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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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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. There Is Mercy in the Midst of Mayhem

  2. God's Resources Will Match Our Requirements

  3. Delays Don't Mean Denials

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As Christmas ends, it seems that the hope of December fades into the harsh realities of January, leaving many of us asking, "Where is all of the peace on earth and goodwill toward men?" In order to bring us hope at this time of the year, Pastor Skip walked us through the rich text of Lamentations 3:22-31 on God's faithfulness to His people.

At the birth of Jesus, the angel declared, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14). The full meaning and intention of this declaration is often misunderstood due to a poor translation of the text. It should read, "Peace to men on whom His favor rests." It is a promise made not to the entire world, but to those who are His, who are under His favor.

In the same way, God made promises to His people in the book of Lamentations. The context of this passage takes us to the year 586 BC. This whole year was like Israel's September 11: The Babylonians had besieged the city of Jerusalem for eighteen months. Many Jews were massacred, and the Babylonians captured thousands more. The city and temple were burned. Jeremiah, like a war correspondent, recorded that people died in record numbers, describing the horrors of corpses rotting in the streets and desperate parents forced to eat their own children. In Lamentations, Jeremiah wrote five funeral dirges—laments, mournful songs—in response to these atrocities. But in the third chapter, we find an island of hope in an ocean of despair. From Jeremiah's hopeful words, Pastor Skip gifted us with three certainties to hang our hats on in an uncertain world.

First, there is mercy in the midst of mayhem. For most of us, this coming year will include some level of confusion, disruption, pain, and suffering. Yet, "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not" (v. 22). Someone once said that life is simply a process of getting used to all the things you don't expect. Job put it this way: "Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7, NIV). Psalm 23 says there is a valley of the shadow of death that we will have to walk through. There will be mayhem, but there will be mercy. Better yet, mercy here is the Hebrew word checed, best translated as covenant love, loyal love, or loving-kindness. C.H. Mackintosh wrote that "10,000 mercies are forgotten in one stifling moment." Therefore, when hardship comes, we need to respond by remembering His triumphant mercies, His ongoing loving-kindnesses. What are some ways that you have focused, or should focus, on the greatness of your God rather than on the greatness of your grief or trial?

Second, God's resources will match your requirements. Jeremiah declared that God's mercies "are new every morning" (v. 23), and they are to be ours every day. Whatever each day throws at us, it will be met with His mercies. However, like the manna given to the children of Israel in the desert, mercy needs to be laid hold of daily. We should give our mornings to God and get new mercies from Him every day. Consider that Jeremiah's declaration of God's faithfulness wasn't based upon what Jeremiah was seeing at that time—horrific suffering—but what he knew about God—He is faithful. He had to stay focused on what he knew about God to get him through those troubled times. The same is true for us. Thomas Chisholm wrote the classic hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" after a season in which he noted, "I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God." Someone once counted 7,487 promises God made to man in the Bible. These promises are our resources. We must trust in His mercies and faithfulness, especially in the midst of despair. Skip suggested that we keep a record of promises that God has kept or fulfilled for us personally, so that when trials come, we have a record of His faithfulness to rely on. How do you remember what He has done for you?

Third, God's delays do not always mean God's denials. Do you feel like you never get what you ask for in prayer? In verses 21-31, there are two words that appear five times: hope and wait. Consider that prior to writing Lamentations, Jeremiah had preached for forty years and not one person is recorded as having repented. Jeremiah, too, had to hope and wait. His forty years of prophesying finally came true with the Babylonian invasion. In those same prophecies, God also promised that after seventy years of captivity, He would bring His people back home—and He did. The idea of waiting means that we expect God to answer and give Him space to work in His way and His time. Practically, how can we encourage each other in tough times that it won't always be this way? Think of times when you have seen God's faithfulness and mercy.

Adapted from Pastor Skip’s teaching

The BIG Idea
Your outlook is determined by your uplook.

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  1. Introduction
    1. Lamentations represents one of the darkest periods in ancient biblical history
      1. Jeremiah saw the death of his nation
      2. At the same time, there was a living God who was greatly at work
    2. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
    3. This passage is one of the most significant passages in all Scripture on the faithfulness of God to His people
    4. It seems that December's hope gets eclipsed by January's harsh reality
    5. Luke 2:13-14
      1. What's wrong with this picture?
      2. A more modern translation yields, "On earth, peace to men on whom God's favor rests"
      3. That's a promise to you in the midst of all the bad stuff
    6. 586 BC: Israel's September 11
      1. Babylonians took over
      2. Thousands of people died in the streets of Jerusalem
      3. The temple was burned
      4. Lamentations 2:20; 4:10
      5. Jeremiah, like a war correspondent, recorded what he saw in Lamentations
        1. A lament is a strong cry, like a funeral dirge
        2. He wrote five of them
      6. Thousands of people were carted off to Babylon, including Daniel
    7. These verses are an island of hope in an ocean of despair
    8. We live in an uncertain world, but we do have a few certainties
  2. There Is Mercy in the Midst of Mayhem
    1. These verses are like a diamond in a handful of coal
    2. Jeremiah could see through the smoke of judgment, and he focused on God's mercy
      1. He was seeing death and destruction
      2. But he said, "It is not the end"
    3. Every person will face mayhem
      1. Life is a process of getting used to all the things you never planned
      2. Job 5:7
      3. Psalm 23:4; you won't be airlifted from mountain peak to mountain peak
      4. Some people think that because they're Christians, God owes them a life free of pain and suffering
    4. There will be mayhem in the next year, but there will be mercy in the midst of it
    5. Mercies (v. 22) is a word used about 250 times in the Old Testament
      1. Sometimes translated loving-kindness
      2. Hebrew checed, which means loyal love or covenant love
      3. God made a covenant with you and will act in love and mercy toward you because of that covenant
    6. Rather than focusing on the great grief you're experiencing, focus on the great God and His great love, mercy, and compassion toward you
      1. "Ten thousand mercies are forgotten in the presence of a single trifling privation" —C.H. Mackintosh
      2. Start drowning out the trifling moments with God's triumphant mercy
  3. God's Resources Will Match Our Requirements
    1. "Great is Your faithfulness" (v. 23): this is like someone standing at ground zero on September 11, 2001, and saying this
    2. Whatever the day throws at you, God will match it
    3. Every day this next year, there will be a fresh supply of God's covenant love
    4. But it's like manna
      1. You have to gather it every morning
      2. Exodus 16
      3. This next year, give your mornings to God: start in His Word and in prayer
      4. Receive during this time what you will need for the day
    5. "Great is Your faithfulness" was a declaration not based on what Jeremiah saw, heard, or smelled; it was based on what he knew about God
    6. 2 Timothy 2:13; He's faithful, but we don't always notice it
    7. "I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God" —Thomas Chisholm
    8. "Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided—great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!" —Thomas Chisholm, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
    9. There are 7,487 promises in the Bible that God made to man; that will get you through your tomorrows
    10. It's time we start focusing on and noticing all the times God keeps a promise
  4. Delays Don't Mean Denials
    1. In verses 21-31, two words appear five times: hope and wait
    2. These are the words of a man anticipating an answer from God at some point in the future
    3. Jeremiah predicted what he saw and wrote about in Lamentations
      1. He spent forty years warning the people, and not a single person listened to him
      2. He also predicted that Jerusalem would be restored after seventy years of captivity in Babylon
    4. Jeremiah expected God to answer and gave room for God to answer in His way and timing
    5. We should start recognizing and looking for God's mercy in the midst of mayhem, grabbing hold of His resources in the midst of our requirements, and waiting and hoping in the Lord when He says, "Not now"
      1. Not now doesn't mean no
      2. We need to learn to let go when we trust the Lord
  5. Closing
    1. This year, let go
    2. The best place to look is up, because your outlook is determined by your uplook
    3. Say to the Lord, "Great is Your faithfulness"

Figures referenced: Charles Dickens, C.H. Mackintosh, Thomas Chisholm

Hebrew words: checed

Cross references: Exodus 16; Job 5:7; Psalm 23:4; Lamentations 2:20; 3:21-31; 4:10; Luke 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:13


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Introduction: Hello and welcome to this teaching from Calvary Albuquerque. We pray that God uses these messages from this ministry to draw people closer to him, and we've been encouraged to hear how they have helped people around the world experience God's love. Do you want to be a part of that special work? Partner with us by supporting this ministry financially. Just visit calvaryabq.org/giving to give online securely. If this message sparks a deep love for Christ in your heart, tell us about it. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. Now let's open our Bibles and turn our attention to this service of from Calvary Albuquerque.

Skip Heitzig: Would you turn in your Bibles to Lamentations, chapter 3. I'm having you turn to a book that represents one of the darkest periods in all of ancient biblical history, because essentially Jeremiah the prophet is overseeing the death of a nation, his nation, and presiding over the funeral of a city, his city, the city of Jerusalem. As there is a death of a nation, there's also a living God who is greatly at work. Sort of like Charles Dickens' opening line to a Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was a worst of times, it was an age of wisdom, it was an age of foolishness . . . ," so we see here in this book. Now I'm having you turn there with me for two reasons. First of all, because it is one of most significant passages in all of Scripture on the faithfulness of God to his people.

But there's a second reason and it's this: Christmas is over with. We have just celebrated it. It, for many people, represents a season of hope, but let me add that it represents a season of hope that doesn't last very long. It would seem that many people Christmas after Christmas after Christmas grow a bit more cynical. "Yeah, Jesus was born," some would say, "but---but so what? I mean, the angels said over the skies in Bethlehem, 'Peace on earth, goodwill toward men!' Boy, it doesn't look like I'm seeing a lot of peace as I look around this earth. I don't see a whole lot of goodwill displayed from one person toward another." It seems that December's hope get eclipsed by January's harsh reality. Just Christmas Eve we had a wonderful celebration, but in between and after services I met and talked to different people.

And a few of them stuck out to me: one man who recently buried his mother after taking care of her for a couple of years. He was heartbroken. Another girl who said, "Would you pray for my family? My grandmother just died. She was the matriarch of our family. She was the glue that held us together. Pray for us. We need strength." Then I saw a woman and spoke to her. She had lost her husband. I saw a husband who had recently lost his wife; a young mother of a few children whose husband had recently walked out on the marriage. I saw families who are dealing with cancers and different diseases, and on and on. And that was just my few short encounters on Christmas Eve among God's people. Then we lift our eyes a bit higher to the national and international horizon.

As we look back over 2014, it's been tough: the rise of ISIS in the Middle East; the public and videotaped beheadings of American and British journalists by that cruel group. Then over in Africa there's been an outbreak of the worst case of Ebola ever on record. The World Health Organization tells us 16,000 cases of it. Seven thousand have already died. In Nigeria 274 teenage girls abducted by Boka Haram, and only a handful have been released. In our own nation there is a growing racial divide sparked by the events that happened in Ferguson, Missouri. So, somebody would look at that and then read the Scripture where the angels said, "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men!" And say, "What's wrong with this picture?" Well, let me tell you what's wrong with that picture.

You need to understand what the angels said. It is sometimes put in Christmas cards that way, and it is an ancient rendering, but a more modern translation would yield the richness and accuracy of what the angel actually said. The angel over Bethlehem announced these words and they're far different: "On earth peace to men on whom God's favor rests." Very different meaning, is it not? "Peace to men or people on whom God's favor rests." In other words, that's the promise to you in the midst of all of the bad stuff that is going on around you. Well, here we are in Lamentations, chapter 3, and we're going to read some pretty wonderful verses, but, again, let me give you the setting. The year was 586 BC. That means nothing to Americans; it meant everything to the historic Jew. It was their September 11th.

The nation has just died. The Babylonians have come and---have come and taken over the city of Jerusalem, burned it with fire. Thousands upon thousands of people were dying in the streets of Jerusalem as Jeremiah was writing about what he saw. Thousands of them had come in for protection. There was no food. There was no water. They died in the streets. Disease spread rapidly. The temple was burned. It got so bad the prophet writes in this book that parents were reduced to cannibals. They were actually eating---some of them---their own children for survival. That's how bad it got. And Jeremiah, like a war correspondent, is recording what he sees and hears and smells in the book of Lamentations. He's lamenting over it. That's what the word means. It's a strong cry like a funeral dirge.

He writes five of them, five of them: chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. He sees it, he hears it, and he records it. Not only is that happening, but something else is happening. Thousands more people living in the city will be carted off toward Babylon. Daniel would be one of them. But let's look at our verses. In chapter 3 we get to this odd part of the book, because if you're familiar at all with the book, you know it's bad, really bad. Then it goes from bad to worse, and it sort of plays those minor cord notes throughout the whole book. But then suddenly we come to these verses, which are an island of hope in an ocean of despair. Like a bright flickering light in a dark background, we come to these verses. Beginning in verse 21 of chapter 3 the prophet writes:

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
Because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I hope in him!"

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
To the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.

Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
Let him put his mouth in the dust---
There may yet be hope.
Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.

For the Lord will not cast off forever.

We have just looked back briefly in the life of our church over 2014. We have remembered, in the words of Moses, "The way the Lord has led us." But now we also look ahead. It's the end of one year, the beginning of another in a few days. We live in uncertain world that I know, but in the midst of an uncertain world, let me give you a few certainties, things you can rely on. Here's the first: there is mercy in the midst of mayhem. There is mercy in the midst of mayhem. Verse 22 tells us, "Through the Lord's mercies," or it could be stated, "Because of the Lord's mercy we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not." Now as I've told you, this is the only bright spot in the book. If you are not familiar with the book of Lamentations, you might think by reading what we just read that the whole book is like this. It is not.

It's like a diamond in a handful of coal. But it's for Jeremiah a reminder. It's like this prophet can see through the smoke of judgment and he focuses on God's mercy. And he says, "It's because of those mercies that we are not consumed"; that is, utterly destroyed. It's an incredible statement, because Jeremiah is seeing death and destruction all around him, and yet he says, "You know what? It's not the end. It is not the end. We may be down, but we are not out. We're not going to be completely destroyed or completely wiped out like the other nations that have been decimated by the Babylonians. God's been merciful to us. It is not the end." Every person, including you, will face mayhem, confusion, hardship, heartache, suffering, battles, storms---in a word, mayhem.

Some of you are discovering that life is a process of getting used to all the things that you never planned. "I didn't plan that. I didn't see that one coming. I wanted this to happen, but it didn't." And you're getting used to it. You're adjusting your life to all the things that happen that you never planned. One of the greatest sufferers ever, Job, said, "Man is born to trouble as surely as the sparks fly upward." Another author you're familiar with and you're familiar with his beautiful Psalm, Psalm 23, don't forget it says, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." Yup, you gotta walk through that valley. No, you won't be airlifted from mountain peak to mountain peak. And yet I still meet people who think that because they're Christians, God owes them a life that is free of pain and suffering.

I don't know where they get that from. Certainly, they're not reading their Bibles much. But it's sort of like, "Well, I'm a child of God. I'm a good person. Bad things don't happen to good people." That's like expecting that attack dog not to attack you because you own a dog as a pet at home. Life doesn't work that way. There may be mayhem in the next year, but there will be mercy in the midst of it. I want you to consider and even look at the word in your text: "mercies." "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed." That is a word that is used about 250 times in the Old Testament, "mercies." It is sometimes translated "lovingkindness." The Hebrew word is chesed. If you were to try to write that word down, you'd probably have to put C H E S E D. Kheh' sed, that's how you gotta say it. That's how they say it.

And chesed means loyal love or covenant love. And here's what it means exactly. Here's how it means fleshed out. It means that God made a covenant with you, and that he will act in love and mercy towards you because of the covenant that he made with you. That's what it means. So rather than focusing on the great grief that you are experiencing, maybe you need to focus on the great God in the midst of the great grief, and his great love and mercy and compassion toward you. C. H. Mackintosh once wrote: "Ten thousand mercies are forgotten in the presence of a single trifling moment." How often I've seen that among believers. So in love with God---"God is good, I trust in the Lord"---and then one small inconvenience happens and they're now questioning if there is a God.

One trifling moment, and ten thousand mercies are forgotten. I say we need to start drowning out the trifling moments with God's triumphant mercy. Here's a prophet looking at devastation and destruction and saying, "God is merciful, because we're not completely wiped out." So, in mayhem there will be mercy. Here's a second certainty: God's resources will match your requirements. God's resources will be there to match whatever need, whatever requirement you have. Look at verse 23. "They are new every morning," says the prophet. What's new? God's mercies, his compassions, they're new every morning. And then he pauses. It's like he lifts his head upward and says, "Great is in Your faithfulness."

I just want you to get how significant this is. This is like somebody standing at ground zero after September 11, 2001, and lifting his head up and going, "Great is God's faithfulness." That's how bad it was in Jerusalem. Now here's what he is saying, he's saying whatever the day throws at you, God will match it. Whatever requirement you have, whatever need you have, God will match it with his resources. Every single morning this next year, whatever you need to get through that day, that week, that month, there will be a fresh supply of God's covenant love and God's loving compassion toward you. But here's the catch: it's sort of like manna. Do you remember manna in the Old Testament? Do you remember there was a catch with God giving them manna?

They had to do something---what? They had to gather it every single morning. God said, "You got to get out there and get it every day. If you try to collect a bunch of it for a few days, it'll go bad. So every day you need to go out and demonstrate that you depend on me every morning, every morning, every morning." Well, God's mercies are like that. They're new every morning. You gotta gather them every morning. I'm going to suggest that this next year you give your mornings to God, you spend some time with him, and you adjust your sights, you balance your life by some time in his Word and in prayer. That's how you start your day. You say, "I'm not a morning person." Get up just a little earlier. "I don't have enough time." Get up a little earlier.

"Oh, but I'm not good in the morning." Get over it, just---just a cup of coffee---something. [laughter] Give your mornings to God. Try it. Try to gather the manna every day and receive during that time what you will need for the day, whatever it will bring you. He says, "Great is your faithfulness." I've always marveled at this text. I've marveled at it, because to say that, that's a declaration, not based on what he is seeing or hearing or smelling, it's based upon what he knows. Because what he is seeing is a city burned with fire. What he is smelling is the corrupted, rotted flesh of human beings. What he is hearing, the cries of women and children being massacred, history tells us. That's what he's seeing. That's what he's experiencing.

And, yet, he makes a statement not based on what he sees, but what he knows about God: "Great is your faithfulness." Paul went so far as to say to Timothy in Second Timothy 2, "If we are faithless, he remains faithful, because he cannot deny himself." He's faithful, but we don't always---well, we don't always notice it, do we? We are the kind of people that live in the shadows, rather than noticing, what's not the shadow. We notice the black dots on the white sheet, instead of so much white that's still on that sheet. It's a great story about Thomas Chisolm. He lived in the 1800s. He was born into poverty. He was born in Franklin, Kentucky, uneducated, but he had a desire to be in the ministry. He eventually got his dream.

He entered the ministry, was ordained to the ministry, but because of very poor health, he could only remain in the ministry one year. That's it. After one year he had to quit. He couldn't keep up the pace and the responsibilities. So with whatever energy he had left, he spent it in the insurance business selling insurance to people. So he had a dream. It was fulfilled for a year, then it was gone. And yet this is what he said: "I must never fail to record the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God." And boy, did he keep that promise. He went on to write twelve hundred poems and hundreds of songs. And one of them is based on this text. It's the very song we just sang.

Here's the lyrics to refresh your memory: "Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions fail not; as Thou has been Thou forever will be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand has provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!" Did you know that there are 7,487 promises in the Bible that God made to man? That's what somebody counted. Somebody actually decided to go through and count that. He was a Canadian. He says, "I'm just curious; how many times did God make a promise to people?" Seven thousand four hundred and eighty seven---that will get you through your tomorrows.

And it's time that we start focusing and noticing all the times God keeps a promise: "Another promise." "He's faithful there." "He's faithful there." "I ate this morning." "I could get gas today." "I got to hug that person again." Whatever it might be, it's the great faithfulness of God. So, there is mercy in the midst of mayhem. God's resources will match your requirements. Here's the third and final thing to meditate on: delays don't always mean God's denial. Delays don't mean, necessarily, denial. Look at verse 25. "The Lord is good to those who wait for him," says the prophet, "to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.

"Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him; let him put his mouth in the dust---there may yet be hope. Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach. For the Lord will not cast off forever." Now in this text that we have read, from verse 21 to verse 31, there are two words that appear a total of five times. It's the word "hope" and the word "wait," and they always go together. He is waiting in hope. "Wait" and "hope"---these are the words of a man anticipating some answer from God at some point in the future. "This is bad, but we're not done yet, not over yet, and I'm still waiting and I'm still hoping." Now you know that Jeremiah predicted what he is seeing and writing about in this book.

Did you know that in the prophecy of Jeremiah, before Lamentations, (Jeremiah, the book that bears his name), he spent forty years---4 0 years---running around that city telling the people, "Babylonians are coming! Babylonians are coming! This place is going down. This place is going to be taken captive. Babylonians are coming!" Do you know he did that for forty years and not a single person---not one---listened to him, not one convert, not one repentance. And now the day has happened. It has happened. He is watching it like a war correspondent. He is recording all of the nitty gritty of what he sees and hears. But he also made another prediction. He said in his book of Jeremiah there's coming a day that when the city that is destroyed in the future, Jerusalem, and now he's seeing it, will be restored.

"After seventy years of captivity in Babylon, you will come back to this city, God will restore you, and you will rebuild." And so the word "wait" and the word "hope" now makes sense. Here's a fellow who expects God to answer. At the same time, he gives room for God to answer. "Lord, I expect you to answer, but I'm allowing you to answer in your way at your time." That's waiting. "I expect you to answer, but I allow you to answer your way and in your timing." Now, I'll be honest with you, I'm not good at waiting. I hate it. That's a confession. And I'll make a confession for you---so do you. [laughter] You hate it. We hate it. We live in a society that promises instant gratification: "Do you want it? Buy it. Have it. Do it now. Don't wait for anything."

But think of waiting on the Lord sort of like going to a good movie. The director, the producer will put in creative pause. He will build up. There will be antagonism, angst. There will be tension in the film. There won't be resolve yet, but eventually you come to a place where after waiting for it---wait for it, wait for it---suddenly at the end there's resolve and you go, "Ah, great ending." What this means for you and I is that we start recognizing and looking for God's mercy in the midst of the mayhem. We start grabbing a hold of his resources in the midst of all our requirements. And it also means that when we don't get what we want when we want it, we say, "That's okay God. You will answer it. I will wait and hope in you, because you're saying to me, obviously, 'Not now. Not now.' "It's important because "not now" doesn't mean no.

My parents used to say, "Not now," a lot to me. "Dad, are we there yet? Dad, can we stop now?" "Not yet." Now, eventually we would stop. Eventually he would graciously let me use the bathroom at the filling station, or have a meal on the way to the road trip. But sometimes I wanted stuff now, and he would just simply say, "Not yet." But you and I need to let go a little bit more when we trust the Lord. I'll close with this poem: "As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God, because he is my friend. But then instead of leaving him in peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own. At last I snatched them back and cried, 'How can you be so slow?' 'My child,' he said, 'what could I do? You never did let go.' "

It's time to let go. This year let go. And as you are looking up, as you find yourself in a pit and you are looking up, that's the best place to look, because your outlook is determined by your up look. And as you look up and you remember God's mercies, and you say, "God is faithful," you keep looking up to him and anticipating God will answer and God will work, but it will be in his way and in his time. Because if you don't, you'll sink back down into that muck and that mire, so don't do it. Say, "Great is your faithfulness."

And, Father, that's how we end, we close. We come to the end of our year, and we look back, and you have been so good. You have been so faithful. We have certainly seen the mayhem, though not close to what Jeremiah saw. But, Lord, you have been and you are merciful. You have made a covenant with us, a covenant of lovingkindness of chesed, where you will deal with us according to the covenant, the promises that you have made to us. Help us to look for the mercies, look for the resources, and to trust your timing, in Jesus' name, amen.

Closing: It's so important that we allow God's truth to sink deeply into our soul, but it's equally important to act on those truths. How will you live out what you learned from this teaching? Let us know when you email mystory@calvaryabq.org. And just a reminder: you can give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/giving. Thank you for listening to this message from Calvary Albuquerque.

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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
completed
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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
completed
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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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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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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
Skip Heitzig
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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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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
Skip Heitzig
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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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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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
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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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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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
Skip Heitzig
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
Skip Heitzig
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
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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
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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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
Skip Heitzig
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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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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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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
Skip Heitzig
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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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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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
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
Skip Heitzig
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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
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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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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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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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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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2/9/2020
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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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