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When Prayer is Frustrated

One of the most common attacks on our prayer lives is frustrating and difficult circumstances immediately following great times of prayer. In Mark 9, during a time of prayer Jesus was transfigured and visited by Moses and Elijah in the presence of Peter, James and John. After one of the most amazing experiences of Jesus’ ministry He...

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Revisiting Increase: A Need to Hear

Sometimes our greatest victories are followed closely by what feels, in the moment, like even greater failures. Peter experienced this as it is recorded in Matthew 16. Peter went from boldly declaring “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” to hearing Jesus rebuke him, “Get behind Me Satan.” How do we go from victory...

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Boldly Stand in Prayer

The book of Ephesians ends with the Apostle Paul imploring us to stand, wearing the armor of God, praying always. Often when we read the last chapter of Ephesians we get so interested in the armor of God that we miss the calling, to stand in prayer. I believe that Paul has written this entire letter to...

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Prepared to Stand

Ephesians 6 is where we find Paul’s teaching about “the armor of God”. The few verses that precede the details about the armor are often lumped in with the rest, but I believe that those verses are given to us as a preparation for the tools that we have been given by God. Tools taken...

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Relationships for the Gospel

Today we studied Ephesians 5:21-6:9, continuing to see what God’s Word teaches about relationships by discussing marriage. Before we can dive into “wives submit to your husbands” and “husbands love your wives” we have to understand the purpose of the relationship.  In verse 32 Paul writes, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and...

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An Identity for Evangelism

This week we discussed our relationships with the world around us by studying Ephesians 5:3-21. Throughout this passage we see Paul speaking to believers in Jesus in terms of behavior and identity. I believe that understanding our identity, who we are in Jesus and what He has done for us is supposed to be the driving...

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“A View from Heavenly Places”

We apologize but we continue to have techincal difficulties with our audio recording system. Until we are able to have this fixed we will add the notes from each week’s sermons for those that are not able to join us on Sundays. “A View from Heavenly Places” The book of Ephesians, week 1 We are...

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From what if? to what now?

We apologize, we have been experiencing some audio difficulties over the last few weeks and have not had sermons available. We are working to have this problem corrected. There are moments in life in which we have the opportunity to gaze forward and ask ourselves “what if?” in hopes that the future will hold the...

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A Week to Live: Gethsemane

After “The Last Supper”, Jesus and His disciples made their way to a garden named Gethsemane. The name “Gethsemane” actually means “an oil press”, which turns out to be fitting for what it is most known for. During the next minutes or hours Jesus, in prayer with His Father was pressed by the weight of...

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A Week to Live: The Cleansing of the Temple

After the Triumphal Entry Jesus entered the temple and for the second time during His ministry he found a scene that He simply could not allow to continue. Jesus entered the Court of the Gentiles and saw all of the business that was taking place and did what He always does, He worked to restore the original purpose of...