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Imperishable Inheritance, Inexpressible Joy

This sermon on 1 Peter 1:1–12 was preached on June 9, 2024 by Aubrey Sequeira as part of the sermon series "Elect Exiles".
6/9/20240
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Imperishable Inheritance, Inexpressible Joy

This sermon on 1 Peter 1:1–12 was preached on June 9, 2024 by Aubrey Sequeira as part of the sermon series "Elect Exiles".
6/9/20240
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Pray for Knowledge

This sermon on Colossians 1:3–14 was preached on June 2, 2024 by Samuel Parkison as part of the sermon series "Prayers for God's People".
6/2/20240
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To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain

This sermon on Philippians 1:18b–26 was preached on May 26, 2024 by Brett Lewis.
5/26/20240
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Pray for Strength

This sermon on Ephesians 3:14–21 was preached on May 19, 2024 by Aubrey Sequeira as part of the sermon series "Prayers for God's People".
5/19/20240
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Pray for Revelation

5/12/20240
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Day of Blessing, Day of Judgment

5/5/20240
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Be Strong

4/28/20240
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Less is More

4/21/20240
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The Bible: Gospel Lenses (Session 3)

4/21/20240
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The Bride: Gospel People (Session 4)

4/21/20240
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The Bride: Gospel Culture (Session 2)

4/20/20240
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The Bible: Gospel Necessity (Session 1)

4/20/20240
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The Beauty of Biblical Womanhood

This talk on 1 Timothy 2:11–15 by Sam Emadi was recorded on April 19, 2024 during a special session with the Women's Ministry.
4/19/20240
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Consider Your Ways

4/14/20240
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Cut Into Pieces

4/7/20240
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Worthy is the Lamb!

3/31/20240
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The Blood of the Lamb

3/29/20240
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Ancient Israelite Expressive Individualism

3/24/20240
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Powerful Salvation, Pathetic Savior

3/17/20240
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Holy Child, Unholy Life

3/10/20240
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Jephthah's Daughter, Ephraim's Slaughter

3/3/20240
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My Daddy is King

2/25/20240
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Gideon's "Bible" and Gideon's God

2/18/20240
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Hate That Leads to Hell

2/11/20240
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Heart That Leads to Hell

2/4/20240
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The Sissies and the Sisters

1/28/20240
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The Good, the Bad, and the Somebody

1/21/20240
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Losing Our Religion

1/14/20240
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Unfinished Business

1/7/20240
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Pleasures Forevermore

12/31/20230
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We Two Kings

12/24/20230
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All Things New

12/17/20230
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Session 3: Revelation 11–14

12/17/20230
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Session 4: Revelation 15–22

12/17/20230
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Panel Discussion: The Relevance of Revelation for Believers Today | ECC Abu Dhabi

12/17/20230
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Panel Discussion: The Relevance of Revelation for Believers Today

12/17/20230
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Session 2: Revelation 6–10

12/16/20230
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Session 1: Revelation 1–5

12/16/20230
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Panel Discussion: The 1,000 Year Reign of Christ: Four Views

12/16/20230
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Gospel-Shaped Relationships

12/10/20230
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Together in Christ Jesus

12/3/20230
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Together in the Gospel

11/26/20230
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Devoted to Gospel Doctrine and Godliness

11/19/20230
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Trained by Gospel Doctrine for Godliness

11/12/20230
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Protecting Gospel Doctrine and Godliness

11/5/20230
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Entrusted with Gospel Doctrine for Godliness

10/29/20230
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God Our Avenger

10/22/20230
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God Our Satisfaction

10/15/20230
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God Our Redeemer

10/8/20230
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All Glory Be to Christ!

10/1/20230
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Acceptable Worship: In Submission

9/24/20230
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The Why of Church Reform

9/22/20230
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Acceptable Worship: In Doctrine

9/17/20230
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Acceptable Worship: In Marriage and Money

9/10/20230
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Acceptable Worship: In Community

9/3/20230
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Faith in the Midst of Doubt

8/27/20230
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Confident Prayer in the Midst of Chaos

8/20/20230
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Cast Your Burdens On Him

8/13/20230
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I Will Yet Praise Him

8/6/20230
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Hear My Prayer, O LORD

7/30/20230
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Do Not Forsake Me, O LORD

7/23/20230
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Forsaken by the LORD?

7/16/20230
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Save me, O my God!

7/9/20230
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How Long, O LORD?

7/2/20230
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Evangelism

6/25/20230
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Serving

6/18/20230
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Acceptable Worship

6/11/20230
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Holiness Together

6/4/20230
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Governance

5/28/20230
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Leadership

5/21/20230
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Fellow Workers for the Truth

5/14/20230
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Holiness

5/7/20230
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Discipling

4/30/20230
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God's Loving Fatherly Discipline

4/23/20230
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Run the Race

4/16/20230
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Risen Christ, Burning Hearts

4/9/20230
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Christ Crucified

4/7/20230
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Faith that Conquers and Suffers

4/2/20230
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Faith for Risky Obedience

3/26/20230
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Faith to Live as Expats

3/19/20230
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Free to be Christlike

3/12/20230
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Faith That God Commends

3/5/20230
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Ordinances

2/26/20230
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Singing

2/19/20230
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Giving

2/12/20230
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Preaching

2/5/20230
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Fellowship

1/29/20230
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Membership

1/22/20230
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Gathering

1/15/20230
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Beloved Bride

1/8/20230
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Let The Nations Be Glad

1/1/20230
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Promised Victory

12/25/20220
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Christ Our Hope In Life And Death

12/18/20220
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Promised Savior

12/11/20220
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Promised King

12/4/20220
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Promised Offspring

11/27/20220
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The Approachable Face of God

11/20/20220
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For Me to Live is Christ

11/13/20220
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Session 2: The Church of God: How Biblical Church Polity Protects and Proclaims the Gospel

11/12/20220
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Session 1: The Word of God: Why the Church’s Ministry Must Be Built on the Expository Preaching of God’s Word

11/12/20220
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Session 3: The Next 50 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward

11/12/20220
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Just A Little While

11/6/20220
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The Fate of Non-Attenders

10/30/20220
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The Resurrection and the Life: Memorial for Jacqueline Dela Cruz

10/25/20220
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Let Us . . .

10/23/20220
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The Better Offering

10/16/20220
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Revive Us Again

10/9/20220
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The Better Mediator

10/2/20220
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The Better Sanctuary

9/25/20220
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The Better Covenant

9/18/20220
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The Better Priest

9/11/20220
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From the Nations, to the Nations

9/4/20220
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The Parable of the Ten Talents

8/28/20220
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The Widow, the Pharisee & the Tax Collector

8/21/20220
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The Word and the Glory of Christ

8/14/20220
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The Dishonest Manager

8/7/20220
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The Prodigal Son

7/31/20220
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The Parable of the Lost

7/24/20220
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The Parables of the Feasts

7/17/20220
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The Parable of the Rich Fool

7/10/20220
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The Parable of the Sower

7/3/20220
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The Angry Prophet

6/26/20220
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The Preaching Prophet

6/19/20220
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He Will Hold Me Fast

6/12/20220
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Don't Fall Away

6/5/20220
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Adult Baby Syndrome

5/29/20220
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Jesus Our Great High Priest

5/22/20220
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Help in Time of Need

5/15/20220
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Steadfast Faith: In Action

5/8/20220
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Steadfast Faith: Against Deception

5/1/20220
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Steadfast Faith: In Affliction

4/24/20220
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Resurrection Sunday

4/17/20220
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The Just Justifier

4/15/20220
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The Double-Edged Sword

4/10/20220
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Enter God's Rest

4/3/20220
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Watch Your Hearts

3/27/20220
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God's Faithful Son

3/20/20220
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The Praying Prophet

3/13/20220
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The Running Prophet

3/6/20220
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Cur Deus Homo?

2/27/20220
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Pay Attention!

2/20/20220
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The Superior Son

2/13/20220
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God Has Spoken in His Son

2/6/20220
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Church Life

1/30/20220
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A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

1/23/20220
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Declaring the Mystery of Christ

1/16/20220
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A House of Prayer

1/9/20220
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Teach Us To Number Our Days

12/31/20210
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Why Christmas?

12/24/20210
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Christmas Homily

12/22/20210
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The Church Planter's Ministry

12/17/20210
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The Divine Design: In Church (Part 2)

12/10/20210
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The Divine Design: In Church (Part 1)

12/3/20210
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The Divine Design: Manhood

11/26/20210
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The Divine Design: Womanhood

11/19/20210
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The Divine Design: In Creation

11/12/20210
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The Divine Design: In Marriage

11/5/20210
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One Body, One Goal

10/29/20210
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The Preeminence of Jesus

10/22/20210
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Sacred Time

10/15/20210
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Holy God, Holy People

10/8/20210
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The Day of At-One-Ment

10/1/20210
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The Community of Discipleship

9/24/20210
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The Call of Discipleship

9/17/20210
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A Meal To Remember

9/10/20210
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The God Who Makes Us Clean

9/3/20210
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Dare to Draw Near

8/27/20210
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The Blood of Bulls and Goats

8/20/20210
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Life in God's Presence: Leviticus Overview

8/13/20210
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Revive Us Again

8/6/20210
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A True Testimony

7/30/20210
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True Partnership

7/23/20210
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True Doctrine

7/16/20210
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True Love

7/9/20210
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Holy to the LORD

7/2/20210
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The LORD is King

6/25/20210
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A Fountain Filled with Blood

6/18/20210
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Salvation and Mourning

6/11/20210
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Fear Not, Little Flock

6/4/20210
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Sheep for Sale

5/28/20210
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O Church, Arise

5/21/20210
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The King on a Donkey

5/14/20210
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God of Justice

5/7/20210
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From Fasting to Feasting

4/30/20210
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Searching the Motives of the Heart

4/23/20210
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The Royal Priest

4/16/20210
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Lift Up Your Eyes and See

4/9/20210
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My Redeemer Lives

4/4/20210
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The Crucified King

4/2/20210
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The Pastor’s Gladness and the Church’s Gain

3/26/20210
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The End of Wickedness

3/19/20210
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The Great Exchange

3/12/20210
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Glory in Our Midst

3/5/20210
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Good and Comforting Words

2/26/20210
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Return and Pay Attention

2/19/20210
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Lord of the Storm

2/12/20210
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Death in Adam, Life in Christ

2/5/20210
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United for Gospel Mission

1/29/20210
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Church Growth

1/22/20210
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Day of Small Things, Day of Big Promises

1/15/20210
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Day of Small Things, Day of Big Promises

1/15/20210
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Wanderers

1/8/20210
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Power for 2021

1/1/20210
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Who Shall Separate Us From the Love of Christ?

12/31/20200
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Immanuel

12/25/20200
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The Promise of Christmas

12/24/20200
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Losing To Win

12/18/20200
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The Judge is at the Door

12/11/20200
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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

12/4/20200
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God Delights in Diversity of Worship

11/27/20200
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Me First

11/20/20200
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The Meekness of Wisdom

11/13/20200
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Power and Danger in Your Mouth

11/6/20200
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Faith That Works

10/30/20200
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Sit Down at My Feet

10/23/20200
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Too Much Talk, Not Enough Walk

10/16/20200
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God's Goodness in Trials and Temptations

10/9/20200
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Faith Under Fire: Introduction to James

10/2/20200
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Bless and Be Blessed

9/25/20200
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The Beauty of Christian Unity

9/18/20200
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Is God with You?

9/11/20200
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The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

9/4/20200
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Journeying Out of the Depths

8/28/20200
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Afflicted, But Not Abandoned

8/21/20200
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The Blessed Life

8/14/20200
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Shouts and Tears

8/7/20200
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Mountainous Confidence

7/31/20200
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The Lord Our Helper

7/24/20200
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The Merciful Master

7/17/20200
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The City of God

7/10/20200
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Do You Trust a Keeper or a Sleeper?

7/3/20200
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Deliverance from Distress

6/26/20200
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ECC in My Heart

6/19/20200
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Provision and Pardon

6/12/20200
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Reading is Believing

6/5/20200
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The Horrible, Glorious Cross

5/29/20200
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Behold Your King

5/22/20200
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According to Plan

5/15/20200
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Jesus is Praying for You

5/8/20200
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Resurrection Ramifications

5/1/20200
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Anticipate Hate

4/24/20200
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From Weeping to Worship

4/17/20200
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Easter in Exile

4/12/20200
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Magnificent Mercy

4/10/20200
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Smiling at Suffering

4/3/20200
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A Time for Everything

3/27/20200
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Do Not Worry

3/20/20200
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The Vine and the Branches

3/13/20200
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Light and Momentary Afflictions in Honor of Mark Sellers

3/9/20200
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Stand Firm

3/8/20200
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A Long Distance Relationship

3/6/20200
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Heavenly Citizens

3/1/20200
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Life Without Jesus

2/28/20200
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The Resume That Counts

2/23/20200
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Betrayed, Denied and Glorified

2/21/20200
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Honor Such Men

2/16/20200
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The Servant Savior

2/14/20200
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Working Out as God Works In

2/9/20200
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Life through Death, Glory through Shame

2/7/20200
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The Mind of Christ

2/2/20200
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A Fragrant Offering

1/31/20200
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Joy in Living for Christ

1/26/20200
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Dying for The Nation

1/24/20200
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Boasting in Weakness

1/19/20200
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The Resurrection and the Life

1/17/20200
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The Unstoppable Gospel

1/12/20200
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Doubt Your Doubts

1/10/20200
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Real Fellowship

1/5/20200
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The Good Shepherd

1/3/20200
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The New Self

12/31/20190
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Though I Was Blind, Now I See

12/27/20190
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We Have Come to Worship Him

12/24/20190
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The Woman Who Tried to Kill Christmas

12/22/20190
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Profile of a False Disciple

12/20/20190
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God of the Battle

12/15/20190
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The Light of the World

12/13/20190
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Surprising Grace and Greed

12/8/20190
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Expect Rejection

12/6/20190
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Hope for Failed Evangelists

11/29/20190
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God's Compassion in Our Desperation

11/24/20190
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Like Father, Like Son

11/22/20190
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The Word of Life and Judgment

11/17/20190
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How Not to Respond to Jesus

11/15/20190
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How to Grow Your Church

11/8/20190
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Who's in Charge Around Here?

11/3/20190
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Who's in Charge Around Here?

11/1/20190
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Practice Good or Practice Evil

10/27/20190
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The Savior of the World

10/25/20190
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Joy Made Complete

10/18/20190
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Walk in Truth

10/13/20190
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You Must Be Born Again

10/11/20190
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Is There No God in Israel?

10/6/20190
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The Lord of the Temple

10/4/20190
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The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin

9/29/20190
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The Heavenly Wine-Maker

9/27/20190
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What Are You Doing Here, Elijah?

9/22/20190
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Discovering Jesus

9/20/20190
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Yahweh vs. Baal

9/15/20190
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I Am Not the Christ

9/13/20190
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In the Beginning

9/6/20190
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Great is Thy Fury, Great is Thy Faithfulness

8/30/20190
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Why Do the Innocent Suffer?

8/23/20190
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The Mysterious Music of Love

8/16/20190
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The Return of the King

8/9/20190
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Bringing Down the Eagle

8/2/20190
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Chasing the Wind

7/26/20190
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Strength for a Little While

7/19/20190
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Shepherds for God's Flock

7/12/20190
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Celebrate Suffering

7/5/20190
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Lukewarm Christianity

6/30/20190
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Leave Behind and Look Ahead

6/28/20190
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The Rewards of Perseverance

6/23/20190
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Victory in Defeat

6/21/20190
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The Zombie Church

6/16/20190
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Unity and Righteousness in Tough Times

6/14/20190
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Love and Tolerance

6/9/20190
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Submission and Honour in Marriage

6/7/20190
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Endurance without Compromise

6/2/20190
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Called to Unjust Suffering

5/31/20190
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Faithful Unto Death

5/26/20190
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Christian Politics

5/24/20190
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First Love

5/19/20190
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A New Temple, A New People

5/17/20190
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Turning Points

5/12/20190
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Saved for Holiness and Love

5/10/20190
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Keep Building The House!

5/5/20190
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Expat Joy

5/3/20190
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Build the House!

4/28/20190
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Building a House for God's Glory

4/26/20190
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Believing is Seeing

4/21/20190
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Burning Hearts

4/21/20190
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A Ransom for Many

4/19/20190
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Living as God's Chosen People

4/14/20190
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God's Building Fund

4/12/20190
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Walking in Obedience

4/7/20190
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Shine

4/5/20190
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Complete in Christ Jesus

3/31/20190
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The Glory of God

3/29/20190
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Joy in Suffering for the Gospel

3/24/20190
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What's Your Golden Calf?

3/22/20190
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The Supremacy of Christ

3/17/20190
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God Dwelling Among Us

3/15/20190
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Gospel Growth

3/10/20190
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Covenant Confirmed

3/8/20190
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The Joy of Redemption

3/3/20190
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The Risk of Redemption

2/24/20190
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Rhythms for Worship

2/22/20190
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God's Provision Through Faithful Saints

2/17/20190
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Cultivating a Christ-like Culture

2/15/20190
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When Life Falls Apart

2/10/20190
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A Righteous Society

2/8/20190
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Knowing Christ

2/1/20190
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The Day of the Lord

1/27/20190
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Slavery and Death

1/25/20190
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Warning: Wolves Among You

1/20/20190
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Love Your Neighbor

1/18/20190
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Something More Certain

1/13/20190
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Love the Lord Your God

1/11/20190
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Growing in Godliness

1/6/20190
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Kingdom of Priests 

1/4/20190
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Abide in Christ

Come join us for a special New Year's Eve service. We'll have some special testimonies from church members of God's faithfulness in 2018, along with singing, prayer, and a short sermon.
12/31/20180
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Limitless God, Limited Man

12/28/20180
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The Lord is Our Banner

12/21/20180
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Two Gates, Two Trees, Two Builders

12/16/20180
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Grumbling Against God

12/14/20180
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Dogs, Swine, and Saints

12/9/20180
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The Victory of God

12/7/20180
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Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

11/30/20180
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True Peace in Jesus

11/25/20180
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Remember the Rescue

11/23/20180
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Two Treasures, One Eye, and Two Masters

11/18/20180
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TPC Session 4 - Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Plenary session 4 from the international True Prosperity Conference at ECC
11/17/20180
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TPC - What is the Prosperity Gospel and Why is it a Problem?

Plenary Session 1 at the international True Prosperity Conference held at ECC
11/17/20180
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TPC Session 2 - True Prosperity: The Biblical Understanding of What the Gospel Brings Us

Plenary Session 2 at the international True Prosperity Conference held at ECC
11/17/20180
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TPC Session 3 - Key Prosperity Texts and How to Interpret Them

Plenary session 3 from the international True Prosperity Conference at ECC
11/17/20180
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Work of the Word

11/16/20180
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Heart Hunger

11/11/20180
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The Passover

11/9/20180
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A Matter of the Heart

11/4/20180
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God vs. the “gods”

11/2/20180
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True Righteousness

10/28/20180
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A Hardened Heart

10/26/20180
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Missing the Point

10/21/20180
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Failure and Faith

10/19/20180
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Heart Law

10/14/20180
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God's Blood Covenant

In this passage, we see God’s commitment to save his chosen people but also his sovereignty and justice–He will harden Pharaoh’s heart and kill the firstborn of Egypt to redeem Israel, his firstborn. We also see God’s holiness — He seeks to put Moses to death because Moses has not been faithful to the covenant by leaving his son uncircumcised. The bloody rite of circumcision turns away God’s wrath. Throughout the passage, we see shadows of Christ — the theme of Israel as “firstborn” points to Jesus as the true pre-eminent chosen Son of God, who dies to save God’s people. Moses as a flawed mediator points to Jesus as the perfect and faithful mediator who keeps God’s covenant. And the blood ritual of circumcision points forward to the “cutting off” of Jesus, who pours out his blood to save sinners and circumcises the hearts of God’s people.
10/12/20180
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Salt and Light

10/7/20180
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God's Instruments

10/5/20180
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Joy in Persecution

In Matthew 5:10-12, Jesus continues to tell us some surprising things about his upside-down kingdom. He says to rejoice when we are persecuted and reviled! Would you rejoice in persecution? Are you prepared if it happens to you?
9/30/20180
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Behold Your God

9/28/20180
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The God Who Hears

The journey of faith in Jesus can sometimes feel less like a pleasant walk and more like a wild roastercoaster ride, full of jarring ups and downs, where we are strapped in and at the mercy of the track. We face difficult circumstances and so we pray. Things seem to be improving and then suddenly what he hoped was going to happen falls apart. We try one solution but it leads to new problems. So it was with Moses. His first attempts at being Israel’s deliverer completely backfire. He fails to deliver, his people reject him, and he flees Egypt. Yet our hope is not in the moment-by-moment circumstances. Instead, our hope is in God himself who hears, and remembers and sees.
9/21/20180
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The Upside Down Kingdom

As Jesus begins to describe what citizens of his kingdom are like, we see many surprises and differences compared with the kingdoms we see. Blessed are the meek? Those who mourn? What kind of kingdom is this? Jesus tells us that these are the people who belong to his kingdom.
9/16/20180
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Oppressed and Blessed

Jesus warned his disciples that if the world hated him, then the world would hate them as well. While we as Christians may enjoy sunny seasons of tolerance and good relationships with the society around us, we shouldn’t be surprised when the dark clouds of persecution come and our culture views us as a threat. And yet we can be confident that no matter how hostile a people may be against the church, God will cause his purposes to prevail and his people to multiply.
9/14/20180
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The King and His Kingdom

What does it mean to be citizen of the kingdom of heaven? Jesus answers this question in Matthew 5
9/9/20180
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Introduction to Exodus

Exodus is the epic story of God saving Israel from slavery in Egypt and leading them to Mt. Sinai to be his own covenant people. In this book we see God’s faithfulness to Abraham, his sovereignty over nature and nations, his awesome holiness and his fatherly love. God’s redeeming of Israel from bondage is truly the defining saving event in the Old Testament. And yet the story doesn’t stop there. Exodus anticipates and foreshadows the greater salvation that would come through Jesus Christ.
9/7/20180
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Know for Certain

These days skepticism is in and certainty is out, especially in religious matters. You will seem enlightened when you doubt and question, but naive and unsophisticated when you express certainty about spiritual things. How can we really know if there really is a God, and if so which one is it? Is there really a heaven to gain and a hell to escape? How could we possibly have assurance we are headed to the one and avoiding the other? Yet in study of 1 John, God wants us to know for certain how we can know him and have hope of eternal life.
8/31/20180
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True Love

We love love! Everyone wants to be loved or find true love. But what is love? John tells us that God is love, and then describes what God's love is like. We want to be careful not to lower God's love to how our world defines it, because God's love is far greater and when we understand God's love, it leads us to show our love in powerful ways.
8/24/20180
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Don't Believe Everything You Hear

We are bombarded by voices in our lives. It seems like we are hearing messages from every direction, telling us what to buy, what to wear, where to eat, and so on. In the global Church, we have access to more teachers and preachers than ever before in history. It's amazing! And it's overwhelming. Who should we listen to? Who should we follow? Which church is right? In 1 John 4, God gives us a warning and some tools to discern the true Spirit of God from the impostors and deceivers.
8/17/20180
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Love One Another

We know that Jesus said to love one another, but what does that really look like? 1 John 3:11-24 sets the standard high for our love for fellow believers. It’s more than just warm feelings and kind words, it’s ongoing actions that actually provide a clear marker of our faith in Jesus Christ.
8/10/20180
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The Children of God and the Children of the Devil

How do we tell apart the children of God from the children of the devil? In today's passage, John gives us a key mark of a true Christian
8/3/20180
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The Antichrists and the Anointed

Sometimes believers can get comfortable and drop our guard, forgetting that we are in the final stage of history. All around us there are counterfeit gospels and false teachings that seek to lure us away from the truth. All around us are denials of the deity of Jesus and his saving sacrifice for sinners but all true believers have the anointing of the Holy Spirit who teaches us to discern truth from error by the Word of God.
7/27/20180
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The Word and the World

We live in a world that constantly bombards us with messages and promises of a better life. However, 1 John 2:12
7/20/20180
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Keep His Commands

Do you know God? If you say “yes,” then how do you know that you know him? On what basis can a person who claims to be a Christian know for certain that they truly know God and have hope of eternal life? Do we know that we know God if we have had a mystical or supernatural experience? Do we know that we know God if we have learned Christianity theology or attend a church regularly? Today’s text focuses on a simple yet telling evidence of real Christianity: we know we have come to know him if we keep his commands, and one command in particular.
7/13/20180
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Walking in the Light

1 John 1:5-2:2 tells us the powerful truth that God is light. What does that mean? It also tells us that we are to walk in light. What does that mean? How do we do that? And what about the times that we fall into sin and darkness? Come and let's consider together how we can walk in the light in our day to day life in this world.
7/6/20180
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Marks of a True Christian

How do you know if you’re a Christian? Are you a Christian if you were raised in a Christian family, or baptized as a child? Does walking to the front of a church service during an evangelistic “altar call” make you a Christian? This question is critical for helping real Christians deal with doubts about their salvation. It’s also vital for challenging nominal Christians to reevaluate their confidence. 1 John deals extensively with this question. It was written so that we may know whether we truly have eternal life.
6/29/20180
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Where are Your Thoughts?

When we speak about the Kingdom of God and living in the Kingdom, this is something that has come and is coming. How do we live in a Kingdom here but not here? How can we trust a King who has come and is coming? This week we will looking at our trust levels and anxiety levels when it comes to understanding God’s provision for us.
6/22/20180
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Perfect Harmony

Do you want to start a lively discussion among church members? Ask them what they think of their church’s music. Everyone seems to have strong opinions and preferences when it comes to the music we sing and hear in church. Some extol the old hymns for their rich lyrics and familiar melodies. Others yearn for their church to sing the latest praise and worship hits of the top Christians artists. What instrumentation is best? Piano and organ, or drums and guitar or perhaps it’s better to sing everything a capella? Yet in this endless debate over our preferences, we lose sight of a startling fact: when the New Testament describes the church’s singing, it describes it as something we primarily do for one another.
6/15/20180
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Baptism and Communion

Jesus gave his church two ceremonies as part of our public worship: baptism and communion. These beautiful rituals communicate a lot. They are visible pictures of the gospel message, and they symbolize both the beginning of our new life in Jesus (baptism) and our ongoing dependence on Jesus (communion). They do something else very critical to corporate worship. They publicly mark out who the worshiping community is.
6/8/20180
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The Primacy of Preaching

When we think of worshiping God, we often focus on the things that we say and do to praise God, like singing, praying, giving and serving and for good reason. An important part of corporate worship involves us speaking words and doing actions that bring praise to God but what if the most worshipful thing we can do is to be quiet, listen and receive? Have you ever thought that listening attentively to a sermon and allowing God to speak through the Bible might the greatest act of corporate worship we can perform?
6/1/20180
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Our Father

Jesus says that when we pray, we should go into our room and shut the door. Certainly, private prayer is an important spiritual discipline and yet, prayer is one of the most important things we do together as a body as well. As we study the Lord's Prayer together, we'll see how prayer unites us together in the body in a special way, as we turn our eyes off of ourselves, and onto our Father in heaven and one another.
5/25/20180
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Serving Like Our Servant King

We often view "worship" as how we individually serve God. However, the Gospel of John gives us a slightly different picture: true worshippers of Jesus follow in the footsteps of their King
5/18/20180
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Giving is Thanksgiving

Financial giving is a difficult topic for churches. Some pastors never talk about money or offerings at all for fear of offending. Other pastors seem to preach on giving every week, even making great promises of financial breakthroughs to people who will donate to their church. Christians themselves seem confused about why to give. Some give in order to get something back from God. Others do it out of guilt or habit. Still others contribute money as a means of controlling a local church or boasting of their righteousness and generosity but biblical giving should be something else entirely. It should be an act of corporate worship.
5/11/20180
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Holy Worship

What do we need for corporate worship? What is required for our congregational praise gatherings? We might answer that question by thinking about practical considerations. Perhaps you would say we need a piano, guitar or even a pipe organ. Maybe you would say we need a sacred space, a “house of God,” complete with pews, a cross on the wall and a large pulpit. Do we need candles to set the mood? Actually, you can have corporate worship without any of those things but there is something that God demands of our worship, both in the Old and New Testaments. He requires holy worshipers.
5/4/20180
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Meeting is a Must

Sometimes on a Friday morning children ask their parents, “Do I have to go to church?” Sometimes adults wonder the same thing. Why is it so important to gather regularly for worship with the congregation? Why not just stay at home, read your Bible, and enjoy your personal relationship with Jesus? This week begins a six-week sermon series on “corporate worship.” We will examine why corporate worship is an essential part of the Christian life, and what we should do when we gather together.
4/27/20180
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Trusting God in Troubling Times

Can you trust God, even when life doesn't make sense, when the times are troubling? Habakkuk the prophet approached God with some bold complaints, as he did not understand what God was doing. How does God bring Habakkuk to a place of trusting Him? Will you trust God in these troubling times?
4/22/20180
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To The Ends of the Earth

Today we will consider the conclusion of Acts and at first glance, Acts seems to end in a strange way. Paul reaches Rome as a prisoner and continues to preach, and then suddenly the story ends. We read nothing of Paul’s trial before Caesar. We don’t know if he goes free or is condemned to die. Yet from another perspective the story ends exactly where it should. Because Acts was not ultimately about Paul. Acts is about Jesus and his gospel spreading to the ends of the earth.
4/20/20180
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Two Kinds of Boasting

In this passage of scripture, Paul concludes his letter to the Galatians by exposing the motives of the Judaizers and re-emphasizing that circumcision doesn't count for anything when it comes to salvation but being a new creation in Jesus does.
4/15/20180
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Unsinkable

The gospel will reach Rome! In this passage, Paul boards a ship for Rome, and the journey is filled with obstacles. At many points, it seems hopeless. It seems that God's plan will sink with the ship as it crashes but God's plan is unsinkable. God's promises are unstoppable and we'll see how he carries out his plan even when it seems hopeless.
4/13/20180
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The Household of God Shares All Good Things

We all want to experience the fruit of the Spirit but what seed do we need to sow in order to bear fruit? We crucify our old selves and become new creations in Christ, but that is only the beginning. We are now part of a new family: the household of God, and as a family member we do our part to share with our family all good things.
4/8/20180
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A Faithful Witness

In Acts 25
4/6/20180
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The Slain Lamb Stands

Sometimes we look at the world and want to weep. Injustice, racism, oppression, war and slavery seem to reign. God’s people suffer persecution and rejection. Will God’s kingdom ever come? Will’s God’s people ever reign and will evil ever be judged? Take heart! The slain lamb stands.
4/1/20180
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The Lamb of God

This Friday we will take a break from Acts in order to mark “Good Friday”. Christians around the world will remember Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, as well as his resurrection from the dead on Easter. But what does Jesus’ crucifixion mean? Why was it so important that Christians would pause to commemorate it year after year? Today we will answer that question from the very first chapter of John’s Gospel. There we see Jesus’ making his first appearance in the story and there John tells us who Jesus is what his crucifixion will mean.
3/30/20180
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The Law of Christ

In Galatians 6:1–5, we see that the gospel accomplishes what the Law could not do. The gospel of grace transforms our lives to be truly spiritual so that we fulfill the “law of Christ”—by loving one another and bearing one another’s burdens.
3/25/20180
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Keep A Clear Conscience

Being wronged and unjustly treated is a painful experience but it’s also a dangerous temptation. When others harm us, we can easily feel justified in doing harm back to them. We can react with harsh words, emotional outbursts or ruthless behavior, and justify it all because we are the victim but as followers of Jesus we are called to obey and honor God even when we are being dishonored and mistreated by others. No matter how others treat us, we must maintain a clear conscience before God.
3/23/20180
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Live by the Spirit

We are given 2 lists: the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. Are these our laws, our goals, or something more. Find out this week.
3/18/20180
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The Eye of the Storm

Sometimes life seems sunny and bright. We have happy relationships, good health and success but then the storms comes: illnesses, job layoffs, and betrayals from close friends. When the storms of suffering come, we can wonder, “God, what are you doing? Why are you sending these trials into my life?” Yet our God is so great that he can accomplish his purposes even in and through our turmoil and what is God’s great purpose for our lives? It is that we would glorify him by being his witnesses to the world.
3/16/20180
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Faith or the Law, Pick One

3/11/20180
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Ministering While Misunderstood

It’s frustrating when we feel misunderstood. When people misinterpret our actions or words, or even spread false reports about our motives, we instinctively want to defend ourselves and justify our position. That’s one reason that speaking the gospel is hard. People often misunderstand the gospel and sometimes speak ill of us but Paul gives us an example of someone who, despite being falsely accused, kept his focus on proclaiming Jesus even in the face of hostility.
3/9/20180
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Who's Your Mama?

In Galatians 4:21-5:1, Paul talks about descendants from two mothers: Hagar and Sarah. By considering their stories from Genesis, he makes some powerful points about freedom in Christ to the Galatians and to us. Are you a spiritually born child of the free woman or only a naturally born child of the bond woman? If your mama is free, then you are also free!
3/4/20180
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Poured Out for the Gospel

Are you a spiritual consumer or a spiritual provider? Do you treat the church as a place that exists to meet your needs or do you come to church to serve other church members? Are you a receiver or a giver? Throughout Acts we have seen the apostle Paul’s example of radical service for the good of others. He worked, prayed, struggled, taught, and suffered his way all over the Roman Empire so that people could hear the gospel and so that churches could be strengthened. Paul models for a poured-out, other-centered Christianity that points us back to Jesus himself.
3/2/20180
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Jesus Vs. Evil Powers

As the gospel advances into new frontiers, it challenges and overcomes the powers of darkness. This is what we see in Ephesus, as God powerfully confirms Paul’s apostolic ministry and the Word goes forth to Jews and Greeks despite occultism and opposition.
2/23/20180
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Sons and Heirs Through Christ

In Galatians 4: 1-7, God reveals to us one of the most glorious doctrines of our redemption in Christ, the fact of our adoption as Sons and heirs of God the Father, through Jesus Christ. Practicing the Mosaic Law was never capable of giving us that privilege. Only by faith in Christ’s righteous work on the cross can we access it.
2/18/20180
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Stuck in the Past

In Acts 19:1-10, Paul finds some disciples in Ephesus who are confused. They believe, but they have not heard of Jesus' baptism or of the Holy Spirit. Paul takes them beyond belief: to a life filled with the Holy Spirit and marked by baptism in Jesus. Are you a disciple of Jesus? If so, are you living out that belief through the power of the Holy Spirit?
2/16/20180
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Children of the Promise

Are you a child of the promise? And why did God make a promise to Abraham for faith, but then a law to Moses? In Galatians 3:15-29, Paul answers these questions to help us understand the big picture story of the Bible. He explains to us the promise of Abraham, the purpose of the Law of Moses, and how both the Law of Moses and the Promise to Abraham point us to faith alone in Christ. Through faith, we become one in Christ Jesus and children of the promise!
2/11/20180
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God’s Particular People

God has a plan for the whole world, and for our lives. Unfortunately, God doesn’t usually let us know the details of his plan. However, we do know some things. We know that God is saving a people for himself and we know that he uses Christians as his witnesses and workers to bring the gospel to the people he is saving. This knowledge gives us confidence to keep sharing the gospel because God’s plans will prevail.
2/9/20180
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The Blessing of Abraham, The Curse of the Law

It is only through faith that we receive the Spirit and become perfected as true offspring of Abraham and offspring of God
2/4/20180
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The Rhythm of Gospel Work

Paul’s missionary journeys took him across the Roman Empire. He traveled to different cities and encounter all kinds of people, situations, challenges and surprises. It’s fascinating to read the book of Acts simply as a thrilling travelogue, let alone as a religious text and yet amid all of his varied and dramatic adventures, his ministry had a predictable rhythm. In each place, Paul’s work followed a predictable pattern and that pattern remains the same today for everyone who engages in gospel ministry.
2/2/20180
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The Life I Now Live

In this text, Paul tells us about how he publicly rebuked Peter. Imagine that! Two apostles have a conflict. Why was Paul so upset, to "oppose him to his face"? It's because this disagreement was central to the gospel message itself AND to how we should live. Paul shows us the gospel of justification by faith alone and a beautiful picture of the life we live in light of such truth.
1/28/20180
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Feed My Sheep

This Friday we have the joy and privilege to commission the new elders and deacons approved at the Annual General Meeting. As we think about setting apart new leaders, we will be meditating on John 21 in which Jesus set apart Peter for the task of overseeing his people. We find in Peter’s experience a story of forgiveness, commissioning and obedience to Jesus that is true for all who would be leaders of the local church.
1/26/20180
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Is the Gospel Paul Preached God’s Gospel?

Paul taught the gospel that God declares us righteous by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and not by our own works. Was this true? Where did he receive this good news and how do we evaluate truth when we hear it?
1/21/20180
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God's Sovereignty in the Gospel Mission

What is the basis of the missionary enterprise? And where is our hope in the proclamation of the gospel? In Acts 16, we see that the Sovereign hand of God continues to direct the mission of His church, as He guides the disciples into Macedonia, where He opens hearts and prison doors for the gospel to advance.
1/19/20180
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Stand Firm in the Truth

Paul wrote to the Galatians because Paul himself, the Gospel he preached, and the Galatians were all under attack by false teachers and false gospels. He rebuked them out of love in hopes that they would turn away from the falsehoods flooding the region, and turn to the one true Gospel. The power of God’s Word in Paul’s letter to the Galatians still resonates today nearly 2,000 years later. Each of us is in danger of falling into the traps of false teachers, false gospels, & false assurance. How can we guard against these dangers? How can we stand firm in the truth of the Gospel that by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone we may be saved?
1/14/20180
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Jesus Alone, or Jesus And?

The early church not only grew rapidly but also changed dramatically. The church began among the Jews in Jerusalem, but it soon spread to the Gentiles in Antioch and beyond. This rapid demographic shift triggered a profound theological debate in the church: did the Gentiles have to become Jewish in order to be saved? Did the Gentiles have to be circumcised, keep kosher, observe the Sabbath and keep the other laws given by Moses? Or was their faith in Jesus enough? The question was more than just a cultural conflict. It struck to the very heart of the gospel. What must we do to be saved?
1/12/20180
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Introduction to Galatians

The only true gospel is that God declares us righteous by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and not by our own works, thus empowering us by His Spirit to obey Him today and live with the hope of eternal life.
1/7/20180
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The Joy and Mess of Missions

The Holy Spirit called Saul and Barnabas to continue the advance of the gospel to the Gentiles. In chapters 13 and 14, they take their first missionary journey. It's messy! There is joyful fruit and joyful suffering. As the gospel continues to move forward today, we see the Holy Spirit calling people to the same messy mission: joyfully fruitful and joyfully difficult. Are you on the mission?
1/5/20180
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God's Sovereignty in Deliverance and Damnation

In Acts 12, Luke takes us back to Jerusalem to see God's mighty hand with the church in the midst of tribulation. The church faces persecution from Herod, even losing a beloved apostle to death. But God hears the prayers of His people
12/29/20170
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Gospel Growth

Living things grow. Trees and fish and people change and mature. This is not only true of physical life. The new spiritual life that Christ has brought grows as well. Individual Christians grow spiritually. Churches grow in Christ-like maturity. Even beyond that, the gospel itself is growing throughout the world.
12/22/20170
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The Power of Christmas

As we continue to look at the story of Christmas through the Bible, we turn to the book of Hebrews and see the reason why Jesus came, not to be remembered as a baby in a manger, but as a brother, a deliverer and our High Priest.
12/17/20170
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Faith Alone in Jesus

The gospel is for everyone. Jesus died and rose again to save a people from every tribe, language and nation. The church was born in Jerusalem and the first Christians came from a Jewish background, but God never intended for the church stay that way. God promised Abraham that through his offspring all the peoples of earth would blessed. Today we study the world-changing moment when God brought the good news of Jesus to the Gentiles.
12/15/20170
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The Purpose of Christmas

This is the time of year when most people remember the coming of Jesus. But we often overlook why Jesus came. Come and see the purpose of Christmas
12/10/20170
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Saul Saved

No one is beyond the redeeming reach of the cross of Christ. The gospel can save even the most unlikely of people. The risen Jesus can rescue anyone from the blindness of sin. God can even transform a violent persecutor of the church into a great preacher of the gospel and there is perhaps no great example of the gospel’s saving power than in the conversion of Saul.
12/8/20170
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The Promise of Christmas

The king is coming! That's what Zechariah and many of the other prophets often talked about. What will the king be like? What will he do? For us today, we rejoice in the promises fulfilled at the first Christmas. What does God promise us with the return of the king?
12/3/20170
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Scattered Seed

The Jerusalem church faced many challenges: deceptive church members, increasingly hostile rulers and organizational strain. Yet God enabled the church to overcome these problems and God continued to grant them numeric growth and powerful signs and wonders. The church was thriving. However, in the midst of its success, the church was failing in a critical way: it wasn’t pressing forward with Jesus’ mission to take the gospel to all nations. The gospel had not gone beyond Jerusalem. So God had to give the church a little push.
12/1/20170
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The Preview of Christmas

Do you know when Christmas was first mentioned in the Bible? It wasn’t when the angels appeared to Mary or Joseph announcing the coming birth of Jesus. The first mention of the birth of the Savior came at the very beginning of human history, in the garden of Eden.
11/26/20170
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Dead or Alive

This text looks at the story and speech of Stephen. We'll see how the Risen Jesus empowers Stephen to preach the gospel boldly and we'll see how the dead hearts of the religious leaders lead them to murder Stephen, the first martyr for Jesus. At the end of this story, who is dead, and who is alive? Is your faith dead or alive?
11/24/20170
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A Bride Fit for a King

We often think of heroism as involving great power, beauty as external appearance, and wisdom as lofty philosophy. The book of Proverbs, however, ends with a powerful poem that shows us true heroism, true beauty, and true wisdom
11/19/20170
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Divide and Conquer

Christians sometimes get frustrated with discussions about church organization and structure. We wonder, “Why is are we talking about elders and deacons, committees and processes? Shouldn’t we be focused on reaching people outside the church?” But what if a well-ordered church internally enables an effective gospel witness externally? Have you ever thought that your church’s organization and structure could either help or hinder your church’s mission to proclaim the gospel?
11/17/20170
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Ants and Slugs

As we recognise the differences between ant and slug, we recognise that God calls us to work, He calls us to recognise our responsibility, not only in our employment but also in our spiritual lives. Consider today your purpose in being in the UAE, consider why you do what you do. Recognise our purpose is to glorify God in all we say and do.
11/12/20170
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Obedience Despite Opposition

We return to the book of Acts this week and observe the apostles’ resolve to “obey God rather than men.” Despite increasing opposition to the gospel, the apostles stay faithful, counting it an honor to suffer for Jesus’ name. And despite the opponents’ efforts to suppress the truth, God’s unstoppable Word overcomes every obstacle.
11/10/20170
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Who is an Elder?

Last week asked the question “What are elders?” We saw that elders are the shepherds and overseers of local churches. But who is qualified for this role? What are the requirements for serving in this capacity?
11/5/20170
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Who is an Elder?

Last week asked the question “What are elders?” We saw that elders are the shepherds and overseers of local churches. But who is qualified for this role? What are the requirements for serving in this capacity?
11/3/20170
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What Are Elders?

Does it really matter how a church is organized? As long as we’re focused on Jesus, any leadership model should work, right? And yet as we turn to the New Testament we see that again and again that local churches were led by a group called “elders.” Jesus not only established his church, but also gave us a leadership structure to follow. In this two-part sermon series, we will consider two questions: 1) What are elders? and 2) Who are elders?
10/29/20170
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What Are Elders?

Does it really matter how a church is organized? As long as we’re focused on Jesus, any leadership model should work, right? And yet as we turn to the New Testament we see that again and again that local churches were led by a group called “elders.” Jesus not only established his church, but also gave us a leadership structure to follow. In this two-part sermon series, we will consider two questions: 1) What are elders? and 2) Who are elders?
10/27/20170
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A Matter of Life and Death

The great riddle of humanity is death. In our fast-paced and busy world, the last thing that people want to think or talk about are eternal matters. But the grim reality is that death is the destiny of all human beings. And God's Word speaks frequently and explicitly about death. Come and hear what the book of Proverbs says about death and how to escape it and find true life.
10/22/20170
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The Loving, Fearful Church

In this passage, we see the amazing love of the early church in their unity and generosity. But then we see the story of Ananias and Sapphira testing the Holy Spirit and dying. The result? Great fear came upon the whole church. Are we a loving church? Should we be a fearful church?
10/20/20170
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Friendships

What is true friendship and how do we find it? Is it possible to move away from everyone you know and love and still find friendship?
10/15/20170
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No Other Name

Not everyone is excited to hear the gospel. In fact sometimes telling people about Jesus can get you into trouble. What should Christians do when they face pushback, rejection or even persecution for talking about the gospel?
10/13/20170
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Righteousness or Riches?

10/8/20170
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A True Miracle

Many people are looking for a miracle. People long for a supernatural breakthrough for their health, finances or family problems, Does God do miracles today? In Acts 3 we read about a wondrous healing performed by Peter: a man lame from birth was given the ability to walk and yet Peter tells us about an even greater miracle available to everyone.
10/6/20170
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Slow to Anger

Everyone feels angry sometimes. Some people explode with fiery rage, and others become ice cold. Even Jesus was angry at times, but in his anger, he did not sin. The Proverbs tell us to be slow to anger. This Sunday we'll answer the questions: Why should we be slow to anger? How can we be slow to anger? Is anger a sin? There is hope for us, even when we feel angry!
10/1/20170
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Life Together

What does it mean to be a "Spirit-filled church" or to "live in the end times"? In Acts 2:42-47, we see the result of God's Spirit coming down and the "last days" being inaugurated: a community of believers devoted to the teaching of the Scriptures, to prayer, and to loving one another. The Spirit of God forms a local church-a community that displays Christ, and a life together that today's churches should aspire to.
9/29/20170
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Who is Controlling You?

We all have natures and urges that need to be controlled to live righteously. How do we manage that? Is there a way to overcome habits that have become part of us? The Bible gives very clear direction on how we can be self-controlled.
9/24/20170
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The End Has Begun

Pentecost was one of three pilgrimage festivals God commanded Israel to observe. But for Christians it has become something more. Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church. Acts 2 records this miraculous event, and also includes a speech by the apostle Peter explaining the significance of Pentecost. What does the outpouring of the Holy Spirit mean? It signals that the end of the world has begun.
9/22/20170
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Behold Our Sovereign God

We live in a world that often seems like it's spinning out of control and our lives can sometimes feel chaotic as well. Yet the Word of God in Proverbs reminds us that our God Almighty sees all things, knows all things, and controls all things. He is sovereign over human decisions, over the course of human history, over big things, and over seemingly insignificant things. This Sunday prepare to revel in the glory and majesty of our Almighty God in His Son Jesus Christ.
9/17/20170
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The Waiting Witnesses

A common full name for the book of Acts is "The Acts of the Apostles." In Acts 1:12-26, Luke introduces us to the apostles, the eyewitnesses of all that Jesus did. Who are they? What makes them special? Luke also tells us what the disciples did while waiting for the Holy Spirit to come, which will help us to trust God in our seasons of waiting as well. Come learn from "The Waiting Witnesses."
9/15/20170
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Wisdom for Tough Decisions

We all face tough decisions. Should I sign this contract? Who should I marry? How should I educate my kids? Where should I live? Which mall should I eat lunch at? God's wisdom in Proverbs will give us discernment to help us answer these and even bigger questions: What is God's will for my life?
9/10/20170
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Introduction to Acts

What is the mission of the church? We gather in church on Fridays and Sunday evenings to sing to God, hear Biblical teaching, and fellowship with other Christians. But is that all we do as a church? Isn’t there some larger purpose or task that we should pursue? This morning we begin a new Friday sermon series in the New Testament book of Acts and in Acts we find the church on its mission: to bear witness about Jesus and the gospel to all nations.
9/8/20170
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Parenting in Proverbs

Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys. It also one of life’s most daunting tasks. What new parent feels equipped and ready to raise another human being? As a result moms and dads often feel a mixture of confusion, frustration, and guilt when they think about their own parenting. Parents need help! Thankfully the book of Proverbs provides vital principles for raising children.
9/1/20170
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Pride & Humility

Pride and humility are among the biggest themes in the whole Bible. In fact, humility is probably the most important trait for a Christian. Jesus led the way by humbling himself, even to death on a cross! So it's no surprise that in the Proverbs, God hates our pride, and it leads to our destruction. On the other hand, God delights in humility, especially when we come to him as children seeking his wisdom.
8/25/20170
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Watch Your Mouth

All of us talk everyday. We speak in person and on phones. We send texts and emails and post words on social media. And our speech matters. All those words have a profound power to harm or help, to break down or build up. What we say affects others and is heard by God. Do we speak like wise people or like fools? We need God’s wisdom in Proverbs to know how to glorify God and edify others with our words.
8/18/20170
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Good Sex

We live in a sex-crazed world. God created our sexuality for our blessing and his glory but our sinful hearts have turned sex into an end in itself, an enslaving obsession, a false god. How can we recover God’s plans for our sexuality? How can sex be truly “good”?
8/11/20170
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Money Matters

We live in a world that is obsessed with money. Indeed, money is an important part of our everyday lives. We can often fall into the trap of thinking about money in unhelpful ways but God cares about money and about how we use it. This week, we look at what the Book of Proverbs says about money, seeking God’s wisdom that transforms our lives and enables us to live with practical godliness and think rightly about money.
8/4/20170
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The Beginning of Wisdom

Humanity's search for wisdom and knowledge is never-ending. True wisdom is found only in Christ, who transforms our lives so that we live a wise life of practical godliness with the hope of eternal reward. Therefore, we must turn away from our foolishness and pursue true wisdom in Christ who speaks to us through his Word and guides us to eternal life.
7/28/20170
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Walk in Obedience

In light of the persecution the Thessalonians are experiencing and the truth of the Gospel they have heard, Paul gives a strong challenge to walk daily in obedience.
7/21/20170
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The Coming of Jesus

The believers in Thessalonica are confused about the return of the Lord Jesus. Paul outlines God's future plan showing that the man of lawlessness must come first. He will be the emissary of Satan. The Thessalonians are encouraged to stand firm in the gospel.
7/14/20170
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Heaven and Hell

God has created us and designed us to live forever. Life does not end with death. Our God is a just God. He will reward each person for his or her actions. For those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is relief. For those who do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, there is punishment.
7/7/20170
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A Church is Born!

As we begin our study of 2 Thessalonians, we take a look at the birth of the church in Europe! We will see how God directed Paul and his team to Europe and the incredible spiritual adventures they encountered as the gospel bore fruit.
6/30/20170
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God Meant it for Good

God has a plan for our lives and our church but we usually can't see it until after the fact. When we look ahead, our path seems confusing and uncertain but when we look back we can sometimes see the mysterious wisdom and purpose of God at work in our life's journey. Joseph suffered hardship for many years: hated by his brothers, sold as a slave to Egypt, framed by his slave master's wife, and left to rot in prison. Yet eventually Joseph came to see God's design in his trials. Here in the final chapters of his story, Joseph has come to the realization that God meant it all for good.
6/23/20170
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Repentance and Reconciliation

God has brought Joseph from misery to blessing, from the pit of prison to the throne of Egypt, from the depths of humiliation to the heights of glory. And yet Joseph's family history remains unresolved. He is still estranged from his brothers who sinned against him. So God sovereignly guides events to bring the brothers before Joseph in fulfillment of Joseph's dreams. And rather than the story ending in revenge and justice, it ends in a surprising twist of repentance, grace and reconciliation.
6/16/20170
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The Suffering Servant Reigns and Rescues

God has a plan. We don't always see it right away. Often his plan involves painful twists and turns that don't make sense to us. Sometimes God's purposes take much longer to unfold that we think they should. We wonder, "God, what are you doing? Why won't you answer my prayers?" And yet the truth remains: God has a plan and nothing can stop him. Here in Genesis 41, we see God's plan finally unfold to save and exalt Joseph after years of suffering and humiliation. But God's plan isn't merely for Joseph. It's a plan to save the world.
6/9/20170
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Faithful and Forgotten

Most of us hate waiting. In this modern age we have grown accustomed to fast food, 24/7 customer support, high speed internet connections, and front door delivery (especially here in the UAE!). Our world doesn't train us to be patient. And yet in the Christian life, we must often wait on the Lord. Believers frequently find themselves waiting patiently on God in the midst of difficult situations. How do we persevere when we cry out to God for deliverance day after day, month after month, and yet nothing changes? How do we learn to keep trusting in God's purposes and promises when it seems things are going from bad to worse?
6/2/20170
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Foundations for Gospel-Shaped Ministry

Everyone aspires for unity in diversity
5/26/20170
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God's Blessing in Our Trials

God has never promised that Christians would experience a trouble-free life. Christians suffer and struggle in this broken world. We experience illness, injustice, unemployment, betrayal, mental illness, and failure. And yet God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He doesn't always save us from our trials, but he always walks with us in our trials.
5/19/20170
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Divine Justice

Joseph's brothers hated and envied Joseph. When their hatred boiled over, they stripped Joseph of his robe, put him in a pit, and then sold him into slavery. And in order to cover their crime, his brother's deceived their father Jacob into thinking that Joseph was killed by a wild animal. Hatred, violence, betrayal, and deceit. Will God bring justice to Joseph's brothers? Is God in control? Or does God just stand by and watch as evil people get away with sin?
5/12/20170
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God Will Work Even in This

As we continue with the story of Joseph, we recognize that God does have a plan and his plan is more sure than ours. We will see how his brothers move with their hatred of him to further sin, but in all this God is sovereign and his ways are not our ways, his plans always come to pass.We need to remain obedient and trust in the hope we have to see the end. Although Job uncertainties, financial pressures, family problems, and health issues may come, God is still on the throne.
5/5/20170
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Rejoicing in Hope

Romans 5 shows the believer many reasons to rejoice in God. In chapters 1-4, Paul explains justification by faith. Now in chapter 5, Paul teaches us the implications of being saved by faith. We have a lot of rejoicing to do, even in our sufferings, because we have hope. This hope is not like any other hope; it is secure, because it is anchored in God’s love shown in Christ’s death.
4/28/20170
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Dreams vs. Reality

Does God have a plan? Sometimes we see the chaos and upheaval in the world and we wonder how God could be at work in such a mess. At other times our own lives seem out of control. Job uncertainties, financial pressures, families problems, and health issues make us question what God is doing, or if he's there at all. This week we begin a study through the life of Joseph in the Old Testament. Joseph experienced a series of devastating hardships: betrayals, slavery, false accusations, prison, and abandonment. And yet the Lord had a plan for Joseph's good, for the saving of thousands of lives, and for the ultimate redemption of the world.
4/21/20170
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Easter Sunrise Semon

4/16/20170
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The Crucifixion

Betrayal, abandonment, arrest, torture, false testimony, mob action, injustice. Jesus endured it all in his final hours. And yet all these torments and trials were only the steep steps leading to his final destination: the cross. Jesus' whole life and ministry had been leading to his crucifixion. And yet, at the very moment of his greatest agony and shame, his glory was revealed.
4/14/20170
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The Trial

People hate unjust authority figures. We are disgusted by corrupt politicians, biased judges, and cowardly rulers. The greatest, most disturbing miscarriage of justice ever was the legal proceedings against Jesus. After his arrest, Jesus stood trial before two courts: 1) the Sanhedrin, which was the supreme ruling council of the Jews, and then 2) Pilate, the Gentile ruler in charge of Jerusalem. Both trials were the height of irony. The true and righteous king was condemned to death by corrupt and cowardly leaders. And yet it was in this most profound miscarriage of justice that Jesus was securing our ultimate acquittal.
4/7/20170
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Can You Watch and Pray?

After the Last Supper, Jesus heads off to the garden of Gethsemane, feeling the cross looming, spending time in prayer, while asking His disciples to be prayerful. When they are not, he is betrayed and the disciples fail at their promise to be around. We all fail at times, but there is a way to overcome temptation and be strengthened, Jesus is our example.
3/31/20170
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The Upper Room

As Easter approaches, we pause to remember the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. Over the next few weeks, we will be revisiting the passion of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus' "passion" refers to his final suffering: his betrayals, arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and death. All four Gospels given extended attention to Jesus' last hours, because his death and resurrection was the central reason he came. Let us walk again with Jesus down the dark and lonely road that leads to the cross.
3/24/20170
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Gospel Networks

The Corinthians had lost sight of what it means to be a loving, gospel-shaped community. And so Paul has spent 15 chapters dealing problem after problem in the Corinthian church: lawsuits, sexual immorality, divisions, arrogance, neglect, spiritual competition, and even doubts about the resurrection. But in this final chapter, Paul shifts the focus from the dysfunctions in Corinth to the broader work of God beyond Corinth. The Corinthians not only need to be reminded of how to love one another in the gospel. They also need to be reminded that they are connected to a gospel network and gospel mission that extends far beyond their own congregation.
3/17/20170
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Raised Like Jesus

The ancient Greeks believed that when people died, their bodies rotted away while their souls went to the shadowy realm of the dead. So imagine how strange it would be for them to hear of Jesus, the savior risen from the dead. Or even more strange: those who trust in Christ will rise from the dead as well! That's why Paul answers philosophical objections to the doctrine of the resurrection in our passage. Paul's answers not only help us understand the resurrection better, but they spur us on in the Christian life by giving us a glimpse of the glory that awaits us.
3/10/20170
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Resurrection Ramifications

Some of those in the Corinthian Church believed there was no resurrection of the dead. Paul looks at the ramifications of such an idea. He openly states we are all waisting our time in going to church if there is no resurrection. But in Fact Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the firstfruits and we will follow. His victory over death leads to the conclusion of history where he presents the Kingdom to the Father. The fact of the resurrection gives meaning and purpose to our lives of service.
3/3/20170
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Of First Importance

Gospel. It's a word that Christians use a lot. Gospel choirs sing gospel music, pastors preach gospel messages, missionaries take the gospel cross-culturally and home Bible study groups try to practice gospel community. At ECC, our children and youth are using a curriculum called "The Gospel Project." Pastors often encourage their congregations to share the gospel with people who aren't Christians. But all of this gospel talk begs a critical question: What is the gospel?
2/24/20170
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It's Not About You

Do you want to get into debate with other Christians? Just ask them what they think about speaking in tongues. Some would say speaking in tongues is evidence of a higher Christian experience, while others believe that tongue-speaking is demonic! Some say speaking in tongues is a private
2/17/20170
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The Most Excellent Way

If you could walk in to a church gathering in ancient Corinth, it would probably seem like a very dynamic congregation. You might even call it
2/10/20170
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Being a Gift

God in his wisdom has distributed spiritual gifts to every member of his family. He calls us the Body of Christ. He designed the individual parts of the body to be unique and yet in need of the other parts. Jesus alone is the head. He designed our diversity and he is our unity.
2/3/20170
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The Lord's Supper

Rituals are easy. Relationships are hard. It's relatively easy to sing in church, recite a prayer, read a liturgy, or give an offering in church. But it's much more challenging to love, serve and care for the actual people in the church. We sometimes gravitate toward rituals, ceremonies and traditions. But God is far more concerned with how his children treat one another. And this is especially true when it comes to our celebration of the Lord's Supper.
1/27/20170
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Honoring Your Head

Christians often appreciate 1 Corinthians because it's such a practical book. It gives gospel-centered teaching on everyday issues we face in the church and in life like lawsuits and conflicts between Christians, sexual temptation, marriage, divorce, singleness, debatable moral issues, and church power struggles, to name a few. But in 1 Cor 11:2-16, we come to a practical teaching that many Christians and churches seem to ignore altogether: the need for women to cover their heads in worship. Some churches practice head covering for women, but many don't (including ECC). Are we ignoring and disobeying God's Word? Are women still required to cover their heads during a church service?
1/20/20170
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All for God's Glory

The Corinthians wanted an answer to their question:
1/13/20170
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Courage for 2017

As we enter into a new year we will face many challenges. Battles in our personal lives surrounding the future and spiritual battles as we partner with God to fulfill his kingdom purposes. Our part is to be courageous and stand on his Holy Word. God's promise is to lead us, be with us, and make us fruitful.
1/6/20170
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It's All About Love

God is love! That's a very revealing statement that will take us a lifetime time to digest. As the people of God we are to be love as well. John challenges us to examine ourselves in light of the great love of God demonstrated through the sending of his only Son Jesus Christ.
12/30/20160
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To Us a Child is Born

"Peace on earth, good will toward men!" So said the angels when they announced Jesus' birth to the shepherds. At Christmas we celebrate this merry news. We gather for parties and sing carols about peace, joy and happiness. And yet, beyond the parties and carols there is other news. The earth is filled with war and hatred, not peace and good will. The kingdoms of this world continue to rage, and the kingdom of God seems absent. Is Christmas really good news for the world, or is it just wishful thinking?
12/23/20160
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Flee from Idolatry

To eat, or not to eat. That was the question facing the Corinthians. Was it ok to eat meat that had been offered to idols? Some in Corinth answered the question with a hearty
12/16/20160
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Freely Enslaved to All

The Christians in Corinth seemed determined to assert their rights, even if it hurt others in the church. They took one another to court to sue for their rights (chapter 6). They argued for their right to eat food offered to idols (chapters 8 and 10), even though it caused weaker Christians to stumble. They made sure to exercise their spiritual gifts in church (chapters 12-14), even if it threw worship services into chaos. And yet in using their rights, they were undercutting the gospel itself.
12/9/20160
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Love Builds Up

Some things are clearly sinful. For example, it is sinful to murder, to steal, and to engage in sex outside of marriage. The Bible explicitly forbids these actions. These are matters of right and wrong, black and white. But other matters are more grey. Yes, the Bible clearly condemns drunkenness. But does it condemn all alcohol consumption? Christians disagree about the answer to that question. One Christian abstains from all alcoholic drinks, while another has a glass of wine at a meal. How then do Christians who disagree about such disputed matters live together in the community of the local church? The Christians in Corinth faced a similar grey area that was threatening their own church unity. For them the question was,
12/2/20160
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The Superiority of Singleness

It's not always easy being a single adult in a local church. Couples' Bible studies and family events can feel exclusionary. Married couples with families are often too busy and distracted to make time for relationships with singles. Pastors regularly make sermon applications to marriage but often neglect applications to singleness. Church members try to set up singles for dates and relationships making singles feel like they are problem that needs to be fixed. Churches create singles' ministries that, while well intentioned, can send a subtle message that singles aren't part of the regular church until they can find a spouse. It's not surprising that Christian singles sometimes feel like second-class citizens in a local church. But what if single adults are in fact a great gift and blessing to the church? What if in many ways singleness is even superior to marriage?
11/25/20160
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Maturity in Christ

What does biblical ministry look like and how can God use us to build His church?
11/18/20160
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Remain as You Are

The gospel changes everything. When we repent of our sin and trust in Jesus' death and resurrection for our salvation, we enter a whole new world. God changes our desires, our behavior and our thinking. But what does this inner change mean for our external circumstances and our relationships with friends, family and coworkers? And in particular, what does it mean for marriage? Does our new relationship with Jesus invalidate marriage? What if you're married to someone who rejects the gospel? Should you stay bound to a non-Christian?
11/11/20160
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God's Plan for Sex

Sexual immorality was rampant in ancient Greek culture, and especially in the ancient city of Corinth. No wonder Paul command the Corinthians:
11/4/20160
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Here I Am...?!?

God prepared and then called Moses to bring His people out of slavery from Egypt into freedom and the land of promise. Moses said NO and gave his reasons. He felt he was not able, he did not know if he really knew God for who He was, and was confident that the Israelite people were trouble. Could Aaron my brother take my place? God said
10/28/20160
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The Gospel and Sexual Sin

The ancient city of Corinth was sexually out-of-control. As a port city, it boasted many brothels. In fact, the ancient Greeks coined the verb
10/21/20160
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The Gospel and Church Fights

Sadly, Christians sometimes fight. Even mature believers can have strong differences of opinion with one another and struggle to work together. Church members may come from different cultures with different personalities and different life-experiences, all of which can create tensions. On top of that, we often make matters worse by responding to conflict in sinful ways: gossip, slander, angry outbursts, lies and unforgiveness. In Corinth, the situation was so bad that church members were taking one another to court! What should a church do when members are stuck in a seemingly irreconcilable conflict?
10/14/20160
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Expel the Immoral Man

It has been said that the church should be a hospital for recovering sinners. The church proclaims the gospel message of forgiveness and redemption through Jesus' death and resurrection. So is it ever appropriate for a church to judge and exclude someone from the church (a practice often called
10/7/20160
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Pride and Arrogance

Don’t be puffed up! Its quite a statement by Paul. We will be looking at Paul's example of how to view oneself and others.
9/30/20160
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Mere Servants

How should we view pastors, elders and other leaders in the church? Are they celebrities to be elevated and watched? Power-brokers to be courted? Dictators to be feared? Paul gives the church in Corinth another way of viewing himself and church leaders. They are to be mere servants of God.
9/23/20160
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God's Hidden Wisdom

The Gospel message is foolishness to the world but in reality, the Gospel is the wisdom of God which has been hidden from the world. God's Holy Spirit has revealed this secret wisdom and enables us to receive it with faith.
9/16/20160
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Our Foolish Gospel

The world is filled with many cultures, representing a host of different languages, customs and values and yet there is at least one thing all human cultures have in common: they all stumble over the Gospel message. The message of salvation through the cross of Christ conflicts in some way with all philosophies, religions and worldviews. And yet God has been pleased to show his wisdom, power and salvation through the cross.
9/9/20160
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Introduction to 1 Corinthians

In the early 50's AD, the apostle Paul arrived in Corinth and began to preach the Gospel. By God's grace, people believed and a church was planted. A few years later Paul left Corinth and wrote a letter to this fledgling church. We call this letter
9/2/20160
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Longing for Justice

Skeptics sometimes ask,
8/26/20160
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Our Refuge and Strength

We all have a refuge, a safe place that we go to in times of trouble. That refuge might be money, relationship, food and drink, entertainment, or any number of things. But all of these sources of security can be shaken. There is only one refuge that stands firm when our world falls apart.
8/19/20160
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If It Had Not Been The LORD Who Was On Our Side

Remembering what God has done for us in the past allows us to be hopeful in the present difficulties, even expectant of God’s timing and care. Here David's looks back while reminding us that the reason we are who we are is because the LORD is on our side
8/12/20160
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The Leader We Need

People thrive when they are led well. And yet all leaders, even the best ones, disappoint us, and often in devastating ways. And so our hearts yearn for a truly great leader, one who can address our deepest needs. Does such a ruler exist?
8/5/20160
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Waiting for Grace

We face many challenges and problems in life. But perhaps the most difficult and humiliating are the problems that we create by our own sin. In moments of spiritual clarity, see the ugliness of our disobedience to God and the devastating impact it has had on ourselves and others. What do we do when we find ourselves face to face with our own depravity? There is only hope: repent and wait on God's grace.
7/29/20160
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How Long, O LORD?

Prolonged suffering can shake the strongest person. We can endure a temporary setback. But when misery stretches on day after day and month after month, we begin to wonder if God is still in control and if he still cares for us. Psalm 13 gives us words to worship God in those dark times of life. It deals honestly with our doubts and pain, and points us to the only source of hope.
7/22/20160
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The Secret to a Blessed Life

Is it possible to find true, enduring happiness? What does it take to achieve a truly blessed life? Is the good life about money and fame, or family and friends? Psalm 1 is a Wisdom Psalm. Biblical wisdom is about navigating life in order to experience blessing. Psalm 1 tells us the truly blessed life can only be found in God and his Word.
7/15/20160
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The God Who Speaks

The God of the Bible is the living God who speaks. He is the God who can be known. God has revealed his glory in creation. He has spoken about his character and his person in the words of Scripture. And he gave his ultimate self-revelation in the living Word, Jesus Christ. God is speaking! Are we listening?
7/8/20160
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Shout for Joy to the Lord

Psalm 33 calls us to praise God and rejoice in him. The Psalm also gives us powerful reasons to praise God. He is the all-powerful creator, the absolute ruler and the great savior. God's salvation is available to all who will humbly trust in Him.
7/1/20160
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Run the Race!

Each of us has a special race of faith to run and to be able to do it we need to rid ourselves of anything that holds us back and focus our eyes directly on Jesus.
6/24/20160
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This is How You Stand!

The Apostle Paul gives some foundational truths on how to be able to stand in a rough world. Central is having right attitudes about the past the present and the future. He gives some clear action points on how to stay on track with Jesus.
6/17/20160
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God's Kind of Prayer

Jesus gives instruction on heart felt prayer. He highlights the hypocrisy in some in how they pray and then directs the disciples to some essential requests when coming before the Father in prayer.
6/10/20160
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Remember and Proclaim

The Lords supper is time for thanksgiving, remembering, celebrating, proclaiming and expecting. Especially we remember his sacrifice for us on the cross and we proclaim this good news until he comes again.
6/3/20160
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God is For Us

God has done everything for us through his son Jesus Christ therefore who or what can come against us? We are more than conquerors through Jesus.
5/27/20160
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Joy

True joy from God comes from abiding in Him and producing His kind of fruit.
5/20/20160
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Forgiveness

5/13/20160
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Asking Why

Often the events around us lead us to ask the question God why? Habakkuk does this in his inspired book. He has a dialogue with God and we see God’s willingness to engage with us, his creation, in these questions. Habakkuk gives us perspective and comfort.
5/6/20160
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Back to Colossae: Philemon

Paul challenges his fellow worker in the gospel Philemon to accept back his runaway slave Onesimus. He asks him to receive Onesimus as he would receive himself. Bold words! God gives us in this short little letter a beautiful picture of the Gospel story: repentance, salvation, transformation, reconciliation.
4/29/20160
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A Spiritual Audit

Psalm 95 is a spiritual audit. It begins by focusing on worship and ends with a challenge from God himself that we be real in our faith believing and trusting in him not being like the former generations that went astray in their hearts not knowing his ways.
4/22/20160
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Final Exhortations

Pauls final exhortation to the Colossians focuses on prayer and walking in wisdom making the most of the time.He specifically challenges them to be gracious in their words
4/15/20160
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Focus on the Family

Paul gives crisp and insightful applications of living out the truths of Christ as it relates to families. He also gives instruction to slaves and masters which gives us insights today on how we should approach our daily jobs.
4/8/20160
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Put On Christ!

Since we have been transferred from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of light we need to continue in our spiritual growth by making every effort to put on Christ, to put on his characteristics as we live together in his community, forgiving one another, and seeking to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.
4/1/20160
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Obedience

The Lord Jesus faced a daunting future filled with mocking, beating, scourging, and eventually the cross. He sought his Father asking if this could be bypassed. His prayer, in the face of all this suffering though was
3/25/20160
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The Three Evenings of the Passion Week

We see different characters responding to circumstances in their own ways. Let's look at some of these and see if we can see ourselves in their responses.
3/18/20160
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Take Up Your Cross

3/11/20160
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Put It To Death!

Life is full of choices. The Apostle Paul encourages the small church in Colossae to seek the things which are above where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father and to put to death the earthly things in their lives in which they used to walk.
3/4/20160
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Let No One Disqualify You!

False teachers were influencing the small growing fellowship in Colossae. Paul commands them to not let these false brothers pass judgement or disqualify them because of their own man made requirements. Instead he tells them to hold fast to Jesus Christ who is the head of the church.
2/26/20160
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In Him

Because of who Christ is and what He has done for us, as explained in Col 1, we are commanded to walk in Him and to live our lives being built up and established in Him. Paul warns against false teachers who would take believers captive by philosophies and human traditions and not according to Christ.
2/19/20160
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Last Words, Part 3: Choose You This Day

Pastor Cam's final final sermon
2/12/20160
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The Apostle Paul & The Gospel

The Apostle Paul explains his relationship to the church in Colossae and his ministry from God for the Gentiles.
2/5/20160
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Jesus and the Good News

Jesus is God the Son the second person of the Trinity and through his work on the cross he has reconciled mankind to God. He is the creator of all things, the Head of the church and God incarnate on earth.
1/29/20160
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The Word of Truth

Paul gives thanks for the Collisions as he testifies of their faith, hope, and love. This is the result of the word of truth, the Gospel, which they received from their own countryman Epaphras. Paul prays that they may be filled with the knowledge of His will so that they may walk in a manner pleasing to God. He declares that they have been delivered from darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus in whom they have redemption and forgiveness of sins.
1/22/20160
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Grace and Relationships

1/15/20160
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How to Become a Grasshopper?

1/8/20160
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What's Your Dream for 2016?

Often we are faced with impossible situations. Jonathan, King Saul’s son faced incredible odds but with faith, vision, and courage he jumped into the impossible and saw God’s power released in such a way that God’s name was glorified and a great victory won.
1/1/20160
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Angels Proclaim Salvation

The angel announced to the shepherds the birth of a saviour: a new born baby in Bethlehem. Who is this child? Who is he saving? Saving them from what? How does he do it? As God opened heaven and gave a glimpse of his glory to the shepherds, he does so again through his apostle John giving answers to the true nature of this little baby and his work of salvation.
12/25/20150
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Wise Men from the East

The wise men had a profound experience with God. He revealed truth to them and led them by a celestial object so that they as gentiles could be present to worship the new born king of the Jews. They left family, friends and country to find the Lord Jesus.
12/18/20150
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My Favourite Toy

12/11/20150
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The Last Supper: What a Night

12/4/20150
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Last Words: Only God Makes it Grow

11/27/20150
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Meeting God

11/20/20150
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It's Not Supposed to be This Way

11/13/20150
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Last Words: It is God Who Works in You

Pastor Cam finds that his “final sermon” will actually take 3 weeks to preach. So this is the first of three in a series called “Last Words”. These final words are found in Philippians 2:12-16: “It Is God Who Works in You.” Why are these words important? How do they relate to Pastor Cam’s retirement and the future? And what does it mean to “work out your own salvation?”
11/6/20150
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

In this message, Pastor Cam announces and then describes his faith journey in facing a recent diagnosis of cancer. He shares how God used the Scripture (Philippians 1:21) to remind him that in spite of life’s complications it is still fundamentally simple. The answer to two basic questions (both found in this verse) help keep the big picture in focus.
10/30/20150
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Encouraging Families, Encouraging People

At the conclusion of this service, 15 couples dedicated their children to the Lord and themselves to the task of Christian parenting. In keeping with this family theme, Pastor Cam preached this message entitled Encouraging Families, Encouraging People. What makes families and people encouraging? And how does Biblical encouragement differ from what the world has to offer?
10/23/20150
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Follow Me

In preparing for a baptism service in two weeks, Pastor Cam preached this message to challenge people who have not been baptized to take this important step, as well as to challenge all who have been baptized to assess their lives. After we believe in Jesus for our salvation, what then? In Jesus’ words to Peter in John 21 comes the answer: Follow Me!
10/16/20150
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I Am Not the Christ

10/9/20150
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Not in Vain

In ECC’s service today, we commissioned Jess Martin as the Interim Coordinator for Children’s Ministry and also prayed for all the volunteers who will be serving in Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry in the coming ministry year. In the message, Pastor Cam then challenged the congregation on how to make sure that all the work and service should be fruitful and NOT IN VAIN. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Paul looks back on his visit and ministry in the Thessalonica and declares that it was “not in vain.” The message lays out 6 reasons, plus one on why Paul was able to say that.
9/25/20150
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Exhort One Another Every Day

In Hebrews 3:12-14 the author warns us about two dangers our brothers and sisters face, and tells us what we can do to protect them from those dangers.
9/18/20150
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What Compels You

The title to this message from 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2 is What Compels You? What are the driving forces in your life? And how do they compare or contrast with that of the Apostle Paul? The message includes an interview with ECC missionary Pastor Moses Undru.
9/11/20150
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The Passover Lamb

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, the Apostle Paul makes this statement: “Our Passover lamb has been sacrificed; Christ.” In this sermon (The Passover Lamb) we explore the significance of Paul’s words. How did Jesus fulfill the symbolism of the first Passover? What does it mean to “apply the blood”? What part did faith play in the first Passover and what part does it play for us? And how does all of this prepare us to eat the Lord’s Supper together?
9/4/20150
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Dry Season

This is the final message in our series “Teach Us to Pray”. In the message, Pastor Cam turns to the subject of Dry Season. What does prayer look like in the “dry seasons” of our spiritual life when God seems absent and our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling? Psalm 13 is our text, as King David asks the Lord, “Will you forget me forever?”
8/28/20150
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When God Says No

God always answer our prayers. But he doesn’t always say, “Yes” to our petitions. In this message, entitled “When God Says No” we look at the experience of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 along with other Scriptures. What are the lessons we can learn when God says “No” to our requests?
8/21/20150
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Praying for One Another

What is on your prayer list? When you pray for others, what do you ask God for? When you pray for yourself or ask others to pray for you, what are your requests? How does your prayer list compare to that of the Apostle Paul? In this message (Praying for One Another) we explore the prayer life of Paul and compare it to our own.
8/14/20150
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Hindrances to Prayer

This message is entitled “Hindrances to Prayer”. Pastor Cam once again compares the believer’s prayer life to a garden, but this time we explore the hindrances to an effective prayer life, using a selection of different Scriptures.
8/7/20150
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Pray Like This

It is commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15). But it would be more accurate to call it the Disciples’ Prayer as Jesus taught his disciples the key elements of prayer with the words Pray Like This. What is the purpose of this prayer and how should we make use of it? In this message, Pastor Cam suggests using it as a recipe for prayer.
7/31/20150
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In Jesus' Name

In this message on prayer (entitled In Jesus’ Name) we move to the New Testament and consider four conditions we must fulfill if we want to have a fruitful prayer life.
7/24/20150
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Lord, I Have a Problem

Problem + Response = Result. That is the formula we looked at last week. And when our response to a problem includes prayer, God acts. In this message (Lord, I Have a Problem), we look at another one of God’s servants who had a big problem. His name is Hezekiah and his story is told in 2 Kings 18-19. How did he respond? What was the result? And what lessons can we learn from him?
7/17/20150
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Then I Prayed to the God of Heaven

How do you respond to problems? Is prayer your first response? Second response? Or? In this message, we continue to explore the subject of prayer. In this message (“Then I Prayed to the God of Heaven”) taken from Nehemiah 1, we explore a great model for prayer and a simple four point outline as we pray, both for personal needs and for kingdom challenges.
7/10/20150
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Parables on Prayer

Jesus often used stories to teach us important lessons. In this message, Pastor Cam looks at three stories Jesus used to teach his disciples to pray (Luke 11:5-13, 18:1-8). They are somewhat strange stories with odd characters: a reluctant friend, a sinful father and an unjust judge. Find out what these odd characters have to teach us about God and about prayer.
7/3/20150
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The Only Jesus People May See... Is the Jesus In You

To encourage believers to live in a way that glorifies God in all we do and say, and which allows the light of Jesus to shine in a dark world. To remind everyone that Jesus is the Word of God, and the Word of God is what should saturate the life of a believer. We should continuously grow in our maturity of living according to the Word of God, we should bear good fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word in us, and we should provide the opportunity for people to have an encounter with Jesus when they are in our presence.
6/26/20150
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How God Can Be Good When He Allows Trials

6/19/20150
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The Cause of Quarrels

6/12/20150
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Why Was Jesus Transfigured?

In this message we look at why Jesus was transformed, how it would have impacted Peter, James, and John, and what it means for us today.
6/5/20150
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Put on the Whole Armor of God!

Put on the Whole Armor of God! That is Paul’s command to us in Ephesians 6:11. This is the second message on Ephesians 6:10-24 and the believer’s spiritual battle. It is also the final message in our sermon series on the Book of Ephesians. The message examines each piece of equipment as the Christian soldier puts it on and prepares for battle.
5/29/20150
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We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood

In the second half of Ephesians, Paul has been exhorting us as followers of Christ to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.” But why is that so difficult? In Ephesians 6:10-20, we discover at least one reason. We are at war and we face a fierce enemy. This message (We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood) is the first of two messages on the topic of spiritual warfare and the armor of God.
5/22/20150
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At Home and At Work

In Ephesians 6:1-9, Paul urges us not to leave our faith at church, but to take it home with us and to take it to work. What does being filled with the Spirit and “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” mean to children at home? To parents? And what does it mean to us at work. In this message (At Home and at Work) we find out that the truth that Christ is Lord has implications in every arena of life.
5/15/20150
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Husbands and Wives

The marriage relationship; for many, the source of life’s greatest joys, but sometimes (too often) the source of life’s most painful moments. As divorce rates soar (even among followers of Jesus) we look to the Scripture for help and wisdom. In Ephesians 5:22-33, we find that the path to a healthy marriage lies in submission. But who is to submit to whom? In this message (entitled Husbands and Wives), as we examine this passage together, the answer may surprise you.
5/8/20150
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Jesus: Crucified and Exalted

At the end of history God the Father will display Jesus the Son as the one deserving all praise and glory and honor. Here is why that is so right, and what difference it makes for our lives today.
5/1/20150
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What Did It Mean for Jesus to Become a Man?