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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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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. Be Responsible in Your Culture (vv. 1-6)

  2. Be Prayerful for Your Country (v. 7)

  3. Be Careful Who You Consider (vv. 8-9)

  4. Be Hopeful of Your Calling (vv. 10-13)

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Connect Recap Notes: September 18, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Christians and Politics"
Text: Jeremiah 29:1-13

Path

Pastor Skip called the body of Christ to be active in politics by being informed on policies, engaging in the process, and promoting godly discourse on the topic. He also asked the church to be united in prayer and fasting for the nation. As we studied Jeremiah 29:1-13, Pastor Skip shared four guidelines to consider in this political season:
  1. Be Responsible in Your Culture (vv. 1-6)
  2. Be Prayerful for Your Country (v. 7)
  3. Be Careful Who You Consider (vv. 8-9)
  4. Be Hopeful of Your Calling (vv. 10-13)
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Be Responsible in Your Culture
  • The Bible tells us that God ordained human government and we are subject to it.
  • Christians have dual citizenship: in heaven and on earth.
  • In Jeremiah, we find a parallel to our own day: we are strangers in a strange land. God called His people to provide for their families, get married, and get involved in the culture—to be responsible citizens of the earth.
  • Jesus echoed this truth when He said, "Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13, KJV). Jesus doesn't want us to isolate, insulate, or vegetate, but to permeate.
  • Probe: Discuss ways that Christians can be responsible in our culture. How can we reflect the light of Christ?
Be Prayerful for Your Country
  • God's people were bound to the welfare of Babylon. They were called not to rebel in their circumstances, but to conduct a revolution in prayer.
  • Christians are called to pray for the nation (see 2 Chronicles 7:14; 1 Timothy 2). God has the power to direct the decisions of the world's leaders (see Proverbs 21:1).
  • Christians can always do more after we pray, but never more until we pray.
  • Probe: Discuss the points of the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. Why is prayer so important to believers? 
Be Careful Who You Consider
  • There were Jewish men in the midst of Babylon giving a false hope and providing false information.
  • The same is true in American politics: political parties give slogans and messages that may not have merit.
  • Our responsibility is to get informed, carefully consider whom we elect for office, and then vote.
  • We need Christians involved in the political process. As Edmund Burke reminded us, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
  • Probe: Discuss how Christians can get informed on current issues. How can we provide correct information in lieu of the false messages we receive?
Be Hopeful of Your Calling
  • Though we still live at our earthly address, we must remember our heavenly address. We are to get involved, but with a light touch (see Jeremiah 29:10-13).
  • We are called to turn our responsibility into hope.
  • Because God is in control no matter what is happening around us, we should render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and render to God the things that are God's.
Practice

We received a prayer and fasting card in this weekend's worship folder. Take a moment to read this together and, as a group, enact the principles of prayer.

Preparation: Prepare for prayer and fasting. In Matthew 6:8-18, Jesus provided examples of how to do this. As part of your preparation, ensure your physical surroundings and stature (kneeling, standing, laying down, health, etc.) are taken into consideration.

Praise: At its heart, prayer is praise. Remember to honor, worship, and thank God in prayer.

Probe: Press into prayer by seeking, knocking, and asking (see Matthew 7:7-12). Be persistent in prayer.

Petition: Petition God on behalf of your family, friends, and future. Here are a few items to petition God for:  
  • Pray for those in power at all levels of government, including the president, Congress, the Supreme Court, and local leaders and representatives.
  • Pray that God's will would be done in the upcoming election.
  • Pray that believers would be sensitive to all the issues at stake in our country.
  • Pray that believers would vote according to biblical principles.
Pointers:
  • Pray alone or with a group, like your Connect Group or your family.
  • Fasting can include the Daniel fast (vegetarian), a daily fast (miss a day of food), a meal fast (miss one meal per day), or other variations.

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Hello, and welcome to this message from Pastor Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque. As these teachings are shared worldwide, our prayer is that God uses them to bring more people into his family. If this message encourages you, we'd like to know. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. And if you'd like to support this ministry financially, you can give online securely at calvaryabq.org/give.

Christians have a wide variety of political notions, but we need to be informed of the policies engaged in the process and active in the promotion of godly discourse. In the message, "Christians and Politics," Skip shares four guidelines believers should adhere to when looking at politics. Now we invite you to turn in your bibles to Jeremiah chapter 29 as he begins.

You know, when I grew up it was common wisdom-- it's a common phrase to say don't discuss two things in public-- religion and politics. You've heard that before? Don't discuss those. So I'm going to do both this morning.

[LAUGHTER]

I'm going to deal with both of those issues.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]

The reason that we were told not to is because it's divisive. And for some reason, in that day and age in our culture, they just thought it was better to be very shallow and say oh, your hair looks nice. Don't go any deeper than that. Or oh, not nice outfit. Don't go any deeper than that. Don't bring up politics. Don't bring up religion, because it divides people.

And I understand that. I don't want to divide people. But the way I see it, our nation's already divided on a lot of issues. In fact, I would say this is the perhaps angriest, most acrimonious, most divisive election cycle that I personally have seen in my lifetime.

And it reminds me of a story of a guy who was running for office. He was campaigning door-to-door running for city council. And so he'd knock on doors and ask people for their votes. And it was going pretty well until he got to a house where a grumpy old man answered the door. The candidate went through his little speech of why the man should vote for him, and the response was that the old man growled back in the said vote for you? I'd rather vote for the devil.

So the candidate knew he's not going to get anywhere with this guy, and he said back to him well, in the event that your friend doesn't run for office, could I anticipate your vote?

[LAUGHTER]

And I think a lot of people sort of feel that way. They're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea in this election. I've heard people say well, there's not a candidate out there that inspires me. And I understand the sentiment. But that is usually said before the next statement, which is therefore, I'm going to sit this one out. I'm just not going to vote.

Well, my aim from Jeremiah 29 is to bring some clarity, to bring some hope, and more than anything else, my aim, my purpose is to call our church to prayer during this cycle. A week of prayer and even fasting for this election cycle. I think that's where we need to go. This was an idea that came to me from one of our congregants at first service. They've come here for years, and she came up to me and she said you know, I don't know what you think, but I feel the Lord's just saying that we need to be in prayer for our nation.

And I thought I think that's from the Lord. I'm going to do that. So I saw that as a real good direction for us to go in. I want you to understand that I am not preaching politics. I'm not going to endorse a candidate. I'm not going to endorse a political party this morning. But the Bible does tell us that God ordained human government-- Romans 13. The Bible, also in that chapter, tells us that we are subject to the governments that we are in.

And it just seems unthinkable that God would ordain human government and then want humans to stay out of it. Doesn't make sense, especially in a democracy. We don't live in Babylon. We don't live in Roman times. We don't have a totalitarian regime. We have a democracy, which is a society that is set up on the involvement of all of its citizens.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not political by nature. I do not think the ultimate hope is any party or any person or any platform. I look forward to the day-- my hope rests in the day that Jesus said we should pray for thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

[APPLAUSE]

That's where my hopes are. I'm hoping for the day mentioned in Revelation 11 when the announcement was made, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. And I know one day Jesus will return, and he'll move all the politicians to one side and go let me show you how it's done guys, gals. We're going to do this right.

But until then, I'm here. Until then. Do you realize that Christians have dual citizenship? Have you ever thought of that? We're a part of two kingdoms. The kingdom of heaven permanently, but kingdoms of this earth temporarily. So when Paul wrote to the Philippians, he touched on this when he said "to all who are in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi."

Did you get that dual citizenship? You're citizens of the kingdom of heaven. You're in Christ, but you also happen to live in Philippi. And so you are citizens who are responsible to that city. And honestly, politics, to some degree, interface with every single person. Now, I want you to understand what the term means.

The term politics comes from the Greek word for city, polis. Polis was a city, a city-state, technically. And a citizen was called a polites. We get the term politics from polites. It meant a citizen who has responsibilities to a polis, to a city. So it's a word came to mean the art of living together in a community.

So all of us, by the technical definition, are involved in the art of living in a community, in politics. Plato said to his students, "the penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by those worse than themselves."

So I ask you-- what is the response of the Christian community to the political environment in the political season? What about our responsibilities to our nation that we live in? How are we to act during this political season? Are we to be uninformed? Informed? Sit it out? Not do anything? Do something? And at what level do we do something at?

So I want to give you, from Jeremiah 29, four guidelines for this political season. And they're simple, really. We should be responsible. We should be prayerful. We should be careful. And we should be hopeful. We should be responsible. We should be prayerful. We should be careful. We should be hopeful. I want you to see them as we go through this text.

First of all, we should be, as believers in the Lord, responsible in our culture. Go to verse 1 of Jeremiah 29. "Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the remainder of the elders who were carried away captive, to the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.

This happened after Jeconiah, the queen-- king-- the queen mother, the eunuchs, princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsman, the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. This letter was sent by the hand of Elasah, the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah, the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah, the King of Judah, sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, saying, "Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel-- to all who are carried away captive whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon."

So it's a letter Jeremiah writes to captives, but it's the Lord who is speaking. What does he say? Verse five. Build houses and dwell in them. Plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands so that they may bear sons and daughters that you may be increased their and not diminish.

OK, now let me give you a little background. Can I do that? Can I set the stage? Because there's a couple things you need to know. The year that this letter goes out is 597 BC. Now why is that important? Because Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, assaulted, attacked Jerusalem three times-- 603 BC, that's the first time. At that time, he took Daniel and his buddies away to Babylon, so Daniel's already there at this time involved in the political structure of Babylon.

Then 597 BC, which is right here, where he takes the religious as well as the political leaders hostage and thousands of people with him. Finally, 586 BC when it happens again, but this time, Jerusalem is destroyed by the fires of Babylon. So in the in-between time, Jeremiah is still in Jerusalem, and he writes a letter to those who are captive in Babylon. Why does he write the letter? To encourage them. To instruct them.

You're in Babylon, here's what you need to do. Here's a thus sayeth the Lord for you guys as captives in Babylon. And what does he tell them? Well, basically he says you're going to be there awhile. You're going to be there 70 years, so make the best of it. Verse 5-- provide for your families. Get a home, get a garden, get a job-- summing it up. Verse 6-- get married, have kids, raise a family. In other words, be involved. Be responsive where you are in the new culture where you find yourself.

Now their situation in captivity, as I see it, is parallel in many respects to our situation right now in our country. You see, back then they were surrounded by a hostile environment. People who didn't believe in those values. They didn't believe in the God of Israel. We, too, are surrounded by the world, the Bible calls it, a system that does not agree with-- in the very least does not sympathize with Christian values. And at the very most, is hostile toward Christian values.

Not only that, but they were there 70 years. That's about the average lifespan. We're going to be on this earth roughly 70 years, some will far outdo that, some will make it. The average lifespan in America is 78.2 years. So do you know the Bible actually says 70 years is a typical life span? Psalm 90-- "the days of our lives are 70 years, and if by reason of strength they are 80 years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow. For it is soon cut off and we fly away."

Now as dual citizens-- citizens of the Kingdom of God, citizens of the kingdom of men, we have a dual responsibility. We don't have a responsibility to be cloistered, to be away from here and ah, I'm not going to involved. No, I don't want to know. Don't tell me. I'm going to sit this one out. You know, Jesus prayed for his disciples in John 17. And he pray a prayer of escapism. He said Father, I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one while they're in the world.

That was his prayer. I like that. It helps me understand my position in the world. Jesus didn't say Father, help them to find caves where they can store ammunition and food and listen to wacky prophecy teachers and all that kind of stuff. He said no, no, no. I want them to live out their faith in the world. Don't take them out, keep them from the evil one while they're in. Not only that, but Jesus even said something, were I disciple, I would take a little bit of umbrage at.

He said to his disciples one day behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. I think I'd of said what? Thank you very little.

[LAUGHTER]

You're my good shepherd? I'm your little sheep and you want to send me out as sheep in the midst of wolves? Why on earth would he do that? Here's why. He wants some of those wolves to turn into sheep, and the only way to get that done is to get some of the sheep going out to the wolves.

Sheep can't just say, well, I have to stay in the sheep pen all day long because it's kind of cool in here. I like it here. We got to go out where the wolves are. And Jesus said that I'm going to send you there. So he insisted that we live out our lives in the midst of this world. I came to Christ during an era that historians called the Jesus movement. I love that. I love-- Jesus was moving. By the way, he still is.

[LAUGHTER]

But during the Jesus movement, one of the most important aspects of it was the belief that Jesus Christ is coming soon. That he could come at any moment. By the way, I still believe that. I believe he is coming soon, and that it could happen at any moment. I believe that. Now the backlash, however, of the Jesus movement was that it created a group of irresponsible Christians. What do I mean by that?

Well, I was counseled by my friends along these lines Skip, don't go to college. The rapture's going to happen. Don't get a career, the rapture's going to happen. Don't get married, the rapture's is going to happen. Now that's what my friends said. It's not what Jesus said. Jesus said this-- occupy until I come. Keep your hand to the plow. Get busy. Stay busy. Stay working until I come. Jesus never promoted isolation. He never promoted insulation. He certainly didn't promote vegetation. We just sort of do nothing to hang out and veg in the spirit till Jesus comes.

What he promoted was permeation. He said you are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Most of you know that salt wasn't used just to spice your food up. It was used to preserve the food itself. You'd rub it in the meat. You know why? To prevent decay. You're the salt of the earth. I want you peppered and salted throughout society to keep this society from going completely off the rails. You're the salt of the earth.

You're the light of the world, shining your light in the darkness of this age by your words and by your lifestyle. Back in the fifth century, there was a guy by the name of Simeon, fifth century AD. Simeon. His fuller name was Simeon Stylites. Stylites is a word that means pillar dwellers. Get this-- Simeon Stylites spent 37 years of his life living on the top of a pillar 60 feet off the ground.

OK, that's weird. I hope you know that's weird. You know anybody living on a pillar 60 feet off the ground? Never met anybody who does that. Who does that? Simeon did it. Why did he do it? He built a platform up there. 37 years he lived up there. He did it because he thought the mortification of the flesh, being isolated, doing hard things that hurt your body makes you holy. So he was a holy man who lived on a pillar for 37 years.

Come to find out he inspired a whole group of pillar saints, they called themselves. They're out looking for pillars. They're all looking for ruins of places to build a little place on and live on top of the pillar isolated from society. There was one guy he inspired by the name of Anatole of France. Anatole's problem is that he didn't have a pillar and he did have a family. So what Anatole did is to improvise. Not having a pillar, he took his kitchen table, he put a little stool on top of the kitchen table, climbed up on it, put a little white garment-- simple garment-- sat on the little pillar he had made in his kitchen.

And he thought ah, man. I'm going to get holy. And it was all cool until his family came home.

[LAUGHTER]

And you know what they said? They said you're nuts. Who does that? This is stupid. So he gave it up. And he wrote this, "I soon perceived it as a very difficult thing to be a saint while living with your own family. Now I see why Simeon Stylites and Jerome went out to the desert."

It's a fun little story. True story from church history. But listen, we don't need holy men on pillars. We need holy men in pizza shops, in pastry shops, in politics.

[APPLAUSE]

We don't need people on stools on tables, we need people sitting behind desks in offices who are sharing the gospel, who are in real life and who are responsible in their culture. Now you need to understand that we are very different in this respect from them back then. They lived in an autocratic, totalitarian regime. A monarchy. King Nebuchadnezzar was the law. If you wand to kill you, you're dead. You don't vote him in or out of office.

We have the luxury of living in a democratic society where we can say what we believe in a ballot box. Very different than what our forebears had in Rome or in Babylon. So we should. We should vote. We should voice our concern in the public discourse. That's first. Be responsible in your culture. Second is to be prayerful. Be prayerful for your country.

Verse 7-- we take our cues from that. The letter continues. Jeremiah writes, "And to seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive. And pray to the Lord for it, for in its peace, you will have peace." What is he saying? Simply this. Their welfare was bound up in the welfare of Babylon.

Jeremiah says don't revolt. Don't start an instigation. Don't start a revolution. Pray. Pray for the peace of your city. And so that's what I'm doing. I'm calling the church to pray this week as a week of prayer, and perhaps even fasting, for some of you. We have put in your bulletin a simple little card you can carry as a reminder in your Bible. You can start each day. There are some directions on the back of how to do that. Who to pray for, what to pray for.

And open up your day in prayer with this. Grab a friend during the day, say let's pray for what's going on in our country. Let's pray for the upcoming elections. At your meal times, pray with your family over these things. Your small groups, your connect groups-- pray together. If you have time and you're in this area, come by the church this week. Grab one of us. Let's pray together for this nation.

I think most of us believe our country is in trouble. I don't think I need to sell that I think most of us would say our country needs God's help. Right? I think we all agree on that. So we understand we need God to forgive us our sin, to heal our land. And prayer is our declaration-- not of independence, but of dependence upon God. And so you say well, what do you praying for, Skip? I'll tell you what I'm praying for. I'm asking God for another chance.

I'm asking God for a revival in this country. Another chance. A revival. It's happened before. Christians came at times in our national history when it looked like things were falling apart to them, and they got on their knees and they prayed for revival. And there were Great Awakenings in this country. I'm praying that God would do that again. I want God to bless America. But first America needs to bless God. We need to praise him and be one nation under God like it says so on our money.

Paul wrote to Timothy and he said "I urge, then, first of all, their requests, prayers, intercession, thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior." Did you hear that? If you want to please God this week, pray for your leaders. Pray for the nation.

That's not to say that you stop with prayer. You can always do more than pray after you've prayed. But you can do more than pray until you've prayed. That's where we start. That is the foundation of all of our other activities. Abraham Lincoln said, "It is the duty of nations as well as of men to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all of history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

Another president in '84, 1984, Ronald Reagan said, "without God, there's a coarsening of the society. Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under." Powerful words. All of that to say the vote that you make in your prayer closet must precede the vote that you make in the ballot box.

They go together. You want to pray and you want to act, but you want to pray first. Now, why do we pray? I'll tell you why I pray. Because I think it will work. I mean, isn't that why we pray? I hope you-- well, I pray because it makes me feel really good. But if it doesn't work, why do it? In fact, if you don't believe it'll work, you know what'll happen? You'll never pray. If you actually believe prayer works, you'll do it.

I think we have to come to a place where we're going to pray because we believe God's going to do something in response. Do I really believe that? Well, Proverbs 21. Listen to this. You know it, but listen to it. "The King's heart is in the hand of the Lord." The King's heart-- here is God holding the King's heart in his hand. He's got control of the King's heart. The King's heart is in the hand of the Lord.

You could change the words around. The mayor's heart is in the hand of the Lord. The governor's heart is in the hand of the Lord. The president's heart is in the hand of the Lord. The candidate's heart is in the hand of the Lord. It says the King's heart is in the hand of the Lord, and he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. In other words, God has the power to direct the decisions of leaders on earth, even bad ones.

Nebuchadnezzar was a bad one. God could direct his heart to where he wanted it to go. So I'm asking you to pray. I'm asking, if you don't have medical issues, if you're not a diabetic, et cetera, that you fast. And we say well, what is fasting? What does that mean? Like, I have to give something up? Me? You're asking me to give something up? Yeah, like food.

[LAUGHTER]

Well, duh. No, I won't kill you if you skip a meal or a day, or certain items from it. I'm going to leave that between you and the Lord. But I will tell you in the book of Acts, whenever they made important decisions or when they were going to bring in new leadership, they prayed and they fasted. Now I want you to know that fasting is not a sanctified diet. It's not a way to lose weight in Jesus' name.

Ooh, how do you like my new fast? Slim. Do I look good? Especially in black.

[LAUGHTER]

Now fasting is not to lose weight. It's to gain wisdom. Gain wisdom.

[APPLAUSE]

The purpose of a fast in the Bible is that you withhold physical food to allow spiritual focus. That's part of what is behind Second Chronicles 7:14. Most people don't know much about the book, that they know this one verse. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, I will heal their land. I think our land need some healing, and I think we can be a part of it. We can be responsible in our culture. We can be prayerful for all our country.

Third, be careful. This season, be careful who you consider. Be careful who you're listening to. Verse 8 says, "For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel. Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesied falsely to you in my name. I have not sent them, says the Lord."

What was happening? Well, there were men in their midst of the congregation in Babylon, who were writing their own letters, speaking their own messages that counteracted everything Jeremiah was saying. What they were saying is that peace is right around the corner. We're not going to be here 70 years. King Zedekiah's still on the throne in Jerusalem. Lickety split we're going to be back in Jerusalem. We're not going to have to be here. This isn't a punishment for our sin. Don't worry.

And Jeremiah is going, uh-uh. You're going to be there a long time. 70 years. Make the best of it. Get involved. Be prayerful. And be careful who you listen to. Every election cycle we hear messages-- positive messages, negative messages from both parties. I think it's safe to say both sides are going to tell you some things that are true and some things that are not true. I'm not going to tell you which proportionately or any of that.

So what do you do when you hear so many different messages? You think. You learn. You get informed long enough to know what the real issues are and what candidates stand for. What are their values? That's how we respond in prayer and respond in activity of voting. That's how we do it. So we need to be informed. We need to be involved. We need to be engaged.

I love what my dad used to say. That funny little saying. It must've come from World War II-- praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. And I just got a kick out of him saying that. I don't even know what it mean, but it sounded cool. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. And come to find out it means that you know what? We have one eye on heaven and we're praising the Lord and thanking him and trusting him, but we also are responsible enough to keep our powder dry, to be prepared, to be ready, all that-- be vigilant. All that is part and parcel with it.

And I might even add that we need Christians involved in the actual political process. Run for office. You know, we always say, well, there's nobody good to vote for. So be one. We'll vote for you. If you get involved, run for city council. Run for local office. Step up to the plate. Help shape policy. God could call you to that. Now, in this election, many people in our country feel they're asked to make it very difficult-- they've said-- I've heard this word-- unpalatable choice.

Well, I don't know who to vote for. I don't like either one of them. My friend David Jeremiah was asked the question how he would advise voters who say none of the presidential candidates represent their core beliefs. What do I do if none of the candidates represent my core beliefs? This is how we answer. Quote, "Everybody wants to find someone who represents who they are. Unfortunately, there isn't anybody like that. Not in this election. Probably not ever again. We're down to the point where we need to elect somebody whom we're pretty certain won't be against us, somebody who will allow us to live out our faith." Close quote.

This election is not like any other election. And I am not going to tell you who to vote for. I'm going to tell you to vote. I'm going to tell you to pray and fast, and I'm going to tell you to vote. And I will also tell you that Eric Metaxas, who's spoken here before and written great books, calls this election a Bonhoeffer moment. Isn't that an interesting description? A Bonhoeffer moment. Some of you know Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, the German pastor who was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis.

And Bonhoeffer noted that so many people in his day couldn't be bothered with politics. Nah, nah. That's not my thing. I don't want-- I don't want. Just not informed, not engaged, not involved. And so he came along and he was calling people to stand up against injustice, asking the church to do it, sounded the alarm. But if you know what happened, very few heeded his call. The rest is history. The policies of Adolf Hitler took over Germany, threatened Europe, threatened the free world.

So I don't think we have the option to sort of sit in the corner and whine and despair. I don't think we have that option. Edmund Burke said-- you know this quote-- because as soon as I say it, you're going to start saying it. "The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." The only thing that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing. So you want it to get worse? Do nothing at all. Don't get engaged. Don't get involved.

But for a moment, push the candidates aside and think of issues. There are still plenty of issues that you can voice your opinion on that are key issues. Issues like the sanctity of human life in the womb. Issues like marriage and family. Issues like human rights. Issues like federal judges in the Supreme Court. Issues like national defense. Issues like terrorism. Issues like the stability of Israel in the very volatile Middle East. All of these are issues that you have a voice in.

Which leads me to the fourth and final-- be hopeful. Be hopeful. Be hopeful in your calling. Verse 10-- "For thus says the Lord. After 70 years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you." I love that. God's coming to town. "I will visit you and perform my good word toward you and cause you to return to this place, Jerusalem. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all of your heart."

Here's the big picture-- get involved, but have a light touch. You're going to be here for 70 years. That's almost a lifetime, and for some people it will be. But you're coming back. So as you live your life in this temporary, earthly environment, keep your eye on the permanent, heavenly environment that you're going to. That's the message for us. We're here for a lifetime. We are not here for all time. So we are passing through. We are in captivity. But we're not going to always be here.

Look at verse 10. Look at the word, "cause." It's the one word that jumped out of the text this week as I studied it. I will visit you and I will cause you to return. You know what that tells me? Nebuchadnezzar's not in charge. God is. God is in control. Nebuchadnezzar's on the throne on earth. God is on the throne in heaven. And that's a bedrock truth of the sovereignty of God that we can rest on at any time.

Listen, it doesn't matter who's in the White House. God's in the house. God's in the house. Now I'm not saying it doesn't matter. I'm not saying these things don't matter. They do matter. Of course they matter, temporarily. But in the big scheme of things, these things don't alter the unalterable truth that God is absolutely sovereign. You think God gets stressed at this stuff? We get the news, we get so stressed.

You think God wrings his hands? You think God reads the polls, goes oh, man. My friend says God rules the universe with his feet up. Isn't that good? He's not stressed. He just goes, "next." This is easy stuff. I got this. I got this covered. And you, child of God, should never come to a place where you are hopeless, where you despair. God causes things to happen. God overrules what men rule. It's a very interesting marriage, actually. It's just a very mysterious wonder that kings rule, and we, in a democracy, have the ability to influence who that's going to be. But God overrules. God overrules.

So we have dual citizenship. But we live, as Lincoln called it, in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And Abraham Lincoln, our president, called the nation to pray and vote. Pray and to vote. I'm calling you to pray, get registered, and then vote. Oh, but my favorite television show's on election night. Thank God for TiVo.

[LAUGHTER]

Or fast from that. But get out there and vote. Because Jesus said this-- "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and render to God the things that are God's." There's two parts to that verse. And we can be all smug, rendering to God the things that are God's. But I don't get involved in Caesar the things. Jesus said to render to him. And we live in a democracy where we vote in the Caesar. They didn't. We do. So in order to obey that command-- dual citizenship. Responsible in the kingdom, responsible on the earth as well.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

As believers, we have a responsibility to pray for the leaders in our government. How will you live out what you learned in this message? Let us know. Email mystory@calvaryabq.org. And just a reminder, you can give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/give. Thank you for joining us for this teaching from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.

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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6/27/1982
completed
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Peter's Homecoming
Mark 14
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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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9/29/1983
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Demon Possession
Luke 22:31-32
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10/30/1983
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Happiness is...
Psalm 1
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1/7/1984
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Jesus Who?
Deuteronomy 11:10-16
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2/19/1984
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Keep Going, Keep Growing
2 Peter 1:1-11
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3/10/1984
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The Antioch Church
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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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6/17/1984
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From Despair to Joy
Habakkuk 3:17-19
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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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6/16/1985
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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2/15/1986
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
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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
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
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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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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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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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1/9/1988
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
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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
completed
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
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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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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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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
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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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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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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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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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
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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
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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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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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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4/1/2020
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God and the Coronavirus
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When a situation like the coronavirus pandemic occurs, it's only natural for us to ask questions: Why would God allow something so small to stop everything and affect everyone around the world? And what do we do now? This virus is further evidence of the fallen world we live in; this is not the world God intended to create. But this is a time in which the church can truly be the church—the hands, feet, mouth, and heart of our Savior. In this message, Skip Heitzig teaches how this current crisis can move you from acknowledging and believing in God to clinging to God.
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4/5/2020
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I Feel Your Pain!
Luke 19:28-44
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I have often been drawn to this biblical text over the years for Palm Sunday because the events indeed did take place on a Sunday and Jesus was greeted with happy song and palm branches. But in light of the present situation with the entire world suffering the spread of the coronavirus, I want to look at it through the lens of suffering: our own suffering, Jesus’ personal suffering, and the future suffering predicted. In so doing I think we will see Jesus in a very different light.
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There are 135 additional messages in this series.