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Strategy with Benefits

Strategic church growth tools are? I don't know. I don't know what it actually means to possess strategic church growth tools. Is church growth even something that God calls us to worry about? Isn't it written in Matt 16:18 that He will build His church? Doesn't Christ call His bride in 1 Cor 4:12 Eph 4:11-16 to participate in building up the church using His strategery? ...

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Names with Benefits

Do you remember the sons of Sceva? You'll find them in Acts 19:11ff. Truly they seem like buffoons at best, or profiteers at worst, and sadly they didn't truly know Jesus. The name of Jesus was used as a tool. Not just any tool, but as an instrument for exorcising demons. I'm not sure if the exorcism business was good back in those days, but in reading the account it ap...

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Prayer is a hard line Pt2

So then, how do we engage in pray? First, it is important to recognize that prayer is good, necessary, and hard. Second, undertake the call in Romans 12:12 and numerous other places, getting on your face before God. Confess the lack of desire for the unseen, do the hard work of heart work, and seek the Lord through prayer constantly. Again and again I confess, heartfelt...

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Prayer is a hard line Pt1

Standing with others is no easy task, and it isn't any easier to stand alone. There is a necessity for human relationships, which is a simple function of God's created order, which isn't easy. It is also necessary for human beings, as His creatures, to relate to Him. Yet there is something about a relationship to the divine that seems easier. You know, like a mystical and ...

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Jesus Christ The Hope of Future Glory

America's return to glory, where things are good and God will be happy with this nation seems like a far off dream. We live in a time where America has fallen from the glory of being the world's great hope for democracy, peace, freedom, and order. When history is read it is clear that this nation has fallen on the path of other nations, which has been the trajectory of all...

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More Than Prayer

Prayer is more than _____________________.Fill in the blank. It's more than what? It is more than a set of honey do's for God. It is more than a list of ailments you would like healed. Prayer is more than a phone call checking in with the "Big Guy" to make sure all is well. Prayer is more than a tool to get things done. Notice how those statements are framed. It may be...

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praying at all times

"Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,"(Ephesians 6:18, ESV) 'Praying at all times' is not a hard task 'Psssh' should be your response to that fist sentence. Have you ever tried to pray at all times? Yeah, but prayer is simple, it's just talking to God,...

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Prayers and Supplication

Prayers Supplication "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence." (Hebrews 5:7, ESV) Hebrews 5:7 is a most amazing passage! For numerous reasons, but mostly because in it we learn that Jesus was heard because of his reverence. Je...

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Prayer Subtleties

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." (1 Timothy 2:12, ESV) Is prayer a discipline of the faith that Christians faithfully engage? Do you pray like you should? Is interced...

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Forgiveness over Culture

"To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."Acts 10:43 The Apostle Peter is preaching at Cornelius's house, telling of Jesus, telling of eye witness accounts that magnify the Judge of the living and the dead. Amazingly, there is tremendous significance in a man, like Peter, from a people like the...

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Word Central - Pt. 3

"And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith." (Acts 6:7, ESV) Religion begets more religion. Religious deeds, ideas, and actions that accomplish the purposes of fulfillment and completion in the life of a person. Notably there is a desire for mo...

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Word Central - Pt. 2

"And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith." (Acts 6:7, ESV) It wasn't long ago that this very passage was the subject of a Pastor's Corner. Yet here we are looking at Acts 6:7 again. It is a wonderful passage regarding God's Word and its increa...

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Word Central - Pt. 1

"And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7 (ESV) I was once told by a pastor how he avoids the controversy of the book of Acts. His solution to the problem presented by Acts was to keep from preaching Acts if at all possible. His posi...

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Attention!

"My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh." (Proverbs 4:2022, ESV) Pay attention! Be attentive. A simple command given by parents, teachers, coaches, and managers alike. Most of questions can be answered this...

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Who is.. a doubter

""Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them. "You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode." (Exodus 15:1113, ESV) Who is like the Lord? There are no...

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Simple Faithfulness

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42, ESV) We must be devoted! Fully devoted. Or as some have labeledRadical! In Christ we must give everything! Is that not the calling of every Christian? Being zealous for God's ways is a good thing, right? The answer for both is yes and no. Yes...

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Read it Rightly

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7, ESV) Assurance, reassurance, comfort, solace, relief, plus numerous other words convey the potential sway of biblical texts like this. Why do I say potential sway? Simply, these words are not magic. The potential impact is contingent upon how the reader allows them ...

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Killing Sin

John Piper's mother wrote this in his Bible when he was fifteen years old, "This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book." John Owen had a similar axiom, based on Romans 8:13, "Be killing sin or [sin] will be killing you." Piper's own words on these two statements are instructive, "We see that these two mottos are very closely connected, because Ro...

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How Majestic is Your Name!

"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" (Psalm 8:34, ESV) How majestic is Your Name! Take the time today to read and reread Psalm 8. The blessings of meditating upon the glory and greatness of God cannot be underestimate...

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Praise The Lord!

"Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them." (Psalm 111:12, ESV) Praise is befitting of the Lord! It is also good for the heart. Praising God for His works and studying them is a worthy endeavor that bears much fruit. Why? Wel...

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Sanctify Them in The Truth

"I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:1517, ESV) Jesus's prayer in John 17 is a wonder of encouragement and strength to all those who walk by faith. The life of any believer can find solace in these word...

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Rally Calls & Battle Cries

"Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin," (1 Peter 4:1, ESV) "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" So goes the famous rally cry of Patrick Henry, in his address on March 23, 1775. It was a war cry that raised c...

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Praise with an Upright Heart

"Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on a...

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5Min Sermon| Col. 3.16-17 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 5.10-11 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 5.6-7 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 5.4-5 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 5.1-3 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 4.19 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 4.15-17 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 4.12-14 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 4.7-11 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 4.3-6 |PBJ

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Pay Attention!!!

"Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." (Hebrews 2:1, ESV) 'Brian! Pay attention!' A phrase I've heard many times in my life. More than just teachers have hurled it at me. I've often lobbed it at myself seeking to wake from a distracted stupor. I would like to think I'm skilled in the art of focus. But I'm not, I ...

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5Min Sermon| Col 1.11-14 |PBJ

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Joy, Fear & Humility

"The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor."(Proverbs 15:33, ESV) Reading the Scriptures daily takes any reader along the paths of familiarity. One of two things might be done on familiar paths. Either a discovery of needfully beautiful truths, or vexation because there is nothing new. I don't want to be vexed like a child. By God's g...

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5Min Sermon| Grief |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1. 20-21 |PBJ

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Grief With Hope

It is hard to imagine grief with hope. Losing someone or something, having deep sorrow and pain, suffering the irritation and grief in unmet expectations, and yet still being hopeful. Hope is the grounds for knowing something good is going to happen. How then can we have a hope of good to happen while suffering the grief of bad things? Is it possible to have emotions in tw...

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.19 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.12-15 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.16-18 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.10-11 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.9-10 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.6b-8 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.5-6a |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.4 |PBJ

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Loving One Another

Caring for another person is no small thing. Tending physical needs of clothing, shelter, health concerns is quite literally a matter of life and death. Taking another step is the regard for value of personhood beyond mere physical needs. Possessing a concern beyond one's own person, having regard for another's very soul, is a feat of cosmic proportions. Some might say th...

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5Min Sermon| 2Peter 1.1-3 |PBJ

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Sojourners & Exiles

"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul."(1 Peter 2:11, ESV) Over the course of 2020 and starting into 2021, we've been privileged to deal with chaos. It could be worse. It could be better. It has been sort of an unraveled display of mankind's depravity. Maybe chaos is too strong of ...

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5 Min Sermon| JOB 42.1-6 |PBJ

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Be Merciful O God!

"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithf...

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5Min Sermon| Proverbs 21.1 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| EXODUS 34.6-7 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon | Isaiah 6.8-10 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Deuteronomy 6.1-6 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| ISAIAH 53 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| First Commandment |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Genesis 50.20 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Ecclesiastes 7.14 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Psalm 86 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 1-Part-2 |PBJ

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Withholding Judgment

I frequently breached the subject of judgment. I've often said, 'we need to withhold judgment'. A phase worth contemplation, even with it's frequent use, doesn't mean that it is well understood. What do I mean by such a phrase? Does it mean that we need to keep from being a judge? Yes, but it also means much more. Does it mean to be highly opinionated about every situatio...

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5Min Sermon| 1Peter 1-Part-1 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Galatians 4 |PBJ

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Dedication to Christ

R.G. LeTourneau, a successful and famous industrialist once penned, 'A Christian businessman owes as much to God as a preacher does.' No kidding! Isn't this a presupposed reality amongst Christians? Does it really need to be stated? Yes, it does need to be stated. And no, few presuppose that they are to be fully committed to Christ. Many assume full commitment to be the so...

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Known by God

"Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?" (Galatians 4:89, ESV) Followers of Christ mustn't forget, we once were slaves to...

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5Min Sermon| LUKE 6 |PBJ

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Singing In Chains

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"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,and the prisoners were listening to them," (Acts 16:25, ESV) I've often shared my astonishment of this passage. Intrigue, conviction, astonishment all flow at the same time when reading the midnight account. While it is not our desire to suffer punishment, it should be our desire to suffer well. Reading...

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5Min Sermon| Psalm 89.14 |PBJ

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5 Min Sermon| Psalm 84 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Luke 14 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Tim2:22-26 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| 2Pet 1.16-21 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Ps. 90.12 |PBJ

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Gratitude, Grace, & Prayer

Gratitude is not a natural habit of the flesh. More often than not, mankind is upset for what lacks rather than grateful for what is possessed. Ingratitude easily flows from the heart of man, making him blind to blessings and keenly aware of any malediction. Often our hearts possess the frustrated retort, 'thanks for nothing'. Followers of Christ know thankfulness is a pa...

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5Min Sermon| Hebrews 13 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Psalm 139 |PBJ

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Prayer is More Than...

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Prayer is more than _____________________. Fill in the blank. It's more than what? It is more than a set of honey do's for God. It is more than a list of ailments you would like healed. Prayer is more than a phone call checking in with the Big Guy to make sure all is well. Prayer is more than a tool to get things done. Notice how those statements are framed. It may be as...

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5Min Sermon| Deut. 29.29 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon| Rev. 22:20 |PBJ

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5Min Sermon | Psalm 73 | Pastor Brian

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Praying at All Times

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"Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints," (Ephesians 6:18, ESV) 'Praying at all times' is not a hard task 'Psssh' should be your response to that first sentence. Have you ever tried to pray at all times? Yeah, but prayer is simple, it's just talking to God,...

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Prayers & Supplication

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"In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence." (Hebrews 5:7, ESV) Hebrews 5:7 is an amazing passage for numerous reasons, but mostly because in it we learn that Jesus was heard because of his reverence. Jesus prayed. He prayed with c...

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5Min Sermon| Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 |PBJ

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5min Sermon | Psalm 19 Part 2 | Pastor Brian

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5min Sermon | Psalm 19 Part 1 | Pastor Brian Johnson

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5min Sermon | Psalm 25 Part 3 | Pastor Brian Johnson

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5min Sermon | Psalm 25 Pt 2 | Pastor Brian

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5min Sermon | Psalm 25 Part 1 | Pastor Brian

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Pray For Those In High Places

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"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, andthanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions,that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."(1 Timothy 2:12, ESV) Is prayer a discipline of the faith that Christians faithfully engage? Do you pray like you should? Is interceding on...

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5min Sermon Proverbs 3:5-8 Pastor Brian

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Taking a break from the Psalms to teach us "the art of living" with this well known passage from Proverbs. This has a timely feel to it, may it be true of us. ...

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5min Sermon Psalm 143 Pastor Brian

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Pastor Brian Takes us through this entire Psalm and we get to see how David/Psalmist prays a Prayer of Supplication and Contrition, or Request and Confession. The transitions of thought are beautiful and we should be moved by the mighty statements of Scripture. ...

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5min Sermon Psalm 32 Part 2 Pastor Brian

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Find encouragement where it is to be found

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Find encouragement where it is to be found. A profound axiom for sure, at first glance it appears to be equal to a coach yelling the obvious. "You gotta make that shot!" or "Don't hit the ball into the net!" Like it was the athlete's intention to miss the shot or hit the ball into the net. Yet the apparent similarity of poor coaching, and 'Find encouragement where it is t...

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The Unexpected Turn

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Life's unexpected turns overshadow the big picture, but should they? The day begins. A plan is established. Yet rarely do things work as scheduled. Interruptions arise, things break down, others fail to do what they've promised. It becomes a frustration that one expects things to go wrong. A wise rancher trusts that the work will be there tomorrow. Error is part of his w...

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5min Sermon Psalm 32 Part 1 Pastor Brian

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5 min Sermon Psalm 46 Part 3 Pastor Brian

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Critical Christian

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Everyone is a critic, including myself. Judgment seems natural to mankind. We, and I mean we, like to look at something or someone and find flaws. Call it cultural influence, nurture of the parents, or even the consequence of fallenness. Whatever the label, it truly exists in all of us, even the person who wears the 'sweetest person in the world' crown. Followers of Chris...

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5min Sermon Psalm 46 Pt 1

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5min Sermon Psalm 30:1-5 Pastor Brian

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Confessing Christ prt II

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Sometimes societal rejection of God can lead a Christian to feel like a car salesmen. Maybe that was just my feeling, but it was a feeling encouraged by people's faithless responses to the message of Christ. I hope you know what I mean, when those around you have rejected God, and in seeking to share with them the things of God, there is an irritable response where the mes...

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5 min Sermon Colossians 1, 1Corinthians 15, Romans 12 Pastor Brian

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Confessing Christ

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5 min Sermon Psalm 37:1-7 Pastor Brian

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The Fear of The Lord

A short meditation upon the fear of the Lord...

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Encouragement from The Psalms

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Encouragement from The Psalms

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Therefore My Heart is Glad

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Loving the Lost

Loving the souls of others is costly. It is an endeavor of loving the unloveable, the unloved, and the loveless. Jesus' purpose in His seeking of the lost is most assuredly the glory of God displayed in His fidelity to the Father, and His love for the souls of man. "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke19:10 Phenomenal love, different from anything m...

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