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Moved With Compassion

Mark 6 tells us the story of Jesus’ miraculously feeding the 5,000. The miracle of this story is often viewed simply as the multiplication of food, but there is so much more at work here. Jesus chooses to set Himself, His needs and His desires aside for the sake of a people that are in...

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Becoming the Hem of His Garment

One of my favorite chapters in the Gospels is Mark 5. This one chapter tells us of three different miracles that Jesus performed, but it is not the power of the miracles that move as much as much as Jesus’ love and concern and kindness that He shows to those that He touches in this chapter....

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Hindered?

Have you ever felt like the things around you were keeping you from fulfilling the will of the Father for your life? Have you ever had experiences and circumstances that seem to be holding you back from what you believe God has created and called you to be? In Mark 4, Jesus and the apostles got...

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Driving or Driven?

This past Sunday we had an extended time of worship that was absolutely beautiful. During that time the Holy Spirit led some people to pray and to share some things that were on their heart. After this time I did not feel it was appropriate or necessary to preach the sermon I had prepared and so...

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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...