“Love is the Answer”

27Oct

1 John 2:7-11 || Mike Thomas 

"Love lets the past die. It moves people to a new beginning without settling the past. Love does not have to clear up all misunderstandings... Love prefers to tuck in all the loose ends of past rights and wrongs in the bosom of forgiveness -- and pushes us into a new start." - Lewis Smedes 
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“There is No Middle Ground”

20Oct

1 John 1:5-10 || Chris Armfield

John makes it clear that there are only 2 kingdoms - light & dark - there is no gray, aka "middle ground".
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“You don’t HAVE to sin.”

20Oct

1 John 2:1-6 || Chris Armfield 

Just because sin was a part of your past doesn't mean sin has to be part of your present or future.
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Eternal Life Now (Week 1)

6Oct

1 John 1:1-4

Join us as we begin our series Eternal Life Now, a study through the book of 1 John! (Chris Armfield)
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Living On Mission

29Sep

Acts 16

What does it look like to live on mission?
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Giving

22Sep

Jeremiah 29:7 

Giving away is a key part of being a disciple of Jesus. 
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Guiding

15Sep

1 Corinthians 4

A guiding Church is one where elders are overseeing you spiritually while equipping you to oversee others spiritually. 
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What is Supporting You?

1Sep

Romans 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1.

What you believe in will shape what you do. What beliefs are shaping you? (Chris Armfield)
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How to Hope

25Aug

Romans 15:8-33

The God of hope causes the people of God to abound with hope. (Chris Armfield)
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Are You “Able?”

18Aug

Romans 15:1-7

Would you describe yourself as "strong" and "spiritual"? You might be surprised by the answer. (Chris Armfield)
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A LIBERATED Life

11Aug

Romans 14:13-23 

A truly LIBERATED life considers others above themselves.
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Unity in Diversity

5Aug

Message from Mike Thomas

Romans 14:1-12
The spread of the gospel of Christ is bound up with the degree of unity we display to the world. God calls us to experience unity while we embrace healthy diversity within the Body of Christ.
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Love Isn’t An Option

28Jul

Romans 13:8-14 

Love isn't an option, it's an obligation.
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Vertical Submission Applied Horizontally

21Jul

Romans 13:1-7 Submission to earthly authority is an expression of submission to God. [Chris Armfield]

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Tough Love

14Jul

Loving others is not always easy. This week, from Romans 12:9-21 we see how we can love those that seem so unlovable in our lives. [Bo Ayers]

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Living Sacrifices

7Jul

Romans 12:1-8 We discover in this conversation that thinking rightly about yourself will give you confidence without deceit. [Mike Thomas]

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All Things

30Jun

Romans 11 For many, the most important question about faith is, does it work? The apostle Paul was in haste to make it practical. Paul passes to dance to the truth of the gospel. In so doing, we see that sound doctrine begins and ends with doxology. [Mike Thomas]

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Proclamation Leading to Salvation

23Jun

Romans 10 God's end of salvation goes through means of God's people's proclamation. [Chris Armfield]

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Those Whom God Loves

16Jun

Romans 9 The mystery of God's election is demonstrated in the proclamation of His love to the world. [Chris Armfield]

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All Things Working Together For Good

3Jun

Romans 8:28-30 We can be assured that God is sovereignly working in us for His glory and for our salvation. [Mike Thomas]

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The God Who Groans For Us

3Jun

Romans 8:26-27 The Holy Spirit is praying for us even when you don't know what you're supposed to be praying for. [Mike Thomas]

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How To Be An Ambassador

19May

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 If you are in Christ you are the representation of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world wherever you are. [Chris Armfield]

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Reconciliation

12May

2 Corinthians 5:16-19 God did what we could not do, so we can do for others what He has done for us. [Chris Armfield]

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Follow Him

5May

Luke 9:23 The incarnation is the kindness of God on display and an invitation to follow Him. [Chris Armfield]

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FOUND by Him So We Can FOLLOW Him

28Apr

Philippians 3:3-11 God's want for us is not contingent on our want for Him. [Chris Armfield]

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Hope for your Past, Present, & Future

21Apr

A message of HOPE from Easter Sunday [Chris Armfield]

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Present Hope From the Future

14Apr

Romans 8:18-25 The sustainability of our hope is determined by its placement. Where are you placing your hope? [Chris Armfield]

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Sonship

7Apr

Romans 8:12-17 We are adopted as sons and daughters because of the work of the Holy Spirit. The ramifications of this transaction cannot be overstated. [Chris Armfield]

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No Condemnation?

31Mar

Romans 8:1-11 Is my salvation that happened in the past in jeopardy of being lost in the future because of my present condition? [Chris Armfield]

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God is not a God of “Second Chances”

24Mar

Romans 7:1-25 If God is a God of second chances we would never find peace with him through our works. God is a God who gave us peace through the second Adam. [Chris Armfield]

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Set-free Slaves

17Mar

Romans 6:15-23 Because of Christ we no longer have to sin because we have a new slave master who leads us into freedom unto righteousness. [Chris Armfield]

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How To Live Freely In The Presence Of Sin & Temptation

10Mar

Romans 6:1-14 The presence of temptation does not mean you have to submit to be a prisoner of sin. [Chris Armfield]

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Guilt Or Grace

4Mar

Romans 5:12-21 In this message we will discuss the two forces that are fighting for our souls. Will you live in guilt or grace? (Mike Thomas)

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Unfading Focus

17Feb

Romans 5:1-5 There is a hope that we can rejoice in no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in. This hope is JESUS. (Chris Armfield)

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Missing Peace?

10Feb

Romans 4:1-5:1 Peace with God is possible through Christ alone by grace alone.

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Justification is…

3Feb

Romans 3:1-31 Justification means we are loved by God as though we have only loved Him in return.

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The Way To Repentance

27Jan

Romans 2 The kindness of God changes our minds and the changed mind leads to a changed life.

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Self-induced Suffering

20Jan

Romans 1:18 -32 When we choose to suppress truths about God, it leads to a life against God.

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Gospel Lens

13Jan

Romans 1:1-17 What lens are you viewing yourself, others and your circumstances through? In this first conversation in our series LIBERATE, we will discover His saving and sustaining grace.

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The Proper Place For Fear

6Jan

Hebrew 4:1-13 We know that fear in general isn't good. However, certain "fears" are encouraged as right response in scripture. This message considers the proper place for fear. 

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Eternal Rest Today

23Dec

John 10, 17, & Revelation 7 - In Christ, Eden is reinstated and glory to come is experienced through Sabbath.

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Re-Orientation

20Dec

Exodus 20 Rest is the key to all things upward and outward, which God uses to do His work inward, in us.

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Engaging Oasis

2Dec

Genesis 1:31-2:3 What was God doing when He "rested" and what does it mean for us?

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The Spirit Of Adoption

25Nov

Galatians 4:4-6 Justification cleared the way for our adoption. Jesus now presents us to His Father as true sons and daughters. 

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Good From Evil

11Nov

2 Samuel 23 - 1 Kings 2 In the life of David, Forgiveness from God preceded repentance towards God.

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Gospel Identity

5Nov

2 Samuel 21:15-22 When everything is stripped away in your life who you are will be revealed. In this message we see underneath everything in David's life and discover his identity was founded on the Rock.

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Waves Of Grace

28Oct

2 Samuel 19:1-21:14 Have you ever wondered why "storms" are sent your way? One of the reasons is for you to receive the grace you need; these storms bring you where grace is needed to be dispensed.

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The Consequences Of Forgiven Sin

21Oct

Jesus does not abandon us to the consequences of our sins, nor does He remove them; He carries us through them.

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Caught by Grace

7Oct

2 Samuel 11-12


God is furiously pursuing sinners that He might empower them to be saved by His favor.
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Worth Waiting For

30Sep

2 Samuel 1-10


We have all had to wait during our lives for things we have needed or wanted. David's life reveals God is working in our waiting and is working for us to be more like Him.
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Attitudes Which Shape Actions

23Sep

1 Samuel 21-31 Reputations are based on what people say about you. Character is what's true of you. Deciding to focus on reputation over character can have tragic consequences. Which attitude is shaping you?

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Competing Kingdoms

16Sep

1 Samuel 18-20 Everyone lives for a kingdom. Either we live for God's Kindgom or we live for other competing kingdoms. Which kingdom are you living for?

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Outlooks & Outcomes

8Sep

1 Samuel 17:1-58 What is shaping your outlook on life, approval of God or approval of man? Your answer makes a big difference.

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Willing Yet Wayward [feat. Darelle Dove]

1Sep

Spoken word by Darelle Dove

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Changed To Bring Change

1Sep

1 Samuel 16:1-23 God used changing circumstances to make changes in people, which He would later bring through people.

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Loving Others.

25Aug

John 13 Loving and leading others is not dependent on what you can offer them; it's about what God wants to offer Himself through you.

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Others.

18Aug

Hebrews 10:19-25 Do you approach relationships for what you can get or what you can give? The Gospel leads us to consider others at all times.

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Responding In TRANSPARENCY

11Aug

In this message and time together as a community we are encouraged and invited to respond transparently to God and others.

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The Choice To Trust

4Aug

Psalm 27 In this teaching we will see from the life of David what it looks like to trust in an unchanging God in the midst of changing circumstances. 

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The Value Of Man

28Jul

Psalm 8 Where are you looking for identity? In this message we see looking out on creation shows us our place in creation.

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Trusting Is A Choice

21Jul

Psalm 13 If your beliefs are contingent on your circumstances, your life will be marked by unbelief.

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We Have All We Need

15Jul

Psalm 7 Do you feel restless? Where do you seek comfort in those times? In this message we see that all that we need we already have in Christ.

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How Working For Nothing Is Working For Everything

7Jul

As we learn about how we should labor for God in Psalm 15, we realize that although nothing can be done to earn God's favor, everything should be done in response to His grace.

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Desire & Depression

30Jun

Psalm 42-43 Have you ever had a dark night of the soul? We all have through trials and we will again. This message helps you navigate the darkness and the desire to be in the light.

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How Someone Living In TRANSPARENCY Prays

23Jun

Psalm 5 Where do you look for calm in the midst of crisis? In this message, David demonstrates a prayer which leads to peace.

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Trusting the Eternal God in the Present Life

16Jun

In Psalm 16, David trusts the God of his eternal care for his daily needs and praises Him for perfect joy and eternal pleasures.

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Rest For The Restless

9Jun

Psalm 4 What do you lean on when you are restless? We will only find rest when we rest in God. However, God invites us to bring our restless hearts to Him.

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Rising Out Of Sin

2Jun

Psalm 51. In our new series TRANSPARENCY, we discuss what a true biblical apology look like. We see that David sets the standard for what rising out of sin looks like before God.

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Jesus, Our High Priest

26May

Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16 Jesus was made like us and He was tempted like us yet without sin. Now He helps us not sin as we face temptation.

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Perfected Through Suffering

19May

Hebrews 2:9-10 For all of creation to one day proclaim "holy holy holy", Jesus had to be made perfect through suffering.

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The Normal Life Response

13May

During our time together,we looked back at our conversation through Ephesians, The Normal Life. We remembered all things theological, practical, spiritual, and doxological. We also had a moment to celebrate mothers and heard a thoughtful consideration of the varied experiences women go through. Along with this unique response and our look back through Ephesians, we concluded our study with a communal response.

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The Unprepared Are Easy Prey

6May

Ephesians 6:10-20 There is invisible war going on each moment of life, are you prepared?

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Part 2: Submission To Christ In Every Relationship

29Apr

Ephesians 6:1-9 A lack of submission, obedience, and honor to others is a reflection of a lack of submission, obedience, and honor to Christ.

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The New Life

25Apr

Ephesians 4:17-32 The new life is a normal life of walking in truth and light.

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Submission To Christ In Every Relationship

22Apr

Ephesians 5:18-33. In this message, Chris explains submission to Christ leads us to submit to others. We then interview a panel of seasoned, married couples about the practicals of submission in marriage.

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Imitating Christ

15Apr

Ephesians 5:1-21 The standard of living for a follower is the same as Christ's life. How can this be and how can this happen?

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Resurrection Or Separation?

1Apr

1 Peter 1:3-7 The death and resurrection of Jesus is God's response to your sin and the separation that marks your life. What is your life "marked" by?

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The Walk That Leads To Unity.

25Mar

Ephesians 4:3-16 In this message, Paul reveals that right living leads to unity. The Normal Life is a life of unity.

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Will You Respond To What You Know?

17Mar

Ephesians 4:1-3 In this message we see that The Normal Life leads to a response. Paul begins to urge the Ephesians to walk with humility and gentleness in response to what they believe about God.

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Capacity To Comprehend

10Mar

Ephesians 3:14-21 In this message,  we discover the keys to comprehending the Love of God.

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What Are You Stewarding?

3Mar

Ephesians 3:1-13 Everywhere you go, grace goes. You have become a steward of grace, by grace.

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Alienated To United

24Feb

Ephesians 2:11-22 Is reconciliation with God possible? If so, how does this peace effect my relationships with others? In this message we discover that peace with God brings peace with man.

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His Masterpiece

24Feb

Ephesians 2:1-10. In this message we learn how being in Christ moves us from death to life which is a process that He leads us through and makes us His masterpiece.

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The Fullness Of Him Through You

10Feb

Ephesians 1:15-23 In this message Paul prays that Ephesus might know and see that they, the church, are the fullness of Jesus to the world.

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Remembering And Celebrating.

7Feb

In this short message, we revisit Ephesians 1:3-14 for the purpose of response. This served as the primer of our first communion as a community.

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United In Christ

27Jan

Ephesians 1:3-14 In this passage, Paul begins to explain how the Normal Life is only possible IN Christ.

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Jesus Makes Normal Possible

20Jan

Ephesians 1:1-2 As Paul writes to the Ephesians he helps them see that Jesus can alter any past no matter how rebellious or bruised it may be. Jesus lived the most normal life and makes the normal life possible for us as well.

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Being & Making Disciples

14Jan

Luke 9, Matthew 28. Jesus didn't come to make believers, he came to make disciples who are marked by making disciples. This is what following Jesus looked and looks like.

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Listening Is Loving

23Dec

Matthew 17:1-8 God our Father only speaks twice during Jesus' earthly life. What He saw and said provides massive insight for our lives. In this message we will examine His words.

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Responding To Tragedy

17Dec

Jonah 3. In light of the devastating events that took place on December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, this message provides a biblical lens for processing and responding to tragedy.

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Persecution Proves Righteousness

14Dec

Matthew 5:10-12. Is persecution part of the Christian life? "Yes" Have I ever faced persecution? "Maybe." In this message we see that persecution is just as much a sign of following God as peacemaking.

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Experiencing & Extending Peace

2Dec

Matthew 5:9. Do you have peace with God? How about peace in your relationships with others? You are meant to experience and extend peace. The message will help you understand how.

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Lavishing Thankfulness

25Nov

Philippians 4:3-13. True thankfulness is not dependent on the chances and changes of life, which are fleeting. Living a thankful life is possible. This will be true for us when our focus is on the forever instead of the fleeting.

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Why Do I LACK Thankfulness?

18Nov

Romans 1:20-22. Usually thankfulness is measured by our wants and needs being met. The working equation is, if my wants and needs are met then I'm thankful. However, in Christ every need we could ever have has been met. So why is my life marked by unthankfulness at times?

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The Impossibility Of Purity

12Nov

Matthew 5:8 Have you ever thought about seeing God? Jesus said the "pure in heart" will. What has to happen for my heart to become pure? And is purity even possible?

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Brokenness For The Broken

5Nov

Matthew 5:7 We need mercy. Jesus provided mercy so we might receive and dispense it. Mercy requires movement.

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Desperation Leads To Delight

28Oct

Matthew 5:6 Can you say that you need God like a starving person needs food? Jesus teaches that unless you are as desperate for God like a man dying of hunger, you will never be satisfied.

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The Mindset Of The Meek

21Oct

Matthew 5:5 Jesus was the most meek man in history yet meekness is often seen as a negative quality. How can this be? In this message we will uncover what Jesus meant when he said, "Blessed are the meek..." Meekness is a response to the attitudes and actions of others, controlled by God.

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Pray To The Lord [feat. Darelle Dove]

14Oct

This is a poetic version of a testimony (spoken word) that Darelle performed live at City Lights

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Thinking And Feeling Broken

14Oct

Matthew 5:1-4 How can I know if I've embraced my brokenness? And if I embrace my brokenness, how does God make it beautiful? In this message Jesus redefines what a "blessing" is and shows us how to think and feel and about our brokenness.

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