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Christian Sermons from Calvary Chapel Greenmeadow, North Kingstown, RI

English, Christianity, 1 season, 819 episodes, 12 hours, 18 minutes
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It is our goal here at Calvary Chapel to help Christians grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So we would like to encourage you to listen in as Pastor Rich Chapman teaches verse by verse from the Word of God.
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Sampson (Judges 13-16)

Our enemies are persistent and their attacks are relentless, therefore we must not rest after a victory, but stay vigilant. Any strength that we have to resist comes from the lord. If we rely on our own strength, we may not notice that God has left us.
7/7/202437 minutes, 27 seconds
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Judges 4-5

Through the life of Barak, we learn several things about faith. Faith calls to the Lord to be restored, follows through on what is true, tackles conflict until it is licked, is faithful amidst unfaithfulness, and is courageous for the Lord.
6/30/202444 minutes, 50 seconds
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Gideon (Judges 6-8)

When we sow bad seed, we should expect bad plants. That is our problem, not the other guy’s. Even our little ideas can get us into trouble when they are not from the Lord. Remember that his ways are higher than ours and do not fear; he is able!
6/23/202439 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rahab and God’s Grace (Johua 2; Hebrews 11:31)

Rahab’s faith was shown by her actions because the God of heaven affected her life on earth. She was concerned for her family, which reminds us that we need to pray for our unsaved loved ones. The scarlet thread of redemption leads to Jesus.
6/16/202439 minutes, 15 seconds
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Be Still

Are you ready to surrender to Jesus? We are to submit ALL things to the Lord. This includes the things we think are good. We are to role up all aspects of our lives and give them to him. Trust, commit, serve and be still with compassion and persistence.
6/9/202456 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Choice, a Commitment, and a Challenge (Joshua 23 - 24:24)

When we turn our backs on God, we not only dishonor him, but we miss out on his blessings. Choose to hold fast unto the Lord. We need to be good examples by making the commitment to follow the Lord. Challenge yourself to give your whole life to him.
6/2/202434 minutes, 59 seconds
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Around the Wall… Again and Again (Joshua 6:1-20)

Much of being faithful is doing the same thing over and over again without understanding what the outcome will be. We should do this without grumbling or complaining. Consistent patience and perseverance are necessary for every believer every day.
5/26/202431 minutes, 31 seconds
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Commander In Chief

Before we ask for God’s blessing, we need to know his will and realize that he is in command. That means that we need to do what he wants, not what we want. Once we recognize the holiness of God, we will humble ourselves and listen for his voice.
5/19/202437 minutes, 30 seconds
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Helping People Deal with Bitterness (1 Sam 1)

When someone is overcome by bitterness, there are four steps that can help. We should run to him because he uses problems to bring us to him. We should believe him and know his promises. We should keep our commitments to him, and we should praise him.
5/12/202436 minutes, 33 seconds
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Crossing the Jordan (Joshua 3, 4)

From today’s passage, we learn six important points for acting in faith: Faith moves toward the lord, receives the call of the lord, accepts instruction from the lord, obeys the lord, recounts the lord’s faithfulness, and lays a foundation for the future.
5/5/202437 minutes, 53 seconds
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Passing the Baton — Moses to Joshua (Deuteronomy 31-34)

God himself chose who would be the successor to Moses. When choosing leaders in the church, we must look for servants of the Lord. Each of us must also be dedicated to studying and taking in the word of God, making time for daily study.
4/28/202432 minutes, 24 seconds
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Fear, Unbelief, Rebellion, LOSS (Numbers 13-14)

Sometimes God tells us to “go” but we want to know more first. Due to our fear, we say “no” and miss out. Satan, the father of lies, wants us to be afraid and lose the blessing. We need to encourage each other to go forward, following God in trust.
4/21/202442 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Law and Moses (Exodus 19:1-20:17)

There are over 600 commandments in the law and we cannot be saved by keeping any of them. We are only saved by faith in what Jesus has done. Although not under the law, we can fulfill the law of Jesus Christ, which is to love God and love our neighbor.
4/14/202446 minutes, 42 seconds
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God Provides, We Complain

God does not want us to be stressed or to complain; both show a lack of trust. He wants us to talk with Him daily and bring our needs to Him. We can trust that He will provide even when we see no hope, especially when we are following what He commands.
4/7/202434 minutes, 6 seconds
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Resurrection Sunday 2024: The Rest of the Story

It is only after we set our minds on Jesus that we can be of any earthly good. When we lift our faces to Him, He will be all we can see. He is the only one who can save us. Do not be afraid. Look up! But without the resurrection, there is no message.
3/31/202435 minutes, 8 seconds
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First Things First

In Jesus’ day, the people wanted a political savior, as people today do. But what they needed was peace with God. What we want is not always what we need. They didn’t recognize the time of God’s coming because they were too focused on what they wanted.
3/24/202434 minutes, 1 second
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Life is Short; Use it for the Lord (Psalm 90)

Knowing that our life is brief, we need to pray for wisdom. Pray to be able to see what God is doing so that we can be glad even during trials. Pray that God uses and blesses our work for his purpose. How can we best use the time that he has given us?
3/17/202449 minutes, 56 seconds
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God Leads Us Through (Hebrews 11:29; Exodus 13:17-Exodus 14)

God still leads his people today if we are willing to listen. Sometimes when we follow God, He leads us into impossible situations. Stand firm in faith. The Lord will fight for you. Remember, God’s way is “through" not “around."
3/10/202437 minutes, 12 seconds
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Passover (Hebrews 11:28; Exodus 12)

Some of the very things the Egyptians worshiped were sent to them in the plagues. Eventually, all the things that this world worships will be judged, but Passover celebrates a new start. In the end, God will bring all of His people home out of bondage.
3/3/202437 minutes, 19 seconds
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Moses at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3-4)

When God speaks to you, what do you say? If you think you are not up to His calling, remember that humility is good only up to the point where it becomes an excuse. God uses the things in hand that He has already provided us to accomplish His purpose.
2/25/202440 minutes, 54 seconds
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Moses: Times of Preparation (Exodus 2; Hebrews 11:27)

In his early years, Moses thought he knew more than he did. Two-thirds of his life was just preparation. How well do we understand that God is preparing us too? While this can be scary, the key is to keep looking to Jesus and to be faithful in the work.
2/18/202434 minutes, 52 seconds
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Moses' Faith and His Choices (Exodus 2; Hebrews 11:24-26)

Moses had to decide for himself what he was going to do based on his faith. He chose to follow God, to be known as a Jew, to be mistreated along with his people, and to accept disgrace over the wealth of Egypt. Pray and ask what God wants for your life.
2/11/202429 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Faith of the Parents (of Moses) (Hebrews 11:23; Exodus 1-2)

The life of Moses started with the faith of his parents who did not let fear control them. His midwives feared God and did not do what the authorities commanded. The apostles defied authority as did Daniel. In the end, fear God and keep his commandments.
2/4/202445 minutes, 13 seconds
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Joseph’s Last Days… Faith, Hope (Gen 50)

Our hearts need to be in the land promised, not just the one we live in today. Our lives are not in the hands of men, but in the hands of God and death is not our end. Live in His promises—to fight our battles, provide for us, and be with us in heaven.
1/28/202432 minutes, 25 seconds
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Restoration, Reconciliation, Reunion (Gen 42-45)

Joseph’s brothers lived with guilty consciences for over 20 years and believed that they were being punished by God. Their father Jacob also felt like everything was against him. But God used it all for good and brought about a great healing.
1/21/202436 minutes, 3 seconds
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More in 24

As we enter a new year, we should look back and learn from the past, but then forget about it. As we look forward and set goals, let them be for a higher purpose than our own desires. Our motto should be for more desire to see God’s glory in 2024.
1/20/202448 minutes, 41 seconds
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Joseph: From Prison to Palace (Gen 40, 41)

God uses good and bad circumstances to make us more like Him. Even when we are in the difficult times, our character matters. His perfect plan for us may take years and may hurt, but serve Him with honor and He will bless you.
1/7/202441 minutes, 27 seconds
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New Year’s Eve (“New”)

In this new year, remember your new song, new mercies, and renewed mind. Also look forward to the new heavens and new Earth, a new body, and a new name. If there is anything new that is good, it is what God has done and will do, not what we do.
12/31/202333 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Word Became Flesh (John 1)

We celebrate Jesus' birth because of who He is. He is the Word—the expression of God the Father. Jesus is himself God and the creator of all things. He came because He loves us and to bring us life and light. Christmas celebrates this great gift.
12/24/202326 minutes, 39 seconds
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Joseph Trusted the Lord (Genesis 37:36, 39:1-23)

No matter where we are, God can prosper us with His blessing when we trust Him and this can be a witness to others. Those around us are blessed through the goodness He shows to us but our circumstances may not always improve when we do the right thing.
12/17/202345 minutes, 59 seconds
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Teen Challenge Men's Chorus and the Water of Life (Psalm 41:1-2)

The Men's Chorus from Teen Challenge share their inspiring testimonies about overcoming addiction and Pastor Rich delivers a message on the importance of drinking spiritual water to restore our souls.
12/10/202357 minutes, 33 seconds
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God Gives Us a Home

Norm shares the incredible way that God provided for our church through the provision of this building and the circumstances that led to us being able to acquire it as our meeting place.
12/3/202332 minutes, 49 seconds
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Thankfulness

There are things God does for us every day that we take for granted and sometimes we fail to recognize our need to give thanks. One way to thank God is to tell others about Him and what He has done for you. Serve God with a thankful heart.
11/26/202333 minutes, 59 seconds
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Celebrating 15 Years at CC Greenmeadow

Reflecting on how God has worked in so many lives and circumstances to provide for this fellowship of believers.
11/19/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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Joseph the Dreamer (Genesis 37)

We may think that all our circumstances are against us, but in God's plan, they are all working for us. God works in and through our messed-up families and circumstances. He can do amazing things in spite of what we see as obstacles.
11/12/202335 minutes, 24 seconds
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Anthony and Family -- Israel

There are spiritual enemies against those who stand with the army of God and sometimes that spiritual reality meets the physical world. One example of this is the Devil coming as the serpent. He is still trying to to get people to stop following Jesus.
11/5/202351 minutes, 56 seconds
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Finishing Well (Gen 48)

When your time is done on this Earth, what will they say about you? What will they put on your tombstone? Will they see a testimony in your life or that you were caught up in the things of this world? Have faith, bless others, and worship God.
10/29/202339 minutes, 17 seconds
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Back to Bethel (Gen 35)

Where is the place you need to return to where God first spoke to you? Repent and change direction to face God. Reestablish your walk with Him and you will be restored and renewed, leading to revival. This reality is available to all believers.
10/22/202334 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jacob Wrestles with God (Gen 32)

We sometimes stop trusting God and go back to relying on our own plans, leading to a conflict with Him. God can use these conflicts to show us who the real enemy is. Like Jacob, we must hold on tightly to God during these difficult struggles.
10/15/202334 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jacob on the Run (Gen 28)

God can meet us where we are, even when that place is a result of our bad choices. He promises to be with us, past, present, and future. To one degree or another, we are all in the shadow of death, but to know that He is with us gives us strength.
10/8/202340 minutes, 12 seconds
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Don't Give Up on People

Be an encourager by giving people a chance, a second chance, and a chance even at your own expense. How do you respond to someone else's success. Can you see beyond others failures? Are you a builder or a wrecker? Be like Barnabas.
10/1/202334 minutes, 14 seconds
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Isaac (Gen 25, 27)

In spite of evil and deception, God's will prevails and the truth is revealed. Don't try to help God by using lies or manipulation. The Lord is sovereign and in the end, there is only God and His glory.
9/24/202339 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Word of the Lord (Gen 15:1)

We need to take what we have and put it on the alter. Although this seems scary, remember that He is in charge and the odds are in His favor. God tells us to not be afraid because He is with us and will help us. He is our shield and our reward.
9/17/202328 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Test of Faith (Gen 22)

God tested Abraham and He tests us also to confirm our faith. When Satan tests us, he tries to make us fall. God does it for our benefit to show us how deep or shallow our faith is. Our faith must go deeper than just feelings and emotion.
9/10/202340 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Impossible (Sarah and Abraham)

God did in Sarah's life what was humanly impossible. Although it was a decade or more before God fulfilled His promise, He was faithful. God keeps His promises and He wants us to trust Him. Keep an eye on what He is doing in your life today.
9/3/202339 minutes, 7 seconds
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Abraham

Abraham expressed his faith through obedience and lived his life as a stranger on this Earth, not staying in a permanent residence, but always ready to move. He erected alters to the Lord as should we-places where we meet with God and submit to His will.
8/27/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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Put Your Hope in God (Romans 4:18)

The Bible is a book of hope. It all comes back to putting our faith and trust in what Jesus has done. Without Him, there is no hope.
8/20/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Noah

Obedience comes out of faith. We first believe, then we act. After 100 or more years of obedience, no one except Noah's family listened to him. Are we listening? Today few listen and even fewer believe that judgement is coming.
8/13/202341 minutes, 12 seconds
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Enoch (Gen 5:6-24)

Walking with someone brings about fellowship and conversation therefore our walk with God should be a lifetime occupation. It should be obvious to others that we are spending time with Him. It pleases the Lord greatly when we walk with Him in faith.
8/6/202333 minutes, 23 seconds
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Cain (Genesis 4:1-26)

God wants us to bring our gifts out of love not compulsion, and He wants us to bring Him our best. How we give is an indication of our hearts and when our hearts are not right, we are in a vulnerable position where sin can separate us from God.
7/30/202341 minutes, 39 seconds
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Elijah (1 Kings 17-19)

Elijah prepared for the work he would do by being separated and doing what the Lord told him. Like Elijah, we have to listen and get to a place where we have an encounter with Him and hear His still, small voice. We find that voice in His Word.
7/23/202343 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Fall, Part 2 (Gen 3:9-24)

The fall brought about a series of bad consequences including pain, suffering, and death. Although we face these difficulties, keeping Jesus as the center of our lives and relationships makes us new creations and restores our relationship with Him.
7/16/202335 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Fall (Gen 3:1-8)

God only restricts those things that cause harm and death, but these are the very things the tempter brings to our attention. Satan questions the existence of God's commands, casts doubt on His motives, and denies the consequences of sin.
7/9/202337 minutes, 3 seconds
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Reentry

Missionaries returning from the mission field have challenges that are hard to imagine for those who have not gone through it. As a church, we can help to support these families as they go through reentry.
7/2/202336 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dwell with your Wife (1 Peter 3:7)

Regarding our wives, husbands should pay attention, listen, observe, and dwell. Husbands need to know their wives in great detail. We need to learn how to listen to more than the words being said. We are to live with our lives in every sense of the word.
6/25/202330 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Institution of Marriage

God designed and created marriage for His purpose. Those that fail often do not have Jesus at their core. The only thing that makes a marriage work is loving Jesus more than your spouse. It is a God-given gift to treasure.
6/18/202343 minutes, 1 second
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Adam and Eve… US! (Genesis 1:1-2)

We were created for God and for His purposes. We are complex in form, from our hands down to a single hair or cell. These complexities are not the result of many gradual mutations, but the instantaneous work of a complex creator.
6/11/202337 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Foundation of Faith (Genesis 1:1)

The God of Genesis 1:1 is the God we have given our lives to. The basic truths there are the basis for our faith. Disbelief of these simple facts is the beginning of foolishness and the darkening of the heart.
6/4/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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Waiting on the Lord (Isaiah 40:30-31)

God does not answer us on our timetable. Waiting on Him is difficult, but God remains silent to refine us, to better us, and to cause us to pursue a deeper relationship with Him than we thought possible. Stand watch and wait to see what He has to say.
5/28/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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Heavenly Father

Jesus the Son has given us permission to have a relationship with God the Father. We need to understand that he is holy and righteous and cannot dwell with sin. The Holy Spirit encourages us to be holy. Although God is big, He is approachable.
5/21/202337 minutes, 45 seconds
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God Said "No" (Deuteronomy 32:51-52)

How do we respond to being told no? Sometimes God says no as a consequence of our sin. God owes man nothing. Just because we are enthusiastic about doing something for God does not give us a right to do it. Be content with the tasks He gives you.
5/14/202340 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rational Courage

It is a scary world and getting scarier all the time. There are a lot of rational reasons to fear. We need to fight that fear with rational courage, which comes from knowing who God is. The longer we walk with Him, the more reasons we have to trust Him.
5/7/202333 minutes, 9 seconds
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Soli Deo Gloria (Jude 25)

Glory be unto the God who gives us salvation. Although we cannot yet see Him in His full glory, one day we will. In this present life, when we focus on His glory, our problems fade away. In heaven, His glory will be proclaimed for eternity.
4/30/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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He is Able (Jude 24, 25)

Exalting God for what He is able to do increases our faith. He can keep us from falling by guarding us both now and in eternity. He can present us as faultless before the throne of God. And He intercedes for us now.
4/23/202336 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Doxology (Jude 24, 25)

A doxology is an expression of praise to God (literally "glory words"). There are many in the Bible, but all position us in relation to Him. We benefit from them because they put the focus on God, strengthen our faith, and honor Him.
4/16/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Easter Sunday

What does resurrection mean to you and me? We are in church today because He isn't in the tomb. The sin nature is within us all. He died for that sin but no one would live for a dead idol. Yet He has risen! Our call is to live for Him who lives.
4/9/202347 minutes, 18 seconds
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Let's Celebrate (John 12:12-16)

We celebrate to remember meaningful and significant events like Palm Sunday, which is a reminder of the arrival of the Savior. Although Jesus did not save the Jews from Roman persecution, He provided a much greater salvation for all who call on Him.
4/2/202335 minutes, 31 seconds
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My Brother's Keeper (Jude 22, 23)

We must be compassionate to believers who struggle with their faith and listen to their concerns. Other Christians who are tangled in sin need to be snatched out of their circumstances. Be aware of your own vulnerabilities to sin when helping others.
3/26/202337 minutes, 54 seconds
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Keep Yourselves in the Love of God, Part 3 (Jude 20-21)

God is near to us and His spirit lives within believers. We can approach Him any time in prayer, which is effective for change, especially within ourselves. Our hope is in His return and when He does, He should find us watching and waiting for Him.
3/19/202333 minutes, 29 seconds
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Keep Yourselves in the Love of God, Part 2 (Jude 17-21)

Christians must build themselves up because an unattended garden produces only weeds. Faith is not a one-time event. We need to continue in it and follow God. No teacher or pastor can do it for us. Be in the word daily and be set apart for God.
3/12/202345 minutes, 56 seconds
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Keep Yourselves in the Love of God, Part 1 (Jude 17-21)

His love is always constant, but we are not so we must work at keeping ourselves in harmony with His love. We must understand that His love for us is not based on anything that we are, so we can trust that it is constant, but then we must live in it.
3/5/202342 minutes, 7 seconds
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Rock Star Preachers (Jude 8-16)

The love of money is a key motivator for people to try to gain authority and oppose the things God has ordained. Shepherds who take care of only themselves are ungodly and have a dark fate awaiting them. Look at people's lives and have discernment.
2/26/202341 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:5-11)

The title of Lord that Jesus bore was not something that He had to attain. It was His from the beginning. Given this truth, our obedience to His word should flow out of our love for Him. Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
2/19/202333 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Grace of God (Ep 2:8-10)

We enter heaven by God's grace. It is God who gets all the credit. His grace allows us to do good works such as forgiving those who have harmed us. Receiving this grace requires the humility to admit we cannot live a Christian life by our own strength.
2/12/202342 minutes, 26 seconds
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Three Examples (Jude 5-7)

Because of hard hearts, Israelites wandered the desert. Because of high aspirations, angels were cast down from heaven. Because of immorality, Sodom and Gomorrah were burned. Because God is just, there is a hell. Because He sent Jesus, there is hope.
2/5/202333 minutes, 42 seconds
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Two False teachings (Jude 4)

Every false teacher denies who Jesus is or His sovereignty in some way or another. Many emphasize human will over God's. We have freedom in Christ, but it is freedom from sin not freedom to sin. The word of God teaches us to say no to worldly lusts.
1/29/202340 minutes, 34 seconds
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Earnestly Contend for the Faith (Jude 3-4)

Since there are so many false teachers and doctrines, it is our duty to defend the truth. The faith was entrusted to us to protect. This requires that we study the word, object to falsehoods, and pass Christian faith on from one generation to the next.
1/22/202335 minutes, 45 seconds
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Called, Loved, Kept (Jude 1-2)

As believers, this is a reminder of whose we are. We are called to light and a holy life through the gospel, chosen by Him before the foundation of the world, loved by God the Father. He has His eye upon us to see that we reach our eternal inheritance.
1/15/202343 minutes, 14 seconds
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Intro to Jude

It might not have always been easy growing up with Jesus. His own brothers did not believe in Him and Jesus said a prophet has no honor in his home. But after the resurrection, His brothers taught that familiarity is not a substitute for knowing Him.
1/8/202332 minutes, 57 seconds
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New

Change is difficult and often unwelcome, but God is in the business of making things new. He gives us new birth and a new heart. He is actively giving us new life every day. We should live as His new creation.
1/1/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Christmas 2022

Jesus is life and came to give us eternal life, light, grace, and truth. He came into this world and experienced pain, suffering and death because He loved us and wanted to give His life for us. Jesus gave us the right to become children of God.
12/25/202218 minutes, 43 seconds
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What’s in a Name? (Luke 1; Matthew 1)

In the case of Jesus, the Great, Holy One, and Son of the Most High, His name means that He is going to save us from our sins. Only He can do it and His name is above all names. In fact, every knee will bow at the mention of the name of Jesus.
12/18/202246 minutes
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Friends Make a Difference (3 John 13, 14)

Getting together with others face-to-face and addressing them by their name (which is what sets them apart) is an encouragement. Sometimes we need to fight the temptation to want to be alone. We can bring peace to others by drawing near to them.
12/11/202237 minutes, 18 seconds
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Role Models (3 John 11-12)

Who are the people in your life that you want to emulate? Someone who is spoken well of by others might be a good role model, but more importantly is that the truth is evident in their life. Ultimately, we need to look beyond people and follow Jesus.
12/4/202241 minutes, 25 seconds
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Thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:19-20)

There is something powerful about music that honors God. Music will be everywhere in heaven and singing from our hearts prepares us for our future home. We can rise above our circumstances in thanksgiving if we get our minds and hearts fixed in Him.
11/27/202245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Joy, Prayer, and Thanksgiving – Always (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

We are encouraged to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in everything. This leaves no room for excuses. Paul was not naturally cheerful, but after meeting Jesus, he became a totally different person by the joy of knowing Him.
11/20/202242 minutes, 29 seconds
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Expect Problems (Acts 14:1-7)

Expect problems from everyone, but view them as Paul did. Problems can be opportunities that can energize us for service. Too often, Christians are afraid of stirring up problems and shy way from them rather than seize them for Christ.
11/13/202235 minutes, 53 seconds
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Diotrephes (3 John 9-10)

Pride, ambition, and power are not just problems in the secular world. They can be problems in the church too. Pride is danger and a sin that we must avoid.
11/6/202229 minutes, 56 seconds
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Gaius’ Care and Hospitality (3 John 5-8)

The most important thing is to be faithful with the resources and opportunities God has given us. Just showing up is a sign of faithfulness. Whether we have been given much or little, we can do something, but without love, it is worthless.
10/30/202236 minutes, 59 seconds
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Testimony of Truth (3 John 3, 4)

There are two aspects of a Christian testimony: the truth that is in us, and our walk with the Lord. We get the truth in us by being in the Word. What others see in us and hear from us should then be consistent with what we claim to believe.
10/23/202234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dear Friend/Beloved (3 John 1-2)

John gives us a great example of the importance of relationships through his "dear friend" Gaius. Our prayers for our friends should include prosperity of sole, which requires a close walk with Jesus. We should not hesitate to sacrifice for our friends.
10/16/202240 minutes, 34 seconds
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Face-To-Face (2 John 12, 13)

It is more important today than ever before to get together and encourage one another. Joy can come out of being together with other believers. Satan can stop us from fellowship, but one day we will see God face-to-face and we will really know Him then.
10/9/202234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Avoid Bad Influencers (2 John 10,11)

We cannot accommodate those who bring false teachings. This requires that we are very familiar with the truth and that we correct those who are in error. The media we consume, the friends we keep, and the spouse we choose should not pull us away.
10/2/202238 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Most Important Things (Acts 2:37-42)

Most of the things that we think are important have only temporal consequences. The big question is, what are you going to do with Jesus? Recognize that He is the holy one of God and repent. We must sanctify ourselves and grow in grace to serve Him.
9/25/202243 minutes, 52 seconds
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Use Caution (2 John 7-9)

We have to have a healthy measure of caution in our walk of faith. True spirits acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh but anyone who goes ahead of the Word, following human tradition that does not put God first, is a false teacher.
9/18/202236 minutes, 55 seconds
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Walking (2 John 1:4-6)

For the Christian, walking means practical daily living and consistent forward progress in our faith. Walking in the truth means to obey it, not just to study it or argue about it. We have a choice to follow the truth. Walk as children of light.
9/11/202236 minutes, 28 seconds
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Grace, Mercy, and Peace (2 John 1:3)

Encouraging words bearing the God's truth and said with meaning are what people need to hear. It all starts with grace (God's unmerited favor), mercy, (which are new every morning) and peace, (which for the believer comes through prayer).
9/4/202231 minutes, 59 seconds
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Know the Truth (2 John 1:1-2)

There were false teachers long ago and there are today too. Fortunately, we have the truth and it will remain forever because it is the truth of God. We must know the truth, believe the truth, and obey the truth by abiding in His word.
8/28/202252 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Power of Hope

God has promised to provide and to be with us in times of trouble. He turns our valleys of despair into doors of hope. Hope placed in God does not disappoint. When we place our trust and hope in Him, even against all odds, we are blessed.
8/21/202249 minutes, 11 seconds
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Idols (1 John 5:21)

We become like that which we worship. If we worship idols, we become empty and lifeless. Anything that takes God's place in our lives is an idol and when we worship them it affects us and our children for generations. Rid yourself of your idols.
8/14/202232 minutes, 20 seconds
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Knowing that We Know (1 John 5:18-20)

If we truly know Jesus, it will change the way we live. Through the Holy Spirit, we know that we are children of God. Jesus Christ has come and given us understanding so that we may know Him. Therefore, we must stay close to Him.
8/7/202236 minutes, 45 seconds
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Prayer for a Brother (1 John 5: 16, 17)

When we see a brother caught in sin, the first person we should talk to about it is God. Pray for that person rather than gossip. Never assume that someone is beyond the help that your prayers can bring.
7/31/202238 minutes, 57 seconds
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Can We Be Sure When We Pray? (1 John 5:14, 15)

Jesus suffered temptation and is able to sympathize with us, so we can approach God with freedom and confidence. When we desire something, the first step is to ask, but we must do so in accordance with His will. We should first pray to know His will.
7/24/202243 minutes, 1 second
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Assurance (1 John 5:13)

Our assurance of salvation comes from the knowledge and certainty of our personal relationship with God. It comes from the word of God and His spirit living in us that testify to this certainty, not from our own feelings, emotions, or works.
7/17/202234 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Testimony of God (1 John 5:9-12)

God declares that His son Jesus is the only gateway to eternal life. Anyone who has that testimony in his heart is saved. Anyone who does not believe this testimony calls God a liar.
7/10/202231 minutes, 5 seconds
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This is the One... Jesus (1 John 5:6-8)

Without the cross, we have nothing and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Jesus was the final sacrifice for our forgiveness. There is no other way. Jesus did not need saving, but He endured the cross to save us.
7/3/202229 minutes, 17 seconds
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Overcomers (1 John 5:4,5)

We know how the game ends, so we should not be discouraged when it seems like we are behind. We overcome the world by faith and the object of that faith is God. Satan does not want us to know that we are on the winning team.
6/26/202235 minutes, 18 seconds
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Obedience

Obedience is not just avoiding things we are forbidden to do, it is doing what God calls us to do. This applies to us as a group of believers and as individuals.
6/19/202239 minutes, 10 seconds
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Born Again (1 John 5:1-4)

There is only one way to be a Christian: you must be born again. Those who are not born again are spiritually dead. Christians are born again to be a part of God's family. It should change us radically.
6/12/202231 minutes, 53 seconds
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Pretender or Real Deal? (1 John 4:20, 21)

We can say we love God and fellowship with Him, but is it true? We cannot love God and hate our brother at the same time. If we have no pity for our brother in need, we do not love him and, if we do not love him, we do not love God.
6/5/202233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Who Wants to Go First? (1 John 4:19-21)

God took the first step in loving us. Any teaching that says God responds to something good that we do is in error. He makes the first move. Loving those who do not love us is a challenge worth taking. Such true love will beget more love.
5/29/202234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Who or What Are We Living For? (Psalm 90:12)

Life is hard but prioritizing relationships helps. First is your relationship with God followed by family and friends and the church body. If we have faith and trust in God, we are going to be okay. Life has its ups and downs, but He is always with us.
5/22/202234 minutes, 55 seconds
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What Did Sin Cost God?

Jesus paid the cost for sin and we received the benefit. Sin is the undoing of God's work in us just like a burn is an undoing of healthy skin. The good news is that the damage can be repaired. He will meet us where we are if we are willing.
5/15/202233 minutes, 2 seconds
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Love Vs. Fear (1 John 4:17,18)

Fear is insufficient as a driver in our lives or a basis for our relationship with God. It robs us of the joy of living and leads to poor choices. As we understand Him more, our actions will be guided by love. Love is a stronger motivator than fear.
5/8/202238 minutes, 49 seconds
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Knowing God (1 John 4:16, 17)

God's love is not like human love. It is pure and coupled with justice. God did not just forgive our sin but He sent His Son to pay the price. We love Him in return by obeying His voice. In these difficult times, remember His love and trust in Him.
5/1/202236 minutes, 40 seconds
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Knowing That We Know (1 John 4:13-16a)

The enemy wants us to question whether we are truly God's. He wants to steal our joy and peace and impair us from serving Him. We may think we doubt ourselves, but we really doubt God. We must rely on His love for us, not our goodness or feelings.
4/24/202234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Easter Sunday

When we see the sun rise, it reveals a splendor that reminds us of the glory of the Son who rose. He freed us from sin and death by leading the perfect life of a man and rising from the dead. Now we look to His return in all His majesty and glory.
4/17/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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This is Love (1 John 4:9-12)

Love wants life for us. How can we help someone to actually live? The truth is that we were dead until God gave us life through His love for us. This is what love looks like. Although no one can see God, they can see His love in us when we express it.
4/10/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Back to Love (1 John 4:7,8)

We owe a debt of love to one another that can only be repaid through the funds God continuously deposits in our hearts. Having a true heart and mind knowledge of God is necessary to understand this love and let it out to others. It is what sets us apart.
4/3/202233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Word View

Everyone has a world view that shapes and informs his experiences of the world around us. Christians should let the Word of God shape their view and then share it with others. Four essentials of a word view are origin, meaning, morality, and destiny.
3/27/202241 minutes, 54 seconds
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Who are We Listening To? (1 John 4:5,6)

There is a battle between the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of this world. Since the world hates God and His followers, we must not desire to be like the world. Guard your ears, listen to the truth, speak it to others and be doers of the Word!
3/20/202240 minutes, 48 seconds
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Prayer is Like Incense Before God (Psalm 141:1-2)

Jesus wants us to pray and His house will be called a house of prayer. When we do, He promises to hear us and to heal our land. God will listen because He wants a relationship with us and the prayer of the upright is His delight, like incense.
3/13/202222 minutes, 22 seconds
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We Are On the Victory Highway (1 John 4:4)

Christians have the power of God living in them and that power is greater than the power of the devil who rules this world. He assures us of an effective eternal victory. Every believer is an overcomer whether he feels so or not. It is finished!
3/6/202230 minutes, 20 seconds
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Don't Believe Everything… Test the Spirits (1 John 4:1-3)

Are you gullible? We are living in a crisis of truth. Fortunately, God has given us His spirit to help us discern. Test the spirits against His word, which is our spiritual sword. A true spirit acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God incarnate.
2/27/202242 minutes, 46 seconds
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Keep It Simple (1 John 3:21-24)

Our guilty conscience is not there just to condemn us but to cause us to get right with God. As we delight ourselves in Him, He will guide our hearts to desire what pleases Him. And as we trust in Him and love Him and one another, He will be with us.
2/20/202235 minutes, 29 seconds
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True Love (1 John 3:16-20)

Christians need to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Someone has to self-sacrifice and actually do something for someone else. When we do, we are actually doing it for Jesus too. We are known to be Christians by our loving actions.
2/13/202234 minutes, 1 second
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The Child of God Never Sins? (1 John 3:4-10)

God's standard of right and wrong is absolute, not relative, and sin is falling short of that mark. A child of God will have the conviction of the Holy Spirit when he sins while a child of the devil will not care, but both will bear bad fruit.
2/6/202238 minutes, 46 seconds
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Acts 27

Going through storms is challenging. Even Luke gave up all hope of being saved due to a very bad storm. When we find ourselves in these circumstances, we should pray for the lives of those with us and encourage them. Jesus is the peace in the storm.
1/30/202230 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Close Are We to Heaven?

In music, there are periods of quiet called rests that make the notes of the song more powerful. Our lives also have rests. They are part of the beautiful melody God has created in us. As that music builds in our hearts, we should share it with others.
1/23/202223 minutes, 45 seconds
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Live in the Victory (Ephesians 6:10-20)

Three things to remember in our battle with the devil: our strength is insufficient to stand (our power is in God), our enemy's goal is our destruction, and the equipment we have to defend ourselves must be used regularly so that we are familiar with it.
1/16/202235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Love One Another (1 John 3:11-15)

When we love someone, wrongs are not held against them and there is no bitterness. By loving others as commanded, assurance of our salvation is magnified. Pray for the ability to love people in this way, remembering that He first loved sinners.
1/9/202235 minutes, 43 seconds
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Compassion for Those in Need (James 1: 21-27)

To have pure religion, we each need to be able to see people in need, and when we do, let them know that they are not forgotten. Our compassion should meet the actual need and we must be faithful in our giving without letting discouragement stop us.
1/2/202234 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Courage of Christmas

Mary made a courageous decision to accept the message of the angel despite the risk of losing her reputation, her plans, her betrothed, and even her life. Saying yes to God in a big thing usually comes after saying yes to Him in a series of small things.
12/26/202148 minutes, 50 seconds
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I am a Child of God (1 John 3:1)

One of the benefits of being a child of God is being an heir who will share in the inheritance of glory. That knowledge should affect how we live presently in this world. Having a pure and humble king requires being pure and humble children.
12/19/202143 minutes, 53 seconds
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Behold What Manner of Love (1 John 3:1)

One reason why God's love for us goes beyond our understanding is that it does not depend on anything we have done. He loved us while we were still sinners and nothing can separate believers from the love of Christ. He has made us sons and daughters.
12/12/202132 minutes, 45 seconds
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Remaining in Him (1 John 2:24-29)

We have a choice everyday to open the Word or not. It is imperative that we do so that we can abide in the Lord. We can only be at home in a place where we spend time. As we do, our prayers and desires will be aligned with God’s and He will shelter us.
12/5/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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With Thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7)

Today’s society is filled with anxiety and worry. Prayer with thanksgiving and praise are the answers to anxiety. It is not just for when things go well, but even in the middle of persecution. The path to peace is giving thanks in all circumstances.
11/28/202130 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is Your Mission?

God never intended for us to live in monotony. If you wake up feeling that way, you are probably not doing what you were meant to do. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, and purposeful things and attaching yourself to God's calling.
11/21/202141 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Anointing (1 John 2:20-27)

We who believe are all anointed by the Holy One and so we know Jesus. Those who do not know Him have their eyes blinded by the ruler of this world and cannot understand the things of God. Our anointing sets us apart and comes with responsibility.
11/14/202137 minutes, 13 seconds
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This is the Last Hour (1 John 2:18, 19)

We study the last times because it reminds us that this world is not our home. It should cause us to worship God knowing that the final outcome is the defeat of evil. Given that the days are short, we should be concerned for those that do not know Jesus.
11/7/202138 minutes, 15 seconds
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We Must Have a Walk of Faith

Christians need to be ready, in season, and out, to preach the Word. This requires a sincere walk of faith. The days of the prophets are long gone, and so today, we hear from God through Jesus, His Word, and our conscience, which is led by the Spirit.
10/31/202132 minutes, 20 seconds
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What Should We Not Love? (1 John 2:15-17)

We are told not to love the world and this is to be interpreted as the world “system” of sin. Satan uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to tempt us. We need to pray that God will sanctify us through His word.
10/24/202146 minutes, 57 seconds
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Instructions for Faithful Living (1 John 2:12-14)

Those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus have been forgiven completely on account of His name. Because we are His children, we have the Father's encouragement and should encourage others. The secret of strength is to abide in His word.
10/17/202135 minutes, 44 seconds
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Love/Hate... Light/Darkness (1 John 2:7-11)

We are to be characterized by love if we follow in the light of Jesus. If we hate someone, then we are blinded by darkness. We may not love everyone, but the fruit of the spirit is love and while on the path of growth, we can move towards loving more.
10/10/202131 minutes, 23 seconds
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Do We Really Know Him? (1 John 2:3-6)

How do you know if you really know Him through experience and not just by knowing about Him? The first evidence is that we obey His commands. Not that we are without sin but that we are heading in a new direction. Obedience makes His love complete.
10/3/202131 minutes, 23 seconds
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But What if we Do Sin? (1 John 2:1,2)

You might ask, why is it better not to sin? Because we avoid the consequences, shame, broken fellowship, and need to repent. When confronted with the choice to sin, ask God to show the way out, but if we fail, Jesus represents us in the court of God.
9/26/202132 minutes, 24 seconds
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Confession (1 John 1:9)

Why do we need to go to Jesus to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven? Because our friendship with Him is hindered when we sin. We can restore that friendship when we make things right by acknowledging our sins before our Father.
9/19/202130 minutes, 12 seconds
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No Such Thing as Sin (1 John 1:8-10)

We are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because we are sinners. People need to take responsibility for that sin and understand that its penalty is death. Denying our own sin is deceiving ourselves and comes from pride. Salvation requires humility.
9/12/202135 minutes, 30 seconds
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I Know (2 Timothy 1)

We have a legacy in The Cloud of Witnesses. When we follow our legacy, we can grow in sincere faith and can be unashamed. When we have a clear conscience, we can be confident and can say, "I know."
9/5/202138 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Framework of Hope (Romans 15:13)

As a Christian, Hope is more than wishful thinking. It is confident expectation and its strength is in His faithfulness. If you feel hopeless, you are not in the Word of God, which assures hope of eternal life, dwelling with God, and an inheritance.
8/22/202135 minutes, 56 seconds
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Say One Thing, Do Another (1 John 1:6,7)

If we walk in darkness, we cannot say we have a relationship with the God of light. Thinking we can sin without it affecting our fellowship with God is a lie. But when we walk in the light, we see God. If we are honest about out sin, He will purify us.
8/15/202133 minutes, 15 seconds
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Theology 101 (1 John 1:5)

We should know the nature of the God we worship. Of His many attribute is light. His light is good and true and holy and might even give us a "son tan." Having a living, breathing, loving relationship with God includes studying who He is.
8/8/202127 minutes, 19 seconds
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Koinonia (1 John 1:3-4)

Koinonia means fellowship, but not just fellowship with each other; it is communion with heaven. Jesus came to make fellowship with God possible. We can now share our lives with Him. How would you rate your fellowship with God? Casual or close?
8/1/202133 minutes, 31 seconds
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John the Eyewitness (1 John 1:1-4)

In First John, we see that the church then faced many of the same problems as the church today. Unlike John, we have not walked physically with Jesus, but we have the same Holy Spirit to help us understand His Holy Word. This is the basis of fellowship.
7/25/202140 minutes, 24 seconds
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YOU Follow Me (mind your own business) (John 21:20-25)

The first mistake Peter made was to turn away from Jesus to see who was following behind him. We need to just focus on God and do what He calls us to do and let others follow their own calling. God uses very different types of people for His glory.
7/18/202126 minutes, 43 seconds
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Restoration! and Marching Orders! (John 21:15-19)

Do you love Jesus more than all other things? Are you being fed by the word and feeding others by it? Jesus wants to be active in our lives and He calls us to be eager to serve Him. There is a cost to following Him and we must be prepared to pay it.
7/11/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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Breakfast on the Beach (John 21:7-14)

When we recognize that Jesus is the one speaking to us, we need to jump in and take action, as Peter did. Knowing that Jesus has gone before us and will take care of us makes that jump easier. Meeting with Him in fellowship is what true life is about.
7/4/202128 minutes, 5 seconds
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Gone Fishing (John 21:1-6)

To be true followers we need to listen to His voice, seek His guidance in the choices we make, wait for His direction, and obey His commands. It is not by our power or might that we accomplish anything. We want Jesus to show us the way.
6/27/202134 minutes, 7 seconds
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These Are Written (John 20:30,31)

At least thirty-five miracles are recorded in the gospels, but here we learn that there were many more. Jesus didn't stop then and He is still working today. These are written that we may look to Jesus as the object of our faith and believe in Him.
6/20/202131 minutes
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I Won't Believe, UNLESS… (John 6:24-29)

Do not miss out on fellowship and the teaching of the Word by not showing up. Those who isolate themselves cannot hear correction and those with hard hearts will stubbornly refuse to believe. You must believe with your heart that Jesus is YOUR Lord.
6/13/202132 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sunday Night in Jerusalem: Peace (John 20:19-23)

We find peace in His word, in His presence and by gathering with believers. We are to share this peace and the story of how we obtained it with others. Without the forgiveness of sin, the lost cannot experience Christ's peace, so bring Jesus to them.
6/6/202133 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why Are You Crying? (John 20:10-18)

Perhaps the first words Christ spoke after His resurrection were, "why are you crying?" Mary was brokenhearted, but she had an encounter with Jesus and she talked about it. Can we tell anyone that Jesus is alive and working in our lives?
5/30/202130 minutes, 51 seconds
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Denying Jesus (John 18:15-18; 25-27)

Are you a true disciple of Jesus, do you spend time with Him, and do you really know Him? If so, would you ever deny it for fear of not fitting-in? He will restore us, but we may weep bitterly. True followers of Christ cannot hide; we will stand out.
5/23/202128 minutes, 51 seconds
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What is Truth? (John 18:37, 38)

Is truth relative, or is it absolute? Does it matter? Where does truth come from? Truth comes from the nature of God himself, is unchanging and important. We are sanctified by His Word, which is truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Jesus.
5/16/202127 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jesus is King (John 18:28-19:16)

Jesus is King over all, but is He the King of your life? Proclaiming to be the King of Kings was the reason for His crucifixion. What then shall we do with Jesus? Praise Him, for we used to dwell in darkness, but He has led us into His kingdom of light!
5/9/202133 minutes, 19 seconds
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God Is Not To Blame For Our Temptations (James 1:12-18)

Temptation is a universal human experience but God is not even remotely responsible for it. Sin begins with a feeling of desire, followed by rationalization (deception), a plan to make it happen (design), and disobedience. Don't blame God for your sin.
5/2/202129 minutes, 26 seconds
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Jesus on Trial (John 18:12-14,19-23, Matthew 26:57-67; 27:1-2)

Trials bring out information. The trial of Jesus revealed that He claimed to be the messiah. He was found guilty of making the claims, but no evidence showed that He lied. He was sentenced for Blasphemy, but He was guilt of telling the truth.
4/25/202132 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Great I Am, Arrested? (John 18:1-12)

Did they bind Jesus? Could they? Jesus was bound by His love for us and that is why He was bound. We need to remember that He is the Great I Am and that He has all power and authority and He willingly gave His life for us. Therefor, we follow Him.
4/18/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1; Matthew 26:36-46)

When faced with a heavy heart, Jesus isolated himself and prayed; yet He still had a small group of friends to share His burdens with. We too need a few good believing friends and prayer. It may not change our situation, but it will change our hearts.
4/11/202133 minutes, 37 seconds
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Easter Sunday (John 20:1-9)

If Christ was not raised, we would still be dead in our sins. Thankfully, we have eyewitness accounts of the empty tomb and many prophecies that predicted it. He was raised for our justification. A dead savior cannot save, but we have a living Savior.
4/4/202126 minutes, 2 seconds
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Jesus' Death and Burial... But Sunday is Coming (John 18: 1, 19:1-42)

The fall of man led to the cross, and the very thorns it brought, scarred the head of the savior. While the Romans struck His face, we kneel before it, thankful that He willingly gave up His spirit, and that although it is Friday, Sunday is coming!
3/28/202138 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jesus Praying...Those who are His...Sent into the world (John 17:18, 19)

We are here at this time in history for a purpose. Primarily, we are to represent Jesus in this world as His ambassadors. Are you praying for your neighbors and coworkers and looking for opportunities to share the gospel? Be a light to them.
3/21/202129 minutes
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Jesus Praying... Those Who are His… Set Apart (John 17:14-17)

As believers, we are sanctified, set apart by God, but do we experience it in our daily lives? Are we continuously being changed, becoming more set apart? The world around us will make this difficult but by reading His Word, this growth is possible.
3/14/202134 minutes, 1 second
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Jesus Praying... Unity (John 17:11)

As Christians, our unity is in the fact that Christ is central in our lives. He gave us His glory that we can be one. The world will know that Jesus loves us by the unity we demonstrate. Therefore, we must unite around the cross or else be divided.
3/7/202124 minutes, 24 seconds
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Jesus Praying... For Us (John 17:9-15, 24)

Do you ever need prayer? If you belong to Jesus, He is praying for you now. He speaks to the Father in our defense and for our protection so that we would be guarded and preserved in the midst of evil until we can dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
2/28/202131 minutes, 41 seconds
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Knowing God (John 17:1-8)

Everything that Jesus has came from the Father and the same is true for us because we are His children. That relationship requires knowing one another. He already knows us, but do we know Him? If we are to glory in anything, it is that we know God.
2/21/202135 minutes, 2 seconds
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Deliver Us From Evil (Matthew 6:13b)

We need God to rescue us from all sorts of evil, including the evil one, by drawing us to Himself. That requires for us to recognize that we are always in a battle and that He has the power to save us. His help comes when we pray, giving Him the glory.
2/14/202124 minutes, 59 seconds
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Keep Our Eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1,2)

Even in difficult times we have to keep our eyes on the finish line, which is Jesus. He has set out for each of us, our own special race. Looking beyond our circumstances, we have a lot to look forward to. In Jesus there is peace, truth, and love.
2/7/202121 minutes, 55 seconds
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And Lead Us Not Into Temptation (Matthew 6:13a)

Being tempted is not a sin; giving in to temptation is. Sin is no longer unavoidable since Jesus is living in us. God does not DO the tempting (it comes by our own evil desire, the world, and the devil), but He wants us to obey and love Him by choice.
1/31/202134 minutes
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Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors (Matthew 6:12)

Forgiveness, like bread, is a daily need, but we are to also give it. Our forgiveness is tied to forgiving others. This is not easy, which is why we need to pray about it, but it is for our own good so that we do not destroy ourselves with bitterness.
1/24/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (Matthew 6:11)

Our daily dependence on God is for more than just food. We need His spiritual sustenance every day as we have a daily relationship with Him. We also must trust Him for our physical needs and not have doubt or fear that He would leave us in want.
1/17/202129 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Lord’s Prayer, Part II (Matthew 6:10)

Is He really King in your heart or are you playing a church game? We need to renounce our own throne and let God rule according to His will, which, although not known perfectly by us, is perfectly executed in heaven. It will change how we pray and live.
1/10/202128 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Lord’s Prayer, Part I (Matthew 6:5-9)

Having a sacred and private place to pray is a good idea. It can help us enjoy being in God's presence. Model prayer begins with God and recognizes our relationship with the Holy One to Whom we pray. He is perfect and we are lowly sinners.
1/3/202133 minutes, 16 seconds
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Christmas Eve Message

At Christmas we celebrate a birth like no other.
12/27/202028 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Perfect Gift (John 16:28)

Jesus came down to us from the glory of Heaven. He was sent from the Father God. He arrived with a purpose and a holy mission. Gifts are good, but considering that Jesus is the perfect gift, we ought to accept Him and work hard to know Him better.
12/20/202030 minutes, 52 seconds
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Peace and Trouble (John 16:33)

Jesus did not promise peace. In fact, He promised trouble. He offered us His peace, but it is not automatic. We need to turn to Him for it. Believers can take heart that Jesus has fought the battle for us and He is the victor!
12/13/202031 minutes, 10 seconds
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Access (John 16:23-31)

This relationship that you and I have with the Father exists because we know the son. Because of the son, we are able to have a relationship with the Father. Access to the Father occurred when the veil was torn after Jesus gave His life for us.
12/6/202033 minutes, 47 seconds
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Grief to Joy (John 16:16-24)

We will weep and mourn in this life, but our grief will turn to joy when we see Him again. Although we may have to wait longer than the 3 days the Apostles waited for the resurrection, we have the Spirit already. Joy comes when our eyes are on Christ.
11/29/202032 minutes, 26 seconds
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Truth (John 16:12-13)

The Holy Spirit guides us to truth, and that truth aligns with the Bible. Satan is the father of lies and therefore we battle for the truth in a world that esteems lies. The Spirit, speaking only what He hears from Jesus, brings us wisdom for all time.
11/22/202032 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Holy Spirit (John 16:5-6)

It was for the good of Jesus' disciples, and for us all, that He left this earth. The Holy Spirit was sent so that God could be with and in every believer. The Spirit convicts us when we sin, keeps us right with God, and proclaims the coming judgment.
11/15/202031 minutes, 57 seconds
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We are not alone (John 15:26-27)

No matter what is going on in the world, we are not alone; the Holy Spirit is with us. The Spirit should cause us to look to, and point others to, Jesus. Knowing that He, and not anyone else, is the savior gives us peace so that we can be a bold witness.
11/8/202026 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hate (John 15:18-25; 16:1-2)

If we follow Jesus, we should expect for the world to hate us, since it hates Him. Because we live differently from those around us, and because the contrast highlights their sin, we are despised. A blessing awaits us when we suffer because of Him.
11/1/202031 minutes, 4 seconds
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Friends (John 15:13-16)

Spending time with people, communicating with them, and sharing experiences are keys to building friendships. Jesus says that He is a friend to those who do as He commands. There is no better friendship in which to invest your time and effort.
10/25/202026 minutes, 39 seconds
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Joy (John 15:11)

The joy we experience in this life is directly proportional to how closely we walk with Jesus. We should not seek joy, but we receive it as we seek God. Sing praise songs to Him, spend time in His word, and meditate on heaven, our future home.
10/18/202028 minutes, 43 seconds
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Love (John 15:9-14,17)

Do we really know that Jesus loves us? Jesus loves us with the same love that God the Father has for His Son. That should be something to meditate upon. One way to remain in His love is to obey His command to love one another as He loves us.
10/11/202033 minutes, 45 seconds
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Fruit (John 15:1-8, 16)

Any good fruit comes from God. In order to bear good fruit requires pruning and it is His Word cleanses and cuts out the dead parts in us. Bearing good fruit is a sign that we are His disciples but to do so, we must make a choice to abide in Him daily.
10/4/202027 minutes, 43 seconds
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Greater is He that is in You (John 14:30)

Not only does the enemy have no charge against Jesus but also he has no charge against us! Our debt has been paid. Furthermore, God is infinitely more powerful than the enemy. But we need His Word in us to fight. We cannot fight from our own strength.
9/27/202025 minutes, 44 seconds
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Peace (John 14:27)

In life, there are many struggles and sins that rob us of our peace, but Jesus left us His peace as an inheritance. While peace starts at the cross, the world can only give trouble. Three practical ways to get peace: trust Him, pray, and follow His way.
9/20/202023 minutes, 21 seconds
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Never Alone (John 14:15-20; 25-26)

The Lord has promised that he will be with us forever. This is true regardless of what you feel. He works within us and reminds us of His word. Since He lives with us and in us, we must honor Him with our bodies and not be at conflict with Him.
9/13/202033 minutes, 36 seconds
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Love Him. Obey Him (John 14:15, 21, 31)

A sign that we love Jesus is that we obey His commands. We are commanded to walk in love, which implies living according to His word. If we do, He will dwell with us and in us. Joy awaits for our obedience.
9/6/202033 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ask for Anything... in Jesus' Name (John 14:13-14)

God tells us to ask Him for what we want, but our prayer requests need to be in accordance with God's nature and should be focused on bringing Him glory. We must ask with a pure heart and believe that He wants to answer us because He loves us.
8/30/202031 minutes, 46 seconds
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Know Him, believe Him, ask Him (John 14:7-14)

If we really know Jesus we know the Father, but to do so we need to pay attention to, and follow, His teachings. If we do not believe all of what God says about Himself, we create a different god. What we ask Him for shows what we think of His will.
8/23/202034 minutes, 7 seconds
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Only One Way? (John 14:4-6)

Jesus is the way (to heaven), the truth (in a world of lies), and the life (abundant life that He promised). He is the only way because He is the only one who conquered sin. Either we die or we believe in the one who died for us.
8/16/202029 minutes, 26 seconds
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Heaven: A Place Prepared (John 14:2-3)

To enable us to go to heaven, first Jesus had to go to the cross. He is preparing a special place for each one who comes to that cross and when it is ready, He will come back to get us. The best thing about heaven is that He will be there with us.
8/9/202036 minutes, 29 seconds
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Troubled Hearts (John 14:1)

Jesus tells us to believe and trust in Him and in the Father. The antidote for a troubled heart is for believers to trust in God. Remember what He has already done and what He promises to do. Don’t let your heart be stolen away by troubles.
8/2/202027 minutes, 50 seconds
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Apart from Jesus, What Can We Do? (John 13:33, 36-38)

Although we often want to do the right thing, we do not have the strength in ourselves. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing, but with Him, we can do all things through His strength.
7/26/202028 minutes, 35 seconds
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A New Command: Love as Jesus Did (John 13:31-35)

The cross shows the glory of God in all its brilliance, an example of triumph over the power of darkness. It is a glorious example of love. An unprecedented and novel command is to love one another as Jesus loved us. It is only possible through God.
7/19/202032 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Darkness of Betrayal (John 13:18-30)

When someone we love betrays us, it is soul crushing. Turning from Christ and saying "no" to Him, is the same as saying "yes" to the world and to the devil. This leaves us alone in the darkness because it is always night for those who reject the Savior.
7/12/202033 minutes, 19 seconds
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Attitude and Action (John 13:1-17)

Jesus demonstrated His humility through service. Our attitudes also need to be humble and our actions must follow His example of servitude. We have a battle with pride but we receive blessings when we humble ourselves and do what we are called to do.
7/5/202032 minutes, 31 seconds
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To Believe or Not to Believe (John 12:37-50)

If we are wandering around in the dark, we either do not want to see the light, or we are looking in the wrong direction. Jesus is the light and those who reject Him will be judged; those who accept will be saved. This is both a warning and a promise.
6/28/202031 minutes, 38 seconds
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Our Mighty God Who Cares (1 Peter 5:6,7)

God cares for you, but He resists the proud. Thinking that we can do it on our own is prideful so we must not be too proud to ask for help and to cast our cares on Him. Casting is an energetic word; we must actively bring our concerns to Him in prayer.
6/21/202035 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22)

Lukewarm is not okay. If you try to keep one foot in the world and the other in the church, you will be torn apart. Keep your zeal and fervor for Christ. The world can tell when you are not committed.
6/14/202032 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-12)

God is sovereign and He opens and closes doors; doors of opportunity, witness, and work. But even a door opened by God does not mean that it will be free from adversity and trouble. We need to hold on to our gifts and persevere through difficult times.
6/7/202040 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)

God sees our hearts and souls, so we should aim to please Him, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Each of us must pray to grow in service, faith, and perseverance. Hold on to what we know to be true, and know the truth by knowing His Word.
5/31/202024 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)

God sees our hearts and souls, so we should aim to please Him, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Each of us must pray to grow in service, faith, and perseverance. Hold on to what we know to be true, and know the truth by knowing His Word.
5/24/202032 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17)

God knows our circumstances and He cares. While Satan tries to lead us astray, the word of God helps us to hold on to Jesus and to our faith. By doing so, we can overcome. When we repent of sin and idolatry, we will receive blessings from heaven.
5/17/202035 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

Jesus is the first and the last. It is all found in Him. We need not fear death or suffering because He will restore us, but we should expect persecution if we lead godly lives. Those who have been born again will not face the pain of the second death.
5/10/202036 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)

Lessons from this this letter include the importance of persevering, adhering to sound doctrine, guarding the truth, testing everything against scripture, and avoiding all evil. If we make Jesus our first love, we will focus on what really matters.
5/3/202040 minutes, 34 seconds
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Grace and Peace (Revelation 1:4-20)

We need the grace and peace of the triune God today. He loves us and He is with us in our suffering. We should wait for His return with the patient endurance we have through Jesus, knowing that He holds the keys to sin and death.
4/26/202038 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is this the End? What is God Saying? (Revelation 1:1-4)

God is speaking to us if we will listen. He spoke to John while he was in isolation on Patmos. He can speak to us in our isolation today. These may not be the very last days, but the day is approaching. So spur each other on to good works and look up!
4/19/202040 minutes, 8 seconds
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Peace (John 16:33, 20:19-21)

Jesus promises both that we will have trouble in this world and that He has overcome it. After rising from the dead, Jesus appeared to His disciples, even though they were isolated in a locked room. Even now, He stands in our midst bringing us peace.
4/12/202029 minutes, 53 seconds
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How are Things in Your Boat? (Matthew 14:22-34)

In the midst of world-wide devastation, God provided safe haven for Noah and his family. Likewise, He calmed the storm when the sea battered His disciples. He wants us to be courageous in scary times, to have faith, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him.
4/5/202035 minutes, 11 seconds
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Perfect Peace in This Storm (Isaiah 26:3-4)

The Bible makes it crystal clear where we find peace. We will be in perfect peace when our minds are fixed on Him because we can trust Him. We must be careful what we let into our thoughts. Our minds should be set on things above, not on earthly things.
3/29/202026 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Lord is My Strength and My Salvation (Isaiah 30:15-16)

God is speaking now in a big way if we will stop and listen. Social distancing does not apply to Him so turn from sin, draw close to God and rest from striving. Turn off the media, be quiet in knowing His strength, and trust in Him for He is our refuge.
3/22/202018 minutes, 25 seconds
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They Had Heard "Something" (John 12:34-36)

There are people listening to us everyday who want to understand the gospel, but it is hard for many to adapt their way of thinking to something so radically different from what they already know. Your personal salvation story is the best place to start.
3/15/202034 minutes, 40 seconds
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Who Sits on the Throne of Your Life? (John 12:23-33)

Our lives should be a living sacrifice to God, being willing to do whatever He calls us to do. It is impossible for God to be glorified through us if we are on the throne. Loving God means choosing to put Him on the throne of our lives and trusting Him.
3/8/202046 minutes, 52 seconds
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They Wanted to See Jesus (John 12:20-22)

Like the Greeks mentioned in these three versus, there are people all around us who want to see Jesus. Can they see Him in us? We should spend time with Him so that we bear a resemblance to Him, then pray for a chance to witness to those who seek Him.
3/1/202042 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Triumphal Entry (John 12:12-19)

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He was fulfilling another prophesy. God always confirms His work through His Word and Jesus is shown to be the Son of God by fulfilling every prophecy writing about Him from Genesis to Revelation.
2/23/202051 minutes, 41 seconds
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Gave Jesus Her Best (John 12:1-11)

Like David, Mary refused to give to Jesus that which had cost her nothing. We should all be willing to sacrificially give Him the best that we have (not just financially) and that requires a heart of worship, which comes from spending time with Him.
2/16/202046 minutes, 56 seconds
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Believe or Reject (John 11:45-57)

The Pharisees saw Jesus and observed His miracles, so they had head-knowledge of who He was, but they lacked the heart knowledge for Jesus to make a difference in them. We must respond to His calling with our hearts and our minds.
2/9/202046 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lazarus (John 11:37-44)

Death brings suffering and a stench, but Jesus brings joy and the fragrance of life. We must roll away the stone that hides the rotten parts of our lives and let Him in to heal us. We are all dead in our sins if we have not accepted Christ.
2/2/202046 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mary of Bethany (John 11:28-36)

Just as Jesus called for Mary, He calls for us by name. Our response to Jesus should be immediate like hers. This is for our benefit and is a witness to those who are watching. He calls us to spend time with Him because He loves us unconditionally.
1/26/202044 minutes, 30 seconds
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Martha (John 11:17-27)

God has His own timetable that we don’t know anything about it. This is why we must trust Him and not lean on our own understanding. We need to have both faith that He is able--and belief that He will--do things beyond our understanding.
1/19/202047 minutes, 41 seconds
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Jesus Loves Us No Matter What (John 11:1-16)

God loves us individually and unconditionally, but His love does not mean that He removes our infirmities. He wants us to call on Him when we, or our loved ones, are in need. This establishes our relationship with Him. We can always trust His purposes.
1/12/202049 minutes, 5 seconds
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Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5,6)

This well know passage contains three things we must do and one promise of what God will do. If we trust wholeheartedly in God alone, realize that our understanding is insufficient, and know the Lord in all our ways, He will keep us on the right path.
1/5/202040 minutes, 12 seconds
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Are You Ready?

The Bible says that to be ready to enter the Kingdom, you need to be lowly in heart. Are you ready to meet the supreme creator? Are you where you ought to be? Will He know you when He sees you? Make it your top priority to decide to follow Him.
12/29/201926 minutes, 40 seconds
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I and the Father are One (John 10:28-29)

The Jews wanted to stone Jesus to death for blasphemy since He claimed to be God. All must stop and examine the evidence to see that Jesus' claims were true. Do not put your faith and trust in people. Unless He is God, His sacrifice is meaningless.
12/22/201935 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can You Lose Your Salvation? (John 10:30-42)

Salvation, being a gift, is not something earned, so it cannot be unearned. Jesus says that no one can snatch us out of His hand (His hands bear the scars of the price He paid for us). It makes no sense to ask whether we can lose Him; He cannot lose us!
12/15/201943 minutes, 25 seconds
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My Sheep (John 10:19-27)

Jesus' sheep are His precious possessions, but to be one, requires salvation. The mechanism of salvation involves both God's sovereignty and personal responsibility. We need to do our part as commanded, and then we will hear His voice and follow Him.
12/8/201938 minutes, 52 seconds
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Goodness and Mercy (Psalm 23:6)

God is good and He is merciful. Knowing that His goodness and mercy are always chasing after us, whether we are having a good day or bad, is astonishing! But the good news gets even better: He prepares a place for us to live with Him in eternal pleasure!
12/1/201941 minutes, 43 seconds
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You Prepare a Table Before Me (Psalm 23:5)

When God sets the table, there is a sense of peace, even when our enemies surround us. Peace comes when we change our focus from ourselves to what Christ has done. He has blessed us so greatly that our cup overflows in response as we bless others.
11/24/201935 minutes, 38 seconds
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Comfort (Psalm 23:4c)

The rod and staff of our faithful shepherd bring us comfort. The rod is used both to fight-off enemies and to correct us when we are wrong. The staff is a sign of support and also provides guidance to wayward sheep. Likewise we should comfort others.
11/17/201949 minutes, 9 seconds
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Integrity (Job)

Job demonstrated integrity by staying true to God in the midst of suffering. Men of integrity have character, because they know they belong to God, certainty because they know God is in control, and confidence because they know God is the judge.
11/10/201953 minutes, 10 seconds
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Jesus Laid Down His Life -- For Us! (John 10:11-18)

Although the world does not want to hear about Jesus, it is drawn to the idea of sacrificing oneself for another. We call those that risk their lives for us "heroes," but Jesus did more than that. He intentionally died for us. So should we die to self.
11/3/201936 minutes, 11 seconds
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Psalm 23, Part III (Psalm 23:4b)

Sometimes we ask, "If the Lord is with me, how did I end up in this mess?" Often it is because we did not listen to Him, but there are times when He will use the mess to bring about something good. There is a greater power with us than with the enemy.
10/27/201943 minutes, 26 seconds
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Psalm 23, Part II (Psalm 23:3,4a)

Things have not changed much since the psalm was written; we all still need to be restored and led to places of peace. His leading will sometimes make us feel unsure and may even bring us through places that are dark, but they always exit into light.
10/20/201942 minutes, 11 seconds
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Psalm 23, Part I (Psalm 23:1,2)

It is interesting to note that the Shepherd’s Psalm comes just after the Psalm of the Cross. The cross was necessary for Jesus to be able to deliver us from evil. We get the benefit of a peaceful, content life when we want only what He provides us.
10/13/201934 minutes, 27 seconds
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Abundant Life (John 10:10)

False teachers come as heretics, charlatans, and false prophets, but all come to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus comes to give us life--not just the afterlife, but abundant life here and now. Knowing Father and Son is the key to this plentiful life.
10/6/201937 minutes, 36 seconds
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Jesus the Shepherd and the Gate (John 10:1-9)

When we recognize our weaknesses and our need for a shepherd, it is comforting to know that Jesus protects us and calls us when we stray. Nothing compares to hearing His voice in our hearts. Do we still listen for the voice of the shepherd?
9/29/201943 minutes, 10 seconds
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What? Are We Blind Too? (John 9:39-41)

There are none so blind as those who will not see. We can be blinded by our own knowledge and pride, thinking that we can see well. Those who admit they are blind, call out to God who gives them sight. Being humble is the first step being able to see.
9/22/201938 minutes, 42 seconds
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One thing I know: I was blind but now I see! (John 9:13-34)

We can sometimes be like the Pharisees, wanting God to work in accordance with our understanding, but God has higher ways. We need not understand them, but we must give our testimony, telling others what we KNOW God has done for us.
9/15/201942 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jesus the Great Physician (John 9:6-9; 35-38)

Jesus heals, but first, He asks us to surrender to Him. This requires obedience and sacrificing our will for His even when what He asks seems foolish or impossible. When we do this, we are changed in a way that others can see.
9/8/201942 minutes, 45 seconds
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What Can God Do About It? (John 9:1-5)

When bad circumstances come, the answer is not in assessing blame, but in trusting God. Sometimes we bring them as a result of our own actions and sometimes because we live in a fallen world. Either way, they are an opportunity for God's grace to abound.
9/1/201935 minutes, 24 seconds
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Who Do You Think You Are? (John 8:48-59)

While the world dishonors Jesus, Jesus honors the Father, and the Father judges the world. Knowing this judgment is coming, it is important to recognize that the only thing that separates us from eternal life with God is the sin of unbelief.
8/25/201937 minutes, 35 seconds
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Hope (Psalm 42:5-11)

Hope is the belief--not the wish--that things will get better. The first ingredient of hope is faith, and faith is a reason to go on that has nothing to do with you. When your soul is downcast, put your Hope in God. Preach this message to yourself.
8/18/201922 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Challenges and Blessings of Being in the Word Daily

We can be bound by something without even knowing it. For example, we can be enslaved to our own pride. Breaking free from bondage happens when we live in His word. Otherwise, we live in the World, and we live in a lie.
8/11/201937 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Challenges and Blessings of Being in the Word Daily

There are several common excuses used to justify not reading the Bible: no time, not knowing where to start, being too tired or distracted. Yet somehow there is plenty of time to interact with media, which provides a message contrary to our faith.
8/4/201950 minutes, 7 seconds
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Remaining, Abiding, Living in His Word (John 8:30-32)

If you live in His Word, then you are a disciple, as the great commission calls us to be. When the Bible lives in us, it arms us with the belt of truth and the sword of the Word. It gives us freedom and it allows us to be fruitful Christians.
7/28/201946 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Art of Listening (John 8:13-25)

Preconceived ideas can prevent us from listening and truly understanding what someone is saying. When we are too proud, stubborn, or distracted, we are poor listeners. If you aren't hearing God's voice, it might be time to check your listening skills.
7/21/201941 minutes, 10 seconds
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I Am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

Jesus asserted that He was the light of the World. As we follow Him, not only does His light allow us to see where we are going, it enables us to see the things around us more clearly. Although it is sometimes difficult, live as a child of the light.
7/14/201944 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ready to Throw Stones (John 7:53-8:11)

We are often quick to criticize the sins of others while ignoring our own. As sinners, we should not condemn other believers. There is no condemnation in Jesus. He is faithful to forgive and He wants us to draw closer to Him and walk in His paths.
7/7/201940 minutes, 28 seconds
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If Anyone is Thirsty (John 7:37-39)

Are we thirsty for truth? Jesus taught that there is only one place to go to quench that thirst. Drinking the Living Water not only refreshes us, but also helps us to be fruitful. In doing so, we gain the blessing of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
6/30/201947 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Great Divide (John 7:40-43)

Many are deceived, believing they have the keys to knowledge, but God reveals His truth to the simple. Christians should expect criticism and even persecution for their simple faith. There will always be a great divide between believers and the world.
6/23/201944 minutes, 34 seconds
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No one ever spoke the way this man does! (John 7:25-46)

Jesus has important things to say and we should listen to Him. No one else has the way to eternal life. Are we too busy and distracted to read His word?
6/16/201938 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jesus Teaches: A Heart to Obey (John 7:10-24)

Jesus did not seek His own honor. Instead He taught the people what the Father wanted them to do. To be teachable, it is most important to have a heart to know God and not just strive for head knowledge. Surrender your will and obey Him today.
6/9/201937 minutes, 34 seconds
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PR Campaign for Jesus? God's Ways Vs. Our Ways (John 7:1-10)

Jesus' brothers wanted to send Jesus on a public relations campaign after many turned away from Him. Jesus, though, is about love, and not about fame. Like Jesus, we need to be on God's timing, not man's. If you want to be first, you need to be last.
6/2/201943 minutes, 27 seconds
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To Whom Shall We Go? (John 6:67-71)

Jesus does not force anyone to stay with Him, but if you leave, to what do you return? Sin, religion, work, and other distractions are not where we will find the peace that Jesus provides. To leave Him is to find desolation, ruin, and death.
5/26/201936 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Good Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)

By declaring the Lord as our shepherd, we are expressing confidence in His ability to comfort us in all things. The sheep that stay near the shepherd are never hungry or thirsty, and they never get lost. Are you listening for His voice? Do what it says!
5/19/201943 minutes, 57 seconds
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Who Can Accept? (John 6:60-66)

It is difficult when the foundation of the basis for our pride is stripped away, but Jesus tells us that the Spirit is necessary for understanding and it is by the Spirit that we are saved. Any reliance on our knowledge or religious observance is a trap.
5/12/201944 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Hard Teaching (John 6:51-59)

As the saying goes, "you are what you eat." We are to consume Jesus. Jesus uses this difficult metaphor to expose the pride of the Pharisees who would not accept its clear meaning. It also foreshadows His ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross.
5/5/201939 minutes, 53 seconds
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Grumbling, Complaining, Murmuring (John 6:41-50)

When we complain, we are expressing a lack of trust in the way God does things. Complaining sets up a pattern of constant dissatisfaction and has spiritual and physical consequences. We must humbly learn to trust Him to be content.
4/28/201934 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Second Half of the Story

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then there is no point to our faith. But because He did, Jesus took our sadness, disappointment, and fear and turned them around. He broke the power of sin so that we do not have to pay the penalty, which is death.
4/21/201945 minutes, 6 seconds
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His Love Among Us (1 John 4:9)

During the triumphal entry, Jesus was for a moment, adored. Yet He wept over Jerusalem knowing the troubles they would soon face. Jesus' love for us does not depend on our reciprocation. Likewise, we are to love Him and our neighbor selflessly.
4/14/201934 minutes, 6 seconds
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Real Bread (John 6:30-40)

Bread is found in every diet of all people around the world. It is necessary for our physical health. But Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is necessary for our current physical lives and our eternal life in heaven. Believe, repent, and follow Him today.
4/7/201945 minutes, 23 seconds
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What Must We Do? (John 6:28,29)

We all want free stuff, but because we are prideful, we also want to take credit for getting it. This leads some to think they can earn salvation. But the work of God is only to believe in the one whom He has sent. Free salvation must be accepted humbly.
3/31/201944 minutes, 2 seconds
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In Search of Jesus... Why? (John 6:22-27)

The human race is prone to neglecting noble things while pursuing that which brings immediate gratification. Christians are not immune to this. We need to follow Jesus not for temporal rewards, but for eternal love. Follow Him for who He is.
3/24/201936 minutes, 44 seconds
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Teen Challenge / Impossible (John 6:16-21)

Even when we do not see or sense Jesus, He is near, watching over us. When we listen to Him and read His word, it will dispel our fear, and following His voice will allow us to do the impossible. Until we do, we will not truly know His power.
3/17/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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More Than a Meal (John 6:1-15)

Through the miracle of the loaves and fishes, we learn to not despair in the face of seemingly impossible odds, to offer all we have even when we think that it is not enough, and to remember that Jesus can multiply even that which is dead.
3/10/201948 minutes, 48 seconds
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Overwhelming Testimony (John 5:31-47)

We have testimony of Christ's deity from John the Baptist, who pointed to Jesus by testifying to the truth, the works of Jesus, which show that the Father sent Him, God the Father who called Jesus His son, and the writings of Moses. Now choose Him!
3/3/201938 minutes, 9 seconds
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Death to Life (John 5:24-30)

We all start our lives in a state of spiritual death, which is separation from God. It is by trusting and believing (putting our full trust in) Jesus that we cross over from death to life. The evidence of that life is expressed in the way we live.
2/24/201942 minutes, 9 seconds
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What Did Jesus Say? (John 5:16-23)

In order to understand who Jesus is, we should know what He said about Himself: that He is the Lord of the Sabbath and is equal with God, yet independent. He holds power over life and death, passes judgment, and is worthy of worship and honor.
2/17/201928 minutes, 54 seconds
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Get up, leave your past, and walk with Him (John 5:1-15)

Although Jesus asks us to do things we cannot do ourselves, He gives us the strength. Stop wallowing in self-created misery. Follow His calling and get up, leave no provision for failure, and live for Him. Then tell others what He has done for you!
2/10/201943 minutes, 19 seconds
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Take Jesus at His Word (John 4:43-54)

When we are facing difficulties, we must bring them to Jesus and trust in Him even before seeing any results. Jesus gives us His word and we are to believe it. By practicing this, we can grow from a crisis faith to a confirmed faith that is contagious.
2/3/201928 minutes, 23 seconds
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Many Find It

We all have shortcomings that may make us think we are not able to share Christ such as our upbringing, a poor reputation, or a lack of knowledge. But Jesus has always used flawed people to share the truth. It is not what we know, but who: Jesus.
1/27/201947 minutes, 11 seconds
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True Food (John 4:27; 31-38)

Jesus' food was doing His Father's will. We too are sustained by having a heart to do the will of God. His will for us includes reaching others for the kingdom. We must work while we are able because we only have so much time.
1/20/201939 minutes, 1 second
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True Worship (John 4:19-26)

Some forms of worship follow religious tradition, but Christians are called to have a relationship, not religion. While religion works from the outside in, relationship works from the inside out. The Holy Spirit makes our worship pleasing to God.
1/13/201942 minutes, 37 seconds
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Sir, give me this water (John 4:15-19; 28-29)

Sometimes the intent of our prayers is for God to make our lives more convenient. Really, Jesus came to fulfill the deepest need we have--to wash us and give us eternal life. Jesus gets to the heart of what we need to be right before Him.
1/6/201937 minutes, 3 seconds
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Living Water (John 4:1-14)

Everyone needs water: physical water for biological life, and living water for spiritual life. Those who have Jesus have an everlasting spring within them to satisfy their thirst. Explaining this need to an unsaved person is the beginning of evangelism.
12/30/201844 minutes, 37 seconds
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Where is Jesus From? (John 3:31-36)

Some would say Jesus was from Nazareth, others would say from Bethlehem, but both answers are wrong. Jesus is from heaven and He was sent down to be with you and me. For this reason, those who believe should be joyfully experiencing abundant life.
12/23/201840 minutes, 59 seconds
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Only What is Given from Heaven (John 3:22-30)

Envy hurts our walk with Christ. Since we only possess what has been given to us from above, when we complain about what we have or don't have, we are really complaining against God. Let your joy come from helping others, not from your stuff.
12/16/201850 minutes, 42 seconds
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A Song of Thanksgiving, Part II (Psalm 107:17-32)

Although much of our trouble is our own doing, God often allows trouble to bring us to the end of ourselves. When we realize that we are powerless to calm the storm, He is ready to answer our desperate prayer, which should be made with a thankful heart.
12/9/201842 minutes, 31 seconds
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Brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18, 147:3)

In terms of time and position, the Lord cannot get any closer to us. Our God is here now and cares deeply for us in our despair. He knows us perfectly and binds up our wounds. Jesus died of a broken heart; no one understands our pain better than He.
12/2/201841 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fully Rely On God

God will sometimes put us in situations where we are all too aware of our helplessness. Recognize that we can do nothing on our own, but can do all through His strength. This requires that we possess a hearing heart and a trusting spirit.
11/25/201842 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Song of Thanksgiving, Part I (Psalm 107:1-16)

Man tends to give thanks only when he is saved from calamity, or to pray sincerely only when he is in severe distress. Yet God responds swiftly and abundantly even when our motivations are rooted in our own self-interest.
11/18/201839 minutes, 25 seconds
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No God Like Our God (Isaiah 63:4; 64)

When we remember God's past blessings, deliverance, and faithfulness, we have no reason to grumble or lose heart. As we serve Him in difficult times and as we wait for Him, we may rejoice in the knowledge that He meets us in our situation.
11/11/201836 minutes, 19 seconds
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Becoming What We Ought To Be (Ephesians 4:11-16)

We are not supposed to remain spiritual infants, but are to become more Christ-like through His Spirit. It is God who does the work within us, but we can resist Him and stunt our growth. Allowing Him to refine us makes us useful to Him and to others.
11/4/201836 minutes, 47 seconds
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He Was Sent to Save Us (John 3:17-21)

In some ways, we are all stuck in quicksand. The harder we try to get out, the deeper we get. But Jesus was sent to save us. Those who believe love the light and the light helps them to recognize their situation and their need for a savior.
10/28/201837 minutes, 10 seconds
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John 3:16

John 3:16 is the most well known verse in the Bible, yet millions do not know it. It is so powerful because it encapsulates the entire gospel in one verse. It tells of the source, the extent, the sacrifice, and the results of God's love for us.
10/21/201844 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Necessity of the Cross -- Look and Live (John 3:15,16)

Regardless of how man treats the cross of Christ, it rises above all, reflecting His sovereign power over mankind and His strength to heal sinners. The idea of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying in their sin, but we must look to it to live.
10/14/201831 minutes, 18 seconds
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You Must Be Born Again (John 3:1-15)

Although Nicodemus was a wealthy man of power and influence, he did not at first understand the simple truth that he must be born again in the Spirit to be saved. We who are saved are born into the hope that comes from the resurrection and His Word.
10/7/201842 minutes, 18 seconds
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Jesus Cleans House (John 2:12-25)

Whether it is our church, our homes, or our hearts, we must ask ourselves if Jesus would be pleased with what is going on there. Since we are not our own, but are bought for a price, He has the authority and the wisdom to clean out what does not belong.
9/30/201841 minutes
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The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)

The first thing to note about the Cana wedding is that Jesus was invited. When we plan to invite Jesus to something, we need to ensure that He will be comfortable there. Once He is there, we should do whatever He tells us to do and put our faith in Him.
9/23/201844 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why Follow Jesus? (John 1:43-51)

We follow Jesus because He is God, but also because He is good, He is our savior, He is our Lord, He is the Good Shepherd, and He gave His life for us.
9/16/201838 minutes, 45 seconds
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The First Followers (John 1:35-43)

Everyone's story is different as to how we began to follow Jesus, but the important part is that we do follow Him. He is worthy of being followed because He knows the way.
9/9/201835 minutes, 11 seconds
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Forgiveness

When we look at the life of Joseph, we see that he was able to forgive. We also must choose to live a life of forgiveness because we are commanded to, because we value our relationship with God, and because we can be of service to others.
9/2/201844 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Testimony of John the Baptist (John 1:6-8)

John the Baptist gave all the glory to the Messiah. Our testimony also must focus on Jesus and how we were lost but are now found. It may cost us something to have a testimony for Jesus, but that should not stop us from sharing it.
8/26/201841 minutes, 51 seconds
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Recognize, Receive, Believe (John 1:10-13)

Some people recognized that Jesus was who He said He was, but they did not receive Him since they denied His lordship. We must receive Jesus into our lives and hearts. Then by believing, we put our trust in Him for our salvation.
8/19/201823 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jesus is the Light (Selected verses from John)

Man is born with an innate fear of both darkness and death. Jesus came to bring light into the darkness and to give us life. His light shows us what this present life is about and also the way to eternal life. With His light, we need not fear the dark.
8/12/201837 minutes, 40 seconds
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In the Beginning was the Word (John 1:1-4a; 14)

The first few verses from John tell as a lot about Jesus. He is eternal and has no beginning. He is the Word by which we know God. He is both God and part of the trinity. He is the Creator through whom we have life, and seeking Him reveals His glory.
8/5/201834 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Gospel of John... Why?

John wrote his gospel so that we would believe. Believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, and the only way to God, gives us life. The life we are given is spiritual, eternal, and abundant in both quantity and quality.
7/29/201841 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Apostle Whom Jesus Loved (Intro to John)

John acknowledged that Jesus loved him. Although he had a special relationship with Jesus (caring for Mary after the crucifixion), he was far from perfect. Yet his love and his teaching made it obvious to others that he spent time with the Lord.
7/22/201836 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Personal Message (Haggai 2:20-23)

As the creator of all life, God has the right to shake things up in our world. He speaks to us to let us know what needs to change, often through His Word, His Son, and His Spirit. The question is not whether He speaks, but will we listen when He does?
7/15/201851 minutes, 12 seconds
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From This Day On (Haggai 2:10-19)

Just as healthy people can't make you healthy, but sick people can make you sick, holiness does not spread as easily as unholiness. If your life has been dry, understand your mistakes and move on without dwelling on the past. Holiness comes from God.
7/8/201837 minutes, 8 seconds
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His Glory, His Presence, His Peace, in this place (Haggai 2:6-9)

Sometimes God needs to shake up our lives to get rid of things that do not belong there. But after that, He blesses us with His presence. The presence of God is what brings glory to a place and it is what brings us peace.
7/1/201850 minutes, 5 seconds
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Finish the Work (Exodus 40:33)

God called Moses to complete the tabernacle, but the work did not start before Moses spent time with God. God makes it possible for each of us to have a close personal relationship with Him. Spend time with God and then finish the work!
6/24/201829 minutes, 49 seconds
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Encouragement to Keep at It (Haggai 2:1-5)

We sometimes look back and reminisce about the good days, but it is more important to look at what God has given us today. He has given us work to do and the strength to do it. His spirit will be with us and we need not fear.
6/17/201842 minutes, 11 seconds
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Priorities and Procrastination (Haggai 1)

When we leave God out of our plans, He sometimes withholds His blessings. We are warned here to give careful thought to our ways, to do what we set out to do for the Lord, and to put God first, not put Him off.
6/10/201844 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Day of the Lord (Zephaniah)

Zephaniah spoke against the practice of worshiping other Gods along with the real God. We cannot live with one foot in the faith and one in the world. The emphasis is on turning back towards the Lord in repentance knowing that He delights in us.
6/3/201845 minutes, 35 seconds
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Wrestling with God (Habakkuk)

Rather than just prophesy about destruction, Habakkuk pleaded for it. God sometimes administers justice in ways we don't expect, however, like by using evil people. When we are seeking to understand His will, it is okay to wrestle with God.
5/27/201843 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Month in the Minors, Part 1 (Nahum)

Jonah went to Nineveh about 150 years before Nahum and the people turned back to God. By the time of Nahum though, they had gone back to their evil ways. Nahum warns the city of God's coming wrath, reminding us that although slow to anger, God is just.
5/20/201843 minutes, 35 seconds
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Things that Matter, Part 2 (Psalm 90)

Four things that matter: Faith, Family & Friends, Fellowship, and our Future in heaven. We spend a lot of time on distractions, but each day is a gift and we need to spend some of it with God so that He may satisfy us with His unfailing love.
5/13/201845 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bring Your Failures to the Cross (Matthew 9:1-7)

The friends of the paralytic brought him to Jesus for physical healing, yet it was his spiritual condition that was first on Jesus' mind. Even believers need to admit our failures and not try and hide them. Don't minimize your sin; Bring it to Jesus.
5/6/201840 minutes, 46 seconds
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Titus Conclusion: People! (Titus 3:12-15)

We can't always do it on our own; we all need friends. To become a friend with someone requires spending time with him or her and being friendly. Have it in your heart to support people, showing grace to one another.
4/29/201834 minutes, 10 seconds
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Problem People? Not Me! (Titus 3:9-11)

Quarreling is of no value. We should warn and correct those who stir up trouble with the goal of bringing peace and restoration. First, we ourselves must not be divisive people. "He who loves a quarrel loves sin." (Pr 17:19).
4/22/201841 minutes, 37 seconds
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Changed, Part 6: Changed or Not? So What? (Titus 3:8)

Be careful to care for doing what is good. Be in constant thoughtfulness. It blesses us when we do things for others because it takes our attention off of ourselves. It saves us from the misery of selfishness and sets an example for others.
4/15/201835 minutes, 21 seconds
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Changed, Part 5: Heirs! (Titus 3:7)

As God's children, we are heirs to eternal life, to property in heaven, and to God himself. We have already been given a down payment, which is the Holy Spirit. God also looks forward to receiving His inheritance: the ones for whom He gave His only son.
4/8/201836 minutes, 15 seconds
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Scars (John 20:19-28)

A scar is a mark left over after the healing. Spurgeon called Jesus' scars "trophies of love." By the wounds He received, Jesus took up not just our sins, but our sorrows as well, and in doing so, He brings us peace. Jesus is where the victory is.
4/1/201838 minutes, 51 seconds
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Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:32-34, 29-40)

Those present at the Triumphal Entry each behaved differently. The disciples showed trust and obedience, the multitude demonstrated praise and adoration, the Pharisees bared their scorn and rejection, and Jesus came in peace as messiah!
3/25/201836 minutes, 42 seconds
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Changed, Part 4: By the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5b-6)

The Holy Spirit is God's seal on us showing that we belong to Him. He is a deposit in our hearts, the guarantee of things to come. Therefore, we should honor God with our bodies remembering that the Spirit gives us life.
3/18/201834 minutes, 30 seconds
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Teen Challenge; Changed, Part 3: Born Again (Titus 3:5b)

Being reborn is a miracle from God. Those who are only born once will experience death twice: first a physical death, and second, a much worse spiritual death, an eternal separation from God. But those who are born twice will only die once.
3/11/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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Changed, Part 2: The Other Side of Change (Titus 3:3-5)

There are people who come to church every week and have not truly been saved. Although salvation begins within us, it works its way out. If your life bears no signs of having Jesus as Lord, what does that say about the sincerity of your conversion?
3/4/201825 minutes, 40 seconds
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Changed, Part 1: The Way We Were (Titus 3:3-5)

Christians should be prepared to tell, in five minutes or less, the story of their conversion. All of us have a "Before Christ" when we were dead in our sins, living foolish, deceived lives. But we were saved by His mercy and we were changed!
2/25/201832 minutes, 28 seconds
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More practical stuff! (Titus 3:1-2)

Some practical advice from the Word of God: rely on the Holy Spirit to remind us of His Word, be submissive to the government (although we are citizens of heaven), and don't say anything to harm anyone else.
2/18/201832 minutes, 28 seconds
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Nothing left to it but to do it! (Titus 2:15)

We need to teach the things of God by speaking His word and must avoid making up our own doctrine. We should speak with the authority of scripture, not as bible-thumpers, but with humility, not lording it over others.
2/11/201829 minutes, 54 seconds
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God's Creative Masterpiece (Titus 2:14 and Ephesians 2:10)

You are God's work of art. Just as a sculptor turns raw material into something beautiful, He is creating a masterpiece by working in you. We who are saved by grace are a new creation.
2/4/201839 minutes, 57 seconds
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Purpose and Meaning (Titus 2:14c)

We are saved by grace and were created to do good works. God's strength within us allows us to be useful to Him, therefore we must be humble in our works and also must be zealous in doing them, not growing weary.
1/28/201853 minutes, 1 second
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We are His Very Own (Titus 2:14b)

We were created to belong to God and it is God's responsibility to take care of His own. We have the responsibility to listen to His voice, to honor Him and to give our lives back to Him. By receiving His grace, we can become His prized possession.
1/21/201840 minutes, 30 seconds
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How will you Change? (John 1:1-5, 14-15)

The God of the universe entered time and made himself into the most vulnerable of creatures for us. He was willing to humble and change himself to minister to us. Paul followed this example and suffered for it. How will you change for the gospel?
1/14/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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He Gave Himself for Us (Titus 2:14)

Jesus gave himself for us, which is to say that God gave himself for us. This was necessary for our redemption because it cleanses us from all sin and no sin can exist in His presence. We cannot make it on our own. It is ridiculous for us to even try.
1/7/201835 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jesus is God (Titus 2:13b)

The New Testament shows that Jesus claimed to be God, that He did the works of God, and that He was worshiped as God. The Bible teaches that He is God and therefor, we must worship Him. Someday every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
12/31/201743 minutes, 37 seconds
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Christmas Eve

Remember why we celebrate.
12/24/201734 minutes, 52 seconds
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Our Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13)

The grace of God teaches us if we are willing and humble enough to let it. One thing it teaches is that we should be waiting for His return with confident expectation. This should lead us to live lives that honor God by following His commands.
12/17/201736 minutes, 30 seconds
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In the School of Grace (Titus 2:12)

The world does not honor God so we are called to say 'no' to its values. God wishes for us to have abundant life in this world, but the life the world has to offer is lacking. Abundant life is found in doing what is right as the School of Grace teaches.
12/10/201744 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sound Doctrine: The Grace of God (Titus 2:11)

God did not descend to earth because humanity was doing so well, but because we were dead in sin and in need of a savior. We cannot take any credit for our own salvation. Even the grace by which we believe is from God and it has appeared to all men.
12/3/201732 minutes, 44 seconds
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With Thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7)

We are commanded not to worry. When we worry, we are intruding into God's arena; it is His business to take care of everything according to His will. When we trust Him to handle our cares, we will be thankful in knowing that He will.
11/26/201741 minutes, 1 second
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In the Most Horrible of Circumstances... (Titus 2:9,10)

God calls us to live by faith during difficult times so that we can shine with His light in the darkness. By doing so, we are like jewels that make God's Word even more attractive. Even those in prison can have freedom in their hearts when they know God.
11/19/201733 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Heart for God (Psalm 28:7)

The Bible tells us that the Lord IS our strength, not that He adds to our strength. Understanding this requires faith, which requires understanding the character of God, which requires trusting Him in our hearts--and worship strengths the heart.
11/12/201741 minutes, 3 seconds
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Receive Correction (Hebrews 12:5-11)

God loves us too much to leave us as we are. Our ability to receive His correction with the proper attitude will determine our level of success. Like a rumble strip on the highway, God uses chastening to correct us when we steer off course.
11/5/201754 minutes, 23 seconds
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Live It AND Teach It! (Titus 2:7-8)

First, we need to live the Word of God by being a good example, but then we are called to teach it to others. This is a serious call and we must not misrepresent the truths of the Bible. Jesus gives us the best example of both living it AND teaching it.
10/29/201738 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sound Doctrine: Teach the Younger Men (Titus 2:6)

Because we have a sinful nature, self-control is necessary to bridle the beast within. The Holy Spirit has been given as a gift to do this, since we can only control ourselves in the power He supplies. It is His strength in the heart of who we are.
10/22/201742 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sound Doctrine: Teach Older Women, Part II (Titus 2:4-5)

Older women are to train the younger to love their husbands and to be self-controlled and pure. This purity begins by filling our minds with what is right. Women should be guardians of the home, setting a tone of peace and godliness.
10/15/201740 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sound Doctrine: Teach Older Women (Titus 2:3-4a)

Older women are called to purity and to be teachers of the younger women. They are not to speak badly about others since slander is from the devil. They are not to be slaves to alcohol and should be examples by the way they live.
10/8/201732 minutes, 37 seconds
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Sound Doctrine: Teach Older Men (Titus 2:1-2)

Are we teachable? This can be a problem, especially for older men, but there are special lessons for older saints, including exercising sound judgment, being serious without being gloomy, showing self-control, being faithful, and not being self-centered.
10/1/201742 minutes, 10 seconds
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In It For The Money (Titus 1:10-16)

False teachers are everywhere and they cause division within the church and within families. Many of them are deceived and many are just in it for the money. False teachers are interested in gaining disciples for themselves rather than for Jesus.
9/24/201746 minutes, 24 seconds
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Proverbs -- God's Wisdom for Our Lives

The book of Proverbs brings us wisdom, understanding, and protection. Some of its themes include fearing the Lord, showing humility, having self-control, being honest, diligent, and generous. Each provides unique blessings if we first trust in the Lord!
9/17/201735 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leadership matters! Character matters! (Titus 1:5-9)

One of the leadership qualities required by God is to be blameless (not sinless since no one would qualify). Yet, even those who lived sinful lives can be leaders when they leave those things behind, keep short accounts with God, and stick with His Word.
9/10/201743 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Long? (Psalm 13)

When in a trial, we want to know how long it will last. God's Word reminds us, when we are in despair, of His faithfulness. We must change our focus from ourselves to the Lord and trust in Him, rejoicing, and singing because of what He has done.
9/3/201737 minutes, 48 seconds
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Unfinished Business (Titus 1:5)

Dealing with things we have left unfinished can be painful, but it is important that we complete the work God has given us (Col 4:17). We need to first count the cost (Lk 14:28) but we can be nourished and satisfied in laboring for Him (John 4:34).
8/27/201743 minutes, 1 second
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Hope (Romans)

Biblical hope is always based on what God can do, not on what we can do. God works with those that come to Him in faith even against all earthly hope. We should rejoice in the hope of the glory of God and remember that He gave us His word to give us hope.
8/20/201730 minutes, 4 seconds
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Things We All Need (Titus 1:4)

Greet people with grace, mercy, and peace... words that are important. We need to grow in grace and be more gracious to others, we need to remember that God's mercy makes us alive in Christ, and we must be at peace with God to receive the peace of God.
8/13/201743 minutes, 19 seconds
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Titus -- Who Was He? (Titus 1:1-2a)

First and foremost, Titus was a servant of God. As fellow servants, we should be working to grow in our faith and to trust God more. When we abide in His word, we will have the truth, which sets us free. (Special music by Kathleen Carnali)
8/6/201752 minutes, 5 seconds
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Titus -- Introduction

Titus is a pastoral epistle along with 1 & 2 Timothy, written for the care of the churches. In it, we find examples of having enthusiasm for the Lord, caring for people, and taking initiative and getting involved. We are called to be servants like Titus.
7/30/201745 minutes
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The Power of Forgiving (Ephesians 4, Colossians 3)

When we recognize that we need forgiveness, it becomes possible to forgive others, but when we do not forgive others, our own forgiveness from God is blocked. We are told to forgive like God forgave us: repeatedly and even when it costs us dearly.
7/23/201744 minutes, 51 seconds
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Who Is a God Like You? (Micah 7:14-20)

Our God is a God who provides for His people like a shepherd, yet can also bring nations to their knees. He is a God so holy, that sin cannot be in His presence, and yet He is the God who casts sin away and who delights in showing mercy!
7/16/201740 minutes, 48 seconds
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Teach Us to Number Our Days Aright: A tribute to Anne Dansereau (Psalm 90:12)

What is important in our days? Having time with God so that He can satisfy us with His unfailing love. We can sing for joy and be glad all our days even when facing trouble if we pray for God to establish the work of our hands for us.
7/9/20171 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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What Do We Do When We Fall? (Micah 7:8-13)

Our enemies like it when we fall and want to remind us of our weaknesses, but Proverbs 24:16 tells that that "for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again." It is not falling, but failing to get up that is the worst.
7/2/201734 minutes, 47 seconds
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But As For Me (Micah 7:1-7)

It was not his personal problems, but the lack of godly people that brought Micah to despair. Although our natural inclination is to be miserable when things seem hopeless, we are reminded to look to the Lord, who has the hope and the answers.
6/25/201735 minutes, 27 seconds
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Things that Matter

Pastor Rich reflects on a short list of "things that matter" after his open-heart surgery. They include faith, which allows us to call out to Jesus, an ever-present help in times of trouble, family and friends, fellowship, and our future in heaven.
6/18/201736 minutes
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Hope (1 Peter 3:15)

Placing hope in the things of this world is not fitting for Christians. Our hope in God is an anchor, and what ties us to that anchor are His promises. We can expect Him to keep His promises because He controls the hearts of man.
6/11/201742 minutes, 3 seconds
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Rejoice! Worth saying it twice (Philippians 4:4-7)

Being gentle is a prerequisite to rejoicing because it helps us avoid discord. It is also essential to not be anxious, remember God's great love for us, and be thankful. The most important key to rejoicing is praying for help when things get difficult.
6/4/201731 minutes, 57 seconds
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Separation of Church and State

An often-misunderstood concept, the phrase "separation of church and state" penned by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Baptist churches, was meant to keep Government from meddling with the free worship of God.
5/28/201736 minutes, 39 seconds
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Honor is a Gift (Romans 12:9-12)

Honor is a powerful tool to build the body of Christ and to win the lost. Those whom we should honor include family, authorities, and above all, God. Honor is sincere when we treat others as special and do more than what is expected with a good heart.
5/21/201748 minutes, 44 seconds
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Selected Verses from Hebrews

Selected Verses from Hebrews
5/14/201744 minutes, 56 seconds
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We Reap What We Sow (Micah 6:9-16)

God has let us know how He wants His people to live, and that when we do wrong, we will suffer consequences (God will discipline those whom He loves). We have been warned, and yet we are often too stubborn to listen. Our works should please the Spirit.
5/7/201737 minutes, 11 seconds
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Contentment -- Can We Learn Paul's Secret? (Philippians 4:10-13)

What is the secret to contentment? We do not need to give-in to the world's message of being dissatisfied with what we have. It is not natural, but can be learned, once we know Paul's secret!
4/30/201747 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Does God Want? (Micah 6)

A simple summary of what God requires of us is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him. The emphasis is on justice for ourselves (obeying His law) but showing mercy to others. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful things we can do.
4/23/201744 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:21-24)

Getting baptized, going to church, and being a good person will not get us into heaven, but we are saved only by calling on the name of Jesus. God Himself turned Jesus over to be crucified and God raised Him from the dead, defeating both sin and death.
4/16/201734 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Triumphal Entry -- More Fulfilled Prophecy! (Zechariah 9:9,10)

Another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy is Jesus riding in to Jerusalem on the back of a donkey exactly 173,880 days after the decree to rebuild the city and its walls. When God has a plan, He brings all the pieces together.
4/9/201741 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Savior from Bethlehem! Fulfilled Prophecy... (Micah 5:1-5a)

Written 700 years before Christ, this prophesy in Micah foretold that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem and that His origins would be seen to be from eternity. Jesus was to be our peace and He is yet to establish His kingdom of peace on this Earth.
4/2/201742 minutes
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My Hope with Billy Graham

In this message, we learn about the resources provided by My Hope with Billy Graham, a series of evangelistic videos featuring life-changing testimonies. Consider using these tools as you reach others for Christ.
3/26/201754 minutes, 23 seconds
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Future Hope (Micah 4)

Throughout history, God has shown that He has a plan for us. Sometimes that plan involves judgment and correction, but it always leads to restoration. Although circumstances may seem insurmountable, Jesus is our Hope.
3/19/201740 minutes, 27 seconds
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Corruption in High Places (Micah 3)

God holds leaders to a particularly high standard because they can lead others astray. When people in high positions use their influence to help themselves at the expense of others, God will not even hear their prayers.
3/12/201740 minutes, 6 seconds
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Teen Challenge Visit and Micah 2 (Tell Us What We Want To Hear)

None of us like bad news, but the Word of the Lord is not always comforting. Sometimes we need to be rebuked, but we must be humble to accept correction and to see the King. There is always hope for those who listen.
3/5/20171 hour, 49 seconds
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Choose to Listen (Micah 1)

We can listen to God's Word, or we can reject God's Word. The prophet Micah preached from 750BC to 686BC and he was ignored for a long time, but eventually was listened to by Hezekiah, and God blessed His people because of it.
2/26/201746 minutes, 11 seconds
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Laboring for the Harvest

In Matthew 9:35-38 we see that the lost people are the harvest and those sharing the gospel are the laborers. God chooses to use us as the conduit of His good news. Today we discuss the practical matters of getting prepared and what to do and not do.
2/19/201743 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Compassion of Jesus

What motivates Jesus to have compassion? In this message, we see that Christ's desire for righteousness and his love for people leads Him to reach out to the lost. In helping sinners, He does not just meet their immediate needs; He tackles the symptom.
2/12/201740 minutes, 3 seconds
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God Doesn't Need Us, But He Wants Us!

Being needed makes us feel important, but God does not need us at all. He can speak to people directly, has angles to offer Him praise, and even used Balaam's donkey to bring about His will. Yet, God wants us, which is even better than being needed.
2/5/201735 minutes, 12 seconds
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Heaven

Although many think they will get to heaven by doing good, this is not what the Bible teaches. God's word says that heaven is His dwelling place and that Jesus is the only way to enter. Do you want to spend eternity with Him?
1/29/201752 minutes, 2 seconds
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When all is said and done... (2 Timothy 4:6-8 Reprise)

We are reminded that the Christian life is a fight, but that it is a GOOD fight and that our race is distinct in its challenges from those of others. We endure by keeping the true faith and by longing for His return.
1/22/201735 minutes, 57 seconds
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Paul's Last Written Words (2 Timothy 4:19-20)

It is interesting that the last written record we have from Paul is about people. Although we do not know much about the names listed, they were important to Paul. Likewise, we are important to God who knows us even if we are not known by the world.
1/15/201746 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus is Always There (2 Timothy 4:17-18)

We have all heard that God is with us, but yet we are all prone to fear. God's presence in our lives should conquer that fear. Today's message explores some of the many times when God was with His people.
1/8/201742 minutes, 41 seconds
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Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God

With many making New Year's resolutions, what should Christians commit to this year? If we seek first the kingdom of God, we are living in accordance with His Word and He will give you courage for the challenges ahead!
1/1/201744 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Greatest Gift, Part 2: From Us (Luke 2:8-14)

In this special message, young people from the church read the Christmas story. The gifts brought to Jesus by the Magi were appropriate: Gold for a king, Frankincense for a priest, and Myrrh for God's anointed one. What did we bring Him?
12/25/201624 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Greatest Gift, Part 1: To Us (Luke 2:1-14)

God has given us many gifts that we often take for granted. Pastor Rich reflects on some of those in his life including life itself, his wife, children, grand children, houses, and the church. But the greatest gift is eternal life through Jesus.
12/18/201639 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jesus Always There (2 Timothy 4:14-18)

It is not always a bad thing to be alone, if it causes us to turn to Jesus. He will deliver us from evil attacks. He will never leave nor forsake us, regardless of how we feel.
12/11/201631 minutes, 4 seconds
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Abandoned, Deserted, Alone? (2 Timothy 4:9-13)

The things of this world, like status, possessions, and entertainment, can lead us away from the needs of others. At the end of our lives, these things will matter much less than friends. And there is no better friend than Jesus.
12/4/201633 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why is it so hard to say thank you? (1 Chronicles 16:34)

Our pride and rudeness sometimes keep us from saying thank you. This Thanksgiving message explores various scriptures about giving thanks, sometimes even before we receive a blessing.
11/27/201636 minutes, 59 seconds
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Fulfill all that God has given you to do (2 Timothy 4:5)

If God has given you something to do, don't panic, because He has also given you what you need to complete it. Yet, understand that setbacks are inevitable and are often used by God to correct our paths. Look to Him for strength to endure.
11/20/201638 minutes, 21 seconds
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Itching Ears (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Many churches today are teaching false doctrine to appease their congregations and to enrich themselves. Sound doctrine often makes us uncomfortable and the desire to hear only that which affirms us is common to all.
11/13/201649 minutes, 32 seconds
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Big Problems, Big Profit. (James 1:1-4)

It has been said that you are either in a trial, coming out of one, or going into one. Trials are inevitable, but have a purpose. Our response should consider that our faith is being tested during these difficulties, and we reap a reward for enduring.
11/6/201649 minutes, 59 seconds
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Preach the Word! (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

The Bible calls us to preach the Word. But in order to proclaim God's truths, we must prepare by studying it ourselves and by being prepared to speak up, whether it is convenient or not, and regardless of how uncomfortable the situation may be.
10/30/201642 minutes, 21 seconds
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God's Word... God-Breathed (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

The Bible gives the way to eternal life, is God's Word, is infallible, is useful for many purposes, and is under constant attack. It is no wonder that the enemy wants to keep us from the Word, but it needs to be part of our daily walk.
10/23/201646 minutes, 52 seconds
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Grace to Sinners (Hosea 2)

God doesn't just forgive us when we sin; He pursues us. Hosea powerfully illustrates this. When reading today's passage, we must identify with Gomer to appreciate the extent of the grace that God pours out to us in our sin.
10/16/201647 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hold Fast and Press On (2 Timothy 3:14-15)

Paul implores believers to continue in perseverance in our faith, learning and making corrections as we go. If we are convinced that His way is the best way, we will seek the proper context by learning from others and passing that knowledge along.
10/9/201641 minutes, 40 seconds
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Persecution (2 Timothy 3:10-13)

There are many promises in the Bible. Some are comforting, and some disturbing. Those who wish to lead a Godly life are assured persecution. But persecution refines the church and God promises to rescue us from it.
10/2/201637 minutes, 55 seconds
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In Contrast: Paul's Example (2 Timothy 3:10-11)

We are always an example to someone, but not always a good one. Believers should demonstrate a contrast to non-believers in our way of life and in our faith. By doing so, we exemplify Christ, who promises a blessing when we do His will.
9/25/201640 minutes, 10 seconds
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Counterfeits (2 Timothy 3:6-9,13)

There are many counterfeits out there. Some are easy to discern and others are not. Teachers of religion can be fakers too, and in order to recognize them we must know Jesus as savior and follow Him, know the Bible as truth, and not be easily fooled.
9/18/201641 minutes, 3 seconds
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Are We Living in the Last Days? (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Yes, we are living in the last days, but they began at the time of Jesus. Therefor, we should be looking, watching, and living for Him. Whether or not the world matches the description in these verses, we should check our own hearts for these sins.
9/11/201635 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Value of Arguing (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

Pride and hurt feelings can lead to foolish arguments, but the people of God need to show humility and respect during any disagreement. Listening to opposing views and praying for those who are against you will help prevent quarrelling.
9/4/201640 minutes, 31 seconds
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Baptism (Matthew 28:19-20; 3:13-17)

The picture that we identify with through baptism is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus tells us to be baptized and He himself was baptized. It is a sign of obedience and a witness to others of our commitment to follow Christ.
8/28/201633 minutes, 43 seconds
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Biblical Hope: A Confident Expectation

Hopelessness makes it hard to go on, but God wants to give us His hope through the Holy Spirit. Although there is natural hope, which is really just wishful thinking, spiritual hope is a confident expectation. This is the hope that will keep us going.
8/21/201622 minutes, 57 seconds
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We're In This Together (2 Timothy 2:22 Part II)

We are not called to be Lone Ranger Christians, but rather to help one another through love, devotion, acceptance, instruction, service, forbearance, and forgiveness. We call this Koinonia: partnership and participation.
8/14/201640 minutes, 5 seconds
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Flee and Pursue... Run From and Run To (2 Timothy 2:22)

There are many things to flee from--lust, ambition, worry--but how do you flee what's inside of you? You must be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Instead, run to things that are good: righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
8/7/201640 minutes, 4 seconds
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Useful to the Master (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

We were created in order to do good works, but in order to be useful to the Lord, we must cleanse ourselves from things that are impure, or in error. As C.T. Studd said, "Only one life 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last."
7/31/201630 minutes, 15 seconds
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His! Act Like It! (2 Timothy 2:19)

The cornerstone and foundation of salvation is Jesus, so it is not true that there are many paths to heaven. God's seal is upon this foundation and those who build on it are His. Who do you belong to? Can anyone tell?
7/24/201638 minutes, 52 seconds
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Stick to the Word! (2 Timothy 2:14-18)

If a part of the body loses the flow of blood, gangrene sets in and spreads. The same is true of false teachings, which cut us off from the truth. We need to teach the truth of God's Word often, and not quarrel about small matters.
7/17/201639 minutes, 35 seconds
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If... Then: A Hymn (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

Many of God's sayings are conditional statements and Pastor Rich presents several examples. Some put conditions on us for a blessing, or for removal of blessings. One of the most powerful though is that if we are faithless, He remains faithful.
7/10/201642 minutes, 43 seconds
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Remember Jesus (2 Timothy 2:8)

To remember Jesus, we must bring Him to the front of our minds. In physical trials, we can recall His pain. In discouragement, take comfort that He is alive and His Word cannot be stopped. When facing persecution, remember He is worth fighting for!
7/3/201638 minutes, 31 seconds
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2 Timothy 2:3-7

We are not all called to be pastors, but we are all called to follow Jesus. Paul compared the difficulty of this to being a soldier, an athlete, or a farmer. Like them, followers may face some loss and hardship, but God's grace will see them through.
6/26/201642 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pass It On (2 Timothy 2:2)

Like the baton in a relay race, the truth we pass on to others never changes. But to pass it effectively requires practice. We should pass on our knowledge to others, but they must be ready to receive it and we must be ready to let go.
6/19/201639 minutes, 41 seconds
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Grace: Be a Grace Case (2 Timothy 2:1)

By the grace of God we have been saved and that grace is unmerited favor; it is not given based on our works. Grace leaves no room for pride, but by humbling ourselves we can be a channel of God's grace to others.
6/12/201636 minutes, 9 seconds
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A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed (2 Timothy 1:15-18)

Being a good friend to someone means being there in their time of need, regardless of our own wants or fears. True friends are faithful, do not give up, and value the importance of personal contact. Knowing this, there is no better friend than Jesus.
6/5/201635 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sound Words (2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:2)

Don't add to, take away from, or try to improve the Word of God. Rather, keep it, guard it, fight for it, and pass it on. Ask yourself what does it say, what does it mean, and how is it applicable to me?
5/29/201639 minutes, 46 seconds
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Saved! (2 Timothy 1:9-11)

The wages of sin is death so we are facing an emergency situation: certain death. But for the believer, death has no power over us. We are saved from death and hell to life. Don't be satisfied with a saved soul and a wasted life.
5/22/201637 minutes, 2 seconds
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Not Ashamed (2 Timothy 1:8,9)

Sometimes it may cost us something to be unashamed of the Gospel. But since Jesus has done such great things and has saved us from death, there is no reason to be ashamed of Him or to tell others about Him. Remember, Jesus is not ashamed of us.
5/15/201632 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Gift of God is Himself (2 Timothy 1:7)

What holds us back from fanning the flames of our spiritual fire? Fear, weakness, and lack of love or devotion are some reasons. The world, the flesh, and the devil give us a spirit of fear, but the spirit of God gives us power, love, and discipline.
5/8/201638 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Upside Surprise (Luke 15:11-24)

Ravi Zacharias has argued that it is not too much pain that leads to an empty life, but the pursuit of too much pleasure, as was the case for the prodigal son. The "upside surprise" for him and for us is that God's joy and peace follow us wherever we go.
5/1/201649 minutes, 1 second
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Keep In Full Flame--Stoke The Fire (2 Timothy 1:6)

Are you okay with faith without fire? We are told to stoke the fire of out faith, to make it alive again. This can be accomplished by exercising the gifts of the spirit that we have been given by His grace.
4/24/201644 minutes, 11 seconds
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Call to Trust (Pr 3:5,6)

The Bible is filled with examples of saints who trusted God in one instance and doubted Him in the next. Abraham, Asa, and Elijah are among those examples. When we are anxious, our witness if weak, but He can still use us when we put out trust in Him.
4/17/201646 minutes, 26 seconds
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Unfeigned Faith (2 Timothy 1:1-5)

Our sincere faith is often a great encouragement to others when it is demonstrated without hypocrisy. This type of faith in Timothy encouraged Paul, as Timothy had been encouraged when he observed it in his grandmother and mother.
4/10/201642 minutes, 48 seconds
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Famous Last Words (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

Paul knew his end was near and this book is his last known writing. If you were in the same situation, what words would you leave? Paul's final reflections include having fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Don't Quit!
4/3/201637 minutes, 8 seconds
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Now is a Good Time (Easter Sunday)

The resurrection is important for two primary reasons: to prove who Jesus is, and to conquer sin and death. Now is a good time to examine yourself. Are you in the faith? If not, then now is a good time to turn to Him.
3/27/201645 minutes
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From Triumph to Tears (Luke 19:28-45)

In contrast to Jonah, who looked over the city of Nineveh in anger that they had turned TO God, Jesus, as He rode into Jerusalem in triumph, wept because He knew that the people would turn AWAY from Him.
3/20/201641 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jonah's Heart Attitude (Jonah 4)

Although Jonah was shown mercy in being saved by the fish, he did not want to see mercy applied to Nineveh. Jonah had a heart problem. If such a great prophet of God can be afflicted, so can we. Let us rejoice in God's grace and mercy towards others.
3/13/201642 minutes, 34 seconds
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Greatest Revival in History! (Jonah 3)

When Jonah finally became obedient, it led to the greatest revival or awakening in history. Nineveh was a very large and important city and it took seriously God's warning to repent and put its faith in God. All true revival does the same.