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Knowing Jesus: The Surpassing Greatness of Knowing Christ

Knowing Jesus: The Surpassing Greatness of Knowing Christ

Posted: 05 Jul, 2015 | Author: Dr. Michael Parsa

In this next section of Philippians 3, we take a look at these verses: “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a […]

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Winning the War Waged

Winning the War Waged

Posted: 06 Jan, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.  When we put our faith in Christ, we become God’s people and citizens of his kingdom. We no longer pledge our allegiance to this world, but to God. As the verse says, […]

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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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Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Posted: 03 Nov, 2019 | Author: Mike Kimball

Jesus is a life giver and we want to experience life as we engage in living actively as members of the kingdom of heaven.

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Animation 14: Simon Peter

Animation 14: Simon Peter

Posted: 23 Jul, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

As we saw with the Pharisees (message 2 weeks ago), we cannot be made righteous by cleaning ourselves up but instead by humbly receiving Christ and His life in us.  With Christ in our lives we are new, we are no longer sinners but blameless, pure children of God.  This change is what Jesus did […]

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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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Living Life - Truck Camping vs. Backpacking

Living Life - Truck Camping vs. Backpacking

Posted: 12 Sep, 2021 | Author: Steve Nelson

We experience life, not just by believing in Jesus, but by living the life he calls us into.

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Heart of David 8: Awestruck by the Reality of God

Heart of David 8: Awestruck by the Reality of God

Posted: 28 Nov, 2021 | Author: Dove Cranson

We draw strength from God by living in awe of Him. 

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Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Posted: 07 Oct, 2018 | Author: Steve Nelson

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. NIV11 You may have seen the famous poem “The Dash,” by Linda Ellis. It talks about how someday our tombstones will have two […]

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Our Secret Lives

Our Secret Lives

Posted: 19 Feb, 2017 | Author: Dove Cranson

Dove shares about the opportunity to develop an ongoing, growing relationship with the living God.  He unpacks Jesus’ call in the beginning of Matthew chapter 6, to pray, give, and fast in secret—not for the approval of others but for God only.  When done with a desire to discover the heart of God, not just […]

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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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Love in Disputable Matters, A Higher Calling 9

Love in Disputable Matters, A Higher Calling 9

Posted: 13 Nov, 2016 | Author: Steve Nelson

Have you ever felt judged by Christians? You vote one way, but they think you should vote another. You trick or treat, but they don’t. You have a Christmas tree and they seem to think you are worshiping the forest god in your living room. You public school and they home school. Paul addresses these […]

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Knowing Jesus: Contentment

Knowing Jesus: Contentment

Posted: 23 Aug, 2015 | Author: John Houser

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do […]

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Sit Walk Stand 8: Living Inside Out - The Christian Walk

Sit Walk Stand 8: Living Inside Out - The Christian Walk

Posted: 13 Mar, 2022 | Author: Kevin Quinn

In Ephesians 4:17-32, we learn to change our lives by changing our thinking, our "clothes", and by acting according to who we are in Christ.

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Death Conquered - Easter

Death Conquered - Easter

Posted: 17 Apr, 2022 | Author: Steve Nelson

Because of the resurrection, death has been conquered. Instead of living in fear, we can live in confident hope!

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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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What Is a Biblical Woman?

What Is a Biblical Woman?

Posted: 07 May, 2023 | Author: Kathleen Nelson

"What Is a Biblical Woman" is a bag lunch seminar given at Living Hope Church in Rochester, MN.

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2 Tim Gems 4: Soldier, Athlete, Farmer (2 Timothy 2:1-7)

2 Tim Gems 4: Soldier, Athlete, Farmer (2 Timothy 2:1-7)

Posted: 25 Jun, 2023 | Author: Dove Cranson

Accomplishing God’s mission for our lives is a matter of living out who He has made us to be in joyful relationship with Him. 

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Disciple the Heart: Reproduce

Disciple the Heart: Reproduce

Posted: 26 Dec, 2015 | Author: Steve Nelson

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making […]

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Knowing Jesus: Living Out our Faith

Knowing Jesus: Living Out our Faith

Posted: 10 May, 2015 | Author: Tom Schwieger

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident […]

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Putting Money in its Place 4: A Matter of Honor

Putting Money in its Place 4: A Matter of Honor

Posted: 16 Jun, 2019 | Author: Dove Cranson

God has given us all that we have and He allows us to honor Him by giving some back.  And He blesses us in the process.

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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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New Life with Christ 13 - King Jesus

New Life with Christ 13 - King Jesus

Posted: 14 Mar, 2021 | Author: Steve Nelson

The new life in Christ is "with him," "in him," "as him," and "for him." It's all about King Jesus!

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Sit Walk Stand 12: Walk in Relationship

Sit Walk Stand 12: Walk in Relationship

Posted: 10 Apr, 2022 | Author: Steve Nelson

The key to walking in relationship with broken, sinful, and dysfunctional people, is to respond to Christ instead of to them. 

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Growing in Christ 1: Salvation

Growing in Christ 1: Salvation

Posted: 10 Mar, 2024 | Author: Steve Nelson

To grow in Christ we must be rooted in the salvation from sin and into a new life.

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Come Close and Be Refreshed

Come Close and Be Refreshed

Posted: 17 Mar, 2024 | Author: Dove Cranson

Guilt is not a place we are supposed to live in, stay in, or wallow in. Christ came to set us free! 

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Saint

Saint

Posted: 17 Mar, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

Galatians 4:19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you… 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate [reflect/behold] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Is […]

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And That... You Were

And That... You Were

Posted: 03 Mar, 2019 | Author: Steve Nelson

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that […]

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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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