excited and filled with anticipation for what you're going to share with us. God we pray that you would open up our hearts and our minds, that as we hear your word and receive your Word, God, that you would speak into our hearts and into the recesses of our lives.

God, I pray that you will help us to take a long, hard look at who we are, who we are at our core, God, what your desire, what your will is for our lives, to go deeper, to climb higher, to do something bigger than what we've yet to see. And so God I pray you would use this time to speak wondrous truths into our lives.

And Lord we pray for Pastor Skip. We just pray that you hand would be upon him. We pray that you will take away whatever stomach flu, whatever thing is going on within his body Lori petty your hand would be upon him and that this weekend he'll come with a renewed fire in his bones, a renewed vigor to preach the Word. In your name we pray, amen.

Turn in your bibles to Matthew chapter five. We're going to be verses 3 through 12 tonight for a message that I've titled "Standing up in a fallen world." I don't think it would be any stretch to say that we live in a fallen world. Could you guys agree with that? We live in a very fallen world.

It seems like every year the boundaries get pushed a little bit further. The crimes become a bit more shocking. The headlines become more depressing. And the moral line becomes a little bit more blurred.

All you have to do is take a look at this year's news headlines. I did a little search today of the most popular news headlines of 2015 so far, and here's the top headlines. Glamour magazine name's Bruce Jenner Woman of the Year.

Talk about a wide category. 57% of the population could have that award and they took away the one qualification, which is an XX chromosome, they took that away and they give it to someone else talk about moral relativism.

Another headline this year. Hacked data from Ashley Madison cheating site is released. Bill Cosby pays women to keep affairs secret. And Obama says gay marriage ruling is a victory for America.

We live in interesting times as our culture. We live in an interesting period within history, a period in which we can truly see the depravity of man. We realize we live in a fallen and corrupt world, and we can recognize with certainty that Christ is coming soon. We can realize that we are in this time period of which the Bible speaks.

Let me tell you something. It's only going to get worse. I know that there should be some hopeful message like it's really going to get better. If we push through it, things are going to get better. But the reality is that we know the ending and we know that things are going to get worse.

Romans 3:10 through 18 continues to mark humanity in what it says, that "No one is righteous, not even one. No one is wise. no one is seeking God. All have turned away all have become useless. No one does good. Not a single one.

Their talk is foul like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don't know where to find peace. They have no fear of God at all."

What an accurate description of this day and age. I read an article online. It 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. Americans have redefined morality. We have redefined what's OK to do and what is not OK to do.

The article continues to say researchers asked adults which, if any, of eight behaviors with moral overtones they engaged in during the past week. The 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 a majority of adults had engaged in at least one of those eight behaviors during the past week. And here are some of the findings from their poll. 65% admitted to using profanity in public. 38% had engaged in sex outside of marriage. 37% had lied. 33% had admitted to intentional exposure to pornography. And 25% had gotten drunk.

The article continued to say that these results reflect a shift in American life. "We're witnessing the development and acceptance of a new moral code within America." And It said that Mosaics have had little exposure to traditional moral teaching and limited accountability for behavior.

The moral code began to disintegrate when the generation before them, the Baby Busters push the limits that had been challenged by their parents, the Baby Boomers. The result is that without much fanfare or visible leadership, the US has created a moral system based on convenience, feelings, and selfishness.

The consistent deterioration of the Bible as the source of moral truth has led to a nation where people have become independent judges over right and wrong, basing their choices, basing their feelings on circumstances.

And the article said this, and this really struck home, "It is not likely that America will return to a more traditional moral code until the nation experiences significant pain from its moral choices."

Talk about a biblical prophecy becoming a modern reality. You know what that significant pain will be? A significant pain will be judgment, the final judgment where God will no longer tolerate sin, and He will destroy the Earth not by water but by fire. That is the pain to which we are going to explain it's as a nation that will bring us to our knees.

And I got to tell you something, I believe that we're already in it. The Bible, talking about judgment, always says that the first part of the judgment of God is when God gives them over to the desires of their heart. When God gives them over to those desires, we're already in the judgment.

And based on that article, based on the reality of where we are as a culture, I think it would be safe to say that we as a culture have been given over to the desires of our heart. All you have to do is look at the shift in the fact that the overarching majority of the nation ratifies and agrees with sin rather than righteousness.

There's no doubt that we live in a fallen world, but my question is how do we stand up? Because I think there's two responses to living in a fallen world. You can either say, oh my gosh, the world so broken. It's so fallen. Everything's bad. I'm just going to sit in my house and be a pacifist and read the Bible and wear my What Would Jesus Do bracelet and pretend like everything's OK until Jesus Christ comes and burns it all, and then I'll go to heaven.

That's one reaction. I don't think it's the right one. The other reaction is to stand up in a fallen world. Say. You know what? The world is fallen, but I'm going to make sure that I can bring as many people as I can with me to heaven before the world ends. I'm going to bring as many people as I can into a relationship with Christ before Christ comes back and judges the world.

I'm not going to be a passive Christian sitting in the backseat saying, oh my goodness, I can't believe we're going this direction. Instead, I'm going to be an active Christian. I'm going to be a part of my faith. I'm going to do what Christ called me to do. And I will stand up in a fallen world. And I will see that to the best of my ability those around me are going to go to heaven with me.

And that is the appropriate response.

[APPLAUSE]

And so tonight we're going to look at how we as Christians can stand up in a fallen world. Tonight we're going to look at the final beattitude in the Sermon on the Mount. That beattitude ends with this, "Happy are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake." Before we look at that beattitude, I want to show you a clear progression through the beattitudes. The beattitudes, to me, are one of the finest concise sermons that has ever been preached in the entire world.

Obviously was preached by Jesus Himself, so it's got to be good. But within the Sermon on the Mount you have this power-pack section that we call the beattitudes. It's a simple 12 verses, and yet these verses reveal such truth with into our lives.

As we see this progression starts with, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." This is the point of entry into the Sermon on the Mount. This is where personal happiness is found, in seeing myself is I really am. Sinful, in need of God's help. Poor in spirit.

Which leads me to the next one, "Blessed are they that mourn," or as we've said before, "How happy are the unhappy." And that is to say seeing ourselves as we really are, poor in spirit, we mourn over our condition to make the necessary changes. Godly sorrow leads to repentance that we need in order live righteous lives.

That continues on to "Blessed are the meek." After I've seen myself in a new light, I begin to respond differently to who I am. This is not weakness. But rather meekness is power under constraint. No longer demanding my rights, but thinking of the needs of others. Meekness.

Continues on and says, "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness." As I've gone through this process, I have new priorities in my life. I have a hunger and thirst to know and to live for God, not to live for the world.

And that leads to, "Blessed are the merciful." As I no longer have the holier-than-thou attitude, I develop a new sense of God's mercy as I have been so richly blessed and given the grace that Christ has given to me.

The beattitudes is a progression. One leads to the next. And those beattitudes lead us to this verse there will be looking at this evening, bringing us to this wonderful beattitude. Look at verse eight of Matthew chapter five. Verse eight says, "Happy are the pure in heart."

Now this, too, of course, is the result of what has happened earlier. As we as Christians mourn over our condition, as we realize the reality of sin, the depravity of sin, as we realize the impurity of our heart and repent, we recognize that the heart is deceitful above all things. Desperately wicked. Who can know it? We cry out like David, "Create in me a clean heart, oh God."

You know this is a really important aspect within the Christian life, within life in general. This is what separates those who know of God and those who know God. It's one thing to know of God. It's one thing to realize that, yeah, the Bible's true. Yeah, there is a Jesus. Yeah, there is a God. Yeah, there is a heaven and hell. That's knowing of God.

But to know God takes it to a deeper level where it becomes a personal desire to create in me a clean heart. And this is an important distinction, because the heart is incredibly important within scripture because the heart is the center of our personality. The heart is the center a bar will. It's the center our emotions. It includes our thinking process. In Proverbs were told, "As a man thinks in his heart, so he is."

Let me begin by asking a question tonight. If the heart is who you are, who are you? Ask yourself that right now. Who are you? Not my name is so and so and I have this job and I live in this Zip code and I'm married to this person. But really, who are you? Deep inside, in your heart, who are you?

Not who do your friends think you are, not who do you want to be, but tonight, here and now, who are you at your core? How can you find out who you are? Well, what do you think about? It's a good indication.

What do you do when no one's looking? What do you want? What do you desire? Here's a really revealing question. If there were no consequences or judgment from other people, would you be the same person that you are right now? If there were no consequences for your action.

Jesus asked a group of Pharisees, "Why are you thinking evil in your heart?" You know the world today puts an emphasis on the outward, but Jesus always focuses on the inward. Some people become so obsessed with the outward. Not only with their outward, but with other people's outward.

And this was the sin of the Pharisees. Not just thinking about themselves and making sure that they were keeping the letter of the law and that they looked good and that they washed their hands and wore nice clothes. They were worried about other people doing the same.

And it was a level of hypocrisy, a level of not really looking at what mattered, but only looking at that which didn't matter. And Christ is always more concerned with what's going on inside our lives, on who we are really, not on what's going on the outside.

The writer of Proverbs had long ago stated, "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life." See this is not a new truth, just the rediscovery of an old one. A truth that is lost in each culture. The problem that caused God to destroy the Earth was a heart problem.

Again, in Genesis 6:5 it says, "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the Earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually." The issue wasn't as much as to what they were doing, but to what their heart was doing.

What happens when a factory is bad is that that factory will only produce bad products. The issue isn't the products. The issue is the factory. Take the whole scandal it was going on with Volkswagen a while ago. The issue wasn't so much the product that they had created with the EPA. Issue was the factory that had purposed to create that product. And that became the issue, not the product. It was the factory that had created the product.

When you have a bad factory that's creating a bad product, the issue that needs to be solved is not the product, it's the factory. Because from the factory flows the product.

And so when we look at the human life, when we look at the human condition and sin, sometimes we can become so focused on the sin, on the issue, when the real issue isn't the sin, it's the heart, because the heart is producing the sin.

This is why it doesn't matter if you come to church and change all the things on the outside and you become a better person. Becoming a better person won't save you. What will save you is by having a heart change. But also keep in mind that by having a heart change you're going to see your behavior change. The two are part and parcel.

You can't experience a heart change and not also have a life change. If your heart is truly changed, then the product that is flowing out of your life will be grace, peace, truth, mercy, love, understanding, gentleness, kindness. You will not be quick to anger. What will flow out of your factory will be good things, not bad things.

And so that's why I ask you, who are you not what do you do? Not are you a good person? Not do you do good Things but who are you inside? What's going on inside your life is what matters.

When you get down to it, all of our problems boil down to what is happening inside our heart. And that is where God concentrates His work. And this seems to be something that is lacking today, purity. Romans 16:19 says, "But I want you to be wise about what is good. I want you," here it is, "to be innocent about what is evil." Or from the Greek, "I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless as to what is evil."

Think about this in the framework of modern culture, pop culture. Some people know more about Miley Cyrus and her twerk than about Jesus and His work. They know more about the relationship of Jay Z and Beyonce than they do about the relationship of Jesus with humanity.

It seems our culture there are more true Beliebers than true believers. Some people spend more time reading the trash in People, Time, and Rolling Stone than they do the teachings of Philippians, Timothy, and Romans. They know more about the rich and the famous than they do about the righteous and the faithful.

The world today knows far more than we need to about the things that are evil and far less than we need to about the things that are holy. Look, Miley Cyrus doesn't care about your eternal destiny. Jay Z and Beyonce can't give you peace and joy despite what life brings.

Justin Bieber didn't die for your sins, and he certainly can't forgive you of them. People, Time, and Rolling Stone fill your head with useless gossip about the latest celebrity relationships and fashion faux pas, but they don't hold the words of life and truth.

This world does not purify our heart. This world corrupts our heart. And yet, we look to the world for help with love, for help with our issues. But what has the world figured out so far?

Well, Taylor Swift is still looking for a love story but, all she has so far as a blank space. Justin Bieber is just looking for somebody to love, but I don't even think he knows what he means. Sara Bareilles will not write you a love song, so you better not ask her. And somewhere out there Beyonce is drunk in love, whatever that means.

Purity of heart sounds like something that is impossible to achieve in the world today. But you need to know that it's attainable. Otherwise, Jesus never would have promised it. So what exactly is it? Purity is a word that means "without hypocrisy," or "single." It's a single-minded methodology.

Later we will read the words of Jesus on the same idea when He says this, "If your eye is good," single, "your whole body will be full of life. But if your eye is bad," which is double-visioned, "your whole body will be filled with darkness."

To be single or to be pure means that you as a believer in Jesus Christ have a single-minded devotion for God. As the psalmist wrote, "Unite my heart to fear your name."

And double-mindedness is a real snare within the life of the believer. And we've all experienced it. Before I get too deep into it, I want you to understand and I want to know that every one of us, whether we're going to be honest with ourselves or not, deal with this on a daily basis.

We're in good company. Paul had the same struggle when he said, "That which I want to do, I don't do, and that which I do, I don't want to do." It's a double-minded behavior where you want to do something, but you find that you're not doing it because you're getting pulled by the world standards of right and wrong.

We want to serve the Lord and follow the world at the same time. We want one foot in the church and one foot in the world. We want eternal life, but we also want to live our own lives. We want the appearance of righteousness, but we also want to have sex and get drunk or go to parties or use foul language or lie, steal and cheat to get what we want.

In essence, we want to go to heaven, but we want to live like hell on the way there. It's a double-minded behavior, saying, you know what, Lord? I want all the benefits of salvation, but I don't want the lifestyle to match it.

It's a daily struggle. It's a struggle we all have. It's a struggle I have. It's a struggle that I experience. It's a struggle that we all deal with on a daily basid-- the desire to live holy lives but the pull of an unholy world.

We at times are double-minded, the epitome of hypocrisy, lukewarm. Matthew 6:24, Jesus says this, "No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other. Or he will hold to the one and despise the other." when you serve two masters, when you serve God in the world, God becomes a roadblock to you living life the way you want to. And although you might be able to for a time have one foot in the church and one foot in the world, eventually you're going to hit a block where you begin to view Jesus as a roadblock to you doing what you want to do. He'll become a hindrance to you living the life that you want to live.

You'll begin to despise your master, which is Jesus Christ, because you're trying to serve the world. And Jesus says, no you can't do that. And you'll say, well, but I'm happy. But I really love that person. But I really, sincerely desire to do this. And there's nothing wrong with it because it's just sincere, it's from my heart.

And you'll begin to despise God. You'll begin to rewrite scripture to fit your own methodology, to fit your own views. You'll begin to despise one to cling to the other.

I hope that the thing in our lives that we despise and cling to is the other way around. I hope that we took place in our lives where we despise sin or we despise the world. And instead we run from sin, we run from the world, and we cling to Christ.

I pray that that would be our desire. That we would be driven from the bondage and the slavery of sin. And we would be embraced in the servitude and the bond servant relationship of Jesus Christ, where we willingly come and say, Lord, I no longer want to be a slave to sin. I want to be a slave to Christ.

Because within that slavery to Christ, there's true freedom. Freedom that the world can't understand. Freedom that the world can't comprehend. A freedom that will help us sleep better at night as we lay our head our pillow and realize that we're going to heaven. That no matter what happens within our lives, that we have an eternal destiny that is marked and sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and that nothing can take that away.

We'll have a peace and a joy that the world can't experience as we flee from sin and cling to Christ. James puts the same truth in another way, where he says, "Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

Now before you take that too far and Christians say, well, that means I can't be friends with any non-believers. No, it doesn't say you can't have friendships with people in the world. Friendship with the world. What it's speaking of is the ideology of the world.

Think of this as your foundation within your life. Think of this as your worldview. You can't have a worldview of Christ and have a friendship with the worldview of the world. Doesn't work, because the worldview of the world is at enmity with the worldview of Jesus Christ. The two are not interchangeable. You cannot marry the two together.

So in order to be friends with God, to have the worldview and the mindset of Christ, we cannot be friends with the worldview of the modern culture, the modern day and age.

At one time or another, we face the struggle within our own lives. As I said before, but I'll quote the full verse, Romans chapter seven verse 15, 21, and 25.

"For that which I am doing, I do not understand. For I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I'm doing the very thing I hate. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. So then on the one hand I find myself with my mind I'm serving the law of God, but on the other hand, with my flash the law of sin."

The answer to this double-minded dilemma that Paul speaks of is to realize that you're in it and to get out of it. I know it sounds really simple but it really is.

I read a story online about-- get ready for it-- gravy wrestling. I'm not making this up. These people literally wrestle around in giant pools of gravy while wearing Speedos. Now I don't know about you, but if this was my life at some point I would stop and say, wow, what am I doing? My life is depressing. Let me tell you, the only thing that should be covered in gravy is turkey, and preferably not in a Speedo.

But the answer to gravy wrestling is a very simple answer, and it's the same answer to double mindedness. Realize what you're doing. Realize what you're in and get out of it. Man, I'm covered in gravy and I'm wearing a Speedo. Done with that. I'm putting on clothes like a normal person and not wrestling around in pools of gravy.

I'm a double-minded Christian. I'm living a life it is contrary to what the Bible says. I'm stuck in a place where I'm covered in sin but I'm smiling church. I'm done with it. I'm getting out of that. I'm washing myself in the blood of Christ and I'm no longer going to live that lifestyle.

It's a decision.

[APPLAUSE]

It's a decision that we make within our hearts. The first step to that decision is justification, realizing our need for Jesus Christ. Realizing our depravity as mankind and coming forward and giving our lives to Jesus Christ.

The second part to that, which is just as important and we all know it, is sanctification. Which, you know what? I really wish sanctification was an instant process, but it's not. It's a continual process.

It's a daily struggle. It's a daily fight, whereby the believer, you and I, are constantly evaluating and looking at our lives and seeing the areas in which we are not yet pleasing God. And cleansing those areas, getting ourselves out of it, and getting ourselves in to the righteousness of Christ.

It's a daily process. And so what that means is that you can't take any days off. It means you can't wake up one day and say, you know what? I'm feeling pretty sanctified today, so I'm going to relax. I'm going to take it easy. I'm going to put it in neutral.

Sanctification always needs to be in drive. Every day when we wake up we need to say, Lord, what is it that you want me to do within my life? How do you want me to cleanse my life? What areas am I not pleasing you yet? Not because my works are going to save me, but because your works saved me and now I want to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to you, which is my reasonable service.

So that when the world looks at my life, they can see you through my life. They can see your works through my works. And they can in turn to glorify your name. So that all honor and glory can be given to God.

[APPLAUSE]

That's what we're called to do. My wife and I had a conversation this week where we said, hey, what are some areas in our life that we need to continue to give over to God? And we have this conversation every couple months, because we always want to, as a couple, see if there's any areas in our life that are falling, any areas in our life that we have a blind spot to, and that we as a couple can help one another see.

And so I'll have an honest conversation where I'll say, honey, what are some areas in my life you think I need to do better at? And then she'll ask me the same question, what are some areas of my life that you think I need to do better at?

Now a lot of you husbands and wives are like, I wish I could say that to my wife or husband. I think it's important that we have an open form of dialogue, not just with our self but with others, about where we need improvement, about where we need growth, where we need strength. Because if we don't do that, eventually we'll get in a place where enough junk is piled on the top of our life that it is really hard to pull it off and get to the bottom of it because we're too far under.

And what happens then is what that open illustration says. We have to come to a place of pain and brokenness where God breaks us and then rebuilds us back up. And God will do that, but let me tell you, it's not pleasant.

And so you can wait until that happens, but it's going to hurt. It's going to be painful. It's going to be way more painful than asking somebody close to you, hey, do you see any blind spots in my life? Do you see any areas that I need to grow in? That hurts, but it doesn't hurt nearly as bad as being confronted with your sin by God when He brings you to your knees.

So let's get into a place as Christians where we have a constant dialogue with ourselves and others of how we can be more sanctified within our relationship with Christ. James 4:8 perfectly sums up the simple process that is so difficult for us. It says, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

James makes it sound so easy. Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts, done. Let's find that place in our lives where we're constantly doing that. Verse eight says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

And I love the Greek meaning here, because it literally means within the Greek language that they shall be continuously seeing God for themselves. Not like you see your friend that hey, it was good to see today, bye. But they will continuously see God. They will live in a constant state of seeing God with their eyes focused, a single-minded vision on God and who He is.

The barriers are removed and you begin to hear His voice and His hand on your life. If you're stuck in a place where you say, man, I feel like I haven't heard God's voice in a long time, the first place to look at your heart.

Because if you haven't heard the voice of God in a long time or you feel like you haven't seen the work or the hand of God within your life, the chances are very great that there is something within your life that is a barrier to your relationship with God. There is something blocking your relationship with God.

There are sins, there are things that are piled high upon your life because you didn't take the time to remove them and it is blocking your relationship with God. You have truly a spiritual cap because the sin is weighing you down. And so if you want to see God, have a pure heart.

With a thankful heart for all that God has done for us, it then becomes our desire to share our faith with others. Roman 10:15 says, "And how shall they preach, except that they be sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.'"

And this is really what leads us to the final beattitude. When we get to a place in our lives where we're taking part in sanctification, where we are having a pure heart and a deep relationship with God, and the world sees that, the world is going to have one of two responses to your holiness, to your righteousness.

Either they will glorify your Father in heaven by seeing your good works and righteousness, or they will persecute you for your good works and righteousness. And that's what leads us to the final one, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake." It is because we are peacemakers or like Christ that we are persecuted.

Consider what Jesus said in John 15:18, "If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you."

So if you are like God, you will at some point experience persecution. You will at some point be ridiculed. You will at some point be tried for your faith in Jesus Christ. Because you're not greater than your master. And if Jesus Christ was persecuted, you will be persecuted.

Think of it like this way. Do we have any football fans in here? OK, we have any Raiders fans? Keep my eye on you guys. When you're a football fan or a Raiders fan-- my out brother-in-law's a Raiders fan-- and you go to some of those games, it can get pretty scary. If you're a fan of another team, any other team, it can be a pretty scary.

Because the servant is not greater than as master. And if the Raiders hate every other team, the Raiders fans typically don't like other fans. Because it becomes a pretty territorial sport.

Now this is not just the case with Raiders fans. This is the case with any fan. It goes into baseball as well. You know you're a Dodgers fan, you're going to have enmity with other sports teams. It's just the way that your life is going to be being a Dodgers fan or Yankees fan or any fan. Unless you're an Angels fan, then God really shines His face upon you and you have favor and mercy and peace and everyone's going to love you.

But a servant is not greater than his master. And this is the mentality that we have with the world. Think of being on the team of Jesus, like being the fan or being a part of a really great sports team. And think of Satan and the world system as being part of another sports team that's probably going to lose in that game.

Well that team that's going to lose really doesn't like that they're going to lose. They're really mad that they're going to lose because they've been cheering for the wrong team for a long time. And so that when they see the home team come in and bring out the win and secure the win, they're going to get really mad about it.

And they're going to get really frustrated about it. Because they just look at you as a part of that system that they hate and that has defeated them. And so when the world sees our good works, when the world hears our message of grace and truth that says, hey, Jesus Christ loves you and you can go to heaven if you accept Him, but they don't want to accept them because they want to live within their world system.

And so by the nature of you telling them that if they accept Christ they can go to heaven, they realized that they don't accept Christ they're going to go to hell. And they don't like that. Because that means it going to lose, and that's not funding hear. And so the world is at enmity with Jesus.

You know this is an area of the Christian life that most people would love to avoid, a subject that many of us don't want to face or perhaps dismiss as a phenomenon that happens to believers elsewhere, but not here.

And so we think of persecution is the Foxe's Book of Martyrs, and that only happens there. And we in our culture can be very desensitized to what persecution is. Maybe you think that persecution is something that only happened a long time ago. That it's like the slave trade. If you don't talk about it, you'll be OK. Or maybe you think that it only happens in foreign countries. Come on people, it's not the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower. Is not a monument stuck in one place. It's everywhere.

Or perhaps you don't know much about it at all. But persecution isn't the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, and pretending that is not there won't make it go away. Let's be honest, nobody wants to be persecuted. Nobody wakes up in the morning hoping to be mocked and ridiculed.

And yet God has made us a promise that "all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." How many does it say? All. Does it say some? No, it says all. Does it say only those who live in other countries? No, it says all. All true believers in Jesus Christ will experience persecution.

Now that doesn't mean they're going to be martyred for your faith, but that might I mean you don't get a job that you are applying for because the person, whether he tells you or not, see that you're a Christian and he doesn't want that inside his office.

Or it might mean that at school you get picked on by a professor because you believe in what he calls a myth, and so he picks on you. Or it might mean that you're a Christian business owner and you own a cake store and you get picked on because you refuse to make a cake for a wedding that you believe is not honoring in the sight of God. And so you get persecuted.

Or it could mean, like a football team in Georgia, that their coach had given is heart to Jesus Christ and he want to get baptized. And so he decided the best place to get baptized would be on the field. And so he called the pastor and the pastor came out to the field at the school and this coach got baptized in front of his team. And in doing so, the team got inspired and many of the team gave their life to Jesus Christ and also got baptized.

And then an organization who is very much known for targeting attacking Christians heard about this and sued the school by saying that a public representation of the school they coached could not identify with Christianity in front of his teammates. At some point in your life, you will be persecuted. You will experience enmity with the world.

There is an increasingly hostile attitude that's developing towards Christians and the gospel today. Every week I hear of a new case of the banning of some cross or religious symbol, or not allowing prayer in some public setting, or restricting the rights of Christians to worship, or trying to force Christians to do things they're not supposed to do.

There is an assault, church, on the Judeo-Christian view of marriage, family, and morality. And maybe you've experienced that persecution at school, at work, from your family, your friends. And add to this the consistent ridiculing and villainization of Christians and preachers in the media such as movies and television. In the name of tolerance, people seem to be tolerating and even pushing every behavior and practice except Christianity.

The view today is, hey, tolerate everything except Christianity. It boggles my mind that Christianity seems be the only religion that college professors go out of their way to try and combat.

If a college professor were to go out of their way to try to combat Islam, I think we'd probably hear about in the news. And it would be a huge rights issue, and they would say, how dare they talk about Muslims in that way? Or if a professor were to go out of his way to talk about Buddhism or a Jewish view or a Jewish faith, man, it would be all over the news. It would be everywhere.

And yet, it seems that college professors and people everywhere can discriminate against Christianity and can talk bad about Christianity and no one blinks an eye. And you know what? It's not just Christians the realize it.

Do you know that one of the most profound atheists comments on it and realized the same thing. A guy named Bill Maher, who has a television show on HBO, he commented on that fact that Christianity is not held in the same letter or to the same standards as other religions. And that it's picked on by other religions in a way that others are not.

And to me it's only proof of what Jesus said, is that we would be persecuted for righteousness' sake. Now sadly, sometimes this hostility is being brought on by ill-conceived activities and actions of well-meaning but very misled believers.

Let me tell you something. The gospel is offensive enough on its own. You don't need to try to make it more offensive. And some believers try to make the gospel a more offensive than it needs to be. And so they hold rallies and they hold signs that says God hates sinners.

And that's part of why we as a church this past year did what I believe is one of the most profound series in our church history, and that is that Jesus loves people. And we rallied around the fact that the church should be a safe place for sinners to come. The church should be a place that people can come and feel loved and can feel cared for.

Because the message of Jesus Christ is a message of love, that God so loved the world that He gave his only Son. It's not a message the God so hated to the world so He judged the world before they ever got a chance to repent. God loved the world, and so He gives us that chance to repent.

And finally, added to that are the bizarre antics of people that are not believers at all, but are actually nothing more than lunatics and ripoff artists from the word and they take their activities in the name of Jesus Christ and quote the Bible as well and bring a bad name to Christians.

And yet here Jesus is telling us, happy, to be envied and spiritually prosperous are the persecuted. In fact the word "blessed" is used twice to emphasize the generous blessing given by God to the persecuted.

Jesus is in essence saying, doubly blessed are the persecuted. And yet, persecution is dreaded by most believers, to be avoided at all costs. But the bottom line is that if we are the people that God wants us to be, we will be persecuted. Why? Because righteousness is confrontational, even when it's not preached in so many words.

Righteousness, by its very nature, confronts wickedness and contrasts itself with wickedness. John 3:20 says, "Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."

First John 2:4 says, "He who says I know Him and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him." First John 3:8 says, "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil is in from the beginning." That's offensive. "For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. In this, the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother."

Newsflash, church. That is offensive. And if you tell someone that, it'll probably tick them off. Go tell a non-believer that he who sins is of the devil, and that the devil is sin from the beginning and at the Son of Man was manifested so that He could destroy the works of the devil. In essence, saying, hey, the Son of God came to the destroy the works of the devil and the works of the devil are-- oh, sorry. It's not politically correct.

The gospel is offensive. But guess what? Hell's more offensive. As I said before, within a Christian life we need to be confronted with the offense of our sin as well. And I said that it can hurt when the wounds of a friend strike you and tell you that you have a blind spot in your life and that need to grow, that you need to be sanctified a little bit more.

That can hurt. But it hurts far more to wait until that sin piles up and you hit the bottom and you've got to rebuild your life in Christ.

Well, the same is true within the worldly standards, but unfortunately the penalty in the worldly standards is far greater. And it's offensive to be told that you're a sinner, but it's way more offensive for Jesus Christ to tell you a sinner when you stand before Him on Judgment Day and He says, "Depart for me, I never knew you. You who practice lawlessness."

That's offensive. There's no recovery from that offense. We share with them the offense of the gospel so they don't have to experience the offense of hell. Noah prepared an ark to save his family by which he condemned the world. How? By is faith, by building the ark. It exposed and confronted their unbelief.

Our godly lifestyle exposes others' ungodly lifestyle. Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to being bring peace on Earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I've come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother. A man's enemies will be those of his own household."

This is painful, but when we live a godly lifestyle, the first people that it will offend are those closest to us. It'll offend the world, but first it will offend your household. When you give your life to Christ and your husband or your wife doesn't like it because they really loved sinning with you, they really love living an unrighteous lifestyle with you.

And they view Jesus is having stolen you from them, not realizing the unity they could have with you as a believer is far greater than the unity they ever could have had with you as a non-believer. They don't realize that you don't see the benefits. All they see is the negative connotation to them, so it offends them.

It offends your family when you go back to a family reunion and you all of a sudden don't want to do the things that you did in college. You all of a sudden don't want to get high. You don't want to get drunk. You don't want to go out and party. You don't want to sit around and play cards and curse and smoke with them.

You want to live a different lifestyle. It offends them. It bothers them. And in turn, they're going to pick on you for it. They're going to persecute you for it. They're going to say things like, oh, you Christian, you're too good for us. Not realizing that your heart couldn't be any further from the truth.

That's why I think as Christians it's important for us when we hear those kind of things when we're persecuted to not be bashful and shy away from it, but to speak the truth. When they say, oh, you're too good for us, it's important for you to say things like, you know what? I'm actually just as bad as you.

I'm just as deserving of punishment. I'm just as deserving of all the things that you claim and profess that I judge you with. I'm just as deserving of that. But Jesus Christ loved me and He cared for me enough to die for my sins.

It's important that we don't shy away from persecution, but that it emboldens us, that it further ratifies within us a heart to see our families, to see our friends, to see those closest to us and those who are most far from us, come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

A. W. Pink said, "It is a strong proof of human depravity that man's curses and Christ's blessings should meet on the same person."

Verse 10 gives us a clarifying remark that I think we need to look at before we close. And that is that blessed are those who were persecuted for righteousness' sake. I pray that God would help me to be a person that is persecuted for the right reason. I pray that God would help us as a church to be a church that is persecuted for the right reason.

Not because we're self-righteous or that we act holier-than-thou. Not for being obnoxious or tactless or condemning. Not for being moronic or idiotic. Not for be like a Pharisee and drawing unnecessary attention to ourselves. First Peter 4:12 says, "Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evil-doer, or as a busy body in other people's matters, but for righteousness sake."

Persecution shows itself in many ways. It can be violent. Many have lost their lives in church history. Nero had them covered with pitch and used as human torches or wrapped in animal skins and thrown to dogs.

In modern history, in communist countries torture, exile, and death still happen on a daily basis. We see it with ISIS. It can be more subtle-- the loss of a job, being the brunt of people's jokes, the loss of friends. The word "persecute" means to be chased, to be driven away, or to be pursued.

Verse 11 uses another word. It says, "When they revile and persecute you." This word "revile" means to "upbraid, to seriously insult, or to mock." As Jesus stood trial after His arrest at Gethsemane, He was mocked, beaten, and spit upon.

These evil things are primarily abusive words said behind our backs. First Peter 3:13 says, "Even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear their intimidation and do not be troubled, but set apart Jesus Christ as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you for the hope that is in you."

I think we should also clarify with that, people who ask you for the hope that is in you, even if they do so when in an insincere manner. It doesn't just mean those who come and say, hey, you know what? I'm a sinner. I'm a really bad person. But I saw how good you are. Can you tell me how I can be that good?

Now that's not how they usually ask, is it? So I think we need to be ready to give the defense, even when they ask in not so nice of way. And how are we to respond to being asked?

Well, it continues, it says, "Yet with gentleness and reverence, and keeping a good conscience so that the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame."

So when you post that Facebook post about the newest thing you heard in the news and somebody goes on your Facebook post and ridicules you and says something really bad about you so all your Facebook friends can see it, don't respond in anger and decide, I'm going to dismantle their so bad.

I want to make them feel so stupid for saying that. I'm going to make them feel so shamed for coming on my Facebook page and making me feel bad for my beliefs. I'm going to put them in their place.

No, respond with gentleness. Respond with reverence. Respond with something like hey, I'd love to talk about this. If I can pray for you, if there's anything I can do for you. Sounds like there's a lot of hurt in your life. Maybe you've been hurt by Christians. If I can remedy that, please let me know how. Or just ignore it.

But when we experience that persecution, let us not respond with, in turn, persecution towards them. Let us respond with gentleness and reverence, keeping a good conscience so those who are slandered, those who revile you, will be put to shame by your good.

The best defense is a good offense. You know persecution has its good points. Not only are we doubly blessed in a confirmation that you are truly a child of God. But it also causes you to cling closer to Jesus, to be reminded that this world is not your home.

G. Campbell Morgan said, "It is a remarkable thing that the church of Christ persecuted has been the church of Christ purified. On the other hand, the church of Christ patronized has been the church of Christ impure." The history of the church bears this out.

The beattitude closes and it says, "Theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Persecution becomes a tangible evidence of salvation. Persecution becomes a tangible evidence of salvation, a confirmation from the enemy that you were a child of God. You can tell a lot about someone by who their enemies are." you can tell a lot by somebody by who their enemies are. It speaks volumes.

Typically, you want bad people to be your enemies, not good people. Because typically, every child knows in a movie the bad guy who attacks the good guy, we can tell that because they're enemies. You can tell up under your enemies are.

And so our enemy, as Christians, should be the devil. And if the devil's attacking us, that's a good sign of whose team were on. Verse 12 closes out and it says, "Rejoice and be glad," literally jump and skip with happy excitement.

Also in the Greek the word is in the imperative mood, which means that Jesus commands as us to be glad, not sad. It's not a concept that He's recommending to us, hey, you know when you think about those things, I really recommend to you be happy about that.

No, He's commanding us, He's telling us, be glad. Don't be sad, be happy when you get persecuted. It's a command. It's a word of authority from Jesus Christ. We rejoice and be glad because great is our reward. Not only does it draw us closer to Jesus, and as a result further away from the world system, which is hostile to Him and us. It guarantees a reward. Not that our primary motive should be a reward, but it should be in our minds.

Jesus says, "For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross." The heroes of the faith had this hope is well. Hebrews 11 says, "They desired a better country, that is, a heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city."

These are the kind of believers that this world needs to see today, ones that are poor in spirit, meek, pure, merciful, peacemakers. Ones whose very lives causes people to take stock spiritually on an individual basis. Ones who will live the normal Christian life, not some watered-down version. This is what we as Christians need to strive for.

Now I want to close out by letting you know there's a way out of persecution. If you really don't want to be a part of it, there's a way out. Don't be a peacemaker. Don't tell others about Him. Don't try to reconcile people to Christ. Mix in with others. Act like the world. Don't take a stand for righteousness.

But remember what Jesus said, "Whoever is ashamed of me and my works, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in his glory." And I'll close with 1 Timothy 2:12, "If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us."

So as I opened up tonight, I want to close by asking the same question, who are you? Who are you deep inside, at your core? Who are you? Now who do you want to be, not who do your friends think you are? Not what are you pretending to be? But who are at your core, at your heart? What does the factory look like?

And I pray that tonight as we close in prayer that we would all take some spiritual stock, that we would all look at our lives and say, "Lord, is there any areas in which I need to continue to be sanctified? Lord, I want to be pure in heart. I want to see you. So I pray that you will remove the barriers and the boundaries that are keeping me from that relationship with you."

And Christian, when you get persecuted for righteousness' sake, count at all joy, because great is your reward.

Lord, we thank you for a verse that is both convicting and encouraging. Lord, convicting because on a daily basis we need to look at our own lives and ask ourselves, am I living a life that is pleasing to you? Am I living a life that is sanctified, so the one day I can be glorified?

But Lord I thank you to that conviction leads us to repentance, and so God I pray for anyone in here tonight who needs to repent, Lord, who needs to be cleansed, be cleaned of the sin within their life.

Lord, they realize as they're taking stock of their spiritual life that there's some gaps, there's some areas they need to give over to you. Lord, I pray for those who need to make that decision for the first time.

Lord, perhaps they've come to church for a long time, they've put on the show, they've done the song, they've done the dance. Their friends think they've got it together. They really want to be a good person, but they haven't taken that step. They haven't truly been cleansed. They haven't been purified.

God, I pray that tonight you would speak to them and that you would draw them close to you. I pray that tonight they would purify their hearts. That is they look at themselves in sin they would take the simple step and get out of it.

And as we are praying right now with our eyes closed and our heads bowed, if that's you tonight, if you realize that you need to purify your heart, you realize that you're stuck under the weight of sin, that you've reached the spiritual cap, that there's only so righteous that you can be on your own, that you need to experience the righteousness of God to be cleansed and forgiven.

If Jesus Christ is speaking to you tonight, you realize you need to take that step of faith and give your life to Him either for the first time or perhaps you need to rededicate your life to Him. You realize that one time you might have walked with Him, but you have strayed. You are no longer walking with Him. You're like the prodigal son. You're like Peter who's denied Him.

And Jesus is calling you from the shore, asking, do you love me? If that's you tonight and you need to give your life to Christ for the first time or you need to rededicate your heart, will when you raise your hand up and say, "Nate, pray for me. I need Jesus in my life. I need to be forgiven."

Over here to my right. Over here to the left a few hands. If that's you, just raise your hand up. Over here in the back to my left. In the center to the left. Anyone else? In the far back. In the family room. And one of the balcony. I see your hand in the far back to my right. In the middle to the right.

Lord, I thank you for all the hands. People that are admitting and acknowledging that they need forgiveness, that they need to be washed and cleansed. Lord, I pray that you'd help them to take that step of faith, to take their foot out of the world, to get out of it, to walk in faith with you. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Hey, will you stand up? We're going to close in the chorus of a song, and as we do, I know we're slightly over time, but I want to give those of you who raised your hands acknowledging your need for Christ an opportunity to put feet to your faith.

If you raised your hand up acknowledging the need to be forgiven for your sin, you need to purify your heart, right now I want you to get up from right where you are, come down to the front and say a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. You come right now. If God has called you, if you raised your hand, you come right now. We're going to clap for you. We're excited for you, for what God's do it in your life.

[MUSIC PLAYING IN BACKGROUND]

Amen. You come. If God has called you, you come. You purify your heart tonight. If you're in the family room, if you're there in the balcony, we'll wait for you. You come. Amen. Amen. Praise the Lord. Let's give them a round of applause as they come. Let's make it easier for them. Praise the Lord.

If God is speaking to your heart right now, don't resist that call. You come to Him. You cling to Him. He died on the cross for you, and now He's calling you to take a step of faith and give your life to Him. This is a restart for you. This is a reset for you. This is an opportunity for you to change your life.

This is your opportunity to step out of sin and into a life with Jesus Christ. And maybe you say, "Nate, what are people going to think about me?" Guess what. It doesn't matter what people think about you. It matters what Jesus thinks about you. And He loves you and He cares for you and He died on the cross for you.

And He wants to give you the life that you so desire, that you so want. A life free from the burden and the bondage of sin. A life that's alive in Him. A life where you don't cry yourself to sleep. But a life that you live with joy, knowing that when you die you have a reward that is set before you, a reward that is heaven. And in the meantime, you have a peace that surpasses understanding.

So we're not going to drag this on. In just a second I'm going to pray with those who have come. But if there's anyone else, you're here right now and God is speaking to you and you realize you need to be up here with these people, you realize you need to make this decision.

If right now you're standing there and you don't know that if you were to die tonight that you'd go to heaven, please, by the grace of God, be sure. We don't know when the day or the hour is that our time will come. But we know that it's coming. And when you stand before Jesus Christ, you're going to hear one of two things. Either, "Well done, good and faithful servant," or "Depart from me, I never knew you."

And although it might feel a little bit shameful to have people see you-- which it shouldn't, because we're excited for you, we're happy for you-- although it might feel a little embarrassing, it'll be far more embarrassing to stand in front of the Lord on Judgment Day and hear those words.

It'll be far more offensive, far more painful to experience that than experiencing a church of people who love you, clapping for you, cheering for you, excited for you, because you're joining the family of Christ.

So before we pray, is there anyone else? Right now God is speaking to you. You want to come up here and accept Jesus Christ. You come right now. Anyone else before we pray? This is your moment.

All right, well let's give those who came forward one huge round of applause.

[APPLAUSE AND CHEERS]

This is the moment where you're going to purify your heart. And what you're going to do is you're going to say simple prayer. And you're going to say it from your heart to Jesus Christ, inviting Him in, asking Him to forgive you for the things that you've done. Repenting of the life that you've lived and acknowledging you want to live a new life of Jesus Christ.

And I love their families up here. Sons and daughters, wives, people who come from far different lifestyles but have one thing in common, and that is the blood of Jesus Christ, which He bled for us all.

And so as you say these words, I want you to say them out loud. I want the say them from your heart. I want you to say them to Jesus. Let's say this together. Lord, I know that I'm a sinner, I know that I've done many things that have hurt you. But Lord I believe the die 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. Purify my heart. Help me to live for you. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. Amen. Praise the Lord.

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

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

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Rise of the Cults
Walter Martin
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
Walter Martin
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12/11/1982
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Colossians 2:6-10
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1/2/1983
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Men As Trees
Mark Macallister
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5/22/1983
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Secret of Greatness
Mark Macallister
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7/28/1983
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China
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10/25/1984
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2/2/1989
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3 Keys to Discipleship
Hebrews 10:35-38
George Sanchez
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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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The Devastation of Discouragement
Psalm 73
George Sanchez
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
John 13
George Sanchez
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships - John 13 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/9/1989
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Be All That You Can Be
Colossians 2:6-7
George Sanchez
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Be All That You Can Be - Colossians 2:6-7 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/11/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/2/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/26/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/14/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
George Sanchez
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Gods Purpose In Redemption from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/13/1991
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The Need For True Repentance
Luke 15:13-24
George Sanchez
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The Need For True Repentance - Luke 15:13-24 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/15/1991
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Personal Diligence
2 Peter 3
George Sanchez
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Personal Diligence - 2 Peter 3 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/23/1991
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1992
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/2/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
George Sanchez
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Freedom of Forgiveness - Luke 17:1-6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/8/1995
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/1/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/2/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/30/2000
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None of These Things Move Me
Acts 20:17-24
Don McClure
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1/24/2001
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Making Failure a Friend
Luke 5:4-8
Chip Lusko
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4/17/2002
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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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4/21/2002
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Guest Speaker John Miller
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7/7/2002
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/10/2002
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians 3:17
Chip Lusko
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9/8/2002
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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10/27/2002
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A Last Days Survival Guide
Revelation 22:16-21
Scott Richards
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A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
Dave Row
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
Nelson Walker
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
Robert Furrow
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/10/2003
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed
Isaiah 53
Lew Phelps
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
Matthew Ellison
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/28/2004
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
Chip Lusko
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2/25/2004
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1 Kings 12 - 14
1 Kings 12-14
Dave Row
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2/29/2004
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Guest Speaker John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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3/3/2004
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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4/28/2004
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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5/19/2004
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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7/14/2004
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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7/25/2004
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God's Perfecting Work
Matthew 5:48
Mike Finizio
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7/28/2004
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When the Found Become Lost
Matthew 6:19-24
Neil Ortiz
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11/3/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
Greg Opean
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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12/28/2005
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Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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12/31/2005
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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1/1/2006
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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1/4/2006
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Beloved, How Shall We Live?
2 Peter 3:1-13
Dave Row
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How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!
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1/18/2006
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All in the Family
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Dave Row
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Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?
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2/12/2006
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Divine Breathings
Colossians 4:1-9
Ray Bentley
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Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.
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3/1/2006
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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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3/5/2006
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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3/15/2006
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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-12
Calvary Pastors
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Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.
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3/19/2006
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Be Filled With the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18-21
John Miller
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What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.
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3/22/2006
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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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3/29/2006
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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4/2/2006
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Does God Speak Today?
Psalms 19
Scott Richards
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Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?
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4/5/2006
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Behavior vs. Bravado
1 John 2:3-11
Dave Row
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Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.
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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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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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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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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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5/28/2006
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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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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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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3/4/2009
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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11/4/2009
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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11/29/2009
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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8/18/2010
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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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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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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The State of the Epicenter: 2012
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel 5:5. While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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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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The End of the World as We Know It
Revelation 20
Kevin Miller
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Throughout history, the question has been asked: “How long?” How long will sin go unpunished? How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready?
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Night Call
Psalm 4
Jesse Lusko
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Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart? Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call.
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
Numbers 20:1-13
Neil Ortiz
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As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers 20:1-13, the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people. As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following.
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Your Final Exam
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Mark Hitchcock
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Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. He is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church near Edmond, Oklahoma and has served as adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye. Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word.
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Church in the Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Terry Gray
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Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us. Let’s find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues.
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A Mother’s Influence
K.P. Yohannan
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As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. P. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. K. P.'s mother would say, "Our greatest privilege is to love people."
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Worry or Worship?
Isaiah 6:1-8
Dr. Nelson Walker
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In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service. As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord.
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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Special Guest Brad Stine
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What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture.
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How to be a Hero of Faith
Hebrews 11
Robert Furrow
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In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith. When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess.
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Conquest of the Cross
Romans 3:19-26
Jesse Lusko
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As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints! In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all!
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Guest Speaker Will Graham
1 Samuel 1:1-18
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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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8/25/2013
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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The Old Testament is packed with Scriptures that point to the coming of Christ. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord.
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10/16/2013
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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10/27/2013
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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12/29/2013
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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6/8/2014
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A Person Who Is Holy
1 Peter
Raul Ries
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Peter called his fellow believers to be holy and reinforced this exhortation with an Old Testament command from the Lord. Today, there are many who walk in darkness—even believers—but as we study 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are reminded to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord. Let's consider what Scripture says about holiness, glean from examples of strong believers who came before us, and learn about the reasons for living a holy life.
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6/11/2014
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Three Relationships with the Father
Luke 15:11-31
Nelson Walker
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Jesus' parable about the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables from the Bible. But as we discover who Jesus' specific audience was, we learn that the son's warm welcoming by his father isn't the only—or even main—message Jesus was communicating. In this study of Luke 15:11-32, we learn about three types of relationships with the Father: the rebellious, repentant, and religious.
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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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In this special message from guest speaker Franklin Graham, we learn how God is using Operation Christmas Child to raise up young evangelists across the globe. Then, as we study Mark 10:17-22, we see how the rich young ruler fell short in his relationship with God: he put material things before the one true God. Franklin presents a bold gospel message, explaining how Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and is the only one who can save us.
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1/18/2015
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Uprising of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Nate Heitzig
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 People are constantly finding new causes to rally behind, but we can't change society then expect people to get better. In fact, Jesus claimed the opposite—people must change before society can get better—and He demonstrated that by loving the unlovable and caring for the rejected. Pastor Nate Heitzig challenges us to be part of the uprising of love as he explains what that means and how we can live it out.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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5/27/2015
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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6/14/2015
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Matthew 3:11-4:13
Nate Heitzig
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Wouldn't it be great if temptation disappeared when you became a believer? Following the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; it actually makes you a bigger target. In this message, Nate Heitzig discusses the seriousness of sin and the hope we have when we trust the Lord to fight on our behalf.
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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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7/8/2015
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
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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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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11/29/2015
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Genesis 13
Franklin Graham
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Sometimes one decision can lead to a multitude of bad decisions. Unfortunately, that was the case for Abraham's nephew, Lot. Teaching from Genesis 13, Franklin Graham explains the devastating effects of sin and its highest consequence—being separated from God. He also explains how we can rest in the truth that Christ came and died to save us from our sin.
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1/3/2016
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How to Change 2016
Matthew 5:13-16
Nate Heitzig
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God wants us to impact our world, not just by becoming better versions of ourselves, but by influencing our culture. In this New Year's message, Nate Heitzig explains how we can be salt to the world and a light in the darkness as we share the gospel and live a life that is visibly different.
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1/31/2016
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Time
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Steve Wilburn
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The difficulty, pains, and distractions of life can hit every one of us: from the rich to the poor and the ordinary to the popular. They can steal our joy and peace as well as devour the plans and purposes that God has for us. Steve Wilburn encourages us to not underestimate what God can do in our lives, and he challenges us to allow the Holy Spirit to use us to reach others for Christ.
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2/17/2016
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The Runaways
Luke 15:11-32
Kelly Bransford
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Repentance means being sorry enough to change. In this message, Kelly Bransford teaches the importance of going God's way instead of our own. As we look at the story of the prodigal son, we learn how God deals with us when we run away from Him.
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2/21/2016
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Courage
Steve Berger
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It takes courage to be a true follower of Christ—to trust God, obey Him, and speak His truth. Unfortunately, the church has seen a striking decline in courage. Steve Berger challenges us to find the source of our courage and to bring it back to the church so we can impact the world for Christ.
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2/24/2016
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Get Your Head Out of the Grave
Colossians 3:1-4
Mat Pirolo
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We were made to crave the things of heaven, our eternal home. As believers, we know that our future contains fullness of joy with Christ, but because the things of this earth are attractive, we can easily become preoccupied with them. Mat Pirolo teaches how we can be heavenly minded so we can make the most of our time on earth.
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How Long, God?!
Psalm 13
Nelson Walker
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Our cares and problems can often be too much to bear, and when God seems distant in those times, He wants us to call on Him and trust in His loving-kindness. Sometimes God even allows us to come to the end of ourselves so we have no choice but to rely on Him. Nelson Walker reminds us that we can trust in God's unfailing love to get us through anything.
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5/1/2016
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Walking Honestly
Ephesians 4-5
Daniel Fusco
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A recurring theme in Scripture is that life is messy, but Jesus is real. Daniel Fusco addresses this tension head-on and highlights a hope for anyone living at this intersection of life and faith. He shares a pathway set out in the book of Ephesians about how to walk honestly through the messiness of life while staying focused on the certainty that Jesus is real.
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5/11/2016
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Getting To Know You
Psalm 139
Brian Nixon
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Many people know very little about the Lord due to biblical illiteracy. God's self-disclosure of His nature can be found in His Word, and when we don't know the Bible, we lack a proper understanding of Him. In this teaching, Brian Nixon looks at three characteristics of God's nature, and we learn how we should respond with our conduct.
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5/15/2016
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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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5/29/2016
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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9/7/2016
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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9/25/2016
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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9/25/2016
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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9/28/2016
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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10/12/2016
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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12/28/2016
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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Loving God Completely
Psalm 8
Nelson Walker
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God loves us more than we could possibly understand. In turn, Jesus commanded us to love God as well. In this study of Psalm 8, Nelson Walker explains that to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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5/28/2017
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Standing In the Fire
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Tom Doyle
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Christian persecution is at an all-time high globally. But that’s not the whole story. A new Jesus movement is erupting out of the Middle East, and persecuted believers are leading the way. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, these new believers are fearless. Jesus is right there, standing with them, and the fiery furnace of today is the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
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Postcards from the Kikkar: Sodom Speaks Volumes
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible states that God destroyed the city of Sodom with fire. Dr. Steven Collins has spent the last twelve years excavating what he believes to be the archaeological ruins of this ancient city. In this message, Dr. Collins teaches that the discovery of Sodom is important because biblical archaeology is the most powerful means of demonstrating the Bible's historical authenticity.
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God of Hope
Romans 15:13
Ben Courson
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Ben Courson is the director of Hope Generation and author of three books. He is a gifted and nationally renowned speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship, and he has a national TV and radio program. His humorous, uplifting, and high-energy style coupled with a gift to communicate God’s heart is hugely impactful.
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7/12/2017
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Magic Kingdom Mindset
Psalm 8
Mat Pirolo
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Though it may seem like it at times, God is not a far-off, distant being. In this message, Mat Pirolo teaches that we live in a fantastic, beautiful universe because we serve a very real God. As we study Psalm 8, we learn that nothing expresses God's desire to be with us more than the cross of Christ.
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Starting Over
2 Kings 22-23
Jason Mills
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Productive change doesn't happen by accident; we have to be intentional about it. In this message, Jason Mills examines the life of King Josiah, a man who recognized that something needed to change in the nation of Israel and took steps to see that it was done. As we study 1 Kings 22-23, we learn the practical steps we can take to see change in our own lives.
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9/6/2017
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For King and Country
Nehemiah 4:10-14
Neil Ortiz
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As humans, we lack perseverance because of fatigue and fear. To persevere, we need to be reminded of the cause for which we are fighting. In this message, Neil Ortiz teaches that as Christians, we are called to live for God in every facet of our lives, even if our circumstances cause us to be afraid and fatigued.
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9/20/2017
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Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Romans 10:9-11
Brian Nixon
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What we think informs and influences what we do. A Christian worldview is faith in Jesus and faith that seeks to understand what God has created. In this message, Brian Nixon teaches that in order to cultivate a Christian worldview, we must be saved, be continuously sanctified, and study God's Word.
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Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, and Martin Luther
Acts 20:28-32
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Martin Luther, fearing that Germany would be next in Islam's remarkable conquests in Europe, wrote extensively about Islam and the Qur'an. He exposed Muslim intentions and spoke about the role of the church in the conflict, emphasizing the response pastors should have when threatened by this militaristic religion. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares Luther's insights and courage, encouraging us to make friends with our Muslim neighbors.
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10/11/2017
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Wasted Potential
Jonathan Laurie
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Though you can have a saved soul, you can also have a wasted life. Yet God has given you everything you need to be spiritually successful. In this message, Jonathan Laurie teaches that God has given each of His children unique gifts, and we must use them to serve His kingdom.
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Interview with Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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10/25/2017
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Worship Anyway
Isaiah 6:1-8
Nelson Walker
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When your world explodes, what do you do? The prophet Isaiah's world was turned upside down with the death of King Uzziah. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that when we face unexpected trials or hardships, our first step should be to approach our Lord with an attitude of worship.
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Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible is under attack from every direction. In this message, Dr. Steve