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The ABCs of Forgiveness
Matthew 18:21-35
Neil Ortiz

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Matthew 18 (NKJV™)
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 "And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
26 "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
27 "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'
29 "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
30 "And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 "So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
32 "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
33 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
34 "And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

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

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We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world. We do this with one another through worship, by the Word, to the world.

Tonight, we're going to consider the ABCs of forgiveness. And we're going to do that from Matthew chapter 18, beginning in verse 21. Matthew 18, verse 21.

Now, to extend forgiveness, to be a forgiver, is often very costly to the person that's doing the forgiving. Forgiveness is often a very, very challenging action to take. However, when it is experienced, it's one of life's greatest delights and one of God's greatest joys.

Now, the good news for us is that God is in the business of forgiving sinners. And since we, as His children, are to be about our Father's business, forgiving those who've sinned against us is also to be our business. We might say that forgiveness is our family business.

Speaking of family businesses, according to a 2012 Harvard Business School study, some 70% of family-owned businesses fail or are sold before the second generation gets a chance to take it over-- 70%. The big reason given for the high failure rate is what they refer to as business divorce, a term used to describe the separation between owners of a business.

And they go on to describe that business divorce can often be just as painful as marital divorce. Family feuds and high emotions that run wild as family members vie for power are primarily why these businesses fail. Now, undoubtedly, forgiveness or the lack thereof played a significant part in why many of these family members decided that their differences were irreconcilable.

Now, some of you know the answer to this, but for the rest of you, the answer will possibly be very surprising to you. Do you want to know what the number one reason why American missionaries leave the foreign mission field before they had planned to is-- the number one reason? It's interpersonal conflict with other missionaries.

In fact, toward the end of the 20th century, the World Evangelical Alliance released a significant study that has detailed, in a 380-page document that I've actually read parts of, that found that, quote, "conflict with peers" as the top reason North American missionaries leave the mission field. Now, again, undoubtedly, forgiveness or the lack thereof played a significant part in why many of these spiritual family members came to the conclusion that they had to leave the mission field early.

Now, lest any of you assume that pastors or church workers never battle with forgiveness, let me share with you the findings of a 2016 survey of Protestant churches from four denominations that was conducted by Lifeway Research on 734 former pastors that revealed that a, quote, "change in calling" was mentioned as the most common reason why they left the ministry that they were in. So we think, OK, well that's not conflict. However, number two, for 25% of those pastors who left the ministry, they cited that it was conflict with church members that brought them to the place of leaving the ministry. And again, undoubtedly, forgiveness or the lack thereof of brought these spiritual leaders to the place where they looked at their church, people that I'm sure that they had given blood, sweat, and tears for for many years, and finally decided, man, these differences are irreconcilable.

And then there's the very common conflicts of marriage. Those of us who are married, we know that marital conflict can result from differences in many areas between a husband and a wife, all too often leading to divorce, even in Christian marriages. In fact, 1 in 5 Christian marriages end in divorce. Why? Well, undoubtedly, forgiveness or the lack thereof played a part in these married couples discovering, deciding, concluding that their differences were irreconcilable.

So we, as people, know from our own experiences that forgiveness does not come easy or natural to humankind. And it's not even, in a lot of situations, easier for many of us as Christians. However, what does seem to come very natural to us as people are grudges and vengeance.

In fact, Niccolo Machiavelli-- listen to his words. "If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared." We're going to so disable him that we're not going to be mindful of the fact that he could come and take vengeance upon us.

And it was Alfred Hitchcock who rejoiced that revenge is sweet. And it's also non-fattening.

[LAUGHTER]

Now, some of us would be reluctant to admit that we, too, have a sweet tooth for vengeance. Now, even many non-Christians who are considered very wise in antiquity, they also came to know that vengeance is extremely dangerous and counterproductive. In fact, it was Confucius who said, before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves, one for the one upon whom you're taking vengeance, and the other for yourself. And it was Napoleon Bonaparte who said, vengeance has no foresight. You see, vengeance is such a powerful experience that oftentimes, all we can see is the very moment, and our eyes are full of rage and blood, that we don't think beyond taking vengeance and how destructive that can be.

So that brings us to our passage tonight, where Jesus teaches us the opposite of vengeance, which is forgiveness. And He teaches us that it's a learned behavior that He supremely modeled for us, that He, in this passage and throughout many parts of scripture, taught us about, but that also, He too expects of us.

I found it interesting-- as I was studying, I came across an article that recounted, decades ago, after a shooting at an Amish schoolhouse claimed five young lives, the outsiders of that Amish community were stunned when the community responded with immediate forgiveness. But sociologist Donald Kraybill found that from an early age, the Amish practice forgiveness exercises.

And he goes on to conclude, you see, they'd been preparing to forgive this huge injustice their whole lives. So for some of us here, this is a behavior that we have acquired over years of walking with Christ. And for others, this is a new discovery that it's even possible to be forgiving like Christ.

So as we're turned to Matthew 18, beginning in verse 21, let's follow along as I read all the way through verse 35. So beginning in verse 21, "Then Peter--" ah, faithful Peter, who always asks the questions that most of us are thinking-- "came to Jesus and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?'

But Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to 70 times 7.' Therefore, the kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents.

But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold with his wife and children, and all that he had in the payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, please, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion. He released him and forgave him the debt.

But that very servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 dinari. And he laid hands on him. And he took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe.'

So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went, rather, and threw him into prison until all that he owed should be paid.

So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that he had done. And then his master, after he called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'

And his master was angry and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him." And Jesus concludes, telling the disciples, "So my Heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you from his heart does not forgive his brother."

And so let's look at the ABCs of forgiveness. And we start with A, which stands for Anatomy. We're going to first consider the anatomy of forgiveness.

This forgiveness is first to be limitless. Now, the context of the passage we just read are the previous five verses, where Jesus is teaching the disciples how to reconcile with a brother or a sister when they believe that that brother or sister has committed a sin against them. And so as Jesus takes them through that process, we have Peter pop up and say, OK, now I get it. I know what the process is to reconcile with a brother who sins against me.

But Jesus, how much is enough? How many times do I actually have to go through this entire process with someone who sins against me that is a brother or sister of mine? And so as we read, Peter asks what most of us are often thinking-- "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?" And then he throws out a possibility. Up to seven?

Now, Jewish tradition stated that three was how many times you were required to forgive another. You see, the rabbis had deduced a repeated statement by God out of the book of Amos where God is describing forgiving the nations of Israel for how they had sinned against him and his people. And so from those passages, they deduced that three was the maximum. After three, you're off the hook.

And so here's Peter. I can just imagine what Peter's thinking. On the one hand, he's with the rest of the disciples, right? He's looking at all 11. And these are his brothers that he spends most of his time with.

And he's asking Jesus, in their presence, how many times might I have to go through this process with any one of these disciples? Seven? He's doubling the Jewish tradition of three, and he's perhaps even adding one for good measure, maybe even to just impress Jesus.

But Jesus says, oh, Peter, no, not even seven. And as we read, in verse 22, Jesus says to him, "I did not say to you up to seven times, but rather, 70 times 7." And at that moment, Peter's getting out his calculator, and he's trying to figure this thing out, right?

OK, there's a number. Let me just find out what that number is. And he comes to 490.

But 490 isn't the number that Jesus is intending for all of them to land on. In fact, this phrase is a use of hyperbole. The idea that Jesus is trying to convey to them is that, you know what? You forgive until you lose count.

You see, the law keeps record. The law keeps count. Legalism keeps score. But Jesus came to fulfill the law. And in the New International Version, in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 5, we discover that this Christian love that Jesus fulfilled the law with keeps no record of wrongs. My friend, Christian love does not keep score.

You see, in another part of the gospels, Jesus put it this way. In Luke 17, verses 3 through 5, he says, "If your brother sins against you, rebuke them. And if they repent, forgive them." Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times, they come back to you saying, I repent, I'm so sorry again, you must forgive them.

And I love the disciples' response. Immediately after Jesus says this, in the first part of the very next verse, the apostles said to the Lord, "Lord, increase our faith." Seven times in a day? That's hard. We're going to need a whole lot more faith to do that.

But, Christian, let me remind us that there is not a one of us in this hearing that has been able to keep count of all the sins that we've ever committed. And yet God continues to forgive us. That is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So first, this forgiveness is to be limitless.

But now, we come to the origin of this forgiveness, and that's that this forgiveness, this limitless forgiveness, is divine. We've all heard the phrase, to err is human. To forgive, divine.

You know that we can't even find who exactly said that first? Because throughout history, it's been quoted by so many people, we've lost track of who said it first. And that's because it resonates with all of mankind, not only now, but even throughout the ages.

And so to further illustrate this, Jesus then gives us a parable to show us this forgiveness. And as we begin in verse 23, I'm going to march us through this parable, and take it piece by piece, and try to explain it as best I can as we go along. So I'm going to ask that you be patient with me, because there's a lot to be appreciated from this parable.

So again, beginning in verse 23, Jesus starts the parable by saying, "Therefore, the kingdom of Heaven." Now, let me remind us that Jesus is addressing the disciples, those who believe in Him, His followers. Peter asked the question, how many times should my brother sin against me?

And so what we discover here is that when Jesus refers to the kingdom of Heaven, we need to be reminded that the citizens of God's Heaven are His children-- those who have been born again and believe in Him. And so this passage primarily deals with Christians forgiving one another. Now, while Christians need to be forgiving of everyone, Jesus is starting at home, so to speak. He's starting by addressing the family business, because until we get this straight at home, or amongst one another within the family business, we're not going to be able to export it to an unbelieving world.

You see Galatians chapter 6, verse 10, Paul tells us, "Therefore as we as Christians have opportunity, let us do good to all," Christians and non-Christian alike. "However, especially," he says, "to those who are of the household of faith." So this type of forgiveness amongst us as believers starts at home.

And continuing in the next part of verse 23, he says, "This kingdom is like a certain king." Now, as we read on, we discover very quickly that this certain king is intended to represent Him, the Messiah. Therefore, He as Messiah, God in the flesh, he's beginning to tell them that the origin of this type of forgiveness is not earthly, but it's divine.

He says, this certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. Now, in ancient times, and in ancient kingdoms, all citizens were subject to the king. And as such, everyone in that kingdom were to be considered as the king's servants, regardless of their rank, regardless of their role, or regardless of their job in the kingdom, whether that be garbage collecting or being a tax collector in some of the most affluent parts of that kingdom.

So everyone in the kingdom was a servant of the king. And furthermore, that king had the power of life and death over all of them, no matter what their rank, role, or job be in the kingdom. And he goes on to say, when that king had begun to settle accounts.

This reveals a lot to us about the nature of these two servants that are referred to here in this parable. You see, these accounts that are being referred to, that the king is settling, are very likely tied to the job of tax collection. Perhaps these two servants of the king were both tax collectors whose collections for that year had come due, which is why these amounts were both very high in proportion to what each of those servants themselves made on an annual basis.

This is also, perhaps, what gave them access to such large amounts of money so that they would end up incurring this kind of debt for the king, as they perhaps embezzled that money, keeping it for themselves. But the day of reckoning had come. The king was now ready to settle accounts.

So the practice was, within the Roman kingdom, that once they hired a tax collector, they would tell that tax collector, this is the percentage of what you collect that you can keep. And so it gave incentive to the tax collectors to tax as high as possible the people of that kingdom. This is why tax collectors were so unpopular.

So let's just throw a number out there. Let's just say, if the agreement with the Roman government was that the tax collector could keep 10% of all that he collected, and throughout the provinces, he collected a million bucks, that means that he was able to keep $100,000. It also meant that he had access to, and temptation from, a total like $900,000. And if he was not a good steward of that, when the day to settle accounts came, and he didn't have it, he'd be in a lot of trouble.

So this limitless forgiveness is divine. And we begin to discover that we're dealing with some very large numbers. And so let me ask you again, perhaps the same question that Peter asked Jesus, all right, God, exactly how limitless? You see, at this point, I think the reason Jesus further describes the parable as we're going to discover he does is because he knew the tendency of Peter, or those of us like Peter, who were going to actually hold him to that 490 number.

He says, I know guys like Peter are probably going to try that 490 thing. They might start keeping score starting today. And so to do away with that, he goes on to explain further that this forgiveness is to be this limitless.

And second part of verse 24, he says, "One was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents." Now, a talent in the times of Christ was a very large monetary measurement. And so 10,000 talents was a lot of money.

I want you to consider this, by comparison, that in the time of Christ, the annual revenue collected by the Roman government from taxes that were collected from only these four provinces-- Idumea, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee-- all together totaled 900 talents. And here we have this guy on the hook for 10,000 talents.

Now, furthermore, this phrase, 10,000, is the Greek word myrion. It's from which we get our English word myriad, meaning manifold, many. This number was often used as a phrase of hyperbole for an incalculable number, an out-of-reach number, a number that would be inconceivable for this servant to ever pay off in a lifetime. We might use the word zillion in our day and age. This guy owed zillions of dollars.

But as we continue reading, in verse 25, "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold." That is, "into slavery, along with his wife, and children, and everything that he had. And that payment should be made."

And so once this servant hears this sentence, what does he do? He does what most of us would do. That servant, therefore, fell down before the king. This word, fell down, means that he was prostrate before the king as a defeated, destroyed, and even a dead man. All dignity was out the window as he's emptying himself in front of this king, throwing himself at the mercy of the king.

And as he does this, he says, "Master, please have patience with me." In asking for patience, he's pleading to the king to defer his anger. Be evenly tempered with me, even though I've provoked you. I'm asking for some patience.

Now, to this man's credit, he humbled himself. You see, for us, when we're in the place of needing the forgiveness of others, we can be honest with those that we need to apologize to in the same way this man here was honest before the king.

There may be those times in life where we have to say, you know what? I can't give back what I've stolen. I can't undo the hurt and the harm that I've caused. I don't have the means to pay back or to replace that which I've broken.

So this man was honest. Then he goes on to say, "I will pay you all." Now, that statement, knowing the amount that he owes the king, is an irrational promise. It's almost like an excited utterance, where he's just trying to demonstrate to the king that whatever it takes, I'm willing to commit to doing that in order to avoid being sold into slavery, along with my family and everything I own. I'll do everything I can to pay it back.

And then we see where this forgiveness comes from. It comes from compassion and mercy. As we read in verse 27, "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion."

This is a very interesting Greek word, splanchnistheis. It's got a weird sound to it-- splanchnistheis. And what it means is to be affected deeply in one's inner being. He's feeling it in the pit of his stomach-- especially characterized by feelings in the bowels of sympathy and compassion. He is moved by this man's pleadings to the point that he ends up setting him free.

You see, that last verse of the passage we read, Jesus says that we need to forgive from the heart. And so this King in this parable is demonstrating that type of from-the-heart forgiveness. And then we read, this forgiveness sets the debtor free.

Verse 27-- "The master released him and forgave him the debt." You see, this means to actually let go, to release. He freed him from any required remuneration, any justice, any resentment, any vengeance, any fairness.

He released him from the tit-for-tat relationship of you do your part and I'll do mine. This is a 50/50 deal. He released him from that by overmatching any expression of love, and compassion, and mercy that this other person could ever repay. And in doing so, he sets him free.

You see, forgiveness is not agreeing with people when they're wrong or when we differ with them on something. Forgiveness doesn't require that the truth be sacrificed. But it does require mercy to the debtor or to the offender.

Author Marshall Shelley put it this way. "True forgiveness, this letting go, is saying, I don't completely understand you, even though you've sinned against me. I can't excuse what's happened. And I can't forget what you've done.

But here's my hand. I want to be your friend again. I still want to work with you. Let's begin over."

Forgiveness, in so many ways, is exactly that. It's a fresh start. Forgiveness reboots a relationship. It gives hope for a better future in a relationship.

And there's great cost to this kind of forgiveness, for, as we continue in the parable, we discover that forgiveness involves a decision to incur personal loss. You see, this king had made a conscious decision that he was never going to get back what he was owed.

Of this, Tim Keller who is a contemporary Christian theologian, author, and pastor in New York City, says this. Quote, "God's grace and forgiveness, while free to the recipient, are always costly for the giver. From the earliest parts of the Bible, it was understood that God would not forgive without sacrifice. No one who is seriously wrong can just forgive the perpetrator.

But when you do forgive, that means you absorb the loss and the debt. You bear it yourself. All forgiveness, then, is costly." So friend, let us take this to heart. We are never more like Christ then when we forgive those who've sinned against us. You know, forgiveness truly is, for the Christian, the stuff of authentic, legitimate Christianity.

Now, undoubtedly, some of us are thinking at this point, you know what? I'm all for God forgiving that way. In fact, I'm not God. And God can do a whole lot more than I can. So it's great if God wants to forgive that way, but God's never been the victim of the loss or theft of all that he owned or held dear. Oh, really?

God's never been the victim of betrayal in his closest relationships. Really? God Himself has never been the victim of slavery or false imprisonment. He's never been the victim of injustice from coworkers or someone in authority.

He's never been the victim of racism or prejudice. He's never been rejected by his family or society. He's never experienced public humiliation and scorn. He's never experienced false accusations like I have. He's never been the victim of murder.

Now, any of us who know our Bible well enough know that God Himself was a victim of all those things in the life of Jesus Christ. In fact, Hebrews 4:15 tells us, "For we don't have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but rather, He was at all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."

And remember, these words from the cross that Jesus uttered that are recorded in Luke chapter 3, verse 34, in the first part, where Jesus, from the cross, says, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." I know some of us, some of you, and I know some of you stories have very hard pills that you've had to swallow in life-- pills of great harm, great betrayal, great loss, and great suffering at the hands of others. Friend, at some point, and if it hasn't happened yet, may tonight be the night that we simply accept that life on Earth will always be filled with grave injustices, and that it's only the life of God, and only the love of God, and only the power of God that can enable us to forgive even the most wicked sins that have been or are going to be committed against us.

So as Jesus is moving through this parable, at this point, the implication of the parable is that the expectation will be that this forgiven servant would be so grateful that he would emerge from having been released, freed. And he would immediately pay this great mercy he received forward to others. But he did not.

Rather, he betrayed the mercy that the king had showed him, which brings us to the B of the ABCs of forgiveness, which is Betrayal of forgiveness. You see, to betray is to be unfaithful in guarding or maintaining a stewardship, to be disloyal. And so this forgiven servant was disloyal to the King's merciful, forgiving example. And so as we continue in the parable, we discover that betrayed forgiveness happens when a forgiven sinner forgets how much God has forgiven them. And in turn, he doesn't forgive others in the same way.

We read in the first part of verse 28, "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 dinari." Now, a dinari is believed to have been the amount of a worker's daily wage. So 100 dinari would be 100 days' wages.

So we're looking at roughly 27% of a person's annual income. That's a lot of money. But in proportion to the 10,000 talents, it's manageable. It's realistic. It's attainable.

But he goes to find this person, not to forgive them of the debt, but to call them due on the debt. You see, this forgiven servant emerged and was not forgiven-- or forgiving, rather, to his fellow servants.

Now, this can happen within the church. There's times where it happens among you Christians who just haven't yet realized a couple of things, one of which is that God can actually enable them to fulfill his desire for them, as a new creation in Christ, to forgive those who've harmed them in the past. And so as they discover that, as they begin to appreciate further the magnitude of God's forgiveness of their sin, the church can walk them through the process of them coming to terms and forgiving those who've sinned against them.

But this can also happen very commonly amongst the more mature and even seasoned Christians. Friends, I know we've all come across these people. These would be Christians that we know they've walked with Christ for a long time, but they turn the corner, and we immediately start to pray for God to deliver us, right? We've experienced them as crusty, or grumpy, or always complaining.

Graceless people, we might wonder if their relationship with Christ has gone stale. How does this happen? Well, Christian, even for those of us who've walked with the Lord for many years, perhaps even decades, this can happen when we forget that we've been forgiven by grace, and we begin to act as if we've been forgiven because of our own merits.

We may even look down upon others in the church with disdain and a sense of superiority. And if that happens, it produces an arrogance and an insensitivity. You see, this kind of Christian goes back to keeping score.

This kind of Christian, when they're in the church, they're kind of like that smell in the refrigerator that hits you once you open the door, and you know it's somewhere in that fridge. You don't know exactly what it is or where it's coming from. But boy, is it undeniable.

Any one of us, if we forget that we've been forgiven, and we start keeping score again, can become that smelly thing in the church. You see, this happens when we've forgotten Matthew 5:37, where Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they too shall obtain mercy." We've forgotten James chapter 2, verse 13, in the first part, where it says, "For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy."

We've forgotten that we're supposed to pray as Jesus taught us in Matthew chapter 6, verse 12. "Forgive us of our debts, Lord, as we forgive our debtors." And we've forgotten the very words of Christ out of Matthew chapter 6, verses 14 through 15, where Jesus says, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you."

What a great deal. What a great agreement that God has made with us. How generous of him. "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Furthermore, as we continue, this betrayed forgiveness, it's without mercy. The second part of verse 28-- "And so this servant, the one who had been forgiven this great debt, turns to the one that owes him. And he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe me.'"

For any of us in the church who ourselves have been brought to this place as a forgiven sinner, but have begun keeping score and not forgiven one another, this could bring any of us to the place where, as we hold someone by the throat, whether in our heart or out loud, we're uttering these words, I deserve my money back. And he might.

I deserve my reputation back. And he might. I deserve my health back. And he might.

I deserve to be treated well in return. I sacrifice for you so much. And he might. I deserve that promotion at work. And he might.

I deserve an apology. And he might. I deserve restitution. And he might.

I deserve to know that you hurt as much as you've hurt me. And the justice system might even agree with him. Perhaps, if given a platform, that unforgiving person might release an internal rage that has been pent up, bubbling over time under pressure, that would even threaten the very life of the debtor.

So this taking of this man by the throat is an indication that I have your life in my hands. And if need be, I can take that life. But such vengeance is the opposite of God's love and forgiveness, especially as it's articulated in 1 John, chapter 4, verses 18 and 19, where we're told, "There is no fear in love, but rather, perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him--" Why? "--because He first loved us." You see, a truly forgiving Christian will truly forgive all others. Now, for some of us, it takes a while to get there. But friend, you'll eventually get there.

Corrie Ten Boom-- many of us are familiar with her, and the accounts of her and her family hiding Jews in their home during the Holocaust, being discovered and having to go to prison. Her story is recounted in the book titled "The Hiding Place." She also lost close members of her family to the hands of the Nazis during that time. Eventually, she got released because of a clerical error and lived to tell her story.

And as one who suffered grave sin against her, she writes, "After it all, forgiveness is an act of the will. And the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart."

Aren't you glad for people who've been down that road farther than we have? That they can look back and, by their example, prove God's word to be true? That God can indeed enable us to forgive even those who've sinned against us so wickedly?

In verse 29, we continue to read, "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him." He's doing the same thing that he had done to the king. "And he begged him, saying, 'Have patience now with me, and I will pay you all.'"

Now, his statement of I'll pay you all is actually quite realistic. Again, it's an attainable amount. Put me on a monthly installment plan, give me some time, and I'll get you your money back.

But we read in verse 30 that he would not. "But he went, rather, and threw him into prison until he should pay all the debt." And that brings us near our close as we consider the C of the ABCs of forgiveness, and that would be the Consequences of unforgiveness.

Now, the first consequence we discover is the consequence of a bad witness as God's child, the consequence of a failed example of a Christian. In verse 31, "So when his fellow servants saw what he had done," what was their response? They were grieved. It sickened them.

It sickened them to the point that they had to do something about it. You see, once again, this is the opposite of the love of God, as described to us by Jesus in John chapter 13, verse 35, where he says, "By this, all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

You see, when the body of Christ is infected with unforgiveness, when this sin is in the camp, the body must no longer look outward to the unbelieving world in trying to reach them, but rather, the body then has to turn inward and address that infected part of the body where that unforgiveness is. And effectively, this puts the body out of commission from fulfilling the great commission in order to address this infection of sin.

So just picture this. The king is wanting to lead all of the kingdom in advancing the kingdom. But because this happens, he has to turn his direction to the people of the kingdom and address this sin.

The second part of verse 31 says, and he came and told-- or rather, "The group came and told their master all that had been done. And then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant.'" How profoundly opposite is this of the words that all of us long to hear immediately after we breathe our last breath on earth and our first breath in Heaven, which are, "Well done, good and faithful servant?" This man is declared a wicked servant.

So not only is there a consequence of a bad witness. But there is also this further consequence of being exposed as a hypocrite. Second part of verse 32, "I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?"

The master is saying, I showed you pity, leniency, mercy. I put my Jersey on you, so to speak, as I released you to represent me as a freed man. But you're playing the hypocrite. You're saying that you're my child, but you're acting as if you're not.

And this brings us to the next consequence, and that's of incurring God's anger and justice in exchange for God's mercy and grace. You ever consider that many of us stop experiencing blessing from God because we don't pay those blessings forward by passing them on, that others might be blessed? Like this man, we keep it to ourselves, but we don't share it with others?

Verse 34, "His master was angry." This connotes an intense emotional agitation. In the original language, it reflects that the king had an antipathy toward this servant as he looked at him. I don't even want you in my presence.

And in order to excuse him from his presence, the last part of verse 34, "He delivered him to the torturers." I want you to note that he didn't deliver them to the executioners, but he delivered him to the torturer until he should pay all that was due to him, the master, which begs the question, what was it that was now due to the master?

Was the master now going to reinstitute the initial debt? The answer to that is no. It would betray the whole point of the parable. You see, what the master now was calling this servant to pay him justly was that this servant would pay forward his forgiveness. And until that happened, he wasn't going to be relieved from the torturers.

In other words, until you forgive your brother, you're going to experience torture. And in verse 35, we read, "'So,' Jesus says, 'my Heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.'"

In conclusion, I bring us to the entire point of this whole message and our time together tonight. Friend, I know, without a doubt, I'm speaking to some of you who are living tortured lives. You're Christians. You're believers in Christ, but your life is tortured.

To close, I want us to turn to Hebrews chapter 12. And that's where we're going to finish tonight-- Hebrews chapter 12. Friend, I'll be very careful, and hopefully not mishandle what it is that I believe the whole point of our time together is, and what we need to take away from tonight.

But for those of you who are living tortured lives, or you know believers in Christ who are living tortured lives, might the torture that you're experiencing be coming from the sin of unforgiveness? Might what's causing your torture actually be the loving discipline of God, in his faithfulness to you, that he's going to allow you to be tortured until you forgive those that you've not yet forgiven?

In Hebrews chapter 12, follow along with me as I begin reading in verse 5. The writer of Hebrews tells the believers, "You've forgotten the exhortation which speaks to us sons, which says, 'My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you're rebuked by Him. For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.'

Now, if you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons. For what son is there whom a Father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

Furthermore, we've had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For indeed, they, our earthly fathers, indeed, for a few days, chastened us. It seemed best to them.

But God, for our profit, chastens us--" Why? "--so that we might be partakers of His holiness." Your torture, though painful, and perhaps a result of your unforgiveness, could be the very demonstration of God's love and faithfulness to you. And he's brought you to this place right now, this very minute, to come to terms with what's holding you back, and that is unforgiveness.

You see, David wrote in the Psalms, before I was afflicted, I went astray. But now, now I need Your word. You see, some of you are experiencing tortured lives because of bitterness that has come from unforgiveness.

In the same chapter, Hebrews 12, look with me at verses 14 and 15, where we're told, "pursue peace." I love that word, pursue, because it connotes the idea of the hunter pursuing the hunted. It's like those nature channels, where you see that cheetah that's just full stretch, full strength, full speed, going after its prey. That's how we're to pursue peace with all people, "and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord, looking carefully, lest anyone fall short of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness, springing up, caused trouble. And by this, many have become defiled."

So friend, let me try to bring this home for us. Are you in a marriage that you feel is torturing you? Oh, but you don't know how hard it is to live with him. But have you forgiven him? You don't know what it's like to be berated by her. But have you forgiven her?

Christian, do you feel like your spiritual growth is stunted? Does your relationship with God feel dry? Christian, is your life characterized by a lack of peace? And is it dominated by anxiety?

Is it characterized by mopiness and depression, instead of the joy of the Lord, despite your pain? Is it characterized by chronic anger and grumpiness? Are you always on edge? Do you seem to always be short fused?

Are you experiencing financial distress, relationships stress, perhaps even the inability to experience breakthroughs in overcoming other life-dominating sins? Might you even be experiencing physical illness? Now, let me tell you, God is sovereign. And it is up to Him how He is going to prescribe this torture. And not every time are those things that are experienced that I just listed the result of unforgiveness, or more specifically, the sin of unforgiveness.

But it could be. Its possible. Friend, I'm going to ask you, now, to think of that person, and for some of you, its persons, that you need to forgive. Was it that person that tortured you at work for so many years? Is it that person that stole your life savings? Is it that person that has murdered your loved ones?

Is it, perhaps, that spouse who betrayed you with infidelity, that child that has rejected you? Christian, if that is you, don't lose heart. What we're talking about right now is actually great news, because God is faithfully and lovingly allowing you to realize that what you're experiencing is the chastening of His love as His son or daughter.

Again, verse 35, don't turn there. Jesus says, "So my Heavenly Father--" family relationship-- "will do to each of you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother." That chastening is actually confirmation that you belong to him.

You see, God loves us so much that He'll not allow us to remain in sin. God loves us so much, and He knows He has better days for us. But we have to be forgiving.

One last time, would you look with me at Hebrews chapter 12, verse 11? "No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but rather painful. Nevertheless, afterward, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." How beautiful.

Tonight could be your night of emancipation. Tonight could be the night that you come to terms with what's been hindering you in your progress with Jesus Christ. Tonight could be the night that everything changes in your marriage. Tonight could be the night that everything changes within your workplace.

Tonight could be the night that everything changes within you, in the quietness of your heart, when your head is upon that pillow, and it's silent in the home, and all you can do is think about how you've been hurt, or betrayed, or stolen from. But you've got to forgive.

So this is what's going to happen. God is asking of us right now that for any of those that we've yet to forgive, that today, now, we release them. We set them free. We let it go. We tell God, God, I'm ready, and I want to forgive.

Now, for some of us, that's going to result, in the next days, or coming days, that you're going to actually voice your forgiveness to that person or to those people, perhaps in a meeting. Perhaps you're going to write them, snail mail or an email. You're going to express your forgiveness of them.

And just to give you caution, there are some of you who have hurt you in ways that are still yet dangerous. So if there be any question if you should contact this person, or those people, because of existing danger, I'm going to ask that before you contact them, that you get around those people that are closest to you, and you ask them for some guidance and some direction, and perhaps even some assistance.

They might tell you, you know what? It's not wise to contact them at all. That's very possible. And if any of you need some input from me or any of the other pastors, we'd be happy to help you walk through that.

But what God does want is an internal commitment that you're going to forgive. Maybe on the other side of that forgiveness, that torture you've been experiencing will be over. Let's pray.

Father, I believe that's the gift that you're giving us tonight. For those of us who have been living tortured lives, and tortured marriages, or tortured families, or tortured work environments, or tortured internal turmoil, torture within the legal system or the justice system, we have to forgive. You know each of us by name, and you know those people that we have to forgive.

And so, God, give us the grace and the power by Your Holy Spirit to have the courage to come forth before You, and release them, and let them go. And Lord, if there be any here who haven't been struggling with this, I just ask, on behalf of we as a church, that You bring people to us that are indeed struggling with this, and that You would enable us to help them and walk with them through their journey of forgiving others as you've forgiven us.

We thank you, Lord. We gratefully ask all of this is, as always, in the name of our great forgiver and our great savior, the Lord of all, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

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


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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11/4/2009
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible? In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind.
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11/29/2009
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Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
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What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation. We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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1/20/2010
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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5/5/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
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5/12/2010
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Providence in the Midst of Pain
Romans 8:28
Brian Nixon
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What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children.
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5/16/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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6/9/2010
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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6/30/2010
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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8/18/2010
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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9/12/2010
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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11/13/2010
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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11/14/2010
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Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land. Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel?
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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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Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
Luke 19
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Are you missing something in life? Are you searching for something, unsure of exactly what it is? As he brings us this message from Luke 19, Franklin Graham challenges us to consider our standing before God: Are your sins forgiven? Listen and learn that though we are all guilty of sin, we can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.
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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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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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Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Paul
Romans 8:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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If you really want to help yourself, then you will stop trying to fix your flesh and you will start submitting to the Spirit.
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4/20/2011
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The Seven Points of Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Brian Nixon
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How can we have more effective prayer lives? Let's take a brief look at "The Lord's Prayer" and consider how God Himself has instructed us to pray. We'll gain a greater understanding of how God honors our submission, our commission, and the remission or our sins.
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5/15/2011
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Money Talks
1 Timothy 6:1-19
Bob Shank
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In this message from Bob Shank, we look at God's practical instruction about money, including getting out of debt, contentment, and giving.
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5/22/2011
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Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Sean McDowell
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What is a parent's highest calling? In this message, Sean McDowell explains the role of every believer in sharing the faith with the next generation.
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8/17/2011
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Archaeology and the Bible: What the Stones are Telling us About the Scriptures
Dr. Joseph Holden
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The Bible helps us make sense of archaeology—His inerrant Word sheds light recent discoveries. As we consider this message from Dr. Holden, we'll discover that validity of the biblical history confirms and clarifies God's Word and further demonstrates God's love for man.
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8/28/2011
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Perceiving the Will of God
Romans 12:1-2
Nate Heitzig
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Does God still speak to man? Is He interested in our personal lives? Can we know the will of God? Pastor Nate Heitzig addresses these issues and more in this message.
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8/31/2011
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Finding God on The Internet
John Blandford
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Every day, millions of people around the world search the internet for God. Learn how Global Media Outreach and online missionaries are using technology to reach the world with the gospel.
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10/16/2011
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The Thin Red Line
Joshua 2
Levi Lusko
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In this study from Joshua 2, Levi Lusko discusses God’s plan of redemption as demonstrated through the life of Rahab. We’ll learn that God’s goes before us, wants to save those around us, and is not afraid of what’s behind us.
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11/6/2011
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When a Battle Isn't a Battle
Joshua 6:1-14
Kevin Miller
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If you want to see God do the impossible, you have to believe He can, then take the steps to make it happen. Those steps may seem scary and crazy at first and people around you may not understand, but God can do things that we can't even dream up. Fight the battle knowing that it’s already won!
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11/13/2011
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Absolute Truth in an Age of Uncertainty - Q & A hosted by Skip Heitzig
Dr. Ron Rhodes
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Dr. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He regularly addresses current issues in the national media, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. Dr. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and other seminaries around the country. Jump To: Dr. Ron Rhodes Testimony | Saturday | Sunday 8:00 | Sunday 9:30 | Sunday 11:15
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
2 Chronicles 33:1-16
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Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away. He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
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12/28/2011
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Buckle Up
1 Kings 18:41-46
Ray Del Toro
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Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings 18:41-46. As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised.
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1/11/2012
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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
James 4:13-17
Neil Ortiz
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What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
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1/15/2012
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Jesus Christ, Superstar?
Philippians 2:5-11
Nate Heitzig
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While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus?
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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5/27/2012
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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9/5/2012
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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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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11/25/2012
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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Franklin Graham is noted for using every occasion to preach the gospel, inviting people to take part in God's plan of salvation—whether on the mission field, on-site at a natural disaster, behind the microphone of a national news program, or in a church sanctuary. From the story of a blind man healed in Mark 10:46-52, Franklin delivers a powerful presentation of the good news. You too can be healed and your sins can be forgiven! Come to Jesus!
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12/2/2012
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The End of the World as We Know It
Revelation 20
Kevin Miller
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Throughout history, the question has been asked: “How long?” How long will sin go unpunished? How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready?
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1/2/2013
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Night Call
Psalm 4
Jesse Lusko
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Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart? Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call.
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3/13/2013
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
Numbers 20:1-13
Neil Ortiz
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As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers 20:1-13, the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people. As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following.
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Your Final Exam
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Mark Hitchcock
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Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. He is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church near Edmond, Oklahoma and has served as adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye. Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word.
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Church in the Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Terry Gray
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Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us. Let’s find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues.
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A Mother’s Influence
K.P. Yohannan
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As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. P. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. K. P.'s mother would say, "Our greatest privilege is to love people."
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Worry or Worship?
Isaiah 6:1-8
Dr. Nelson Walker
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In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service. As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord.
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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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
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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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12/1/2013
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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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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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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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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11/12/2014
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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11/30/2014
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In this special message from guest speaker Franklin Graham, we learn how God is using Operation Christmas Child to raise up young evangelists across the globe. Then, as we study Mark 10:17-22, we see how the rich young ruler fell short in his relationship with God: he put material things before the one true God. Franklin presents a bold gospel message, explaining how Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and is the only one who can save us.
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1/18/2015
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Journey to Restoration
Joel 2:1-27
Al Pittman
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A number of times throughout their history, God's chosen people disobeyed Him and strayed from His commands. But He continually extended His hand of mercy so they could be restored. Today we might find ourselves in need of restoration and renewal, and God is ready to work in us to transform us. As we examine this passage in Joel, we discover three steps that we must take on the journey to restoration.
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2/22/2015
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Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
Matthew 7:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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In our culture today, Christians are known mostly for judging and condemning others, but that's not what we are called to do in Scripture. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains what Jesus said concerning judgment, and we learn how we should stop condemning others and instead start being more considerate so that we can start a lovement.
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2/25/2015
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In Significance
Mark 10:32-45
Jesse Lusko
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When we think of leadership and greatness, we probably don't think about doing something insignificant in order to be significant. But throughout Scripture, we are reminded that a true leader serves others and that someone who is great sacrifices much. In this message, Pastor Jesse Lusko gets to the heart of what true leadership really is, drawing from the example of Christ.
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Uprising of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Nate Heitzig
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 People are constantly finding new causes to rally behind, but we can't change society then expect people to get better. In fact, Jesus claimed the opposite—people must change before society can get better—and He demonstrated that by loving the unlovable and caring for the rejected. Pastor Nate Heitzig challenges us to be part of the uprising of love as he explains what that means and how we can live it out.
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Pursuit and Promise
Matthew 6:33
Justin Marbury
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What are we as believers called to pursue? Matthew 6:33 provides the answer: the kingdom of God. In this message, Pastor Justin Marbury shares about his experience with planting a church and explores this verse in depth. As we look at how Jesus brought three things to light concerning the pursuit of the kingdom, we're challenged to overcome our fear and trust in God's provision.
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Glory Days
Romans 8:18
Chip Lusko
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In this message, Chip Lusko explains how everything we experience in this life—both good and bad—pales in comparison with what we'll one day experience in glory. Taking us through Romans 8:18, Chip encourages us to carefully consider life and death so that we can be assured of our eternal fate and be freed to live out God's adventure for us.
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HERE2SERVE
Ephesians 4:11-16
Bob Shank
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There are two questions every person must answer: Who am I, and what am I supposed to do? If you're a believer, then you're in the body of Christ as a minister—or a minister-in-training—of the kingdom. In this teaching, Bob Shank explores how God matures us and what we can do to serve others the way Jesus did.
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If God is Good, WHY?
Psalm 73
Dr. Nelson Walker
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For millennia, mankind has struggled to understand why an all-powerful God allows suffering and evil to exist. Using Psalm 73 as a springboard, Nelson Walker explores this issue in depth, ultimately encouraging us to trust the God who invites us to join Him in an eternal dance of love.
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6/10/2015
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Transcendent Invincibility
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Neil Ortiz
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Not many Christians live the kind of inspired life that Paul the apostle did, but God promises that we can rise above pain and hardships and become more than conquerors. Drawing from the marvelous example of Paul, Neil Ortiz explains how you are unstoppable when you take God at His Word and obediently follow Him day by day.
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The Case for Grace
Titus 2:11
Lee Strobel
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Grace—the favor shown by God to sinners—is unique to the Christian faith. Sharing two stories about two people who experienced the immense love of God, Lee Strobel illuminates grace for us in a new way and explains two important things we need to know about the God of grace.
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6/17/2015
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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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The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond
Ken Mansfield
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In this special message, Ken Mansfield shares his testimony of going from being the U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records to being broken, humbled, and eventually saved by the Lord later in life. Looking back on his thirty years in the music industry, Ken encourages us to see how God weaves the events and circumstances of our lives together to ultimately bring Him glory.
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10/11/2015
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Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ
1 Corinthians 3:5-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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In this teaching, Dr. Erwin Lutzer discusses three aspects of the judgment seat of Christ—God’s fair, individual, and thorough evaluation of believers.
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10/25/2015
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Through the Eyes of a Lion
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Levi Lusko
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Lions have spectacular vision, and they are better at processing light than humans. We need to become better at processing light, opening the pupils of our soul so we can see God's plan, purposes, promises, and presence even in the midst of our problems and pain. In this message, Levi Lusko gives us four ways to see life through the telescope of faith—through the eyes of a lion.
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11/11/2015
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Standing Up in a Fallen World
Matthew 5:3-12
Nate Heitzig
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We live in a fallen and corrupt world: boundaries are being pushed further, headlines are more shocking, and moral lines are becoming more blurred. As believers, we can respond by either passively complaining about it or by standing up for the gospel. In this message from Nate Heitzig, we look at the Beatitudes, learning how to live a sanctified life in the midst of moral decay and increasing persecution.
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11/29/2015
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Genesis 13
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Sometimes one decision can lead to a multitude of bad decisions. Unfortunately, that was the case for Abraham's nephew, Lot. Teaching from Genesis 13, Franklin Graham explains the devastating effects of sin and its highest consequence—being separated from God. He also explains how we can rest in the truth that Christ came and died to save us from our sin.
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How to Change 2016
Matthew 5:13-16
Nate Heitzig
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God wants us to impact our world, not just by becoming better versions of ourselves, but by influencing our culture. In this New Year's message, Nate Heitzig explains how we can be salt to the world and a light in the darkness as we share the gospel and live a life that is visibly different.
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Time
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Steve Wilburn
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The difficulty, pains, and distractions of life can hit every one of us: from the rich to the poor and the ordinary to the popular. They can steal our joy and peace as well as devour the plans and purposes that God has for us. Steve Wilburn encourages us to not underestimate what God can do in our lives, and he challenges us to allow the Holy Spirit to use us to reach others for Christ.
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The Runaways
Luke 15:11-32
Kelly Bransford
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Repentance means being sorry enough to change. In this message, Kelly Bransford teaches the importance of going God's way instead of our own. As we look at the story of the prodigal son, we learn how God deals with us when we run away from Him.
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Courage
Steve Berger
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It takes courage to be a true follower of Christ—to trust God, obey Him, and speak His truth. Unfortunately, the church has seen a striking decline in courage. Steve Berger challenges us to find the source of our courage and to bring it back to the church so we can impact the world for Christ.
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Get Your Head Out of the Grave
Colossians 3:1-4
Mat Pirolo
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We were made to crave the things of heaven, our eternal home. As believers, we know that our future contains fullness of joy with Christ, but because the things of this earth are attractive, we can easily become preoccupied with them. Mat Pirolo teaches how we can be heavenly minded so we can make the most of our time on earth.
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How Long, God?!
Psalm 13
Nelson Walker
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Our cares and problems can often be too much to bear, and when God seems distant in those times, He wants us to call on Him and trust in His loving-kindness. Sometimes God even allows us to come to the end of ourselves so we have no choice but to rely on Him. Nelson Walker reminds us that we can trust in God's unfailing love to get us through anything.
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5/1/2016
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Walking Honestly
Ephesians 4-5
Daniel Fusco
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A recurring theme in Scripture is that life is messy, but Jesus is real. Daniel Fusco addresses this tension head-on and highlights a hope for anyone living at this intersection of life and faith. He shares a pathway set out in the book of Ephesians about how to walk honestly through the messiness of life while staying focused on the certainty that Jesus is real.
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5/11/2016
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Getting To Know You
Psalm 139
Brian Nixon
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Many people know very little about the Lord due to biblical illiteracy. God's self-disclosure of His nature can be found in His Word, and when we don't know the Bible, we lack a proper understanding of Him. In this teaching, Brian Nixon looks at three characteristics of God's nature, and we learn how we should respond with our conduct.
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Sweatpants on the Inside
Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Lusko
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Many of us struggle with insecurity, feeling uncertain about our worth, value, or place in the world, so we develop defense mechanisms that cause us to feel like strangers in our own souls. Insecurity is real, but it is no match for the name of Jesus and the power of God's presence. In this teaching from Levi Lusko, we learn how to be content in who God made us to be.
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5/29/2016
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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Matthew 4:18-22
Nate Heitzig
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God has called all believers to be fishers of men. In this message by Nate Heitzig, we learn how to be efficient witnesses for Jesus as we allow God to use our natural gifts in supernatural ways.
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6/1/2016
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Church, Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Neil Ortiz
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God is the team owner of the church, and He has appointed our head coach, our senior pastor, to lead us. If we follow the leader and are all in, we will bear fruit for the kingdom of God. In this message, Neil Ortiz reminds us that our goal is unity in diversity.
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Lost and Found
Luke 15:11-32
Jason Mills
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God desires to see His lost children come home. In this message by Jason Mills, we learn that we are not valuable to God because of what we do; we are valuable to Him because we are His children. As we study the parable of the prodigal son, we learn that the Father is always waiting to forgive all those who want to be forgiven.
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8/14/2016
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Becoming a Maker of History
Esther 4:1-16
Dr. James Emery White
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Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Dr. White has authored twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Find his resources at churchandculture.org.
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9/7/2016
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Why Sodom Matters
Genesis 13:1-12
Dr. Steven Collins
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The existence and location of the ancient city of Sodom proves the historical accuracy of the Bible. In this presentation by Dr. Steven Collins, we learn that the evidence of the existence and destruction of this city is a huge reason for scholars to take the Bible—and God—seriously.
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9/11/2016
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Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:14-16
Tony Clark
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Believers are called to reflect Christ to the world. In this message, Pastor Tony Clark demonstrates that we are on the earth to reach lost souls, and we must begin by being Christian leaders in our own homes. When we reflect the light of Christ in our life, we show the beauty of God to the world.
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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer serves as pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on Running to Win, heard weekdays at 6 am on KNKT 107.1 FM.
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9/25/2016
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Rescuing the Gospel in America
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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As Americans, we have long enjoyed freedom of religion, but the church is under attack like never before. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares five false gospels being taught in our nation today, challenging us to live for Christ in a generation that has lost its way.
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9/28/2016
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God Can Use Your Chaos
Acts 8:1-8
Mat Pirolo
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We all have days that we will never forget—many of those days can be painful and feel like chaos. But God can use the chaos of our lives to promote the gospel and save more people if we leverage our pain for His purpose. As Mat Pirolo teaches from Acts 8:1-8, he explains that God can use us to do a mighty work, even if we don't see the fruit right away.
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10/12/2016
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How To Prevent Revival
Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Nelson Walker
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America has experienced several spiritual revivals in its history—and we are past due for another one. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that our nation will only experience revival if we humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, and call on the Lord to save us.
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11/27/2016
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Instead of killing Mephibosheth, King David showed him loving grace by restoring Saul's property to his family. In this message by Franklin Graham, we are reminded that God, by His grace, restores life to those who turn to Him in Jesus' name.
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12/28/2016
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A Better Way
Matthew 6:25-34
Kelly Bransford
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In our materialistic culture, we can sometimes lose sight of what really matters. In this message by Kelly Bransford, we learn that life is about so much more than just surviving; it's about investing in our eternity.
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2/8/2017
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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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2/12/2017
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The Monster and the Master
Romans 7:18-25
Chip Lusko
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Today, we explore a mystery of the Christian experience: Why do Christians struggle with behavior so contradictory to their beliefs? The author of Romans put it this way: “I do not understand what I do” (7:15, NIV). Let’s look for an answer and a solution.
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3/5/2017
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Worth It
Romans 12:1-2
Kevin Miller
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Worship is so much more than songs or a musical genre. But more important than a definition for worship is our motivation behind it. God’s worthiness should transform worship from a musical style to a lifestyle.
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4/5/2017
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The Personified Profile
Colossians 1:15-20
Brian Nixon
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5/28/2017
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Standing In the Fire
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Tom Doyle
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Christian persecution is at an all-time high globally. But that’s not the whole story. A new Jesus movement is erupting out of the Middle East, and persecuted believers are leading the way. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, these new believers are fearless. Jesus is right there, standing with them, and the fiery furnace of today is the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
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5/31/2017
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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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6/4/2017
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God of Hope
Romans 15:13
Ben Courson
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Ben Courson is the director of Hope Generation and author of three books. He is a gifted and nationally renowned speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship, and he has a national TV and radio program. His humorous, uplifting, and high-energy style coupled with a gift to communicate God’s heart is hugely impactful.
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7/12/2017
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Magic Kingdom Mindset
Psalm 8
Mat Pirolo
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Though it may seem like it at times, God is not a far-off, distant being. In this message, Mat Pirolo teaches that we live in a fantastic, beautiful universe because we serve a very real God. As we study Psalm 8, we learn that nothing expresses God's desire to be with us more than the cross of Christ.
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7/26/2017
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Starting Over
2 Kings 22-23
Jason Mills
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Productive change doesn't happen by accident; we have to be intentional about it. In this message, Jason Mills examines the life of King Josiah, a man who recognized that something needed to change in the nation of Israel and took steps to see that it was done. As we study 1 Kings 22-23, we learn the practical steps we can take to see change in our own lives.
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9/6/2017
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For King and Country
Nehemiah 4:10-14
Neil Ortiz
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As humans, we lack perseverance because of fatigue and fear. To persevere, we need to be reminded of the cause for which we are fighting. In this message, Neil Ortiz teaches that as Christians, we are called to live for God in every facet of our lives, even if our circumstances cause us to be afraid and fatigued.
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9/20/2017
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Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Romans 10:9-11
Brian Nixon
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What we think informs and influences what we do. A Christian worldview is faith in Jesus and faith that seeks to understand what God has created. In this message, Brian Nixon teaches that in order to cultivate a Christian worldview, we must be saved, be continuously sanctified, and study God's Word.
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9/24/2017
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Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, and Martin Luther
Acts 20:28-32
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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Martin Luther, fearing that Germany would be next in Islam's remarkable conquests in Europe, wrote extensively about Islam and the Qur'an. He exposed Muslim intentions and spoke about the role of the church in the conflict, emphasizing the response pastors should have when threatened by this militaristic religion. In this message, Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares Luther's insights and courage, encouraging us to make friends with our Muslim neighbors.
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10/11/2017
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Wasted Potential
Jonathan Laurie
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Though you can have a saved soul, you can also have a wasted life. Yet God has given you everything you need to be spiritually successful. In this message, Jonathan Laurie teaches that God has given each of His children unique gifts, and we must use them to serve His kingdom.
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10/21/2017
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Interview with Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
Eric Metaxas
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Eric Metaxas is a New York Times best-selling author and the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily on KNKT 107.1 FM. His latest book, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, is a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history.
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10/25/2017
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Worship Anyway
Isaiah 6:1-8
Nelson Walker
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When your world explodes, what do you do? The prophet Isaiah's world was turned upside down with the death of King Uzziah. In this message, Nelson Walker teaches that when we face unexpected trials or hardships, our first step should be to approach our Lord with an attitude of worship.
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Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible is under attack from every direction. In this message, Dr. Steven Collins shows the historical reliability of the Old Testament by comparing it to other historical texts from the same time periods.
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