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Service with Skip Heitzig - 1 Corinthians 12:12-18

Taught on | Topic: Church | Keywords: body of Christ, church, community, Church Vision

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

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  1. Introduction
    1. As believers, we belong to the greatest company
      1. Greatest product —works universally
      2. Offices worldwide—local representatives
      3. Greatest benefits
        1. Forgiveness for the past
        2. Purpose for the present
        3. Peace of mind for the present
        4. Best retirement package—heavenly rewards—"Well done, good and faithful servant;" (Matthew 25:21).
    2. Outsiders  find the church irrelevant
      1. Don't believe in our product
      2. Don't know or believe in our CEO
    3. Churches are closing in America
      1. In the US, for every one person raised without God who comes to faith, three people raised in the church will leave
      2. According to one source, in the US, sixty churches a week close
      3. Chicago church poll - why not go to church?
        1. Boring
        2. Always asking for money
        3. Irrelevant
        4. Awkward
        5. Too Busy
    4. Church is flourishing in other parts of the world
      1. Sub Saharan Africa 20,000 people/day converted to Christ
      2. Latin America 10,000 people/day converted to Christ
  2. We need God's people (v. 7)
    1. Designed for community
    2. Family of God—"God sets the solitary in families;" (Psalm 68:6)
    3. When one suffers, we all suffer
    4. When one is honored, we all rejoice
    5. No other "company" where we can share struggles than the family of God
  3. We need God's principles
    1. We are a textual community (gathered around the text of the Word)
      1. Believe the Bible is the Word of God
      2. Consider what God has said from the unfolding drama of redemption from Genesis - Revelation
    2. In the midst of cluttered voices of the world, we need the clarion call of God
    3. All living things need community and fuel (even cells need other cells and food to survive)
  4. We need God's purpose
    1. Formerly, you had no purpose
    2. Everyone desires to be part of a greater cause
    3. We should be "about our Father's business" like Jesus (Luke 2:49)
    4. We know why we are here, to further the family business and bear the gospel to the world
  5. God's Presence
    1. "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).
    2. Gather for corporate reading, prayer, and worship, we experience Him in a unique way
    3. Focus on self and we will be dissatisfied
    4. Focus on the Lord and His glory and we will be satisfied— "Seek first the kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:33).
    5. There are no vestigial members of Christ's body
    6. God has you here for a purpose

Cross References: Psalm 68:6; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 18:20; Matthew 25:21; Luke 2:49

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In 1 Corinthians 12, beginning in verse 12 Paul writes, "For as the body is one and has many members, but all them members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews, Greeks, slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one spirit.  For in fact the body is not one member for in fact the body is not one member but many.  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing?  If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?  But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased."

If you think about it, we belong to the greatest company in the world, the church, the greatest company in the world.  First of all we have a product and our product works, it's called the gospel.  And our product works universally.  It doesn't matter if it's in Thailand.  Doesn't matter if it's in South America, doesn't matter if it's in Europe or the United States, the gospel, our product what we have to share and proclaim works universally.

Second, we have offices worldwide in our company.  You can go to any country, any culture, any people group and dig far enough and you will find a local representation of our company, you'll find churches around the world.

Third, we have pretty great benefits in this company, forgiveness for the past, purpose for the present, piece of mind in the present and fourth, we have a retirement package that beats every other company.  Because what we have to look forward to when all of this service for our company is over on earth.  We have the heavenly rewards and we have the words of a savior who will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

So it's the greatest company on earth.  But to outsiders who don't believe in the product and they don't know our CEO, they don't even believe in him.  The church seems well, awkward and backward and outdated and irrelevant.  Did you know that in our country for every one person raised without God, who eventually comes to church, and they come took faith in Christ for every one person without God who comes to church, there are three people in Church who will leave the church.

One estimated -- I don't know how accurate it is but, that in our country on a weekly basis, 60 churches closed in America.  A church in Chicago did a poll of survey and asked people who had decided not to make church part of their weekly deal to not became a part of any church family, they asked they why, the five top reasons people didn't go to church.  Number one reason, they thought church is boring.  Number two reason, they're always asking for money.  Number three reason, church is so irrelevant, it has nothing to do with real life.  Number four, people said I feel awkward when I go to church.  It just doesn't feel right to me.  It's just not my thing, it's not my world.  And number five they said they were to busy.

So we live in a country where like our predecessor in Europe church that was once a huge deal on our landscape is becoming less and less a big deal.  Their people are abandoning it.  However, if you were then to compare the United States to our neighbors around the world in the East like in China or India, we find exactly the opposite occurring.  What we find is churches growing at exponential levels.  And I visited lots of places where there is such a palpable excitement about the work of Jesus Christ in a culture, in a city, in a county.  That family members and extended family members and friends, it's almost like they can't wait to get on board with God and come to church.

For example, did you know that in sub-Sahara Africa, on a daily basis, 20,000 people are converted to Christ?  Did you know that in Latin America on a daily basis, 10,000 people a day are converted to Christ?

So we have this incredible disparity between East and West, between first world, let's call it and second, third and fourth world, the cultured dignified west losing people from the church to places like Asia, South America, Central America and Africa where the church is gaining ground. 

Now that disparity not withstanding, I believe with all my heart that the best days of our company are still ahead of us, the best days.  You know why I'm so optimistic?  Here's why, the way God has designed us as human beings is that we need people.  We need a community, he has designed us in such a way that we require to function best, we need a family.

The bible calls it here "The Body," one of Paul's favorite analogies for the church of the body or the body of Christ.  And just picture a human body and all of the different members and facets and functions that a human body performs, and you get an idea of what God intended for the church.  This wonderful mechanism that has function and form and beauty and purpose, the body of Christ.

So I believe once again, the best days of God's family, our company are ahead of us.  Now let me articulate a few of the reasons.  Reason number one, we need God's people.  In Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians in verse seven, Paul writes this, "But the manifestation of the Spirit --" as he's talking about spiritual giftedness in the church.  "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all."  For the profit of all.

The spirit of God gives gifts to people so that there are gifted people within the body of Christ because we need each other.  We need the gifts that you have and that I have and we need all of us working together in concert, we need God's people.  Basic to human beings, basic to human survival is our need for a family.

Sociologically, it's been shown that people gravitate toward groups.  They want some group of people that are like them or have like interests that they have whether it's the Club or the Science Club or Future Farmers of America or Alcoholics Anonymous.  We gravitate toward the group of people that we can identify with.  We need a family, we need a community.

Psalm 68, the bible says, "God sets the solitary in families."  God's cure for isolation and loneliness is the family called the church.  So that we belong to each other because as I mentioned, God designed us to need each other.  Down in verse 26 chapter 12, it shows how it works when we're together.  "And if one member --"that is one person in the body of Christ, one church member, "suffers--," here's the benefit, "All the members suffer with it."  If one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it."

There is no other place, there is no other organization, no other company that I feel the liberty when I'm struggling with life to go struggle with in a public place.  In other words, when I'm going through a trial or a struggle, I don't go down the City Hall and pour out my woes and to all the people who are down at City Hall.

I don't go to the club and say, "Here's what's on my heart but I feel perfect freedom to do that within the confines of the fellowship of the family of God."  One member suffers, we all suffer.  One member is honored, we're all honored.  It's that mutual give and take that a family should have.

So we need God's people.  Number two, we need God's principles.  See, when we gather together, we gather around the texts, the texts of the bible.  We are a textual family, a textual community.  We believe the bible to be the word of God.  We say, turn to this book and look at that verse and we consider what God has said in the unfolding drama of redemption from Genesis to Revelation.

So in chapters of the bible like Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians, we find many of God's principles.  And when we gather together as a family, it should always be front and center, first and foremost.  Where we're getting constant doses of truth, if there is one place where the truth is unmistakably and unashamedly proclaimed, it had to be God's family.  This company, this group.

Listen what Paul said again, he wrote this to young Timothy.  In first Timothy Chapter 3, he said the church of the living God which is -- listen to this description, which is the pillar and the ground of all truth.  It's the pillar and the ground of all truth, we need God's people, we also need God's principles.  We need God's principles because as you live, as I live, as we go through our days and we hear all of the clutter, of all of the voices and all of the opinions of people on what is right and what is wrong and how you should live and what you should do, in the midst of all of those clutter voices, we need to hear the clarion call of God and the sure steadfast thus sayeth the Lord.  Its food to our souls, we need god's people, we need God's principles.

It's interesting; those two characteristics are really true of all living things.  All living things are made of cells, and cells in order to thrive, live and reproduce, they need other cells and they need food.  If they have other cells and if they have food, they will naturally reproduce.  We need other cells and we need food for us to naturally reproduce and have the fuel to do God's will.  So we need God's principles as well as God's people.

There's a third thing we need, we need God's purpose.  If you go back with me to the beginning parts of Chapter 12, Paul begins this chapter, this thought process, this paragraph in verse one now concerning spiritual gifts brethren.  I don't want you to be ignorant.  I was going to write about spiritual giftedness and their part in this company, the body of Christ.  But notice what he says is verse two, concerning the Corinthians as a whole, those who have been redeemed. 

You know that you're Gentiles carried away to these dumb idols.  Now when he says dumb idols, he doesn't mean like these stupid idols though they were, but he meant they have the inability to speak.  It's awfully frustrating to have a God that you can talk to and can't talk back to you, has so power at all to communicate or reveal himself.

So you remember your past Paul says, "That you were Gentiles carried away by these dumb idols, however, you were led.  You really had no purpose in this life.  You really didn't have a God given purpose, carved out, crafted out that you laid a hold off that gave empathies to your life.  Now you do, that's the implication, this is what you used to be like, you had no purpose, now you have purpose.  You've been saved from that, you've been redeemed from that."

Everyone I've ever met has a desire to be a part of something greater than himself or herself.  A cause, a greater cause, everybody has a desire to be able to say, I know the purpose that I'm on this earth.  There's a cause that I'm a part of that is greater than myself and I'm fulfilling that purpose and that cause while I live.

If you want a cause -- and there's lots of causes you can join up for there's sociological causes and political causes and environmental causes and all of them can be pretty great in of themselves, but if you were on a cause to live for.  Live for the salvation cause.  That's what drove Jesus on -- speaking about the company.  Remember when he was at the temple when he was 12 years old?  And his mother and Joseph took him down to the temple and Jesus was lecturing and answering and dealing with questions in the temple and people were amazed or blown away with his knowledge and his mother tried to drag him away and Jesus said, "Don't you know that I must be about my father's business?"

We have a family business.  You've been called into God's family.  You're a son of God, you're a daughter of God, you're part of the family, I'm part of that same family, but we're brought also into the family business.  To bear the product of the gospel with as many people as we can, to live it out ourselves but to bring that, to preach that, to bury that to the world.

So if you want a cause, if you want a purpose, the greatest cause, the greatest purpose is the family business.  The father's business, I must be about my father's business and it's great if you could wake up everyday and say the same thing, "I'm going to be about my father's business.  I know why I'm here, this is what God has called me to do," and the thought that I could somehow further the family business today is the cause greater than yourself and a wonderful, wonderful way to live.  So verse 2 brings that out.

Fourth and finally, we need God's presence.  One of the reasons that we gather as we do, whether we know it or not, there's just sort of part of our fabric now I think but, one of the reasons we gather is because we remember that Jesus said at Matthew 18, "Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst."  There's a special presence of God that happens when we gather together as cells in a body and there's something that we do together corporately, reading the bible together, praying together, worshiping together as we're led by the worship team.

We experience God's presence in a very unique kind of a way, two are three are gathered.  We have to remember that.  If we start making church about what I'm going to get out of it and by the way you should get something out of it.  You should be fed, you should be edified, but if the motivation is about me.  This is all about me, "I'm here tonight because it's all about something I need," then we have strategically missed the purpose and the focus.  And what will happen?  Let me give you a guarantee, you will become less and less satisfied.

However, if you make the focus where the focus where focus ought to be that is not really about us but our gathering is about him.  We're learning about him that we might glorify Him.  We're singing songs to Him in order to glorify Him.  We're praying to Him because we depend on Him and that glorifies Him.  When we live for Him and for his glory, there's a payback that is a part of that.  And that is a satisfaction happens when the focus isn't on us, the focus is on Him.  It's funny how it works, the happier we are, the more satisfied we become.

If we make it about us and we try to be satisfied and I want to become content and I'm seeking to do that, it never -- we never seemed -- it's like chasing that elusive carat, never find it.  It's been put this way, the more you do as you please, the less you are pleased with what you do.  But if you turn that around, this is what Jesus said and we covered it a couple of weeks ago, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added into you."

So we need God's presence and when we make worship about God and his glory and his presence, God blesses us with a satisfaction you can't find anywhere else.  So the way we do that is we become the body, the body of Christ, members of the body.

Now I began by reading that little section, beginning in verse 12, all the members are put there by God.  All the gifts are given for the profit of all and every member of the body is necessary.

I want you to hear this clearly, whatever part you play in the body of Christ, there's no member that's of a vestigial organ.  There's no unnecessary members, its not like well I'm here but I'm really not functioning any grand purpose, not true, not true, not true. There are not vestigial or unnecessary organs in the body of Christ.  God has you here for a purpose and we want you to know, you have all the grace that God has to give to discover that.  Even if tonight you go, "I don't know what that purpose is."  That's okay, we want to help you discover that and when you discover it and when you engage like you're going to find next week would expound all the gears start coming together and you find your life in sync with other believers, and with God's plan and purpose, there's no greater way to live.  Each one of you is vitally important to everything that we do here.

Back in 1981, John Hinkcley Jr. pulled out a gun and put a bullet into the body of Ronald Regan.  It hospitalized our President, for a few weeks, the Chief Executive Officer of the United States was in a hospital and unable to function as the president of the United States.

Interesting thing about that, nothing really happened in America.  I mean, the country kept going, it kept working.  The chief guy was hospitalized, but America didn't shutdown.  But some years ago, some sanitary engineers, garbage collectors, in Philadelphia went on strike.  The city almost shutdown and after that it was big news, the news people reported that if -- what would happen if all of the garbage collectors in America decided to go on strike.  They said two weeks, the country would shutdown, within two weeks.

So I thought about that and I thought okay, the president gets shot, America goes on just fine.  Garbage collectors go on strike and they have the ability to shutdown the nation.  Who's more important?  The real answer is all of them are important, the president is important, the garbage collectors are important, that office has been so well insolated and trained and managed that there's cabinet members and layers of management that can keep thing going in an interim period.  But the point being is that one isn't more important than the other were all vital to the body of Christ.

So as we launch and to expound, that's why we ask for your involvement.  We're asking for your involvement to come, go to the book of Exodus with us.  If you want to just come, I notice sometimes people come and when I say, turn to this chapter and this verse, this is -- I'm not going to point it but yeah, but this is the respond.

So when I see that, when I see them not looking down and turning something, okay they didn't bring a bible.  But at least they're here, that's okay, it'd be great if they could actually have a bible because it is a bible study after all.  It's nice to have one to study but they don't bring one, that's okay, they're here.  They're coming and they're observing or they're listening.

Others are taking notes copiously, at whatever level you want to be involved, if you want to be simply involved as a spectator, we welcome you as a spectator.  No judgment, no hassle, we welcome you.  If you are just a visitor, you want to just come and listen and come when it starts and leave, fine.  But, I want you to know there are other levels, there's levels of taking what were going to bring to you on Wednesday night and making that a part of your daily devotional time where we can send you email reminders or Twitter reminder or we can send you this stuff on Facebook or whatever way you want to receive it.  Even if you want the old fashion handout sheet, we're prepared to even mimeograph, not mimeograph but just a copy, remember those things.

Now we're going to copy those things so you'd have notes if you don't want to have any electronic stuff.  But also, if you do, let's say you have like a computer or you have a hand held device and you're thinking, I'd like to use these things for the glory of God.  We're going to have a whole tech team that will be here after and before to show you how to use it.  Maybe you have it but you don't know how to use that in bible study, we're going to teach you how to use it.

In fact, we're developing an app for the iPad, iPod that will be out -- and the Android I believe, that will be out I think by next week.

At least that's what we're shooting for, so you'll be able to download the app and have the expound app and all the bills and.  So it will be something that will be an interactive way of doing it.  Then beyond that, we'd love you to be involved on a volunteer basis as part of our leadership team, our counseling team, our usher team, our security team, our children's ministry team, our tech team, so we can all study the word together and all minister together as a body.

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3/10/1984
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10/28/1984
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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
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
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Hey, What's God Like? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
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Security or Insecurity from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
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Stubborness that Alienates - Luke 15:11-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
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Completing a Long Task - Ezra 6:14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
Skip Heitzig
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
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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
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
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The Untrodden Path - Joshua 3:1-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/2/1988
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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
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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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Jesus Came - Mark 1:1-20 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/16/1989
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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The Nazarene - Matthew 2:23 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
Skip Heitzig
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85! - Joshua 14:6-15 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/26/1990
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Psalm 3
Psalm 3
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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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God's Plan for World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
Skip Heitzig
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
Skip Heitzig
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Life's Not Fair! from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
Skip Heitzig
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How to Be Used by God - Romans 12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
Skip Heitzig
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The Lord is My Shepherd - Psalm 23 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
Skip Heitzig
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A World without Foundations - Psalm 11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
Skip Heitzig
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
Skip Heitzig
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
Skip Heitzig
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
Skip Heitzig
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Connection Celebration 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
Skip Heitzig
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Salvation Message from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
Skip Heitzig
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/14/2001
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2001
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5/2/2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002
Skip Heitzig
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National Day of Prayer - 2002 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church - Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
Skip Heitzig
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
Skip Heitzig
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What are you Hungry for? - Matthew 5:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
Skip Heitzig
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
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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
Skip Heitzig
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
Skip Heitzig
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
Skip Heitzig
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
Skip Heitzig
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
Skip Heitzig
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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
Skip Heitzig
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
Skip Heitzig
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
Skip Heitzig
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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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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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6/22/2013
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Navigating Another Year
Ephesians 5:15-17
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What is the will of God? It can seem so elusive, but in this study, we learn five things that are the clear will of God for each of us. As children of God, as a church body, let's make a pact to preach to the lost, to be set apart for Jesus Christ, to be humble, to be submissive and honoring to the people around us, and to be thankful in all things. Taught in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Not Done Yet
Joshua 14:6-15
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At 85 years old, the faithful Caleb desired to keep growing and being used by the Lord. In this passage, he takes hold of God's promises, and his story of God's faithfulness unfolds. By examining his courageous life, we learn that as time goes on, we must not slow down in doing the Lord's work; we must boldly look ahead and realize we are not done yet!
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 4
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The apostle Paul spent a large amount of time pouring into his disciple Timothy's life. And in his second letter to Timothy, he encouraged him to do the same for others. In this message, Pastor Skip Heitzig expresses the importance and process of training up responsible leaders.
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 7
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In his second letter to Timothy, Paul the apostle motivated Timothy to continue to be faithful in his ministry to the Lord. As we study 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Pastor Skip Heitzig exhorts believers toward faithfulness by sharing four helpful principles to cultivate this supreme attribute in their lives.
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iThirst
John 19:28-30
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The world is filled with Apple's i-technology, which delivers on its promise to make connectivity and information readily accessible. But there is a deeper need within everyone, a thirst to be right with God, that no app or gadget can fulfill. How ironic that Jesus, the great Thirst-Quencher, would Himself be thirsty. It was part of the great exchange—His temporary thirst enabled yours to be quenched eternally!
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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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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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9/18/2016
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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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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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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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9/3/2017
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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The Explosive Power of Real Love
John 13:34-35
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We have the opportunity to show love to those who need the expression of love the most—those who have been hurt by the hatred of others. In countries scarred by past and recent terrorism, Reload Love is arming other believers with hope and healing in the name of Jesus. Today we will examine one of the most famous sayings Jesus ever spoke and explore three components of real love—what we should do, and then how and why we should do it. My prayer is that God’s love would be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
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2/17/2019
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The Heart behind the Hand
Luke 15:1-7
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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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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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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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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The Quarantined Life
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Our country has become more focused on health during this COVID-19 crisis. We understand the need to stay healthy physically and mentally, but our spiritual health is more important. Cultivating a strong Christian life is akin to training the body for a marathon (see Hebrews 12:1-2). In this message, Skip Heitzig encourages you to build up your spiritual life by setting aside the busyness, constant noise, and security of this world and by putting your trust in God.
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Why Should I Suffer?
1 Peter 1:6-7
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One-third of the world population is presently on lockdown; they are restricted by their own governments and kept (by force if necessary) from gathering together in groups. Though infection rates from the coronavirus seem to vary from region to region, one thing is common to all—everyone is suffering in one way or another. But did you know that suffering can be a good thing in the hands of a good God? Consider four truths:
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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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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.