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Shopping for a Savior - December

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Joseph, 2 for 1 Deal

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Looking for the Perfect Gift

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Shepherd - the Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Gratitude Adjustment - November

Gratitude Adjustment Gratitude Adjustment Far too often we allow our circumstances to dictate our attitude. Rather than take ownership and responsibility for our attitudes we allow co-workers, or the economy or…to determine our outlook. In this series we will learn how we can adjust our attitudes through the amazing power of gratitude. Two of the most powerful words in life are…”thank you.”

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Look Up - Psalm 8

In this opening weekend of the series we look at Psalm 8 and the power of worship that focuses on the character and nature of God and His handiwork. As we look up at a powerful, majestic, enormous God we remember that He is bigger than all our problems and dreams. Consistent vertical gratitude begins to change us.

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Look Back - Psalm 107

Let’s face it…life can be tough. Each of us has a story and each of our stories includes some pain, tears and trials. Where is God through all that? Well, He doesn't always keep us from those desert times but does promise to walk through them with us. In this second message we look back and see the value of those desert times and how they can be the most fruitful in life.

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Look Around - Psalm 118

We have looked up and back, now it is time to look around at what God is doing right now. Through the lens of gratitude life looks differently. We can see all the little blessings and gifts that are embedded in each and every day. By mastering the words, “thank you” our world becomes brighter and lighter. Gratitude makes relationships easier and life simply gets better as “thank you” flows from our lips.

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Revolution - October

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The Revolution Begins

We meet Jesus in His hometown as He launches His ministry by making some extraordinary claims. In doing so He challenges us to partner with Him as His representatives in the establishing of the “Kingdom of God” in all its facets.

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Share Your Story

Shocking! Appalling! That is how many in Jesus’ culture would characterize this encounter. Jesus stops in Samaria and talks to a woman of ill repute. In doing so he demonstrates His unbelievable grace, but also reminds us that in spite of our past and present we have a story and Jesus wants to be the central figure in that story. This most unlikely of candidates changes her community. Your turn!!

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Be a Good Neighbor

Expensive and inconvenient, that’s what this encounter was. This very familiar story of the Good Samaritan is actually incredible revolutionary. Jesus casts as the hero a hated "half breed" and the villains are the most respected religious leaders of the day. This story challenges us to really take a good look at whether we are doing what we can to meet the needs of those around us.

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Pass it On

Famous last words. The passage today is often called the “Great Commission” and represents Jesus’ clearest challenge to His followers. We MUST not keep this story of hope and transformation to ourselves, but rather pass it on to the people around us.

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Make it Your Problem

"God there is so much hurt, pain, misery and brokenness around us! Why don’t you do something?" What if God was asking us the same question??? We can no longer say "somebody oughta" or point fingers at God when He clearly tells us to make it our problem. In this message we learn to take responsibility for the world we live in and make it better.

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Make a Difference

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iThink - September

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In this 4 week series we explore the role of critical thinking in the life of a Christ follower. What does it mean to “Love God with all your…mind.” Something we don’t THINK about very often. In this series we will learn to reorient our brain to honor God.

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You are What You Think

In this first message we will explore the truth that "I am exactly where I have thought myself to be." Good or bad it has been our thinking, and subsequent decisions, that have brought us to where we are. We will then explore God’s “thinking standards” and see where we may need to make some thinking adjustments.

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You can Retrain Your Brain

Scientists have learned that our thinking, positive or negative, literally creates ruts in our physical brain as well as creating ruts in our lives. We don’t have to keep living out the same pattern we have lived. God can change us if we are willing to be changed.

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The Power of Focused Thinking

Focused thinking is the key to living. We tend to live out what we focus on. If we constantly think about the hurts, mistakes or pains of the past we will not move forward. God gives us other things we can set our minds on that lifts us away from and above the mediocre.

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Big Picture Thinking

In this final week we will learn about big picture thinking. Those who live with a "nose up" attitude will soar and those with a “nose down” attitude will crash. In this message we will learn how to consistently pursue the big picture and achieve new heights.

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Road Maps - August

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How Will You Get There?

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Where Have You Been?

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Where Are You Now?

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Where Are You Going?

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Get Real - July

Get Real Get Real Get Real In this series we will work through the book of James and learn to develop a strong and authentic version of Christianity in our lives.

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A Courageous Stance

In the first message of this series we will take a look at the attribute of perseverance under fire. We are talking "staying power." We will learn how to build and remain strong in our faith without wavering in tough circumstances.

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Costly Service

In spite of difficult times we should still be mindful of others’ needs. A genuine faith is ALWAYS going to include service…not just lip service. In this second message we will learn why service to others is so important and how we can develop that lifestyle.

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Controlled Speech

Words matter! Our words reflect our heart and our character. Authentic Christianity is going to be marked by words of life and encouragement.

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Continual Surrender

In this chapter James addresses the topic of humility before God. Humility is not well regarded in our culture of pride and winning, but the Christian’s greatest source of power and strength is in a surrendered position before God.

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Compassionate Sharing

It should matter to us greatly if others know Christ. This should be one of our greatest values, because NOTHING matters more to God than this. In this final message of the series we will learn how to live a lifestyle that attracts others to Christ.

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5 Lies of Relationships - June

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We often undermine or even destroy relationships because of the mistruths we have embraced and acted upon. In this series we will expose 5 of the most common relationship “lies” so that we can avoid them and build healthier relationships.

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It's Hopeless

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Someone Else Will Make Me Happy

Probably the single biggest mistake in relationships, of any kind, is the expectation that another human being can be responsible for one’s happiness. By exposing this lie we also reveal the truth that happiness is founded upon the pillars of Identity, Purpose and Growth.

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Relationships Are Supposed to be Easy!

Probably the single biggest mistake in relationships, of any kind, is the expectation that another human being can be responsible for one’s happiness. By exposing this lie we also reveal the truth that happiness is founded upon the pillars of Identity, Purpose and Growth.

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If I Give I Get

This lie is the expectation of reciprocity and the sad fact is that we don’t always get back what we invest into a relationship. Certainly we don’t often get it back at the speed we desire. Why should I give honor, respect, affection, time, etc…if I’m not getting the same in return? To say, “It doesn’t work!” is missing the point. The point is to demonstrate those character traits because they have become WHO I AM!

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They Made Me Do It!

Undoubtedly the single biggest lie in relationships is the belief that another person is responsible for my behavior. By blame shifting we remove our ownership of our part of the problem and thus our part of the solution. By exposing this lie we also reveal the powerful truth of responsibility and the healing it can bring.

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Prayer - What's the Point? - May

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The Purpose of Prayer

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The Pattern of Prayer

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The Problem With Prayer

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The Power of Prayer

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Finding Your Place at the Table - April

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Eating With Pigs

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I'm Owed a Goat

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The Feast of the Father

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Enough! Breaking the Power of Idols - February

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It is clear that God demands and deserves first place in our lives, but often we clutter that sacred space with counterfeit idols (sex, money, romance, addictions). Embrace the freedom that is found when God is given His rightful place.

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The Lord is Enough

How would you react to God if he asked you to give up the very thing you loved most? That’s exactly what happened with Abraham. In our first of the four “Enough!” stories we will take a general look at the types of things that we put in front of and in place of a relationship with God. Then we will learn how to remove and replace them with a freeing relationship with God.

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I'm Not Enough

In this second message we will look at the most powerful, and often hidden, idol in our lives…pride. Pride often morphs into many other forms: control, achievement, selfishness, etc.. but always comes back to a deep seated root to be the “savior” of our own lives. In this message we will learn how to break those self-destructive impulses and get free.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Take a look at the vast majority of songs and movies in our culture over the last 50 years. What is the subject? The answer... Love. Always looking for it, but never really finding it our souls crave to find that perfect someone with whom we can be happy. This is a mistake. As Johnny Lee sang in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, "I was looking for love in all the wrong places." That ultimate love we are looking for can only be found in God Himself, but we hope to find it in others, and greatly disappoint ourselves in the process. In this final message of the “Enough!” series we will learn how to finally put God first as we understand how much He loves us.

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30 Days to Live

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How would you change your life if you found out you had only one month to live? Sobering thought isn't it? Would you re-arrange priorities? Spend more time with family? Enjoy life more? Then why aren't you living that way now?

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Live Passionately

In this first message of the series we look at Paul and Silas in jail and their amazing ability to praise anyway. Their passion for life and God's purposes gave them the strength to overcome difficulty and hardships. If you had only one month to live what would that kind of passion look like in your life?
Why not live that passionately now?!

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Love Completely

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Learn Humbly

All healthy living things grow! Why is it that many people get to s certain age or stage and stop growing? In this message, we learn that learning is a lifelong journey. We all have areas we can grow and change. If you had only one month to live what would you want to learn or experience? Why not learn that now?!

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Leave a Legacy

Everyone dies, but not everyone lives! The mortality rate is still unchanged at 100%, but very few people really leave a mark. In this message we examine the short life of Stephen and the impact he had. How will you be remembered when you are gone? If you had only one month to live what impact would you hope to make? What not begin leaving a legacy now?!

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Life LIke There is No Tomorrow

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guaranteed. This message is centered around an interview with a family that is not living this series in theory. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer they give us tremendous real life insights on living a “no regrets” life. What will you do with the rest of the one and only life you have been given?

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