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Looking Back to Look Forward (Psalm 103)
January 6, 2013, 5:46 pm
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Bless the Lord (Psalm 103)In this message, we are encouraged to think about all God has done for us in the past as a means of looking forward to what He is going to do with us, for us, and even in spite of us in the coming year.

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Isaac: God Is Faithful…Even When We Are Not! (Hebrews 11:20)
May 15, 2012, 7:26 pm
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Isaac is one of the patriarchs of the Old Testament.  His father was Abraham.  His son was Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  Sandwiched in between these two stalwarts of the faith is a man that could more easily be identified with failure than faith.  In spite of his faults, God chose to memorialize him for his faith in Hebrews 11:20.  If you have ever felt like a failure, this message could be a great help in getting you to see yourself like God does.

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Traces of a Trusting Heart (Hebrews 11:17-19)
May 6, 2012, 1:11 pm
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Have you ever had to make a hard choice in following God?  Have you ever felt like something He has called you to do is simply too difficult or would cost you too much?  No one knew this better than Abraham.  In this message, we look at the most difficult moment of Abraham’s life.  God called Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  The son of the promise.  The only son of his aged wife.  The son through whom the promised land, promised people and promised relationship with Him would come.  How could Abraham follow this command and what must he have thought?  In this message, we look at how to follow God in difficult or unsure times.  It is not just for Superheroes!

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Where Is Your Focus? (Hebrews 11:13-16)
April 29, 2012, 3:03 am
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For many of us, we consider the Biblical Superheroes another breed of human being.  At the very least, they are not like us.  They had to have had special powers or something to be as amazing as they were.  But what if they did not have special powers, but simply had learned an ability that you and I could learn?  What if they had developed something you and I could develop?  Would that be worth investigating?  If so, listen to this week’s message as we look into the book of Hebrews and find out what can help us follow God with the same faith and fervor as Peter, Paul, Abraham and Sarah.

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Sarah Shows God Dignity (Hebrews 11:11-12)
April 22, 2012, 3:13 am
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As we continue our look into the Hall of Faith found in Hebrews 11, we next meet Sarah, a woman that had a baby at 90!  As awesome as that feat is, it pales in comparison to what this Biblical Superhero teaches us about the power and dignity of God.  No matter how many times we fail Him, we don’t damage His dignity, change His character or limit His love.  If you have ever struggled with believing God could love you, this message just might be the best news you have heard in a while.

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Some Things Are Worth Fighting For (Galatians 2:11-14)
July 11, 2011, 7:53 pm
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In our day of getting along with others, we are tempted to think that standing up for anything is tantamount to hating others or being mean-spirited.  We are taught to tolerate everyone and everything, but not to insist that anyone tolerate us.  We are told that the concept of absolute truth is absolutely wrong and that we are just supposed to relatively relate to each other.  If you struggle with the contradiction, this message could provide an important booster shot to your resolve to follow Jesus and believe His Truth above all…no matter what people think.

It’s Time to Declare True Independence! (Galatians 2:3-10)
July 3, 2011, 7:16 pm
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On July 4th each year, Americans celebrate Independence Day.  What does this mean?  Besides fireworks (which we could not have this year due to drought conditions), food, family and a day off of work, what is it that we are really celebrating?  Is it a day to celebrate what we are independent of or of what we are dependent upon?  Does independence mean we are free from everything?  Or does it mean we simply choose what or whom we will be dependent upon?  As believers, we need to celebrate our independence from some things and dependence upon others.  What we are independent from just might shock those that have grown up in church.