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How Does Your GPS Work? - Proverbs 3:1-8

Taught on | Topic: God's Will | Keywords: trust, heart, God's will

This passage in Proverbs is one of the most well-known and bestbeloved in the entire Bible. Believers have read it, memorized it, shared it, prayed over it, preached from it, and relied on it for centuries. Why is that so? It's simply because we all want to know God's will for our lives. Discovering God's will is one of the dominating pursuits for Christians. Let's see how it works.

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How Does Your GPS Work?
Proverbs 3:1-8
Skip Heitzig
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This passage in Proverbs is one of the most well-known and bestbeloved in the entire Bible. Believers have read it, memorized it, shared it, prayed over it, preached from it, and relied on it for centuries. Why is that so? It's simply because we all want to know God's will for our lives. Discovering God's will is one of the dominating pursuits for Christians. Let's see how it works.
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  1. A Promise to Lean On: You Do Have a GPS

  2. Prerequisites to Live By: Five Ways to Tune Your GPS


    1. __________________________

    2. __________________________

    3. __________________________

    4. __________________________

    5. __________________________

  3. Peace to Last Us: Results of a Well-Tuned GPS

Navigational Issues:

  1. What are extremes you've discovered Christians have about discerning God's will?

  2. How often do you ask, "I wonder what God wants?" or "What would God have me do?"

  3. Which do you want more: To have guidance or simply to just know the Guide?

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  1. Introduction
    1. Proverbs 3:1-8
      1. Foundational for all believers
      2. Need a reminder
    2. Prayer
      1. Scripture References:
        1. "Speak, for Your servant hears." (1 Samuel 3:10)
        2.  "Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts." (Jeremiah 15:16)
    3. GPS
      1. "Jill" - Skip’s GPS (Global Positioning System) device
      2. At least 24 orbiting satellites that connect and convey information to each other
      3. Accurate down to 30 feet, anywhere on earth where it is programmed
      4. Do we as believers have a GPS?
        1. A God Positioning System for believers?
        2. A spiritual equivalent?
        3. Everybody wants to know God’s will
    4. Knowing God’s Will
      1. Sometimes as obvious and plain as a GPS
      2. Other times it is not so obvious
        1. "I cry out to You, but You do not answer me" (Job 30:20)
        2. Skip tried to find the will of God on a mountain top
        3. Skip’s friend asked for an "impression" from God at stop signs
    5. Read Proverbs 3:1-8
      1. Some of the most popular verses in all of "holy writ"
        1. According to Bible Gateway
          1. Proverbs 3:5-6 rank sixth and seventh in most-searched Bible verses (out of 100)
          2. 8 million visitors to the site each month
        2. ESV (English Standard Version) - Kindle Version
          1. These verses rank in the top three
      2. Background
        1. Written by Solomon
          1. Son of David, second son of David and Bathsheba
          2. Third King of Israel, whom God gave great wisdom
          3. Wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs
          4. Wrote Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs
      3. Proverb:
        1. Axiom, aphorism, epigram, maxim - a short pithy saying
        2. Truth that is distilled
        3. A few words to describe something big
        4. "Truth bombs"
  2. A Promise to Lean On: You Do Have a GPS (v. 6)
    1. "He shall direct your paths."
    2. Perspective
      1. Father's or parent’s perspective to their child/children
      2. God delights in directing His kids
      3. Foundational Truth: God wants to direct you
      4. God is in the GPS business
    3. Scripture References
      1. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way."(Psalm 37:23)
      2. "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8)
      3. "The Lord will guide you continually." (Isaiah 58:11)
    4. God is into guiding His children
      1. New Testament: We’re promised not only God’s guidance, but a guide who will live inside us: The Holy Spirit
      2. God's guidance is sometimes dramatic
        1. Israelites led to promised land by cloud and fire (see Exodus 13:21)
        2. Abraham's servant is led by God before he finishes praying (see Genesis 24)
      3. Most of the time God's guidance is providential
        1. Queen Esther in Persia
          1. See the book of Esther
          2. "Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
        2. Ruth gleans from the field of Boaz, who happens to be her future husband (see Ruth 2)
      4. Proverbs 3:6 -The Promise
        1. "And he shall direct your paths"
        2. Literally, "He will make your paths straight." Some versions show this as an alternative translation
  3. Prerequisites to Live By: Five Ways to Tune Your GPS
    1. God-directed Trust
      1. "Trust in the Lord" (v. 5)
      2. Not faith in faith
      3. The object of your faith is the Lord
      4. Designed to depend upon God
      5. First sin was Adam acting independently of God (see Genesis 3)
    2. Whole-Hearted Trust
      1. "With all your HEART" (v. 5)
      2. Use of the word "heart" in the Bible
        1. There is a false dichotomy that asserts the heart is disconnected from the mind
        2. According to the Bible, your heart is equivalent to your mind
          1. Mind, thoughts, process, form motives, choices, and exercise of will
        3. "But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts?'"(Matthew 9:4)
        4. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. 'Eat and drink!' he says to you, but his heart is not with you." (Proverbs 23:7)
      3. The heart is the place where you process your thoughts
      4. "Trust God with everything and don’t be divided in your thoughts about trusting God"
      5. "Lean not on your own understanding" (v. 5)
        1. Bible translator, translating John 3:16, believe: to put whole weight on
        2. Jesus is my stretcher; Jesus has to carry us through
        3. Doesn’t mean not to think
          1. The problem is when somebody exalts their wisdom or intellect over the wisdom of God
          2. Abraham did this when he went to Egypt, instead of Canaan
          3. When Joshua attacks Ai and is humiliated (see Joshua 7)
    3. Recurrent Trust
      1. "In all your ways acknowledge Him" (v.6)
        1. God is in the GPS business, but it is increments so that we keep coming back to Him
        2. "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:9-11)
        3. We are told to acknowledge our need for daily sustenance every day
          1. God has arranged it so that we constantly acknowledge our need for Him
          2. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      2. Children of Israel
        1. Given promise of promised land
          1. Exodus 23
          2. Deuteronomy 27
        2. The promise was given that "little by little" they would get the land
      3. Jewish proverb: "It is better to ask the way ten times, than to take the wrong way once."
    4. Scripture-based Trust (vv.  1-3)
      1. Based upon the overall knowledge of God that we have in the Bible
      2. "law" in verse 1 means torah
        1. Torah - תּוֹרָתִ֑י First five books of the Bible
      3. Skip: The law of God that Solomon had internalized was meant to be internalized by his son
      4. Take what has been written and write it on your heart
      5. You have to know God’s Word if you want to know God’s will
      6. Iron ships had Two compasses, one on the mast and one on the deck
        1. The deck compass could be affected by surroundings, but the compass on mast is "above the influence"
        2. The Bible is the compass above
        3. Become predisposed to do God’s will
      7. Icebergs
        1. 90% of the iceberg is under water and unaffected by conditions above the water
        2. A picture of a life founded upon the deep currents of God’s truth
    5. Obedient Trust (v.  1)
      1. 95% of a person knowing the will of God is a person’s willingness to do the will of God no matter what
        1. Counseling situations usually begin by asking if a person is willing to accept God’s revealed will in the Bible
        2. God will direct a person if there’s an obedient trust
      2. Illustration of pilot
        1. Panics in the midst of storms
        2. Controllers tell him to follow their instructions
        3. We must follow God’s instructions
      3. Sometimes we don’t have a clear signal: "God gave us the moon as well as the sun, and when He doesn’t see fit to direct you by sunlight, He will direct you by moonlight." - Unknown
  4. Peace to Last Us: Results of a well-tuned GPS
    1. God doesn’t want to micromanage our lives
    2. "Love God with all of your heart and then do whatever you want."- Unknown
    3. "Love God and do as you please." - Augustine
    4. Peace and health (vv. 2, 8)
      1. וְ֝שָׁל֗וֹם Shalom: God’s peace of mind (v. 2)
      2. Flesh - לְשָׁרֶּ֑ךָ - Navel: nervous system
      3. "Refreshment to your bones" (v. 8, NASB)
    5. Modern medicine can add years to your life, but trusting God will add life to your years
    6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Publications Referenced: Bible Gateway, ESV Kindle Edition
Cross Reference: Genesis 24; Exodus 13:21; Exodus 23, Deuteronomy 27, Joshua 7, I Samuel 3:10; Esther 4:14; Psalm 37:23, Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 23:7; Isaiah 58:12; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 6:9-11; John 3:16; I Thessalonians 5:17
Hebrew Terms: תּוֹרָתִ֑י (Torah) - first 5 books of the OT, law; וְ֝שָׁל֗וֹם (shalom) - peace, specifically the peace that comes from God; לְשָׁרֶּ֑ךָ (shor) - navel, nervous system

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Father we thank you for your goodness to us.  We thank you for the opportunity we have week by week to be together at an ongoing event of praise and worship.  Where you are exalted, where our troubles are pushed aside, where our lives, our commitments are not on our screen but you are.   Where you are exalted, where we placed Jesus on the throne above everything and everyone else, it helps us to be realigned.  So Father we pray what young Samuel prayed, to speak Lord your servant hears and what Jeremiah said, "Your words were found and I ate them and they became to me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart".  May both of those be true for everyone who is here and may everyone who has come be a worshiper of the living Christ.  It's in his name we pray, Amen.

I want to introduce you to my new friend; her name is Jill.  She's in a box.  This is a GPS and when you turn it on that's her name, it's written on it.   Now Jill is a Global Positioning System device, GPS, and the way it works, I understand is there are 24 orbiting satellites at least around the Earth that connect and convey information to each other so that where ever you are this is accurate down to 30 feet anywhere on earth where that his programmed.  So you can be directed and I love these things.  You're in a car somewhere and it will tell you, "In one half mile turn west on I-95".  It's like, perfect, it's what I need that's just explicit direction.  So I have a question, do we as believers have a GPS? Is there a spiritual equivalent of global positioning system? Is there a GPS God Positioning System for believers? And what is the method of determining the will of God, the direction of God for our lives?

This is a major issue with Christians.  In fact a sort of a standing joke around her years ago, I had a friend who would fill in every now and then he would always call his sermon Knowing God's Will and the thing is that he never spoke about knowing God's will.  So I said, Ken, why do you always call it Knowing God's Will? And he said "It's because everybody wants to know God's will for their lives if I call it that a lot of people to show up, it doesn't matter what I talk on".  I want to actually talk on 'Knowing God's Will' out of the book of Proverbs chapter 3.  I think it's safe to say that sometimes knowing the will of the Lord is known as obvious and plain as a GPS.  Have you ever been in a situation where things just fall into place and it's like, "Wow! God was all over that".  And then there are other times when it's not so obvious and you feel more like Job who said, "I cry out to you but you do not answer me".  You've had those situations as well.

 I think I may have told you that when I was a brand-new Christian, I so wanted to know the will of God for my life that I thought the way to do it was to get a pad of paper and a pencil and that God would speak to me.  And so, I walked up to a mountain by my house, a hill really with the staff in my hand because I had seen Charlton Heston do this on television.  I thought that's how you do it.  And I put my staff down by the rock and I sat down and I just waited thinking I'm going to get dictation from God for my life's journey.  And I even had a friend was so obsessed with the minutia of God's will that he would get in his car pulled to a stop sign or a stoplight and then pray.  Dangerous to do when you're in traffic but he would say, "Lord should I turn right or should I turn left?" And then he would wait there for some impression.  I think the Lord wants me to turn right.  Can you imagine trying to navigate – let alone the streets, your life that way?

So we're going to look at Proverbs 3.  And we're going to begin in verse one and we're going to go down to verse 8.  Some very practical counsel about this issue, "My son do not forget my law but let your heart keep my commands for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.  Let not mercy and truth forsake you.  Bind them around your neck right them on the tablet of your heart and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths do not be wise in your own eyes of the Lord and depart from evil it will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.

Now those verses are among the most famous most memorized and best-loved verses in all of the holy writ.  I was on a website called Bible Gateway.com that track the number of hits that it gets, 8 million searches in a month looking at how people and what people are looking for.   And they compiled a list of the top 100 most read your most referred to Bible verses in the Scripture.  And according to their data in the top 100 the verses that were reading this morning ranked number six or number seven depending on which day they are searching.  Way up there, number six or number seven in the top 100 most read Bible verses.  And then the ESV, the English Standard Version recently put out last few years in its Kendal edition will tell you that these verses ranked number 3 as the most underlined verses in the Scripture or highlight of verses in the Scripture.  

A little background the book of Proverbs was written by a guy named Solomon.   Solomon was the son of David the second son of David and Bathsheba, if you remember their first son died Solomon was born after that.  Solomon became the third king of Israel and God gave to him great wisdom and Solomon became a very prolific author.  Guess how many proverbs Solomon wrote, 3,000 the Bible tells us, 3000 proverbs and get this 1,005 songs.  Don't you wish we had one of them preserved like on MP3 or something that we could listen to the cadence, the beats, the words? 1,005 songs, so he wrote a lot.  But we have recorded in the Scripture those books that were superintended by the Holy Spirit.  They are the book of Proverbs the book of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.

A proverb is what the word indicates.  It's an axiom, an aphorism, an epigram, a maxim, a short pithy saying.  It is truth that is distilled.  It is few words to describe something big.  I like to look at Proverbs as truth bombs.  They detonate in your mind with such impact and force and they can give you truth in a way that other forms of literature cannot.  In the first eight verses we're going to look at three basic things, a promise to lean on, prerequisites to live by and peace to last us.  That is how I divided this up and we want to begin with the promise because the promise is central to what we're talking about, and the promise is found in verse six.  It's the main thrust of the passage.  It's the last part of verse six, "And he shall direct your paths".  Now just think of that promise of God to you.  It tells me that you do have a GPS that God himself will direct your paths.

Now Proverbs 3, in fact the entire book is written from a father's perspective to his son or to his children.  And just like a father or a mother wants to give direction to a child for the future, so God delights in directing his kids.  You want to make a Dad's day? Ask your Dad for advice.  They love to give it.  They love that direction that they can pass on from one generation to the next.

So here's a foundational truth and it's important we cover it right on the onset.  The foundational truth is God wants to lead you, wants to direct you.  The big question is, "Do you want to be led by Him?" But God is in the GPS business and there are several verses that bring this promise to bare not only this one, but other verses like Psalm 37 or we are told the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.  Or Psalm 32 we're it says, "I will instruct and teach you in the way that you should go I will guide you with my eye".  Or we can look at Isaiah 58:11, "The Lord will guide you continually".  So we see that God is in the business of revealing himself to his children and directing their lives by his sovereign grace.  Furthermore, when we leave the Old Testament and all the passages I just quoted are in the Old Testament, when we get to the New Testament we see something even more remarkable.  In the New Testament were not just promised God's guidance we're promised a guide who live inside of us called the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, "He will guide you into all truth".

It never ceases to amaze me when I made a believer who is all worried and concerned about guidance and they forget that a guide is living in them, which would cause us to relax a little bit.  If the guide is living in you, I think you're going to be okay.  It's sort of like, if you were to go to an unfamiliar country or a big-city you had never been and you want to get around.  Would you prefer to have a detailed map in your hands for navigation or a person who's a local get in the car and take you personally? Imagine if you could take Jill not a box but Jill is a person or Jack, if you want the male voice, to hop in your car and show you exactly where to go, that would be infinitely much better.  Now a couple of things about how God directs, sometimes the Lord directs very dramatically and I underscore sometimes because it's not most of the time.  Sometimes it's dramatic.

For instance, the children of Israel were directed to the Promised Land by a very interesting GPS network called a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  How's that for guidance? Where do we go? Wherever that cloud says to go, go.  Wherever that pillar of fire stops, stop.  That's dramatic guidance.  Another example of dramatic guidance, one of my favorite passages is Genesis 24, A guy named Eliezer the servant of Abraham is sent to go find Abraham's son Isaac a wife.  And so this guy goes to the country where he is sent and he goes by well and he starts praying a classic prayer.  He goes, "Lord, here I am at this well and I'm going to ask these people who are coming.  I'm going to ask these girls for a drink of water and I pray that the girl who says to me after I say that not only will I give you a drink of water but I like to give water to your camels, let her be the one you have chosen for Isaac".  The Bible says, he wasn't even done praying and the Lord answered his prayer she shows up, he says, "Can I have a drink of water?" And she goes, well I'd like to give water to your camels as well".  And he thought "Hot Diggity Dog, my prayer was answered that's very dramatic".  And if you're looking that up in your concordance, ‘hot diggity dog', you won't find it.

So that's sometimes, that is not most of the time.  Most of the time it's not dramatic, most of the time God's guidance is providential.  That is, God directs supernaturally naturally.  He unfolds his will in the natural events of a person's life.  It's still supernatural, it's still sovereign but it's just, what happens is, your life unfolds.  God is directing you through that providentially.  A great example is Queen Esther in Persia, who happen to be Jewish and happen to be at the right place at the right time, when her people were being persecuted and her uncle said, "Who knows that you're not at this place at this time for such a time as this", and she was.  - The story of Ruth, who just happened to be gleaming in the field of Boaz, which became her future husband, the ancestor of King David, and eventually the ancestor of the Messiah.

So that's how God usually directs.  Now if you go back to our verse in verse six it says, "and he shall direct your paths" that's the promise that we're isolating.  You may have in the margin of your Bible or in the center portion of it a little note like it is in mine that says, literally this means he will make your paths straight or level.  It means to remove the obstacles so that you can go down that path.  It's not so bad, it's level, you see which way to go.

Now how does God do that?  How does God direct our paths? What part do we play in this?  Well now we move from the promise to lean on to the prerequisites to live by.  And I'm going to give you, out of the text, five ways for you to tune your spiritual GPS to God's coordinates.  And it all revolves around a single word ready, "trust".  How do you find God's will? Trust.  How do you get directed?  You trust.  You go "No problem then because I trust the Lord".  Well, let me qualify what I mean by trust.  According to our text, this idea of trust takes on five different issues.  Let me explain.  Number one – "It has to be a God-directed trust", a God-directed trust.  Notice it says verse five, "Trust in the Lord".

You see, the idea of trust isn't that I have this power called faith and I'm releasing my faith and I have faith in faith.  I have this incredible power that when I speak these words out that something's going to happen, and that is a doctrine that has flooded through the church in the last 15 or 20 or 25 years called "The Faith Movement Doctrine", that you have the power by the words that you unleash to speak God's will into existence.

And so basically all you have to do is have faith in your faith.  That's nonsense.  The reality of this implies a relationship and the object of faith isn't your faith, the object of faith is the Lord, you are trusting the Lord, it's all part of his sovereign plan.  Now do you realize that you and I have been designed to depend upon God?  That's how we're wired.  So much so that God sees the first sin committed by Adam and Eve as Adam acting independently of God rather than depending upon God.  That's the essence of the first sin.  I'm going to do what I want to do at the time I want to do it.  That's independence from God.  God wants you to be dependent upon Him.   So it has to be a God directed trust.  I'm trusting in the Lord.

Number two: "It has to be a wholehearted trust."  Notice it says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart."  Now, we have to understand what the Bible means by that word 'heart', because if ever there were a word that were tossed around and are vernacular, very irresponsibly it's the term 'heart'; and I would even say by many Christians.  Have you ever heard statements like this from even believers?  What we need is more heart-knowledge not had-knowledge, ever heard that?

When somebody makes a statement like that, what they are admitting to is a false dichotomy that somehow the heart of a person is set against the head, the intellect.  So that the emotional feeling part of a person, that's the heart, is opposed to the intellectual processing of an individual.  And so they say, "We need more heart knowledge, not more head knowledge".  Do you know that according to the Bible, this is your biblical heart?  It is your mind, it is your thoughts, it is where you process.  It is where you form your motives, make your choices, and exercise your will.  It might involve your emotions but it's your mind and your will.

And so the Bible puts it this way.  Jesus it says, Matthew 9, "Knowing their thoughts, said to them, why do you think evil in your hearts?" So he realized, you're thinking something in your heart, you are thinking evil and he knew their thoughts.  In Proverbs 23:7, we read for – as a man thinks in his heart so is he.  So once again, the heart is the place is the place where you process your thoughts.  So when it says here, "Trust the Lord with all your heart", it simply means, trust God with everything and don't be divided in your thoughts about trusting God.  Trust him totally.  Now to press the point further, Solomon adds this, "And lean not on your own understanding.  So picture for a moment somebody leaning.  Okay, here I am leaning on this podium.  So far so good, it has an adequate weight to displace my weight.  If it were flimsy, however, me doing this, I'd be on the ground by now.  "Don't lean on your own understanding but trust in the Lord with all your heart".

It brings to my mind an illustration I heard years ago of a Bible translator down in the jungles in South America translating the Gospel of John.  I don't know if it took 2 1/2 years to do it but he was translating the Gospel of John and he was at the key verse of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life".  He had every word, every component of that sentence translated into the receptor line, with except one word, that's the keyword, the word, 'believes'.  He couldn't figure out a right word or set of words to translate adequately the concept of biblical belief, biblical faith.  And so, he was describing it to the village elders around the campfire.  As he was describing biblical faith, what it means, one of the guys jumped up, ran into his tent and laid down on his cot and he said, "I am putting my whole weight on this cot." And they all agreed, that's the exact translated concept of the word 'believe'.  So I hear that in that indigenous language.

The translation of the John 3:16 is "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever puts his whole weight on him will not perish but will have everlasting life.  So trust him with all of you, laying on his mercy and grace and confidence not leaning on your own understanding.

Years ago, I was working at a hospital in Southern California and I was witnessing about my faith and one of my supervisors in anger said, "Jesus Christ is your crutch", and I said, "You're wrong.  He's my stretcher".  I can't just lean on him.  He has to to carry me through.  She didn't quite understand what I was trying to get through.  But that's the concept here.  Now, when it says, "Don't lean to your own understanding", it doesn't mean that you're not to think as a Christian or to check your brains at the door, it doesn't mean that.  It doesn't mean that you – don't process through things or use common sense or that you can't counsel with well-meaning Godly people.  What this means, what this refers to, is a person who exalts his own intellect over and above the wisdom of God, that becomes the problem.  When you do that you are leaning on your own understanding and let me give you a couple of examples from people in the Bible who did that.  Abraham is the classic, Abraham decided he would lean on his own understanding, push the panic button, leave the Promised Land and go down to Egypt because there was a famine in the land.  Even though God said, "I'm not calling you to Egypt; I'm calling you to Canaan".  And God told them, "Bad form, shouldn't have done that, I would have taken care of you".  But he was leaning on his own understanding.

The second example is Joshua, who instead of searching the Lord's will and praying about every bottle, he decided that he would attack the little town of Ai, spelt 'A-I' because after all it was a little town.  It's so easy to takeover, we don't even need our whole army.  This is something we do in an afternoon.  They went on to attack it and got humiliated, because he was leaning on his own wisdom, his own understanding.  So, it has t be a God-directed trust.  It has to be a whole-hearted trust.

Third, as you're tuning your spiritual GPS, "It needs to be a recurrent trust".  Go back to the text, notice what it says, "In all your ways acknowledge him".  In all your ways – in all your ways, you know why I'm doing that because that's going to haunt you, I hope, in days ahead.  He kept saying that, "In all your ways", Do you know why I'm saying that? Because some of us treat, prayer like it's an emergency room situation.  It's the last resort.

"God I really need you now".  What you didn't need him yesterday? In all your ways acknowledge him – it needs to be a recurrent trust.  And here's the deal, God is in the GPS business.  He's in the leading and guiding business but he gives it to you in increments not all at once.  Because when he gives it to you in increments, you'll keep coming back.  How did Jesus teach us to pray? Our Father who art in heaven hollowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  That infers if he wants you to trust him every single day for sustenance.  Now if we were to write that prayer we would say, "How about give us this month our monthly needs" then I can check in with God 12 times a year and I'm set.  He didn't do that.  He has arranged in such a way so that in every situation you get up in the morning I commit my day to you.  You're about to go into a meeting, I acknowledge you in this.  You're about to take a test at school, "Lord I commit that you" every single situation.  So that you become what the Bible says, you and I ought to become when it says pray without ceasing.  Acknowledge him and all your ways.

I'll jog your memory a little bit.  God promised the children of Israel the Promised Land and he told them how they would get it in two passages.  One is Exodus 23; the other is Deuteronomy chapter 7.  And this is what the Lord says, "I am not going to drive the enemy out all at once".  God wants you; just keep coming back.  "Lord I need direction" God never goes, "You keep asking me that.  You're always showing up here".  No, he loves it.  And if you're parents and you're children have gone away to school or left home and moved, do you mind it when they call you every day? Are you kidding? You love it when they check in.

Fourth, "It should be a scripture based trust".  When you say that you trust in the Lord, it should be based upon the overall knowledge that you and I have of the promises of God in the Bible.  God back with Peter verse 1 and look at those first few verses that are often neglected when people read this passage.  My son, do not forget my law but let your heart keep my commands.  Notice the word 'law' and understand that in Hebrew it's the word 'Torah' which makes this unusual.  My son, don't forget my Torah.  Torah is the word that Jewish use to describe the Bible and principally the first five books of Moses, the Torah.  For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you, let not mercy and truth forsake you, bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart.

What Solomon is referring to, I believe, is the law of God that he had internalized himself, even though he was imperfect.  And he is passing on God's Torah to his son, to his children to live.  And he's saying, take that which has been written in stone and write it on the tablets of your heart.  So that your trust in God is a Scripture based trust.  Here's the principle, if you want to know God's will, you have to know God's word, it's that simple.  If you want to know God's will, you have to know God's word.  It's sort of like this little GPS, Jill in a box.  She is based upon actual physical parameters and coordinates, fixed coordinates that are in the area on the earth.  So that she can give direction.  And so, what is with our spiritual direction? The Bible is the roadmap that helps us navigate through this world and into eternity.  And it's based upon fixed spiritual coordinates and those principles are found in the Bible.

In the old days of travel, when people travel by boat and the boats were made out of metal, they would have two compasses aboard those ships one on the deck and one on a mast, high above the deck.  And a passenger noticed the two compasses and asked a worker aboard the ship, "Why are there two compasses?" He said, "Well the one on the deck is for the Captain, it's by the wheel.  It gives him the general direction, heading and bearings, generally speaking.  But since this is an iron vessel that compass is affected by its surroundings, magnetic fields".  But he said, "The compass on top of the mast is above the influence".  "We always steer by the compass above.  We get our exact heading by the compass above".

The Bible is that compass above and the more you and I know the Scripture when your mind is saturated with the truth, you become predisposed to do his will.  It becomes second nature to you.  Those are the guiding principles that direct your life.  Now if you want the kind of resolve and confidence that you see in certain people, you know what I'm talking about, you see somebody who is a believer.  They've been a believer a while and you see that confident resolve and steadiness about their life and their walk.  It's because of his truth.  They are so tethered to God's foundational truth in the Scripture that come what may in life, they're steady, steady, steady as she goes.  If you've ever been on a cruise like to Alaska or ever seen the giant icebergs in some places on earth, they're fascinating.  Some of them are huge, some of them go up 400 feet in the air and yet 90% of the iceberg is down below.  But what it looks like is you are looking at an iceberg in the sea.  Let's say it's really windy and you notice the wind is pushing against the iceberg and the waves are beating against the iceberg.  The iceberg can be going in the direction opposite to the wind of the waves.  The reason being, is because since 90% is below, those currents under the water are propelling it.  And that is a picture of a life founded upon the deep currents of God's truth and becomes steady even in the face of winds of trial and the winds of change, the winds of this world.

Here is the fifth way to tune your GPS, fifth prerequisite, "Obedient trust".  Verse 1, My son, do not forget my law but let your heart keep my commands.  Now, I believe something, just based upon years of being a pastor and a pastoral councilor.  I believe that about 95% of a person knowing the will of God for their life begins by that person being willing to do the will of God even before they know what it is.  They have this attitude that says whatever I find in the Scripture to be the will of God, concerning this matter this situation, I'm going to do it.  That's obedient trust.  That's why when a couple comes in for counseling, we typically ask them, or a person comes in for counseling as a single for whatever situation.  We usually begin by saying, "Now, before we begin our session understand that were going to open up this book, God's word, the Bible and we're going to look at principles that deal with this situation".  I want to hear from you the verbal commitment of you saying, "You are willing to do whatever God commands".  Interesting responses, some people go, "Well, I'd like more information please".  I like to know what that is before I sign on to that".  Then we know, at least I know if I'm doing the counseling, it's going to be a very short session.  But if a person says, "I am willing".  I know that God is going to direct them because they have an obedient trust.

No matter how difficult it is, God will get you through that.  I heard a pilot who just got his license and he was coming in for landing but the clouds had rolled in since he had taken off.  He was not skilled in instrument navigation.  And so as he was trying to come in for a landing and the fog and the clouds had rolled in, he panicked, he called the control tower and they said, "Don't worry, we'll give you all of the necessary coordinates.  We'll tell you how to land this plane.  We've got you covered. "But he started panicking, he realized, "I'm in a gig city, there's buildings, there's mountains".  And the tower said, "Calm down you worry about following instructions, we'll take care of the obstructions."

That's what the Lord would say to us, "Just follow my instructions, just do the revealed will of God in the Bible for your life and I'll take care of all the obstructions.  I will make your paths straight. "Now, I will admit and I know this from personal experience a lot, as do you.  There are times when it seems like the GPS signal is cut-off from heaven.  We're not getting any signal, we're not getting any impulse.  It seems dark; we don't know where to go.  We don't know what to do when we start to panic.  We start to worry.  Just remember as one - put it, that God gave us the moon as well as the sun and when he doesn't see fit to directly by sunlight, he will direct you by moonlight, you'll get there.  You just follow the instructions; he'll take care of the obstructions.

And I also want to say before we bring this to a close with the third major point of this message this morning, the piece that we're going to talk about.  When it comes to the will of God, I do not believe that God wants to micromanage your life.  I don't think God has all these little minute detailed instructions and all the minutia so that you become a daily puppet.  So you're just sort of being pulled on a string and every little meal that you have is the deal that you should choose by the will of God.  And if you're going to a store and you say, "Lord, should I buy red shoes or orange shoes", he doesn't care.  But you obviously do care, so you choose and be content with it.

The best advice I heard from somebody, boils it down to a simple little thing you can all remember, "Love God with all of your heart and then do whatever you want".  That's good, love God with all your heart and then do whatever you want, because if you love God with all your heart, you're going to do what he wants you to do.  You're going to think about what his words says.  You are going to be concerned about glorifying God.  If you love God with all of your heart, do whatever you want to do, good advice, good solid advice.

Finally, I'm going to drive your attention to two verses, verse 2 and verse 8.  This is the third and final swath of this message.  This is the piece to last us.  Verse 2 says, "For length of days and long life and peace" the word is Shalom, "and peace they will add to you".  You will have God's peace of mind.  You won't have a guilty conscience and all of that is going to add health to your life.  I read one source, don't know how accurate it is that said, 60% of our illnesses are due to emotional stress or least added to by emotional stress.  Activities like fear, sorrow, envy, hatred and guilt.  Look down at verse 8, "It will be health to your flesh".  What will be health - Trusting in the Lord with all your heart, leaning not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledging him, not being wise in your own eyes.  It will be health to your flesh; interesting word 'flesh', it literally is naval.

I know you've always wanted to have a healthy naval.  Here's how to have it.  And the idea of a naval speaks of the nervous system.  If you don't want to be a nervous wreck, learn to trust in the Lord these five ways that we have discussed today.  Set your GPS coordinates.  Tune your coordinates to those five ways, it will be health to your nervous system.  And notice the last part of verse 8, "and strength literally drink or water for your bones", that means refreshment.  Dryness of bones was a common image for distress and desolation in those days.

I like to think of it this way, modern medicine can add years to your life but trusting God will add life to your years.  You want real life, vigor, vim and confidence.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.  Have you placed your trust in the Lord Jesus? Are you laying on him completely? If not, I invite you to step into the healthiest lifestyle imaginable.  It will be healthy for you now and healthy for you eternally because it will get you to heaven.  You trust in the Lord.  You say, "What do I have to do?" You have to – Number one, "Admit that you're a sinner that you need God's help, that you're willing to turn from that and trust in Jesus as savior and as Lord and he will direct your steps".  That's where you begin.

Let's pray, Lord we choose to lay our lives down on the cot of trust.  Not leaning on our own understanding or our own ways, not exalting our own intellect or our own human wisdom above your wisdom and the wisdom especially found on the pages of the Scripture.  Help us Lord.  We always end our prayers saying help us, because we need your help, we need it today, we need it tomorrow, we needed it yesterday, we'll always need it.  You created us to be dependent and you love it when we are.  And I pray for anyone here who may not personally know Christ but today they would place their trust in him in Jesus' name, Amen.

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1/21/1982
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The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
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6/27/1982
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Peter's Homecoming
Mark 14
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Peter's Homecoming - Mark 14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/27/1983
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The Purpose of Worship
Romans 12:1-2; Revelation 4:10-11
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The Purpose of Worship - Romans 12:1-2, Revelation 4:10-11, Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/29/1983
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Demon Possession
Luke 22:31-32
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Demon Possession - Luke 22:31-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/30/1983
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Happiness is...
Psalm 1
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Happiness is... - Psalm 1 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/1984
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Jesus Who?
Deuteronomy 11:10-16
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Jesus Who? - Deuteronomy 11:10-16 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/19/1984
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Keep Going, Keep Growing
2 Peter 1:1-11
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Keep Going, Keep Growing - 2 Peter 1:1-11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/10/1984
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The Antioch Church
Skip Heitzig
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The Antioch Church from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/1/1984
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The Marathon Christian
1 Corinthians 9
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The Marathon Christian - 1 Corinthians 9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/1/1984
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India Review
Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:19
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India Review - Acts 13:1-3, 14:19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/17/1984
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From Despair to Joy
Habakkuk 3:17-19
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From Despair to Joy - Habakkuk 3:17-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/8/1984
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The Sheep and the Shepherd
John 10
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10/21/1984
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The Decline of Discouragement
Numbers 21
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10/28/1984
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Living on the Border
Numbers 32
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Living on the Border - Numbers 32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/12/1985
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Make Up Your Mind - Today!
1 Kings 18
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Make Up Your Mind - Today! - 1 Kings 18 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/16/1985
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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2/15/1986
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi - Galatians 1:13-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/1/1986
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
Skip Heitzig
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
Skip Heitzig
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Hey, What's God Like? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
Skip Heitzig
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Security or Insecurity from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
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Stubborness that Alienates - Luke 15:11-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
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Bringing God to the Marketplace - Titus 2:9-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/28/1987
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
Skip Heitzig
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1/2/1988
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Jesus Answers Job
Job 16:19-21
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Jesus Answers Job - Job 16:19-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1988
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
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What Sustains a Weary Soul - Job 23:8-12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/16/1988
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man
Job 40:1-14
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9/24/1988
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Jesus Came
Mark 1:1-20
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2/16/1989
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
Skip Heitzig
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85! - Joshua 14:6-15 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/26/1990
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Psalm 3
Psalm 3
Skip Heitzig
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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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God's Plan for World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
Skip Heitzig
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
Skip Heitzig
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Life's Not Fair! from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
Skip Heitzig
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How to Be Used by God - Romans 12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
Skip Heitzig
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
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The Lord is My Shepherd - Psalm 23 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
Skip Heitzig
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A World without Foundations - Psalm 11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
Skip Heitzig
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
Skip Heitzig
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
Skip Heitzig
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
Skip Heitzig
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
Skip Heitzig
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Connection Celebration 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
Skip Heitzig
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National Day of Prayer - 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
Skip Heitzig
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Salvation Message from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
Skip Heitzig
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/14/2001
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2001
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5/2/2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002
Skip Heitzig
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National Day of Prayer - 2002 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
Skip Heitzig
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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
Skip Heitzig
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
Skip Heitzig
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church - Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
Skip Heitzig
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
Skip Heitzig
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What are you Hungry for? - Matthew 5:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Inreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/5/2004
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Vision Casting - Outreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Outreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/26/2004
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Special Dedication Message
1 Kings 8
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12/28/2004
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Worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4;Psalm 95
Skip Heitzig
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
Skip Heitzig
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
Skip Heitzig
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
Skip Heitzig
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
Skip Heitzig
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
Skip Heitzig
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
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When in the midst of crisis, where do you turn for comfort? Do you seek the Lord and allow Him to work through the crisis? David experienced many times of crisis, but he remembered that the Lord was his beauty and light. Pastor Skip Heitzig outlines Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis and shares the insight the Lord gave David in Psalm 27. When you are in frightening times of crisis, focus on God who is above all circumstances.
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6/25/2006
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Has God Got A Plan For You!
John 3:16
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What plans do you have for today? Tomorrow? The rest of your life? Eternity? You may not have an answer for all of these questions, and even if you do, circumstances may arise that keep you from executing your plans. But God has a plan for you and for all of humanity that is sure and steadfast. No circumstance can arise that will change the course of it. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he lays out the details of God's plan for mankind and discover how you can be part of a sure future in Him.
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7/8/2006
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure
Genesis 12:1-9
Skip Heitzig
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure - Genesis 12:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/15/2006
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Trusting God for Better or Worse
Genesis 22:1-19
Skip Heitzig
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Trusting God for Better or Worse - Genesis 22:1-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/30/2006
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Rekindling Our Vision
Acts 2
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10/11/2006
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Rejoice!
Deuteronomy 12
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11/6/2006
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Ready 2 Serve
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Calvary Chapel Men's Conference 2006
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5/20/2007
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25 Years—A Divine Paradox
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Many of you know by now that these verses from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians have become my "life-text". They describe the paradox of a perfect God using imperfect vessels to carry His name and perform His work. Over the last twenty-five years I have both seen and experienced God’s faithfulness. Today we stand in awe of His great work among us, in us and through us. To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
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5/20/2007
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25th Anniversary celebration, To God Be The Glory
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2/18/2008
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Abiding In The Vine - Session 4
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Southern California Regional Pastor's Conference 2008
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4/16/2008
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Why Christians Love Israel
Ezekiel 36-37
Skip Heitzig
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This message is a video of the teaching, "Why Christians Love Israel" (Ezekiel 36-37) from Pastor Skip, that he taught in Israel at the Epicenter Prophecy Conference on April 10, 2008.
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9/21/2008
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Marks of Greatness - Christ's Vision For His Church
Acts 2:36-47
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11/14/2008
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2008
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12/10/2008
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Hanukkah
John 10:19-33
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3/11/2009
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Special Message from Skip in India
Nehemiah 1-13
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9/16/2009
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Why Jesus Needed to Die
Hebrews 9
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All of us have experienced spiritual slump, when we just didn't feel like worshiping. But times like that provide the perfect opportunity to walk by faith not by sight and to experience sacrificial worship. The once for all sacrifice of Jesus should stir us up to fervent praise in spite of our earthly circumstances.
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5/9/2010
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Live from the Land
Matthew 24:1-8
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Earthquakes, wars, disease; the evening news offers a frightening and fascinating look at world events. What does the Bible say about the turmoil the world is facing? What is the resolution to the conflict? Join us as we consider what Jesus told his disciples about these signs of the times, in this special message by Pastor Skip from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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5/10/2010
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Live from the Land
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Time and again, we hear that one of the favorite highlights for those on a Tour of Israel is the on-site teaching. Now you can be a part of it from your very own living room. Watch the Live from the Land TV special that aired on Monday May 10, 2010 on KCHF TV-11 as we join Pastor Skip Heitzig LIVE with a message from the Mount of Olives.
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8/12/2010
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training
Skip Heitzig
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
Skip Heitzig
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2011
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Service with Skip Heitzig
1 Corinthians 12:12-18
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Churches across America are closing their doors. How can we ensure a thriving Christian community? As we consider what God intended for the church, we'll uncover four essentials to a healthy church: God's People, God's Principles, God's Purpose, and God's presence.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
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We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the downed plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorists who crashed these aircraft brought the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Mass confusion, anger, despair, and depression predictably followed as survivors sought to frame so devastating an event. Ten years later, we remember September 11 to honor those who died, those who have fought in the war on terror, and especially to be reminded that in the midst of a conflict-filled world, we serve a God who works His good purposes and promises to one day eradicate evil.
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11/30/2011
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Points about Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount
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Self reliance is esteemed in our culture - but it's not the example Jesus gives to us. In a life marked by continual prayer, the Son of God demonstrates His dependence on the Father. Let's consider what Jesus teaches about prayer and its role in our lives, remembering that prayer is a privilege, not a duty.
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Day of Prayer and Fasting Service
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Communication has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. In just seconds, we can now email messages, photos, important documents, and more. We easily communicate with cell phones from almost anywhere. But, what is your communication with God like? Are you responding to his invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace? Are you letting your requests be made known to Him? Remember, the Lord is willing and God has commanded that we ask, seek, and knock.
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6/27/2012
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Expound Expressed
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Revealing Himself through His Word, the Lord invites us to delight in Him—to worship Him for who He is. Join us as review highlights from the book of Matthew and respond to the Lord in worship during this special expound expressed service.
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9/23/2012
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30th Anniversary: Love the Past, Live the Future
Deuteronomy 8:1-10
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In Deuteronomy 8, we learn what the Lord taught the Jewish people—to remember what the Lord had done, to know and keep the commandments, and to bless the Lord. Moses would say, "Love the Past, Live the Future." Through the text, we are reminded what the Lord had done and are given hope for what the future holds.
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3/17/2013
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Living With Vision
John 17:1-26; Acts 2:1-47
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Every life should have purpose. All people should know why they’re here and what God’s intention is for them. So should every church. This weekend we want you to discover and celebrate with us what we believe, who we are as a church, and what we do as a church body. Beyond that, we want you to know why.
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5/5/2013
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The World's Most Important Comma
Isaiah 61:2
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In Isaiah 61:2 we discover a tiny comma. This comma represents a 2,000-year period of time: the age of grace that we are currently living in. It is during this time that we have been saved; it's the church age, and world-wide evangelism is taking place. But we are just one day away from the end of that comma. One day that comma will become a period. At the end of that comma comes the rapture of the church and then the day of vengeance of our God on this earth.
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6/22/2013
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Navigating Another Year
Ephesians 5:15-17
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What is the will of God? It can seem so elusive, but in this study, we learn five things that are the clear will of God for each of us. As children of God, as a church body, let's make a pact to preach to the lost, to be set apart for Jesus Christ, to be humble, to be submissive and honoring to the people around us, and to be thankful in all things. Taught in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Not Done Yet
Joshua 14:6-15
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At 85 years old, the faithful Caleb desired to keep growing and being used by the Lord. In this passage, he takes hold of God's promises, and his story of God's faithfulness unfolds. By examining his courageous life, we learn that as time goes on, we must not slow down in doing the Lord's work; we must boldly look ahead and realize we are not done yet!
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 4
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The apostle Paul spent a large amount of time pouring into his disciple Timothy's life. And in his second letter to Timothy, he encouraged him to do the same for others. In this message, Pastor Skip Heitzig expresses the importance and process of training up responsible leaders.
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 7
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In his second letter to Timothy, Paul the apostle motivated Timothy to continue to be faithful in his ministry to the Lord. As we study 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Pastor Skip Heitzig exhorts believers toward faithfulness by sharing four helpful principles to cultivate this supreme attribute in their lives.
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iThirst
John 19:28-30
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The world is filled with Apple's i-technology, which delivers on its promise to make connectivity and information readily accessible. But there is a deeper need within everyone, a thirst to be right with God, that no app or gadget can fulfill. How ironic that Jesus, the great Thirst-Quencher, would Himself be thirsty. It was part of the great exchange—His temporary thirst enabled yours to be quenched eternally!
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9/28/2014
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Skip Heitzig Interview with David Eubank
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In this interview with Pastor Skip, Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers explained how the Lord called his family to Burma and what the Free Burma Rangers do to help people who are caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Dave's wife, Karen, also talked about the Good Life Club, the relief arm of the Free Burma Rangers that aids mothers and children, and that Reload Love, our church-wide initiative, is raising funds for.
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10/5/2014
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How Does The Gospel Work?
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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The book of 1 Thessalonians is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young church in Thessalonica, whom he commended for their faith, love, and endurance. As we study the first ten verses of this book, we learn from their bold example what evangelism looks like and what the normal flow of the gospel is: it comes to us, works in us, and then comes from us.
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12/28/2014
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Lamentations 3:22-31
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The prophet Jeremiah looked on as the city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. But even as he mourned over the destruction of his city, he realized the living God was at work. In the same way, though our world is filled with a great amount of uncertainty, we can still find certainty in the Lord and confidently tell Him, "Great is Your faithfulness."
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1/11/2015
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Living Life Together
Proverbs 18:1;Acts 2:41-47
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The word fellowship is one of the most overused and undervalued words in the church. More than a social activity, fellowship should be a spiritual activity in which we all take part. As we draw some principles from Scripture and learn from the example of the early church, we see that being in community is essential for spiritual health.
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2/15/2015
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Jesus Loves Children
Matthew 19:13-15; James 1:26-27
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The most vulnerable among us are often children. Lacking the power and means to be anything except completely dependent on parents and society, they sometimes fall through the cracks. Today we look at how Jesus loved children and consider our mandate to care for those who are most helpless. Through this message, along with a special effort by Reload Love, we aim to bring God’s freedom to many more children around the world.
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3/4/2015
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Skip's Iraq Trip Update
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As ISIS spreads throughout the Middle East, millions of people continue to flee the growing violence—and children have been hit the hardest. In this special update from the Reload Love team, Pastor Skip, Jarrett Petero, and Murray Byrne share stories and photos from their recent trip to Iraq. While there, they reached out to organizations that are helping displaced children, and they were able to share the hope and love of Jesus with the kids.
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9/27/2015
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The Power of an Invitation
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There is something special about receiving an invitation; it makes us feel wanted, special, and significant. As we examine an invitation found in the book of Revelation, we are challenged to be part of God's work as instruments of change for the gospel, and we are reminded not to underestimate the power of a simple invitation.
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10/28/2015
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Defying Normal
Daniel 1:8
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The Bible calls us to a holy defiance of the status quo—Paul the apostle said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Perhaps no one in the Old Testament did this better than the prophet Daniel. In this message, we look at four truths about the Christian life and learn how Daniel was able to rise above his society to defy normal.
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6/12/2016
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United in Pursuit
Acts 6:1-7
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Acts 6:1-7 lays out God's vision for the church. At Calvary Albuquerque, we want people fitted for heaven and outfitted for service. As with the early church, we must overcome problems by establishing priorities and participating in order to progress.
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9/18/2016
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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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1/1/2017
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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4/12/2017
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Special Message from Skip Heitzig
Luke 22:7-23
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The night before His death, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. In this message, we examine the progression of that Last Supper and learn both the traditional meanings behind the meal as well as the practical life applications for us as we live under the new covenant of Christ.
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7/23/2017
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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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9/3/2017
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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2/10/2019
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The Explosive Power of Real Love
John 13:34-35
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We have the opportunity to show love to those who need the expression of love the most—those who have been hurt by the hatred of others. In countries scarred by past and recent terrorism, Reload Love is arming other believers with hope and healing in the name of Jesus. Today we will examine one of the most famous sayings Jesus ever spoke and explore three components of real love—what we should do, and then how and why we should do it. My prayer is that God’s love would be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
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2/17/2019
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The Heart behind the Hand
Luke 15:1-7
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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11/3/2019
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Three Steps to a Generous Life
Matthew 6:19-24
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Today is a celebration. We celebrate what God has done through you! Your love for God, His Word, and His work are evident by your generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure. I encourage you to continue. In Jesus’ most famous of sermons, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the most practical ways to live unencumbered and fruitful lives. God works through people to change the world. The real question becomes, How do we become those kind of people?
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12/29/2019
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2019 Year in Review
Joshua 4:1-8
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The end of a year is a natural time to look back and thank God for what He has done in the past. As we pause to look back and look around, it's important to evaluate and commemorate what God has done in and through us and recalibrate our priorities. Then, we can look ahead and focus on the specifics of what God wants us to do in the future. Pastor Skip reminds us that God has proven Himself time and time again, so we can look to the future with great hope and anticipation. Watch the full service video here.
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Gather, Love, and Act: Bombard the World with Love
Hebrews 10:24-25
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Reload Love’s mission is to convey God’s love by fighting back with tenderness toward children who have been impacted by terror. For six years, Reload Love has provided trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs, and playgrounds and other safe spaces for children caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Now, the vision has expanded to include supporting church plants and in-country evangelists. On this Love Bomb weekend, Pastor Skip shares the need to come together as a family to act upon God's great love.
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3/18/2020
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Should I Be Worried?
Matthew 6:25-34
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3/22/2020
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Sure Steps for Uncertain Times
Psalm 27
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This worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus (COVID-19) did not take our God by surprise. And it won’t last forever! David talked about walking through the valley of the shadow of death (see Psalm 23), not living there indefinitely. Until then, life seems extremely inconvenient and indeterminate. So how do we proceed? By taking these five steps:
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3/25/2020
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The Quarantined Life
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Our country has become more focused on health during this COVID-19 crisis. We understand the need to stay healthy physically and mentally, but our spiritual health is more important. Cultivating a strong Christian life is akin to training the body for a marathon (see Hebrews 12:1-2). In this message, Skip Heitzig encourages you to build up your spiritual life by setting aside the busyness, constant noise, and security of this world and by putting your trust in God.
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Why Should I Suffer?
1 Peter 1:6-7
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One-third of the world population is presently on lockdown; they are restricted by their own governments and kept (by force if necessary) from gathering together in groups. Though infection rates from the coronavirus seem to vary from region to region, one thing is common to all—everyone is suffering in one way or another. But did you know that suffering can be a good thing in the hands of a good God? Consider four truths:
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There are 133 additional messages in this series.