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The Upside Down
Matthew 5:17-20
Nate Heitzig

Matthew 5 (NKJV™)
17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19 "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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

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What is right and wrong? In today’s world, things seem upside down; moral relativism is the rule of the day. In this message, Nate Heitzig reminds us that God desires for our hearts and attitudes to be right, followed by proper actions, so we can make an impact for Christ in our culture.

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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Recap Notes: November 12, 2017
Teacher: Nate Heitzig
Teaching: "The Upside Down"
Text: Matthew 5:17-20

Path

In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig asked the question: What is right and wrong? In today's world, things seem upside down; moral relativism is the rule of the day. Nate looked at three components derived from Matthew 5:17-20: the commandments, the kingdom, and the calling. He reminded us that God desires for our hearts and attitudes to be right, followed by proper actions—making an impact for Christ in our culture.
  • The Commandments (v. 17)
  • The Kingdom (v. 20)
  • The Calling

Points

The Commandments
  • It seems that the very foundations of our society are crumbling beneath our feet. Moral foundation comes from our faith in God and an understanding of His Word, something that is lost in our modern world.
  • Today, 67 percent of people say there is no such thing as right and wrong, and 83 percent of young Americans ages thirteen to twenty-five say that morality is relative to the individual.
  • We need to get back to God's absolutes for our lives as laid out in Scripture.
  • In verse 17 of the text, Jesus cleared up a misconception held by some in His day: He didn't come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Fulfill means to carry it out, satisfy, finish, or complete.
  • Consider Jesus' relationship to the law: First, He was made under the law; the maker of the law put Himself under its requirements. Second, Jesus came into the upside-down world for you and me. He willingly experienced everything that is difficult for our sakes.
  • When Jesus was on the cross, He took the righteous requirements of the law and paid the price we could never pay. When we receive Him as our Savior, He takes the law and writes it on our hearts. Our righteousness is found not in the law, but in Him.
  • Probe: As Pastor Nate pointed out, God wants us to be righteous people. Discuss the two facets of righteousness: imputed (the moment when Jesus saves you: justification) and moral (our behavior in the world: sanctification). Why are both necessary to live a holy life? How are they interconnected?
The Kingdom
  • Note the word exceeds. The only people who can measure up or exceed religious people are those who are humble and have received the mercy of the Lord, thus taking on Jesus' righteousness (see Luke 18:9).
  • We might live in an upside-down world, but God practices an upside-down kingdom: The way to win is to lose (see Matthew 10:39), the way to rise is to sink (see Mark 9:35), and the way up is down (see John 13:14-15).
  • People tend to judge others outwardly, but the Lord is watching inwardly. It is what you think and desire that demonstrates the state of your heart.
  • We must remember that every person has a god, something or someone they live for. Who or what is your god?
  • Hypocrisy is perhaps the subtlest form in which the law is broken—living a lie before people (see Luke 6:46).
  • Probe: Take a moment to discuss Nate's statement: "The hypocrisy of the church is far worse than the profanity in the street. To pray and not practice, to believe and not obey, to say, ‘Lord, Lord' and not do what He says, this is to take His name in vain." How can such actions be like taking the Lord's name in vain?
The Calling
  • As dark as things are in our culture, it's tempting to retreat into a subculture. But this is not how Christ wants us to confront society. He wants us to turn our upside-down world upside down, thereby making it right-side up.
  • Acts 17:6 states about the work of Christians, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." The truth is that God's power still makes a difference in people's lives today.
  • Do you crave Christ above all other things? The only way to clear your eyes and see clearly is to come to Christ and let Him be the fulfillment you are craving.
  • Probe: Pastor Nate ended his message with several facets of Christ's fulfillment: "He will fulfill your thirst for joy; He will fulfill your search for peace; He will fulfill your desire for knowledge; He will take away your sadness; He will take away your pain; He will take away your anger." Discuss how Christ has fulfilled these in your life.
Practice

Connect Up: In Matthew 5:18, Jesus stated, "One jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." Given that Jesus was referencing the Old Testament, what does this text tell you about the importance Jesus placed on Scripture and its fulfillment? Discuss how the two words are related: the Word of God—Jesus (see John 1:14), and the Word of God—the Bible (see John 17:17).

Connect In: There are several places in Scripture where Jesus criticized the Pharisees and Sadducees for their hypocrisy. The word hypocrisy is hupokrisis in Greek. It means acting under a feigned part; deceit and dissimulation. And like in Jesus' day, hypocrisy is alive and well within the church. What are some of the things Jesus said the religious leaders were guilty of concerning hypocrisy (see Matthew 23:28-32)? What areas should we in the church be on guard against concerning hypocrisy?

Connect Out: The Greek word used for kingdom in Matthew 5 is basileia. It means rule, realm, and reign. How are Christians helping build God's rule and reign in the world today? What actions should characterize our life as citizens of God's kingdom, including reaching the lost for Christ?

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The Upside Down - Matthew 5:17-20 - Nate Heitzig

Hello and welcome to this message from Calvary Church. We are excited to hear from our special guest speaker, Pastor Nate Heitzig. Nate serves as the executive creative administrator at Calvary Church. If this message impacts you, let us know. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. Mystory@calvaryabq.org And if you'd like to support this ministry financially, you can give online securely at calvaryabq.org/give. Now, we invite you to open your Bibles as Nate begins.

Hey, I have a question for you. What is right and wrong? What is morality? What is good and evil? What is pure and impure? This is an important question for us to ask, because I think that in this day and age of eroding morals, in our day and age of constantly changing values, this question has never been more important. Who in here has ever seen a show called Stranger Things on Netflix? OK, we've got some Stranger Things fans. Who's a fan of Steve? Who's a Steve fan? We've got some Steve fans over there.

Everyone else is like, I don't know who Steve is. Who's Steve? I know Steve Collins, he's an archaeologist, but I don't know who Steve is from Stranger Things. Anyways, in this show called Stranger Things, there is two different worlds. There is the normal world. And then there is the upside down. Now, everything that exists in the regular world also exists in the upside down, except that in the upside down there is dark instead of light. In the upside down, everything is crumbling and decaying, everything is slowly being destroyed. In the upside down, it is filled with evil and terrifying creatures.

It's everything that's normal but upside down, it's just not right. It's different. Church, I'll be honest, sometimes when I look at the world today, I feel like we are in the upside down. Every day it seems like there are stranger things happening than the day before throughout the world today. Wrong seems right, and right seems wrong. The words of Isaiah in Isaiah 5:20 are just as appropriate to our generation as they were to his. "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."

Church, the very foundations of our society seem to be crumbling beneath our feet. And that's because I believe we, as a nation, have lost our way. We have left the foundational bedrock truths of the scripture, the understanding that the Bible holds the answer and the moral absolutes that this world needs. We've left that. We've left that foundation. We've left that understanding. And we, as a society, have completely gotten away from absolutes. Today, moral relativism is the rule that the world lives by. Whatever's right to you, is right to you. And whatever is right to me, is right to me.

But don't ever tell me that I'm wrong. Don't ever tell me that my way is wrong and your way is right, because you just don't know. That's the rule of our day and age. Now, the result of that is the massive problems that we face as we watch our society break down around us. And so today in our schools, you can hand out condoms but you can't display the 10 commandments. In our day and age, students can indulge in almost any kind of activity. You can have any kind of parade or celebrations, celebrating anything you want, but you're forbidden to preach.

Today, 67% of Americans recently polled say there is no such thing as right and wrong, 67%. An even scarier statistic, 83% of young Americans aged 13 to 25 say that morality is relative to the individual, 83%. And somehow we're surprised or shocked when riots break out in our streets. We're shocked when people that seem to be without conscience can murder others. We're shocked, we're appalled, when teenage boys have contests as to how many girls they can have sex with. In Jeremiah's time, it was said of the people, were they ashamed when they had committed abomination, no. They weren't ashamed at all. They didn't even blush.

Is this not an accurate description of our times as well? Is the world ashamed of the things that they're doing? Is the world embarrassed of the sin, of the situation, the state that it's in? No. They're not embarrassed at all. They're not even blushing. They don't even care. It's just commonplace. They're not even shocked when these things happen, it's just normal.

I read an article in a magazine that said, is there no more shame. Baring it all pays off big. And it said this, in the age of confessional talk shows, kiss and tell books, and self-esteem seminars, has shame gone out of style? Is the notion that someone can actually feel guilt, embarrassment, unworthy, or disgraced now passe? And so turn on the television and you're going to see sports stars bragging about their sexual conquests. You'll hear politicians talking about their abusive parents. You'll hear celebrities discussing their addictions.

And this openness has spread to ordinary folks who, for some reason or another, will go on television reveal the most intimate and private details of their lives to total strangers. Shame, as defined by the American Heritage dictionary, is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. But anything goes during our era of confession. TV talk shows, right, TV talk shows is this era's version of confession. So if you're having an affair with your wife's sister, just go tell Dr. Phil about it and make yourself feel better.

If you're a celebrity with an alcohol problem and an addiction to cocaine, just go on Celebrity Rehab and let the world watch as you fall in and out of addiction. And at the end of it, just repeat some phrases such as, to each his own or I just have to be true to myself, or if this helps one person, then it was all worth it. But church, the truth is that we don't want to stop. The world is going to continue in this cycle of sin doing what they want to do. And to be honest, it's kind of enjoyable for us to watch.

And so we're feeding it, watching it, giving in into it saying, yeah. This is just good TV. It's our party we can do what we want. We can kiss who we want. We can see what we want. But we can't stop. No, we're not ashamed. We live in a YOLO society. You only live once, so you might as well have fun while you do it. And as long as it feels good, it can't be that bad. So why try to stop? That's what the world is today.

We might be embarrassed. We might be surprised. But do we feel a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, unworthiness, or disgrace? I don't think so. There is a professor at a university in Ohio who said the let it all hang out mentality of the '60s and '70s released many of our inhibitions. It's good to question beliefs, he says, but like many others, he wonders if things have gone too far. People are becoming shockproof. People are becoming shockproof.

In the same study, they were talking about this reality that things that were clearly defined as sin 50 years ago, now people aren't quite sure. And so 50 years ago you take hot button issues like homosexuality or the use of marijuana, and 50 years ago, the majority of society believed that it was wrong. But fast forward 50 years now, and people aren't sure. It's whatever's right in your eyes is right for you. And whatever is right for me, is right for me. And there is no moral compass that we're judging the world by anymore.

Church, I believe there's only one thing that we can do. We need to get back to God's absolutes for our lives as laid out in the scripture. We need to get back to what the Bible says about life and Godliness. We need to get back to the bedrock truth and foundation that is found in no other name than the name of Jesus. It all comes back to God and what the Bible says about Him. And today, we're going to see that in this upside down world, Jesus turns things upside down.

Jesus came into this upside down world and he turned two things upside down. And we're going to see that today in our message. When Jesus gave this message, there was a similar kind of moral relativism that was taking place. People in his time were adding to and taking away from God's standards. And they were substituting it for their own. They had distorted views of what right and wrong was. They were so preoccupied with the outward that they lost sight of the inward. And so Jesus puts things back into perspective and he sets the record straight.

So let's look at our text and the first thing that Jesus turned upside down, the commandments. Look at verse 17 through 19. "Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Whoever, therefore, breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of these scribes and the pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

Man, what a strong call from Jesus on this topic of righteousness. The first thing we see that Jesus comes into this world and turns upside down is the commandments. He turns the law upside down. Look at verse 17 with me again. It says, do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Now Jesus here clears up a very common misconception in his day and ours as well, and that is the question, did Jesus come to do away with the law? Did he come to abolish it, to exterminate it? A question I get a lot is, are the 10 commandments irrelevant?

Is the Old Testament law irrelevant? Are we now living in a new era, a new season, a new covenant? And now the law and the Old Testament is just irrelevant and it doesn't matter anymore. The answer is no. See, the problem in these times was that they added to the law, many useless details in the process. They missed its purpose and its message. Jesus sternly told the scribes and the Pharisees that they invalidated the word of God for the sake of their tradition, Matthew 15:6. See, church, Jesus came to do better than to abolish or destroy the law. He came to fulfill the law and fulfill the heart of the law. And Jesus gets to the core issue.

Fulfill means to carry it out, to satisfy, to finish, or to complete. Church, we don't realize it, but we do the same thing today as the Pharisees did back then. Let me explain to you what I mean by that. We, a lot of times, think that if we do a certain number of things, if we achieve and act and perform these things, that that's going to make us righteous. That if we come to church, if we read the Bible, if we do good things, if we give, that that's going to make us righteous. And we believe that that is the benchmark to which we have to meet.

So you think you're good by going to church? Jesus came to do better than that. He came to fulfill the law so that God could be with you all the time instead of just once a week. Now God is living in your hearts, he's not living in a temple or a church. The law has been fulfilled. He did better than that. And now you get to experience the fulfillment of the law. You think you're good by reading the Bible? Jesus came to do better than that. He came so that the Bible might be fulfilled in his name. And you can do more than just read it, you can live it.

No longer is the law written on tablets made of stone, it is written on your hearts because he fulfilled the law. You think you're good by doing good things, Jesus came to do better than that. He came to show us that all of our good things are like dog poop compared to him. But if we accept the greatest thing ever done, we don't need to be judged by what we do, we can be judged by what he's done. He is the fulfillment of the law. He didn't destroy it. He didn't abolish it. He fulfilled it. And now our righteousness is not found in the law. Our righteousness is found in him, the fulfillment of the law.

Church, Jesus is the best of what we are. He's the best of what we are. And by coming in and turning the commandments upside down, by turning the law upside down, he did a couple things. First and foremost, he was made under the law. Now this is huge. This is important. You've got to grasp this. The maker of the law put himself under the law. The one who made the rules, the one who made the regulations, the one who said, this is black and white, this is right and wrong, said, I'm not just going to put these rules and regulations over you. I'm not just going to impose the law on you. I, myself, am going to come into the upside down and submit myself under the law.

And not just that, but I'm going to fulfill it in your presence. Jesus went into the upside down for you and I. And he willingly experienced everything that is difficult in this world, including temptation to sin and all the difficulties that come with that. We're told in Galatians 4:4, when the time was right, God sent forth his son made of a woman, made under the law. Not just that, this is the incredible part, not only was he under the law, but he also, throughout his life, obeyed it explicitly and perfectly.

And by the way, he's the only person to ever do that. He completely observed every single jot and tittle, every rule, every regulation. He fulfilled the law to the t. And he's the only one who could have ever done that. We're told in Hebrews 4:15, for we didn't have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who's been tempted in every way just as we are, yet he did not sin.

But there is a problem. Even though Jesus Christ came to this earth, put himself under the law and fulfilled every call that the law had upon his life, that still wasn't enough. See, even if you're able to do everything right, even if you're able to fulfill every aspect of what the law calls you to do, there still has to be a sacrifice. The Bible says, without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sins. It doesn't say without the fulfillment of the law there can be no remission of sins. Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sins.

See, the law was meant to point the Israelites to the understanding that even at the end of the day, even at their best, there still had to be a yearly sacrifice. There still had to be a Passover lamb. There still had to be a scapegoat. There still had to be some shedding of blood to make up for all the ways in which their hearts were far from God. And so Jesus Christ not only put himself under the law, he took the penalty of the law.

Church, realize this, he who made the Heavens and the Earth, he who made the law, put himself under the law. He fulfilled and he obeyed the law. But then he looked upon all of us who were unable to do it, who were unable to obey it, and he said, hey, you know what? I'm going to take the penalty for them upon myself because I'm the only one who can. He made it, he observed it, and he paid the penalty for it.

See, the law, as far as the individual is concerned, was never meant to make one righteous. It was given to show us that we never could be righteous in our own ability and our own works. It was able to make us realize that there is no way I'm going to be able to do all these things. That's the point. That's God saying, yeah, that's right. That's the point. You can't do it. Someone else has to do it for you. Romans 3:19 says, "now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God."

Galatians 3:24 says, "so the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we may be justified by faith." Church, when Jesus Christ died on the cross, he took the righteous requirements of the law and he paid the price that we could never pay. And as I was thinking about this illustration at Starbucks the other day, I was thinking about what the law looks like, what the punishment of the law looks like and what this image of Jesus Christ paying the price for that law looked like.

And I thought of a cup of water, a glass of water. And I'm going to illustrate this for you here in a second. I've got a few things here on this table. I've got a cup of water, or a cup. And I've got a little bowl filled with water here. And the cup signifies the law. Signifies the law. It holds something. It holds righteousness and it holds punishment. And so the water is both righteousness and punishment. As I scoop up the punishment and the righteousness in this cup, I maintain the righteousness as long as I am holding the cup.

My righteousness is determined by me being able to bear under the weight of the cup. And I don't know if you can tell, but I lift weights, so I can hold this all day long. Not really. Give me about an hour or two and my arm is going to start getting sore. And I'm going to no longer be able to bear under the weight of the law. It's going to weigh me down. It's going to pull me down. And what's going to happen, eventually, is the punishment is going to start coming out from the law.

Now, the only way to relieve myself of the weight of the law is to completely pour out the punishment. But there is a problem. As I turn that upside down and I empty it out, it's still not enough. Remember, there has to be something for that punishment to be emptied upon. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. It's not satisfied unless it's poured out upon someone, either myself or someone else.

And so Jesus steps in and Jesus says, hey, I know that you can't bear under the weight of the law, I know that you can't hold it forever. And I know, eventually, this punishment is going to be poured out upon somebody, so Jesus stood under the law in our place. And when the punishment of the law was poured out upon Jesus, he fulfilled it. [APPLAUSE]

As Jesus turned the law upside down an empty it of its punishment, and emptied it of its righteousness, in doing so, the law was satisfied. We no longer have to bear under the weight of the law. We no longer have to hold the law. We no longer have to try to find our righteousness through the law. Now you and I are no longer held by its rule. The law is emptied of its punishment through Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:13 says, "He has made you alive with Him." Having forgiven you of all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, he took it out of the way and he nailed it to the cross.

And church, something beautiful happens that as we accept Him into our lives, He takes the law and He writes it upon our hearts. He writes it upon our hearts. And our righteousness, again, is no longer found from us holding the cup of the law and trying to fulfill and bear its weight. Our righteousness is found on the person of Jesus Christ, the same place that our punishment is found. Our righteousness is found on him. Jeremiah, in effect, says I'm going to make a new covenant with you. And the difference between the new and the old is going to be this.

I'm going to write my law in your minds and in your hearts. My law is no longer going to be written on stone tablets but on fleshly tablets of your hearts. And now our righteousness is found not in the law, but in Jesus. And then something else happens. This is where righteousness comes into play. Since our righteousness is found in Jesus, and since Jesus is living in our hearts, I then begin to obey the law, not because I have to, but because I want to. Because I want to. Because I desire to please God. Because I love God. Because He is living in me and it's no longer a set of rules that are decreed but it's a desire of my heart.

A scribe came to Jesus in Mark 12 and he asked him, what is the greatest commandment? And Jesus replied without hesitation, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. Church, if we love God, we will keep His other commandments, not out of decree, but out of desire. Here's this beautiful reality. We don't seek to live Godly lives to find or win God's approval. But it's because we realize that we have God's approval through Jesus Christ that we desire to live Godly lives.

Church, the battle that we're fighting isn't a battle running to approval, it's a battle coming from approval. You need to realize that you are approved. You are loved. You are chosen. You are equipped. You are anointed. God cares for you and loves you. And some of us have a hard time with this because we had daddy issues when you were a kid.

Maybe when you were a kid, your dad didn't tell you you were good enough. He didn't tell you you were strong enough. And you were always trying to do something to gain his approval. You were always trying to make your parents happy by doing a number of things, by getting good grades, by doing well in sports, by getting a job, by making money. And you're always looking at your life and saying, are you happy yet? Are you happy yet? Church, your Heavenly Father is not like your earthly father. Your Heavenly Father loves you. Your Heavenly Father has chosen you. Your Heavenly Father approves of you and loves you the way that you are. And you are chosen by Him. You are called by Him. You are equipped by Him.

Jeremiah says, "the plans that I think for you are of good, not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Church, let's win the battle from God's approval, not trying to earn God's approval. You're already approved. You are approved by God when you accept Jesus Christ into your heart. You have his approval. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. We're not bound by rules and regulations. We are constrained by his love.

The Christian is no longer under the curse of the law. Jesus dealt with that. But now, we should fulfill the law by wanting to do the things that please God. The law tells me what is right and wrong, what is black and white. Grace enables me to do it. Grace is that which brings me to love God. And if I love God, I will keep His commandments. Jesus said, he that has my commandments and keeps them is he that loves me. Too many people today misunderstand forgiveness and grace. We don't understand it in the light of what it was meant to be.

So they abuse it. Romans 6 says, "shall we continue in sin that grace may overflow?" Or literally, that grace might go down the drain. God forbid. How shall they who are dead to sin continue in sin any longer? To sum it all up, church, God wants us to be truly righteous people, but not self-righteous people, not people trying to have an outward observance of righteousness, that we try to make ourselves look really good, and we tried to do a number of really good things. But with the true righteousness purchased by Jesus at Calvary that will come from a truly changed heart. And if Christ is truly in my life, then I will live according to his word, naturally. That's what's going to happen.

This answers the question that this text proposes. How can anyone be more righteous than the scribes and the Pharisees? How can anyone be more righteous than the prophets? How can anyone fulfill the law? How can anyone get to heaven? Here's the answer, all those people lived before the Resurrection and we live on the other side of the Resurrection. We can now experience righteousness found in who Jesus is not in who we are. And that is the answer to how we can be more righteous than them, because we have something they never had. We have atonement from the one true living God.

That's what we have. That's the answer to the dilemma. The whole purpose of this text is to cast to you this idea that it's not possible for you to do this. It's not possible for you to observe every aspect of the law. It's not possible for any of us to go to heaven if we're relying upon our own strength. It's not possible. The only way it's possible is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This leads us to our second point. The second thing God turns upside down is the kingdom. Look at verse 20. "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

I want you to understand the boldness of a call like this, and also how much this would have freaked out the disciples. This would have come as an incredibly shocking statement. Exceed the righteousness of these scribes and Pharisees? How could anyone ever even match the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, let alone exceed it? They kept every single rule and regulations, even ones that didn't exist. They added more rules and regulations to the really long list of rules and regulations. And they kept them all.

They were outwardly the most righteous people in existence. So the disciples would have looked at this and said, so Jesus, are you basically telling us that we're all going to hell? Because there's no way we can exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees. So Jesus helps us to understand this radical statement by another one that he made. In Luke 18:9 Jesus said to some people who were very self-confident of their own righteousness, some Pharisees, who look down on everybody else, Jesus told them this parable.

"Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other was the tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and he prayed about himself. God, I thank you that I am not like other men, robbers, evil doers, adulterers, and this tax collector. I fast twice a week and I give a tenth of all that I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn't even look up to heaven. But he beat his breast and he said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Church, God practices an upside down kingdom. And those who are haughty in spirit will be brought low. But those who are humble with recognition of how messed up they are, realizing they are sinful, those will be exalted in the Lord's eyes. God will lift up the humble and he will cast down the proud. It's worth noting that this Pharisee did more than even the law required. For instance, there is no demand found in the Old Testament that men should fast twice a week.

In fact, in the Old Testament, it only asks for one fast a year. And the irony of the situation is this, at the very moment that the Pharisee thought he was at his strongest, in God's eyes, he was at his weakest. And at the moment the sinner, who thought he was at his weakest, crying out for mercy, he was strongest. Church, when we think we're at our best, spiritually, when we think we're the cream of the crop, when we think we're more righteous than anyone else, God looks at us and that's when we're at our weakest because we're relying upon our righteousness. We're relying upon our good works. We're relying on the things that we've done that make us look good to other people.

But to God, he says, man, that's just self-righteousness. You're at your weakest. But when we're on our knees, in our eyes at our weakest, begging and crying out for the mercy of God, saying God, I can't do it. I'm not righteous enough. I've messed up too greatly. I've blown it too much. There's no way that I can possibly pay for my sins. God says, ah ha, you finally get it. Now you're at your strongest. Now my power can work through you and you can be something and do something that you never could have if you were doing it on your own. Now you can experience righteousness that a Pharisee never could.

See church, God doesn't see as man does. And just how we can feel like we live in an upside down world as the world morally crumbles beneath our feet, we need to realize something. We might live in an upside down world but God practices an upside down kingdom. And the way to win is to lose. The way to rise is to sink. The way up is down. Jesus said to the lukewarm church of Laodicea, before you say I am rich and have prospered and I need nothing, not knowing that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

Charles Spurgeon said the way to rise in the kingdom is to sink within yourselves. I mean, the prophet Samuel was looking for a King for Israel. He was impressed with the appearance of the strapping and handsome Eliab. And God told him, do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things that man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.

Come on, can somebody who hasn't been in the gym for a few months give me a shout of praise? God doesn't look at our bellies, he looks at our heart. Give me another Krispy Kreme donut. And you say, well, Nate, we don't judge people's righteousness based on their physical physique. We don't? I would challenge you and say that we do. We tend to judge a person by the way they are outwardly. We see them in church reading their bibles, lifting their hands in worship. We hear their prayers and we say, oh, they have the best prayers.

Oh, I see them every week. They're serving. They look so good. All must be perfect in their life. And then we find out months later that they were caught in adultery. Or we find out that they were addicted to drugs, or that they were beating their wife and their kids. And we look at them and we say, how is that possible? They looked so good. And all the while, God wasn't looking at the outside like we are, God was looking at the inside.

If you want to find out what kind of a person you really are, you can find the answer when you're alone. You can find the answer in your thoughts, in your desires, in your imagination. This is what God's getting at. It doesn't matter how good you look on the outside. It doesn't matter how much you know on the outside, what's going on inside? Because inside might be a completely different story and God doesn't really care about the outside, he cares about the inside.

It's the state of your heart that is important. It's what you think. It's what you desire. It's what you say to yourself that matters, not what you say to the other Christians who sit next to you on Sunday. It's what you say to yourself. See church, our hearts are worship factories. And we are constantly worshipping something. It's possible to be in church worshipping God and still be guilty of idolatry in our hearts. Let me help you understand this.

You can have a good desire that can quickly become an idolatrous desire in your life if it becomes more important to you than the chief desire which should be of our hearts, which is to love God and live called according to his purpose. So there is a great desire to care for your family, to have a job. It's good to have a job and not be lazy and sit on your couch all day. You might need to hear that. But it is good to have a job. It's good to provide for your family.

It's good to put food on the table and put a roof over their heads. But if that desire becomes your chief desire, and all you're doing in life is looking for the next promotion, the next raise, the next rung on the ladder, you want the nicest car in the neighborhood, the nicest house, you want the nicest things, and that becomes more important to you than caring for your family emotionally, than caring for your family spiritually, than loving God. If your quiet times start to slip, you stop coming to church and your relationship with God suffers because of your desire, maybe a good desire to care for your family, that good desire's become an idolatrous desire.

And you are guilty of idolatry where you could even be worshipping God, because a good desire has become an idolatrous desire. Church, we have a tendency to do a multitude of things under liberty in Christ. Who has heard a Christian use liberty in Christ as an excuse to sin? Well, bro, I've just got liberty in Christ. Stop judging me. Don't judge what I do. It's just liberty. Now, although we have liberty in Christ, it's possible for a good or a grey desire to quickly become an idolatrous desire. If that becomes more important to us than being righteous. Let's make it personal.

Let's take drinking, for instance. There's nothing wrong with having an occasional glass of wine as a Christian. There's nothing wrong with having a drink every now and then. Despite what you heard growing up in church, there's nothing biblically wrong with that. However, if by drinking you are crossing a spiritual boundary in your heart, you're crossing a line that the Holy Spirit convicts you of, or you're crossing the line into drunkenness, that grey desire becomes a sin.

Or if you become so prideful in your liberty in Christ that you want to make other people feel bad for not thinking the way that you do, or we cause another person to stumble because of our views, then that desire's become idolatrous in our lives. I still don't understand why Christians will post pictures of beer and liquor but they'll never post pictures of look at this Coke. This Coke is so good. This Coke is like a vintage Coke. Or this water.

Why is it that that's the only drink that we post pictures of? People are posting pictures of beer. This IPA is so good. You've got to check it out. We don't do that with anything else. Why? Because it's natural tendency for us to gloat in our liberty. Hey, I have this liberty. And you don't have that liberty. You should have that liberty. This is a great liberty. That grey desire has become an idolatrous desire.

Any times it becomes more important for us to indulge in desire, whether good or bad, than it is to be righteous, that desire becomes idolatry. Remember this, every man and every woman has a God. Something or someone that they live for. Some pursuit in life that they get passionate about. And the true but terrifying thought is that a person can attend church on Sunday, can worship with everyone else, and be a full tilt idolater.

You and I can be in this place right now and be listening to these words and nodding our heads and agreeing with them and still be guilty of idolatry. The question is, who or what is your God? It might be the one true God. It might be the pursuit of pleasure or possessions. It might be you, you're your God. Your God might be morality. Your desire might be that you would look really good and that it would be like spiritual weights. And you're over at defined fitness flexing those weights and looking at your guns and wondering, I wonder who else sees my muscles. But you're flexing your spiritual muscles.

You're following the law. You're doing good things. And you're hoping everyone else sees. I wonder if they see how spiritual I am. I wonder if they see how big my spiritual bicep is? I wonder if they realize how good looking I am to the world? How righteous I appear? And your God is morality. But everyone has a God. Now, perhaps the most awful and subtle form in which this law is broken is by hypocrisy. Jesus said in Luke 6:46, why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do what I say?

The Pharisee we read here, in this story, this Pharisee who stood on the mountaintop and prayed to God who said, Lord, I'm so thankful that I'm not like all those sinners. I'm so thankful that I'm so righteous and I fast and I tithe. It's the worst kind because it's an unconscious one. It's an unconscious sin. I want you to realize this Pharisee thought he was doing right. This Pharisee didn't realize that he was guilty of the sin for which he was accused. He didn't know he was a hypocrite.

He thought he was the picture of spiritual health. So much so, he was boasting about it to God himself. Church, the problem with Pharisees is that they would major on the minors. They were more interested in details than principles. They were more interested in actions than motives. They were more interested in doing rather than being. And it is the principle, not the action only, that matters. Addressing this attitude at a later date, Jesus said, you hypocrites. Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, these people draw near unto me with their mouth. And they honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me. In vain do they worship me. What they knew, they didn't accept.

Church, there are some today who are false worshippers, not because they're worshipping a false God but because they're not applying what they know. Their hearts are far from God and so their worship is void. It's worthless. And I'll point out, people like this are the hardest to reach with the good news. They're the hardest people to break down the wall, the barriers that they have. Give me somebody who's destitute, who's realized the depravity of their sin. Give me somebody who's depressed, who's cutting, who's suicidal. Give me somebody who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, who's experienced the pain that sin brings, that person knows they need something, they just don't know what.

And the second a Christian can shine the true light and love of Jesus Christ into their lives and open up their eyes, they're eager and ready to accept that free gift of eternal life. But you try to tell someone who thinks they know everything something, you try to tell someone who thinks they're perfect that they need Jesus Christ, it doesn't work. They think they can earn their salvation. There's nothing we can say they don't know. And rules and rituals enable people to be spiritual when they're not, so that someday they get to heaven and God says, hey, what did you do with my son? They say, well, I did good things. Well, I prophesied. I did miracles. I went to church.

And God says, yeah, but your heart was far from me. Depart from me. I never knew you. Man, what a wake up call that's going to be for some people who really thought they were doing it the right way. They really thought that they were making the right decisions but it wasn't from the right heart. Church, make no mistake about it. Religion can be a deadly trap. Religion can damn people to hell just as surely as immorality. The motive for giving and serving isn't to receive, it's because I've received.

I've received the love of Christ and that's why I serve. That's why I give. That's why I do good. The Pharisees and the scribes were concerned with external and they ignored the internal altogether. And the tragedy was although they studied it, copied it, and proclaimed it, they never really let it hit their heart. These men were trusting what they had done for God rather than what God had done for them. The hypocrisy of the church is way worse than the profanity of the street.

To pray and not to practice, to believe and not obey. To say Lord, Lord, and not do what he says. This is to take his name in vain. Again, that passage I mentioned, Jesus said, "on the final day some would say, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name, do many miracles? Then I will declare to them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness."

Notice that he says, you who practice lawlessness. They would say they were practicing the law. And he says that's lawlessness. See, the difference is their law was found in doing rather than in being. Jesus came to fulfill the law. We practice the law by accepting Jesus not by doing all the things the law says. We practice law by accepting Jesus. Church, all this points out is that God's desires that first and foremost, our hearts and our attitudes would be right, then proper action will follow, then outward righteousness will manifest itself.

But we've got to have the inward righteousness of Jesus Christ before we can ever practice the outward righteousness. Church, I don't know that things have ever been darker spiritually in our culture. It's so tempting to retreat into the church, into the subculture that we've built, believing there's nothing we can do. We live in a culture full of blurred lines. It's hard to tell right from wrong, to tell fact from fiction. It's hard to tell good from evil. We live in an upside down world, but God has called us as believers to turn our upside down world upside down, therefore making it right side up.

Acts 17:6 says, "these who have turned the world upside down have come here too." So church, what about you? Has your prayer life become dry? Do you feel like you're lacking something in your spiritual walk? Is the world turning you upside down instead of you turning your world right side up? The way to solve that isn't to try and clear your own eyes to find the right way to say, well, I just got to do better. I just got to practice righteousness more. I just got to try to pick myself up and be better.

The only way to clear our eyes and see clearly is to come to Christ and let him be the fulfillment that you are craving. Church, just as he fulfilled the law, he can fulfill your desires. He will fulfill your thirst for joy. He will fulfill your search for peace. He will fulfill your desire for knowledge. He will take away your sadness. He will take away your pain. He will take away your anger. And He will give you life, love, and light. He will bring you hope. He will restore the years that the locusts have destroyed.

And you can have something that you never could have had apart from Him. So I think it's time for us, church, to stop trying to do it ourselves and to start doing it God's way. Maybe you are here today and you think you're pretty good. You think you're hot stuff. You think you're pretty righteous. And you're looking at the person next to you saying, man, this person really needs to hear this message.

Maybe you're sitting there and you say, man, I'm messed up. I'm hurting. I'm broken. I cannot do it. I'm a sinner. I'm never going to be as good as this person. You know what we all have in common, both of us, regardless of which seat you sit in, the self-righteous seat or the seat realizing that you're broken and hurting? Is that we all just need a little more Jesus. We all just need a little more repentance. We all need a little more forgiveness. We all need to experience the grace and the fulfillment of the one who took the punishment and the righteousness upon himself.

Lord, we thank you for your word. We thank you for the truth that is revealed in it. God, we desire to be truly righteous people, not self righteous people tricking ourselves into thinking we're OK or we've done it, but truly righteous people founded in the righteousness that only you can bring the righteousness that was on the cross, your death, your Resurrection, that is where our righteousness is found because that is where the punishment was poured.

God, I desire that my life would be a sweet smelling aroma to you. Help us as a church to shine a light into the darkness. And as we're praying right now, as you have your eyes closed and your heads bowed, perhaps you've heard this message and you realize that you need Jesus Christ. You're lost. You're hurting. You're alone. And you realize that if you were to die today, you wouldn't go to heaven but instead you'd go to hell. But you want to leave this place knowing that when you die, you're going to hear well done, good and faithful servant. Not, depart from me I never knew you.

If that's you today and you realize your need for repentance, your need for righteousness, that righteousness is found in Jesus Christ. And today, you can accept him into your heart. You can know that you're forgiven. You can know that you're loved, called, equipped. You can know that you're appointed for greatness. You can know that you're approved. All you have to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart.

If that's you this morning and you want to accept Jesus into your heart, you want to know that your sins are forgiven and that when you die, you're going to go to heaven, can you just raise up hand so I can see it. You're saying, Nate, pray for me. I need Jesus. Amen, right here. Right there, couple of you to my left, over here to the far left. In the back. Over here in the center. Up in the balcony. In the family room over here to my left, if God is calling you right now, you respond to him, amen.

Maybe you're here and you say, man, I'm a pretty good person. I've got it all together. But you've got it all together outwardly. And you know that when you get home at night, your thoughts, what's going on inside, you know that your heart is far from God. And although you might have the world fooled, you don't have God fooled. And today, here in this place, you want to rededicate your life to Him. You want to come back to Him. You want to experience the joy you once had that you have lost.

You want an injection of passion into your life back into your prayer life. If that's you and you want to rededicate your life to God, I want you to raise your hand up and you say, I want to come back to him. Amen, right here. Over here. Raise your hand up. Amen, amen. Lord, I thank you for all the hands that are raised right now, God. I thank you for the heart that is behind those hands, people, Lord, acknowledging their need for you. Their need for forgiveness. Lord, I pray that you would help them put feet to their faith, practice what they have heard preached, Lord. And make a stand for you.

In Jesus' name we pray, amen. Hey, will you stand? We're going to close. We're going to sing a song. I'm going to ask those of you who raised your hand, either if you raised your hand accepting Christ for the first time or you raised your hand wanting to rededicate your life to Him, regardless of this is a first decision or a second decision or 100th decision, I want you to get up from where you are. I want you to come down here to the front. And I want you to say a prayer with me to accept Jesus Christ. Come on, let's give them a round of applause.

You come and you say, Nate, well, I'm fine raising my hand in a dark room where no one sees, but you want me to actually take a step of faith to come forward? I do. And here's why. If you can't stand for Jesus in a roomful of people that love him, how are you going to do it in a world that hates him? And you say, well, my friend thinks that I'm a Christian, what are they going to think? Guess what? Your friend didn't die on the cross for your sins. Your friend can't get you to heaven. Your friend can't forgive you. Only Jesus Christ can forgive you.

And you're not getting your life right with your friends. You're getting your life right with Jesus. So you come right now. If you raised your hand, God is calling you. We're going to sing this song as we do. Whether you raised your hand or not, if you need forgiveness today, you come. Let's sing this together.

[SINGING] This is amazing grace. This is unfailing love.

Come on, let's get loud.

[SINGING] That you would take my place, that you would bear my cross. You laid down your life, that I would be set free. Oh, Jesus, I sing for all that you've done for me.

Come on, church, there's more people coming. Keep it up. We're going to wait for you. If God is calling you, you come right now. God desires a relationship with you. What are you waiting for? What's holding you back? You might think that you've got too much sin. God can forgive you of your sin. And He can replace that with righteousness. I've never met anybody who's too bad to go to heaven, but I've met a lot of people who are too good to go to heaven. They think they're too good. Don't let your righteousness be a barrier for you and your relationship with Christ.

Don't let time be a barrier for you and your relationship with Christ. You say, well, I've got more time. I'm going to give my life to God next time. You might die of a heart attack tonight. You might get in a car accident on the way home. And if you were to stand before Jesus today and he said, what did you do with my son? Would you hear the word depart from me, or welcome? Let us all hear those words, welcome, well done, good and faithful servant.

You leave here with the knowledge that you know when you die, you're going to go to heaven. Don't wait any longer. If God is calling you right now, you come. We'll keep clapping and we'll keep cheering for you. Amen. You come. And you say, well, what am I going to have to give up? I'm going to have to give up all the fun things I do in life. You know what you're going to have to give up? You're going to have to give up pain. You're going to have to give up desperation. You're going to have to give up striving. You're going to have to give up self righteousness.

Hey, any ex-self-righteous people in here who can admit that it's exhausting trying to be self-righteous and do the right thing all the time, it's exhausting being self-righteous. Experience the righteousness of God. Give up the striving. Give up the pain. Give up the feeling when you wake up in the morning and you despair of even life and experience the joy that only Jesus Christ can bring. We're going to wait a second longer. If there's anyone else who wants to give their lives to Jesus, who wants to know that they are going to heaven, you come right now.

God is calling you. Don't push that call away. Don't be like the Pharisee where you think you've got it all together, where you think that you're OK. Don't fool yourself. You're not fooling God. Stop trying to fool yourself. You come right now. We're going to sing this one more time and give you an opportunity. If there's anyone else who wants to get their life right with God and join this group of people as they make a profession of faith in Christ, anyone else, you come right now.

[SINGING] This is amazing grace. This is unfailing love. That you would take my place. That you would bear my cross. You laid down your life, that I would be set free. Jesus, I sing for all that you've done for me.

Amen. Well, hey, right now going to pray with this group of people who have come forward to accept Jesus Christ. And I'm going to ask you to say a prayer. It's a simple prayer. All you're going to be doing is acknowledging that you're a sinner, that you're messed up, which, welcome to the family. We all do, myself included. We're all messed up. You're acknowledging your sin and you're acknowledging the sacrifice of your Savior who died on the cross for your sins who rose from the dead. And you're asking him to fill you up and forgive you of your sin.

So as you say these words, I want you to say them out loud. I want you to see them from your heart. And I want you to say them to the ears of Jesus. Let's say this together. Lord, I know that I'm a sinner. I know that I've done many things that have hurt you. But Lord, I believe you died on the cross for those things. And I believe that you rose from the dead. So Lord, I ask you to come into my life. Forgive me of my sin.

I turn from my old life and I turn to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to live for you. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. Come on, church.

We hope you enjoyed this special service from Calvary Church, featuring our guest speaker Nate Heitzig. How will you put the truth you learned into action? Let us know. Email us at mystory@calgaryabq.org. Ab And just a reminder, you can give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/give. Thank you for joining us for this teaching from Calvary Church.

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Rise of the Cults
Walter Martin
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11/27/1982
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Jehovah Witnesses
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12/4/1982
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Mormonism
Walter Martin
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12/11/1982
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Christian Science
Walter Martin
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12/15/1982
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Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin
Colossians 2:6-10
Walter Martin
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1/2/1983
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Men As Trees
Mark Macallister
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5/22/1983
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Secret of Greatness
Mark Macallister
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7/28/1983
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China
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10/25/1984
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2/2/1989
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3 Keys to Discipleship
Hebrews 10:35-38
George Sanchez
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3/9/1989
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Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1-3
George Sanchez
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4/30/1989
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The Worthiness of Christ
Luke 5:1-11
George Sanchez
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6/25/1989
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The Devastation of Discouragement
Psalm 73
George Sanchez
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8/10/1989
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An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
John 13
George Sanchez
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11/9/1989
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Be All That You Can Be
Colossians 2:6-7
George Sanchez
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2/11/1990
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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7/2/1990
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10/14/1990
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Gods Purpose In Redemption
George Sanchez
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1/13/1991
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The Need For True Repentance
Luke 15:13-24
George Sanchez
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9/15/1991
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Personal Diligence
2 Peter 3
George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1992
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur
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Guest Speaker John MacArthur from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/2/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/8/1992
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Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-6
George Sanchez
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Freedom of Forgiveness - Luke 17:1-6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/11/1992
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez
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Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/8/1995
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
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Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/1/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/2/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/1996
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/28/1996
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Guest Speaker John Walvoord
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8/27/1997
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/5/1997
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
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Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/23/1998
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
Chuck Smith
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Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/24/1998
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
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Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/25/1999
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Desert Years
Chuck Smith
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Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/30/2000
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None of These Things Move Me
Acts 20:17-24
Don McClure
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1/24/2001
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Making Failure a Friend
Luke 5:4-8
Chip Lusko
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4/17/2002
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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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4/21/2002
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Guest Speaker John Miller
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7/7/2002
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/10/2002
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians 3:17
Chip Lusko
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9/8/2002
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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10/27/2002
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A Last Days Survival Guide
Revelation 22:16-21
Scott Richards
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A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2003
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
Dave Row
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God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/7/2003
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Resistance Training
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Neil Ortiz
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Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson
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Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/14/2003
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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5/18/2003
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Heart of the Minister
Gino Geraci
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Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 20:20-28
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/8/2003
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
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6/11/2003
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Guest Speaker Dave Row
Matthew 25:14-30
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Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/15/2003
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
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Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/16/2003
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
Isaiah 6
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Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/3/2003
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
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Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/7/2003
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
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Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/10/2003
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed
Isaiah 53
Lew Phelps
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The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/29/2003
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
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Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/30/2003
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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1/7/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/28/2004
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
Chip Lusko
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2/25/2004
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1 Kings 12 - 14
1 Kings 12-14
Dave Row
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2/29/2004
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Guest Speaker John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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3/3/2004
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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4/28/2004
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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5/19/2004
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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7/14/2004
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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7/25/2004
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God's Perfecting Work
Matthew 5:48
Mike Finizio
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7/28/2004
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When the Found Become Lost
Matthew 6:19-24
Neil Ortiz
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11/3/2004
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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12/22/2004
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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12/29/2004
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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1/26/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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6/8/2005
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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6/15/2005
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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8/24/2005
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How Jesus prays for us
John 17
Bill Holdridge
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Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?
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8/28/2005
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The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Malcolm Wild
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8/31/2005
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Acts 18:1-11
Acts 18:1-11
Tom Stipe
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Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?
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10/5/2005
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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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10/9/2005
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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12/21/2005
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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12/28/2005
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Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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12/31/2005
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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1/1/2006
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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1/4/2006
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Beloved, How Shall We Live?
2 Peter 3:1-13
Dave Row
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How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!
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1/18/2006
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All in the Family
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Dave Row
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Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?
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2/12/2006
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Divine Breathings
Colossians 4:1-9
Ray Bentley
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Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.
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3/1/2006
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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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3/5/2006
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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3/15/2006
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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:1-12
Calvary Pastors
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Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.
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3/19/2006
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Be Filled With the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18-21
John Miller
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What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.
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3/22/2006
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Eyewitnesses
1 John 1:1-4
Dave Row
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News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.
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3/26/2006
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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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4/2/2006
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Does God Speak Today?
Psalms 19
Scott Richards
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Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?
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4/5/2006
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Behavior vs. Bravado
1 John 2:3-11
Dave Row
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Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.
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4/9/2006
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Samson - a life of Compromise
Judges 13-16
Brian Michaels
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What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.
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4/12/2006
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Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
1 John 2:12-17
Dave Row
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As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?
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Easter Sunrise Service 2006
Ryan Dobson
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Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.
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4/19/2006
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Will the real believer please stand up?
1 John 2:18-29
Dave Row
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Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?
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The Power of a Resurrected Life
Philippians 3:10
Dave Row
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What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.
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4/26/2006
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The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
1 John 3:1-9
Dave Row
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How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.
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4/30/2006
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The Doctrine of Recompense
Jeremiah 38
Pancho Juarez
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Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.
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5/3/2006
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The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
1 John 3:10-24
Dave Row
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Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.
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5/7/2006
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Will You Go Away
John 6:60-69
David Rosales
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We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?
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5/10/2006
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True or False, You Must Decide
1 John 4:1-6
Dave Row
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How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.
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5/14/2006
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Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
2 Timothy 1:5
Dave Row
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Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.
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5/17/2006
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Communion Service
Calvary Pastors
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As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.
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5/21/2006
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Breakthrough in a Breakdown
2 Kings 4:1-7
Al Pittman
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We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
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The Love of God
1 John 4:7-14
Dave Row
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When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.
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5/28/2006
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The Divine Code
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dave Row
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All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
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5/31/2006
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The Love of God - Part 2
1 John 4:15-21
Dave Row
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What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?
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Love on Display
Romans 5:6-11
Dave Row
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Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.
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6/7/2006
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Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
Neil Ortiz
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How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.
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6/11/2006
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Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
Dr. Steven Collins
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Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located? Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers.
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6/18/2006
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Refreshment
2 Chronicles 30-31
Bill Goodrich
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Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can. When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
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6/21/2006
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A Potent Faith
1 John 5:1-8
Dave Row
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We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us. Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers.
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6/28/2006
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Who are We?
1 Corinthians 12
Alan Brooks
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How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church. Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him.
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7/2/2006
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Guest Speaker Raul Ries
Raul Ries
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Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life. If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
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7/5/2006
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The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Chip Lusko
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There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation. As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King.
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7/9/2006
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A new song for a new season
Psalm 40
Bill Welsh
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Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart". As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!!..., think about it.
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7/12/2006
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Witnesses of the Truth
1 John 5:6-13
Dave Row
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Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world? Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? John says, it is our faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ that overcomes the world. The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family? Think about it.
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7/16/2006
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A Bridge Of Hope
Mark 9:36-37
K.P. Yohannan
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How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
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7/19/2006
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Praying 101
1 John 5:13-15
Dave Row
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Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name (Jesus) He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask. So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him.
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7/26/2006
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Sin, Death and Idols
1 John 5:16-21
Dave Row
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Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature. Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right?
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8/2/2006
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Rewind, Remember, Resolve
1 John 5:18-21
Dave Row
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Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God. Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome? Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you?
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8/16/2006
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Characteristics of a Christian Community
2 John
Dave Row
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8/23/2006
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Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
3 John
Dave Row
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How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ. But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you?
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9/6/2006
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What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
Dr. Paul Nelson
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10/18/2006
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Faith and Your Feelings
Matthew 28:1-8
Scott Richards
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10/29/2006
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Are We Living in the Last Days?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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11/8/2006
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Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
James 4:6-10
Dave Row
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11/12/2006
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All Things Working Together For Good
Romans 8:28
John Miller
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11/26/2006
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/13/2006
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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1/7/2007
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The Solomon Complex
1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25
Levi Lusko
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1/10/2007
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The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
James 3:1-13
Dave Row
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2/11/2007
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God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
Joel C. Rosenberg
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3/21/2007
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Jesus: Dead or Alive
Dr. Steven Collins
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A Closer Walk with Jesus
Hebrews 11:6
Dave Row
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4/18/2007
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Paul's Recipe For Joy
Philippians 2
Alan Brooks
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4/22/2007
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Understanding the Times
Romans 13:11-14
John Miller
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5/23/2007
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When God Throws a Party
Leviticus 25
Chip Lusko
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5/30/2007
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Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader
Genesis 37 - 50
Dave Row
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6/3/2007
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Living for Eternity
Matthew 9:35-40
K.P. Yohannan
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K.P. Yohannan shares his passion on Living for Eternity.
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6/6/2007
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But That is Not The Way I Planned It!
Matthew 16:21-23
Nelson Walker
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6/24/2007
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He Who Wins Souls Is Wise
Proverbs 11:30
Raul Ries
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9/2/2007
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CASH will guide us to Eternity
Philippians 1:19-26
Pancho Juarez
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10/17/2007
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Eternally Tattooed
2 Corinthians 3:3
Levi Lusko
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10/21/2007
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The Great Race
Hebrews 12:1-2
Al Pittman
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11/28/2007
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Update on the Discovery of Sodom
Dr. Steven Collins
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12/2/2007
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A Down to Earth Look at Love
Isaiah 64
Dr. Bob Botsford
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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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4/9/2008
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Your Response Is Crucial
Jonah 1-4
Kevin Miller
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4/13/2008
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
Matthew 6:19-34
Bob Shank
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4/20/2008
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Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
2 Kings 6:8-17
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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The Case for the Real Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30
Lee Strobel
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Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
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10/5/2008
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The Second Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:10
Tim LaHaye
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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Will the Church Survive?
Matthew 16:18
Chip Lusko
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Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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12/3/2008
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When God Comes to Church
John 2:13-15
Nate Heitzig
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The Touch of Jesus
Luke 5:12-15
Chip Lusko
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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11/14/2010
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Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land. Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel?
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Why Does the World Hate Israel and the Jewish People and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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There's an intense battle raging. Throughout history, enemies have sought to annihilate the Jews and the threat of radical Islam is growing. In this message from Joel Rosenberg, we'll consider Satan's plot to destroy Israel and consider why the world hates the Jewish people.
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Does God Love Israel's Neighbors and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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God has indeed chosen the Jewish people and given them the land of Israel, but how does He view Israel's neighbors? As we dive into God's Word, we'll see He has not given Israel license to oppress their neighbors or to create injustice. Let's listen closely to this important reminder of God's love for the world and His promises for the children of Ishmael.
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How Can the Church Bless Israel and Her Neighbors?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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As Joel wraps up the series Critical Issues Facing the Epicenter, we'll explore why Israel and the Jewish people should be important to all believers. With the return of Jesus Christ approaching, we must consider our part in blessing Israel and her neighbors and Joel will encourage us to learn, pray, give, and go. Joel also addresses questions from the congregation about current events, prophecy, and the sound interpretation of God’s Word.
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11/28/2010
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Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
Luke 19
Franklin Graham
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Are you missing something in life? Are you searching for something, unsure of exactly what it is? As he brings us this message from Luke 19, Franklin Graham challenges us to consider our standing before God: Are your sins forgiven? Listen and learn that though we are all guilty of sin, we can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.
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12/26/2010
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When Dreams Die
Hebrews 11:24-29
Chip Lusko
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If you could do anything, what would it be? Let's consider whether our dreams are man-made or God-given as we look at the example of Moses. Faith without works is dead—how can we use our gifts fully for the glory of God?
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12/29/2010
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Happier than a Clam
Philippians 4:10-13
AJ Villegas
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Are you a happy person? That's the issue addressed in this message from Pastor AJ Villegas. We'll examine our overall outlook, and consider the difference in worldly satisfaction and true contentment. We'll learn that a proper perspective of the Lord, rather than comfortable circumstances, are the source of genuine happiness.
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4/3/2011
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Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Paul
Romans 8:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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If you really want to help yourself, then you will stop trying to fix your flesh and you will start submitting to the Spirit.
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4/20/2011
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The Seven Points of Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Brian Nixon
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How can we have more effective prayer lives? Let's take a brief look at "The Lord's Prayer" and consider how God Himself has instructed us to pray. We'll gain a greater understanding of how God honors our submission, our commission, and the remission or our sins.
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5/15/2011
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Money Talks
1 Timothy 6:1-19
Bob Shank
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In this message from Bob Shank, we look at God's practical instruction about money, including getting out of debt, contentment, and giving.
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5/22/2011
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Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Sean McDowell
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What is a parent's highest calling? In this message, Sean McDowell explains the role of every believer in sharing the faith with the next generation.
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8/17/2011
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Archaeology and the Bible: What the Stones are Telling us About the Scriptures
Dr. Joseph Holden
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The Bible helps us make sense of archaeology—His inerrant Word sheds light recent discoveries. As we consider this message from Dr. Holden, we'll discover that validity of the biblical history confirms and clarifies God's Word and further demonstrates God's love for man.
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8/28/2011
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Perceiving the Will of God
Romans 12:1-2
Nate Heitzig
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Does God still speak to man? Is He interested in our personal lives? Can we know the will of God? Pastor Nate Heitzig addresses these issues and more in this message.
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8/31/2011
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Finding God on The Internet
John Blandford
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Every day, millions of people around the world search the internet for God. Learn how Global Media Outreach and online missionaries are using technology to reach the world with the gospel.
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10/16/2011
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The Thin Red Line
Joshua 2
Levi Lusko
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In this study from Joshua 2, Levi Lusko discusses God’s plan of redemption as demonstrated through the life of Rahab. We’ll learn that God’s goes before us, wants to save those around us, and is not afraid of what’s behind us.
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11/6/2011
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When a Battle Isn't a Battle
Joshua 6:1-14
Kevin Miller
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If you want to see God do the impossible, you have to believe He can, then take the steps to make it happen. Those steps may seem scary and crazy at first and people around you may not understand, but God can do things that we can't even dream up. Fight the battle knowing that it’s already won!
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11/13/2011
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Absolute Truth in an Age of Uncertainty - Q & A hosted by Skip Heitzig
Dr. Ron Rhodes
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Dr. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He regularly addresses current issues in the national media, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. Dr. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and other seminaries around the country. Jump To: Dr. Ron Rhodes Testimony | Saturday | Sunday 8:00 | Sunday 9:30 | Sunday 11:15
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
2 Chronicles 33:1-16
Franklin Graham
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Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away. He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
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12/28/2011
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Buckle Up
1 Kings 18:41-46
Ray Del Toro
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Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings 18:41-46. As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised.
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1/11/2012
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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
James 4:13-17
Neil Ortiz
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What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
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1/15/2012
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Jesus Christ, Superstar?
Philippians 2:5-11
Nate Heitzig
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While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus?
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4/18/2012
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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The State of the Epicenter: 2012
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel 5:5. While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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9/16/2012
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The Future of the Epicenter in Light of Bible Prophecy
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Only God knows what tomorrow holds and through our text, He communicates both warnings and encouragement about the future. Let’s heed His Word and prepare for what is to come—not only great pain and suffering, but also salvation for those who believe. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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11/14/2012
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Wholehearted Devotion
Mark 14:3-9
Alistair Begg
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She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial. But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Franklin Graham is noted for using every occasion to preach the gospel, inviting people to take part in God's plan of salvation—whether on the mission field, on-site at a natural disaster, behind the microphone of a national news program, or in a church sanctuary. From the story of a blind man healed in Mark 10:46-52, Franklin delivers a powerful presentation of the good news. You too can be healed and your sins can be forgiven! Come to Jesus!
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12/2/2012
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The End of the World as We Know It
Revelation 20
Kevin Miller
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Throughout history, the question has been asked: “How long?” How long will sin go unpunished? How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready?
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Night Call
Psalm 4
Jesse Lusko
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Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart? Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call.
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
Numbers 20:1-13
Neil Ortiz
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As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers 20:1-13, the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people. As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following.
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Your Final Exam
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Mark Hitchcock
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Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. He is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church near Edmond, Oklahoma and has served as adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye. Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word.
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Church in the Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Terry Gray
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Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us. Let’s find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues.
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A Mother’s Influence
K.P. Yohannan
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As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. P. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. K. P.'s mother would say, "Our greatest privilege is to love people."
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Worry or Worship?
Isaiah 6:1-8
Dr. Nelson Walker
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In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service. As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord.
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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7/17/2013
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Special Guest Brad Stine
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What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture.
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How to be a Hero of Faith
Hebrews 11
Robert Furrow
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In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith. When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess.
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Conquest of the Cross
Romans 3:19-26
Jesse Lusko
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As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints! In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all!
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Guest Speaker Will Graham
1 Samuel 1:1-18
Will Graham
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Everyone encounters trials. We can't escape them, but we can choose how we react to them. In 1 Samuel, we read about a woman who realized that God is bigger than any circumstance. As Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord, she was filled with joy that only comes from Him. Through her life, we learn that God will sustain us through any trial and He will use our pain to further His kingdom.
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The King's Messenger
Matthew 3:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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John the Baptist was the herald of Jesus, the coming King. As he prepared to present the Messiah to the world, he preached one simple message: "Repent!" Interestingly, John preached this message to the Jews, especially those who were religious. In this study, we learn the meaning of true repentance and how that leads to true sanctification.
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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The Old Testament is packed with Scriptures that point to the coming of Christ. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord.
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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12/29/2013
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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6/8/2014
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A Person Who Is Holy
1 Peter
Raul Ries
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Peter called his fellow believers to be holy and reinforced this exhortation with an Old Testament command from the Lord. Today, there are many who walk in darkness—even believers—but as we study 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are reminded to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord. Let's consider what Scripture says about holiness, glean from examples of strong believers who came before us, and learn about the reasons for living a holy life.
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6/11/2014
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Three Relationships with the Father
Luke 15:11-31
Nelson Walker
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Jesus' parable about the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables from the Bible. But as we discover who Jesus' specific audience was, we learn that the son's warm welcoming by his father isn't the only—or even main—message Jesus was communicating. In this study of Luke 15:11-32, we learn about three types of relationships with the Father: the rebellious, repentant, and religious.
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6/15/2014
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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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In this special message from guest speaker Franklin Graham, we learn how God is using Operation Christmas Child to raise up young evangelists across the globe. Then, as we study Mark 10:17-22, we see how the rich young ruler fell short in his relationship with God: he put material things before the one true God. Franklin presents a bold gospel message, explaining how Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and is the only one who can save us.
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Uprising of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Nate Heitzig
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 People are constantly finding new causes to rally behind, but we can't change society then expect people to get better. In fact, Jesus claimed the opposite—people must change before society can get better—and He demonstrated that by loving the unlovable and caring for the rejected. Pastor Nate Heitzig challenges us to be part of the uprising of love as he explains what that means and how we can live it out.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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6/14/2015
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Matthew 3:11-4:13
Nate Heitzig
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Wouldn't it be great if temptation disappeared when you became a believer? Following the Lord doesn't make you exempt from temptation and sin; it actually makes you a bigger target. In this message, Nate Heitzig discusses the seriousness of sin and the hope we have when we trust the Lord to fight on our behalf.
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6/21/2015
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Happy Heavenly Father's Day
Galatians 4:6
Ben Courson
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As believers, we have the privilege of being God's children—He is our Abba Father, meaning we have a special, close relationship with Him. In this message, Ben Courson explains what it means that God is our Father, pointing out some of His attributes and revealing who we are to Him.
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7/5/2015
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The Lion and the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-6
Victor Marx
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The Bible portrays Jesus as both a ferocious lion and a gentle lamb—traits that we should strive to emulate. In this message, Victor Marx mixes parts of his personal testimony and stories from his recent trip to the Middle East with impacting truths about how we can have compassion for others as we live boldly for Christ.
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7/8/2015
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Prescription For Life
Dr. Richard Furman
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Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon and cofounder of World Medical Mission. In this Expound Interactive, Pastor Skip interviews Dr. Furman about a variety of health topics and how we can stay active for the Lord for many years to come.
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Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
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In this special interview with Free Burma Rangers founder Dave Eubank, we hear about his family's ongoing ministry to the people of Burma (Myanmar), as well as their recent trip to Kurdistan. Dave also shares about their expanding partnership with Reload Love and what believers can do in the face of terrorism.
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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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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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Walking Honestly
Ephesians 4-5
Daniel Fusco
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A recurring theme in Scripture is that life is messy, but Jesus is real. Daniel Fusco addresses this tension head-on and highlights a hope for anyone living at this intersection of life and faith. He shares a pathway set out in the book of Ephesians about how to walk honestly through the messiness of life while staying focused on the certainty that Jesus is real.
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5/11/2016
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Getting To Know You
Psalm 139
Brian Nixon
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Many people know very little about the Lord due to biblical illiteracy. God's self-disclosure of His nature can be found in His Word, and when we don't know the Bible, we lack a proper understanding of Him. In this teaching, Brian Nixon looks at three characteristics of God's nature, and we learn how we should respond with our conduct.
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5/15/2016
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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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A Lesson in Followship
Matthew 16:24
Nate Heitzig
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Jesus was a great leader because He was a great follower of His Father. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn to die to self so we can live for Jesus and go where He directs us.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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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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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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Bring It
Matthew 9:18-26
Nate Heitzig
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We all carry heavy burdens in our life: burdens of pain, sorrow, and sin. In this message, Nate Heitzig teaches that we as Christians are not victims of chance, but rather we are God-led individuals who must bring our burdens to the Lord through prayer.
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Let It Go
John 12:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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We were created to worship. Some people worship money, power, or themselves. But there is nothing in this world worthy of our worship except Christ. In this message, Nate Heitzig challenges us to let go of our doubt, fear, and faithlessness and give it to God.
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Standing In the Fire
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Tom Doyle
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Christian persecution is at an all-time high globally. But that’s not the whole story. A new Jesus movement is erupting out of the Middle East, and persecuted believers are leading the way. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, these new believers are fearless. Jesus is right there, standing with them, and the fiery furnace of today is the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
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Postcards from the Kikkar: Sodom Speaks Volumes
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible states that God destroyed the city of Sodom with fire. Dr. Steven Collins has spent the last twelve years excavating what he believes to be the archaeological ruins of this ancient city. In this message, Dr. Collins teaches that the discovery of Sodom is important because biblical archaeology is the most powerful means of demonstrating the Bible's historical authenticity.
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God of Hope
Romans 15:13
Ben Courson
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Ben Courson is the director of Hope Generation and author of three books. He is a gifted and nationally renowned speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship, and he has a national TV and radio program. His humorous, uplifting, and high-energy style coupled with a gift to communicate God’s heart is hugely impactful.
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