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Does God Love Israel's Neighbors and Why Does it Matter?

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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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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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Thank you brother, I appreciate it.  It's good to be with you guys.  Thank you very much.  I am most excited when I think about this message, not because I don't believe in all the others, I do and I'm very grateful to skip for not only inviting me back here.


The first time a pastor invites you, maybe they don't really know who you are and they're just rolling the dice as it were with good analogy.


But when they invite you back, it's a tremendous honor.  And to be able to do this series obviously, I do believe scripturally, that Jews are the chosen people which as a Rosenberg, I'm happy about that.


I do believe that God has given the land of Israel to the Jewish people. He just decided to do that.  He didn't have to but He did.  And the reason people hate Israel is because God chose them and God wants to bless them and God wants to show Himself to the Jewish people and then through the Jewish people to the rest of the world and Satan hates it, absolutely.


And this has been what we've been talking about, these two great threats to Israel and the Jewish people.  One is radical Islam and one is replacement theology.  The radical Islam threatens to annihilate the Jewish people, it threatens them with annihilation.


Replacement theology threatens Israel with delegitimization, that God is done with the Jews, that He's finished with the Jews.  He has no plan or purpose for the Jews and in fact, this replacement theology teaches the Jewish people all of those promises that went to Jews and to Israel have -- they now only go to the church and the church has just replaced Israel as the apple of God's eye and we look at those and understood those scripturally as not true.


So to recap, for those of you that weren't with us.  Yes, the bible teaches that Jews are the chosen people.  Yes, the bible teaches that God gave all of the Promised Land to the Jewish people as an everlasting possession.  That's the term, that's the phrase that the bible used -- an everlasting possession.  And I asked in the previous service, does everlasting mean everlasting?


It does.  But okay now, having set that up, let me say "but".  But let's be absolutely clear that this does not mean that God hates Israel neighbors.  It doesn't mean that God has given the Jewish people a license to oppress their neighbors or given Jews permission to create injustice.  That's not what the scriptures teach at all and we're going to look at that.  So the contrary, I want to say as a Rosenberg, as a Jewish person, who loves Jesus, that God loves the Palestinians.  God loves the Syrians.  God loves the Lebanese, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, the Iraqis, the Iranians.  He loves the Saudi Arabians, those in the Gulf States.  He loves all of those people in that region.  He loves them so much that He sent his son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die in a cross for them as well, to rise again for them as well.


He's coming back as for them as well if they will but receive Christ as their savior.  The wellbeing of the neighbors in this world and in the world to come should matter to us because it matters to God.  Genesis 17, turn with me to Genesis 17 and we're going to begin this because we know that God described Himself as the God of Israel, right?  But before he described Himself as the God of Israel, He described himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  And so there's no question and if you go back and watch all the messages, it's clear from the scriptures, God has a plan for the Jewish people, Amen.  But a lot of people think -- okay, well Abraham had his son Isaac and God clearly blessed Isaac and then Isaac's son Jacob and Jacob became Israel and then the 12 tribes and so forth.  So God must have cursed Ishmael, is that what the text says?


Now, the text in Genesis 16 would note that Ishmael's descendants are going to be in conflict with Isaac's descendants.  The scripture talks about brothers are born for adversity.  I've got four sons.  I can tell you that brothers are born for adversity.  My wife and I were not sure, are they born to create adversity or to be there when your other brother is in adversity?  I think it's both.  I'm just saying.


So in Genesis 16, there's no question that Lord indicates prophetically and clearly, the Lord has been right, that these two brothers and their families are going to live in some conflict.  Yes, but did God curse Ishmael and blessed Isaac?  He certainly blessed Isaac, but let's look in Genesis 17, beginning in verse 18.


Now God had just told Abraham and Sarah that He's going to give them a son through Sarah.  He told them He was going to give them a son and that's like great, and Sarah ends up giving Abraham to her maid, not such a good idea.  But there's a son out of that and that's Ishmael.


Now God is now telling Abraham and Sarah, "I really meant it.  When I said I was going to give you a son, I meant through you two."  I'm like, "You got to be kidding?  That's more like 90 to a hundred -- 99."  And I was like, "Let me be in charge of that, okay?  I'll just tell you what's going to happen and you just believe me, okay?"  Wouldn't that be nice if we just believe things that seemed impossible in our eyes?  Lord says He's going to do these things, "Let me figure out my own way to do it."  That never works.


Now, in this case, Abraham has this son, Ishmael and he says, "Oh god!  Oh that Ishmael might live before you."  Meaning, "Okay, You're going to give me this son, but just please bless Ishmael, may he live before You.  May You not forget about him", because Abraham loves him.


God says, "Stay with me", God says, "No."  But "Track with me".  "But Sarah, your wife, will bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him".  Now again I would ask, doesn't the word "everlasting" mean everlasting?


In other words, this promise that God has uniquely making to Abraham through Isaac to Jacob to the 12 tribes and so forth, that's everlasting.  That's an unconditional promise that even the Jews, no matter how much we try -- and we have tried historically to sort of shake ourselves loose from God, He sticks with us.


So God reaffirms and makes this very clear.  But then He says in verse 20 something really important and really special.  The Lord says, "As for Ishmael, I have heard you.  Behold I will bless him.  I will bless him and I will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly.  He shall become the father of 12 princes and I will make him a great nation."


Wow!  God didn't curse Ishmael.  He didn't curse Ishmael's descendants.  He said there's going to be conflict.  Sadly, this all came out of sin.  There's going to be consequences and there's going to be conflict.  But the Lord says, "I'm going to bless him and make a great nation."  But Verse 21, "My covenant" the Lord says, "I will establish with Isaac whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year."


And this is a really important distinction that I just honestly do not hear church leaders around the world teaching -- that God loves Ishmael, that God loves the children of Ishmael.  He has blessed him, He has blessed him differently.  It's not that He didn't bless him, it's that He blessed with different promises, with different goals and aspirations for them than for Isaac, okay?


I think it's similar.  Though, if I haven't dived into controversial waters deep enough, now I'm going to it's similar to God's plan and purpose for men and women.  God loves us both.  He created us both, but He has different roles for men and different roles for women.  They're not unequal or inferior.  God has a plan and He wants us, as men to do our part, to "man up" as they say these days, and for women to play the part that He has uniquely called them to play.


Now, I'm not equating men and women.  I'm just saying that would be for us in the church and understanding God loves us all.  He has different roles for us and that's clearly what the scriptures begin teaching in Genesis and it goes all the way through the scriptures.


Now, turn with me to Leviticus, Chapter 19.  Leviticus Chapter 19, beginning in verse 33, the Lord is speaking of course to Moses and he says, "When a stranger..." okay, the context.  These are laws that go for the Jewish people, the nation of Israel right?  That's what the Book of Leviticus is all about.


Now, the Lord says through Moses, "When a stranger resides with you in your land..."  Okay, God has given this land to the Jewish people.  But when somebody who's not Jewish is living there, "You shall not do him wrong."  That seems pretty clear to me, right?  The stranger who resides with you shall be as to you as a native among you and you shall love him as yourself.  Why?  "Because you were aliens in the land of Egypt, I am the Lord your God."


And He goes on to talk about not defrauding people and not mistreating them and not cheating them.  This is interesting, okay?  And where's that verse, "As you were aliens in the land of Egypt" and not said but clearly implied is "And when you were down there, a stranger is in a strange land."  Like, it wasn't your land, that's the land of Egypt and you're Israelites, but when you were there, were you treated well?  Were you loved?  Were you treated with honesty and fairness and justice?


Now, you know weren't, 400 plus years of slavery, remember that.  When I take you to your land, don't do unto those who are not Jewish or people who are not Egyptian, or the Egyptians did to you.  That's really clear and yet that's not talked much.  The Pro-Israel movement, I love the people who love Israel.  I love them.  But sometimes, we're not teaching the whole truth or we're not teaching the whole context of the scriptures and we're not saying, "Look, there are injustices being done.  There are unfairness's being done."  And the scriptures are clear.  Yes, the Lord says, "I'm going to chose the Jewish people, bless them, and give them land but those who are not Jewish in that Land, you are not to oppress them, you're not to treat them wrong, you're not to commit injustices.


Deuteronomy 14, let's turn over to Deuteronomy Chapter 14.  You can see, I'm not doing line by line, verse by verse this morning so stay with me and take the notes.  We'll also have some of these notes soon up on a website with the messages online.  But Deuteronomy, Chapter 14 verses 28 and 29, again the Lord speaking through Moses says, "At the end of every third year, you, Jewish people, you people of Israel, shall bring out all the ties of your produce in that year and you shall deposit it in your town."


Now Levite or the priest, because he has no portion or inheritance among you and the alien, meaning the stranger, the non-Jewish person in the area, and the orphan, and the widow who are in your town shall come and eat and be satisfied in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.


See, yes God loves the Jewish people.  Yes, God had blessed them.  Yes, God has given them land, but he's saying, "You need to care for, treat well everybody in your land because I will bless you if you do."  And the implication is "I'm not going to be happy if you don't."


Now, turn to the next page, Deuteronomy 16.  Deuteronomy 16 verses 13 and 14.  Now we're talking about some of the Jewish festivals.  That's the context of this chapter.  It's Jewish festival that Israelites do.  Now in verse 13 He said, "You shall celebrate the feast of Booth", the fun festival, The Feast of Sukkot, and you literally build on your outside or your back porch or something.  You build a little hut and you live there for a little why to remind yourselves as Jews that you once lived not in these nice apartments or homes that you now are in when you were in Egypt.  It was not quite that way.


"You shall celebrate the feast of Booth for seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat and you shall rejoice in your feast.  You and your son, and your daughter and your male and female servants, and the Levite, and the stranger -- ", meaning, the person who's not Jewish " -- but lives in your town, and the orphan, and the widow who are in your towns.  Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and all the work of your hands so that you will be altogether joyful."


"Do you want to be blessed in the land of Israel?  Bless your neighbors, bless those widows and orphans who have nobody to take care of them."  This is God's heart and it's building a pattern that will continue all the way through the Old Testament and into the new.  And we, who are convicted scripturally of God's heart and plans for Jewish people, we dare not miss God's love for the neighbors -- His plan for the neighbors, which is a different plan but it has nothing to do with Him not loving them, of course He loves them.


Isaiah, turn with me for a moment to Isaiah.  Boy!  I love this verse.  Isaiah Chapter 49, actually it's not just one verse, there are two verses in this case.  Isaiah 49 verses six and seven, the Lord says, "It is too small a thing that you, this coming Messiah, should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the preserved ones of Israel."  Really, that's too small a thing to save the Jewish people?  To come as the Jewish Messiah and reach them with the good news that God loves them.  He wants to transform them and save them and redeem them and use them to be a great blessing to the rest of the world, that's too small a thing?  Yes, it is.


The Father is speaking to the son and He says, "It's too small thing for you just to bless the Jewish people.  I will make you also a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."  Wow!  It's too small a thing for the Messiah to just bless Israel.  He's going to bless the neighbors.  He's going to bless the enemies.  He's going to bless everybody.  So His salvation message reach at the end of the earth.  "Thus" says the Lord, "The redeemer of Israel".  God's not shedding His love for Jews and Israel there, but He's saying, "It's bigger than this".


And He says, "To the despised one, to the one abhorred by the nation, to the servant of the rulers, kings will see and arise, princes will also bow down because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who is chosen."  The chosen one in this case is the Messiah himself and it's too small a thing just to be a bless in the Jews.  First and foremost is this takes us to the Book of Romans, right?  We're not ashamed of the gospel for it's the power of salvation, first for the Jews and then for the Gentiles, for the whole world.


Now, Matthew Chapter four, we're working our way forward.  Now we're in Matthew chapter four because all of these things that were sort of set into motion, all these biblical principles that were laid down including this messianic prophecy is now coming to pass in Matthew Chapter four beginning in verse 23.  "Jesus -- in Hebrew Yahushua, was going throughout all of Galilee."  Okay, that for one second.  How many of you have had the opportunity to go to Israel before?


Okay, that's good, but that's not enough.  I want you to pray about coming with Skip and myself to an Israel tour next May and to an epicenter conference.  I'll talk to you more about that in a moment.  But this is exciting when you get to travel through Galilee and that's one of the things we'll be doing.  Yahushua, Jesus was going throughout all of Galilee, what was he doing?  Teaching in their synagogues -- well, synagogues, that's Jewish.  He was ministering the Jews, right?  That seems to make sense, he's the Jewish Messiah.  He's proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.  He's healing every kind of disease, every kind of sickness among the people.  Now, the news about the Messiah coming and this extraordinary development with this person who's speaking in words of God and he's doing healing and miracles and this message doesn't simply spread throughout Israel.  Verse 24, the news about him, about Jesus spread where?  Throughout all of Syria and they, who?  The people of Syria, they brought to him all who are ill, those who were suffering with various diseases and pains, demon posses, epileptics, paralytics and he healed them.


Jesus didn't say, "Oh I'm sorry, you may have misunderstood.  I am here only for Jews.  I appreciate you coming all the way Damascus, but you know Damascus gets destroyed", in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49.  "So it's all about destruction and curses for you.  I'm sorry, I really can't help you."


Is this the Messiah that we know and love?  No, why?  Because he's fulfilling Isaiah 49, it's too small a thing just to bless you.  He's certainly going to bless them, but he's going to reach out beyond that.  And large crowds, verse 25, large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.  Now, I've been to the Decapolis, that's on the other side of the Jordan River, in the nation that we now call "The Kingdom of Jordan" and it says from beyond the Jordan.


It's kind of amazing that God was saying people are coming from Jordan, people are coming from Syria to find the Jewish Messiah and they were so excited about him.  Now, I can't say -- just guessing the work of the disciples and their understanding of all these early on.  I'm not guessing they were really thrilled about this.  We know that later, Peter can't believe the concept that he's supposed to take the gospel to the Gentiles.


I mean the Book of Acts is like, "Lord, you got to be kidding me.  You're not even supposed to touch these people.  You're not supposed to even go to their houses.  I'm not going to Cornelius' house."  The Lord commands him to do it and then he sees that once he preaches the gospel to Cornelius, a Roman occupier -- a Roman Centurion, Cornelius comes to faith.  He and his whole household get saved.  They're all filled with the Holy Spirit and Peter's like, "That's kind of funny.  Apparently, God loves Gentiles."  Who knew?


Now, bless Peter.  I mean, he wasn't the sharpest knife from the drawer, right?  I'm not saying we are either but isn't it interesting that the early church, the Jewish believers are like "I don't think God loves the Gentiles."  In fact, if you go to Acts Chapter 11, the church fathers -- the other apostles, they call them up to Peter back in Jerusalem and say, "What are you doing?  Have you completely gone crazy?  You can't go doing stuff with the Gentiles?"  And he says, "Let me tell you the story.  What happened, God has pointed out his mercy on the Gentiles."  Who knew?


Now, Matthew Chapter five verses 43 through 45, just one page over, "Jesus who --", I'm guessing at this point knows that his disciples are a little put out by the idea that Jesus is ministering to Syrians and Jordanians.  They weren't called that at the time, but that these neighbors were getting blessed.  If you guys remember, the disciples, at that times, when people came around Jesus that they didn't like they're like, "Lord, would you like us to call fire down from heaven and then consume these people?"  He's like, "Oh my gosh!  No, no."


I mean but that's -- I'm sorry, but that's our instinct sometimes.  Israel got enemies, nuke them until they'll go.


That's sort of the texts as I understand it.  Sort of "Nuke them until they'll go."  No, no.  Now, that's not to say there won't be wars and rumors of wars and all kinds of conflict that's prophesized, but that's not the Lord's heart.  The Lord doesn't want to consume people by fire.  That's not His first instinct, sometimes it's the churches, and it shouldn't be.


And so responding to this I think in verse 43, he says to his disciples and to the people up in Galilee, this is where the sermons are going on, "You have heard it said you shall love your neighbor."  Well, they've heard that because that's in the Old Testament.  And you heard it, it said you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  That's not in the Old Testament.  "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your Father who's in heaven.  For He causes his son to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain in the righteous and the unrighteous."  Jesus is saying, "Yes, you should love your neighbor", and some people are going, "No, they're not neighbors, they're enemies."


So Jesus says, "Okay, love your neighbors."  I knew it [Inaudible].  That pretty much covers everybody.  I mean here's the Jewish Messiah standing in Israel saying "Love your neighbors."  And of course, you have later people going, "Uh, who's our neighbor?"  Like they're trying to in some ways get out of, "You don't really actually mean people who aren't Jewish do you?"  Yes, I do, and as well as people who are Jewish.  And then they say, "We don't want to consider these people neighbors, they're enemies."


Okay.  Jesus says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" and I can guarantee you, from traveling through that region, the "Love your enemy strategy", we, followers of Jesus Christ, pretty much have that want all to ourselves, no one else is trying this.


Imagine if we were to obey these principles, how the church would be set on fire and I -- maybe the fire would be the wrong analogy in that case, but I mean grow significantly.  Matthew Chapter 15, do you see a pattern building here as we work our way through the scripture?  Mathew 15 verse 21, Jesus goes away from there.  Where was he?  In the Galilee, he goes away from there and he withdraws into the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Now, where is that?  That's southern Lebanon.


Now a Canaanite woman -- meaning, not a Jewish person, a neighbor, theoretically, an enemy in this case, right?  The Canaanites were enemies of the Jewish people.  She cries out, "Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David.  My daughter is truly demon possessed", and Jesus did not answer her word and the disciples came and implored him saying, "Could you just send her away because she keeps shouting at us.  The lady is crazy.  She's like, "please help me"."  And they see it as annoying.  This is a Canaanite.  We're in Lebanon.  They're probably thinking, "Why are we Lebanon anyway?  Did he get lost?  Doesn't he have a GPS?  Isn't he the Messiah? I mean come on, what are we doing up here?  This is not friendly territory."


And this woman keeps crying out for mercy and Jesus gives it to her.  Now he challenges her first, it's interesting and I don't fully understand it to be just candid.  Jesus answers them and says, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."  But she came and she bows down before him saying, "Lord, help me."  And he answered and he said -- now he challenges her again and said, "Is it not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs?"  But she said, "Yes Lord, but even the dogs feed on the crumbs from which would fall from their master's table."


She is so determined to get the Messiah to bless her and her child -- her daughter, to be set free from Satan that she's willing to humble herself and beg, and the disciples wouldn't have any of it.  "Could you just sort of get her away because she's shouting at us?"  Well darn right, her daughter is possessed by a demon and Jesus test her to see how much faith does she really have in a Jewish Messiah?  And she did it.


In fact, I would argue she had more faith at that moment than some of the disciples' words demonstrating.  And Jesus says to her, "Oh woman, your faith is great.  It shall be done for you as you wish."  And her daughter was healed at once.  See, this is God's heart.  He loves the Jews and He loves the neighbors and He loves the enemies and He calls us to do the same.


Once you start going through the gospel messages about presenting the gospel, what do you see?  You see in Matthew 24:14 the Lord Jesus says to his disciples, "This gospel of the King, this good news that you're going to be saved through faith Jesus Christ, shall be preached."  Where, only in Israel?  No, in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end shall come; that's heart for the Jews but also for the rest of the world.


Matthew 28, 18 through 20, right?  This is where Jesus says to his disciples, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me, therefore go."  And what?  Just tell Jewish people about Jesus?  No, he says "Go and make disciples of all nations -- baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you and I'll be with you even to the end of the age."  Even to the end of the end of the days prophetically given for the world, Jesus said he'll be with us as we go and we make disciples of all nations, not just friendly nations, not just capitalist nations, not just democracies but difficult nations, dangerous nations, deadly nations.  This is our God, this is His heart, and this is our call.


Jesus himself said it very clearly, John 3:16, right?  "For God so loved just the Jewish people that he came --" oh, I'm sorry.  Oh no, I'm sorry, "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son" and if only Jewish people believed then -- oh no, who so ever believed?  A Jew like my father, a Gentile like my mother.  Whosoever believes?  A Rosenberg like me or my Lebanese brother-in-law?  Whosoever believes in Him, in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, not just of Jews but of the whole world, whoever believes in Him shall not perish and die and go to hell forever and ever separated from God with no hope but shall have eternal life.


Acts 18, the gospel goes forth from Jerusalem to Judea, to Samaria and then just stops there.  No, the Lord Jesus tells his disciples that when he gives the Holy Spirit and when he comes upon, the Holy Spirit comes upon them in power, they will have the power to take the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria -- by the way, Judea and Samaria is now with the world called, "The Occupied West Bank."


But take the gospel there from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even to the ends of the earth.  Revelation Chapter seven, verse nine.  These sums up the whole thing, the heart of God starts in Genesis.  We bring it to Revelation and when you get to the Revelation Chapter seven, verse nine, what are we saying?  The apostle John, a Jewish believer says, "I looked and behold a great multitude", where were they?  They were in heaven, he could see them in heaven which no one could count from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues standing before the throne and before the Lamb clothed in white robes.


So the early Jewish believers didn't believe God loved the Gentiles, that was a flaw in their theology and it was corrected by the Lord.  Many Gentiles today in the church believe that God doesn't love the Jews, that's a flaw and it needs to be corrected and it is being corrected by the Holy Spirit.  We dare not go to either extreme.  God loves the Jewish people and he loves the neighbors and what's amazing to me is that more neighbors and more enemies are coming to faith in Jesus Christ than the Jews, I'm insanely jealous.


More Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ in the last three decades than in the last 14 centuries put together.  And I, as a Rosenberg, out there doing this work, teaching on these things, I'm amazed how God has asked me to begin building friendships with Palestinians, with Iranians, with Iraqis and it's been exciting because for me, who with an aid, for a season, working for then former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now the current Prime Minister, I don't imagine myself ever going to meet with Iranian radical Muslims.


I have not been to Iran myself.  My Iranian friends say I could probably get a visit in, not so sure of giving what I'm teaching and saying if I would be able to get out.  But I have a friend named Hormoz Shariat in 1979, he and his wife were radical Muslims -- Shia Muslims in Iran.  Every Friday, when millions of radical Shia Muslims would show up for the Ayatollah Khomeini to give a death to America-death to Israel sermon which was pretty much every weekend, they would show up and say, "Death to America", he and his wife every week.


And then they thought, "Okay, maybe not death to America quite yet, we'd like to go to graduate school over there."  So they applied a school in southern California, they got in.  They got Visas somehow into our country.  I mean, it all worked out but you think, what was going on there?  But they get there and what happens?  They start going through culture shock, weather shock, food shock, traffic shock.  Their marriage starts breaking up and things are not going well and they actually set a date for their divorce.  Islam was not helping them.  It wasn't bringing them the peace they expected that they needed.  It wasn't happening.


Now, the wife got befriended by some young women at a local church.  They showed her love and they said,  "Well, why don't you come to church with us?"  Okay, so she goes to church, she gets saved.  She becomes a follower of Jesus Christ.  The husband's like, "You've got to be kidding me."  He freaks out.  But after a little while, he thinks, "Well, she does seem nicer to me."


So what's the deal with that?  And I thought we were radical Muslims, that's not doing anything for us.  So he starts an intensive study of the Qur'an and the Bible.  And he concludes that the bible, not the Qu'ran, is the word of God.  That Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one could come to the father expect through Christ and he gives his life to the Lord.  These two canceled the divorce.  They start growing in their faith.  After a few years, they plant a congregation of Iranian Muslims who have left Islam and become followers of Christ.  It's the largest Iranian-ex-Muslim congregation on the nation.


Then they think, how are we going to reach our nation?  We're not allowed back in.  So they start using the satellite television and God starts using them.  Hormoz Shariat, I like to describe him as the Billy Graham of Iran.  He's preaching the gospel from San Jose on satellite television.  It's watched at nine o'clock primetime television in Iran.  People are sitting there, watching.  Do you know it's illegal to own a satellite dish in Iran, which is why everyone has one.


These days, the people of Iran hate their government so much that the government says "No!"  They're like, "Okay."  And so, people are sitting there, flipping through.  Okay, state-run television, state-run television, state-run television, soccer, state-run television, state-run television.  Some guy is saying, "Tell me about Jesus"  "What was that?  Go back."  And people are watching and you can call him live.  So Hormoz and I got to be friends and I wrote about him in the book "Inside the Revolution".  We included him in the documentary film "Inside the Revolution".


So invites me to come out to California and be on his show.  And I say, "Brother, you want me to share the gospel and teach bible prophesy live on satellite television into Iran?"  He said. "Yes."  "Have you gone crazy?"  I mean, "A guy named Rosenberg who works for Netanyahu, who loves Israel, isn't that like not the message you're trying to send."  He goes, "I think that would be interesting, it would be like counter programming."  I said, "Yeah."  I said, "I don't know brother, I've got to think about it.  I've got to pray about that."

I'm not scared of Iranians, I'm scared of Jesus.  I don't want to wind up in heaven one day and have them say, "Joel, welcome, I'm so glad you're here and can we just -- I just need a second here.  Did I see you on Hormoz Shariat's television show into Iran?  I mean, what was that?  I had a real good thing going with Hormoz until you showed up."  I didn't want to do that.  But after several years of us both praying about it, this April, I had the opportunity to go on.  I flew out there and for two days, I was on this satellite television program and Iranians were calling in from Iran -- Shia Muslims, as well as Iranians who lived in different places and they were calling in with live questions about the gospel and about, "What?  Joel, you're teaching from the scriptures that God loves Israel's neighbors and her enemies?  You're saying that God have a plan and a purpose for the people of Iran?"  Yes, I am.


And we started seeing Shia Muslims pray to receive Christ on the air.  It's an important thing when Jewish people not only know our savior but say publicly, "God loves the people of Iran, He loves the Palestinians.  He loves the people of that region."


It's important for us to say it.  And it's important for us to show it.  If is about one new man that the dividing wall between the Gentiles being hustled of Jews and Jews being hustled by Gentiles, that's supposed to come down when Jesus Christ has changed us, when he's transformed us, when he's filled us with his Holy Spirit.  And we have just seen some amazing things.  I'm going to land the plane here in a moment but I want to tell you one other story.  I want to tell you a lot.  I'll say a few of them I guess for tonight, but if I can just take two more minutes.


The chief newscaster in Damascus, in Syria, one of the leading newscasters is a woman.  She's sort of like the Katie Couric of Syria.  She has better ratings than Katie but still, she's highly regarded and she's very well respected.  So anyway, she read a book called "More than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell that had been translated into Arabic.  And she comes to say, "Oh my god!  This is amazing!"  She becomes a believer in Jesus.  She started studying the scriptures and she said, "Oh my gosh!  Syria is in here a lot."  In Mathew Chapter 4, the news about Jesus spreading into Syria.  In Chapter nine, the Apostle Paul comes to faith on the road to Syria, on the road to Damascus and she even --"Oh my goodness!  The believers of Jesus were first called Christians, where?  In Antioch, in Syria.  She's like, "This is new."


Then she comes to her senses and think, "Well, it's 2000-year-old news, I can't really put in tonight's show."  So she decides to write and produce a documentary film about how Saul(ph)was a religious terrorist on his way to Damascus and then came to faith in Jesus Christ.  And she made this documentary film, she's walking down the street, in Damascus, it's still there and she's explained, "This is where it happened.  This is Judas's house.  This is were Saul's eyes were opened", it's just an amazing film.


Then she thought, "Oh, I've got a problem", she and her colleagues.  They're like, "We can't show this film here.  We live in a country ran by Bashar al-Assad"  The guy's a terrorist.  He's friends, buddies with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  They're like, "We can't show this."  But they had it done.  So they ask people to pray.  And I was one of the people they asked, "Would you pray that God would open this door -- this Damascus film?"  That's what they call it, Damascus, "-- to be shown."  So I said yes but I have to tell you, there's just no way.  It's never going to happen.  I mean, I don't have the faith for that.  I am just being honest with you.


So she gets a call a couple weeks later from the Senior Advisor to the President, Bashar Al-Assad and he says, "The President likes the film very much, very impressed with the role of Syria in Christendom and he would like you to premier the film at his personal movie theater on March second."  She's like, "Who is this really?"


Wow! And March second, that was in last year.  So she is thinking, -- she says, "Well, the only things is -- Your Excellency, I'm very grateful, that's very nice, but the only thing is we don't really have the money to put on a big lavished gala premier.  We were just thinking, can we just have permission to show it anywhere."  He said, "But I would get back to you."  Calls back a couple of days later, "The President said don't worry about it.  He will take care of everything.  He will pay for everything and the Minister of Culture, he will be in charge of the invitations.  Now, you just give your list of all the Christians you want, we will invite all of the Muslim leaders and the government cabinet and they will show it."  That's what happened March second of last year.  God presented the gospel in a film called "Damascus" in Damascus.


Now, after that was done, just to give you the Paul Harvey of the story, that was amazing and I can't tell you that I had the faith for that.  But we got a call from one of the producers on the film that I knew and he said, "Listen, we now have permission.  We didn't just show the film, we have permission to produce 300,000 copies of this Damascus film on DVD and distribute it all throughout Syria and other places.  With the Joshua Fund, be willing to fund the $300,000 cost to do this project."  I thought, "The Joshua Fund to bless Israel with Jewish people."  But no, that's not our mission statement.  Our mission statement is to mobilize Christians to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus according to Genesis 12, verses one through three.  Those are the famous verses right?


God said, "I will bless those who bless the children of Abraham and curse those who curse them."  Now, yes, Isaac and the Jewish people were some of those children but so is Ishmael.  And so as we pray about, we thought this would be an incredible honor.  We don't know where we're going to get the money but yes, we will do it and the Lord provided it.  And we thought, this is part of our mission statement.  This is God's call in our heart.  What better than a Rosenberg and a team that God has given us to go bless our brothers and sisters as believers in that country, reaching the unbelievers.


Because Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 says, "Damascus will be destroyed".  Someday, in the end of times, I can't tell you when, that city is going to be obliterated.  And I don't want to stand before Jesus Christ one day and have Him say, "You had an opportunity to help your air brothers and sisters in Christ, reach that city and that country with the gospel and you said no?  Didn't you understand anything that I was doing here?  Didn't you understand the news about me was spreading into Syria?  You would have chanced to bless Israel and her neighbors when there was still time."


Friends, I just ask you to ask the Lord.  Lord -- ask the two questions that Paul asked on the road to Damascus.  Who are You Lord and what would you have me to do?  Those are good questions -- who are you Lord?  Let me know You better.  Let me see you more clearly.  Help me follow you more closely.  Who are you?  Reveal Yourself to me Lord and what would You have me to do?


And I ask you, as we close this service now and prepare for the Q&A tonight.  What is the Lord asking you to do?  I would hope that some of you, the Holy Spirit is turning, to come with Skip and myself to Israel next May and to be part of this tour.  You'll meet Israeli believers.  You'll meet Arab believers.  You'll meet people in ministry on both sides.  We will be having this epicenter conference.  Skip will be teaching, Ray Bentley from Maranatha Chapel, Anne Graham Lotz, Kay Arthur, myself, some other people we're not ready to release yet -- the names.


It's going to be amazing.  You're going to see how God is moving.  The day of the Lord is coming and we're supposed to teach it and be a blessing to Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.  I would also encourage you to get involved in the Joshua Fund.  We're all going to be signing books in a few minutes.  It will be Joshua Fund table.  One of my colleagues is here -- a Jewish believer in Jesus who loves Israel and her neighbors.  Ask him a question.  We've got information you can learn about praying with us, maybe financially getting involved as well.  We would appreciate that.


This is a moment for the church to realize and then to teach consistently and with great love -- God's heart for Jews, His heart for the neighbors and His heart for the enemies because we're going into a deep and intense battle.  And I just want to end with this point, some of you are thinking, "Aren't you saying there could be some massive war between Israel and the enemies next year?"  Yes, I am.  "And now, you want me to go with Skip and you to Israel and be part of this conference?"  Yes, I do.  So deal with that son.  I mean, hello?  I know, I know.  If there are missiles inbound for Israel at the moment,  that's what travel insurance is for.  Okay?


If the war is imminent -- I mean, if at any moment, everything is getting ready, that's what travel insurance is for.  I'm not asking you.  Skip and I are not asking you to come into a hot zone, a missile zone.  That's what our staff would do.  That's what I will do.  That's what I've already done when the missile war was inbound with Southern Israel last year, our team went, I went.


As bombs were dropping, we were delivering food and other relief supplies in the name of Jesus.  That's what our job is.  I'm not asking you to do that but we would like you to pray about coming and maybe it would be special if true followers of Christ came and prayed for the peace of Jerusalem in Jerusalem; lifted up the name of our King of kings in the city of the Great King; was a blessing to Israel and her neighbors right there where Jesus started the church and said, "You will be my witnesses when my Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses with great power in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria even to Albuquerque."


May God bless you as you ask the Lord, "Who are you Lord?  Reveal yourself to me and show me what I'm to do."  Thank you so much!

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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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Where Is The World Going?
2 Peter 3:2-12
Chip Lusko
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The Message In The Mirror
2 Corinthians
Chip Lusko
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Seven Steps to Revival
Sami Dagher
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Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
Matthew 6:19-21
Chip Lusko
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Underestimating God
Ephesians
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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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Special Guest: John Miller
Psalms 23
John Miller
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1 Kings 15
1 Kings 15
Bill Holdridge
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For Our Good and His Glory
Romans 8:28
Dave Row
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God Wants Your Attention!
Revelation 16:1-11
Terry Gray
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Dealing with Doubt
Matthew 11:1-11
Dave Row
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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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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Bill Welsh
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Risking it All
Matthew 10:34-39
Matt Ellison
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1/23/2005
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Don McClure
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Guest Speaker Greg Opean
2 Kings 4:8-17
Greg Opean
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2/9/2005
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Special Worship Service
Dave Row
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3/2/2005
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie
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3/9/2005
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Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
Gayle Erwin
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4/6/2005
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Talking to God
Matthew 6:5-13
Dave Row
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4/17/2005
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The Nourishing to the Inner man
Ephesians 3
Pancho Juarez
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Maturity: Life at the Big Table
Ephesians 4:11-15
Dave Row
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Our Body Language
Romans 12:1-12
Alan Brooks
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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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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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Before...
Isaiah 6:1-8
Matthew Ellison
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Garment of Perfection
Colossians 3:12-17
Al Pittman
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The Jesus Painter
Mike Lewis
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Matthew 7:15-23
Paul Scozzafava
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Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?
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New Year's Eve 2005
Chip Lusko
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Ezra 3:1-7
Greg Opean
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Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.
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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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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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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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Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13
Dave Row
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Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
Psalms 46
Don McClure
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God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.
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3/8/2006
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The Beauty of Brokenness
Psalms 51
Chip Lusko
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Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.
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3/12/2006
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The Heart of the One God Uses
Nehemiah 1:1-4
Robert Furrow
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Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.
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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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The Perfect Diet
John 4:31-38
Dave Row
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What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?
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Light vs. Darkness
1 John 1:5-2:2
Dave Row
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Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
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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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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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4/14/2006
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Good Friday Service 2006
Calvary Pastors
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What does Good Friday mean to you? Is it just another Friday? Is it just a day off from school or work? For the Christian, Good Friday is the day we pause in remembrance that Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, was slain for the sins of humanity. It is the time when we remember that Jesus was rejected by man and selected for sacrifice, and that He suffered unimaginable pain and torture as He was scourged and crucified. It is the day we remember that the One who was without sin became sin for each one of us. Let this Good Friday be like no other Friday in your year as you remember the price He paid for you.
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4/16/2006
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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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4/23/2006
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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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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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2/20/2008
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Painting Jesus
Eric Timm
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How do you paint Jesus? This is the question that was posed to us this Wednesday night as we were joined by painter and speaker Eric Timm. Eric's profound and thought provoking presentation not only produced beautiful works of art, but also an idea that we are the ones who paint Jesus in our daily lives. Danielle Timm, Eric's wife, shared a poem to accompany the paintings about painting Jesus by our words and actions, and posing the question, "How do you paint Jesus to others?" This outstanding performance and eye opening message revealed to us the many ways in which our Father can be painted to the world. Whether it is on a canvas or through the Christ-like love that we show to those around us, how will we paint Jesus?
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4/2/2008
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Lessons From A Tent
Terry Gray
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Terry taught a very spiritual rich message about what the LORD has taught him during him time as a pastor in El Paso, Texas. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:6; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Psalm 138:8
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4/6/2008
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Winning the Battle Within
Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16
Robert Furrow
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4/9/2008
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Your Response Is Crucial
Jonah 1-4
Kevin Miller
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4/13/2008
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
Matthew 6:19-34
Bob Shank
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4/20/2008
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Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
2 Kings 6:8-17
Joel C. Rosenberg
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5/28/2008
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Living a Relevant Life
Matthew 5:13-16
Dr. David Jeremiah
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7/6/2008
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Heart Fix
John 14:1-6
Pedro Garcia
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7/30/2008
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Entering God's Land of Promise
Joshua 1-24
Dave Row
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8/3/2008
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Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7
Levi Lusko
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I. Respect II. Cultivate III. Restraint
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The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
Levi Lusko
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The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko
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8/27/2008
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What would you do if the Bible were true?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Chip Lusko
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8/31/2008
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Going For The Gold
1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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9/28/2008
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The Case for the Real Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30
Lee Strobel
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Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
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10/5/2008
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The Second Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:10
Tim LaHaye
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11/2/2008
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Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
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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11/30/2008
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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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2/8/2009
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A River Runs Through You
John 7:37-39
Levi Lusko
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3/4/2009
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A Spotless Church
Revelation 19:1-11
Joseph Gros
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Why Do We Have to Repent?
2 Peter 3:9
Raul Ries
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Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs joined us as our guest speaker at all four services on March 7-8. We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter 3:9 to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent?"
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3/15/2009
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Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
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4/19/2009
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Jesus in Disguise
Luke 24:13-35
Gino Geraci
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I. Jesus: In Disguise (vv. 13-16)


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


III. Jesus: The Promise In All The Scriptures (vv. 27-35)
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7/19/2009
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Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
Hebrews 11
Don McClure
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Three aspects of faith; #1 Going out, not knowing where you're going (v8) #2 Staying out in faith (v14) #3 Stepping out in faith
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9/20/2009
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The Unexpected Adventure
Matthew 5:13-16
Lee Strobel
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Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure."
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11/4/2009
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Forsaken By God
Psalm 22
Nate Heitzig
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Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him?
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11/8/2009
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Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
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
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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12/16/2009
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An Evening With C.S. Lewis
David Payne
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The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England. Despite his failing health, Lewis is in great form. His audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England’s most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life. Don't miss David Payne’s fantastic performance that will make you feel as if you've heard from C.S. Lewis himself!
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Israel's Dark Hour
Ezekiel 8
Chip Lusko
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False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts.
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4/11/2010
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The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Gino Geraci
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In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time. From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith.
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4/28/2010
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Down on the Farm
Matthew 13:1-23
Dave Row
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Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories. In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word.
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5/2/2010
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Time to Engage
Judges 6
Steve Wilburn
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Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling. Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees.
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5/5/2010
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Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
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
Dr. Ross Rhoads
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Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness. In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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Commission and Compliance
Matthew 28:16-20
Nate Heitzig
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The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. What are we afraid of?
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6/27/2010
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How to Face Temptation
James 1:13-18
John Miller
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Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way.
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6/30/2010
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Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8
Chip Lusko
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What’s wrong with the world? Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. While the world has no valid explanation for the evil lurking behind every corner, God’s Word is clear: the cause of pain and suffering is sin. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin–its cause, its consequence and its cure.
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7/25/2010
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God Rocks the Punk
Levi Lusko
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Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives.
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8/18/2010
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In the Valley
Psalm 23
Nate Heitzig
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Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance. Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
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Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
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When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging. Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God.
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11/3/2010
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Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
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Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
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Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
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What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated 160 million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew 18.
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11/13/2010
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Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences. Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters.
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11/14/2010
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Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land. Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel?
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Why Does the World Hate Israel and the Jewish People and Why Does it Matter?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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There's an intense battle raging. Throughout history, enemies have sought to annihilate the Jews and the threat of radical Islam is growing. In this message from Joel Rosenberg, we'll consider Satan's plot to destroy Israel and consider why the world hates the Jewish people.
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11/14/2010
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How Can the Church Bless Israel and Her Neighbors?
Joel C. Rosenberg
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As Joel wraps up the series Critical Issues Facing the Epicenter, we'll explore why Israel and the Jewish people should be important to all believers. With the return of Jesus Christ approaching, we must consider our part in blessing Israel and her neighbors and Joel will encourage us to learn, pray, give, and go. Joel also addresses questions from the congregation about current events, prophecy, and the sound interpretation of God’s Word.
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11/28/2010
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Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
Luke 19
Franklin Graham
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Are you missing something in life? Are you searching for something, unsure of exactly what it is? As he brings us this message from Luke 19, Franklin Graham challenges us to consider our standing before God: Are your sins forgiven? Listen and learn that though we are all guilty of sin, we can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.
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12/26/2010
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When Dreams Die
Hebrews 11:24-29
Chip Lusko
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If you could do anything, what would it be? Let's consider whether our dreams are man-made or God-given as we look at the example of Moses. Faith without works is dead—how can we use our gifts fully for the glory of God?
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12/29/2010
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Happier than a Clam
Philippians 4:10-13
AJ Villegas
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Are you a happy person? That's the issue addressed in this message from Pastor AJ Villegas. We'll examine our overall outlook, and consider the difference in worldly satisfaction and true contentment. We'll learn that a proper perspective of the Lord, rather than comfortable circumstances, are the source of genuine happiness.
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4/3/2011
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Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Paul
Romans 8:1-6
Nate Heitzig
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If you really want to help yourself, then you will stop trying to fix your flesh and you will start submitting to the Spirit.
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4/20/2011
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The Seven Points of Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Brian Nixon
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How can we have more effective prayer lives? Let's take a brief look at "The Lord's Prayer" and consider how God Himself has instructed us to pray. We'll gain a greater understanding of how God honors our submission, our commission, and the remission or our sins.
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5/15/2011
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Money Talks
1 Timothy 6:1-19
Bob Shank
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In this message from Bob Shank, we look at God's practical instruction about money, including getting out of debt, contentment, and giving.
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5/22/2011
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Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Sean McDowell
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What is a parent's highest calling? In this message, Sean McDowell explains the role of every believer in sharing the faith with the next generation.
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8/17/2011
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Archaeology and the Bible: What the Stones are Telling us About the Scriptures
Dr. Joseph Holden
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The Bible helps us make sense of archaeology—His inerrant Word sheds light recent discoveries. As we consider this message from Dr. Holden, we'll discover that validity of the biblical history confirms and clarifies God's Word and further demonstrates God's love for man.
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8/28/2011
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Perceiving the Will of God
Romans 12:1-2
Nate Heitzig
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Does God still speak to man? Is He interested in our personal lives? Can we know the will of God? Pastor Nate Heitzig addresses these issues and more in this message.
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8/31/2011
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Finding God on The Internet
John Blandford
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Every day, millions of people around the world search the internet for God. Learn how Global Media Outreach and online missionaries are using technology to reach the world with the gospel.
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10/16/2011
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The Thin Red Line
Joshua 2
Levi Lusko
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In this study from Joshua 2, Levi Lusko discusses God’s plan of redemption as demonstrated through the life of Rahab. We’ll learn that God’s goes before us, wants to save those around us, and is not afraid of what’s behind us.
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11/6/2011
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When a Battle Isn't a Battle
Joshua 6:1-14
Kevin Miller
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If you want to see God do the impossible, you have to believe He can, then take the steps to make it happen. Those steps may seem scary and crazy at first and people around you may not understand, but God can do things that we can't even dream up. Fight the battle knowing that it’s already won!
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11/13/2011
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Absolute Truth in an Age of Uncertainty - Q & A hosted by Skip Heitzig
Dr. Ron Rhodes
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Dr. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He regularly addresses current issues in the national media, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. Dr. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and other seminaries around the country. Jump To: Dr. Ron Rhodes Testimony | Saturday | Sunday 8:00 | Sunday 9:30 | Sunday 11:15
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
2 Chronicles 33:1-16
Franklin Graham
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Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away. He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
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12/21/2011
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Evening of Worship with Fernando Ortega
Fernando Ortega
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Fernando Ortega is joined by gifted accompanists for the Evening of Worship. The combination of Old Testament Scripture readings and Ortega's soothing lyrics and beautiful melodies help us calm our hearts and minds during the busy holiday season.
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12/28/2011
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Buckle Up
1 Kings 18:41-46
Ray Del Toro
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Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings 18:41-46. As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised.
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1/11/2012
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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
James 4:13-17
Neil Ortiz
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What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
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1/15/2012
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Jesus Christ, Superstar?
Philippians 2:5-11
Nate Heitzig
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While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus?
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4/4/2012
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180 Movie and interview with Ray Comfort
Ray Comfort
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Don't miss 33 minutes that will rock your world! View the shocking award-winning documentary 180 and watch an interview with film's producer, Ray Comfort, by Pastor Skip Heitzig.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
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5/13/2012
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The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
Luke 1:26-56
Nate Heitzig
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What does it take to be an effective Christian? Let’s take cues from Mary’s reaction to God’s will for her life, and learn how to be humble, spiritual, available, and worshipful.
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5/20/2012
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Why Redeem the Time?
Ephesians 5:15-17
Raul Ries
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We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians 5:15-17, we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
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5/27/2012
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Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
John 17:1-5
Sean McDowell
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There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John 17:1-5 we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God. Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God.
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6/6/2012
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Love God, Love People
Matthew 22
Samy Tanagho
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Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
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9/5/2012
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That God May Be Glorified!
1 Peter 4:7-11
Ray Jaramillo
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Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
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9/12/2012
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The State of the Epicenter: 2012
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel 5:5. While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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9/16/2012
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The Future of the Epicenter in Light of Bible Prophecy
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Only God knows what tomorrow holds and through our text, He communicates both warnings and encouragement about the future. Let’s heed His Word and prepare for what is to come—not only great pain and suffering, but also salvation for those who believe. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference.com
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11/14/2012
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Wholehearted Devotion
Mark 14:3-9
Alistair Begg
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She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial. But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God.
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11/25/2012
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Franklin Graham is noted for using every occasion to preach the gospel, inviting people to take part in God's plan of salvation—whether on the mission field, on-site at a natural disaster, behind the microphone of a national news program, or in a church sanctuary. From the story of a blind man healed in Mark 10:46-52, Franklin delivers a powerful presentation of the good news. You too can be healed and your sins can be forgiven! Come to Jesus!
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12/2/2012
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The End of the World as We Know It
Revelation 20
Kevin Miller
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Throughout history, the question has been asked: “How long?” How long will sin go unpunished? How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready?
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Night Call
Psalm 4
Jesse Lusko
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Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart? Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call.
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
Numbers 20:1-13
Neil Ortiz
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As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers 20:1-13, the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people. As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following.
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Your Final Exam
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Mark Hitchcock
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Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. He is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church near Edmond, Oklahoma and has served as adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
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The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye. Dr. Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word.
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Church in the Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Terry Gray
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Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us. Let’s find that perfect blend of truth and love—to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid to take a stand on issues.
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A Mother’s Influence
K.P. Yohannan
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As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. P. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. K. P.'s mother would say, "Our greatest privilege is to love people."
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Worry or Worship?
Isaiah 6:1-8
Dr. Nelson Walker
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In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service. As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord.
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Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell
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The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4,000 laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
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7/17/2013
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Special Guest Brad Stine
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What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture.
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How to be a Hero of Faith
Hebrews 11
Robert Furrow
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In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith. When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess.
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Conquest of the Cross
Romans 3:19-26
Jesse Lusko
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As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints! In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all!
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Guest Speaker Will Graham
1 Samuel 1:1-18
Will Graham
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Everyone encounters trials. We can't escape them, but we can choose how we react to them. In 1 Samuel, we read about a woman who realized that God is bigger than any circumstance. As Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord, she was filled with joy that only comes from Him. Through her life, we learn that God will sustain us through any trial and He will use our pain to further His kingdom.
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The King's Messenger
Matthew 3:1-8
Nate Heitzig
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John the Baptist was the herald of Jesus, the coming King. As he prepared to present the Messiah to the world, he preached one simple message: "Repent!" Interestingly, John preached this message to the Jews, especially those who were religious. In this study, we learn the meaning of true repentance and how that leads to true sanctification.
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Guest Speaker Don McClure
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The Old Testament is packed with Scriptures that point to the coming of Christ. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord.
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10/16/2013
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A Portrait of Jesus
Luke 4:16-22
Jarrett Petero
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Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
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Fixing Happiness
Matthew 5:1-12
Nate Heitzig
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Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
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11/6/2013
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Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
Jeremiah 12:5
Levi Lusko
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Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet." He tried to warn the nation of Israel to repent or God would send judgment. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
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God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord. Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed?through His Son, Jesus.
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12/29/2013
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The End...or Is It?
2 Kings 13:14-21
Kevin Miller
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Obituary, funeral, afterlife?all those words describe your future. The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
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3/30/2014
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The Promise Of Prayer
Matthew 6:5-10
Nate Heitzig
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Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer.
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6/4/2014
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Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
Genesis 37-50
Neil Ortiz
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Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met. We learn it was his reverence of God that gave Him peace to get through every situation—and God raised him from a slave to the second in command over all of Egypt. His life seemed to be an epic fail, but as we study his reactions, we see how God turned his life into an epic feat.
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6/7/2014
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Deception Within The Church
1 John 2:26-27
Raul Ries
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The authors of the Bible wrote about false teachers who used deception to bring division and destruction to the body of Christ. After examining 1 John 2:26-27, we also look at various deceivers, their methods, and their ultimate end. We are challenged to examine our lives for areas where the Enemy could try to mislead us, and we learn how we can arm ourselves with God's everlasting, unchanging truth.
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6/8/2014
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A Person Who Is Holy
1 Peter
Raul Ries
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Peter called his fellow believers to be holy and reinforced this exhortation with an Old Testament command from the Lord. Today, there are many who walk in darkness—even believers—but as we study 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are reminded to live honorable and holy lives for the Lord. Let's consider what Scripture says about holiness, glean from examples of strong believers who came before us, and learn about the reasons for living a holy life.
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6/11/2014
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Three Relationships with the Father
Luke 15:11-31
Nelson Walker
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Jesus' parable about the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables from the Bible. But as we discover who Jesus' specific audience was, we learn that the son's warm welcoming by his father isn't the only—or even main—message Jesus was communicating. In this study of Luke 15:11-32, we learn about three types of relationships with the Father: the rebellious, repentant, and religious.
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6/15/2014
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How To Live The Blessed Life
Bob Shank
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As we search the Scriptures to find out God's thoughts about generosity, we discover that we are called to make giving an integral part of our lives. Through two passages from both the Old and New Testament, we see how generosity is a call to obedience from the Lord as well as a demonstration of faith on our part. When we give generously, we become more and more like God as He blesses us, and the world can see that our God is alive and moving.
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6/18/2014
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God's Building Code
Matthew 7:21-29
Nate Heitzig
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In Matthew 7:21-29, Jesus told a story about two men who had built duplicate houses, but there was one critical difference: the foundations. Jesus used this story to call out the imposters who claimed to be His followers. In this study, we are reminded that God has a building code for our lives and His Word is our blueprint. We must carefully consider if we're building on the unshakeable foundation of Jesus Christ.
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6/22/2014
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When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
2 Timothy 1:7
Victor Marx
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In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy to urge him to remain steadfast in his faith and ministry. As we study this verse from chapter 1, we look at Paul's call to be bold in Christ. Guest speaker Victor Marx weaves his personal testimony into this powerful message as he addresses fear, redemption, marriage, purity, and forgiveness.
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7/20/2014
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Spiritual Transformation
Daniel Fusco
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Jesus performed countless miracles in His time; the Bible even says that not all of them were written down. We look at one of those miracles in John 2:1-11, when Jesus transformed water into wine at a wedding. In this study with Pastor Daniel Fusco, we see how Jesus turned a seemingly ordinary event into something extraordinary, showing us that He desires to be actively involved in our lives—transforming us so we can transform this world.
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8/10/2014
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How To Survive A Storm
Matthew 14:22-33
Dr. Erwin Lutzer
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At any point in life, we will either be coming out of, entering into, or found in the middle of a storm. As we study Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus' disciples were caught in a literal storm, we learn seven important lessons from guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer about how to survive our present and future storms—whether they're physical, emotional, or spiritual.
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8/20/2014
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Truth Defined and Described
2 John
Brian Nixon
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Up until the last several decades, the world has taught that truth exists, but we've seen the rise of relativism in our society since then. Because Jesus talked a lot about truth in the Bible, this issue should be important to believers. In this study, Pastor Brian Nixon helps us understand the world's changing definition of truth and the Bible's fixed definition of truth. Expounding on the book of 2 John, he also explains how truth plays out practically in the lives of believers.
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8/24/2014
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The A-Team
Matthew 10:1-4
Nate Heitzig
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When we think of the twelve apostles, we sometimes get the idea that they were an elite, holy group of men who effortlessly followed Jesus. But as we study Matthew 10:1-4, we see that almost the opposite is true. While they did have dedication in following Christ, they didn't have it all together, and they made mistakes along the way. In this message, Pastor Nate Heitzig explains how God used even this ragtag group of men to radically change the world, showing that God wants to take us as we are and transform us so we can also impact the world.
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8/27/2014
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Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
Sean McDowell
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In this study, Sean McDowell takes us through a number of Bible passages to help us understand the biblical view of homosexuality. As he shares his experiences and research on the topic, he also gives helpful advice on how we can address this issue in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
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9/7/2014
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Engaging All God's People In Mission
1 Peter 4:10-11
Ed Stetzer
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Most churches today are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants. As believers, we are called to join Jesus on His mission: to fulfill God's purposes on the earth. In this message, Pastor Ed Stetzer explains how we can live engaged in mission, calling us to glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to serve Him and others.
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10/22/2014
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A Storm is Coming
Matthew 8:23-27
Nate Heitzig
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In this life, we go through storms—whether it's sickness, the death of a loved one, or the betrayal of someone we trust—and we can't avoid them. In Matthew 8:23-27, we find Jesus and His disciples caught in a literal storm as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. As we take a look at their different responses to the storm, we see how God grows us and comforts us in the trials of life.
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11/12/2014
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The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
Mark 6:45-52
Gino Geraci
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When we enter one of life's storms, we must remember that God wants us to see Him in those circumstances and put our trust in Him. In this study, we learn that Jesus taught this lesson to His disciples as they journeyed across the Sea of Galilee. We also discover that even though we can't control the storms in our lives, we can be comforted with the truth that Jesus has appointed those storms, will meet us in them, and will deliver us from them.
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Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
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Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world while proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse conducts the annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox project and has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries.
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