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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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Knowing Jesus: Suffering Well

Knowing Jesus: Suffering Well

Posted: 16 May, 2015 | Author: Steve Nelson

As we continue our series through Philippians, we’re going to take a look at the place of suffering in a Christian’s life. Suffering is very real, not only in the sense of the persecuted church, but also in the sense of the day-to-day struggles and battles that we face regularly. These sufferings, in whatever form, […]

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Forged in the Fire

Forged in the Fire

Posted: 25 Aug, 2019 | Author: Dove Cranson

Sometimes life is impossible and overwhelming. Because God is with us, those times can refine us like gold into something beautiful.

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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 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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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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Spending to Save

Spending to Save

Posted: 15 Sep, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

A counterintuitive approach to a fulfilling life is to live for God and spend your life loving his people. Then you can truly take hold of life!

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The Finish Is the Start

The Finish Is the Start

Posted: 19 Jul, 2020 | Author: Steve Nelson

As hard as the race may be, the finish line ends suffering and starts an amazing eternity. Understanding that the end is near helps us run well.

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The Journey through Grief

The Journey through Grief

Posted: 16 Dec, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Life is hard.  It is not what it was intended to be.  Because of the brokenness in this world, we all experience pain, loss, and suffering.  Grief is a path we must all walk through in this broken life.  It is a product of the broken world we live in.  When we are aware of […]

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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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Seeing the Unseen II – With Us

Seeing the Unseen II – With Us

Posted: 26 Mar, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

A fundamental way to fix our eyes on the unseen is to be continually aware that God is with us. It is a great comfort to us in times of grief and loss when we are aware of God’s loving presence. It also gives us confidence to do things that are greater than ourselves when […]

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Encourage

Encourage

Posted: 26 Feb, 2017 | Author: Steve Nelson

We should never be surprised when we find ourselves discouraged or even despondent. After all, we live in terrible times. Yet God offers hope in the midst of our trials. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” We can find life from God even […]

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Seeing God’s Good – A Higher Calling 13

Seeing God’s Good – A Higher Calling 13

Posted: 11 Dec, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

We can love people who are hard for us, but to do so we must see God’s good in ourselves, in others, and in His overarching plan for His people. In this message we look at spiritual gifts and how God has shaped each of us ways in various ways so that we can each […]

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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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Galatians: Sowing and Reaping

Galatians: Sowing and Reaping

Posted: 05 Apr, 2015 | Author: Steve Nelson

The Bible tells us that we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-9). It’s a basic concept that’s not too hard to understand. But why do some people do evil things and not seem to reap any negative consequences? And why is it that some people make the right choice and do not get a […]

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Tough Love

Tough Love

Posted: 04 Jan, 2015 | Author: Steve Nelson

To experience genuine love and deep relationships we have to make some tough choices in our own lives. As hard as that is, those decisions we make to be patient, humble, protective, trusting, and hopeful produce a love that is tough enough to last.   Download Handout PDF

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Thanksgiving 21 Years Later

Thanksgiving 21 Years Later

Posted: 10 Nov, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

In the midst of the heartache of life, we are loved by a God who gives us a living hope. And for that, we can give thanks.

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Sit Walk Stand 14: Stand Ready in Truth

Sit Walk Stand 14: Stand Ready in Truth

Posted: 01 May, 2022 | Author: Steve Nelson

Putting on the armor of God is not hard or mysterious. It is resting in what Christ has done for us and living accordingly.

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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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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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Living Differently

Living Differently

Posted: 14 Oct, 2018 | Author: Tom Schwieger

Do you ever feel out of place? Although we are still in the world, we don’t have to be of it. We don’t have to fit in and be just like everyone else. God has called us to a different lifestyle. Although that may make us feel out of place at times, the blessing is […]

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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 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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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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Anchoring to God through the Storms of Life

Anchoring to God through the Storms of Life

Posted: 22 Apr, 2018 | Author: Dove Cranson

Just as El Paso brings blinding dust storms, we all walk through trials and “spiritual storms” in our lives.  How can we stay anchored to God through those times? 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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How Can We Share Jesus with Others

How Can We Share Jesus with Others

Posted: 07 Oct, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

Wouldn’t it be sad to have something really good and never share it with others?  Having a relationship with God through Jesus is something worth sharing!  Yet those conversations about our faith, although exciting, can at times be intimidating to initiate. This message shares a couple simple tools that can be used to begin conversations […]

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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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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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