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Welcome to the Church of Christ in Chatham, New Jersey

 

Sermons

05/31/2015 - "Can You See the Finish Line" (John 15:26-27; 16:4-15)
We must never allow the wicked to believe that we have given up our battle against sin, for we know the Spirit helps us and fights for us.
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05/17/2015 - "A Prayer for All Time" (John 17:6 - 19)
Jesus prays with divine authority that all disciples might be kept safe and be given courage to face the difficulties.
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05/10/2015 - "Clash of Ideologies" (1 John 5:1 - 6)
By confessing faith in Christ we have not only overcome the world, but we have confronted it and now live in opposition to it.
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05/03/2015 - "The Best Witness" (Acts 8:26 - 40)
Although it is not the definitive paradigm for all evangelistic efforts, the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch illustrates some of the best elements for effective witness.
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04/26/2015 - "Shaken Confidence" (1 John 3:16 - 24)
John's first letter assures his church that they can be confident, but there are numerous ways that a Christian's confidence can be shaken.
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04/19/2015 - "The Practice of Righteousness" (1 John 3:1 - 7)
God's plan for the Gospel from prophecy to proclamation has always been to establish the practice of righteousness.
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04/12/2015 - "Foundations" (1 John 1:1 - 2:2)
John reminds his readers of things that are necessary foundations of the Christian faith.
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04/05/2015 - "Faith in Full Bloom" (John 20:1 - 18)
At the Resurrection we see the faith of Peter, John, and Mary Magdalene come to full bloom after numerous episodes of growth and failure.
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03/29/2015 - "This Is the Day" (Psalm 118)
Psalm 118 predicts the salvation that we enjoy today, and he exhorts the community to be thankful for God's steadfast love.
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03/22/2015 - "The Mind of Christ" (Hebrews 5:5 - 10)
Hebrews reveals several things about the mind of Christ: his humility, he reverance and prayer life, and his obedience.
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03/15/2015 - "Once You Were Dead" (Ephesians 2:1 - 10)
Paul's exhortation to the Ephesians provides a past, present, and future for all Christians: once you were dead; now you are alive; live to do good works for God.
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03/08/2015 - "Resurrecting the Temple" (John 2:13 - 22)
When Jesus disrupts the Temple activity, he predicts his death and resurrection in response to the question by the authorities.
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03/01/2015 - "Abraham's Faith, God's Promise" (Romans 4:13 - 25)
Trust in the God who raises the dead and keeps His promiese are the aspects of faith that Paul reveals when he speaks of Abraham's faith.
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02/22/2015 - "Conscience Cleared" (1 Peter 3:18 - 22)
Christ satisfied the longings expressed in Psalm 25 by affording us the opportunity in baptism to have a clear conscience before God.
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02/15/2015 - "The Radiance of God" (Mark 9:2 - 9)
The radiance and presence of God are seen in his judgments, in Christ's coming to preach the Gospel, and in shining the light of his glory in our hearts.
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02/08/2015 - "Dialogue About God" (Isaiah 40:12 - 31)
Isaiah's questions promote a dialogue about the nature of God and about our need for confidence in Him.
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02/01/2015 - "The Holy One of God" (Mark 1:21 - 28)
Jesus' authority is affirmed by three titles: prophet, the Holy one of God, and teacher.
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01/25/2015 - "A Young Church Misunderstands" (1 Corinthians 6:12 - 20)
Because Corinth does not understand the details involved in some of the proverbs circulating among them, they don't full grasp the importance of glorifying God with their bodies.
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01/18/2015 - AM service cancelled due to snow.

01/11/2015- "A New Creation" (Mark 1:9 - 11)
Jesus led the way to the new life and new creation by submitting to baptism.
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 01/04/2015 - "New Year, Renewed Life" (Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 13)
A new year brings reflection about our personal faith and a renewed commitment.
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12/28/2014 - "Luke's Affirmations" (Luke 2:21 - 40)
In Luke's Gospel the events of Christ's early life affirm his divine calling and messianic mission.
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12/14/2014 - "There Was a Man Sent from God" (John 1:6)
The story of Christ begins with the story of a man, John the Baptist, who was called by God to perform the mission of preparing people to meet and accept Jesus.
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12/07/2014 - "Before It Began" (Mark 1:1 - 8)
Before the Gospel was announced by Christ, the prophets and wise men of old prepared the people for it.
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11/30/2014 - "Sustained by God" (1 Corinthians 1:3 - 9)
No matter what the surrounding circumstances and the behavior of others, our spiritual life and our hope are sustained by God alone.
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11/23/2014 - "Throne of Judgment/Throne of Grace" (Ephesians 1:15 - 23)
On the last day all the glorious hosts of heaven will be gathered around the throne of God, but in the meantime we receive grace and power from that throne.
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11/16/2014 - "Judgment Based on Good Works" (Matthew 25:14 - 30)
God's demand that we obey and do good works does not contradict the teaching that salvation is by grace and not by anything we could have done to earn it.
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11/09/2014 - "Ten Virgins; Delayed Bridegroom" (Matthew 25:1 - 13)
The bridegroom's delay is what brings out the character flaws and strengths of the ten virgins.
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11/02/2014 - "Don't Do What They Do" (Matthew 23:1 - 12)
Jesus challenges his disciples to look carefully at what the Pharisees do and to avoid their behaviors.
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10/26/2014 - "The God Factor" (1 Thessalonians 2:1 - 12)
In a world of conflict and disapproval, God makes all the difference because he is the glue that holds our relationships in the proper perspective.
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10/19/2014 - "What Worship Does for Us" (Psalm 99)
Worship centers our lives by reminding us that we are God's creatures and by assuring us that we are participating in the spiritual world's whoship activity.
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10/12/2014 - "Gentleness on Display" (Philippians 4:5)
The Philippians are exhorted to demonstrate Jesus' quality of meekness and gentleness.
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10/05/2014 - "Joy As Growth Initiative" (Philippians 1:21 - 30)
While the Philippian church is encouraged to rejoice, several other important lessons contribute to a healthy, growing, and visitor-friendly congregation.
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09/14/2014 - "In the Place of God" (Matthew 18:21 - 35)
If God forgives us through Christ, we have the responsibility to forgive others when they offend us.
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09/07/2014 - "The Time Has Come" (Romans 13:8 - 14))
With the advent of the Christ, the Gospel, and the church, we have reaced the fulfillment of time in which God now calls all people to repent and get ready to face judgment
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08/31/2014 - "Overcome Evil" (Romans 12:14 - 21)
Disciples are to overcome evil by actively doing good.
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08/24/2014 - "Your Bodies and Your Minds" (Romans 12:1 - 2)
Only through persistent repentance can we live the Christian life.
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08/17/2014 - "And Other Outcasts" (Romans 11:1-5)
God has always intended to include those people that others exclude.
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08/10/2014 - "Up the Mountain, On the Water, In the Boat" (Matthew 14:22 - 33)
Jesus prays on the mountain, walks on the water, and is worshipped in the boat.
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08/03/2014 - "Growth, Value, Performance" (Matthew 13:31 - 33, 44 - 52)
A series of parables emphasizes the growth potential of the Kingdom, its value, and the performance needed to enter.
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07/27/2014 - "Where the Spirit-Led Life Leads" (Romans 8:26 - 39)
Living by the Spirit leads the Christian to victory in which he cannot be separated from the love of God.
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07/20/2014 - "A Narrative of Redemption and Retribution" (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)
The Parable of the Weeds tells the story of the Kingdom's struggle against the sons of the evil one, and it reminds us that redemption comes with retribution.
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07/13/2014 - "A Psychological Survey" (Romans 8:1 - 11)
Paul's description of the battle going on in his mind and the resolution he provides to that battle take us on a journey through the human dilemma of sin and redemption.
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07/06/2014 - "The Dirge and the Dance" (Matthew 11:16 - 30)
Jesus challenges his audience about their unwillingness to respond to the presence of the Kingdom of God, and he reveals why it is so hard for the worldly wise to believe.
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06/29/2014 - "Who's In Charge of Your Life" (Romans 6:12 - 23)
The freedom we gain by our commitment to Christ is the freedom from the dominion of sin and the freedom to make the right choices.
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06/22/2014 - "Relationship with Christ" (Matthew 10:24 - 39)
Jesus discusses some of the things that the disciples will experience because they follow him.
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06/15/2014 - "Made for Communion" (2 Corinthians 13:11 - 14)
Fellowship and communion with God are made possible by the Holy Spirit.
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06/08/2014 - "Drinking of the One Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:3 - 13)
The Holy Spirit is active from the time of creation and is given to the church as a promised Helper and sustaining presence.
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06/012014 - No recording for this day.

05/25/2014 - "If You Love Me" (John 14:15 - 24)
Jesus explains the behaviors that result from our love for him.
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05/18/2014 - No recording for this day.

05/11/2014 - "A Gracious Thing" (1 Peter 2:19 - 25)
We die to sin and live for righteousness because Jesus first suffered for us.
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05/04/2014 - "Prepare, Act, Know" (1 Peter 1:13 - 25)
Peter exhorts his audience to prepare for action, conduct themselves appropriately, and know that they have been redeemed.
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04/27/2014 - "End Results" (1 Peter 1:3 - 9)
The resurrection is a beginning with eternal end results.
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04/20/2014 - "We Celebrate the Festival" (1 Corinthians 5:6 - 8)
With great joy we celebrate the sacrifice of our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ.
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04/13/2014 - "The Impact of an Ideal" (Philippians 2:1 - 11)
A lifestyle of service and humility is the impact and theological significance of Jesus' life and work.
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04/06/2014 - "From the Valley to Golgotha" (Romans 8:1 - 11)
Ezekiel's valley of dry bones represents not only the condition of exiled Israel but also the sinful condition of humanity.
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03/30/2014 - "Awake, O Sleeper!" (Ephesians 5:8 - 14)
Paul's exhortation echoes the discussion in the Gospel of John which demonstrates that humanity is caught in the grip of a debilitating blindness.
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03/23/2014 - "For Justice with Love" (Romans 5:1 - 11)
God's justice is a neglected but necessary item in the plan of salvation and in God's motivation for sending Christ.
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03/16/2014 - "On the Brink of Belief" (John 3:1 - 17)
The love of God changes hearts and inspires people to believe.
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03/09/2014 - "Temptations" (Matthew 4:1 - 11)
The Word of God informs our minds, transforms our thinking, and points to the choices that we should make.
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03/02/2014 - "Meeting God on the Mountains" (Matthew 17:1 - 9)
God has revealed himself on numerous mountains; the mount of transiguration reveals the glory of Christ.
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Righteous behavior requires inner stability that allows us to behave in a godly way and not conform to the ways of the world.
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02/16/2014 - "A Servant's Role" (1 Corinthians 3:1 - 9)
A servant rise above petty jealousies because he humbles himself and allows God to do the work that only God can do.
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02/09/2014 - "You Are the Light, Now More than Ever" (Matthew 5:13 - 16)
God wants us to let our light shine as much, maybe more, now during these days of blatant darkness.
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02/02/2014 - "Beginnings of Cultural Conflict" (Matthew 5:1 - 12)
At some point the ideas expoused by Christianity and those espoused by the world will conflict; the Beatitudes exhibit the beginnings of that conflict.
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01/26/2014 - "Jesus Goes Public" (Matthew 4:12 - 25)
Matthew describes the beginnings of Jesus' public ministry with a summary of the message, the calling of some disciples, and a list of his travels and activities.
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01/19/2014 - "Widening the Circle of Faith" (John 1:29 - 42)
The church grows most effectively when we model Andrew's recruitment of Peter and Philip's recruitment of Nathanael: one on one, person to person.
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01/12/2014 - "The Baptism of Jesus" (Matthew 3:13 - 17)
Along with faith, baptism by water and the Spirit has always been and will continue to be the means by which a person enters into a sinless, sanctified relationship with God.
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01/05/2014 - "Signs We Have, Signs We Need" (Matthew 11:2 - 19)
Jesus answers John's doubts, and furthermore he provides us with even more answers to maintain faith.
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12/15/13 - No service due to icy conditions.

12/08/2013 - "Ideals in Action" (Romans 15:4 - 12)
The ideals of Kingdom rule are expressed in Isaiah and Psalms; the challenge to participate is given by John the Baptist; the hope offered by God is explained by Paul.
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12/01/2013 - "Spiritual Hunger Games" (John 6:25 - 35)
The real hunger that humanity needs to satisfy can only be satisfied by Jesus, the Bread of Life.
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11/24/2013 - "Encounters on the Way to the Cross" (Luke 23:26 - 43)
We gain insights from the people that Jesus encounters on the way to crucifixion, and those encounters become experiences of our own as we walk the way of the cross.
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11/17/2013 - "Destruction Leads to Salvation" (Luke 21:5 - 19)
Jesus predicts the destruction of Jerusalem and assures his followers that salvation will come to them.
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11/10/2013 - "Our Hope" (Luke 20:27 - 40; 24:21 - 27; 1 Corinthians 15:5 - 8)
Though it seemed far-fetched to the disciples when Jesus was alive, the church now believes Jesus rose from the dead and sets its hope on a day when all the saints will rise to live eternally.
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11/03/2013 - "The Man Behind the Minas" (Luke 19:11 - 27; 20:9 - 18)
God's character is revealed in the Parables of the Minas and Tenants; the events between them reveal even more.
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10/27/2013 - "Who Gets to Enter?" (Luke 18:9 - 19:10)
As Jesus advances toward the consummation of his work and the establishment of the Kingdom, his stories and encounters with differrent people illuminate what it takes to enter the Kingdom of God.
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10/20/2013 - "Always Pray" (Luke 18:1 - 8)
Persistence in prayer is determined by the amount of faith we have, and true faith exhibits the quality of persistence.
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10/13/2013 - "The Virtue of Gratitude" (Luke 17:11 - 19)
A thankful heart keeps us in tune with God and prepares us for spiritual growth.
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10/06/2013 - "Forgiveness, Faith, Duty" (Luke 17:1 - 10)
Jesus demands that we forgive one another, reveals that we need only a small amount of faith, and insists that we do our duty.
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09/29/2013 - "On the Right Side of the Chasm" (Luke 16:19 - 31)
The story of poor man Lazarus reminds us to be aware of and kind to the poor.
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09/22/2013 - "Advice in Contemporary Terms" (Luke 16:1 - 17)
The shrewd behavior of the dishonest manager demonstrated that he was wise enough to get his life right so that judgment would not overtake him.
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09/15/2013 - "Receiving Sinners" (Luke 15:1 - 10)
Jesus provided religious-minded people with an entirely new way of perceiving and welcoming those tainted with sin and depravity.
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09/08/2013 - "Three Images to Live By" (Luke 14:25 - 33)
Through the images of the cross, a fallen tower, and a battle scene Jesus exhorts his followers to live for God alone.
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09/01/2013 - "Two Questions for Your Next Meal" (Luke 14:7 - 24)
Jesus challenges some common assumptions about where to sit and who to invite to our meals, and he tells us that attending God's great feast demands the appropriate response to his invitation.
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08/25/2013 - "Through the Narrow Door" (Luke 12:49 - 13:30)
Several of Jesus' hard saying frame the narrow door that we must enter, but by entering we find life and healing.
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08/11/2013 - "Advice in Contemporary Terms" (Luke 12:32 - 48)
Jesus teaches his disciples to live simply, keep their eyes peeled, and fulfull their personal responsibilities.
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08/04/2013 - "Lies of an Earthly Sort" (Colossians 1:1 - 11)
Among the many things that feed our earthly nature are the lies that we tell ourselves and others which reflect and sometimes defend our disordered inner life.
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07/28/2013 - "Is That You Knocking" (Luke 11:1 - 13)
Jesus not only teaches his disciples to pray, but he also encourages them to pray with great persistence.
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07/21/2013 - "The One Thing" (Luke 10:38 - 42)
When Jesus tells Martha that "one things is necessary," he refers to the necessity of tending to spiritual matters and seeking after God.
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07/14/2013 - "Lawyers Are Us" (Luke 10:25 - 37)
The mind of this lawyer displays the mind of sinful man that seeks its own justifications but ultimately is separated from the mind of God.
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07/07/2013 - "Highs and Lows, Blessings and Woes" (Luke 10:1 - 24)
Jesus instructs the disciples about the highs and lows of experiencing the Gospel.
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06/30/2013 - "Risky Business" (Luke 9:51 - 62)
Discipleship is risky business because it demands total allegiance to Christ; everyone and everything else comes in second place.
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06/23/2013 - "An Exceptional Healing" (Luke 8:26 - 39)
Of the many healings Jesus performed, the healing of the demon-possessed man is exceptional for several reasons.
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06/16/2013 - "How Can We Forgive" (Luke 7:36 - 50)
Forgiveness is the foundation of the story of two debtors, but forgiveness demands judgment first.
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06/02/2013 - "A Soldier's Story" (Luke 7:1 - 10)
The faith of the centurion grows out of his great humility and his understanding of authority.
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05/12/2013 - "Come Because I am Coming" (Revelation 22:17)
Even if we are unsure that the millenial reign is literal or figurative, we can be sure of three things: Satan has been defeated, Christ is making all things new, and he is coming soon.
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05/05/2013 - "To the Rescus" (Revelation 19:11 - 16)
Though it often seems that the enemy triumphs, Christ continues to conquer him.
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04/28/2013 - "Message of Angels" (Revelation 14:6 - 12)
The Book of Revelation tells us to endure and conquer.
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04/21/2013 - "Great Things" (Revelation 7:9 - 17)
A great multitude endures the great tribulation, but they conquer by being washed in the Lamb's blood.
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04/14/2013 - "The Scroll and the Lamb" (Revelation 5:11 - 14)
Because the scroll is given to the Lamb, the church is assured that Christ has been granted the Kingdom and that he rules with complete sovereignty over human history.
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04/07/2013 - "God's Greeting; God's Meaning" (Revelation 1:4 - 8)
John's greeting in Revelation demonstrates that his words have come directly from God, and it is God alone who creates meaning for our lives.
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The Psalms predicted the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ.
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03/24/2013 - "We Remember These Things" (Luke 22:14-20)
Because Jesus told us to remember him through the rite of the Last Supper, we also remember things that happened to him during this last week before his crucifixion and resurrection.
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03/17/2013 - "Moral Case for Economic Freedom" (John 12:1-8; Luke 12:13-21)
Although the Bible condemns greed, having the freedom to exercise our gifts is still the best way to enrich society, allow people to use their creative talents, and elevate people out of poverty.
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03/10/2013 - "Parable of the Misinformed and Misled Sheep" (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)
People don't just wander away from God; they get lost because they are misled and misinformed.
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03/03/2013 - "Jesus' Answer to Job" (Luke 13:1 - 9)
When someone in Jesus' group mentions a recent tragedy, Jesus points to the real issue: everyone is under a cloud of judgment and must repent or they too will perish.
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02/24/2013 - "Prepared for the Journey" (Philippians 3:17 - 4:1)
The Apostle Paul reveals three things that we must do in order to continue our journey to our one and only home in heaven.
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02/17/2013 - "First Steps in Discipleship" (Luke 4:1 - 13)
The ideas expressed when Jesus resisted Satan's temptations reveal some of the first principles that a disciple must adopt.
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02/10/2013 - "Astonished by the Majesty of God" (Luke 9:28 - 43)
Man's reaction of God's glory is astonishment; astonishment leads to faith and sustains dedication.
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02/03/2013 - "When Good News Sounds Bad" (Luke 4:21 - 30)
Jesus challenges the people of his hometown who don't believe in him.
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01/27/2013 - "It Does Matter" (Luke 4:14 - 21)
Leviticus reveals more than the sacrificial system; it reveals that sin matters and that holiness is a necessary characteristic of serving God.
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01/20/2013 - "Getting to Know God" (John 2:1 - 11)
God revealed himself in Exodus to Moses, Israel, and the Egpytians, and He revealed Himself fully in Christ at the marriage feast of Cana.
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01/13/2013 - "A Divine Experience" (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)
Experiencing God through Jesus Christ is a necessary precursor to redemption as well as a necessary ingredient for establishing a just society.
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01/06/2013 - "The Wise Men and God's Plan" (Matthew 2:1-12; Ephesians 3:1-12)
The wise men seem like unusual evidence of God's plan, but they are a preview of the later influx of Gentiles into the church.
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12/30/2012 - "What Jesus Knew" (Luke 2:41 - 52)
Jesus knew early on who he was and what his life was all about.
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12/16/2012 - "What Good News?" (Luke 3:7 - 18)
Despite his strong demand for repentance, John's message was actually good news.
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12/09/2012 - "On the Preparation and Delivery of a Message" (Luke 3:1 - 6)
The witness of John the Baptist began years before with the prophets and culminated with John demanding the appropriate preparation for the coming king.
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12/02/2012 - "Always on the Lookout" (Luke 21:34 - 36)
Jesus demands that we be watchful even in the face of an impending disaster and for the long term outlook.
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11/25/2012 - "The Reign of Christ" (John 18:33 - 37)
Jesus is the king of an unshakable kingdom that we will receive if we remain faithful.
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11/18/2012 - "Faith That Sees the Future" (Mark 13:1 - 8)
Jesus warns the disciples of the coming disaster upon Jerusalem but challenges them to have faith.
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11/11/2012 - "The Greatest Commandments Do Great Things" (Mark 12:29 - 34)
Obeying the Greatest Commandments brings about major changes in society.
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11/04/2012 - No Service Due to Hurricane Sandy

10/28/2012 - "Bartimeaus: A Story of Jesus" (Mark 10:46 - 52)
Although the story about Bartimeaus' healing witnesses to his faith, the real story is Jesus.
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10/21/2012 - "The Foundation of Salvation" (Mark 10:35 - 45)
Jesus paid with his blood to buy us back from the slavery of sin.
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10/14/2012 - "Find Your Treasure" (Mark 10:17 - 31)
Jesus warns about wealth and about securing salvation through our own goodness.
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10/07/2012 - "God Rules Our Behavior" (Mark 10:2 - 16)
Jesus justifies the definition of marriage by invoking the created order; because he played a key role in creation, he has the authority to define and demand morality.
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09/30/2012 - "Miscellaneous Attitudes" (Mark 9:38 - 50)
Jesus teaches the disciples a number of attitudes that the disciple must adopt and live by.
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09/23/2012 - "Greatness in the Kingdom" (Mark 9:30 - 37)
In the Kingdom of God humility, service, and obedience define greatness.
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09/16/2012 - "Issues in Discipleship" (Mark 8:27 - 38)
Jesus reveals the essence of discipleship, and the epistles help us to see how the principle of dieing for Christ is applied to real-life issues.
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09/09/2012 - "Two Healings" (Mark 7:24 - 37)
Jesus heals two people while on the ourskirts of Israel's territory and in so doing tells us just how much he cares for individuals.
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09/02/2012 - "Restoring True Religion" (Mark 7:1 - 13)
Jesus attacked those whose false piety had enabled them and many others to disobey the Commandments.
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08/26/2012 - "The Power of God" (Ephesians 6:10 - 12)
Far from dieing out Christianity as a religion is flourishing because of the power and strength that come from God alone.
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08/19/2012 - "The Way of Insight" (Proverbs 9:1-6)
The way of wisdom is a lifestyle taught in the Old Testament, by Jesus, and throughout the New Testament.
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08/12/2012 - "Imitators of God" (Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2)
Behavioral expectations for Christians are high; piety and doctrine lead to changes in lifestyle.
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08/05/2012 - "Leadership and Works" (Ephesians 4:1-16)
The church teaches it members, among other things, to engage in works of service.
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07/29/2012 - "The Power of Spiritual Development" (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Strength to live the Christian walk comes from the power of God working deep within us.
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07/22/2012 - "Model for Ministry and Life" (Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56)
Christ's ministry is the model of teaching and healing for the church.
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07/15/2012 - "The Greatest Prophet" (Mark 6:14 - 29)
The life of John the Baptist demonstrates the struggle of establising the Kingdom of God in the midst of the Kingdom of darkness and evil.
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07/08/2012 - "Thy Kingdom Here and Now" (Mark 6:1 - 13)
The Kingdom of God came with the advent and completion of Jesus' atonement work on the cross, and the message of repentance still calls people back to God.
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07/01/2012 - "Gifts of Life" (Mark 5:21 - 43)
Using miracles along with sparse but meaningful dialogue Jesus offers healing and life.
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06/24/2012 - "There from the Beginning" (Mark 4:35 - 41)
The occasion on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus controlled the wind and waves demonstrated to the disciples that Jesus was no ordinary human being; he was divine.
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06/17/2012 - "Growth of the Kingdom" (Mark 4:26 - 34)
In two parables Jesus assures the disciples that the Kingdom will advance by its inherent power to grow and that they can trust it to become the greatest of all kingdoms.
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06/10/2012 - "How to Keep Going" (2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1)
When troubles arise, we assert our faith in the resurrection and our hope for eternal life.
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06/03/2012 - "Born Again from Within" (John 3:1 - 8)
If you want to make a difference in the world, begin by changing yourself. The only way to change yourself is from the inside out and by the help of the Holy Spirit, what Jesus calls being "born again."
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05/27/2012 - "The Presence of the Holy Spirit" (John 15:26 - 27 & 16:4 - 15)
God is present in the church and with the Christian by the power and help of his Holy Spirit who lives within us.
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05/13/2012 - "The Marriage Commandment" (1 John 5:1 - 5)
Of all the things that God commands, a solid, loving marriage built on love and sexual purity is at the top of the list.
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Obedience to the two greatest commandments constitutes the heart and soul of discipleship.
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10/02/2011 - "Recognizable Authority" (Matthew 22:23 - 32)
Accepting Jesus authority logically leads to accepting his way of life by obeying his commandments.
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09/25/2011 - "Laborers in the Vineyard" (Matthew 20:1 - 16)
Jesus addresses themes of fairness and God's generosity in the context of who shall be first and who shall be last. He challenges the misconception of fairness inherent in the contemporary issue of class warfare.
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09/18/2011 - "Forgiveness from the Heart" (Matthew 18:21 - 35)
If we can assume that the problem in relationships is conflict arising from personal offences, Jesus provides the solution by demanding that we forgive one another.
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09/11/2011 - "Sin, Confession, and Reconciliation" (Matthew 18:15 - 20)
Uncovering the truth is as important to reconciliation as is confrontation.
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09/04/2011 - "To Save a Life, the Healing Power of Discipleship" (Matthew 16:21 - 28)
The demands of discipleship are not just requirements for serving God; they are also the means of healing the sin-sick soul.
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08/28/2011 - No church service this day due to Hurrican Irene.

08/21/2011 - "Professions of Faith" (Matthew 16:23 - 20)
Individual, public professions of faith derive their theological significance from professions of faith in the Gospels.
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08/14/2011 - "Myths of Human Defilement" (Matthew 15:1 - 20)
In addressing the Pharisees and their understanding of what defiles a person Jesus demolishes some of their and our cherished myths about the human condition.
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08/07/2011 - "They Walked on Water" (Matthew 14:22 - 33)
Three of the Gospel writers recorded Jesus walking on the water; they all learned something diffferent from it.
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07/31/2011 - "Three Views on the Loaves and Fish" (Matthew 14:13 - 21)
Three people/groups see the miracle of the loaves and fish, and we learn something from each.
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07/17/2011 - "Weeds, Seeds, and Pearls" (Matthew 13:36 - 43, 44 - 46)
More parables of Jesus describe the presence of evil, the growth of the Kingdom, and the value of the Kingdom above all else.
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07/10/2011 - "The Parable of the Sower" (Matthew 13:1 - 9, 18 - 23)
The Parable of the Sower illustrates the nature and progress of the Gospel as it comes to rest in the human heart.
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07/03/2011 - "Two Groups Worlds Apart" (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30))
The reaction of two different groups to Jesus demonstrates how God works in their hearts.
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06/26/2011 - "Blessed by Association" (Matthew 10:40 - 42))
Those who associated with the disciples were by default also associated with God and Christ.
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06/19/2011 - "The Trinitarian Presence of God" (2 Corinthians 13:14)
God became present in the church and in the life of the believer through the coming of the Holy Spirit.
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06/12/2011 - "Anticipating the Spirit " (John 7:37-39 & 20:19-23)
The disciples anticipated the arrival of the Holy Spirit with power and forgiveness.
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06/05/2011 - "To Restore, Establish, and Strengthen" (1 Peter 4:12 - 5:11)
God often follows up periods of trial and suffering by strengthening us.
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05/29/2011 - "Love and Obey" (John 14:15-24)
Love demonstrated by obedience invites God into the life of the believer.
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05/22/2011 - "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" (John 14:1-14)
Jesus revealed his true nature as Son of God and Savior.
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05/15/2011 - "A Community Built through Leadership" (John 10:1-10)
The Good Shepherd instructed the church on appropriate leadership characteristics.
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05/08/2011 - "Looking for Things That Last" (1 Peter 1:17-25)
The Resurrection provided the disciples an experience that would last into eternity.
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05/01/2011 - "From Locked Doors to Open Proclamation" (John 20:19-31)
When faced with opposition and struggles, the disciples strove forward because of what was in their hearts: peace, belief, and eternal life.
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4/24/2011 - "All Things New" (John 20:1-18)
The details of the Resurrection help us to understand the transcendent significance of the event.
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04/17/2011 - "Arrest, Trial, and Failed Appeal: Perverted Justice" (John 18:28-38)
The events of Jesus arrest and trial demonstrate that Jesus was innocent and that the world operates on power politics and mob rule rather than on true justice.
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04/10/2011 - "The Story within the Story" (John 11:1-44)
The real story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is the allusion to his own resurrection and the eternal life he offers.
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04/03/2011 - "The Blind Who See" (John 9)
By healing a physically blind man, Jesus exposes the spiritual blindness of those who think they see.
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03/27/2011 - "What Happens When You Meet God" (John 4:5-42)
Jesus meets a woman at a well in Samaria, and in turn the woman meets God; an ordinary day becomes an extraordinary one.
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03/20/2011 - "The What, Why, and How of New Life" (John 3:1-17)
Jesus presents to Nicodemus the means by which we appropriate new and everlasting life.
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03/13/2011 - "Recognizing Satan's Lies" (Matthew 4:1-11)
We learn to recognize Satan's lies in the temptations of Jesus.
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03/06/2011 - "Why Jesus? Why Now?" (Matthew 17:1-9)
The Transfiguration answers these questions.
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02/27/2011 - "Money Principles" (Matthew 6:24-34)
Jesus commands behavior that is consistent with principles woven into the created order of human existence.
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02/20/2011 "How to Build the Church," (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)
In order to establish and maintain the church Paul directs us to build only on the foundation of Christ crucified and to remember that each person is part of a growing temple where God is present.
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02/13/2011 "Reconciliation, Purity, Integrity," (Mt. 5:21-37)
By contrasting his contemporaries' views on the Law, Jesus teaches us to develop the characteristics of reconciliation, purity, and integrity.
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02/06/2011 "Salt, Light, and Righteousness," (Mt. 5:13-20)
Jesus describes the Christian community as salt and light, and he demands that its behavior exceed the behavior of the Pharisees.
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01/30/2011 "Theirs Is the Kingdom" (Mt. 5:1-12)
The Beatitudes describe the Kingdom characteristics that will be blessed by God, and Jesus derives these from the Old Testament.
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01/23/2011 "Capernaum by the Sea"
Fulfilled Scripture provides evidence that God acted in Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all who walk in darkness.
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01/16/2011 "An Invitation"
Through the words of Philip the Gospel of John invites all people to "Come and see" Jesus.
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01/09/2011 "The World's First Look"
The first look at God's saving activity comes at Jesus' baptism. God's activity in us also comes at our baptism.
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01/02/2011 "On Knowing God"
Only in Jesus Christ can we fully know God. Jesus revealed him to us.
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11/28/2010 "What Are We Looking For?"
Readiness, preparation, and faithfulness in waiting for God has always been a message of the prophets and wise men.
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11/21/2010 "With Me in Paradise"
Jesus offers the thief what most of us look for all our lives, but it comes by way of the cross.
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11/14/2010 "By Your Endurance"
Endurance demands that we avoid the deceptions of false signs as well as the traps of sin.
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11/07/2010 "Question Authority"
Although the religious leaders questioned Jesus' authority, we have evidence that his authority was legitimate and divine.
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10/31/2010 "What Response to Grace?"
A cheat and embezzler demonstrated the appropriate response to grace; he changed his ways.
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10/24/2010 "Elites and Infidels"
Jesus describes those who obtain God's favor and those who don't. The description may surprise us.
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10/17/2010 "The Battle for Your Loyalty"
The Kingdom of God rivals all worldly kingdoms and seeks to rule every human heart.
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10/10/2010 "Gratitude In Short Supply"
Gratitude appears sometimes in the people you least expect to see it.
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10/03/2010 "Temptation, Faith, Duty"
Temptations are sure to come; you only need a small amount of faith; you are servants who do their duty.
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09/26/2010 "A Budget Plan"
Paul's pastoral advice on money includes measuring success, demanding a person's best efforts, and budgeting wisely.
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09/19/2010 - "Using Worldly Wealth"
Although God and money cannot both be our master, Jesus teaches us to use money wisely.
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09/12/2010 - "To Save Sinners"
Jesus mission to save sinners constitutes the essence of his ministry and the purpose of the church.
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09/05/2010 - "Cannot Be My Disciple"
Bearing the cross and fulfilling our calling are some of the things we must do otherwise we cannot be Jesus' disciples.
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08/29/2010 - "More Than Napkins and Manners"
Mealtimes provide important times of teaching and learning in the Kingdom of God, but those times are more than just about napkins and good manners.
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08/15/2010 - "The Fight for the Souls of Men"
Jesus came to destroy all rival kingdoms. Repentance provides us ready entrance into the new Kingdom.
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08/08/2010 - "You Must Be Ready"
Anticipation of and preparation for Jesus' return demands vigilance and good stewardship of what God has entrusted to us.
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08/01/2010 - "Parable of the Rich Fool"
Addressing the problem of human greed, what the Parable of the Rich Fool doesn't say is as important as what it does say.
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07/25/2010 - "Persistent Prayer"
Jesus teaches his disciples the appropriate words for prayer, and he insists that effective prayer must also be persistent.
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07/18/2010 - "Illusions of the Pharisees"
Everything the Pharisees did to discredit Jesus served only to highlight their hypocrisy.
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07/11/2010 - "The Good Samaritan with Comments"
The comments that Jesus makes before, during, and after this story reveal a few significant lessons.

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07/04/2010 - "What the Disciples See"
On their missionary travels the disciples experience more of the nature of God and of his salvation plan.
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4/27/2008 - "Images of Redemption"
In picturesque images the prophet Isaiah spoke about God’s redemptive activity; these images impact our ability to see and long for the Kingdom represented by them.
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4/20/2008 - "The Past, Present, and Future of Redemption"
Tracing a scriptural path towards redemption: the promise of renewal, the Day of the Lord, and repentance.
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4/13/2008 - "Stand Firm in the Lord"
Paul exhorted the Philippians to stand firm in the righteousness that is by faith, to leave the
past and strive for the future, and to remember that their citizenship is in heaven.
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4/6/2008 - "Good News For a New Generation"
Because we always look to the future hope of our own salvation, we also carry that vision
for the next generation like the prophets of old.
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3/30/2008 - "A Name You Can't Pronounce, A Man You Can't Forget "
Jehoshaphat was considered a good king in the eyes of God. He demonstrated courage, provided leadership for Israel, and exhibited faith under fire.
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3/23/2008 - "God is Always More "
Because of the resurrection, we are assured that God can do much more than we can ask or imagine. By looking at several of the seemingly impossible situations that God’s followers have been delivered from, we understand that God is more powerful than the difficulty that was facing them.
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3/16/2008 - "Faith Facing Fear"
Jesus uses the story of the widow of Sidon, as well as the story of Naaman the leper, to challenge the faith of his listeners as he calls them, and calls us, to have faith.
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3/9/2008 - "Ecological or Theological Nightmare?"
Of all the doomsday scenarios only the one that warns us of the coming judgment of God is the one we should be concerned about.
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3/2/2008 - "Judgement Came and Judgement Comes"
Divine retribution and judgment against evil are revealed in the episode of Naboth’s Vineyard and are still present in the New Testament in the person of John the Baptist, as well as the message of repentance in the preaching in Acts and letters of Paul.
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2/24/2008 - "The Challenge and The Challenge "
In spite of persistent evil and idolatry, God accomplishes his plan for salvation.
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2/17/2008 - "The Other Parable of the Two Sons"
The narratives of the kings of Israel reflect the same theme as the Parable of the Two Brothers: one did the will of God, the other did not.
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2/10/2008 - "Two Kinds of Folly, Same Foolishness"
When we look at Rehoboam and Jeroboam after the death of Solomon, they make critical errors because of foolish thinking. What were the errors of their thinking and how do we fall prey to similar foolishness?
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2/3/2008 - "Can a Wise Man Be a Fool?"
Solomon's fall from favor with God illustrates the tragedy of allowing anything to destroy one's faithfulness.
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1/27/2008 - "Everyday Theology"
The Book of Proverbs teaches us practical theology in the areas of discipline, marriage, and speech.
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12/24/2006 - "What Would Wood Say?" (Luke 2:1-8, 2nd Corithinians 13:4)

12/31/2006 - "A Look Ahead" (Joshua 1:1-9)

1/7/2007 (morning) - "A New Age, A New Exhortation" (Acts 1:1-11)

1/7/2007 (evening) - "The Mystery of a Shared Promise " (Joshua 3:1-13)

1/14/2007 - "Our Guys Are Bigger Than Your Guys" (Joshua 2:8-12)

1/21/2007 (morning) - "What If Jesus Had No Power?" (Mark 1)

1/21/2007 (evening) - "The Gift Of The Synagogue" (Luke 4:16-20)

1/28/2007 - "Crossing Jordon - The Wonder of It All" (Joshua 3-5)

2/4/2007 - "Three Witnesses of the Spirit" (Mark 1:1-13)

2/11/2007 - "Setting Up To Fail Or Setting Up to Overcome?"

2/18/2007 - "No Trifling With God" (Joshua 7:10-15; Acts 5:1-11)

2/25/2007 - "The Lord of Logic" (Mark 2)


Monthly Life Group Discussions

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May 2006 - "Experiencing God " - 2nd Peter 1:4-11

June 2006 - "Add to Your Faith " - 2nd Peter 1:5

July 2006 - "Add Virture to Your Faith " - 2nd Peter 1:5

September 2006 - "Add to Virture, Knowledge " - 2nd Peter 1:5

October 2006 - "Add Self Control " - 2nd Peter 1:6

November 2006 - "Add Steadfastness to Self Control " - 2nd Peter 1:6

January 2007 - "Godliness" - 2nd Peter 1:6

February 2007 - "Brotherly Affection" - 2nd Peter 1:7