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Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Romans 10:9-11
Brian Nixon

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Romans 10 (NKJV™)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

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

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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.

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

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Guest Speaker Notes: September 20, 2017
Speaker: Brian Nixon
Teaching: "Cultivating a Christian Worldview"
Text: Romans 10:9-11
  1. Hitler
    1. Hitler may be the most despised man of the past 100 years
    2. We know him as the leader of the Nazi party, ushering in a mindset of hate in Germany. His thoughts concerning the Jews led to roughly 6 million Jewish deaths during the Holocaust
    3. Yet Jews were not the only people killed by Hitler. According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, there were:
      1. Around 7 million Soviet civilians
      2. Around 3 million Soviet prisoners of war
      3. Around 1.8 million Polish civilians
      4. Roughly 312,000 Serbian civilians
      5. Up to 250,000 people with disabilities
      6. Between 196,000 and 220,000 Gypsies
      7. Around 1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses
      8. At least 70,000 repeat criminal offenders
      9. An unknown amount of German political opponents and resistance activists such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer
      10. Hundreds of homosexuals1
    4. Millions upon millions of people lost their life based on a madman's worldview
    5. Hitler demonstrates that worldviews matter. How people assess the world influences how they act in in the world. Ideas have consequences
    6. Hitler was not an island unto himself. He got his views from somewhere
    7. His worldview was shaped by a collection of differing philosophies
    8. What Hitler did was like tending or planting a garden: he cultivated the soil of his soul with ideas by assembling seeds sown by men that went before him. All these seeds were planted in Hitler's brain, growing into what we know as Nazi belief
    9. Professor Richard Weikart, in his book Hitler's Religion, documents several influences that helped shape Hitler's worldview2
    10. Consider who Hitler was influenced by—how he tended his garden:
      1. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)—philosopher who had anti-Semitic writings, calling the Jews "the great masters of lying." Later in life, Schopenhauer was intrigued with Darwin's survival of the fittest, causing Schopenhauer to teach a "will to life" based on evolution
      2. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)—father of evolutionary Darwinism
      3. Fredrick Nietzsche (1844-1900)—philosopher who deemed "God is dead." Promoted Superman ideology: that there is one super race. For Hitler, it was the Aryan, Germanic people
      4. Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855-1927)—preeminent precursor of Nazi ideology; a racist
      5. These men all helped develop Hitler's worldview to dire effect
  2. Point
    1. Hitler was the product of his philosophy, the invention of his ideas
    2. We learn through a man like Hitler that principles can have penalties
    3. Put another way: what we think informs what we do
    4. Hitler reveled in a particular worldview, and the consequences were catastrophic: many lives were lost
    5. If Hitler is the poster boy of how notto cultivate a worldview, then how are Christians to cultivate a Christian worldview?
    6. The goal of this message is to help us understand the process of how a Christian worldview is cultivated, using a garden analogy
    7. Let's first look at what a worldview is
  3. Cultivating a Christian worldview
    1. Think of cultivating a Christian worldview like appreciating a flower. A flower has both metaphysical and physical properties
      1. The metaphysical (non-material) properties of a flower include its being (life), its beauty, and its becoming (we appreciate it; it is good, it has value in nature). In Christian metaphysics, these three characteristics are called transcendentals. These transcendentals are usually summarized as truth, beauty, and goodness
      2. Likewise a flower also has physical properties: its biology (chemical makeup and morphology), its bouquet (smell), and its branch of plant (angiosperms, part of a particular family)
    2. Like a flower has both metaphysical and physical properties, so does a Christian worldview
    3. Put in simpler terms, there's both supernatural and natural elements to a Christian worldview
      1. The natural aspect of a Christian worldview concerns itself with the framework in how we make sense of our physical environment, the world—the cosmos to the earth. We call this natural theology, that which we learn through reason and science. Through the sciences, we discover how God created the physical world. Sciences are an important part of developing a clear Christian worldview. Again, how we view the world will effect what we do in the world
      2. The metaphysical portion of a Christian worldview consists of how we answer the big questions of life, looking to God's Word—the Bible—for answers: How did the world begin? Is there meaning/purpose? Why is there something rather than nothing? And many other questions that deal with things beyond the physical. It is within God's Word that we find the metaphysical—or spiritual—answers to life
      3. Ultimately, both aspects of a worldview—the physical and metaphysical—are rooted in God, particularly understood through His specific revelation (His work through His Word) and general revelation (His work in the world)
    4. To describe the metaphysical and physical characteristics of a worldview, we can use the words faith and reason. Or think of the two aspects as God writing two books: His Word and His world (creation). Properly understood and interpreted, these two books will not contradict one another; they have the same author. And properly understanding the two books will help us develop a Christian worldview
    5. You need both books—both faith and reason—in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. You need a proper understanding of both God's Word and the world in order to develop a Christian worldview
  4. Faith and Reason
    1. What is faith? According to Winfried Corduan,3 there are two senses to faith: faith in, which is saving faith, and faith that, which is intellectual faith, an assent to truth. Both types of faith are needed when nurturing a Christian worldview
      1. We need faith in Jesus Christ
      2. We need faith that what God has written in His two books is true
    2. What is reason? A working definition of reason is using one's senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing, reason, and testing) in the pursuit of truth. As Winfried Corduan reminds us, "Whatever is true corresponds to what is the case." Put another way, truth is that which corresponds to reality. There are not two realms of truth. Either something is true or it is not. And reason helps us discover the truth, particularly in the physical world
    3. So what is a Christian worldview? Biblically speaking, it is faith in Jesus, and a faith that seeks to understands what God has created and cultivated
      1. A Christian worldview is the lens through which we view the world, using the glasses of God's Word and world
      2. It is a set of beliefs governed by God's grace and imparted through Christ and His creation
      3. A Christian worldview is how we interpret reality, shape our morals, and support our opinions
      4. Consequently, our worldview influences our actions
      5. Just like Hitler's worldview influenced his actions, our worldview will influence our work in the world
      6. To use the garden analogy: the seeds planted in the soil of our soul will influence our growth and our dealings in the world
  5. Faith like a flower: Romans 10:9-11
    1. In this passage, Paul was in the middle of a discourse with the people of Israel, telling them why they need the gospel. In the midst of his broader argument that spans chapter 9-11, Paul outlined three points—three Bs—that will help us cultivate the garden of a Christian worldview
    2. Believe: "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (v. 9)
      1. Cultivating a Christian worldview begins with belief in Jesus' person and work, in His life, death, and resurrection
      2. Two key words:
        1. Confess (homologeó in Greek): to assent, to make a covenant, to acknowledge something as true. In this case, to confess that Jesus is Lord: He is the promised Messiah, God in human form. It is an external proclamation with the mouth
        2. Believe (pisteuó in Greek): to have faith in, to put trust in. Not only are we confessing Christ externally with our mouth; we're internalizing the truth in our soul. We believe what we say and say what we believe
      3. Confession and belief are like the planting of the seed in the garden of our soul. It's the first step in making our garden grow. We need to believe before our flower can bloom. This is how we are saved: we believe
      4. Three points to ponder:
        1. Principle: One must be born again in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. A non-Christian will not be able to cultivate a Christ-like garden. Only a life infused by the Holy Spirit will be led to ultimate truth
        2. Practice: Always provide people an opportunity to receive Christ, evangelizing in word and deed. Even if you don't have the gift of evangelism, you have the honor to be a witness for Christ in the world
        3. Practical: In order to develop a strong root system in your garden, you must attend a Bible-believing church where Acts 2:42-47 is taken seriously. In Acts 2, we learn that the foundation of a strong Christian life includes doctrinal teaching, prayer, fellowship, Communion, and evangelism. These are all necessary and practical points in cultivating a Christian worldview
    3. Blossom: "With the heart one believes unto righteousness" (v. 10)
      1. If belief is the first step in salvation, the aftermath is sanctification—to live right before God. Sanctification is living a holy life set apart for Christ. Our belief should lead to becoming Christ-like, putting on His righteousness, and developing His characteristics. It is with sanctification that we blossom into the flower God wants us to be
      2. The Greek word for righteousness is dikaiosuné, which carries the meaning of equity or justification. It is right living based on Jesus' righteousness. Jesus' imputed righteousness saved us so we can be a salve—light and salt—for the world. Jesus created and saved us for good works (see Ephesians 2:10)—to be a witness
      3. In short, because God saved us, He wants to sanctify us—to make us more like Jesus. Our belief leads to conformity to the character of Christ
      4. When we believe, the seed of salvation is planted in our life and we are justified before God. Next, we blossom as a child of God, being sanctified by His Spirit, growing more and more into the image of Christ
      5. So a Christian worldview is connected to knowing (belief) and growing (doing). Our learning about God leads to living out our faith
      6. Three points to ponder:
        1. Principle: Our faith in Christ produces fruit. Our belief will blossom
        2. Practice: We need to encourage one another toward acts of faith, hope, and love (see Hebrews 10:24)
        3. Practical: One way to cultivate our faith is to pursue the historic spiritual disciplines. In his book Conformed to His Image, Kenneth Boa lists the following:
          1. Solitude and prayer
          2. Fasting and fellowship
          3. Submission and guidance
          4. Simplicity and stewardship
          5. Worship and celebration
          6. Service and evangelism
          7. Study
      7. If we are going to blossom into the person God wants us to be, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to shape us into the person we behold in the Bible—Jesus
    4. Bible: "For the Scripture says…" (v. 11)
      1. Paul looked to Scripture as his authority. Notice his line of thought:
        1. First, we confess and believe; we're saved
        2. Second, we live out our faith; we're sanctified
        3. Third, we learn about the basis of our belief: this is found in Scripture. The Bible is our authority when it comes to morals and doctrine
        4. The word Paul used for Scripture is graphé, the very words of God and record of God's thought. Think of this profound truth: both the Bible and creation, God's Word and world, are God's thoughts made visible. When we read the Bible or look at His creation, we are seeing God's thoughts in action
        5. In order to cultivate a Christian worldview, one must study the Scripture, looking to its truth
      2. A seed is planted in our life based on our belief; at this point, we are saved. The seed then begins to grow, sanctifying us and making us more like Jesus; here we blossom. As part of the maturation process of our growth, we need food, water, and nutrients; this is study. We use the Bible to grow in our maturity and go into the world as ambassadors for Christ
      3. The end result of our study should be that as mature flowers, we put off a fragrance, attracting others to the garden of God's delights—Jesus Christ
      4. All three of these aspects—salvation, sanctification, and study—afford us to be the aroma of Christ to the world (see 2 Corinthians 2:15), allowing God's truth to transform our lives and help us be a witness to the world
      5. Three points to ponder:
        1. Principle: Integrate biblical truths across the spectrum of your life, from how you think to how you act, allowing the text to transform your understanding of God and His world
        2. Practice: Implement regular Bible study, Bible memorization, and Bible reading. These are necessary ingredients to help your spiritual garden grow. Don't just let a pastor do the studying for you; dig deep into the garden, allowing the fruits that God provides to fulfill your life
        3. Practical: Get a good Bible dictionary, a Greek translation, and a topical handbook—maybe even pick up The Bible from 30,000 Feet. These tools will help you in your study of the Bible. Study Scripture with great resolve, allowing the text to nurture the garden of your life. The Bible is an essential component—the compost, if you will—for cultivating the garden of your soul
  6. Conclusion
    1. We began by looking at some disheartening images that came from what Hitler planted in the garden of his soul. In closing, let's review how we are to cultivate a Christian worldview:
      1. Believe—we first must be saved. Here we know that Christ is who He said He was. We place our trust and faith in Him
      2. Blossom—we are sanctified. As the Holy Spirit begins to tend our garden, we grow more and more into the image of Christ
      3. Bible—we study and serve. By studying the Bible, we learn to go into the world with the fragrance of Christ, living as a flower of God's grace, a witness to a wanting world
    2. Thank God many of us are saved, being sanctified, and are serious about study. This is how we cultivate a Christian worldview
1 https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008193
2 See http://www.crossmap.com/blogs/hitlers-religion-weikart-hits-a-home-run-8258.
3 See Handmaid to Theology by Winfried Corduan.

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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.

Good evening. It's great to be with you. Pastor Skip sends his love. And what a blessing it is that our pastor is in Dallas on a TV show. Isn't that great? Don't you think that's wonderful?

[APPLAUSE]

Well, I have the privilege of sharing from scripture with you tonight. But before we jump into it let's pray. Heavenly Father, I'm so thankful for your goodness, for your love, for your word. We pray, Lord, that as we open it up tonight that you would speak to us in a unique way, especially this night where we're going to open it up for question and answers. So they can hear from a few of the pastors concerning this very important topic of cultivating a Christian worldview. We ask that you would just go before us now and we pray this in Christ name, amen.

We're all familiar with this face. For many, it is the face of evil. Hitler may be the most despised man of the past 100 years. We know him as the leader of the Nazi party, ushering in a mindset of hate in Germany. His thoughts concerning the Jews led to roughly 6 million Jewish deaths during the Holocaust. Those are stunning figures.

But you probably didn't know that Jews were not the only people killed by Hitler. According to the Holocaust encyclopedia, there were roughly around 7 million Soviet civilians killed, around 3 million Soviet prisoners of war, around 1.8 million Polish civilians, roughly 312,000 Serbian civilians, up to 250,000 people with disabilities. Think about that one. Between 196,000 to 220,000 Gypsies, around 1,900 Jehovah Witnesses, at least 70,000 repeat criminals, an unknown amount of German political opponents and resistance fighters, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So many of us are aware of him, a Christian who tried to fight Hitler. And Hitler also killed hundreds of homosexuals.

The bottom line is that millions upon millions of people lost their life based upon one mad man's worldview. You see, Hitler demonstrates that worldviews matter. How people assess the world influences how they act in the world. Put another way, ideas have consequences. Just so you know, Hitler wasn't an island unto himself. Hitler got his views from somewhere. His worldviews were shaped by a collection of differing philosophies.

And think of what Hitler did was like tending a garden. Hitler cultivated the soil of his soul with ideas, assembling seeds taken from men that went before him. All these seeds were planted in Hitler's brain, growing into what we know as Nazi belief. My friend, Dr. Richard Weikart, a professor at a university in California, in his excellent book, Hitler's Religion, documents several influences that helped shape Hitler's worldview. Let me just give you four and then you'll begin to understand where Hitler was getting his ideas.

The first is Arthur Schopenhauer. He was a philosopher who had anti-Semitic writings. He called the Jews the great masters of lying. Later in life, Schopenhauer was intrigued with Darwin's survival of the fittest, causing Schopenhauer to teach a will to life based on evolution.

Then secondly, you have Darwin himself. Hitler was influenced by Darwin. And of course, we know Charles Darwin is the Father of the evolutionary Darwinism. Third and probably Hitler's greatest influence was Fredrick Nietzsche. Many of you know Nietzsche as the philosopher who deemed God is dead. Nietzsche also promoted super-human or Superman ideology. There was one super race. And for Hitler it was the Aryan Germanic people.

And then finally you have Houston Stewart Chamberlain. He was the preeminent precursor of Nazi ideology. And folks, he was just a downright racist. So these men-- Schopenhauer, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Chamberlain all helped develop Hitler's worldview to dire effects, as we now know. So what's my point? My point is Hitler was the product of his philosophy, the invention of his ideas.

We learn through a man like Hitler that principles can have penalties. Put another way, what we think informs what we do. Hitler reveled in the particular worldview, and the consequences were catastrophic. Many lives were lost.

So Hitler was the poster boy of how not to cultivate a worldview. The question is for us tonight, how are Christians, how are we, you and I, to cultivate a worldview? Well, that's my goal tonight. I want to help you understand the process of how a Christian worldview is cultivated, at least the foundations of that worldview.

And to do so, I'm going to continue with this garden analogy or this garden metaphor that I've used. But before I do, I have to define for you guys a few terms, a few important things you need to understand before we dig into scripture. Think of cultivating a Christian worldview like appreciating this flower. Now stay with me here, folks. This flower.

This flower has both metaphysical and physical properties. Everything in life has metaphysical and physical properties. But I'm using this flower as an analogy. The metaphysical aspect of this flower, the non-material-- that's what metaphysical means, the non-material that which goes beyond the physical-- includes its very existence. It is here. It has being. It also has beauty. And it's becoming. We appreciate it. It has value in nature.

So in Christian metaphysics, in the metaphysical world of Christians, we call these transidentals. And they usually revolve or summarize the truth, beauty, and goodness. But this flower has those as well, the metaphysical properties. But this flower also has physical properties, correct? Think of its physical properties of its biology. It's made up of cells, of a chemical makeup. It has a morphology, a certain shape to it. But this flower also has a bouquet. It smells beautiful.

And the physical aspects also include its branch of family. This particular one happens to be from the angiosperm family. So this flower has both a physical and metaphysical properties. Well in a similar way, so does a Christian worldview. And let me put it in Christian terms for you. Because many of us, go, oh, physical, metaphysical; over my head already.

Think of it this way. There is both a natural and a supernatural element to our Christian worldview. And we have to have a proper understanding of both in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. So let me let me put it in simple terms. The natural element of a Christian worldview is how we view the world, God's creation. From the cosmos, the universe, down to the smallest of cells, we learn about God's world through reason, our brain, and through the sciences.

Sciences are an important part in developing a clear Christian worldview. Again, how we view the world will affect what we do in the world. Think of it this way. My view of a fetus in the woman's womb will influence what I do with that fetus in a woman's womb. You get where I'm coming with that. I will either want to save and preserve that fetus that we know is a child, or maybe my worldview just dictates that I could do away with it.

Or think of this one. My worldview of epidermis, this top layer of skin, how I view that will affect how I view other people whose epidermis may be a little bit different color. And I don't need to tell you that racism is rampant in our world. But you see how my worldview, what I internalize has an external factor. And that is based upon how I view the physical environment.

So that's the physical portion. Well the metaphysical portion of worldview consists of how we answer the big questions of life. And we look to God's word for the answers. How did the world begin? Why is there meaning? Is there purpose to life? Why is there something rather than nothing? And many more questions deal with things that are beyond the physical. And it is within God's word and world, the physical and metaphysical, that we find the answers to life.

And follow me here. Both metaphysical and physical are rooted in God-- one, through his specific revelation, his word; and one, through his general revelation, his world.

So as a summary, we need both a physical and a metaphysical understanding of the word. And we could summarize these two components simply as faith and reason. Because if you start using physical-metaphysical-- but if you say faith and reason, this is a good summary of what I'm talking about.

Or let me give you an easier word picture. God wrote two books. He wrote the book of his word and he wrote the book of his world. God wrote two books. And properly understood and interpreted, these two books will not contradict each other. Why? They have the same author. And properly understanding these two books, God's word and God's world, will help us develop a Christian worldview.

So here's the takeaway point for you guys. We need both faith and reason in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. We need a proper understanding of God's word and we need a proper understanding of the world to help us develop that worldview. Now let me briefly define for you what faith and reason is. And then we'll jump into our scripture text. What is faith?

According to Winfried Corduan, there is two senses to faith. There is faith in someone or something. In Christian terminology we know this as saving faith. But there is also faith that-- this is an intellectual faith, and is sent to truth. And both types of faith are needed when nurturing a Christian worldview. We need faith in Jesus Christ and we need faith that what God has written in his word and in his world is true.

You following me so far? You with me on this? Very important. So that's what faith is. So what is reason? A working definition of reason can be simplified as using one's senses, or see how we see, how we touch, how we smell, feel; using our senses in the pursuit of truth. Again, Corduan reminds us, whatever is true, corresponds to what is the case. Or put another way, truth is that which corresponds to reality.

There are not two realms of truth. Either something is true or it is not. And reason helps us discover the truth, particularly in the physical world. So with these two basic definitions out of the way, faith and reason, physical metaphysical; let's get back to what a Christian worldview is.

Biblically speaking, a Christian worldview is faith in Jesus Christ, and a faith that seeks to understand what God has created and cultivated. A Christian worldview is the lens in which we view the world through the glasses of God's word and world. It is a set of beliefs governed by God's grace and imparted through Christ and his creation. A Christian worldview is how we interpret reality, shape our morals, and support our opinions.

And consequently a Christian worldview influences our actions in the world. Notice that last point. A worldview influences our actions. Just like Hitler's worldview influenced his actions, our worldview will influence our actions in the world. So again, to use a garden analogy, the seeds planted in the soil of our soul will influence how we grow as Christians.

So, now let's get to scripture. To grasp the foundational points of how we are to cultivate a Christian worldview, I invite you to turn to Romans 10. Romans 10, and we're going to look at verses 9 through 11. And while you're turning there, let me briefly give you the context of this passage. Paul is in the middle of a discourse with the people of Israel. He's telling them why they need the gospel, why the gospel is both applicable both to Jews and Gentiles. And in the midst of this broader argument that Paul is having that actually begins in chapter 9 and finishes in chapter 11, Paul outlines three points that will help us cultivate a Christian worldview.

And to help us remember them, I've narrowed them down to three B's-- believe, blossom, and Bible. Believe, blossom, and Bible; let's pick it up for the first one, believe, in verse 9. Look what it says. Paul writes, that if you confess with your mouth that the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

So folks, cultivating a Christian worldview begins with belief in Jesus Christ, his person and work, his life, death, and his resurrection. But I want you to notice two key words here. Look at that word there in your text, confess. That Greek word means to assent to or make a covenant or to acknowledge that something is true. So in the case that Paul's making here, a person is confessing with his or her mouth that Jesus is Lord. That he is the promised messiah that God has come in human form. It is an external proclamation done with the mouth.

But look at that second word that Paul uses, believe. That word in Greek is pisteuo. And it means to have faith in or to put trust in. So not only are we confessing Christ externally with our mouth, we're internalizing the truth in our soul. We're planting the seed of faith. So what we believe we say, and what we say we believe.

So using our garden analogy, confession and belief are like the planting of the seed in the soil of your soul. It's the first step in making your garden grow. We need to believe before our flower can bloom. We need to believe. We have to be born again. This is how we're saved. So let me give you three quick points to ponder.

Number one is a principle. One must be born again in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. A non-Christian will not be able to cultivate a Christ-like garden. Only a life infused by the Holy Spirit will lead to ultimate truth. So that's the principle. Now practice, always provide opportunity for friends, neighbors, and families to receive Christ, which means we have to be a conduit of evangelization and mission and outreach, even if you don't have the gift of evangelization. I don't. I'm not a great-- Skip has the great gift-- he's a great evangelist. I don't.

But it's an honor for us to be a witness for Christ in the world, either in word or in deed. So principle practice, third, is something practical. I've already said that one must believe in order to cultivate a Christian worldview. But in order to develop strong roots, we need to be attending a church that is teaching the Bible. Where Acts 2 42 through 47 is taken seriously.

So what do we learn in Acts 2? Well, we learn that a strong Christian life includes biblical teaching, prayer, fellowship, communion, and evangelism. These are all necessary and practical points in developing and cultivating a Christian worldview, digging our roots deep. So first we must believe. Second, we have to blossom. Look at verse 10. Look at verse 10 here, for with the heart one believes under righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Notice the key word there. The key phrase is with the heart one believes unto righteousness. So if the first step is salvation, the aftermath-- now listen to this-- is sanctification. To live right before God, to live righteously as one who has been saved, sanctification can be understood as living a holy life, set apart for Christ. In essence, our belief should lead to becoming Christ-like, putting on his righteousness and developing his characteristics.

It is with sanctification that we blossom into the flower God wants us to be. The Greek word that Paul uses here for righteousness carries the meaning of equity or justification. It is a right living based upon Jesus' righteousness. When Jesus saved you, he imputed his righteousness in you. The Holy Spirit lives in you to be a salve, to be light and salt to the world.

Jesus created us for good works, to be a witness, as Paul says in Ephesians 2:10. In short, because God saved us, he wants to sanctify us, to make us more like Jesus, to conform us into the image of Christ. So using our garden analogy, follow the sequence. First we believe. Here we receive the seed of salvation. It's been planted in our life and we're justified before God. Next, we blossom as a child of God, being sanctified by his spirit growing more and more into the image of Christ.

So a Christian worldview is connected to knowing, to believing, and to growing, which is doing. Put another way, the Christian worldview is connected to learning and living out our faith. So like the last point, let me give you three quick points to ponder. First is the principle. Our faith in Christ should produce fruit. Our belief will blossom.

Second is practice. We need to encourage one another as Christians towards acts of faith, hope, and love. The writer of Hebrews put it this way. Let us consider how we may spur-- and that means to stir up one another to acts of love and good works. That's Hebrews 10:24. And then third, something practical, one way to cultivate our faith is to pursue the historic spiritual disciplines.

Kenneth Boa in his excellent book, Conformed to His Image, lists a few, as follows. Now listen to these carefully. Solitude and prayer, how are you in your prayer life? Are you getting away and spending time with the Lord? What about fasting and fellowship? Do you take fellowship with your fellow Christians seriously? Are you loving them? Are you spending time fasting before the Lord?

Here's a tough one. What about submission and guidance? Are you submitting yourself to God's word. When God's word says, don't do something, are you doing it? And are you submitting yourself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit? What about these two? This one really hurts. What about simplicity and stewardship? How are you with your money? Are you spending that money to further God's kingdom, or are you spending that money to further your own pleasure?

What about worship and celebration? Do you take worship and times of celebrating with other Christians during baptism and such, do you take that seriously? I hope so. And what about service and evangelism? Are you evangelizing? Are you out there sharing God's love with people? And finally, study. My point is that if we're going to blossom into the person God wants us to be, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to shape us into the person we behold in the Bible. And that person is Jesus.

So up to this point we've looked at belief and blossom. Now let's turn to the third and last characteristic, and the third B, which is Bible. And for that, look at verse 11. Paul writes, for the scripture says whoever believes on him will not be put to shame. Notice that phrase, for the scripture says. What is Paul doing? He's looking to the Bible as his authority.

And notice Paul's line of thought in these text. First, we confess and believe. We're saved. Second, we live out our faith. We're sanctified. But third, we learn the basis of our belief. And where do we get that from? Scripture. Folks, just like the Bible was Paul's authority, the Bible should be our authority in areas of morals and doctrine.

And what's fascinating, the word that Paul uses here in this text for scripture is "graphe." And Paul means it is the very words of God, the record of God's thought. And I just want you to think about this for a moment. Think about this profound truth. When we read and look at the Bible or we look at creation, the world, the word and the world, we are experiencing God's thoughts made visible. When we read the Bible and look at creation, we are seeing God's thoughts in action. That's amazing.

You want to know God's thoughts? Read the Bible. You want to know about God's creative activity? Study nature. It's amazing, marvelous. And in order to cultivate a Christian worldview, we must study scripture looking to its truth.

So going back to our garden analogy, a seed has been planted in our life based upon belief. At this point you and I are saved. Then the seed begins to grow, sanctifying us, making us more like Jesus. Here we blossom. And as part of the maturation process of growth, we need food, water, and nutrients. Folks, this is the Bible. This is study. We need the Bible to grow in our maturity, just like a flower needs water and nutrients. We need the Bible to grow as ambassadors for Christ in this world. And the end result, folks, is that as we mature as God's flower we will put off a fragrance, attracting others to the garden of God's delight, which is Jesus Christ.

So folks, all three of these aspects-- salvation, sanctification, and study; should cause us to be the aroma of Christ, as Paul says in second Corinthians. So again, three quick points to ponder. First is the principle. We must integrate biblical truth across the spectrum of our life of how we think and how we act, allowing the text to transform our mind.

Second is practice. We need to implement regular Bible study, Bible memorization, and Bible reading. All of these ingredients are necessary to help our spiritual garden grow. And by the way, just don't let a pastor do the study for you. You dig deep into the garden, allowing the fruits that come from God's word fulfill your life.

And then third is something practical. Get a good Bible dictionary. Head over to Parchments afterward, and ask for the best Bible dictionary, or a Greek translation, or topical handbook. Better yet, get Pastor Skip's Bible From 30,000 Feet. Or maybe download an app. My point is we have to study scripture with great resolve, allowing the text to nurture the garden of our life.

You see folks, the Bible is the essential component. It's the compost, the nutrients, the water for cultivating the garden of your soul. So in conclusion, we began our time together by looking at some disheartening images of people that influenced Adolf Hitler. Let's conclude our time before we open it up for question and answer, in how we're to cultivate a Christian worldview.

Looking at these screens, first, we're to believe. We must be saved. Here we know that Christ is who he is. And who he is, is the person who rose from the dead. And we must place our trust in him. But second, we must blossom. We partner with the Holy Spirit in the sanctification process. And as the Holy Spirit begins to tend to our garden, we grow more and more into the image of Christ.

And then thirdly, we study our Bible. We study it so we could serve and be a witness to the world. And by studying the Bible, we begin to put on the fragrance of Christ, living as the flower of God's grace, a witness to this world. So believe, blossom, and Bible. Thank God many of us in this room are serious about Bible study. We wouldn't be here tonight if we weren't. Thank God that he has saved so many of us in this room and that we're being sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit. And folks, these are the building blocks for cultivating a Christian worldview.

But we're not finished with tonight. Because a study like this, I think, requires a time to digest. So I'm going to invite Pastor Nelson Walker, Jason, and Matt forward. Jason and Matt are going to have-- they're going to have the microphones. And we're going to ask you guys to come forward with questions pertaining to the study. And we want you to keep them sort of on the study. I mean we don't want to say, as you know, we don't want to get off on a tangent of is North Korea-- is the dictator the anti-Christ. That's a great question, by the way.

But there will be pastors up here afterward that will ask those questions. And by the way, why I've asked Pastor Nelson, is he's the leader of our School of Ministry. And he's involved--

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Yeah, give Nelson our hand.

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Nelson is also involved in helping shape and form Calvary College, which we'll tell you about in the future. And Pastor Jason Mills is one of our campus pastors, as you know, Nob Hill. And then of course, you guys know Pastor Matt. And a lot of times a lot of people are afraid to ask pastors questions. Well, now is your time. We want you to ask questions. We have exactly 28 minutes to do so, 28 minutes to answer your questions.

And we want you to ask questions like simple things, like how do you guys study, what books do you recommend; things of that nature. So with that, stand-- f you want to ask a question-- stand up and either come to Jason or Matt for a question. Please ask questions. And one of us will answer them. Yes, sir?

I have a question. In the pursuit of cultivating a Christian worldview, what books other than scripture, do you recommend to help in that process?

Nelson, tackle that. Just saying.

First, I would say, the Bible is number one. And I would recommend getting more than one translation. Because we'll get used to something like the King James or the New King James, or something we're used to. So get a couple of different types. Get something that is more word for word, like the New King James or the New American Standard. And get something else that is more thought per thought.

Today's world, if I were to say, oh, that's totally cool. And somebody 1,000 years from now would look at that, and say, oh he's talking about temperature. Whereas I'm using a colloquialism. So you want both types of scriptures, one.

Two, you need a consistent reading plan so that you're daily going through those scriptures. In terms of plans, there are so many of them. You can pick things up. You can look on the internet. So I'm not going to talk about different reading plans. So one, more than one translation. Two, multiple scriptures.

And three, I would say just get a good Bible handbook. And that's what they're called, Bible handbooks. Because the Bible handbook will give an introduction to every book. It will give you a timeline where that book is. It'll have some maps, so you have references. It will talk about what's going on culturally. So Jesus, of course, dealing with the Samaritan woman, he's dealing with men don't talk to women. She's a Samaritan. Samaritans were second class. Nobody who was a Jew would talk to a Samaritan. And so you get the feel of what's going on culturally.

So those basics, two Bibles minimum; one is word-for-word. The other is thought-for-thought, and a good Bible handbook. Then just a consistent time to read and absorb large chunks of scripture, and pull something out for daily meditations, so big chunks and little chunks simultaneously.

Jason, Matt; do you guys want chime in on that one?

Nelson, can you give an example of a couple of good thought-for-thought translations?

I'm sorry, an example of what?

Examples of thought-for-thought translations?

The thought-for-thought translation, I would say the very best out there is the NET, the New English Translation. Because they not only try to go thought for thought, every time they went a thought for thought, they footnote, by the way-- for example, Paul will say, brothers these things ought not to be so. In that, it will say, brothers and sisters these things ought not to be so. And they'll footnote it and say, the translation is brothers. But it was a thought that meant mankind, not just men. They just did it this way. So the NET, because it footnotes the different and explains it.

Let me explain something to our congregation here. We're throwing out some terminology you may not be familiar with. In Biblical translations there's two approaches. There's one called formal equivalence, and that is a word-by-word translation; and then dynamic equivalence, which is a thought-by-thought. And that's what Pastor Nelson is saying, a thought-by-thought. That's what we call dynamic equivalence.

Matt, do you have anything to add in the on extra books beyond the Bible that Christians should be reading?

Man, anything by CS Lewis is a no-brainer I mean you can read his fiction and get stuff out of that. But, you know, Mere Christianity, I remember reading that I think as a freshman in high school. And it's just such a logical approach to God's existence and why we can believe in arguments for why we can believe that there is a God, and be confident in that. So yeah, I am a big Lewis fan.

And I would just add that all Christians should get a good apologetics handbook. Apologetics is the study and defense of the Christian faith. One of my favorite authors is Norman Geisler. A lot of you guys know that, because I studied with Norman Geisler. But I'd recommend any apologetics book by Norman Geisler. OK. Thank you for your question. Next question, anyone have a question? Here we go, someone right here.

Is there a particular system of Bible study that you would recommend?

I'm sorry. Say that one more time.

Is there a particular system of Bible study that you would recommend?

Nelson?

Let me give you a method that Skip likes to use. So we have a pastor that I think does a pretty good job. And he has a particular methodology that he uses. And when he said, oh, I have a certain way I like to study the Bible. I was like-- So what he likes doing-- and he didn't invent this, but he likes to do it.

One is the Book of Proverbs. Now I got in trouble with this one. The Book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, and there's 31 days in the month. OK, 31 days in the month, generally. And so every day he'll read that chapter. Now I got in trouble one time because I forgot and left my Bible open on the bathroom sink to that chapter. My wife asked me, why did you leave the Bible open to-- it's like, no that was not about you.

So that's one thing he likes to do. Because he calls them truth time-bombs. But the other is he switches. And I would say you want to have a plan. But you want to switch your plan. So what he'll do is you think of the Bible of the Old Testament, history. Then you had the Old Testament poetry that begins-- Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes. Then you have the Old Testament prophets. So there's three sections-- history beginning with Moses and ends Ezra and Nehemiah; poetry, prophecy.

Then the New Testament would be the gospels, and then the history would be Acts. And then you have the letters, which of course end in prophecy. So what he would do is say, Monday I'm going to read history. Tuesday I'm going to read prophecy. He just puts the marker in. Wednesday I'm going to read prophecy. Thursday I read the gospels. Friday I'm going to read Acts, and then I'm going to read the letters. Of course, the gospels becomes the shorter section. So you're going through the gospels, the words of Jesus, even more.

So that's a study plan he uses. But they have many things, you can say to get through the Bible in the year. The Bible From 30,000 Feet has been talked about a lot. That's a through-the-Bible-in-a-year program. So take a program, use it a year, and then switch up. It's like working out in the gym. You're always changing up, because you don't want your body to get used to something. So it just does it and forgets it. So keep changing up.

Jason? Do you have anything to add to that?

No, but we have another question down here.

OK. Matt, but anything else to add?

Yeah, just real quick to that. How many of you have the U version app, the Holy Bible app on your phone? Probably like 90%-- OK. Maybe less than I thought.

Wow, that's great.

But that's a phenomenal app. And they have reading plans in that app that will help you go through the Bible in a year, the New Testament in a month, or so on and so forth. One of my favorites is by Robert Murray M'Cheyne. And you can find out that on the U version app. That's just a really neat way to have the Bible with you all the time. And it will send you notifications. It's like, hey, did you read your Bible today? Bzz-bzz-bzz. That's a way better notification than your Instagram going off and be like, hey two more people liked your posts. Bzz-bzz-bzz. So that's a really practical way to read the Bible.

And let me just say one other thing to answer your question. I would recommend the inductive Bible study, inductive Bible study. And if you're familiar with the book called Living by the Book, we sell it in our bookstore. That teaches you inductive Bible study. So great question, thank you. Jason, you have a question here.

So how much should you read a day?

Say, again Paul. I didn't hear.

How much should you read a day?

Wow, Nelson, go ahead. Take that one.

OK.

That's why he's up there.

I would say that depends. Some people are able to read massive amounts of things and retain them. Some people struggle greatly. I know that I am one of these, wow, I read the book of Romans. That's cool. My wife said, I read a proverb. OK. And she is one of the godliest people I know. She puts me to shame. So it's how much can you absorb? How much time do you have? I like two methods simultaneously.

One is big picture. You're covering the whole thing quickly. And the other is grab a section and dig deep. So think of the way we do Bible study here at the church. Wednesday is big picture, covering massive amounts. Sunday is small, just a couple of verses. You're reading should encompass both. One is contextually large chunks of scripture to get the feel of, say, why did Paul write Romans. What is that all about? What's the feel? Who was it written to? So you've got a big feel for the book. Now when you get some little section of Romans that you dig into, Romans 10:9 and 10, if you believe in your heart that God-- confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Now when you're in that and you're digging deeper, you understand the context. Is he has just switched from showing everybody was a sinner. There is no way to be righteous. How can God save the righteous? This is how, and so how are you now going to apply it? By confessing Jesus as the messiah. Because he's now in the Jewish section of the book, and it's written rabbinically.

So you study big picture, little picture simultaneously.

Jason, anything to add on that question?

I would just say do it the same way you eat. You eat till your full.

Yeah, good. That's good, practical. Matt, anything on that?

Man, who-- who can argue with that logic?

I know. I can argue with that.

You don't as me, Paul. Because I--

I will argue with that.

I read way too much. I honestly do. I read up to 16 books at a time. And I just go from chapter to chapter, so I finish a chapter and then I pick up the next book. And I just stack them up. It's a bad habit. It really is. It drives my wife crazy. So don't do it.

Before he answers that question, I do have to-- I have to take offense. Has anyone gone to an all-you-can-eat place? You know what I'm talking about? Where you put more on one plate than you would normally eat in a week. But you've got two plates and you fill it up. Because you paid for all the-- and then after you are so full that you can't eat, you get dessert? So you're wrong, Jason. Go ahead.

Here we go. Question over here.

I think we have different metabolisms.

How do you walk in the spirit?

How do you walk in the spirit? Go ahead, Nelson.

One step at a time. OK, walking-- walking in the spirit is about an attitudinal walk. So on the one hand, there's the physical. I walk in the spirit by saying, well you know what, I'm not going to do that thing. Because I know it's like the speed limits says 65, so I'm not going go over that. Right? Because that's part of just obedience. And all of us walk in the spirit, right? So we obey these things.

So one of them is just simply obeying. So that's part of walking in the spirit. But the other part is to cultivate the mindset, and we'll go along with the pray without ceasing. That does not mean you always bow your head and close your eyes, because that's not good when you're driving 65. So praying without ceasing means an attitude of prayer.

We have a pastor here who says, every time I see the other pastor, you see my lips move. Because he's like-- he's praying for you. You think it's like you need your meds. But no. He's praying. He's a very, very godly man. So he prays. So it's an attitude of prayer. Therefore, walking in the spirit is maintaining an attitude that says-- and to simplify-- what would Jesus do. How does this fit the worldview? How does this advance Christ? How will the words that I say-- because they come out of my mouth. Just don't let anything come out of your mouth that doesn't edify that doesn't-- what am I going to say? How am I going to do this? Is it a way that glorifies God? Are my words, or my actions, or my deeds glorifying God?

I'm imperfect. And I will mess up. Ask my wife. She can give you a big list. But you're striving to live in a way that you're always conscious of pleasing God. So here's the scripture. Don't work as someone just trying to please your boss when he's watching-- not as men pleasers-- but as to the Lord. So everything we do is an attitude of I want to glorify you. I want to glorify you. I want to glorify you. And that's walking in the spirit.

And let me just add that the word that Paul uses, the Greek word that Paul uses in that particular passage or all passages when he refers to walking in the spirit, is peripateo. And peripateo in Greek means to be preoccupied with or to pick yourself up with. So just as Nelson said, walking in the spirit is being preoccupied with what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life and in the world around you.

Jason or Matt, anything you guys want to add to that, what walking in the spirit is?

OK. I think we have another question here.

Perfect.

So is there importance in reading books that don't relate to our Christian worldview like, Mormon books or Buddhist? Is there importance there? And like what books would you suggest?

Go ahead, Nelson.

Well, before suggesting books, I would say, I read the newspaper and I read lots of books. First of all, I need my worldview. So I'm going to go with eating a meal. I have to eat my vegetables. They've told me. Now my son would always argue, can't we just have dessert first. So let's assume that I have a Christian worldview and I'm growing as a Christian. I would say, read everything you can get your hands on-- other than junk. I mean I don't want get in and start just reading some horrid profane stuff. But it makes me a good apologist if I understand sociology, if I understand philosophy.

If you go to school to become a doctor or a nurse you're going to read nonfiction books. You're going to read books on anatomy, and science, and mathematics. And so read widely. Paul the Apostle, when he went to Mars Hill, he comes up with a sermon. When they ask them to speak, he said, I have perceived that as I walk around the city and see all these statues that you are very religious. And right here is a statue to an unknown God. This is the God I have come to tell you about.

God who made the world and all things therein doesn't dwell and heart's made with hands. So he's saying he's made all of us one flesh. He was quoting Epicurious. He quoted a whole bunch of Greek philosophers. He quoted the stoics. His whole sermon was based on the philosophy of the people he was talking to. The more well-read you are, the more well-versed you are, the more you can communicate to the world.

Paul said, I have been made all things to all men that I might win them more. Read widely.

And I would concur. I say amen to that. I read voraciously across topics. I read math books. I read science books. I read-- I do. I do.

Manuals on how to hook up a stereo.

I read 15 to 20 books at one time. I just literally read one thing after the other. One time-- I'm not kidding here, I don't think he's here tonight-- but one time my son said, dad, it's become a problem, you know, your reading.

I'm thinking, oh, come on. He goes, do you how many books you have up there? I go, yeah probably 10. He goes, no way. No way. You don't have 10 on your book-stand. I go, just go up and count them. So he came down, and counted them. There were 60 books stacked up on my book-stand all the way around. You don't have to read that much. But I agree with Nelson. Read broadly.

And by the way, Kent Hughes in his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, at the back of that book he lists or he interviews pastors and asks them that same question. And various notable pastors give the books that they would recommend people to read. Jason--

Would you give the name of that book that has that list it again?

Disciplines of a Godly Man, by Kent Hughes. Jason or Matthew, you guys have anything to add to that question?

I think so. Often we assume what the world assumes about us. Right? And so as we want to talk to people about Christ, we want to share our worldview and all these things, we have to understand where they're coming from. And so if you have no idea and you're just guessing, well, you're just as bad as the other side of that conversation. And so I'll listen to pod-casts and read articles and all these things. Because I'll listen to them talk about Christians or what they think is in the Bible. And you realize how far that gulf actually is.

And so when you actually start having those conversations, you kind of have a good idea of where that starting point is. When you start talking about, well, who is Satan, who is Jesus, and the Bible, and this, and this, and this. You can't take those things for granted. You have to know where they're coming from, defining those terms and being able to get them to bridge the space from where they are to where you need them to be to understand this information.

Matt?

Yeah, just I remember hearing one pastor say that the moment we become irrelevant is when we're trying to answer questions that the world is not asking. Hey, Moses. Thanks for that. And so it's important to know what is the world actually asking. And you figure that out by reading the books they're reading.

Oh, we have another question right here. Thamer?

Can you guys share with us how you might encourage us to do the discipline of prayer, because is prayer is as essential as God's word.

Nelson, tell us how you pray.

Have you prayed about that? OK. The discipline of is to set time aside. I'm going to give an example of a failure in my life. Years ago, back about the time the dinosaurs were roaming the earth, I was going to a school that was a 40-minute drive. And one of the commitments in the prayer class was that we were going to pray one hour day. And I somehow justified in my mind, well, I will be praying on the way there every day and praying on the way home. Because it was the freeways of Los Angeles. So you are praying, and so that will justify it. And it was an absolute justification of sin. Because I failed. I did not do what I was supposed to do.

I would say prayer is a couple of things. One is there is a dedicated fixed time. Now, I have a hard time kneeling down or lying in my bed and praying because I love to fellowship with the feathers also, and that usually takes precedence. So prayer walks, praying aloud, praying with others; these are techniques. But it comes down to I need to go on the walk. I need to do the prayer.

So just like I would say, oh, I'm going to eat. Well I need to schedule prayer time. So that's part of it. It's a focused prayer time. Many people say a journal helps. But a focused prayer time and I would say an accountability partner. One of the greatest times of prayer in my life was when I was getting up early and going to the gym and meeting another pastor. And we'd work out and then we'd go into the steam sauna and we turned it into our prayer room. And we wound evangelizing whole groups, because they would say, you guys pray. Hey, my wife is, or my brother is-- and so all these people that are in are-- can you pray for. So it was great. So we have fixed prayer times.

The other is the attitude of prayer. Since the Bible says pray without ceasing, it is not to go around and when the person cuts me off, think of what I want to do. It's to intercede on their behalf. I had somebody rear-end me the other day, and I just said, don't worry about it. And then they turned around and they filed and said, I was in a parking lot, backed up, hit them and ran away. So it was one those.

So, I think about that every day as I see the bump on my-- the bumper doesn't look as nice as it could. So every day when I see that, I pray for her salvation. That's not the first thought that comes to mind. So I use the things of the world to move me toward prayer, when the things of the world want to move me toward the flesh. That's the attitude of prayer.

That's good. Matt, anything to add about prayer?

Wow, that was great. I mean I think your calendar declares to you what you actually care about. So if you really care about spending time with God in prayer, put it on your calendar. And if you're really struggling with that, set reminders on your phone. Again, these things can be-- these tools that we have in our pockets, they can be tools for us or they can be our greatest enemy. But make it work for you instead of against you.

That's good. Jason, any thoughts on prayer? All right. Here's a question.

Is it OK for me to read the Bible front or backward, or should I do it a different way?

From front to back?

Or should he do it a different way?

How should he read the Bible, from front to back, or what do you suggest, Nelson?

You know, when I first got saved and somebody said, there's an Old Testament and New Testament. I said what's a testament? So I would say if you're reading the Bible, it's OK. So whether it's front to back, back to front, you're reading it. That's like having a plate of food and I've got vegetables and potatoes and meat. OK, I'm not a vegan. And so which one do I eat first? Now my wife just stirs it all together and calls it a casserole. But it doesn't matter, because you're going to eat it all anyway.

So set up a schedule where you're going to make sure you always finish off your plate every day. A lot of the back, a little the front; a lot of the front, a little of the back. Have a schedule, eat everything on the plate, call it casserole.

Does that answer your question? Cool. We have time for one more question. One more question. Wow, all the hands just went up right now. OK. We have time for two more questions.

With quick answers.

Yes.

Can you say a little bit more about how you use fasting in the blossoming part of cultivating a Christian worldview?

I would love to. First of all, let me talk about fasting. If somebody has a blood issue, whatever that might be, so that fasting is-- there's a medical component to it like you're hypoglycemic or diabetic; so if there's something like that, many things that I say, please do not generalize them. You need to work through your medical things.

Fasting, in scripture there were different types of fasts, just as there are today. Remember Jesus was criticized. Why is it that your disciples don't fast, and our disciples fast? And he said, when the bridegroom is there, they won't. But when the bridegroom is not there, they're going to fast. So the disciples didn't fast. But he said that we should be. But what is fasting?

Fasting can be anything from a complete stopping of all eating, to saying I'm just going to fast from particular things, like I'm going fast from vegetables-- because that's spiritual-- no. No, I didn't. But there's a type of fast. I'm going to fast for a meal. I'm going to fast from certain meals. So fasting is degrees of quantity and duration of length.

But it's not just a sanctified diet-- I'm just going to fast from desserts because I should have less sugar. It is replacing that time-- as my body, like when I say I see my dented bumper and my head goes somewhere, and I discipline myself to go to toward prayer for salvation rather than the thoughts that I would rather have. Well, now your body says gimme. And you're saying, yes. Give me more of Jesus. So my fasting is a spark. It's the way that most people used to do the buzz on their phone. They would make their body buzz in hunger to remind them to focus on God. And you don't have to buy a phone to do it. You just don't have to eat.

So you choose a time. You set it on your calendar. You're going to focus on God. It's going to be a time of prayer. Your body is buzzing. You're praying. Have you ever had something go bad in life, and you're really praying? Well when you're really hungry, you tend to really pray. It's just like that. So it's a time of focused prayer. And then if you go on a longer fast, there are ways to break it. Disciplines of a Godly Man is one book, Boa's book that was mentioned. If you're going to a longer fast, you probably need to look at it. Because there's ways to enter a fast, and ways to leave a fast. You don't fast for three days and then finish it with a cheeseburger and fries. That's--

Jason, you had a little bit. And then we have just time for one more. Jason, did you want to add to that?

I was going to say I don't fast very much, because there's not a lot of me to lose. But you can fast a lot of different things too. I know people who have gone on social media fasts. For those of you who are millennials, I know that sounds crazy. But you can do that, or fast from your phone. Or you can fast from anything that's causing a distraction in your life where you want to refocus on God. I know that I should probably fast more from my phone.

I know that my wife would probably enjoy that a lot more. But I would probably enjoy it a lot more too, instead of being constantly distracted by these other things where I could be using that time better to be focused, to be disciplined, for prayer or Bible reading, to gain an attitude of the spirit, the attitude of how can I obey and honor my Lord in my daily actions.

OK, one final question, one final question.

I heard that every Christian should memorize at least the book of Romans. Ralph Mahoney said this. So you agree with that? Or do you think that Christians should memorize one book in particular or are there techniques or do you guys practice that?

Well, I haven't heard that you should memorize the book of Romans. Though I do think the principle of memorization is great. Now Nelson, in the School of Ministry you guys teach a memorization plan. What is that plan?

There's a memorization course. It's not only taught in the School of Ministry. But it's offered at Calvary. And I'm sure if enough people wanted, they would just offer is Calvary wide. But it's a technique that you learn to memorize massive amounts of data. And you never forget it forever. It's based on mega memory. And it was converted, same principles into Christianity. So we teach that.

Students will get this, and they'll walk away, saying, yeah, I memorized 25 scriptures yesterday. It's like what? So should we memorize? Yes. Do you want to memorize the book of Romans? Go for it. Start with the book of James. It's shorter, easier. Have a little success. But the idea is-- seriously. You've memorized your name, your phone number, your address, the names of your family. You can memorize. You just have to focus on what to memorize.

So it's not an issue. But the issue is how can I memorize vast quantities and not-- Do this. And this is a quick answer. I used to work in a psychiatric hospital with children whose IQ were very, very low and they can't learn. I could take a classroom of these children, teach them their times tables, 1 times 1 through 12 times 12, in one afternoon, not talk about it again, and every one of them would ace a test three weeks later, because of a memorizing technique that we taught.

That is the one that we teach in the School of Ministry. And if people ask, we can probably get Sam Garcia to teach it for the general population.

That's right.

And I would just say principally you are what you eat. So eat a lot of scripture, as much as you can memorize. You are what you eat.

And dessert.

Well, thank you for bearing with us for this past half hour of question-and-answer. I know so many more of you raised your hands. There will be our pastors up here afterwards. We would love to field more questions, dialogue with you. Brian Trujillo, in Parchments bookstore, he said if any of the books that were mentioned tonight you want them to order for you, go over there and they'll get them for you. And we just truly count it a blessing to partner with you guys in learning to grow in Christ likeness, in helping you cultivate that Christian worldview. So that you could put on the glasses of God's vision of his word and his world.

So Jason, I'm going to ask you to close this in prayer. And then we will be dismissed.

Lord, we thank you for such an invigorating night, Lord, not just intellectually, Lord. But we want our hearts, our souls to grow as well, God. We want to be able to take this worldview, Lord, your world and your word, and we'll be able to share it, Lord, intelligently and supernaturally with those we come in contact with. Lord, help us to keep our vision clear, our path straight, and our goal, you. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

What binds us together is devotion to worshipping our Heavenly Father, dedication to studying his word, and determination to proclaim our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.

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

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11/21/1982
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Rise of the Cults
Walter Martin
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
Walter Martin
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
Walter Martin
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12/11/1982
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Christian Science
Walter Martin
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12/15/1982
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Colossians 2:6-10
Walter Martin
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1/2/1983
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Men As Trees
Mark Macallister
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5/22/1983
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Secret of Greatness
Mark Macallister
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7/28/1983
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China
Mark Macallister
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10/25/1984
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2/2/1989
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3 Keys to Discipleship
Hebrews 10:35-38
George Sanchez
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3/9/1989
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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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4/30/1989
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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6/25/1989
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The Devastation of Discouragement
Psalm 73
George Sanchez
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8/10/1989
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
John 13
George Sanchez
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11/9/1989
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Be All That You Can Be
Colossians 2:6-7
George Sanchez
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2/11/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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7/2/1990
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8/26/1990
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10/14/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
George Sanchez
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1/13/1991
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The Need For True Repentance
Luke 15:13-24
George Sanchez
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9/15/1991
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Personal Diligence
2 Peter 3
George Sanchez
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10/23/1991
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1/9/1992
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur
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3/2/1992
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
George Sanchez
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6/11/1992
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11/8/1995
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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6/1/1996
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6/2/1996
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6/3/1996
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6/4/1996
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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5/24/1998
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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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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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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7/7/2002
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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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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
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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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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
Dave Row
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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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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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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1/7/2004
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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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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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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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2 Kings 4:8-17
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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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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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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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
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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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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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4/2/2006
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Does God Speak Today?
Psalms 19
Scott Richards
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Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?
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4/5/2006
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Behavior vs. Bravado
1 John 2:3-11
Dave Row
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Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.
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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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Easter Sunrise Service 2006
Ryan Dobson
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Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.
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4/19/2006
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Will the real believer please stand up?
1 John 2:18-29
Dave Row
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Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?
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The Power of a Resurrected Life
Philippians 3:10
Dave Row
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What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.
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4/26/2006
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The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
1 John 3:1-9
Dave Row
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How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.
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4/30/2006
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The Doctrine of Recompense
Jeremiah 38
Pancho Juarez
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Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.
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5/3/2006
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The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
1 John 3:10-24
Dave Row
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Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.
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5/7/2006
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Will You Go Away
John 6:60-69
David Rosales
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We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?
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5/10/2006
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True or False, You Must Decide
1 John 4:1-6
Dave Row
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How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.
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5/14/2006
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Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
2 Timothy 1:5
Dave Row
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Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.
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5/17/2006
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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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5/28/2006
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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6/4/2006
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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11/12/2006
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All Things Working Together For Good
Romans 8:28
John Miller
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11/26/2006
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/13/2006
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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1/7/2007
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The Solomon Complex
1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25
Levi Lusko
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1/10/2007
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The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
James 3:1-13
Dave Row
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2/11/2007
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God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
Joel C. Rosenberg
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3/21/2007
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Jesus: Dead or Alive
Dr. Steven Collins
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3/25/2007
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A Closer Walk with Jesus
Hebrews 11:6
Dave Row
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4/18/2007
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Paul's Recipe For Joy
Philippians 2
Alan Brooks
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4/22/2007
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Understanding the Times
Romans 13:11-14
John Miller
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5/23/2007
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When God Throws a Party
Leviticus 25
Chip Lusko
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5/30/2007
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Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader
Genesis 37 - 50
Dave Row
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6/3/2007
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Living for Eternity
Matthew 9:35-40
K.P. Yohannan
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K.P. Yohannan shares his passion on Living for Eternity.
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6/6/2007
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But That is Not The Way I Planned It!
Matthew 16:21-23
Nelson Walker
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6/24/2007
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He Who Wins Souls Is Wise
Proverbs 11:30
Raul Ries
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9/2/2007
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CASH will guide us to Eternity
Philippians 1:19-26
Pancho Juarez
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10/17/2007
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Eternally Tattooed
2 Corinthians 3:3
Levi Lusko
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10/21/2007
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The Great Race
Hebrews 12:1-2
Al Pittman
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11/28/2007
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Update on the Discovery of Sodom
Dr. Steven Collins
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12/2/2007
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A Down to Earth Look at Love
Isaiah 64
Dr. Bob Botsford
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4/2/2008
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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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4/6/2008
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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4/9/2008
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Your Response Is Crucial
Jonah 1-4
Kevin Miller
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4/13/2008
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
Matthew 6:19-34
Bob Shank
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4/20/2008
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Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
2 Kings 6:8-17
Joel C. Rosenberg
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5/28/2008
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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9/28/2008
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The Case for the Real Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30
Lee Strobel
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Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
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10/5/2008
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The Second Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:10
Tim LaHaye
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11/2/2008
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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11/12/2008
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Will the Church Survive?
Matthew 16:18
Chip Lusko
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Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/3/2008
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When God Comes to Church
John 2:13-15
Nate Heitzig
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12/7/2008
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The Touch of Jesus
Luke 5:12-15
Chip Lusko
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2/8/2009
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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3/4/2009
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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3/8/2009
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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11/4/2009
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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11/29/2009
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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1/20/2010
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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5/2/2010
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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5/5/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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5/12/2010
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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5/16/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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6/9/2010
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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6/27/2010
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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6/30/2010
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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7/25/2010
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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8/18/2010
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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9/12/2010
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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11/3/2010
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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11/13/2010
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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11/14/2010
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Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land. Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel?
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11/14/2010
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Why Does the World Hate Israel and the Jewish People and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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There's an intense battle raging. Throughout history, enemies have sought to annihilate the Jews and the threat of radical Islam is growing. In this message from Joel Rosenberg, we'll consider Satan's plot to destroy Israel and consider why the world hates the Jewish people.
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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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5/27/2012
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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9/5/2012
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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9/12/2012
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The State of the Epicenter: 2012
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel 5:5. While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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9/16/2012
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The Future of the Epicenter in Light of Bible Prophecy
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Only God knows what tomorrow holds and through our text, He communicates both warnings and encouragement about the future. Let’s heed His Word and prepare for what is to come—not only great pain and suffering, but also salvation for those who believe. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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11/14/2012
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Wholehearted Devotion
Mark 14:3-9
Alistair Begg
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She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial. But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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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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3/13/2013
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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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5/8/2013
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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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6/23/2013
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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7/17/2013
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Special Guest Brad Stine
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What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture.
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How to be a Hero of Faith
Hebrews 11
Robert Furrow
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In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith. When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess.
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Conquest of the Cross
Romans 3:19-26
Jesse Lusko
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As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints! In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all!
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7/28/2013
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Guest Speaker Will Graham
1 Samuel 1:1-18
Will Graham
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Everyone encounters trials. We can't escape them, but we can choose how we react to them. In 1 Samuel, we read about a woman who realized that God is bigger than any circumstance. As Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord, she was filled with joy that only comes from Him. Through her life, we learn that God will sustain us through any trial and He will use our pain to further His kingdom.
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7/31/2013
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The King's Messenger
Matthew 3:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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John the Baptist was the herald of Jesus, the coming King. As he prepared to present the Messiah to the world, he preached one simple message: "Repent!" Interestingly, John preached this message to the Jews, especially those who were religious. In this study, we learn the meaning of true repentance and how that leads to true sanctification.
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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The Old Testament is packed with Scriptures that point to the coming of Christ. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord.
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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A Person Who Is Holy
1 Peter
Raul Ries
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Peter called his fellow believers to be holy and reinforced this exhortation with an Old Testament command from the Lord. Today, there are many who walk in darkness—even believers—but as we study 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are reminded to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord. Let's consider what Scripture says about holiness, glean from examples of strong believers who came before us, and learn about the reasons for living a holy life.
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6/11/2014
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Three Relationships with the Father
Luke 15:11-31
Nelson Walker
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Jesus' parable about the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables from the Bible. But as we discover who Jesus' specific audience was, we learn that the son's warm welcoming by his father isn't the only—or even main—message Jesus was communicating. In this study of Luke 15:11-32, we learn about three types of relationships with the Father: the rebellious, repentant, and religious.
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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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11/12/2014
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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In this special message from guest speaker Franklin Graham, we learn how God is using Operation Christmas Child to raise up young evangelists across the globe. Then, as we study Mark 10:17-22, we see how the rich young ruler fell short in his relationship with God: he put material things before the one true God. Franklin presents a bold gospel message, explaining how Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and is the only one who can save us.
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1/18/2015
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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2/22/2015
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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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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3/1/2015
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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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5/24/2015
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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5/27/2015
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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6/14/2015
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Matthew 3:11-4:13
Nate Heitzig
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Wouldn't it be great if temptation disappeared when you became a believer? Following the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; it actually makes you a bigger target. In this message, Nate Heitzig discusses the seriousness of sin and the hope we have when we trust the Lord to fight on our behalf.
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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
Dave Eubank
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In this special interview with Free Burma Rangers founder Dave Eubank, we hear about his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. Dave also shares about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
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8/16/2015
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The War against Worry
Philippians 4:6-8
Kevin Miller
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Worry goes to war against our faith every day. Life’s "what ifs" will beat us down and steal our attention if we let them. Thankfully, God’s Word gives us a tutorial on how to flip the script and go to war against the worry in our lives.
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9/30/2015
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The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond
Ken Mansfield
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In this special message, Ken Mansfield shares his testimony of going from being the U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records to being broken, humbled, and eventually saved by the Lord later in life. Looking back on his thirty years in the music industry, Ken encourages us to see how God weaves the events and circumstances of our lives together to ultimately bring Him glory.
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10/11/2015
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Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ
1 Corinthians 3:5-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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In this teaching, Dr. Erwin Lutzer discusses three aspects of the judgment seat of Christ—God’s fair, individual, and thorough evaluation of believers.
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10/25/2015
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Through the Eyes of a Lion
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Levi Lusko
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Lions have spectacular vision, and they are better at processing light than humans. We need to become better at processing light, opening the pupils of our soul so we can see God's plan, purposes, promises, and presence even in the midst of our problems and pain. In this message, Levi Lusko gives us four ways to see life through the telescope of faith—through the eyes of a lion.
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11/11/2015
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Standing Up in a Fallen World
Matthew 5:3-12
Nate Heitzig
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We live in a fallen and corrupt world: boundaries are being pushed further, headlines are more shocking, and moral lines are becoming more blurred. As believers, we can respond by either passively complaining about it or by standing up for the gospel. In this message from Nate Heitzig, we look at the Beatitudes, learning how to live a sanctified life in the midst of moral decay and increasing persecution.
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11/29/2015
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Genesis 13
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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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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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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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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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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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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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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5/29/2016
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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8/14/2016
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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9/7/2016
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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9/28/2016
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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10/12/2016
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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11/20/2016
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A Lesson in Followship
Matthew 16:24
Nate Heitzig
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Jesus was a great leader because He was a great follower of His Father. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn to die to self so we can live for Jesus and go where He directs us.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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12/28/2016
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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Loving God Completely
Psalm 8
Nelson Walker
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God loves us more than we could possibly understand. In turn, Jesus commanded us to love God as well. In this study of Psalm 8, Nelson Walker explains that to love God completely, we must know Him more intimately, obey Him wholeheartedly, and follow Him willingly.
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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4/5/2017
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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