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iThirst - John 19:28-30

Taught on | Topic: Cross | Keywords: thirst, spiritual thirst, longing, salvation, death, suffering, suffer, sovereignty, sovereign, Scripture, the Word of God, prophecy, human, divine, the cross, living water, deity, humanity, hell

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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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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This collection of topical teachings from Skip Heitzig includes anniversary celebrations, messages about the vision of the church, special teachings from conferences and countries around the world, and more.

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  1. What Jesus Knew: "Knowing that all things were now accomplished"

  2. What Jesus Said: "I thirst"

    1. Shows Us Cross's Intensity

    2. Shows Us Jesus' Humanity

    3. Shows Us Jesus' Humility

  3. What Jesus Did: "Received the sour wine.... Gave up His spirit"

CONNECT QUESTIONS

  1. What did God reveal to you in this passage?

  2. Is there anything that applies directly to you or to someone you know? How can you take aim at changing a negative behavior in a biblical way?

  3. Who was this passage originally directed to?

  4. How does this passage apply to believers?

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  1. Introduction
    1. We live in the world of "i"
      1. Steve Jobs said two words came to mind with the letter i: individuality and inspiration
      2. In the soul of every man and woman is a deep thirst that only God has an app for
    2. Jesus experienced everything we experience so that He could give us what we deeply need
    3. "I thirst" (v. 28)
      1. Fifth statement of Jesus on the cross (out of seven)
      2. In Greek, it's one word: dipso
      3. When Jesus made this statement, it wasn't about individual productivity; it was about universal opportunity—salvation
      4. This is the most human and most ironic of His statements
    4. A person's first words aren't as significant as their last words
      1. Last words reveal who a person really is
      2. People die differently because people live differently
      3. Jesus' last words are even more important because they were said on the cross, the greatest transaction in human history
      4. While Jesus was doing His greatest work on earth, He was uttering His greatest words on earth
    5. Jesus' statements on the cross
      1. For the first six hours, they were about other people
        1. Luke 23:34
        2. Luke 23:43
        3. John 19:26
      2. Darkness and silence fell around noon
      3. The silence was broken by Jesus' cry (see Matthew 27:46) and followed by three more statements
        1. John 19:28
        2. John 19:30
        3. Luke 23:46
    6. These verses show Jesus' suffering and sovereignty
  2. What Jesus Knew: "Knowing that all things were now accomplished"
    1. Jesus knew everything
      1. Matthew 9:4; 12:25; Luke 5:22; 9:47
      2. John 13:1
      3. John 21:15-17
    2. Psalm 69:21—messianic prediction
      1. Sour wine was the lowest grade cheap wine
      2. Hyssop was a long reed with a bushy end
        1. Reminiscent of Passover; Exodus 12:22
        2. Jesus was dying during the Feast of Passover; a few hundred yards away, lambs were being killed (see Revelation 13:8) and hyssop was still being used in the ceremony
    3. At this moment, Jesus knew every prophetic Scripture was lined up
    4. There are two sides to the cross: the human and the divine
      1. Human responsibility and divine sovereignty
        1. The cross was a diabolical plot by sinful, hateful men
        2. It was also God arranging all things so that He might accomplish all things
        3. Acts 2:23: God arranged it, but you did it; God is sovereign, but you are also responsible
      2. God allows people to make choices and at the same time is in perfect control
      3. The safest way to live your life is in absolute surrender to God and His plan
    5. What did Jesus think of the Bible (i.e., the Old Testament)?
      1. Jesus refers to the Old Testament as the Word of God sixty-four times
        1. Matthew 4:4 (Deuteronomy 8:3)
        2. John 10:35
        3. Mark 14:49
      2. Five different times He asks Jewish teachers and leaders, "Have you never read what the Law says?" (Matthew 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:29; Mark 2:25)
      3. Matthew 5:18
      4. Find out what a person thinks about the Bible and you'll find out what a person really thinks about Jesus
      5. If you don't share Jesus' view of the Bible, you will be unstable while you live and probably fearful when you die
  3. What Jesus Said: "I thirst"
    1. Shows Us Cross' Intensity
      1. A physiological result of crucifixion is dehydration
      2. "The unnatural position made every movement painful; the lacerated veins and crushed tendons throbbed with incessant anguish; the wounds, inflamed by exposure, gradually gangrened; the arteries, especially of the head and stomach, became swollen and oppressed with surcharged blood; and, while each variety of misery went on gradually increasing, there was added to them the intolerable pang of a burning and raging thirst" —Frederic Farrar, The Life of Christ
      3. It's possible that Jesus had not had a drink for eighteen hours—since the Last Supper
    2. Shows Us Jesus' Humanity
      1. His statement is as human as it gets
      2. The One who called Himself the living water (see John 4:13-14; 7:37-38) is now saying "I thirst"
      3. Jesus was undiminished deity and unprotected humanity; we have a hard time with His humanity sometimes
      4. First heresy in the church was the denial of Jesus' humanity (Gnosticism)
      5. What Jesus knew from the cross shows His deity; what Jesus said from the cross shows His humanity
    3. Shows Us Jesus' Humility
      1. Philippians 2:8
      2. This was the second time Jesus was offered a drink on the cross; Matthew 27:34
        1. He refused the sour wine mixed with gall
        2. Gall is an analgesic and would have numbed the pain
          1. Jesus wanted to drink in the full intensity of the moment
          2. He didn't want any of His senses to be diminished
          3. Matthew 26:39
  4. What Jesus Did: "Received the sour wine.... Gave up His spirit"
    1. In drinking the wine, Jesus took the cup of suffering and tasted death; Hebrews 2:9
    2. What Jesus endured on the cross
      1. Darkness
      2. Separation from the Father (see Matthew 27:46)
      3. Burning thirst
      4. It sounds like hell
    3. Jesus tasted hell and death that you might enjoy heaven and have life
    4. On the cross, God treated Jesus Christ as if He had committed every sin committed by every person who would ever live
      1. 2 Corinthians 5:21
      2. God treated Jesus like you and I deserve to be treated so He could treat us like Jesus deserves to be treated
  5. Closing
    1. iThirst is God's app for your thirst
      1. You could write "iThirst" over every single life apart from Christ
      2. John 4:13-14
    2. The Feast of Tabernacles
      1. Thousands of people attended the last (eighth) day
      2. They would pour a pitcher of water on the stones of the temple platform as a reminder that God quenched the thirst of their forefathers in the wilderness
      3. They would sing Isaiah 12:3 and fall silent
      4. Jesus cried out in this silence: John 7:37-38
    3. The final invitation in the Bible: Revelation 22:17
    4. Jesus thirsted that we might drink deeply and be satisfied perpetually

Figures referenced: Steve Jobs, Frederic Farrar

Greek/Hebrew words: dipso

Cross references: Exodus 12:22; Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 69:21; Isaiah 12:3; Matthew 4:4; 5:18; 9:4; 12:25; 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:29; 26:39; 27:34, 46; Mark 2:25; 14:49; Luke 5:22; 9:47; 23:34, 43, 46; John 4:13-14; 7:37-38; 10:35; 13:1; 19:26, 28-30; 21:15-17; Acts 2:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:9; Revelation 13:8; 22:17


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Introduction: Welcome to Calvary Albuquerque. We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world.

Skip Heitzig: Turn in your Bibles, please, to the gospel of John this morning. We're taking a break from First Peter to the gospel of John. And I want to look at something Jesus said from the cross as we enter into this season. Let's pray together. Father, we are so thankful that we do have technology available that can be very powerful, the power of an invitation, of inviting someone, and asking someone to join us. I've heard so many stories of people who have just been invited by someone who cared for them and what that meant in the long run. I'm thankful, Lord, that there is a group of people here that just loves to ask friends to come and invites relatives.

And we've seen the fruit of it over the years, so thank you for this church. And we pray now, Lord, for our own hearts as we gather and are exposed to the truth of your Word, that you, your Holy Spirit would speak to us, and that it would be meaningful, and you would prepare and ready our hearts during this season, in Jesus' name, amen. Well, it's actually good that I have my phone out, because this is my opening illustration. We live in the world of "i." It's all about "i." We have the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, iTunes, and it's the world of "i." "i" is the letter that Apple Corporation has chosen for their digital platform.

And just a few days ago they sold their 500 millionth iPhone. Five hundred million of these babies have been sold around the world. Fifty billion apps---you know what apps are, applications that you download for this thing. Fifty billion apps, 25 million songs, have been downloaded on iTunes. This is the new drug of choice and people are even driving under the influence. Can I say that? I think you know what I mean. It's like they're driving while they're texting. Or you'll see people walking around and they're not even looking at each other. It's like---[murmurs and stares at iPhone].

They're in a restaurant and they're not even looking at each other. It's, like, why don't you text the person across from them so you can get a conversation going here. [laughter] Before Steve Jobs died, the founder of Apple, he was asked what "i" meant. What's all about---what's the "i"? Two words, he said, come to his mind: individuality and inspiration. He said, "It's all about personalizing the power of technology, individualizing it." Whatever you need, it's iPhone, it's iPod. So you know that they have a little saying: "We have an app for that." So you want to take a creative photograph? We have an app for that.

You want to write a book? We have an app for that. You want to find out the weather anywhere in the world? We have an app for that. Want to play Angry Birds driving on San Mateo? Unfortunately, we have an app for that. [laughter] But deep inside the heart of every single man and woman ever born is a deep thirst, and only God has an app for that. That's because Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth, experienced everything we as humans experience, so that he could give to us what we deeply need. In John's gospel, chapter 19, we come to the fifth statement of Jesus on the cross. There were seven all together.

The fifth statement, the fifth saying, the fifth word of Jesus on the cross, the little statement, "I thirst!" In verse 28, "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!' Now a vessel of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth." Two words, "I thirst!" That's in English. In Greek it's actually only one word with five short letters: dipso, dipso. Not "I thirst!" but rather iThirst. Not iPad, not iPhone, not iPod, iThirst.

But when Jesus made this statement, it wasn't about individual productivity, it was about universal opportunity, it was about salvation---those seven sayings on the cross where Jesus is communicating something very significant to us. It is of all the statements on the cross the most human: "I thirst!" But it's also, strangely, the most ironic as we will see. A person's last words are significant. A person's first words, in my opinion, aren't as significant. Now, I know every parent makes a huge deal out of the first word a child makes, like, "Did you hear what he said? He actually said a sentence." No, not really. That's your imagination.

Now, it's cool, but honestly, what I said and what you said were probably the very same thing or very close to it. When we made our first words, they were something like [baby babble]. [laughter] And you went, "Wow! That was awesome!" Now, if I said that twenty-five years later, it wouldn't be so awesome, would it? [laughter] A person's last words, however, are much more significant, more pregnant with meaning, because they reveal who that person really, really is. Last words differ dramatically from person to person. People die differently because people live differently.

If a person lives with hope, they generally die with hope. If a person lives a life of despair, they often die the same way they live. Several years ago there was a dear woman in our church who was on her deathbed. I watched her as she went through a debilitating disease, and she was in the hospital for her final the days. Her family asked me to come. I was happy to do so. And as I was walking toward the room, the family stopped me and they said, "We just want you to know she's not really coherent. She's in and out of consciousness, but she would love to know that you're there. Just whisper your name in her ear."

And so I opened the door. The room was darkened. And I went over and I whispered my name in her ear, and I just sort of patted her hand, and said, "We're going to pray together." And she sat up and she opened her eyes and she said, "Pastor, I'm ready to go." And she laid back down, closed her eyes, and within minutes she was in glory. I know the way she lived, and the way she died reflected the way she lived. So we have Jesus' last words. They're important not just because Jesus said them, but because of where he said them from, the cross. The cross, that's the greatest transaction in the history of humanity, the cross.

Think of it this way: while Jesus was doing his greatest work on earth, he was uttering his greatest words on earth. The greatest sermon ever preached were these seven last statements from the cross. Now, let me set it up for you. Our Lord was placed on that cross about nine o'clock in the morning. He hung there for six hours. For the first three hours he gave three statements. All of them were about other people; none of them were about himself.

His first statement is: "Father, forgive them, they don't know what they are doing." His second statement was to a man who was dying next to him: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." His third statement was to and about his own mother who was at the cross when Jesus said, "Woman, behold your son! Son," speaking to John, "behold your mother!" Then at twelve noon a darkness that lasted three hours fell over the entire land, this mysterious darkness, and all was silent. Finally, Jesus broke the silence with a guttural cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

And that followed three more statements: this one, the fifth statement, "I thirst!" followed by, "It is finished!" that's the sixth statement; and, finally, "Father, 'into your hands I commit my spirit,' "and Jesus died. I've chosen to look at this statement because these two verses show his suffering as well as his sovereignty. Two verses, three quick things to make note of. Note with me what Jesus knew, what Jesus said, and what Jesus did. Let's look at what he knew. Verse 28, "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!' "

You know, you can't read the New Testament, you can't get very far in this New Testament until you come to a realization that Jesus knew everything, which would be very unnerving to get close to a person like that. Imagine having your good friend who knew everything. He knew what you were thinking. Twice, once in Matthew, once in Luke, it says this: "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said to them, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts?' "It would be very tough hanging out with a guy like that. I'd be sitting around and Jesus would say, "Skip, that weird thought you just had, I know about that." "You know that?" "Yeah, I know all of them." "Oh, man."

In John, chapter 13, we are told, "And Jesus knew that it was his time to depart this world and go to the Father." After the resurrection, when Jesus confronted his good friend Peter who said he would never deny him, and he did deny him, and our Lord asked him this question: "Peter, do you love me? Peter, do you love me? Peter, do you love me?" Finally, Peter said, "Lord, you know all things; and you know that I love you." "You know all things." Jesus knew every single thing leading up to the cross, that all of the Scripture was fulfilled except for one, and that's the reference here. So, "Jesus, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!' "

Now, what was he speaking of? He's referring to Psalm 69. It's a messianic prediction, a messianic psalm in which it says in verse 21 of that Psalm, "They offered me sour wine to satisfy my thirst." Sour wine, what is sour wine? Sour wine was the low-grade, cheap wine; think Boone's Farm, [laughter] not the good stuff, not the gourmet stuff. It's the stuff Roman soldiers drank when doing work like this. It's the stuff that legionnaires would drink when this gruesome task of crucifixion---just bring out the cheap stuff, the sour wine. But we're told by John that it was dipped in---that hyssop was dipped into that sour wine and given to Jesus, hyssop.

Now to Jewish ears that meant something. First of all, hyssop was a long reed. It was on a stalk and the end was very, very bushy. It grows sort of like a weed around Jerusalem. And it's convenient because it sops up the liquid and it can be used for this purpose, to administer drink. But to Jewish ears hyssop would remind them of the tenth plague in Egypt, the Passover, when Moses told the fathers in Israel, "Take hyssop and dip it in blood, the blood of a lamb, and but it on the lintels and doorposts of your home." That's Passover. Jesus was dying on what feast? Passover.

Just a few hundred yards away in the temple, lambs were literally being killed, and hyssop was still used in the ceremony, as in this ceremony. Hyssop was used to administer drink to the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. So at that moment Jesus knew every prophetic Scripture was lined up. He knew it completely. I bring this up because there's always two sides of the cross that I think we should consider. There is, first of all, the human side, and, second, the divine side. There's human responsibility, but there's divine sovereignty. You see, on one hand, the cross was a plot, a diabolical plot by sinful, hateful men: Judas collaborating with leaders who collaborated with Pontius Pilate.

And all of those malevolent people gathered together to do something that was unlawful, illegal, very hateful. And there was a responsibility on a human level for that. But, on the other hand, it was God arranging all things in order that he might accomplish all things. Both sides are put together. And, by the way, if you want to see those two truths in one single verse of Scripture, Peter said it in Acts chapter 2 verse 23. He said, speaking of Jesus Christ, "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by [wicked hands] lawless hands, crucified, and put to death." God arranged it, but you did it. God is sovereign, but you are also responsible.

So the Lord God can allow people to make choices while at the same time be in perfect control. I suppose a lesson from this would be: the best way to live your life, the best way to live your life, the safest way to live your life is in absolute and total surrender to God, to God's plan. How about this: wake up in the morning, when your eyes pop open---because you don't know what the day's going to bring. You've got plans, but God may have other plans. He may interrupt your plans. So how about this: "Lord, I am surrendered to whatever you have for me today. I just pray you will arrange all things so that you would accomplish all things that are according to your will."

"Arrange all things, accomplish all things according to your will, whether that means a cross or a crown; whether it means something bad or something good." Something else to make a note of: the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Scripture. Let me ask you a question: What did Jesus think of the Bible, the Scripture, in this case, the Old Testament, because these are Old Testament predictions? Do you think Jesus would have said this: "Well, I think it was a well-meaning document written by sincere men, but they made a lot of mistakes. You can't really rely on everything they wrote in this. It's accurate in some places, but inaccurate in other places."

Do you think he thought that? Not at all. Sixty-four times Jesus refers to the Old Testament as "the word of God." He quotes Deuteronomy, chapter 8, "Man shall not live by bread alone; but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." In John, chapter 10, Jesus said, "And the Scripture cannot be broken." In Mark, chapter 14, Jesus said, "And the Scriptures must be fulfilled." You're getting the idea of what he really thinks about the Old Testament Scriptures, right? Five different times he asked Jewish leaders, teachers of the law: "Have you never read what the law says? what David said? what Moses said? Have you never read . . .?"

It's always a good question to ask a Bible teacher: "You guys actually ever read the Bible, because it says this and it says that?" But the definitive statement of all is on the Sermon on the Mount when our Lord said, "Not one jot, not one tittle will pass from the law until everything is fulfilled." Now why do I bring this up? For this reason: find out what a person thinks about the Bible and you'll really find out what a person thinks about Jesus. Find out what the person thinks about the Bible and you'll find out what a person really thinks about Jesus. Because if they say, "Oh, I believe in Jesus and follow him, but I can't really trust all of the Bible," you're going to have a real problem with Jesus Christ.

If you don't share the same view of this Book as Jesus Christ, it will show up in the way you live and the way you die. You will be unstable as water while you live, and you will probably be fearful when you die. There's something about having authority that this is the Word of God and the Scripture cannot be broken. That's what Jesus knew. Now, let's think about what Jesus said: "That the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, "I thirst!" Two words; one word, as I mentioned, in Greek, dipso, I thirst. Now that statement reveals a few things. First of all, it reveals how intense the cross was, the intensity of the cross.

"I thirst!" brings us back to this cruel form of execution invented by the Persians and perfected by the Romans, and one of the physiological results of crucifixion, which is dehydration. The loss of body fluids cause the tissues in the body to send stimuli to the brain that this must be attended to. Frederic Farrar in his classic book called The Life of Christ writes about the crucifixion. He says, and I quote: "The unnatural position made every movement painful; the lacerated veins, the crushed tendons throbbed with incessant anguish; the arteries---especially of the head and the stomach---became swollen and oppressed with surcharged blood; and while each variety of misery went on gradually increasing, there was added to them the intolerable pang of a burning and raging thirst," end quote.

Do you know that it's possible that Jesus Christ had not had a drink for eighteen hours, since the Last Supper with his disciples? Scripture says he got up after that and went down to the Garden of Gethsemane where he sweat great drops of blood, a medical condition doctors call hematidrosis. The tiny capillaries in the sweat glands of the forehead under extreme emotional conditions burst and the victim has a sweaty blood profusion. Then he was taken and brought before trial. Not one trial, not two trials, but six trials: three religious, three secular. He was on his feet, no doubt, for the whole set of them.

Finally, Pilate took him and had him beaten, flogged; enormous amount of bloodletting, so body fluids are leaving his body. Now he's on the cross for six hours. So when he cries out, "I thirst!" he is in extreme thirst. It shows us the intensity of the cross. There's something else this little statement reveals, not only the cross's intensity, but Jesus' humanity. "I thirst!" I mean that's as human as it gets. That's why I say we can relate to this statement more than any of the others. "Father, forgive them, they don't know what they are doing"; hard to relate to that. "Today you will be with me in Paradise"; hard to relate to that. But, "I thirst!" we can all relate to that.

It's the most natural, most human statement. You probably said it once or twice already today. Your body is two-thirds water. You require about two and a half quarts of water a day just for your systems to work properly. In your lifetime you will consume---get this---about 16,000 gallons of water. You need it. If you've been into a hospital lately, checked in, one of the first things that they do is put an IV in you, keep you hydrated. "I thirst!" So natural, however, this is ironic, because who was it that's saying, "I thirst!"? The same One who said, "I'm the living water. Whoever believes in me will never thirst"; he's saying, "I thirst!"

This is the One that made every single body of water on earth to quench the thirst of humanity; he's saying, "I thirst!" Let me tell you why I'm pressing the point. Traditionally, historically as evangelicals we have been so good at defending the deity of Christ. We're comfortable with that. We assert Jesus is God, and rightly so. Where we get a little sketchy and a little nervous is dealing with his humanity, that he was undiminished Deity while being unprotected humanity. He was the God-man. He experienced. He got tired. He got thirsty. He was fatigued. Did you know that the first heresy, the first false doctrine, the first attack on the church wasn't a denial of the deity of Christ, but of his humanity?

It's called Gnosticism. They claimed that Jesus didn't have a physical body. So what Jesus knew from the cross shows his deity; what Jesus said from the cross shows his humanity. "I thirst!" But this little statement not only shows us the cross's intensity and Jesus' humanity, it also shows us his humility, his humility. Years later the apostle Paul will write in Philippians, "He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross." This is God stooping down this low, humbling himself to this point, that he would say, "I thirst!" How humble. You should probably know this was not the first time they offered him a drink on the cross; this was the second time.

Matthew 27 records the first time. And the first time they offered it, he refused it. The Bible says they took and "they gave him sour wine mixed with gall," and he wouldn't drink it. Why? Because gall is an analgesic. It numbs the pain. It dopes a person up. It diminishes the intensity of what they're feeling. Jesus didn't want that. He wanted to drink in the full intensity of this moment. He didn't want any of his senses diminished. That's why he came, to take it all, to drink it in. Remember what he said in the garden of Gethsemane? "Lord, if it is possible, Father, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done." So Jesus is surrendering himself to drink it all.

Now let's notice, finally, what he did. Verse 30, "So when Jesus had received the sour wine," he drank it. He took it. That's what he did. "He said, 'It is finished!' And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.' He drank, he took, and in drinking that he took the cup of suffering. Can you picture---will you allow yourself the imagination in your mind to picture that reed of hyssop going up as it nears Jesus' lips. His lips are quivering and he tastes it and he sucks in that moisture. You know what he is doing? He is tasting death. Hebrews 2, "That he, by the grace of God, might taste death for every man."

Think of what Jesus has endured on the cross: darkness, separation from God the Father---"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"---burning thirst. Darkness, separation from God, burning thirst. Darkness, separation from God, burning thirst. What does that sound like? Sounds like hell. Jesus tasted hell, because hell is a place of eternal darkness, eternal separation from God, of eternal thirst, burning thirst without satisfaction. Jesus tasted death, so that you might have life. He took darkness, that you might experience light. He took wrath, so that you might receive mercy. He took hell, so that you could enjoy heaven. He endured thirst, so that you could be satisfied.

On the cross God the Father treated Jesus Christ as if he had committed every sin committed by every person who had ever lived. Second Corinthians 5:21, "God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be the righteousness of God in him." In other words, God the Father treated Jesus like you and I deserve to be treated, so that God could then treat you and I like Jesus deserves to be treated. That is the doctrine of substitution. That is the doctrine of atonement. "I thirst!" iThirst, that's God's app for thirst, and only God has an app for that. Every person has a deep spiritual thirst. You could write "iThirst" over every life.

"Look at that guy, he's so successful. Look at that car and the house that he lives in." iThirst, you could write that over his life, apart from Christ. "Look at her, she's gorgeous. Look at her jewelry.' iThirst. Jesus said to the woman of the well at Samaria, "Drink of this water, you will thirst again." But Jesus said, "I thirst!" iThirst is God's app for your thirst. Just a few months before this event on the cross, this same man Jesus Christ, the God-man, stood in the same city at a Feast of Tabernacles. The Bible tells us that it lasted eight days. And Jesus was in the temple complex when thousands of people were there on the last day, the great day of the feast.

Now here's what you need to know: they would have a ritual where they took a pitcher of water from the pool of Siloam, walked up to the temple, and poured it on the stones of the temple platform, reminding them that God the Father quenched the thirst of their forefathers out in the wilderness. He gave them water out of the rock. And when the water was being poured out, reminded of their forefathers' thirst being abated and quenched, the whole crowd in unison would sing in an antiphonal form Isaiah, chapter 12, "With joy you will draw water from the well of salvation." There was a long silence.

The Bible says on the last day of the feast that water was being poured out, there was a long silence, Jesus cried out, he yelled so everybody could hear, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." What a statement. Now he is saying, "iThirst!" You know what the last invitation in the Bible is in the book of Revelation? "Whoever desires, let him come and take of the water of life freely." Jesus thirsted that we might drink deeply and be satisfied perpetually. What an offer. Are you thirsty? I know you are; every human being is. Come to the Living Water and have a drink. Would you bow your heads, your hearts?

Lord, in many ways it's just too much to even take in, this exchange, this substitution for us. We talk about it and we sing about it and we hear it so often it doesn't always register the way it ought to. But we are reminded of what Jesus knew, of what he said, and of what he did; that he tasted death for every man. And even in his dying he had such confidence in the Father's plan. Even in the midst of suffering he knew that the Scripture must be fulfilled. He had authority in his life. But what an offer he was making to those of us who all thirst, that our thirst could be quenched. Lord, we have taken drinks from so many different wells, and they're fun, but they just don't last, they don't bring satisfaction.

And so iThirst could be our sign, this could be what we're experiencing, still thirsty. And for us to realize that the One who said that, bearing the intensity of the cross, and the humanity of us all, the humility of God, was thirsting for the souls of men and women more than anything else. We're humbled by it, Lord, and we think of that last invitation and of the offer that you would even give today. Because, Jesus, you made an offer, and it's true in our generation as it was then. And it's an invitation; you never force yourself. You don't take out the fire hose and douse us all, you just invite us to come and drink. Thank you for that.

Closing: What binds us together is devotion to worshiping our heavenly Father, dedication to studying his Word, and determination to proclaim our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.

For more teachings from Calvary Albuquerque and Skip Heitzig visit calvaryabq.org.

Additional Messages in this Series

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1/21/1982
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The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
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The Tower of Babel - Genesis 11:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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
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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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The Sheep and the Shepherd - John 10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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Daniel's Seventy Weeks - Daniel 9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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Preparing for Service - Isaiah 6:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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The Flesh and The Spirit - Galatians 5:16-26 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
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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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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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
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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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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man - Job 40:1-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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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The Nazarene - Matthew 2:23 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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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
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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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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
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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!
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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
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
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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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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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1/4/2012
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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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5/6/2012
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How Does Your GPS Work?
Proverbs 3:1-8
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3/29/2020
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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.