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We Are the Church

We Are the Church

Posted: 28 Oct, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

The church is a beautiful thing, precious to God, and a source of good to the world. The Biblical word church does not describe a building where people meet, or an event, but a group of people. We are the church. Being the church has many wonderful dynamics and is a rich experience I would […]

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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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Happy or Holy

Happy or Holy

Posted: 26 Aug, 2018 | Author: Bruce Bradford

What is it that makes us happy? Money? Success at work? Being popular? Nice house? Nice car? Are those things really it? God wants us to know that there is more in life! We can find true and deep joy! Download

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Posted: 22 Jul, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

At times, it seems like the solution to the pain of life and the path to find happiness is to change our circumstances, our bodies, our habits, our relationships, our jobs, our pastimes, or at least change something. This message shows the potential to thrive wherever we are at in life enjoying thankfulness for the little […]

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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 Bread and the Blood   Easter 2018

The Bread and the Blood Easter 2018

Posted: 01 Apr, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

1 Corinthians 5:7b For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. NIV The Passover is a celebration commemorating the last of the Egyptian plagues, when the judgement of God passed over the homes that had lamb s blood on the door frames. In a similar way, Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed his blood so that […]

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Cornflakes, Cucumbers, and Confetti

Cornflakes, Cucumbers, and Confetti

Posted: 03 Sep, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

We all find plenty to complain about, whether it is genuine hardships like sickness, suffering, and death, or it is the little stuff like having to eat the same thing for dinner that we had for lunch. As we see in the example of the Israelites (Numbers 11:1-6), complaining leads to misery, even in times […]

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Love and Smiles Forever

Love and Smiles Forever

Posted: 20 Aug, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

Not only does God love you, but he likes you. He enjoys you. He is glad that you are His. In this study of Ephesians 1, we find many reasons to find joy and peace in our relationship with God, even though relationships are complicated, and we are fully aware of our shortcomings. Download Handout: Blanks / No […]

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Animation 6 – Woman at the Well – Sharing Life

Animation 6 – Woman at the Well – Sharing Life

Posted: 28 May, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

There is something in us that makes us want to share with others the good things we have found. Whether it is a great movie, a sunset, a revolutionary product, a new love, or something else we find exciting, we have a desire to pass it on. How much more, despite hesitation or cultural opposition, […]

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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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A Disciple in Heart

A Disciple in Heart

Posted: 01 Jan, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

The greatest disciples throughout history, from Jesus Twelve all the way to modern-day martyrs, have something in common. They don t care. They don t care about what others think, about their own personal gain, or even about their own lives. This one commonly held attribute allows them to live with abandon and care about the things […]

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Being Wronged – A Higher Calling 6

Being Wronged – A Higher Calling 6

Posted: 23 Oct, 2016 | Author: Dove Cranson

It is the reality of life that each person gets to enjoy pleasures and happiness. Also each human being experiences loss and sadness. Through this adventure of learning to trust God we are called to a bigger perspective. We can learn to be content with what we have been given and trust […]

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Destroying Your Robot God

Destroying Your Robot God

Posted: 17 Jul, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

To have a meaningful relationship with God, we must not see Him as an emotionless robot always the same: passionless, uncaring, and unaffected by what He sees and experiences. We must see Him as a being who experiences joy and grief, pleasure and displeasure, intense love and extreme jealousy. Download Handout

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Experiencing Jesus in the Midst of Suffering

Experiencing Jesus in the Midst of Suffering

Posted: 03 Jan, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

Each of us has our own unique path in life, but suffering is not unknown to any of us. Not only do we have past hurts, but we have a span of life looming in front of us which is undoubtedly seasoned with unknown types and intensities of grief. In this message, Steve shares some […]

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Disciple the Heart: Give

Disciple the Heart: Give

Posted: 20 Dec, 2015 | Author: John Houser

Merry Christmas from the Rio! In this message John Houser speaks about the joy of giving. The more we give, the less time we spend with out stuff. And less time you spend with something, the less you love it. And the less you love the things of the world, the easier it is to love […]

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Disciple the Heart: Enjoy

Disciple the Heart: Enjoy

Posted: 28 Nov, 2015 | Author: Dove Cranson

So often we make Christianity about a list of things to do or events to attend. And yet when Jesus walked the earth, he didn’t ask people to come to small group or prayer meeting. Instead he took his disciples on a journey of commitment and excitement. In this sermon, Dove speaks about how Christianity […]

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Christmas Savior

Christmas Savior

Posted: 14 Dec, 2014 | Author: Steve Nelson

Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to [the shepherds], Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. NIV   Download

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Just Chill Out

Just Chill Out

Posted: 14 Apr, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

Jesus did not intend for us to be laden by the weight of unattainable perfection. Instead, he wanted to give us rest for our souls.

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Peaks and Valleys

Peaks and Valleys

Posted: 10 Mar, 2019 | Author: Dove Cranson

Through Christ, we can find joy, strength, and comfort in the midst of life’s peaks and valleys.

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The Unstoppable Power of Delight

The Unstoppable Power of Delight

Posted: 08 Sep, 2019 | Author: Dove Cranson

You have permission to delight, not only in the gifts of God but in the fullness which is in the Giver. 

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Experiencing Life in Struggle

Experiencing Life in Struggle

Posted: 22 Mar, 2020 | Author: Steve Nelson

In this message, Steve looks at some of the different ways we experience life and highlights a few areas that will be challenging in the midst of our current world crisis.

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Wholeness in the AND of Christ

Wholeness in the AND of Christ

Posted: 18 Oct, 2020 | Author: Dove Cranson

May we have the faith to acknowledge our humanity AND look steadily at Christ from whom the love, hope, peace, and joy of God has come.

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New Life with Christ 4 - The Power of God in Me

New Life with Christ 4 - The Power of God in Me

Posted: 29 Nov, 2020 | Author: Dove Cranson

The good news of Jesus is a joyful gift to receive.  It is also a joy filled gift to share. 

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New Life with Christ 8 - Labor of Love

New Life with Christ 8 - Labor of Love

Posted: 24 Jan, 2021 | Author: Steve Nelson

One of the ways we respond to God's love is that we love him back. Practically, we do this by giving him our lives. 

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Resting in Joy

Resting in Joy

Posted: 18 Apr, 2021 | Author: Dove Cranson

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Heart of David 6: Allowing God to Comfort

Heart of David 6: Allowing God to Comfort

Posted: 14 Nov, 2021 | Author: Dove Cranson

When we allow God, His comfort brings us peace and renews our strength to keep moving forward with joy

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Restoring Joy - Course Correction Lessons from David and Bathsheba (Psalm 32)

Restoring Joy - Course Correction Lessons from David and Bathsheba (Psalm 32)

Posted: 09 Jan, 2022 | Author: Steve Nelson

Confession and repentance are not bad. Rather, they restore Joy! This study through Psalm 32 will help us remember this life-giving principle.

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Productive Suffering

Productive Suffering

Posted: 13 Feb, 2022 | Author: Blaise Nelson

Lessons from Daniel and Joseph's lives that help us set a good course so we can experience life even when hardship comes. 

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