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Two Views – Romans 10

Two Views – Romans 10

Posted: 17 Feb, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

Romans 2:13b-15 It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God s law is written in their heart, for their own conscience and thoughts […]

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What We Desire is in Jesus: Life, Grace, and Truth

What We Desire is in Jesus: Life, Grace, and Truth

Posted: 12 Jan, 2019 | Author: Dove Cranson

When we are honest, what do we truly want in life? If we got to the bottom of what drives us, what would we find? Do you see in yourselves a deep desire for love, for a sense of worth or belonging, for respect, peace, beauty, wisdom, freedom, greatness, or immortality? Where do we find […]

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Growing Up

Growing Up

Posted: 25 Nov, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Hebrews 5:12-14 Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the […]

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Exchanging Fear and Anxiety for Trust

Exchanging Fear and Anxiety for Trust

Posted: 24 Nov, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

This message looks at the fear and anxiety that can be in all of our lives at times. It describes the process turning towards trust in an amazing and loving God. This process involves realizing the anxiety, giving it to God in honest, worshipful prayer, asking God for what we need and then trusting in […]

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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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You Bring Pleasure to God

You Bring Pleasure to God

Posted: 07 Oct, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness. We are constantly and unconditionally loved by God. But, the things we do are not always pleasing to God. What pleases God? He is not withholding his pleasure until we reach perfection. […]

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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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Loving One Another

Loving One Another

Posted: 09 Sep, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

We are called to love one another. What does loving one another look like? How is it possible to really experience love? In this message Dove attempts to answer those questions, finding that we can love each other because we have been loved by God through Jesus Christ. As we have received, so can we […]

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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 3: A Committed Relationship

Knowing God s Will 3: A Committed Relationship

Posted: 08 Aug, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Our relationship with God is more than a list of dos and don ts. God wants a deep, authentic, and committed relationship! He doesn t want anything to get in the way of that. We ll take a look at how that relates to this passage of Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 It is God’s will that you should […]

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Message to Myself

Message to Myself

Posted: 15 Jul, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Identity is answering the question: who am I? Because of our experiences and perceptions, we each have messages to ourselves, telling us who we are. In Christ, we are given a gift of leaving behind these messages and taking on the Lord s opinion. He gets to say who I am, and He says I am […]

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Love Is  Showing Compassion – When People Are Difficult

Love Is Showing Compassion – When People Are Difficult

Posted: 01 Jul, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Love is complicated. Sometimes people can be so rude, mean, or insensitive! Yet understanding people s back stories, helps make sense of why they do what they do. When grasp our own shortcomings, it helps us be sympathetic, because our struggles are not really all that different. Download Handout: With blanks / Without blanks Video from message: Chick-fil-A: Every […]

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Love Is  Speaking the Truth with Love – When Things Are Difficult to Say

Love Is Speaking the Truth with Love – When Things Are Difficult to Say

Posted: 24 Jun, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

The words that come out of our mouths have the potential to bring good to someone else s life or the potential to bring harm. Sometimes things are hard to say but we should say them. In those situations, how can we speak the truth with love? Download Handout

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Love Is  Working through Conflict   When I Know I am the One Who Is Right

Love Is Working through Conflict When I Know I am the One Who Is Right

Posted: 17 Jun, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Relational conflict is normal, and God gives lots of helpful instruction on how to develop deeper and closer relationships as we work through conflict. Download Handout: With blanks/Without blanks

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Love Is  Listening Attentively – When I Already Have a Lot on My Mind

Love Is Listening Attentively – When I Already Have a Lot on My Mind

Posted: 10 Jun, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Our world is full of beautiful, good things. It is also full of dark, broken, hurtful things. Instead of leaving us to our own misery or destroying us, Jesus came and entered into our dark world, taking the brokenness upon himself. In this message on listening we are taught to listen to the comfort of […]

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Love Is  Believing the Best – When People Do Things that Seem Absurd

Love Is Believing the Best – When People Do Things that Seem Absurd

Posted: 03 Jun, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

In our nature it is extremely easy to make assumption and accusations about others. However, when we withhold judgment and believe the best about others, we are able to truly get to know them and develop a deep relationship. This message looks at how to stay out of judgment and respect others even when they […]

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Love Is  Sticking with It   When Starting over Seems Easiest

Love Is Sticking with It When Starting over Seems Easiest

Posted: 03 Jun, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV Is that the kind of love you desire? Sometimes instead of being protected, we get hurt by those we love. Trust is something that we value, but once that trust gets violated, it is hard to get it back. As long as […]

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Love Is  Turning to God – When Love Is Too Hard on My Own

Love Is Turning to God – When Love Is Too Hard on My Own

Posted: 20 May, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Having healthy relationships with every coworker, friend, and neighbor is nearly impossible. There is no way. It s too hard. And that is why we need supernatural help. Thankfully, with God s help, he can transform us (not them) into lovers of people. Download Handout: With blanks / Without blanks

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Love Is  Moving Forward: When I regret what has happened in the past

Love Is Moving Forward: When I regret what has happened in the past

Posted: 20 May, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

The nature of relationships is that to keep moving forward we have to overcome the past. In this message Dove explains how all regret from the past can be overcome by forgiveness. God is a gracious God of forgiveness. When we feel God s voice (not the voice of condemnation) kindly leading us into a place […]

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How Much Do I Need to Know

How Much Do I Need to Know

Posted: 06 May, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Sometimes the big unanswered questions keep us from feeling confident in our lives. Some of the many questions we have can include: How can I share my faith, when I don t know very much? Why did this bad thing happen to this person? What is going to happen in the future? As limited human beings […]

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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 God Embrace 6: Transformed by Love

The God Embrace 6: Transformed by Love

Posted: 18 Mar, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

God loves me. He loves me deeply. He loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). He loves me because He is Love (1 John 4:8). He loves me with a love that accepts me as I am (Romans 15:7). Jesus loves me enough to give of Himself for me (1 John 3:16). He loves […]

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The God Embrace 5: How Much More

The God Embrace 5: How Much More

Posted: 11 Mar, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Romans 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God s wrath through him! NIV Romans 5 talks about how we used to be and how we are, and it addresses the kind of treatment we can expect from God. We used to be ungodly. We […]

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Sexual Anarchy in 2018 – The Truth about Love, Sex, and Pornography

Sexual Anarchy in 2018 – The Truth about Love, Sex, and Pornography

Posted: 10 Mar, 2018 | Author: Jeromy Darling

What does healthy sexuality look like in a sex-saturated society? God s wonderful design for sex is being dragged through the mud. Can we bring it back? Download Jeromy Darling is an actor, singer, author, and advocate. He has toured a third of the US speaking and performing to over 20,000 people in just the last […]

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The God Embrace 3: Demonstrative

The God Embrace 3: Demonstrative

Posted: 25 Feb, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ESV In human relationships, when we assess someone s love, we don t just take their word for it. It is not enough. We consider a wide variety of factors. How have they treated us? How have […]

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State of the Church – 2018

State of the Church – 2018

Posted: 11 Feb, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

It is important to keep our mission ever before us. As a church, we want to help people connect to the source, God, experience life, and to have that life flow through us and into the world. In this message, Steve explains how the prophet s vision in Ezekiel 47 relates to our church name and […]

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God s Grace allows My Honesty

God s Grace allows My Honesty

Posted: 07 Jan, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

The foundation of our relationship with God is His grace, not our merit. Therefore, we can learn to be honest with what is going on in our lives. As we are honest we find more love and acceptance and God changes us from the inside. Download Handout

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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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The Commands of Christ 2: Love People

The Commands of Christ 2: Love People

Posted: 12 Nov, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

To embrace God s call to love others, we must commit ourselves to loving those who are difficult, inconvenient, and uncomfortable for us. God is not simply calling us to love those who give us the warm fuzzies, but to love the unfuzzy. Mark 12:29-31 The most important [command], answered Jesus, is this: Hear, O Israel, […]

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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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