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Prophecy? It’s All About Jesus!

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“For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness to Jesus.” Revelation 19:10, NLT...

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Prophesy Is About Blessing, Not Stressing

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 1:3, ESV...

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If You Love the Bible… You Will Love Prophecy!

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 1:3, ESV...

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The Real Prophets and the Fake Phonies

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Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:15-16, NIV...

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Longing to Know About Future Things

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But in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son… Hebrews 1:12, ESV...

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Be Like Jesus, Not Jonah

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Be Like Jesus, Not Jonah...

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How to Deal with Difficult People

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"And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone…" 1 Timothy 2:24, ESV...

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God Makes Jonah Study His Anger

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And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?” Jonah 4:4, ESV...

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Jonah Spewed His Anger

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“for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4:2-3, ESV...

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Jonah Stuffed His Anger

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But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish. Jonah 4:1-2, ESV...

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You Have a Message to Share

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Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you." Jonah 3:1-2, ESV...

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Dare to Share (Part 2)

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Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! Jonah 3:4, ESV...

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Dare to Share

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Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! Jonah 3:4, ESV...

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Go Where No One Else Will Go

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"Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city…" Jonah 3:2, ESV...

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Get Unstuck

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Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Jonah 3:2-3, ESV...

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3 Keys to Jonah’s Prayers in Quarantine

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish… Jonah 2:1, ESV...

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An Honest Prayer in Jonah’s Quarantine

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice...” Jonah 2:1...

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When Cast Away or Quarantined, Don’t Forget God…

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So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea…. Jonah 1:15, KJV...

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Solo Prayers of Jesus, Jonah, and Yourself

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish. Jonah 2:1, ESV...

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The Castaway Is Inside the Belly of a Whale? Really?

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish. Jonah 2:1, ESV ...

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The Salvation in The Storms

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Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. Jonah 1:16, ESV...

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Stand Strong in The Storm

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Perhaps one of the strongest men to stand strong in the midst of his storms was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served as a catalytic voice that was much needed during the civil rights movement. As a pastor and political leader, at times he was hated by blacks and whites alike; other civil rights leaders turned their backs on him. His allies broke their commitments to him an...

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God’s Storm Intervention

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But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah 1:4, ESV...

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How to Spot the Storm Makers

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Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” Jonah 1:8, ESV...

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Self-Created Storms

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Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us.” Jonah 1:8, ESV...

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Lessons from the Life of Jonah

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But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So ...

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Disobedience Pulls You Down

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Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:3, ESV...

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Obedience Calls You Up

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Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise...” Jonah 1:1-2a...

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Why We All Run from God

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Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away...

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The Runaway and a Whale of a Tale

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Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:1-3, ESV...

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Power Made Perfect In Weakness

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“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:8, ESV...

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Transform My Mess Into A Ministry

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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV....

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Look Past The Pain and See His Promise

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"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, ESV...

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God Uses Pressure to Produce Godliness

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"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." Romans 5:3-4, ESV...

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God Will Bend You. He Won't Break You.

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"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:8...

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How Do Christians Respond to Politics?

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DAY 5 | How Do Christians Respond to Politics? Some will go to war. Prepare for battle, march in the parades, picket lines or protests, and fight the system, while others fight to get our country back to a moral majority, and elect candidates hoping to save our country. Christians are on all sides and can't really find unity here either. They are often left feeling frus...

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What the Bible Says About God and Government?

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DAY 4 | What Does the Bible Say About God and Government? When the terrible injustice of the George Floyd killing hit the news, it was obvious that this going to make hard times even harder. From the pandemic to protests, riots, and racial tensions reaching an all-time high, I wept for our country. I opened God's Word and reached out to others. I talked to every black pe...

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Bad Ideas of Christians About Government | Dangerous River #3

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Day 3 | Bad Ideas Christians Have about Government | Dangerous River #3 Every year in Arizona, there are stories all over the news about people trying to cross over flooded washes during monsoon season. Heavy rains come and flood streets and crazy drivers filled with a tad too much courage go rogue and punch the Prius through a raging river, thinking they'll be fine! It n...

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Bad Ideas of Christians About Government | Dangerous River #2

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Day 2 | Bad Ideas Christians Have about Government | Dangerous River #2 I have logged more than a thousand miles as class 3-4 whitewater rafting guide. Each summer we would mourn the loss of those that lost their lives on the river. The greatest challenge people face in rivers is that they underestimate the river and overestimate themselves. Ideas are powerful, and unfort...

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Bad Ideas of Christians About Government | Dangerous River #1

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Day 1 | Bad Ideas Christians Have about Government | Dangerous River #1 Have you ever had a bad idea and just ran with it? As a teenager, I remember my buddy and I were out driving his 4x4, when we drove up to a flooded creek that turned into a small river. Underestimating the power of the current, and overestimating the truck, my buddy slapped the dash and said, "The hea...

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Five Steps Forward In Today's Times

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DAY 7 | FIVE STEPS FORWARD IN TODAY'S TIMES The hope is for the Christian is to engage, not retreat. It's to step forward not back. Below are 5 steps you can take to grow in unity, in the midst of diversity. 1.Listen before you label. We have to stop shutting others down and listen more. We too easily fail to engage the person and feed on the problems. We all have to ad...

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What’s Wrong with the BLM Movement?

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DAY 6 | What's Wrong with the BLM Movement? As a Christian, who loves Jesus and believes in the Bible there is a lot wrong with the movement. I will only address three agendas, they have openly communicated they are seeking to accomplish in our world. What is the BLM movement as an organization seeking to do? 1. It's seeking to dismantle the Imago Dei in saying: "Wedism...

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BlackLivesMatters.com | What Do They Believe?

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DAY 5 | BlackLivesMatters.com | What Do They Believe? According to the Black Lives Matter website, they say the following about themselves and their beliefs. "We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead." "Wedismantle cisgender (Identity corresponds with birth sex) privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women." "W...

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What Is Intersectionality?

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DAY 4 | What Is Intersectionality? In creating the BLM movement, I do have to say they use a wide vocabulary that will challenge the average reader to grab a dictionary. There are many educated people in their movement, from pastors, to street preachers, to professors, to politicians. There is an organized effort to use a common language. We should know that words matte...

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BLM Co-Founder Calls Herself A Marxist?

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DAY 3 | BLM CO-FOUNDER CALLS HERSELF A MARXIST? According to the New York Post,Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors made the following statement in a recent interview. "The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers," she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. "We are...

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Called To Mourn With Those Who Mourn

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DAY 2 | CALLED TO MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN Again, I think as Christians, especially white, we need to mourn with those who mourn when there is injustice, such as we have seen with the death George Floyd (Ecclesiastes 3, Romans 12:15). We need to listen and learn (James 1:19) as we have sought to do as a church in weeks past, by inviting Black leaders from our church to...

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Why Address The Black Lives Matter Movement?

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As a Pastor of a church and Father, I feel need to address the Movement, I will share a story to help you understand, and ask that you read the daily posts throughout the week to get the rest of my message....

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How Does Sin Impact Being Made in God’s Image?

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The good news is that we still reflect God's image despite sin....

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Who’s Responsible for Creation?

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And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28, ESV...

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Remember Whom You Represent

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Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26...

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How Do We Resemble God?

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Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26a-27, ESV...

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Where Do We Come From?

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For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them. Exodus 20:11, ESV...

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Think Before You Post

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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works... Hebrews 10:24, ESV...

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Learn More

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect Romans 12:2, ESV...

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Talk Less, Listen More.

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak. James 1:19, NIV...

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Change Continually

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Repent, therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19...

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You Talking To Me?

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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Matthew 23:23, ESV...

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We Overcome Temptation Better Together

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But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:14, ESV...

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We Get Through Tough Times Better Together

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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2...

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We Better Understand Ourselves When We Are Together

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Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20, ESV...

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We Bear Witness of Jesus and His Church Better Together

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How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! Psalms 133:1, NIV...

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The Danger of Division

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I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. ...

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Communication and Prayer

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“...Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18...

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The Mind and the Word of God

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“...Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 ...

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The Shield of Faith

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“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16...

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The Gospel of Peace

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“...As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15...

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Stand Strong in Truth and Righteousness

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"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness..." Ephesians 6:13-14...

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A Dumb Idea to Downplay the Devil

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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12...

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Don’t Underestimate the Devil’s Power

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Don’t Underestimate the Devil’s Power...

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The Devil and His Schemes

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Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11...

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Disbelief In the Devil?

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Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11...

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Rely On God’s Power

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10...

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No Small Disturbance | The Back Story to the Church in Ephesus

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Acts 19:23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way....

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Expect God’s Greater Reward

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Work Before an Audience of One

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Ephesians 6:7 ...Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man......

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Put Your Heart into It

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Ephesians 6:5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ....

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Raising the Bar on How We View Work and Our Boss!

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Galatians 3:27...

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What Does the Bible Have to Say about Slavery?

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Ephesians 6:5-9, ESV Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receiv...

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A Prayer Guide for Those Affected by COVID-19

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As Christians, we turn to God in times of fear and uncertainty as we do in times of joy and celebration. Please join us as we pray for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth to dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges posed by the new coronavirus....

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Who Chose Who?

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John 15:16a You did not choose me, but I chose you......

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Jesus chose and appointed his disciples to GO

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John 15:16, ESV You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…...

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Jesus says we are friends if….

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John 15:14, ESV You are my friends if you do what I command you....

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The Greatest Sacrifice

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Romans 5:7-8, ESV For one will scarcely die for a righteous person...

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Parenting Myth #5: Good parents treat their kids equally.

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Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6, ESV...

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Parenting Myth #4: Good beginnings lead to happy endings.

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But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Revelation 2:4, ESV...

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Parenting Myth #3: Godly parenting guarantees godly kids.

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Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6, ESV...

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Parenting Myth #2: Good parents develop peak performers!

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4, ESV...

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Parenting Myth #1: Good parents don’t reveal their mistakes.

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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, ESV ...

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Prayer Guide for The Many Kinds of Mothers

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"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people." I Timothy 2:1, ESV...

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The Mix of Emotions Around Mother’s Day

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“Honor your father and mother” Ephesians 6:2...

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Listening to Your Mom Could Make You Famous!

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Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing. Proverbs 13:1, Message...

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Jesus Obeyed His Mom

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“And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51, ESV...

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God Used Them To Make You!

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“Honor your father and mother” this is the first commandment with a promise. Ephesians 6:2, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Gospel Marriage - Day 5

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“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31...

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Daily Devo - A Gospel Marriage - Day 4

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This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:32-33...

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Daily Devo - A Gospel Marriage - Day 3

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Daily Devo - A Gospel Marriage - Day 2

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However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33...

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Daily Devo - A Gospel Marriage - Day 1

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32...

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Daily Devo - A Respectful Wife - Day 5

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His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3...

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Daily Devo - A Respectful Wife - Day 4

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To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16...

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Daily Devo - A Respectful Wife - Day 3

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However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Respectful Wife - Day 2

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Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 1 Peter 3:1-2...

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Daily Devo - A Respectful Wife - Day 1

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Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 6

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But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 5

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But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 4

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But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 3

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“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” ...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 2

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Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18, ESV...

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Daily Devo - A Loving Husband - Day 1

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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12, ESV...

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Daily Devo - Jesus Offers Real Life - Day 3

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“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31, ESV...

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Daily Devo - Jesus Offers Real Life - Day 2

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He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20, ESV...

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Daily Devo - Jesus Offers Real Life - Day 1

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“After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias...” John 21:1, ESV...

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Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 5

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“...Be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:18b-21, ESV...

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Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 4

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“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25, ESV...

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Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 3

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“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30, ESV...

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Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 2

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“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit...” Ephesians 5:18, ESV...

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Daily Devo - More Spirit and Less Stress - Day 1

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“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18, ESV...

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Daily Devo - Living Wise in Crazy Times, Day #5

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But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV ...

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Daily Devo - Living Wise in Crazy Times, Day #4

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As a kid you may have prayed the classic children’s bed time prayer so many of us learned: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I 'wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” Prayers like these aren’t necessarily bad; it’s just that God isn’t asking for us to memorize a phrase to repeat. Rather he wants us to come to ...

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Daily Devo - Living Wise in Crazy Times, Day #3

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May God be gracious to us and bless us and may his face shine upon us… Psalm 67:1 ...

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Daily Devo - Living Wise in Crazy Times, Day #2

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“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10, ESV ...

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Daily Devo - Living Wise in Crazy Times, Day #1

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“ Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15, ESV ...

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Devotional #5 - RISE AND SHINE

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In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16, ESV...

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Devotional #2 - DO WHAT’S GOOD, RIGHT, OR TRUE

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For the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true. Ephesians 5:9, ESV...

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Devotional #3 - PLEASING THE LORD

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…Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:10, ESV...

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Devotional #4 - EXPOSING DARKNESS

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Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11-14, ESV...

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Devotional #1 - LIVING IN THE LIGHT

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For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8, ESV ...

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COVID-19 Update #3

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Dear North Valley Family and Friends, We hope you enjoyed our services this Sunday, whether you listened in online or you joined us in person on our campus. As we discussed in our previous e-mails and during our Sunday services, Ephesians 5:15-16, 2 Timothy 1:7, and I Peter 3:15 have been key verses in guiding our prayers and decisions about public gatherings at North ...

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COVID-19 Update #1

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Last night as my wife and I left Neighborhood Group, we couldn’t help but realize the great fear and concern that many of you and others in our state and country are experiencing concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s on everyone’s minds, it’s all over the media, and the topic of conversations just about everywhere. ...

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COVID-19 Update #2

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COVID-19 – Pastor Ryan Update #2 Dear North Valley Friends and Family, I have spent the day in on the phone and in meetings with state health advisors from the Governor’s office, officials from the Department of Health Services, the Superintendent of DVUSD, our staff and elder team, key volunteers, and most importanly with our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer....

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Why we use the ESV

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Why we use the ESV As we jump into a new message series through the book of Ephesians in our Bible, I wanted to take a minute to share with you why we use the ESV and emphasize the value of all of God’s Word at North Valley. Don’t miss the opportunity to dig into God’s Word by joining us for this 12-week message series, picking up a journal, and joining a group. ...

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June Update Regarding the Campus Project

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The latest information on the Campus Renovations...

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Special Video Announcement from Pastor Ryan

Take a minute to hear the exciting news about the Campus Development projects, our Father's Day and Baptism Sunday services coming up soon, on June 16th! ...

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Catechism For My Kids

Over breakfast and throughout the week, we try to engage and encourage our kids' faith in Christ. They are young but smart enough to learn deeper truths of the gospel. Below is guide I developed from the Westminster shorter catechism. What I have developed is something I have found to be helpful in my home for my kids and their stage of life. It is not exhaustive by any me...

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MEET ANDY BRANCH

When Andy learned the staff and Elders nominated him to be an Elder, they asked what he most looked forward to as a part of the team, He answered, “Simply put, serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by serving the church.”...

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God Called North Valley Family to Pursue a Life of Generosity

Ever think about how giving is not so much about something we do, but rather something we are? In the Bible generosity is something that characterizes the early church Christians! Being generous wasn’t something they did, it was something they were!...

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LESLIE HIT A GROUND ZERO

Leslie describes some of her feelings before Christ as ‘guilt, shame, loneliness.’ At one point, she had all the world could offer yet still felt empty and powerless. God is truly amazing in meeting us right where we are at our lowest point and inviting us into a personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Leslie’s magnificent story of overcoming ...

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Welcome to Easter at North Valley

Welcome to Easter at North Valley We are so excited to open our doors to the community at large to two services on Easter morning! This will be the first Sunday morning services ever conducted on this property! We've been working really hard to renovate and clean up our newly purchased fixer upper campus. It's going to be a special day! We hope that you decide to be ...

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Special Needs for North Valley from Pastor Ryan

North Valley Community Church is preparing to move to the campus. Lord willing, we will be on the campus by Easter Sunday 2017. We need your help to prepare and get ready for the move. Please see our list of immediate needs and donation needs for the church. ...

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MEN SERVE YOUR WIFE: SPIRITUALLY

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. I Peter 3:7 ESV The Bible tells us that your wife is a co-heir of Christ and of the grace of life! What does that mean? It means that she is in no way inferior to yo...

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MEN SERVE YOUR WIFE: EMOTIONALLY

God's Word exhorts the Christian husband to serve his Christian spouse. God doesn't command unbelievers to do anything beside believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but for the Christian husband, there is a high calling to serve his Christian wife. It's his number one responsibility towards God. His reputation as Christian depends on it. His prayer life will diminish as a resul...

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MEN SERVE YOUR WIFE: PHYSICALLY

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel.I Peter 3:7 ESV To live with your wife in an understanding way is both an art and a science. That makes you and me students of our wives, if we are any good as husbands. "To show honor" as we have learned means to designate, assign or to count as precious, whi...

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MEN SERVE YOUR WIFE

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:1 Peter 4:10 ESV Over the next two weeks in this small blog series Husbands will learn How to better serve your wife emotionally How to better serve your wife spiritually How to better serve your wife physically Wives will learn How to better serve your husband emo...

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Stand Strong in Dark Times

When I heard the news of the great tragedy in Orlando, “Again?” I thought. “Another mass shooting?” Really? This one is said to be the worst in American history! There are 50 dead and 53 wounded. It was an egregious act of evil....

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Serve Your Wife Spiritually

The Bible tells us that your wife is a co-heir of Christ and of the grace of life! What does that mean? It means that she is in no way inferior to you, less than you, not as important or as valuable as you are to God....

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Serve Your Wife Physically

To live with your wife in an understanding way is both an art and a science. That makes you and me students of our wives, if we are any good as husbands. “To show honor” as we have learned means to designate, assign or to count as precious, which means treating her as the person with the highest priority in life....

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Serve Your Wife Emotionally

God’s Word exhorts the Christian husband to serve his Christian spouse. God doesn’t command unbelievers to do anything beside believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but for the Christian husband, there is a high calling to serve his Christian wife. It’s his number one responsibility towards God. His reputation as Christian depends on it. His prayer life will diminish as a...

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How to Serve Your Spouse

Over the next seven days, North Valley’s prayer team will be praying for you and your marriage. Each day you will receive a special devotional that will help you serve and better understand your spouse. In this series you will learn how to serve your spouse in three keys areas of his/her life....

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Stable and Unstable Faith

James says, that when we doubt God, we are unstable. The writer of Hebrews says that it’s impossible to please God if you doubt him. (Heb 11:6). This doesn’t mean that we can never ask questions or struggle with disbelief something in scripture. James is not asking us to check our brains at the door before we try to worship God, but rather he is telling us it’s we wi...

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Rock Tumblers and Results

James says.. “let steadfastness have it’s full effect” This is an exhortation to trust and submit to God’s work in through you. Our heavenly father, wants us to the see the full-effect of what these trials are producing....

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North Valley Honey, Hot Wax and Holiness

James says holiness is a process. The phrase “testing of your faith” literally means a refinement process. It’s a rare phrase that is used only once in the NT (I Pet 1:7) and twice in the OT.(Ps 12:6, Prv 27:21). The idea is that holiness is a refinement process....

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Trials are Like the Potholes in Arkansas

James tells us to expect trials. He doesn’t tell us to go looking for them, but tells how to think and respond in the midst of them. The phrase “when you meet” literally can translated as “when you fall into trials.” ...

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Mountain Top Thinking of Joy

To “Count it all Joy” I think we must take this to mean we need perspective. We need to not simply see the present pain and trial, but we must see our circumstances from a supernatural perspective, and eternal perspective. ...

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Re-thinking Joy

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, - James 1:2, ESV When I first read this passage, I was perplexed. I was wondering how could I do this? I’ve discovered in my studies that If I understand joy simply as a feeling, I will not be able to find the joy that James speaks of; but James here in the text doesn’t command me to feel a certai...

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5 Conversation Starters to Share Faith with Teen Students

As a former youth pastor, and currently as the lead pastor of a new church that meets in a high school, I increasingly realize the importance of engaging in ministry to students. We are excited to support and send out church members to team up with Young Life to reach out to students by sharing and showing the Love of Christ to them. Of course, in order to engage in mi...

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Catechism for Kids

Throughout the week, over breakfast, we try to engage and encourage our kids' faith in Christ. They are young but smart enough to learn deeper truths of the gospel. Below is a guide that I have developed from the Westminster Shorter Catechism that I have found to be helpful in my home for my kids and their stage of life. It is not exhaustive by any means, but I hope thi...

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Say Yes to God

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the worldthe desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of lifeis not from the Father but is from the world." - (1 John 2:15-16) Recently, I read an incredible book given to me by a dear friend and church member of our...

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Who is our neighbor?

"Quite simply, there are no limits: our neighbor is defined very widely, and it does not matter if she is merely poor, nor destitute, nor that he is of questionable morals, nor even that the neighbor in need brought his condition upon himself through poor decisions." -Jonathan Edwards, 18th Century Theologian Last Sunday, we continued in our UNITED series from the boo...

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When You're Hurting - A Song from Pastor Ian

I am so grateful for this song! Ian, my partner in ministry and our worship pastor, took a real life story from my family's own foster care experience, wrote a song based on it, and performed it live on Saturday to more than 200 people. It was a truly a touching moment for us all who were present. I had not heard this song until that moment. It blessed us all. Although t...

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