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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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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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  1. Jesus Entered Our Suffering (v. 28)

  2. Jesus Embraced His Suffering (vv. 29-40)

  3. Jesus Predicted More Suffering (vv. 41-44)

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Connect Recap Notes: April 5, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "I Feel Your Pain!"
Text: 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 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.

I. Jesus Entered Our Suffering (v. 28)
II. Jesus Embraced His Suffering (vv. 29-40)
III. Jesus Predicted More Suffering (vv. 41-44)

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Jesus Entered Our Suffering (v. 28)

  • Isaiah said the Messiah would be "a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus' suffering is how we understand His life. Psalm 69 predicts the suffering Messiah—a man soaked in suffering and sorrow. Although there was rejoicing in Luke 19:37-38, the crowd's joy gave way to Jesus' tears (v. 41). Jesus' followers were happy because they didn't understand the truth—they believed their Messiah would be a rescuer, not a suffering redeemer. What began with a rejoicing crowd ended on a rugged cross.
  • Jesus understood pain—He had been around the blind, lame, deaf, sick, demon-possessed, and dead. He had just come from Jericho after healing two blind men, one named Bartimaeus (see Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52); He also healed ten lepers (see Luke 17:11-19). Jesus came to the poor and brokenhearted (see Luke 4:18). He emptied Himself and "took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being" (Philippians 2:7, NLT); He was Immanuel—God with us (see Isaiah 7:14). We can come confidently to Jesus in our suffering because He knows what it's like (see Hebrews 4:14-16).

Jesus Embraced His Suffering (vv. 29-40)

  • Jesus entered into humanity's suffering, but He came to Jerusalem to suffer (see Psalm 118 and Zechariah 9). Jesus came as a humble servant to die on the cross and bring the world into a state of peace with God. At His first coming, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey's colt; at His second coming, He'll arrive to conquer on a white horse (see Revelation 19:11-16).
  • Jesus had dissuaded people from proclaiming His majesty, miracles, and mission. He often withdrew from the fanfare or asked those He healed not to tell anyone.
  • The timing of the triumphal entry fulfilled a prophecy in Daniel 9:24-26 (the seventy weeks prophecy). On April 6—the tenth day of Nisan—Jesus presented Himself as Messiah and embraced the suffering that would follow. As one theologian stated, "Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God."1 No other religion has even anticipated the humiliation of its God; and yet, Jesus' death was predicted by prophets and even Jesus Himself (see Matthew 16:21). John 12:27 shows us Jesus' personal pain: "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour?' But for this purpose I came to this hour" (v. 27).
  • The Greek word for "troubled" refers to being "agitated, upset, and unsettled." Jesus was contemplating the physical horror of the cross and separation from His Father as the sins of the world were dumped on His sinless soul (see 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus Predicted More Suffering (vv. 41-44)

  • The celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry was interrupted when, in the midst of rejoicing, the hero stopped and wept. The Greek word for "wept" indicates He burst into tears and wept audibly. He was heartbroken because His own people missed who He really was.
  • This points us to a more serious question: Are you really saved?
  • We're focused, not without reason, on the deaths caused by COVID-19, but that's just a fraction of the deaths happening on any given day. Death is a reality: almost 25,000 die every day from heart disease; almost 27,000 from cancer; 4,300 from diabetes.
  • Jesus told a man He had healed, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you" (John 5:14). Eternal suffering is worse than lifelong suffering. A disease may rob you of your best years, but sin will rob you for eternity.

Practice

Connect Up: God sees your future—He knows your choices, and He cares about the decisions you make every day. Make time today to connect with Him—put the day ahead into His hands and give Him editing rights over your life. Praise Him for His faithful goodness and mercy and talk to Him about your struggles. He knows how you feel, and He sympathizes with your suffering.

Connect In: Look out for your fellow believers. Stay in touch with your Connect Groups and others you know through ministry or fellowship. Check in with them, pray with them, and maybe even put them in touch with Calvary's Kindness Campaign if they need food or hygiene supplies (call the front desk at 505.344.0880 for assistance).

Connect Out: Don't be afraid to reach out to unsaved people from work or your neighborhood who may be suffering. You can listen to their concerns, pray for them, and offer such help as you can provide—perhaps connect them to a pastor. You may never know what difference you could make for someone teetering between life and death. As Augustine said, can you "mourn a body from which the soul has departed, and not a soul from which God has departed?2

1 Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996 ed.), 3.

2 Augustine, Sermons: The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, Vol. III (Brooklyn: New City Press, 1991), 196.



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I Feel Your Pain! - Luke 19:28-44 - Skip Heitzig

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Amen. Amen. Well, it's Palm Sunday weekend, and you're not here. Well, you're not here like we typically think of you as being here, but a few of us are here. A few of us are up here worshipping, and we're glad that they are. We even have, on the other side of the auditorium, up in a couple rooms, people who are monitoring the video and sending that out to you. So there's people here who are working and serving the Lord.

But we wish you were here on this day. I do want to thank you for tuning in, for joining us like this. So many people have said how they enjoyed the content, the worship, the experience of Calvary at home. So we're glad that you are here in this way joining us. And thank you also for continue to pray for one another, pray for us, pray for our missionaries on the field, and the different things that we're doing around the world.

There are people in different parts of the world that are facing this with not the kind of resources we have in America. We're still supporting them. So thank you for supporting this ministry so we can support them, and we can continue the kind of programming that we are doing.

Well, we are in the Gospel of Luke this weekend. Luke chapter 19 for this Palm Sunday weekend. One Palm Sunday, a family went to church. Their teenage boy was sick, so he stayed home. And when the family returned, they brought some palm branches with them that they had gotten at church.

The teenage boy looked at the palm branches and said, so what are these all about? And the family explained that, look, when Jesus was passing by, the people took palm branches and waved the palm branches in front of Christ while he was passing by. And he looked at the palm branches, and looked at them, and he said, great. The one Sunday I miss church, and Jesus shows up.

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Well, unfortunately, you can't be at church this weekend. You can't be on campus. But I want you to know wherever you are, Jesus is showing up. He's with you right where you are. He shows up where two or three are gathered, or if you're even watching this alone, Jesus is your companion. He has showed up.

Many churches do pass out, on Palm Sunday, palm branches. We do it for our kids to tell them the story. But this Palm Sunday, oddly, is palm-less Sunday. We're not able to pass palm branches out. In fact, churches across this country and the world have stopped doing that because of the high transmissibility of COVID-19. They don't want to touch something, and then give it to someone in close proximity, violating the social distancing rule, then have them touch that same item, because that germ might spread. So this is palm-less Sunday for that reason.

So let me just encourage you to use your palms and face them upward in praise to God this week. And use your palms to reach out to the community by showing them love, maybe in this kindness campaign. It can be palm week as you worship God and as you reach out to others.

Well, we're going to look at Luke 19, a very typical Palm Sunday text. But I want to look at it through a different lens-- through the lens of the present crisis. Through the lens of suffering. Because after all, Isaiah called Jesus a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Think of that title. A man of sorrows. That's what Isaiah dubbed him in Isaiah 53.

He could have been called a man of holiness because he lived a perfect life. He could have been called a man of peace because he was the Prince of Peace. He certainly could have been called a man of love because there was no one who was ever kinder than he was. But he was called a man of sorrows.

This whole text that we're reading-- in fact, the whole final week of Jesus on the Earth was soaked in suffering, and in sorrow. Don't get me wrong, there is joy in the story. There's rejoicing in the text. A group of believers are there to celebrate. Verse 37 says, "as he was drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice."

So there was joy in the story. But their joy gets suddenly interrupted by his tears. Jesus cries in verse 41. "As he drew near, he saw the city, and he wept over it."

They were happy. He was sad. They were happy because they were misinformed. They anticipated a Messiah who would be a political conqueror. They thought, when the Messiah comes-- and surely, this must be the Messiah-- it's time to get excited because he's going to throw off the yoke of Rome, and we're going to be in charge now.

So they were joyful, but it was a misinformed joy. They didn't know the truth. They thought this Messiah was going to take away their suffering, when in fact, in the text that we're about to read, Jesus predicts more suffering. It's a very sobering scene.

In the next few days in Jerusalem, it will not be what they had imagined. He comes to their city, but in the next few days, Jesus will be betrayed by one of his colleagues. He will be denied by one of his best friends. In the background, the political powers that be will collude with the religious powers, and by the end of the week, they'll kill him.

So the week begins on Palm Sunday with a rejoicing crowd. It ends with a rugged cross, which will leave them bewildered. So the whole scene is soaked in sorrow.

So I want to consider this text, as I said, from a very different lens because of this COVID-19 thing. And I want to consider the man of sorrows in three different ways-- our suffering, his suffering, and more suffering. That's what we're going to look at in the text. Jesus entered our suffering. He embraced his suffering. But then he also predicted more suffering.

I'm going to begin at the beginning. The story begins in verse 28, where it says, "when he had said this-- that is a parable. He was speaking on the way from Jericho going up to Jerusalem. He has his disciples all around him. He's sharing with them a parable, part of which has a lot of suffering that is anticipated in it. So he is going from Jericho to Jerusalem, speaking to his disciples. And "when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem."

Now, he had just come from Jericho. I want to set the scene for you. I kind of want you to know where Jesus has been. He has been in Jericho, and a couple of the people that he met in Jericho, the Bible tells us, were blind. Blind beggars.

And one of them is very famous, named Bartimaeus. And Bartimaeus saw that it was Jesus of Nazareth, or heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth. He couldn't see. And he just heard the crowd passing by, knew Jesus was in it, and cried out and said, son of David, have mercy on me. Jesus healed that man. Great story.

But the point is, in Jericho, Jesus was surrounded with suffering. Before that, he was in Samaria, and he was in Galilee. And it's the same scene. He's on the way to Jerusalem, but he meets 10 men who have leprosy. So he's around blindness. He's around leprosy. And really, that marks his whole ministry, doesn't it? Suffering people. He was around the blind, the lame, the deaf, lepers, hemorrhagia-- a woman had a flow of blood-- congenital anomalies, paralysis, fever, people who were mute, people who were demon-possessed, even people who died that he was called in to attend to.

So there was, in Jesus' life, lots of suffering around him. That's why he came, at least one of the reasons. He started his ministry by saying, the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to bind up the broken-hearted. So he trafficked in poverty, and broken hearts, and disease. He was surrounded with it all the time.

Here's what I want you to grasp. Jesus could have, but didn't stay up in heaven, and just enjoyed perfection. He could have just been an armchair God looking down on a suffering world, go, yeah, it's really a drag down there, isn't it? Just think if Jesus would have decided to stay in heaven. I'm not going down to that dirt clod. There's suffering people down there. There's fever down there. There's disease down there, and broken hearts.

But he did. The Bible says he emptied himself. Philippians 2, "though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing." Or could be translated, he poured himself out, emptied himself. "He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in a human form."

God in a suffering world. From perfection to imperfection. From glory to disease, and broken hearts, and poverty. Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be called Emmanuel, translated God with us. He gave up the glory of worshipping angels, the intimate fellowship with the Father in that heavenly scene, and came here.

Hard to grasp, I admit. God's hard to grasp. We wish he would show up more plainly, blatantly, instead of behind the scenes, like the little boy who looked up at the sky and said, you know, I wish God would just poke His head out every once in a while.

Well, He did. He did better. That's what the incarnation is, is God not just poking His head out, but becoming us, coming in flesh and walking among us.

What that means is-- and I don't want you to miss it, and I'm underscoring it over and over again-- for 33 years, Jesus came to live in, to walk in, to serve in, to cry in a world marked by suffering. He wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus. He met with and healed Simon, who was a leper. He forgave an adulterous who was about to be stoned to death. In the midst of all that, he showed up.

Aren't we glad? Because the writer of Hebrews summed it up by saying, we don't have a high priest-- that is a representative-- we don't have a representative, a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. But he was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

That's why we're so confident when we pray. And we're so confident when we suffer and we pray, because we realize we know he knows our experience. We have a representative in heaven who knows the pain of Earth. We have a creator who put on the shoes of His creation and walked among us.

Like the stories of a few of those European kings back in medieval times. A few of them actually dressed like peasants and walked among the people, for a couple of reasons. They wanted to check on their staff, make sure they were doing their job. More than that, they wanted to hear and see the effect of their reign among their people. They wanted to hear what people were saying, and see what people were living like. So God came to this Earth. The king came, and he entered our suffering.

Second thing I want to make note of. Not only did Jesus enter our suffering, Jesus embraced his own suffering. In verse 29, it says, "it came to pass, when he came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet--" that's the Mount of Olives-- "he sent two of his disciples, saying, go to the village opposite you, where as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one ever sat. Loose it and bring it here." So donkey's colt, other gospels tell us.

"If anyone asks you, 'why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say, 'because the Lord has need of it.' So those who were sent went their way and found it just as he said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, 'why are you loosing the colt?' And they said, 'the Lord has need of him?'" I think they said it like that.

It's like, Jesus said, go find a donkey in the town next to you, and if they ask why are you doing it, say these words. OK. So they're untying it. And anybody would naturally say, hey, you're ripping off my donkey. What are you doing? So they-- let's try what Jesus said. The Lord needs him?

"And so they brought him to Jesus and threw their clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as he went, many spread their clothes on the road." Now, again, doesn't say it in this text, but two other gospels, Matthew and Mark, that's where they said they took palm branches, and laid them on the road, and waved them in front of him.

"Then, as he was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying, 'blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.'

And some of the Pharisees called to him from the crowd, 'teacher, rebuke your disciples.'" I love this next part. "But he answered and said to them, 'I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.'"

Now, here's the angle I want to look at this. Not only did Jesus come from Jericho, from Galilee, from Samaria, surrounded for three and a half years in public ministry with people who were suffering, he came to Jerusalem specifically to suffer himself. That's why he was there.

Now, a couple of different texts appear here. One is Psalm 118, a messianic Psalm. "Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." The author is showing this was fulfilled when Jesus did this.

But another one, it's alluded to, and spoken about, and highlighted in the other passages. And that is Zacharias chapter 9, verse 9. A specific prophecy about how the Messiah would come to Jerusalem.

I'm reading from Zacharias, chapter 9, verse 9. "Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion. Shout, daughter of Jerusalem. See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle, and riding on a donkey." The prophet announce the Messiah will come to Jerusalem on a donkey. Why a donkey? Because kings rode donkeys.

They rode donkeys in times of peace. When they were spelling out terms for peace, when they wanted to make peace, or they wanted to ensure peace, they rode on a donkey. When they came for war, they typically rode on a war horse. When Jesus comes back the second time, Revelation 19, he is riding a white horse. He comes in righteousness, it says, to judge and to make war. It's a very different scene.

Here, he comes as a peacemaker. He's spelling out terms of peace. He wants to bring people into peace with God, because in a few days, he's going to a cross. He came the first time to save people from their sins. He's coming the second time to rule and reign with those who have been cleansed from their sin.

So he comes now on a donkey as a peaceful king. And he presents himself to the city. He allows the crowd to recognize that he is the Messiah. This is the very first time it ever happened in Jesus' ministry.

It's a public presentation. It's a public-- call it a messianic parade. It's a Messiah parade, and Jesus is orchestrating it and allowing it to happen. Up to this point, he told people, be quiet, don't tell anybody. They were healed of a disease.

Can you imagine, after having a paralysis your whole life, suddenly getting healed, for the one to heal you say, don't tell anybody! Like, nobody's going to obey that. That's why they all went out and told somebody. But he told them to keep it quiet.

On another occasion, they tried to make him king by force, and it tells us Jesus withdrew to a mountain by himself. This is different. Now he presents himself. Why? Because it's time.

You know how Jesus always spoke about my hour? And he would say, for my hour has not yet come. It shows up in several different ways in several different places. For example, John chapter 7, they sought to take him, but his hour had not yet come. John chapter 13, Jesus knew his hour had come that he should depart this world and go to the Father. In John chapter 17, he prays, and he says, Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son that your son may glorify you. This is that hour. This is the final week. Jesus comes to embrace suffering-- his own-- and to go and die in a cross.

Now, it's a very specific hour. It's a very specific day. Happens to be the 10th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar. And the 10th of Nisan in our calendar, April 6, 32 AD, was the day that the Hebrew population selected a lamb and brought it home, and then in a few days of Passover, would kill it. On the 10th of Nisan, the lamb of God presents himself to the nation of Israel. In perfect timing. I've gone over the timing before. I'm not going to do it this weekend, but it is the fulfillment of the 69 weeks as predicted by Daniel to the very day. Presents himself as the Messiah, embraces the suffering that will follow.

Somebody once said wisely, no other religion has at its heart the humiliation of its God. What a statement. No other religion has at its heart the humiliation of its God. I would add something to that. I would say no other religion has at its heart the anticipation of the humiliation of its God. What I mean by that is that the humiliation of Christ, the suffering of Christ was predicted and anticipated by prophet after prophet after prophet in the Old Testament, and by Jesus himself. Jesus knew what was coming. His whole life, he said to Nicodemus, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, the son of man must be lifted up. That's a prediction of his cross. He said, if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself. The text says he was speaking of the crucifixion.

In Matthew 16, when he asked the question to the disciples, who do men say that I am? We all know that famous text. We love it. He's giving them a little quiz. Quiz has only two questions. It's pass or fail. You can get the first one wrong, but the second one is all important.

Who do men say that I am? They said, some say you're John the Baptist, some say you're Elijah, et cetera. But then he said, who do you say that I am? Peter said, you are the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus said, you get an A on the test, Peter. Flesh and blood didn't reveal this to you, my Father in heaven did. A-plus.

But then it says, from that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, and the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up the third day. Over and over and over again, Jesus himself knowing when he was going to die and how he was going to die, tried to tell his disciples that.

What that means is Jesus lived under the shadow of the cross 24/7. Can you imagine knowing the exact day of your own death, and the exact manner of your own death? I'll guarantee you if you did, you would live differently.

So Jesus lived that way. And he comes to Jerusalem now, not only after entering our suffering, but after embracing his own suffering. The very same week that Jesus entered Jerusalem-- in fact, probably a day later than this-- he was already starting to feel the weight of the cross on his soul. He said to his disciples-- this is in John, chapter 12-- "now my soul is troubled." The word means agitated, or disturbed. He was upset. He was unsettled.

Listen to what he said. "Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose, I came to this hour."

Why was Jesus so agitated? Why was he so troubled? Well, he knew what was coming. He knew that soon, his back would be opened up, eviscerated by a Roman whip. He knew that there would be spikes driven through his wrist on a cross. He knew his scalp would be punctured by a crown of thorns. He knew that was coming.

He also knew that God the Father would-- at that moment, there would be a holy transaction where God the Father would dump all of the sins of humanity past, present, and future, on Jesus' spotless, perfect, sinless soul.

So he said, my soul is troubled. But I can't say, Father saved me from this hour. I came for this reason. Though Jesus felt it emotionally, was troubled by it emotionally, he embraced it wholeheartedly.

Hebrews, chapter 12 tells us, "looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of his Father." What was the joy? You. Seeing you, right where you are, worshipping God. You trusting him, your life is given over to Christ. He's transformed your life. He's going to take you to heaven. That's the joy. It was worth it. You were worth it. This is why he was born. He knew it all his life.

The Magi showed up with gold, frankincense, and of all things, myrrh. Myrrh was embalming fluid. If you're a mother and somebody gives you embalming fluid for your baby, you're going to go, thanks? This is a weird gift.

Why that one? Because it spoke of the reason he came and was born, and that is to die. By the way, myrrh gives off a scent only when it's crushed. Jesus here being crushed, his soul being troubled, he's giving off that scent as he's entering into his own suffering.

You remember when Jesus was-- after he was born and he was dedicated in the temple, a man named Simeon saw that couple, Joseph and Mary there, and grabbed the baby Jesus gently, and brought it up before the Father in praise and glory. He said, now I can die in peace because I've seen your salvation. And he said to Joseph and Mary, this child will be rejected by many and be their undoing, but be the greatest of joy to others. Then he turned to Mary and said, and a sword will pierce your own soul also.

There's a lot in that statement. What Simeon is basically saying is, this child is going to be the most loved and the most hated person ever. And it's the first hint of the crucifixion to Mary. A sword's going to pierce your own soul. One day, she would stand at the foot of the cross, see her son die, and feel the weight of sorrow that not only Jesus entered into, but she entered into as well.

So Jesus, always knowing this, was moving with determination toward the cross. That's why he rebuked Peter when Peter said, far be it from you, Lord. We're not going to let this happen to you, in that Matthew 16 passage. He said, get behind me, Satan.

And people go, what's up with Jesus? Was he having like a bad Messiah day or something, saying "get behind me, Satan" to his best friend Peter? What's that all about?

He recognized the philosophy that Peter gave to him was Satanic. Jesus heard it before when he was being tempted. Years earlier, he was on the Mount of Temptation down by Jericho, and Satan came to him and said, look, basically, I know why you've come. You've come to redeem the world. The world is mine. I can give it to whoever I want. So if you just worship me, I'll give you the kingdoms of the world in a moment.

You see, Satan knew why Jesus had come-- to buy back the world to the Father. So he says, tell you what, you don't have to go to the cross. You can bypass the suffering, and I'll give it to you if you'll just indulge me with a moment of worship.

Jesus knew, and it seems that Satan knew the importance of the cross. So Jesus fully embraced it. He entered into our suffering. He embraced his own suffering.

But I'm going to close on this note. He predicted even more suffering. "As he drew near," verse 41, "he saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'if you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another because you did not know the time of your visitation.'"

It's a sobering scene. The scene is rejoicing. The scene is a party. The scene is singing the psalms as Jesus comes down the Mount of Olives. They're having a parade.

Then suddenly, the donkey stops. Then suddenly, the hero of the story starts weeping. And not just shedding a few tears, taking a little Kleenex, and dabbing his eyes. When it says that Jesus was crying here, it's a very strong word that means to burst into tears and weep audibly. So you can picture that on your own. I'm not going to try to emulate that.

But this is only the second time that Jesus Christ, we are told, wept openly. One was at the tomb of Lazarus, his friend, because of the unbelief of the crowd, and now this. He stopped, and he started weeping.

Now, hold this scene for a minute. Push the pause button. If you are ever tempted to think that God doesn't care about your sorrow and your suffering, you don't know the God I know. He knows what's going to happen to this city. He loves these people who are before him. And he starts weeping audibly. This is the heart of God. He looks downward and sees the oppressed city. He looks inward and sees their empty hearts. He looks forward to when Jerusalem would fall to the Romans in 70 AD. That's the prediction.

In 70 AD, hundreds of thousands of Jews were at Passover in Jerusalem. They were there to worship. Titus, the Roman general was there, surrounded the city, killed thousands of Jews. So many of them died, they didn't have time, we're told, to even bury the dead. They just threw the bodies over the walls of Jerusalem. Jesus saw that that would take place, and he is moved by it. He weeps audibly.

So God sees your future. Knows your choices. Knows the path you are going down now. And if it's not a good one, I would say he weeps. He cares.

Now, there is a more serious issue than the coronavirus. Looking at the news, looking at your Twitter feed, you would not know that is the case, but that is the case. There is something far more profound and serious than the coronavirus, and that is, are you really saved? We are so focused on the fact that so far, by this message, this Palm Sunday weekend, about 56,000 people worldwide have died as a direct result of the coronavirus.

But that's just a fraction of the people who have died. That's a fraction. 24,641 people died today from heart disease. 26,283 people died today from cancer. 4,300 people died today from diabetes. Today, mosquitoes killed 2,740 people. Humans today killed 1,300 people. And 3,700 people died today from traffic accidents in this country alone.

So all of that to say death is a reality. You may not like to think about it. You may not like to be reminded of it. But it is a fact. And there is a worse reality than death. So get used to the idea that every human being dies, including your saintly grandmother, and even children. Everybody dies.

There's something far worse than death. That is to be eternally lost. Jesus once healed a man in Jerusalem at another festival. He was at the Pool of Bethesda. He healed a man who was lame.

He said, take up your bed and walk. The man walked out of the temple. Afterward, it says Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "see, you have been made well." Listen to this next part. "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you."

Worse? What could possibly be worse than a lifetime of suffering? An eternity of suffering is far worse. So Jesus entered our suffering. He embraced his own suffering, but he is predicting far more suffering for the city of Jerusalem, and he is moved by it, and he weeps because of it.

So there's far more at stake than the coronavirus, and that is, are you right with God? Do you know Jesus Christ? Are you going to heaven, or is there something far worse?

So I escaped the coronavirus. Are you going to heaven? That's really the issue. That man that Jesus healed, that disease robbed him of the best years of his life. But sin would rob him of eternal life forever.

St. Augustine at a funeral once said, if we weep for the body from which the soul is departed, should we not weep for the soul from which God is departed? There is an eternal suffering called hell. And anybody who knows the Lord Jesus Christ will not go there. You won't go there. You won't go to purgatory. You won't burn your sins off. You'll go directly to heaven. But if you don't know the Lord Jesus Christ, if you push him away and you rejected him, there's something far worse for you, friend, than anything you'd ever experience here. Than paralysis, than cancer, than heart disease, than stroke, than coronavirus. And that is an eternity without God.

Could it be that we've been brought to this moment for people like you to understand that fact, and to make sure that never happens to you? I'm imploring you, really, if God is getting our attention through this worldwide, I'm imploring you no matter where you're seeing this, or hearing this, to say yes to the Christ who came to suffer in your world for you so you would never have to suffer forever.

[APPLAUSE]

Wherever you are, you can turn to him. You can believe in him. He took your pain. He took your sin in that moment of time so that you could live eternally with the Father. So wherever you are, if you're just sick and tired, as my friend Franklin Graham says, of being sick and tired, now's the time to turn to him.

Experience life. Experience joy. Experience forgiveness. Your past wiped away. A whole future exists for you.

How? You just simply talk to God. That's all prayer is. Wherever you are, say this. Say, Lord, I know I'm a sinner. I admit that. Forgive me. Forgive me of my sin.

I believe that You sent Jesus to this Earth, an Earth filled with suffering and pain, to suffer himself, and to die a horrible death. And in so doing, take my sin on himself. I believe that. I believe he died. I believe he rose from the grave.

Right now, I turn from my sin. I repent of my sin. I turn from my past. I turn to Jesus as my savior and as my master, to follow him today and every day. In Jesus' name, amen.

Listen, if you prayed that prayer, you are a child of God. You are saved. You're on your way to heaven. You go, well, I didn't feel anything. Don't care. I didn't do anything. Don't care.

He did it for you. And He gave you-- it's a free gift of eternal life. It's by grace you are saved through faith. We're going to tell you in a minute what to do now, but congratulations. Welcome to God's family. On this Palm Sunday, let your palms be up in worship to Him, and your palms be out to extend God's help and love to others. God bless you.

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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
completed
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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
completed
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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
completed
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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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Living on the Border - Numbers 32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/12/1985
completed
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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
completed
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
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11/17/1985
completed
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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2/15/1986
completed
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi - Galatians 1:13-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/1/1986
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
Skip Heitzig
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
Skip Heitzig
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Hey, What's God Like? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
Skip Heitzig
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Security or Insecurity from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/23/1987
completed
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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
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
completed
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
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For a Time such as This - Esther 4:13-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
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Bringing God to the Marketplace - Titus 2:9-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/28/1987
completed
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
Skip Heitzig
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1/2/1988
completed
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Jesus Answers Job
Job 16:19-21
Skip Heitzig
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Jesus Answers Job - Job 16:19-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1988
completed
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
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What Sustains a Weary Soul - Job 23:8-12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/16/1988
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man
Job 40:1-14
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man - Job 40:1-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1988
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Jesus Came
Mark 1:1-20
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2/16/1989
completed
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
Skip Heitzig
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
Skip Heitzig
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
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
Skip Heitzig
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
Skip Heitzig
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Salvation Message from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
Skip Heitzig
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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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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
Skip Heitzig
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
Skip Heitzig
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
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What are you Hungry for? - Matthew 5:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
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Vision Casting - Inreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/5/2004
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Vision Casting - Outreach
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Vision Casting - Outreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/26/2004
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Special Dedication Message
1 Kings 8
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12/28/2004
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Worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4;Psalm 95
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
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When in the midst of crisis, where do you turn for comfort? Do you seek the Lord and allow Him to work through the crisis? David experienced many times of crisis, but he remembered that the Lord was his beauty and light. Pastor Skip Heitzig outlines Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis and shares the insight the Lord gave David in Psalm 27. When you are in frightening times of crisis, focus on God who is above all circumstances.
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6/25/2006
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Has God Got A Plan For You!
John 3:16
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What plans do you have for today? Tomorrow? The rest of your life? Eternity? You may not have an answer for all of these questions, and even if you do, circumstances may arise that keep you from executing your plans. But God has a plan for you and for all of humanity that is sure and steadfast. No circumstance can arise that will change the course of it. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he lays out the details of God's plan for mankind and discover how you can be part of a sure future in Him.
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7/8/2006
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure
Genesis 12:1-9
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure - Genesis 12:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/15/2006
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Trusting God for Better or Worse
Genesis 22:1-19
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Trusting God for Better or Worse - Genesis 22:1-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/30/2006
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Rekindling Our Vision
Acts 2
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10/11/2006
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Rejoice!
Deuteronomy 12
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11/6/2006
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Ready 2 Serve
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Calvary Chapel Men's Conference 2006
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5/20/2007
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25 Years—A Divine Paradox
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Many of you know by now that these verses from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians have become my "life-text". They describe the paradox of a perfect God using imperfect vessels to carry His name and perform His work. Over the last twenty-five years I have both seen and experienced God’s faithfulness. Today we stand in awe of His great work among us, in us and through us. To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
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5/20/2007
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25th Anniversary celebration, To God Be The Glory
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2/18/2008
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Abiding In The Vine - Session 4
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Southern California Regional Pastor's Conference 2008
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4/16/2008
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Why Christians Love Israel
Ezekiel 36-37
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This message is a video of the teaching, "Why Christians Love Israel" (Ezekiel 36-37) from Pastor Skip, that he taught in Israel at the Epicenter Prophecy Conference on April 10, 2008.
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9/21/2008
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Marks of Greatness - Christ's Vision For His Church
Acts 2:36-47
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11/14/2008
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2008
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12/10/2008
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Hanukkah
John 10:19-33
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3/11/2009
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Special Message from Skip in India
Nehemiah 1-13
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9/16/2009
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Why Jesus Needed to Die
Hebrews 9
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All of us have experienced spiritual slump, when we just didn't feel like worshiping. But times like that provide the perfect opportunity to walk by faith not by sight and to experience sacrificial worship. The once for all sacrifice of Jesus should stir us up to fervent praise in spite of our earthly circumstances.
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5/9/2010
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Live from the Land
Matthew 24:1-8
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Earthquakes, wars, disease; the evening news offers a frightening and fascinating look at world events. What does the Bible say about the turmoil the world is facing? What is the resolution to the conflict? Join us as we consider what Jesus told his disciples about these signs of the times, in this special message by Pastor Skip from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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5/10/2010
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Live from the Land
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Time and again, we hear that one of the favorite highlights for those on a Tour of Israel is the on-site teaching. Now you can be a part of it from your very own living room. Watch the Live from the Land TV special that aired on Monday May 10, 2010 on KCHF TV-11 as we join Pastor Skip Heitzig LIVE with a message from the Mount of Olives.
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8/12/2010
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2011
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Service with Skip Heitzig
1 Corinthians 12:12-18
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Churches across America are closing their doors. How can we ensure a thriving Christian community? As we consider what God intended for the church, we'll uncover four essentials to a healthy church: God's People, God's Principles, God's Purpose, and God's presence.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
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We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the downed plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorists who crashed these aircraft brought the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Mass confusion, anger, despair, and depression predictably followed as survivors sought to frame so devastating an event. Ten years later, we remember September 11 to honor those who died, those who have fought in the war on terror, and especially to be reminded that in the midst of a conflict-filled world, we serve a God who works His good purposes and promises to one day eradicate evil.
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11/30/2011
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Points about Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount
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Self reliance is esteemed in our culture - but it's not the example Jesus gives to us. In a life marked by continual prayer, the Son of God demonstrates His dependence on the Father. Let's consider what Jesus teaches about prayer and its role in our lives, remembering that prayer is a privilege, not a duty.
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1/4/2012
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Day of Prayer and Fasting Service
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Communication has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. In just seconds, we can now email messages, photos, important documents, and more. We easily communicate with cell phones from almost anywhere. But, what is your communication with God like? Are you responding to his invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace? Are you letting your requests be made known to Him? Remember, the Lord is willing and God has commanded that we ask, seek, and knock.
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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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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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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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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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1/1/2017
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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4/12/2017
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Special Message from Skip Heitzig
Luke 22:7-23
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The night before His death, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. In this message, we examine the progression of that Last Supper and learn both the traditional meanings behind the meal as well as the practical life applications for us as we live under the new covenant of Christ.
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7/23/2017
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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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9/3/2017
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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2/10/2019
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The Explosive Power of Real Love
John 13:34-35
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We have the opportunity to show love to those who need the expression of love the most—those who have been hurt by the hatred of others. In countries scarred by past and recent terrorism, Reload Love is arming other believers with hope and healing in the name of Jesus. Today we will examine one of the most famous sayings Jesus ever spoke and explore three components of real love—what we should do, and then how and why we should do it. My prayer is that God’s love would be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
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2/17/2019
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The Heart behind the Hand
Luke 15:1-7
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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11/3/2019
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Three Steps to a Generous Life
Matthew 6:19-24
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Today is a celebration. We celebrate what God has done through you! Your love for God, His Word, and His work are evident by your generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure. I encourage you to continue. In Jesus’ most famous of sermons, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the most practical ways to live unencumbered and fruitful lives. God works through people to change the world. The real question becomes, How do we become those kind of people?
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12/29/2019
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2019 Year in Review
Joshua 4:1-8
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The end of a year is a natural time to look back and thank God for what He has done in the past. As we pause to look back and look around, it's important to evaluate and commemorate what God has done in and through us and recalibrate our priorities. Then, we can look ahead and focus on the specifics of what God wants us to do in the future. Pastor Skip reminds us that God has proven Himself time and time again, so we can look to the future with great hope and anticipation. Watch the full service video here.
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Gather, Love, and Act: Bombard the World with Love
Hebrews 10:24-25
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Reload Love’s mission is to convey God’s love by fighting back with tenderness toward children who have been impacted by terror. For six years, Reload Love has provided trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs, and playgrounds and other safe spaces for children caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Now, the vision has expanded to include supporting church plants and in-country evangelists. On this Love Bomb weekend, Pastor Skip shares the need to come together as a family to act upon God's great love.
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3/18/2020
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Should I Be Worried?
Matthew 6:25-34
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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
Leviticus 13
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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
Luke 13
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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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Families in a Time of Crisis
Joshua 24
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How can you hold your family together in a time of crisis? In times like the current global pandemic, this question challenges us to take a step of faith, revisit our priorities, and rest in God's promises. Joshua challenged the Israelites to choose to serve the Lord despite the crisis that surrounded them. In this message, Skip Heitzig shows you how your personal spiritual commitment affects every relationship in your life, especially those in your own home.
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Together Again
Acts 2:1-16
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Welcome back! Today we find the doors of the church beginning to swing open once again (though they were never truly closed). We are seeing people we haven’t seen in a long time (though they might be unrecognizable from wearing a mask). Nevertheless we are here to declare that God is bigger than any virus. We affirm that our bond of love for Christ is strong and our commitment to one another is inseparable. We love you and are glad to see you! Let’s consider four experiences that marked the early church on the day of Pentecost.
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