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Is Tithing for Today, and if not, how much should we give now in the New Covenant? (2 Cor 8 & 9)

Sun, 05/26/2024 - 12:00
Was tithing actually 10% ?, what does the New Testament say about it, and what are the principles for how much we should give? (2 Cor 8 & 9)

Pentecost and being Filled with the Spirit (Acts 1:8; Eph 5:18)

Sun, 05/19/2024 - 12:00
The goal for this talk is: Clarity in understanding what the Bible teaches about being filled with the Spirit, and how to be filled ourselves. (Acts 1:8; Eph 5:18)

When God Speaks like a Mother (Is 49 & 66; Matt 23)

Sun, 05/12/2024 - 12:00
God sometimes uses the language of a mother to describe how he relates to us. There are beautiful scriptures where he tells us how he sees us, hears our cry and deeply cares for us, using mother imagery. (Is 49 & 66; Matt 23)

Exploring the Deep Encouragement in one of the Richest Psalms: Psalm 103

Sun, 05/05/2024 - 12:00
This psalm is beautifully constructed, and designed to stir our hearts to praise God by painting a picture of how he cares for us so deeply. What encouragement! (Psalm 103)

A New Revelation of Love (1 John 4:7-11)

Sun, 04/28/2024 - 12:00
We already knew that God is a God of power yet compassion, purity yet forgiveness, high above all but utterly faithful as a friend. But Jesus revealed something new, something shocking, something almost unbelievable, at the very core of the supreme being. (1 John 4:7-11)

What the Bible says about Blessing

Sun, 04/21/2024 - 12:00
What does it mean to bless someone? Does it actually do anything? How can a human bless God? We need a firm Biblical foundation for answering these questions. (Genesis to Revelation)

Baptism: Leaving the Old and Entering the New

Sun, 04/14/2024 - 12:00
The truth behind baptism is deeply empowering and encouraging, and can explain some of the tensions we experience as we try to live the Christian life. (Romans 6:3–11)

Chesed—A Word for Love Stronger than Any Other (Is 54:10; Ps 136 +)

Sun, 04/07/2024 - 12:00
Through stories of how God relates to humans we learn of a different kind of love that is at the core of who God is. Chesed is utterly faithful, loyal to the very end, a love that will never let you go. When you understand it, there is no word that is more beautiful. (Is 54:10; Ps 136 & other verses)

The Life of the Resurrection in Us Today (John 20, 1 Cor 15, Col 3)

Sun, 03/31/2024 - 12:00
The resurrection of Jesus was not simply coming back to life, but the start of a new kind of humanity. It gives us access to a new kind of life within us—empowered for victory. (John 20, 1 Cor 15, Col 3)

Reading the Old Testament in our Devotions

Sun, 03/17/2024 - 12:00
Old Testament Devotions Part 1 (Num 21; Ps 1,3; Isa 42; Gen 14) All the Bible is God’s Word, and is beneficial, but different parts have different purposes. Some parts are more suitable for study than devotional reading and we can get discouraged if we make this mistake. Here is a way of deciding where to read.

Loving and Worshipping the One Who Ransomed us

Sun, 03/10/2024 - 12:00
Mark in a Month Part 6 (Mark 14-16) Let us read the last three chapters, and feel what it was like for Jesus, the one who paid our ransom, and be filled with love and adoration for him.

Two Difficult Passages in Mark (11:23-24 & ch.13)

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 11:00
Mark in a Month Part 5 (Mark 11:23-24 & ch.13) Most of Mark’s Gospel is very easy to understand, but here are a couple of passages that give people problems: Jesus’ instructions about praying in faith seem confusing, and his predictions about the end of the age are hard to make sense of.

The Unexpected Message at the Center of Mark

Sun, 02/25/2024 - 11:00
Mark in a Month Part 4 (Mark 8:22-10:52) The center of Mark holds the core of Jesus’ teachings, but it is not what anyone was expecting. Even today there are many who call themselves Christians but don’t understand this idea. First and foremost it is a challenge to us to follow Jesus in this surprising way.

Making Sure our Hearts are not Hard, and our Ears are Ready to Hear

Sun, 02/18/2024 - 11:00
Mark in a Month Part 3 (Mark 4:9-13, 8:17-19) Does God deliberately harden people’s hearts to stop them repenting? Why did Jesus frequently accuse the disciples of unbelief? These are some of the questions that come up as we read through Mark, and lead to some powerful opportunities of hearing Jesus speak to us.

Daily Reading through Mark - The Big Story and Structure

Sun, 02/11/2024 - 11:00
Mark in a Month Part 2 (Mark 2:13-22) Let Mark’s presentation of Jesus engage you, captivate you, and change your life!

Hearing God Speak to you Personally Through the Bible

Sun, 02/04/2024 - 11:00
Mark in a Month Part 1 (Matt 5:13-16 & Mark 1:1-20) A method for daily Bible readings that you can try out for yourself, which will help you to more clearly hear God speak to you through the Bible.

What God Loves to Do

Sun, 01/28/2024 - 11:00
What God loves to do is to undo the work of Satan, turning the most broken and damaged people into the strongest and beautiful members of his Kingdom. (Mark 5:1–20)

Setting up Stones to Remember what God has Done

Sun, 01/21/2024 - 11:00
The practice of “raising up stones” is a powerful one that we should be doing to grow in our faith. Here are some stories to get you started. (Joshua 4 & 1 Samuel 7)

A Different Take on How to Please God

Sun, 01/14/2024 - 11:00
It’s wonderful to live under Grace and not Law, but sometimes it can leave us with a level of confusion. Is God pleased with me right now? Does it matter what I do? What God actually wants from us is not what most of us think! (Rom 4 & Gen 15)

Pulling Together the Overall Message of Ephesians that will Change your Life

Sun, 01/07/2024 - 11:00
Ephesians Part 26 (Eph 6:21-24) The New Creation has already begun, but the Old has not yet ended. We are living in the overlap, which is tough, but if we understand it will be a source of immense power and joy.