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A Corrupted Creation

  • A Corrupted Creation
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  • February 7, 2016
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February 7, 2016 - What God made truly was "very good".  So what has happened?  We explore the terrible problem of sin and the work into which we are called to join in order to break its power.

 

A Cursed Creation

  • A Cursed Creation
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  • February 14, 2016
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February 14, 2016 - The blessed creation became cursed, we who were made in God's image have been shaped by the image of His Enemy, and our leadership has become selfish.  How does the new creation challenge the terrible effects of sin?

A New Community

  • A New Community
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  • February 21, 2016
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February 21, 2016 - Even though humanity was in the grip of sin, God was moving to ensure that His Name and His presence would be known among us.  Though He had to destroy life through the flood, he gave humanity a new beginning, which was a hint of the new creation to come!

New Creation Ambition

  • New Creation Ambition
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  • February 28, 2016
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February 28, 2016 - Considering the Tower of Babel account: will we choose to be ambitious for our own glory or for God's, for our own kingdoms or for God's?  Will be devote ourselves to building ARKs or TOWERs?

A Covenant Community

  • A Covenant Community
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  • March 6, 2016
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March 6, 2016 - God called a simple man with a simple faith to begin a new kind of humanity: a humanity in a covenant with God, obeying His commands and receiving His promises.  This man would be the head of a family that would lead to the ultimate Man: Jesus the Messiah.

The King Comes Near

  • The King Comes Near
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  • March 20, 2016
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March 20, 2016 -  A meditation on the significance of "Palm Sunday".  Just as today, there were three views of Jesus then: Master, Celebrity, and Threat.  The wise will serve Jesus as Master, entrusting the entirety of their lives into His capable hands.

Community, Covenant, Culmination

  • Community, Covenant, Culmination
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  • March 24, 2016
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March 24, 2016 -  A Maundy Thursday meditation. The "last supper" of Jesus was filled with drama, and Jesus spoke and acted out the essential place

of community, covenant, and culmination in His life and ours.

On the First Day

  • On the First Day
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  • March 27, 2016
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March 27, 2016 - The Resurrection is powerful in so many ways and for so many reasons.  We consider three of them together: the love between Father and Son, the beginning of the New Creation, and the fullness of our salvation.

Inheritance of Blessing

  • Inheritance of Blessing
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  • April 3, 2016
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April 3, 2016 - Abraham may have lived thousands of years ago, but the blessing and promises given to him and his family are now available to us through his greatest son - Jesus! Reflections on these wonderful truths.

The Saving God

  • The Saving God
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  • April 10, 2016
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April 10, 2016 - Reviewing the story of God's work from Jacob to Moses, we consider how God moved His new creation purpose forward through the rescue, covenant, and fullness He offered the nation of Israel.

From Freedom to Fullness

  • From Freedom to Fullness
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  • April 17, 2016
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April 17, 2016 - God has saved us for a purpose: to enter into covenant with us.  He entered into covenant with us for a purpose: to bring us into the fullness of life with Him.  That fullness is righteousness - being the right kind of people to possess His Kingdom forever!

He is the One

  • He is the One
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  • April 24, 2016
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April 24, 2016 - Jesus is the One who can fulfill people's deepest needs.  The church is important, our ministries are important, our facilities are wonderful, but what are we lifting up for the world to see?  It must always be the wonder of the man Jesus and the new creation He brings!

Preparing the Way

  • Preparing the Way
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  • May 1, 2016
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May 1, 2016 - We explore the wonders of what God did to prepare the world for the appearing of His Son.  He waited for the "fullness of time" and was at work in Israel and in the nations to bring it about.  This is a tremendous assurance to us that He is also working in us!

I Am the Lord's Servant

  • I Am the Lord's Servant
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  • May 8, 2016
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May 8, 2016 - Having prepared the world until "just the right time", God finally sent His Son into the human flow of the old creation.  Here we celebrate mothers and motherhood with a meditation on the partnership God has with mothers of all kinds in bringing about His new creation purpose.

New Creation Beginning

  • New Creation Beginning
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  • May 15, 2016
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May 15, 2016 - When Joseph discovered that his wife-to-be was pregnant with someone else's child, he had no idea that he was being called into partnership with God in bringing His new creation about.  We are encouraged to be interruptible like Joseph as we partner with God in what He's doing around us.

Clash of Kingdoms

  • Clash of Kingdoms
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  • May 22, 2016
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May 22, 2016 - God is determined to bring about His new creation, and He is proving to be very creative in how He is getting it done.  We consider what it means that God beckoned magi from the east to visit and pay homage to His newborn Son while the earthly "king of the Jews" responded viciously by trying to murder the child.

Revival in the Wilderness

  • Revival in the Wilderness
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  • May 29, 2016
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May 29, 2016 - Before the Master came to Israel to bring her new life in word and deed, John the Baptist came calling her to repentance and revival - a return to loving God with all her heart.  We consider how necessary revival is among the people of God today as He prepares to use them mightily in His new creation work.

Water, Spirit, and Word

  • Water, Spirit, and Word
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  • June 5, 2016
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June 5, 2016 - In a powerful act of submission, Jesus was baptized by John in the River Jordan.  Why was this necessary and what did it mean?  Why did God respond the way He did to His Son's humble act in the waters of repentance and forgiveness?

Testing in the Wilderness

  • Testing in the Wilderness
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  • June 12, 2016
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June 12, 2016 - After Jesus' momentous experience at the Jordan River, He was thrust into a fierce time of testing and training.  We consider what we can learn about our own training as disciples of Jesus and participants in the new creation work of God.

Unshakeable Trust in the Father

  • Unshakeable Trust in the Father
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  • June 19, 2016
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June 19, 2016 - This Fathers Day, we consider the parallels between Jesus' temptations in the wilderness with our own temptations to trust ourselves rather than the way of our Father in heaven.  A word of encouragement and challenge to all of us, and especially to fathers.

Fool's Gold

  • Fool's Gold
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  • June 26, 2016
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June 26, 2016 - We consider Satan's strategy in trying to cause Jesus to fall and how similar his strategy is against us.  Jesus was not fooled into settling for Satan's short cuts to the good things God had offered Him, and neither should we be!  

Messiah's Ministry Begins

  • Messiah's Ministry Begins
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  • July 3, 2016
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July 3, 2016 - After receiving the endorsement of the Baptizer and God Himself, and after facing the Enemy in the wilderness, Jesus was finally ready to begin His work as Messiah.  We gaze on Him by considering some of what He came to do.

Messiah's Ministry Shared

  • Messiah's Ministry Shared
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  • July 10, 2016
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July 10, 2016 - Jesus quickly showed His desire to work alongside others and train them to do His work with Him.  We watch and learn as He chooses four fishermen and calls them to follow.

Messiah's Power to Save

  • Messiah's Power to Save
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  • July 17, 2016
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July 17, 2016 - Jesus came teaching, preaching the kingdom message, and healing every disease and sickness.  What can we learn from His approach to bringing salvation as we join Him in His work?

Working with Jesus

  • Working with Jesus
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  • July 24, 2016
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July 24, 2016 - What does it look like in our day-to-day lives to join Jesus in His new creation work of preaching, teaching, and healing?  How do we use our spiritual gifts to live out now what He chose to do then?

reDefined: Faith, Hope & Love

  • reDefined: Faith, Hope, & Love
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  • July 31, 2016
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July 31, 2016 - Relationships in our world - whether with God or other people - are based on faithhope,

and love.  What are these really?  We seek to under-stand their true meaning so we can live them.

Disciples of Jesus

  • Disciples of Jesus
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  • August 7, 2016
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August 7, 2016 - Those who follow and trust Jesus are most often referred to as His disciples in the Scriptures.  What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

The Good Life Available to All

  • The Good Life Available to All
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  • August 14, 2016
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August 14, 2016 - Jesus shocks us with His declarations of who can enjoy the goodness of life in God's kingdom: even the poor in spirit, the mournful, and the ones who are empty of righteousness!

Blessed Are the Meek

  • Blessed Are the Meek
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  • August 21, 2016
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August 21, 2016 - The world misunderstands meekness, and so Jesus' declaration of blessing for them sounds absurd.  We explore the true meaning and power of meekness in the Kingdom.

True Mercy

  • True Mercy
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  • August 28, 2016
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August 28, 2016 - We explore the true meaning and need for mercy in order to understand the declaration of blessing Jesus offers for the merciful in God's kingdom.

Pure Hearts

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  • September 4, 2016
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September 4, 2016 - Those who are pure in heart are blessed in God's Kingdom.  Why is purity of heart so crucial to the purposes of God in building His kingdom through the new creation?

Making Peace

  • Making Peace
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  • September 11, 2016
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September 11, 2016 - Jesus declared that those who make peace are blessed in God's Kingdom.  What does it mean to be a "peacemaker", and why is it so important to the King?

The Way of Peace

  • The Way of Peace
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  • September 18, 2016
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September 18, 2016 - Peacemakers are blessed in the Kingdom of God, but how can we effectively bring peace to the relationships around us?  We learn from Jesus' words and example how to do this important work.

Good Shepherds

  • Good Shepherds
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  • October 2, 2016
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October 2, 2016 - Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of all His churches - including FCOC.  He has delegated His authority to elders in each congregation.  We consider the importance of and qualifications for strong elders in the local church.

Suffering for Jesus

  • Suffering for Jesus
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  • October 9, 2016
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October 9, 2016 - Those who suffer hostility for righteousness and for Jesus are blessed!  Why should we expect to suffer in this world as disciples of Jesus and how do His words give us courage and hope to face it with joy? 

ReDefined: Grace

  • ReDefined: Grace
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  • October 23, 2016
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October 23, 2016 - Grace, which is the foundation of our life with God and all the blessings we enjoy from Him, is a very familiar word, but it is only partially understood by so many.  We explore the fuller meaning and beauty of grace.

Uniquely Useful

  • Uniquely Useful
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  • October 30, 2016
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October 30, 2016 - Jesus told His followers that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  Salt and light are unique and effective.  We consider the unique effectiveness we can have as disciples of Jesus in this world.

The Light of the World

  • The Light of the World
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  • November 6, 2016
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November 6, 2016 - If the disciples of Jesus do not do what they are uniquely called and empowered to do, who will?  We consider the awesome privilege and responsibility of the people of God to be the light of the world.

Fully Righteous

  • Fully Righteous
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  • November 13, 2016
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November 13, 2016 - Jesus came to do what no one could: to bring the fullness of righteousness that God wanted for His people.  We consider what righteousness really means and how Jesus came to fulfill it.

Surpassing Righteousness

  • Surpassing Righteousness
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  • November 20, 2016
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November 20, 2016 - Jesus said that no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they have a righteousness greater than the religious experts.  Was He setting up an impossible standard?  We explore His meaning and its promise for us today.

Anger of the Heart

  • Anger of the Heart
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  • November 27, 2016
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November 27, 2016 - As Jesus taught His people how to live the righteous Kingdom life, He began by addressing an all too common heart issue: anger.  Murder and anger reveal the same problem: a loveless heart.

Angry Words

  • Angry Words
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  • December 4, 2016
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December 4, 2016 - The most common way we express anger towards one another is with our words.  We reflect on Jesus' warning against using angry words in response to others, words that represent a deep unrighteousness in us.

Sexually Righteous

  • Sexually Righteous
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  • December 11, 2016
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December 11, 2016 - A part of our humanity is our sexuality, and Jesus makes it clear that we must be righteousness in this part of ourselves as well.  This is not merely physical, though.  Righteousness is always primarily a matter of the heart. 

Son of Man

  • Son of Man
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  • December 25, 2017
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December 25, 2016 - In our celebration of our Master's  coming in flesh to dwell with us and bring us life, we consider the wonder of the fact that He chose to become permanently human. Why was it so necessary that He makes such a choice?

A Mature and Growing Church

  • A Mature and Growing Church
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  • January 1, 2017
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January 1, 2017 - As a new year begins, we refocus ourselves on the calling that has been given to us as the people of Christ.  If we are to please our Master, we must understand what pleases Him and what He desires for us. 

Covenant Faithfulness

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  • January 8, 2017
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January 8, 2017 - Divorce is a very tragic but real part of life in our world and our society.  It is not a simple issue to discuss because it is very personal and very painful.  Jesus takes it head on so that He can reveal the greater concern of the heart.

The Simple Truth

  • The Simple Truth
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  • January 15, 2017
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January 15, 2017 - It doesn't take long for us to learn how to manipulate one another and to work around the truth in order to get what we want.  Here Jesus challenges that unrighteous tendency in us with a call to walk in the simple truth. 

The Right Way to Be Wronged

  • The Right Way to Be Wronged
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  • January 22, 2017
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January 22, 2017 - Disciples of Jesus, like everyone else, will be wronged by others as they live their lives.  They will be mistreated and will unjustly  suffer at the hands of others.  Here Jesus shows us the Kingdom way to respond in those moments.

Perfect Love

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  • January 29, 2017
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January 29, 2017 - We meditate on what is perhaps the most difficult teachings of Jesus about how to live a fully righteous life as a citizen of God's kingdom: loving our enemies so that we can share in the nature of our Father and so truly be His children.  

reDefined: Salvation

  • reDefined: Salvation
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  • February 5, 2017
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February 5, 2017 - We interrupt our larger series to continue our underlying series "reDefined".  In this message, we look carefully at what salvation is in its fuller biblical sense.  Into what are we really inviting people when we share the gospel?  There is so much more than going to Heaven after they die!

All For One

  • All For One
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  • February 12, 2017
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February 12, 2017 - Why do we do the "religious" things we do?  For whom do we ultimately do them?  Our Master calls us to do all that we do in true righteousness, which means doing it for the eyes of our Father and for His pleasure.  

When You Give

  • When You Give
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  • February 19, 2017
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February 19, 2017 - Righteousness must include kindness and generosity to the poor and needy, but Jesus takes us deeper.  Why and how we give to them is of utmost importance.  We explore the Kingdom culture that naturally leads to this kind of generosity to those so often spurned by the world.

Our Father in the Heavens

  • Our Father in the Heavens
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  • March 5, 2017
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March 5, 2017 - We meditate on what is perhaps the most difficult teachings of Jesus about how to live a fully righteous life as a citizen of God's kingdom: loving our enemies so that we can share in the nature of our Father and so truly be His children.  

Hallowed Be Your Name

  • Hallowed Be Your Name
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  • March 12, 2017
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March 12, 2017 - When our Master Jesus called us to express "Hallowed be Your Name" to the Father, what did He have in mind? And what is His name? More than an acknowledgement that God's name is holy, it is a yearning that God's ultimate mission in the world be accomplished!

Your Kingdom Come

  • Your Kingdom Come
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  • March 19, 2017
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March 26, 2017 - Jesus came around 2,000 years ago announcing the same message that John the Baptizer did before Him: "Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has come!"  We meditate on the inner yearning for God's Kingdom to dominate the kingdom of darkness in this world here and now.

Your Will Be Done

  • Your Will Be Done
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  • March 26, 2017
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March 26, 2017 - In teaching us how to pray, our Master taught us how to think and what to value. Here we consider the central question we each face as those with free will in God's world, one that grows from the issue of God's Kingdom come: whose will shall I pursue, God's or my own?

Great Expectations

  • Great Expectations
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  • April 9, 2017
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April 9, 2017 - When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds demonstrated enthusiastic support for Him and seemed to excitedly expect  something great from Him.  We consider how different their expectations were from Jesus' purpose and plan and what we can learn from their mistake.

Reborn

  • Reborn
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  • April 16, 2017
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April 16, 2017 - Did Jesus really rise from the dead on the Sunday after He was crucified?  Why does it matter?  We explore the cosmic impact that Jesus' resurrection from the dead truly has.  His rebirth as an immortal and glorious human being signals for all of us, and for the whole creation, that God's new creation work is now underway!

Bread for the Journey

  • Bread for the Journey
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  • April 23, 2017
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April 23, 2017 - As Jesus instructs us how to pray to the Father, He calls us to ask for His provision.  Why is this so crucial to our lives in His kingdom?  We are not just challenged to ask for what we need, but to truly rely on our Father to provide it.  Are we ready and willing to relinquish our self-reliance?

Forgive Us As We Forgive

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  • April 30, 2017
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April 30, 2017 - God's kingdom is a kingdom of grace, and as we live and pray with our Father, we must learn to show the same forgiving love as He has shown to us.  Are we really willing to accept that if we do not forgive, we ourselves will not be forgiven by the Father?

The Godly Mother

  • The Godly Mother
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  • May 14, 2017
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May 14, 2017 - In God's kingdom, what is a mother's greatest priority and purpose?  How does discipleship to Jesus shape how a woman mother her children, and what can all women do to play the role of mothers in the family of God?

Rescue Us From the Evil One

  • Rescue Us From the Evil One
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  • May 21, 2017
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May 21, 2017 - There is a real enemy of God and His people.  He has wisdom and power, but he is no match for our Father.  Our Master's teaching challenges us to take our enemy seriously while remaining at peace in the security of God's power.

The Kingdom Community

  • The Kingdom Community
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  • June 11, 2017
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June 11, 2017 - As we begin our intensive and extended look at the Church as our Master intends her to be, we turn our eyes on the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the Church of Jesus Christ.

The Trinitarian Community

  • The Trinitarian Community
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  • June 25, 2017
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June 25, 2017 - Our shared life as the family of God is meant to reflect the gracious and mutually loving life that God has always enjoyed within Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit.  We consider the beautiful truth that we have been invited into that reality!

True Fellowship

  • True Fellowship
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  • July 2, 2017
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July 2, 2017 - What unites the disciples of Jesus so that they are a community - one with each other as the Father is one with the Son?  We consider the true basis of our oneness and are challenged to live in that oneness by the Spirit of God.

Shared Devotion: Apostles' Teachings

  • Shared Devotion: Apostles' Teachings
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  • July 9, 2017
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July 9, 2017 - The first church was devoted to the apostles' teachings.  What does that mean, and are we as devoted today to those teachings?  Why is this shared devotion so central to who we are as a people?

Shared Devotion: Fellowship

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  • July 16, 2017
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July 16, 2017 - What we have in common as disciples of Jesus and citizens of God's Kingdom is far greater than any differences we may have. Here we consider some of what the apostles revealed about this deep fellowship we share.

Shared Devotion: Prayer

  • Shared Devotion: Prayer
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  • August 6, 2017
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August 6, 2017 - One of the most important shared commitments we are to have as a church is to prayer.  We explore the reasons the church has always been a praying community and why we must continue to be today.

From Morality to Mission

  • From Morality to Mission
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  • August 13, 2017
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August 13, 2017 - As we continue to explore the nature and purpose of the church, we need to correct a common misperception: the church is not here to help people become more moral.  Instead, we are here to lead people to be new creations!

The Gospel's Answer

  • The Gospel's Answer
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  • August 20, 2017
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August 20, 2017 - As we see the violence, anger, and, hatred spreading across our country and the world, we have to face the question: what solution can the church of Jesus offer the world?  We wrestle with this question and are reminded why the power of Jesus is the only lasting solution there is.

The Household of God

  • The Household of God
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  • August 27, 2017
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August 27, 2017 - We meditate on the awesome reality that we are the family of God - children of the Almighty, and heirs with Jesus!  But the church is not just a family of related people.  No, we are also a household who share life together, and that includes a mission.

Your Gift, Your Call

  • Your Gift, Your Call
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  • September 3, 2017
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September 3, 2017 - As members of God's household, we're gifted to serve with Him and each other in His great mission to bring about the new creation.  In order to do this eternal work, we need eternal resources, and the Holy Spirit is providing them.  Here we consider the proper hearts needed to wield His power.

GIFTED: Making Disciples

  • Gifted for Mission: Making Disciples
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  • September 10, 2017
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September 10, 2017 - In our exploration of the specific gifts that Jesus has supernaturally given to His people in order to empower them for service, we consider three gifts that are given for the purpose of making disciples.  How do the gifts of evangelism, speaking in tongues, and miraculous powers work in drawing people to follow Jesus?

GIFTED: Prophecy

  • Gifted for Mission: Prophecy
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  • September 17, 2017
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September 17, 2017 - Since the beginning of the church, prophecy has been one of the powerful gifts God has given His people to help the Church become strong and mature.  We explore this gift and how it can be used to build the Body of Christ.

Never Forsaken: Psalm 22

  • Never Forsaken
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  • September 24, 2017
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September 24, 2017 - We take a short break from our series on the gifts of the Spirit in order to find encouragement in Psalm 22.  Though we may feel that God has abandoned us or is deaf to our cries, the voice of faith speaks and we can find the peace and joy of knowing the truth: God will never forsake His children!

Gifted for Mission: Teaching

  • Gifted for Mission: Teaching
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  • October 1, 2017
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October 1, 2017 - The gift of teaching within the church is similar to, but not exactly the same as teaching in other spheres of life.  This ability is supernatural to accomplish kingdom work through enlightening others to spiritual truths.  We explore why this gift is so crucial to the church's mission of making and training disciples of Jesus.

Gifted for Mission: Encouragement

  • Gifted for Mission: Encouragement
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  • October 15, 2017
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October 15, 2017 - Biblical encouragement has a wide array of meanings and applications, but the heart of encouragement is calling others to live in Christ's kingdom reality.  Here we explore the central place encouragement has in the mission of the church and how those gifted with this power can help the church accomplish her mission.

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