Being Pleasing to God – Back to the Basics

Text: Luke 3:22-23 – In this passage, we read about Jesus’ baptism. As he came up out of the water, Luke describes that heaven was opened and the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove and the voice of the Father said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Does your […]

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A Lesson in Formal Logic

Text: Revelation 14:6-20 – As we continue in our series in the Book of Revelation, Pastor Russ presents a lesson in formal logic from Revelation 14.  The options are absolutely clear – those who choose to worship the beast and take his mark – that is reject God and replace him with other objects of […]

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Discerning Truth From Error

Text: Revelation 11:15-13:18 – The best way to detect counterfeit money is to be so familiar with what real money looks like, the fake bills will be obvious. The same applies to discerning God’s truth from Satan’s lies and deception. In order to detect false teaching, we need to be so immersed and familiar with […]

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What Does God Want From You?

Text: Micah 1:1-8; 6:1-8 – What does God really want from me? That’s a question many Christians ask as we are constantly seeking God’s will for our lives. God clearly answers this question through the prophet Micah. In a culture where corruption, deception, extortion, greed, immorality and superficial religious observation had become the norm, Micah calls […]

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It Ain’t Over ‘Till Its Over

Text: Revelation 2:8-11; Revelation 10:1-11:14 – Scripture is filled with accounts of God’s intervention in human activity. Often these interventions come at the 11th hour – when it seems like everything is hopeless. But then God steps in and meets our greatest need – that is the hope we live in.  Here in our study […]

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God’s Judgement Brings About Repentance

Text: Matthew 5:13-16; Revelation 9 – Pastor Russ picks up on our study in the Book of Revelation in Chapter 9 where the 7 trumpet judgement continue. Images of the Abyss are described by John along with huge locust-like creatures and horse-like creatures who descend on the earth to bring about God’s judgement on the […]

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When We Really Mess Up

Text: Psalm 51:10-17; 2 Samuel 11 – It usually doesn’t take long after the New Year for resolutions to be made, and then quickly broken. We often fall short of our goals quickly. But what happens when we really mess up? What happens when it is not a silly resolution that we break, but one […]

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Christmas: Christ Came to Save Sinners

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15 – Christmas is a time of great anticipation. In the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ, we see Mary’s great anticipation in the arrival of her baby son. We see the shepherds’ great anticipation after the angels message about the birth of the Messiah. We see the Magi’s great anticipation […]

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Do You Experience Peace At Christmas?

Text: Luke 2:10-14; Philippians 4:4-9 – The angels announced to the shepherds that the newborn Christ child would bring peace on earth. Unfortunately, when we stop and look around us, we see little evidence of peace again this Christmas. Global conflicts, political unrest, Christmas shopping chaos all surround us. Where is the peace of Christmas? […]

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