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Acts of Heroism

Acts of Heroism

Posted: 03 Feb, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

Acts 2:38-39 Peter replied, Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away all who […]

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The Principle of Planting Seeds

The Principle of Planting Seeds

Posted: 20 Jan, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. In 2004, a college student came up with the idea to steal a book of Audubon s bird illustrations from his school library. It […]

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We Don t Have to Hide from God

We Don t Have to Hide from God

Posted: 30 Sep, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Genesis 3:8-9 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, Where are you? Jesus invites us […]

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Knowing God s Will 6: Hearts on Course

Knowing God s Will 6: Hearts on Course

Posted: 23 Sep, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Proverbs 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path. NIV11 Once, when I was a kid, my family went to church at a drive-in theater. My dad pulled up, put the speaker on his partially rolled-down window, and we quietly sat through the service. We were on vacation […]

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Knowing God s Will 5: Look Back to Move Forward

Knowing God s Will 5: Look Back to Move Forward

Posted: 09 Sep, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be […]

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Knowing God s Will 4: Joyful Path of Suffering

Knowing God s Will 4: Joyful Path of Suffering

Posted: 26 Aug, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

1 Peter 4:1-2 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. NIV11 Sometimes suffering is […]

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Something Anything

Something Anything

Posted: 06 May, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

CT Studd, missionary to Africa, found a tract which was reportedly written by an atheist. It read as follows: Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away earthly enjoyments as […]

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The God Embrace 7: Love, Hope, and Delivery

The God Embrace 7: Love, Hope, and Delivery

Posted: 25 Mar, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. ESV Sometimes in the midst of difficulty we can feel like something must be wrong. We aren t naive. We know life is hard; but we don t expect it to be this hard. When we try to make […]

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The Commands of Christ 10: Make Disciples

The Commands of Christ 10: Make Disciples

Posted: 28 Jan, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Jesus heart is that all the world would hear His message of hope and grace. Our call is to spread this message. We don t need to feel guilty about how we ve failed at this in the past, but it would be good to think about how we can take steps down this path so that […]

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Commands of Christ 7: Follow Me

Commands of Christ 7: Follow Me

Posted: 17 Dec, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

Many times Jesus gave the invitation to come, follow me. What would that mean for our own lives? Can we follow Him? Would Jesus love me if he really knew me? What would it cost us to follow Him? What would we gain? If we decide it is worth it, how can we truly follow […]

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Commands of Christ 4: Be Baptized

Commands of Christ 4: Be Baptized

Posted: 26 Nov, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

What does it look like to follow Jesus? In this message, Steve uses the story of Ruth to illustrate the devotion of a follower of Jesus. Ruth's heart was to follow Naomi into a completely new life. When we become Christians, we do the same. Baptism is simply our first step at following Jesus lead […]

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The Commands of Christ 1: Love God

The Commands of Christ 1: Love God

Posted: 05 Nov, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

Jesus said his followers should teach other followers of Jesus to obey everything he commanded. So what did Jesus command? What are we supposed to obey and teach others to obey? This talk looks at what Jesus said was the first and greatest commandment: to love God. How can we love the infinite God of […]

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Will I Wear the Sash?

Will I Wear the Sash?

Posted: 22 Oct, 2017 | Author: John Houser

The gospel is the most important message in the history of the world. We are privileged to be a part of following Jesus and spreading hope to a world in desperate need. This is God s call on our lives: the Great Commission. Download Handout

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The Father’s Heart

The Father’s Heart

Posted: 24 Sep, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

As followers of Christ, we have been given a mission to bring the good news of Jesus to all of El Paso and beyond. This message addresses why anyone would want to be a part of that mission and how they could be. Download Handout

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Following God in a Broken World

Following God in a Broken World

Posted: 13 Aug, 2017 | Author: Tom Schwieger

In a broken world full of sin, strife, and suffering, we need to continually trust that God is good, is in control and cares for us. Download Handout

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Animation 15: Summary – Life in Jesus

Animation 15: Summary – Life in Jesus

Posted: 30 Jul, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

The good life that really counts for something is not just found in a brief interaction with Jesus, but in a journey of trusting Him and following His lead! Download Handout: No blanks/Blanks

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Animation 11: Levi – Jesus Eats with Sinners

Animation 11: Levi – Jesus Eats with Sinners

Posted: 02 Jul, 2017 | Author: Bruce Bradford

Do you ever feel like you ve made too many mistakes for Jesus to accept you? In Jesus interaction with Levi (Matthew), we see that there is love, forgiveness, and acceptance in Jesus, even for the really broken people. You past doesn t matter to Jesus. You don t have to fix your life before you follow. He […]

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Animation 8 – Rich Young Man – Missed Reward

Animation 8 – Rich Young Man – Missed Reward

Posted: 11 Jun, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

A rich young man came to Jesus asking how to find eternal life. He came confident in himself and in his own goodness. The answer Jesus gave him left him walking away sad. Despite his own accomplishments, possessions, and reputation he was lacking. But he couldn t bring himself to give up control and follow the […]

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Animation 3: The Adulterous Woman – Life in the New Life

Animation 3: The Adulterous Woman – Life in the New Life

Posted: 07 May, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

The religious leaders tried to trap Jesus by bringing before him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. Would he withhold mercy and have her put to death, or would he show mercy and ignore the law? One response would put Jesus in a horrible light with the people, and the […]

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Seeing the Unseen III   Judgment

Seeing the Unseen III Judgment

Posted: 09 Apr, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

Have you ever thought about the Day of Judgement when Jesus addresses the masses of people who have lived since the beginning of the world? Will He be angry and condemning? Loving and compassionate? In this imagined account of Judgment Day, Jesus pours out his heart to those he loves a jilted lover to those who rejected […]

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Soldier, Cupcake, Christian – A Higher Calling 17

Soldier, Cupcake, Christian – A Higher Calling 17

Posted: 29 Jan, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

The church in Corinth had serious issues that Paul addressed throughout 1 Corinthians. He spoke so strongly on at times that you might think his letter to them would have ended their relationship. Yet as he concluded his letter in chapter 16, instead of writing an it-was-nice-knowing-you ending to their relationship, he penned a very ordinary […]

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Loving Authority – A Higher Calling 12

Loving Authority – A Higher Calling 12

Posted: 04 Dec, 2016 | Author: Dove Cranson

What comes to mind when you think of authority and the submission to authority? Our own experience and cultural context have inevitably shaped that view. We probably all know examples of the abuse of authority and realize the potential to be taken advantage of. As we look deeper, we see that a loving authority is […]

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Transformation: A Higher Calling 3

Transformation: A Higher Calling 3

Posted: 02 Oct, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

Have you ever seen Christians sin and wondered how they could act so unchristian? And have you wondered why Jesus hasn t changed them more? And what about in your own life? Have you ever thought that the power of God should have transformed you more? In this message, Steve explains how the power of God […]

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Taking God Seriously

Taking God Seriously

Posted: 14 Aug, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

When the people asked God, Do you want us to keep fasting as we ve done for 70 years, God responded with, You were doing that for ME? It’s as if he was completely unaware of or indifferent toward all their spiritual activity. It makes you wonder about the spiritual things we do. Are they really […]

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A Heart of Trust

A Heart of Trust

Posted: 07 Aug, 2016 | Author: Dove Cranson

The thing that matters more than anything else in the world is faith. The biblical David is a great example of someone who trusted God and God s timing when his circumstances seemed to point to an easier course of action. In the long run, David s faith was rewarded. We can follow God with that same […]

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Following God to a Happy Ending

Following God to a Happy Ending

Posted: 12 Jun, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

We know that following God pays off in the next life, but does it pay off in this life? Can we expect a blessing in following God, or is that some sort of prosperity-gospel teaching? We need to be careful to avoid both extremes in this matter. We shouldn’t expect wealth and health from following God, […]

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Following God into the Hard

Following God into the Hard

Posted: 29 May, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

It’s one thing to follow God when God asks something easy of us, but it is another thing to follow God when we have a completely different plan that we think is easier or better. To help us make good choices in these situations it is helpful to understand how we think. We need to […]

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Esther – Trusting the Grandmaster

Esther – Trusting the Grandmaster

Posted: 14 May, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

If you had to play a game of high-stakes chess, would you accept the advice of a grandmaster? Would you even go so far as to taking the advice of the grandmaster even when it seemed like it was going to cost you dearly? This is similar to our wrestle of faith. There are times […]

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There Is: Come Together

There Is: Come Together

Posted: 08 May, 2016 | Author: Dove Cranson

In this message, Dove talks about coming together as a church not only as the local church, but as a community of followers of Christ within this city, country, and world. We were made to thrive in unity and togetherness. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when […]

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There is: Support

There is: Support

Posted: 17 Apr, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

This is the first of a four-part series called “There is.” Our There is campaign is a rallying call, to not just be a group of people who meet together on Sunday mornings, but, to be one body with one faith, following one God. It is based on this verse: There is one body and one […]

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