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2011 Plan: Increase in the Community of Faith

Acts 2:42 tells us that the first church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” There is something powerful that happens in community. The outcome of devotion for the first church was miraculous power, divine unity and daily salvation. I believe that devotion to...

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2011 Plan: Increase in God’s Word

Revelation 19:13 says Jesus’ “name is The Word of God.” I believe that the truest way to know Jesus, to be in right relationship with Him and to realize the fullness of His free gift of salvation to us, is to love the Word of God. This coming year we are going to offer more...

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2011 Plan: Increase in Prayer and Fasting

Due to a technical problem there is no audio of last week’s message. Below are the notes from that message, hopefully they will be helpful. 2011 Increase in Prayer and Fasting James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” As many of you are aware, last week I presented our plan for...

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City of Refuge Fellowship 2011 Year to Increase

Today at CORF we presented a plan for 2011. Over the course of this year God has opened many doors of service for us, I believe that this next year is our opportunity to “add to” that service, both to God and to our community. The “Year to Increase” has five points of emphasis: 1....

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Jesus: Following Through Rejection, Leading to Salvation

The greatest rejection of Jesus’ life opened the door for us to receive His greatest gift, salvation. Over the last couple of weeks I have been struck by the events of the night of Jesus’ arrest. Luke 22 says that as Jesus and the apostles shared the passover meal together that Jesus took the cup, raised...

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Paul: Following Through Difficulty, Leading to Grace

Yesterday we participated in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In the literature preparing for this day of prayer from Voice of the Martyrs, Todd Nettleton was quoted as saying “Our persecuted family is not asking us to pray that the persecution will stop. They’re asking us to pray that they will remain...

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Peter: Following Through Failure, Leading to Restoration

It has often troubled me that when we speak of Peter we generally speak of what we perceive as his negative traits and experiences. We talk about him as brash, as zealous without wisdom, as the one that lacked faith and sank when he walked on water with Jesus, as the one that denied Jesus three...

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Caleb: Following Through Disappointment, Leading to Fulfillment

In Numbers 13-14 we are told the story of Joshua, Caleb and twelve other leaders being chosen to go out as spies into the “Promised Land”. They were given the task of finding out what the land and their enemies were like and to return with a report for Moses, Aaron and all of Israel....

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Abraham: Following Through the Unknown, Leading to Faith

Romans 4:3 quotes Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness . . .” There is something mysterious and magnificent about faith. It provides power and opportunity, strength and hope and ultimately it is our way of embracing the goodness, love and plan of God for our lives. Ultimately, faith...

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Ruth: Following Through Tragedy; Leading to Peace

This week we started to continue our series earlier this year in which we studied the lives of six Biblical characters and how they followed God through different circumstances of their lives. The continuation of the series looks at the same six people and how their willingness to follow God through circumstance gave them the...